Call for Papers

Africa Section

African libraries, not just place but interface

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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 77th IFLA WLIC, Africa Section chose the theme: "African libraries, not just place but interface."  The IFLA Africa Section invites Librarians, Information Scientists and other stakeholders to submit proposals (abstracts) for papers at the Africa Section Open Forum session in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


  • Innovation, integration and information for all in African libraries
  • Social networking in African libraries
  • African libraries without borders
  • Integration of digital and conventional libraries in Africa: the role of librarians and IT staff
  • African libraries as interface: competencies of librarians and users
  • Integration, collaboration and resource sharing in a digital environment
  • User-interface and accessibility in African libraries
  • Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
  • Education and Training in LIS

Submission Guidelines:

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

  • Title of proposed presentation
  • Outline of the proposed presentation (no more than 350 words)
  • Name(s) of presenter(s)
  • Position or title of presenter(s)
  • Presenter(s) employer or affiliated institution
  • E-mail address, Telephone/fax numbers
  • Short biographical statement of the presenter/s, with digital photograph

Please send proposals by January 14, 2011 by email to:  

Victoria Okojie

Secretary, IFLA Africa Section,


Important Deadlines:

January 14, 2011: Deadline for submission of abstract
February 18, 2011: Notification of acceptance/rejection of paper
May 16, 2011: Deadline for submission of full paper

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


All proposals must be in before 14 January 2011.

Please note

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors.

Congress Attendance Grants

The Puerto Rico National Committee and IFLA have worked hard to secure funds for Conference Participation Grants. Please check our Conference Participation Grants webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Last update: 15 January 2011