The Malawi Library Association (MALA) is hosting the biennial conference from 28 July to 1 August. This is the second time MALA is hosting the SCECSAL conference. The first time was in 1994.
This year’s conference is on the theme Information and Knowledge Management as a Driving Force for Socio-Economic Development in Africa. About 60 papers will be presented at the conference sessions. These will cover the following conference sub-themes:
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for knowledge-based economies
- LIS Education and Socio-Economic Development
- Social media and socio- economic development
- Conflict management: The role of archives and records
- The impact of Libraries and Information services in shaping knowledge economies
- Information literacy for socio- economic development
- The Role of Agricultural Information services in socio-economic development
- Knowledge and Information for persons with special needs
- Knowledge and Information in health care delivery services
Professor King Mchombu, a renowned of library and information science from the University of Namibia, will deliver the keynote address.
- TREND 1 - New Technologies will both expand and limit who has access to information.
- TREND 2 - Online Education will democratise and disrupt global learning.
- TREND 3 - The boundaries of privacy and data protection will be redefined..
- TREND 4 - Hyper-connected societies will listen to and empower new voices and groups.
- TREND 5 - The global information environment will be transformed by new technologies
The panellists – Jacinta Were, Justin Chisenga, Sara Kaddu and Ujala Satgor, will deliberate on the report and identify its impacts on Africa, and recommend strategies for information access and delivery.
Dr. Buhle Mbambo-Thata, from the University of South Africa, will facilitate the discussions.