Call for Papers

Africa Section

Africa Libraries now on open access agenda


The IFLA annual congress will take place in Helsinki, Finland from 11th -17th August, 2012. 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 78th IFLA WLIC, Africa Section chose the theme: Africa Libraries now on open access agenda. 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 Helsinki, Finland.


  • Open Access for all in Africa libraries
  • Social networking in Africa libraries
  • Information literacy in Africa libraries on open access agenda
  • Indigenous knowledge for all in Africa libraries
  • Policy issues in open access agenda
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Africa libraries open access agenda
  • Integration of open access agenda and libraries in Africa: the role of librarians

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, 2012 by email to:
Rosemary Gitachu
Secretary, IFLA Africa Section

Important Deadlines

January 14, 2012: Deadline for submission of abstract

February 18, 2012: Notification of acceptance/rejection of paper

May 16, 2012: Deadline for submission of full paper

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

For information on the IFLA Africa Section, please our webpage


All proposals must be in before 14 January 2012.

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 Finnish National Committee and IFLA have worked hard to secure funds for Conference Participation Grants. Up-to-date information is available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.

Last update: 13 January 2012