Tuesday, February 25, 2014

SCECSAL XXI guidelines for authors updated

The Organisers of SCECSAL XXI have updated the guidelines for authors for preparing and submitting conference papers. Please, download the updated guidelines HERE.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Zimbabwe Library Association - 48th Conference & AGM, Victorial Falls, 24-27 June 2014

Main Theme: ‘Working smarter and adding value: Library services in a new paradigm‘ 
3rd Call for Papers

The Internet, with its array of new media technologies has opened a new world to information seekers from academics, researchers, business communities and even those with a casual information need. The increasing Internet penetration as a means of communication has resulted in the flourishing of digital publishing and increased capacity of individuals to access vast amounts of information. It has also provided the means for new connected virtual communities to develop across the world. This development has resulted in many regarding the library as an antiquated institution from another period  no longer relevant and easily targeted for budget cuts and low prioritisation. Libraries are also attracting criticism from people who argue that technology has made them obsolete. The question that arise from these views is; ‘Is the library still playing an indispensable role in today’s information society?’

It is against this backdrop that the Zimbabwe Library Association (ZimLA) invites interested professionals from the broad, interdisciplinary Library and Information Science field to submit abstracts of papers to be presented at its 48th conference and AGM. These papers should attempt to address the above main theme but stemming from, but not necessarily limited to the sub-themes listed below.


  • Innovation in library services
  • Information literacy and lifelong learning
          - In different types of libraries
          - Approaches/models in academic and school curricula
          - As a vital life skill
          - In protecting Intellectual property and Copyright
  • Embedded librarianship
  • Responsiveness to changing information and technology landscape
  • Information brokering and info-preneurship
  • Community librarianship
  • Library out-reach services
  • Corporate librarianship
  • Use of social media in library services
  • Changing roles of librarians
  • Proactive librarianship
  • Knowledge management
  • Open access
Dates to note:

28 March 2014: Deadline for submission of abstracts
15 April 2014:  Submission of full text papers
15 May  2014:  Program with presenters sent out

For gudelines on submision of abstracts, please contanct any of the folloiwng:
 Ronald Munatsi [ronaldmunatsi@gmail.com]
Lantern R Fusire [lantern.fusire@nust.ac.zw; fusirelantern@gmail.com]
Harriet R Ncube [hrncube@nrz.co.zw; hrncube@gmail.com]

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

15th Annual Conference of APLESA, April 7 - 11, 2014, Radisson Blu Hotel, Lusaka, ZAMBIA

We are very pleased to announce that the 2014 Association of Parliamentary Libraries of Eastern and Southern Africa (APLESA) annual conference and meeting will be hosted by the National Assembly of Zambia at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Lusaka from 7-11 April 2014.

The conference will unite parliamentary library and information professionals and other interested parties from across the Southern and Eastern regions of Africa with the objective of promoting co‐operation, communication, networking, resource sharing and capacity building among APLESA member Parliaments. From this unique intersection, new ideas and relationships are expected to emerge from the conference.

Held under the theme “Legislative information and Parliamentary Libraries: pursuing frontiers of knowledge”, the conference will widen discussions from previous interactions and consolidate current thinking in order to plant seeds for the future. With the gathering expected to be a stimulating week of presentations, interactive sessions and discussions aimed at addressing issues and challenges related to legislative information, and library and information services, everyone will have the opportunity to share experiences and knowledge, network with colleagues, and learn about new and innovative ways.

We look forward to a great conference and welcome you to Zambia.

Ms. Chama M. Mfula
Chief Librarian
P.O Box 31299
Lusaka, Zambia
Fax: (+260) 211-292252
Email: cmmfula@parliament.gov.zm
Tel: (+260) 211-292425 – 36/ 292929
Mobile: +260-977-117972

Other contacts include:

1. Mrs M Suuya
Deputy Chief Librarian
Email: msuuya@parliament.gov.zm
Mobile: +260-955/977-829666

2. Mr Peter K.Moatswi
Secretary General, APLESA
Email: kmoatswi@gov.bw
Tel: (+267) 3705502 / 3616800
Mobile: (+267) 72246680