6 November 2015

Call for Papers - Africa Section Open Forum, WLIC, Ohio, USA, 2016

The IFLA Annual Congress will take place in OHIO, United States of America from 13th -19th August, 2016.

The Congress offers an opportunity to present library research outcomes and innovations in a multi-disciplinary international forum. In line with the theme of the 82nd IFLA WLIC, 2016,

Africa Section chose the theme: Creating an Enabling Environment for Africa: Taking the Cape Town Declaration Forward'.  

IFLA Africa Section invites Librarians, Information Scientists and other Stakeholders to submit abstracts (proposals) for papers to be presented during the Africa Section Open Forum Session in OHIO, United States of America (USA).



“Creating an Enabling Environment for Africa: Taking the Cape Town Declaration Forward”.


  • African Libraries using  Multi-media technologies to drive the post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals
  • Connecting African Library communities for Development: partnerships and networking
  • The Role of African Libraries in Driving the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals.
  •  The Role of African Libraries in Achieving the Development Agendas.
  • African Libraries as Agents of change
  • African Libraries Partnering with African Governments in Achieving the Cape Town Declaration, policy issues etc.
  • Information Literacy,  African libraries and  development
  • Continuing Professional Development  (CPD) for  building a strong African Library Community


The proposal must be the original work of the author(s) and should be written in either English or French. Each abstract must contain:

1. Title of proposed presentation

2.  Outline of the proposed presentation (no more than 350 words)

3.  Name(s) of presenter(s)

4.  Position or title of presenter(s)

5.  Presenter(s) employer or affiliated institution

6.  Email address, Telephone/fax numbers

7.  Short biographical statement of the presenter/s, with digital photograph

Please email ABSTRACTS (Proposals) by NOVEMBER 20,  2016  to:  

Kathy Matsika

Secretary, IFLA Africa Section,

E- mail:  kathymatsika@gmail.com; katherine.matsika@nust.ac.zw

Please send a Copy to:

Dr Rosemary Shafack

Chair, IFLA Africa Section

Email: roshack@gmail.com

20 November, 2015: Deadline for Submission of Abstract


November 20, 2015: Deadline for Submission of Abstracts
February 20, 2016: Notification of acceptance/rejection of papers
May 20, 2016: Deadline for Submission of Full Papers

All proposals will be evaluated by a refereeing team of the Standing Committee of the IFLA Africa Section


Please note that all fees, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc. are the responsibility of the authors of the accepted papers. Presenters are advised to approach their parent organizations for sponsorship.

No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a Special Invitation can be issued to Authors.

For information on the IFLA Africa Section, please see


Kathy Matsika

Secretary, IFLA Africa Section

University Librarian

National University of Science and Technology,

P O Box AC 940,


Email: kathymatsika@gmail.com; katherine.matsika@nust.ac.zw


Tel/Fax:  +263 79671

Tel:  +263 79693

Mobile:  +263 712 203 435


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