Tuesday, October 6, 2015

50 full fellowships available for IFLA 2016 Congress in Columbus, Ohio

The IFLA 2016 National Committee, through generous donations from the North American library community, will offer up to 50 full fellowships to librarians from outside North America (U.S. and Canada) to attend the IFLA 2016 Congress in Columbus, Ohio.
Visit IFLA 2016 website for detailed information, including eligibility and applications forms for the fellowships.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

SCECSAL XXII (2016) Call for papers

Swaziland Library Association (SWALA) will host the Twenty-Second Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa Library and Information Associations (SCECSAL XXII), 25-29 April 2016 at the Royal Swazi Sun, eZulwini, Swaziland.

SWALA invites the submission of abstracts to be considered for papers to be presented at SCECSAL XXII.

Abstracts with approximately 300 words addressing the theme and the sub-themes and written in English should have the following details.
  1. Title of the Abstract
  2. Name(s) of the Authors with official titles or professional role,
  3. Author’s affiliated institution and
  4. Keywords (minimum of three)
Conference Theme:

Digital transformation and the changing role of libraries and lnformation centres in the sustainable development of Africa

Sub Themes:
  • Emerging technologies and their Role (Big data, Cloud computing, Mobile applications, Semantic web, Text mining, Next generation web services etc.)
  • Issues of Digital Rights Management and Intellectual Property Rights
  • E – infrastructure development for sustainable development
  • E – governance, E- Agriculture, E-Health – their roles and impact
  • Indigenous Knowledge and digital transformations
  • Knowledge Management and Resource Discovery Tools
  • Digital preservation of Cultural Heritage and cultural archives
  • Quality assurance and best practices in digital scholarship
  • Role of Social Media, social networks and Networked information
  • Library Advocacy
Guidelines for Abstract Proposals:

Abstracts with approximately 300 words, must address the sub-themes and written in English should have the following details. 1) Title of the Abstract, 2) Name(s) of the Authors with official titles or professional role, 3) Author’s affiliated institution and 4) Keywords (minimum of three).

Guidelines for paper preparation:

The guidelines for submitting papers once your abstracts are ready is provided as a downloadable document. Click here to access the guidelines for submitting papers:

Please email your abstracts to scecsal2016@gmail.com or anbuj@uniswa.sz or fmkhonta@uniswa.sz

Important Dates:

Submission of Abstracts : 30th September 2015
Notification of Acceptance: 30th November 2015
Submission of Full paper: 31st January 2016
Submission of presentation slides: 31st March 2016
More Information & Related Websites


Monday, February 2, 2015

Call for applications: Carnegie Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme

Applications for the fourth intake of the Carnegie-funded Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme, which is aimed at enhancing ICT skills for research enablement in African universities opened on the 1st of February 2015 and closes on the 13th of March 2015. The course will begin on the 23rd of May 2015. Academic librarians and LIS faculty in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda are eligible to apply for admission to this programme.

Eight four-week training sessions will take place over a period of three years. 32 participants will be selected for each intake. 

This four-week residential training programme with both practical (70%) and theoretical (30%) components will cover the following topics:

  1. Setting the context: Libraries, ICTs and research 
  2. Leadership and innovation
  3. Information literacy
  4. Social media for research discoverability in an academic environment
  5. Mobile technology and mobility
  6. Managing and organising information
  7. Personal Information Management
  8. Open Scholarship and Open Science (OS/S) – Publishing
  9. Open Scholarship and Open Science - Institutional Repositories.
  10. Open Scholarship and Open Science - Understanding and using research data management
  11. Digitisation
  12. Evaluating website architecture
  13. Cloud services and storage
  14. Virtual research environments
  15. The next generation librarian 

This is a fully funded programme which will take place in Pretoria, South Africa. The funding covers books and other academic expenditures, flights, accommodation, and a daily stipend while in Pretoria. All participants are expected to reside in the accommodation provided in Pretoria for the duration of the programme.

Grant exclusions:

  • Visa applications, personal expenses (for example medicine, laundry, phone calls, etc.)
  • ICT equipment such as laptops, modems, internet access top-ups etc.
  • Travel to and from the airport in your home country

Application for the third intake closes on 13th of March 2015. No late applications will be considered. (There will be a fifth intake in November 2015, as well as a further three intakes in 2016.)

For additional information on the programme content, eligibility and selection criteria, application procedures, important dates, etc., please see: http://www.up.ac.za/en/information-science/article/21563/carnegie-cpd-programme.
 All correspondence or enquiries: Joan de la Haye at Carnegie-cpd@up.ac.za
Kind Regards
Joan De La Haye
Carnegie CPD Programme Administrator
+27 (0) 12 420 2887