IFLA Reference and Information Services Section (RISS) 2015 Satellite Meeting, 11-13 Aug. 2015

The Reference & Information Services Section (RISS) 2015 Satellite Meeting will be held in Gaborone, Botswana from August 11th-13th. The RISS Satellite meeting provides an exciting international forum which addresses all aspects of reference work in all types of libraries.

The Gaborone meeting will address the ways in which reference and information services can help connect libraries to civil societies, promote local and indigenous knowledge, culture and development.

The RISS Satellite Meeting is being organized for the first time in Botswana. We hope you will consider joining us as we share our knowledge and interests.

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Registration fees:
Early (until May 31st) – 100 Euro
Late Registration – 120 Euro

Keynote Speakers from University of Botswana: Prof. Otlogetswe Totolo, Deputy Vice-Chancelor Academic Afairs, Prof. Stephen Mutula, Department of Library and Information Studies

Papers to be Presented:

  • Ezinwanyi Madukoma (Nigeria) “User’s perception of electronic reference service.”
  • Athuland Mutshewa and Keolebogile Thandie Sunah Kentse (Botswana) “Users’ criterion of relevance of the support given by librarians on the use of Information and Communication Technologies: the case of Gaborone Public Library, Botswana.”
  • Edwin Qobose and Boipuso Mologanyi (Botswana) “Evaluating virtual reference service at University of Botswana Library: a case study of Question Point”
  • Blessing Kebakgore Ketlhoilwe and Spando Kgomotso Molatedi, (Botswana) “An evaluation of the University of Botswana reference services staff: current and future skills and competencies.”
  • Kelem Kassahun and Chatiwa Nsala (Botswana) “The views of academic librarians towards open access resources as a reference service: a case of private institutions of higher learning in Gaborone, Botswana.”
  • Angelina Totolo and Dimane Mpoeleng (Botswana) “Perceptions of University of Botswana librarians on the potential of Web 2.0 tools.”
  • Donald Flywell E. Malanga (Malawi/Botswana) “Factors hampering the provision and delivery of reference and information services in Malawian school libraries.”
  • Austin J.C. Mole, Scholastica Ukwuoma and Chibuzo I. Dim (Nigeria) “Recreating public library-based reference and information services for promoting democracy and good governance in Africa”
  • Connie (Monica) Setshwane (Botswana) “Cultural preservation through public libraries: Lessons from Kanye Public Library.”
  • Ewa Mork (Norway) “A difficult subject and an uncertain landscape: reference and information services related to genocide and minorities at the Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities (HL-center) in Oslo”
  • Steven Lutaaya (Uganda) “Corporate records and archives references services: challenges and opportunities from the Bank of Uganda perspective.”
  • Samantha Schmehl Hines (United States) “Connecting individuals with social services: the library’s role.”
  • Christopher Nkiko and Mercy Iroaganachi, (Nigeria) “Community SDI Services for Empowering Women through Information Provision and Utilization: Center for Learning Resources as a Catalyst for Social Change”
  • Olugbade Oladokun (Botswana) “The ubiquity of library through reference service: bridging the gap to the marginalized.”
  • Stephen M. Mutula (South Africa) “Ethical dimension of providing reference services by academic libraries in Africa”
  • Ayanda A. Lebele (Botswana) “The role of reference librarians in internet governance: the case of Botswana”
    Iguehi Ikenwe, Magnus Igbinovia and Solanke Oluwayinka (Nigeria)
  • “Inducing Illumination in Dark Places: A Critical Analysis of the Relevance of Reference Librarian in the Information Age.”