Wednesday, June 21, 2017

NIWA confirms hosting SCECSAL XXIV in 2020

The City of Windhoek is set to host SCECSAL XXIV in 2020.
[Photo: Justin Chisenga]
The Namibia Information Workers Association (NIWA) has confirmed that it will go ahead and organize the SCECSAL XXIV conference in 2020. According to Dr. Chiku Mnubi Mchombu, NIWA Vice Chairperson, the decision to go ahead with the conference was taken at the organization’s Executive Committee meeting on 23 May 2017; and endorsed by NIWA General Meeting on 20 June 2017.

NIWA was awarded the right to host the 2020 SCECSAL conference on 29 April 2016 in Swaziland at the conclusion of the SCECSAL XXII conference organized by the Swaziland Library Association (SWALA).

This will be the second time NIWA will host the SCECSAL conference. The organization first hosted the SCECSAL conference in 2000 on theme “Information 2000: a Vision for the SCECSAL region”.

SCECSAL XIV, held in Windhoek from 10-15 April 2000, introduced the practice of distributing books containing SCECSAL conference papers to participants at registration, a practice that since then has been adopted at all SCECSAL conferences except in 2014 when the Malawi Library Association failed to do so and distributed the publications almost a year later in 2015.

The SCECSAL XXIV Local Organizing Committee will be chaired by Dr. Chiku Mnubi Mchombu. She informed SCECSAL Forum that more information on the arrangements for the conference will be made available in due course.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

SCECSAL social reporters wanted!

Are you in the library, information and knowledge profession? Are you a resident in one of the SCECSAL region countries? Are you a member of your national library and information Association? Are you interested in writing contributions/stories about the happenings in the library and information service (LIS) sector in your country for the SCECSAL Forum?

If your answer is YES to all the questions, send Justin Chisenga [chisenga_j@yahoo.co.uk] a short email to express your interest.

The SCECSAL Forum is the official blog of the Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern African Library and Information Associations.  Stories published on the Forum are written by volunteer SCECSAL Social Reporters.

Monday, June 12, 2017

e-forum discussion on ICTs and Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition

The e-Agriculture Community of Practice, in conjunction with partners, are glad to announce the upcoming online discussion themed, “e-forum discussion on ICTs and Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition”. 

This online debate will explore the cross roads between ICTs and issues around opening data in Agriculture and Nutrition and its effective use, with a focus on establishing what benefits and possible losses, can accrue to farmers, if technology and open data are used conjunctively.

We would like to get your feedback on what you think on the following topics:-

  • The role ICTs play in the use of Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition for family farmers
  • Do you have any case studies that demonstrates the benefits (or damages) of the use of ICTs and Open Data?
  • What investments are needed in your opinion to reap open data benefits and how can farmers be protected from the effects of open data?


Information on participation

This online forum will take place from 19th of June to the 14th of July 2017 on the e-Agriculture Platform  

·         In order to participate or comment you will have to register (http://www.e-agriculture.org/user/register ) and login at the time of the forum.

·         The discussion will be guided by pre-selected subject matter experts from different organizations and is facilitated by a team representing GODAN, CTA and FAO.

·         The forum can be accessed through the following link: http://www.e-agriculture.org/forums/discussions/e-forum-icts-and-open-data-agriculture-and-nutrition  (Questions will only be activated during the forum)


For any further information please contact us at  e-agriculture@fao.org

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

4th IAALD Africa Conference - Call for Papers and Workshop Proposals

The International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists (IAALD) Africa Chapter  and the Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA)  invite proposals for papers and workshops/seminars to be presented/organized at the 4th IAALD Africa Conference in Pretoria, South Africa, 30th May – 1st June 2018.

Conference theme: Agricultural innovations, information and knowledge: Catalyzing the attainment of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and the African Union Agenda 2063

Proposals for Papers 
Papers should reflect and explore the conference theme - “Agricultural Innovations, Information and Knowledge: Catalyzing the Attainment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union Agenda 2063” and address any of the sub-themes (see Call for Papers and Workshops). Proposals for papers should be sent to Gracian Chimwaza (gracian@itoca.org copy itoca@itoca.org) no later than 30th September 2017

Proposals for Workshops
Capacity development is a major component of the IAALD Africa Conference and we invite proposals for interactive workshops intended to convey knowledge or skills to agricultural information professionals in areas relating to the sub-themes of the conference. Workshops can be organized as 2/3-day pre- conference events (27th-29th May) or half-day event (31st May). Proposals for workshops should be sent to Gracian Chimwaza (gracian@itoca.org copy itoca@itoca.org) no later than 30th September 2017.

Download the call for papers HERE.
More information will be made available HERE.

IAALD Africa Chapter
c/o ITOCA-Information Training & Outreach Centre for Africa
88 Opaal Road, Lyttleton, Centurion, South Africa
P. O. Box 11632, Die Hoewes, 0163, Centurion, South Africa
Tel: +27-12-664 1836, +27-12-664 1627
E-mail: gracian@itoca.org copy itoca@itoca.org

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Deadline Extended to 31st May

On behalf of the National Organizing Committee (NOC) of SCECSAL 2018 Entebbe Uganda, we would like to thank all the authors who successfully submitted their abstracts by Sunday 30th April, 2017. Due to multiple gentle requests and for purposes of coverage, we have decided to extend the deadline for contributing abstracts.  The new deadline is Wednesday 31st May 2017. All interested persons are advised to have their abstracts submitted as soon as possible. 

Thank you.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

SCECSAL 2018 Call for Papers Deadline fast approaching.

THE TWENTY THIRD STANDING CONFERENCE OF EASTERN, CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN AFRICA LIBRARY AND INFORMATION ASSOCIATIONS (SCECSAL XXIII), WILL BE HELD AT THE IMPERIAL RESORT BEACH HOTEL ENTEBBE, UGANDA FROM 23RD–28TH APRIL 2018. 
SCECSAL XXIII in Entebbe will build on the fine tradition of this conference being the leading forum in Africa for headlining the role of library and information institutions in cultural and social development. Uganda Library and Information Associations (ULIA) is still welcoming proposals for papers to be presented at the conference. The papers are expected to include both the theoretical and practical elements of Library and Information Science and Records Management. There’s only a week to go until the call for abstracts officially closes on 30th April, 2017. Interested parties are encouraged to get their proposals/ abstracts in as soon as possible to: scecsal2018@ulia.or.ug

For more information about the conference please visit the links below:
http://www.scecsal.org/

http://www.ulia.or.ug/

Friday, March 10, 2017

SCECSAL 2018: Second Announcement and Call for Papers, Posters and Workshop Proposals

THE TWENTY THIRD STANDING CONFERENCE OF EASTERN, CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN AFRICA LIBRARY AND INFORMATION ASSOCIATIONS (SCECSAL XXIII), ENTEBBE, UGANDA 23rd–28thAPRIL 2018.

Call for Papers
The SCECSAL XXIII Organizing Committee has the pleasure of inviting Library and Information Professionals to the twenty third Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa Library and Information Associations (SCECSAL XXIII) to be hosted by the Uganda Library and Information Association (ULIA), in Entebbe, Uganda.   
ULIA welcomes proposals for papers to be presented at the conference. The papers are expected to include both the theoretical and practical elements of Library and Information Science and Record Management. 
Theme: Positioning Library and Information services to achieve Sustainable development: Innovations and Partnerships.

Sub Themes:
1. Inclusive library and information services for national development
2. Universal literacy through library and information services
3. Broadening LIS partnerships to achieve SDGs
4. Innovations in LIS Education
5. Innovations in the delivery of Library and information services
6. Trends in Gender and information services
7. Library and Information Services advancing open governance
8. Agricultural information services and food security
9. Bettering health through Library and information services
10. Open data, Open science and Intellectual property
11. Data science and LIS institutions
12. Cloud Computing and Information management
13. Indigenous knowledge and preservation of cultural heritage
14. Effective records management to fight corruption
15. Promoting Information Ethics for sustainable development


Requirements for submission of Abstracts for papers:
Abstracts of not more than 300 words, must address the theme and sub-themes, and should have the following details:
i) Title of the abstract;
ii) Name(s) of the author(s) with official titles or professional role;
iii) Author’s affiliated institution;
iv) E-mail contact of the corresponding author, and;
v) A maximum of four keywords.

The abstracts must be submitted to email: scecsal2018@ulia.or.ug 

Important Dates: 
Submission of Abstracts:      30th April 2017
Notification of acceptance:   June 2017
Submission of full paper:      September 2017
Review of submitted paper: October 2017
Submission of camera ready paper:  December 2017



Call for Posters
ULIA welcomes proposals for Posters to be presented at the conference. The posters are expected to include the practical elements of Library and Information Science and Records Management. 
Poster Presentation Format and Guidelines
1) Your topic could be described on a printed poster with text. 
2) The language of the conference is English and therefore text on the posters should be in English. 
3) The recommended standard poster size should range from 841mm wide x 1189mm high 900mm wide x 1900mm high. If you also include text, it should also fit within the recommended area 
4) It is important that applicants describe in their abstract how they intend to present the project in the poster format – what kind of visual materials they will use, for example, photographs, data samples, graphs, et cetera, and how these illustrate the project or a particular aspect of the work. The poster has to be an experience in itself for the one who looks at it – and should show awareness of the format of a poster-session and its purpose to engage the viewer in conversation.
5) The abstracts should be in a structured format (Introduction, methods, findings, conclusion and recommendations)
6) The poster should focus on either the general conference themes or one of the sub-themes
7) Presenters of a poster will be expected to be present on 23rd – 28th April 2018 in order to explain their posters and to hand out any leaflets, or other information materials, they have available for viewers of their poster. Each presenter can therefore only present one poster. Any organization that submits more than one application should indicate a priority to their submissions or confirm there will be enough staff members available for the presentation.
8) A jury representing the SCECSAL Program Committee will review all submissions and decide which posters will be accepted.
Poster proposal submissions should be made to the email: scecsal2018@ulia.or.ug  as a file attachment with the subject of SCECSAL2018 Poster Proposal

Important Dates
Proposal Deadline - 31st July 2017
Notification of Acceptance - 31st August 2017


Call for Workshop Proposals
ULIA welcomes proposals for workshops to be conducted during the conference. 

Organization and Submission Procedure
The aim of the conference workshops is to emphasize emerging topics of particular interest to the conference attendees not specifically covered in the main Conference. Each workshop may include a mix of regular papers, invited presentations and panels that encourage the participation of attendees in active discussions.
Proposal submissions should be made to the email: scecsal2018@ulia.or.ug  as a PDF file attachment with the subject of SCECSAL2018 Workshop Proposal.
Priority will be given to proposals that not only address an exciting topic but also promise a creative format likely to generate lively interactions and foster new ideas. Examples include bringing practitioners and researchers together, as well as facilitating multi-disciplinary discussions that can lead to high impact and transformative exploration. 
Proposal Template
Each workshop proposal (maximum 1-2 pages) must include:
1. Title of the workshop (Within the main conference sub themes)
2. Description of the technical issues to be covered, emphasizing the timeliness of the proposed workshop
3. Number of participants not exceeding 30 per workshop.
4. Workshop Organizers (names, affiliation and contact information)
5. A short biography of the organizers (up to 200 words)
6. Names of potential participants, such as program committee members and invited speakers 
7. Planned format of the workshop, including
a. Duration of the workshop: Half-day, Full-day and tentative schedule
b. Preferred day of workshop: Between Monday 23rd and Saturday  28th April 2018
c. Unique, creative and novel workshops formats are strongly encouraged and will be given particular consideration.
8. Equipment required

Important Dates
Proposal Deadline:                   31st July 2017
Notification of Acceptance:     31st August 2017

Registration Details:
Early bird registration- Feb 2017- Jan 2018     -           $360  
Late Registration -      2018 -30 Mar 2018              -          $400 
On-site Registration   - 1st April 2018 - 24 April 2018     -  $430

For more information about the conference please visit the links below:
http://www.scecsal.org/
http://www.ulia.or.ug/

Monday, February 13, 2017

Travel grant oppportunity: Hinari Access to Research for Health Programme

Funding Opportunity Description:

This award will provide funding for a Health Sciences Librarian to receive training in the Hinari Programme at Texas Christian University on May 4, 2017 – May 5, 2017. The Hinari Programme, set up by WHO together with major publishers, enables low- and middle- income countries to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of biomedical and health literature. Up to 15,000 journals (in 30 different languages), up to 47,000 e-books, up to 100 other information resources are now available to health institutions in more than 100 countries, areas and territories benefiting many thousands of health workers and researchers, and in turn, contributing to improve world health.

Eligibility:

  • The applicant must hold a graduate degree in library or information science.
  • Applicant must be currently employed as a health sciences or medical librarian and have an interest in nursing, community health, consumer health, or international librarianship. 
  • In exceptional cases, consideration will be given to an outstanding candidate not meeting eligibility criteria outlined above.
  • Preference will be given to applicants from low-to-middle income countries or those in countries with whom the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences maintains current connections with through our global endeavors.


Funding Details:

This award will cover airline, hotel, and registration costs for one individual, up to a maximum of $5,000 (USD).

Application Requirements: Submit (1) Letter of intent indicating how this training will benefit you and those you serve. This letter should address the following question “What do you expect to gain professionally and/or personally by attending the HINARI Programme”? (2) current resume / vita, (3) names and contact information of three professional references.

Important Dates:

Applications are due by February 28, 2017.

Contact and Application Submission Information:

Christopher R. Watts, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives Texas Christian University TCU
Box 297450
Fort Worth, TX 76129
c.watts@tcu.edu
817-257-6878

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Webinar - Open data and open science: current trends and global initiatives

IAALD Africa Chapter will be hosting a free webinar “Open Data and Open Science: Current Trends and Global initiatives”.

Date: 14 February 2017
Time: 13:00 Ghana | 14:00 Rome | 15:00 Johannesburg | 16:00 Nairobi

Register Today. A recording of the webinar will be available to the registrants. This the first in the IAALD Africa Chapter Webinar Series.

Open Data and Open Science is a current hot topic and has implications for food and nutrition security, especially in Africa.

This webinar is a rare opportunity for agriculture information specialists in Africa to hear more about open data and open science, current trends, and regional and global initiatives by several organizations.

The webinar will be presented by Imma Subirats, Information Management Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy.  Imma has more than 20 years’ experience in information management.

Blessing Mawire, Deputy Director for Training and Research at the Information Training & Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA), will moderate the webinar.

An interactive Q&A will follow the 30-minute presentation.

Register Now.

Friday, February 3, 2017

SCECSAL 2018: First announcement and call for papers

THE TWENTY THIRD STANDING CONFERENCE OF EASTERN, CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN AFRICA LIBRARY AND INFORMATION ASSOCIATIONS (SCECSAL XXIII), KAMPALA, UGANDA 23rd – 28th APRIL 2018.

 Call for Papers

The SCECSAL XXIII Organizing Committee has the pleasure of inviting Library and Information Professionals to the twenty third Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa Library and Information Associations (SCECSAL XXIII) to be hosted by the Uganda Library and Information Association (ULIA), in Entebbe, Uganda.   
SCECSAL is a bi-ennial conference founded in Nairobi in 1978, after the dissolution of the East African Library Association. It is the biggest conference for Library and Information Science (LIS) professionals on the continent and its purpose is to provide a platform for learning and sharing experiences on LIS developments in the region. Currently the conference has Library and Information Association members from the following countries:  Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Congo Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

SCECSAL XXIII in Kampala will build on the fine tradition of this conference being the leading forum in Africa for headlining the role of library and information institutions in cultural and social development. Best practices and cutting edge innovations in fields as diverse as documenting and preserving national literary heritage and arte facts; driving the research, scientific and scholarship agenda; promoting mass literacy and; open government, human rights, democracy and accountability will be shared and showcased in the plenary presentations, workshops, posters and a conference exhibition.

This conference is coming at a time when countries in the region have made marked advances towards the attainment of Education for All (EFA) goals as noted by UNESCO. Equally to be noted, is that the same countries have registered tremendous progress in other development areas including: agriculture, health, governance, human rights, culture etc. It is therefore a timely opportunity for the library and information sector to develop a regional agenda for boosting their contribution to their countries’ development programmes especially in the context of the UN agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Investments in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) especially in respect to Internet sub-marine cables and national backbones have grown, with attendant funds for ‘last mile coverage. Accordingly, the library and information sector in the region has been at the forefront of adopting measures to enhance access to information such as building institutional repositories, developing electronic collections including eBooks, e-journals; and the use of e-readers in public libraries to promote reading. There are still many challenges that have to be overcome for library user communities to have a full experience of hybrid library and information services such as lack of local content, varied pricing models, subscription licensing and privacy concerns.
It is in view of the above issues that members of SCECSAL will in 2018 convene in Kampala to draw up joint strategies for advocating and advancing library and information development in the region to facilitate LIS to play their cultural, educational roles and support innovations.

Objectives of the Conference

1. To devise strategies that will enable LIS inclusion in national development plans;
2. To provide a platform for learning new initiatives and innovations in the field of LIS from within the region;
3. To promote partnerships, networking and professional exchanges within and outside the SCECSAL region
Participants
Participants will include, among others: Librarians, Archivists, Records Officers, Information Scientists, Publishers, Authors, Book Distributors, Academics, Researchers, ICT Innovators, Literacy Experts, Policy makers and other persons with an interest in the Library and Information Sector in the SCECSAL region. As the conference has grown in importance over the years, participants are expected to come from the SCECSAL member countries as well as West and North Africa, Europe and United States.
ULIA welcomes proposals for papers to be presented at the conference. The papers are expected to include both the theoretical and practical elements of Records, Library and Information Science. 

Theme: Positioning Library and Information services to achieve Sustainable development: Innovations and Partnerships.

Sub Themes:
1. Inclusive library and information services for national development
2. Universal literacy through library and information services
3. Broadening LIS partnerships to achieve SDGs
4. Innovations in LIS Education
5. Innovations in the delivery of Library and information services
6. Trends in Gender and information services
7. Library and Information Services advancing open governance
8. Agricultural information services and food security
9. Bettering health through Library and information services
10. Open data, Open science and Intellectual property
11. Data science and LIS institutions
12. Cloud Computing and Information management
13. Indigenous knowledge and preservation of cultural heritage
14. Effective records management to fight corruption
15. Promoting Information Ethics for sustainable development

Requirements for submission of Abstracts for papers:

Abstracts of not more than 300 words, must address the theme and sub-themes, and should have the following details:
i) Title of the abstract;
ii) Name(s) of the author(s) with official titles or professional role;
iii) Author’s affiliated institution;
iv) E-mail contact of the corresponding author, and;
v) A maximum of four keywords.

The abstracts must be submitted to email: scecsal2018@ulia.or.ug

Important Dates:
Submission of Abstracts :      30th April 2017
Notification of acceptance:   June 2017
Submission of full paper:      September 2017
Review of submitted paper: October 2017
Submission of camera ready paper:  December 2017

For more information about the conference please visit the links below:
                                         

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Online course on Access to Scientific Information Resources in Agriculture for Low-Income Countries

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Research4Life have announced an online course on "Access to Scientific Information Resources in Agriculture for Low-Income Countries”.

Registration is open from 11th-27th January 2017.

The course will be for four weeks from 13th February to 10th March 2017.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Call for papers: Access to Information Network – Africa (ATINA) Special Interest Group

IFLA's Access to Information Network – Africa (ATINA) Special Interest Group has issued an invitation for papers to be presented at its Open Session at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress,  19–25 August 2017, Wrocław, Poland.

The theme of the Group's Open Session will be "Knowledge Systems for Sustainable Development Goals".

For details, visit Access to Information Network – Africa (ATINA) Special Interest Group.