3rd African Public Library Summit

3rd African Public Libraries Summit

The African Library and Information Association and Institutions (AfLIA) has a mandate to develop libraries, information centers, and equip library and information personnel with 21st century skills to offer cutting edge modern services to people on the African continent to improve their lives.

AfLIA will hold its 3rd African Public Libraries Summit for –
LIS practitioners in Public and National libraries
LIS educators
LIS policy makers
Organizations and Professionals working in partnership with African public libraries

Date: 3rd – 4th July, 2018 (Arrival 2nd July, Departure 5th July)
Venue: International Conference Centre, Durban, South Africa

Summit Theme

Driving Development: African Public Libraries Delivering on The Development Agenda

1. Community partnerships for delivering on the development agenda
2. Community engagement for achieving the development agenda
3. Public libraries, Advocacy and the development agenda
4.  Library Services for achieving the development agenda
5. Measuring impact of Library Services in attaining the development agenda
6. Leaving no one behind: Inclusive library and information services for disadvantaged groups and communities
7. Adopting digital technology for community development: opportunities and benefits

Expected Outcomes of Summit
It is expected that by the end of the Summit, participants would have been able to –

  • Understand strategies for deepening interactions and partnerships with the community geared towards achieving the development agenda
  • Expand their skills in influencing policy and perceptions positively for public libraries at different levels through advocacy
  • Have enhanced capacity in designing and providing inclusive, data-driven and impactful public library services specifically targeted at achieving the goals and aspirations of the development agenda
  • Understand digital skills as necessary competencies for librarians in the realisation of the development agenda

1. Submission of Proposals for Paper Presentation
Proposals must address the theme and sub-themes and could be written in English, French or Portuguese. It must be an original work of the speaker(s) and must include:

  • Title of proposed paper
  • Name(s) of speaker(s)
  • Official Title of speaker (s) or Professional role
  • Speaker’s institutional affiliation, if any
  • Speaker(s) e-mail address, telephone/fax numbers
  • Abstract of the proposed paper (250 words maximum); and a
  • Short professional profile (five lines) of speaker(s)

Length of Paper
Papers should be between 10-12 pages long, in a Word file, Times New Roman, 12point typeface including an abstract derived from the content of the paper and clear recommendations. 10 minutes will be allowed for oral presentation of the paper.

Important Deadlines
31 December 2017               Submission of the abstract
15 January 2018                   Notification of acceptance/rejection.
10 March 2018                     Submission of full papers
15 April 2018                       Submission of presentation slides (PowerPoint).

2. Submission of Posters
There will be a Poster session at the Summit.
Poster Proposals must address the main theme or sub-themes and could be written in English, French or Portuguese. To submit a proposal to participate in the Poster Session, please provide the following information:

  • Presenter’s name, institution and email
  • Poster title
  • Poster description (limit 100 words)
  • Goal
  • Target audience
  • Theme of Poster

Your topic could be described on a printed poster or by photographs, graphics and pieces of text that you attach to graphics or photographs.
Presenters of a poster are expected to be present to explain their posters and to hand out any leaflets, or other information materials, they have available for viewers. Each presenter can therefore present only ONE poster.

Important Deadlines
31 December 2017              Submission of Poster description
15 January 2018                   Notification of acceptance/rejection.
15 April 2018                         Submission of full Poster (Pictures/slides and description)

3. Ignite Talk Proposals
Opportunities will be given for participants to share short, sharp, passionate, insightful, inspiring 6mins Ignite Talks on the ‘what, how, why and when’ of innovations in their libraries. These Talks must address the Theme and subthemes of the Summit and must be accompanied with related, meaningful and impactful visuals (Powerpoint, Spark Adobe or video clips).

To submit a proposal to present an Ignite Talk, please provide the following information:

  • Presenter’s name, institution and email
  • Ignite Talk title
  • The subtheme it addresses
  • Ignite Talk description (limit 150 words)
  • A short video (not more than 10MB) of the presentation (optional)

The full and final presentation must not exceed 20 slides in timed automatic sequence. Links to videos might be embedded in the slides, however the entire presentation must not go beyond 6mins. Endeavour for each slide to have meaningful pictorial content.

Important Deadlines
31 December 2017              Submission of Ignite Talk description
15 January 2018              Notification of acceptance/rejection.
10 April 2018                      Submission of full Presentation

Registration opens on 15th January 2018 and ends 30th April 2018.
Participants are encouraged to register online and on time too to enjoy the early bird discount.

Registration Fee before 1st May 2018 is $150.00 and On Site is $180.00.

This will cover Conference materials, snacks, lunches and Opening Dinner.
Click here to register online

There may be partial sponsorship for speakers for airfare only. This will be confirmed if we
are able to raise the desired funds. Speakers should indicate if they need any partial funding.
It is also expected that Public libraries will support their personnel to attend.

Hotel Information
Hotel information will be made available in subsequent communications. However, participants will be expected to make their own accommodation arrangements.  Formal invitation letters will be sent to those who register and need such for visa purposes.

Please email your proposal and all other enquiries to programofficer@aflia.net with a copy to secretariat@aflia.net   For more information please visit AfLIA website  www.aflia.net  regularly.