Call for Papers

Africa Section

Libraries: the Amazing Gateway to Knowledge and Power!


9-10 August 2012


The Auditorium, Pasila Library, Helsinki City Main Library
Helsinki, Finland

The IFLA Africa Section is sponsoring an IFLA Satellite meeting to be held in The Auditorium, Pasila Library, Helsinki City Main Library from 9-10 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 Africa Section chose the theme: 'Libraries, the amazing gateway to knowledge and power!' IFLA Africa Section invites Librarians, Information Scientists and other stakeholders to submit proposals (abstracts) for papers at the Africa Section Satellite in Helsinki, Finland.


  • Libraries: gateways or gatekeepers?
  • Web 3.0 in libraries now: amazing, exciting!
  • Information literacy: enhancing access to knowledge and power in virtual environment
  • Open access and knowledge libraries
  • Partnerships and collaboration: inspiring and exciting opportunities for libraries as gateway to knowledge and power

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

Important Deadlines

  • June 17, 2012: Deadline for submission of abstract
  • June 30, 2012: Notification of acceptance/rejection of paper
  • July 15, 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.


All proposals must be in before 17 June 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.  Presenters are advised to approach their parent organizations for sponsorship.

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: 25 May 2012