Call for Papers

Africa Section

Future African libraries: innovation and creativity

The IFLA annual congress will take place in Suntec City, Singapore from 17th - 23rd August, 2013. 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 79th IFLA WLIC, Africa Section chose the theme: "Future African Libraries: Innovation and Creativity".

IFLA Africa Section invites Librarians, Information Scientists, Information Managers and other stakeholders to submit proposals (abstracts) for papers at the Africa Section Open Forum session in Suntec City, Singapore.

Theme & Sub-Themes

Theme: "Future African Libraries: Innovation and Creativity"


  • Best Practices in African Libraries
  • Multimedia Technologies: limitless gateway to information
  • Local, Regional and International Collaboration, Partnership and Networking
  • Re-inventing African Libraries for the 21st century
  • Innovation through Education and Training in LIS
  • Mentoring: exploring the creative side of Mentor/Mentee relationship
  • Navigating the library for successful innovation

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 18, 2013 by email to:

Victoria Okojie
Chair, IFLA Africa Section

and send Copy to:

Lindi Nhlapo
Manager, IFLA Regional office for Africa

Important Deadlines

January 18, 2013: Deadline for submission of Abstract
February 18, 2013: Notification of acceptance/rejection of paper
May 16, 2013: 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 see:

For additional questions, please contact:

Victoria Okojie, PhD, FNLA, CLN
Chair, IFLA Africa Section
Registrar/CEO, Librarians' Registration Council of Nigeria
8, Zambezi Crescent, Maitama
Abuja, Nigeria
Tel: +234(0)803-334-8817


All proposals must be in before 18 January 2013.

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

Last update: 13 December 2012