I would like to welcome you to the LIAZ Newsletter, the first since the last Annual General Conference (AGC) which was held last year 2017 in Siavonga. First and foremost on be-half of the National Executive and indeed on my own behalf I would like to say a big THANK YOU to all LIAZ Members for ushering me and my team into office for the year 2017 to 2019. So far it has been an exciting journey serving you all and we shall continue to learn from each other in order to foster the Agenda of the Association forward.
Many great achievements and milestones were scored by the previous Executive and I must say they did an exemplary work and the task left is quite enormous but together we shall achieve. I would like to say a personal thank to the previous Executive and indeed to Mrs. Velenasi Mwale Munsanje for the works and successes made.
LIAZ has endeavored to uphold its vision and I quote “A Professional Association that will promote professional development and excellence in library and information services”. LIAZ engaged in many activities in pursuance of this vision and it is gratifying to announce to you that the Association has successfully clichéd the Worldreader project which will be implemented in 10 Council Libraries and each library will receive 50 e-readers. And Worldreader has conducted capacity building workshops for the librarians in these 10 Libraries.
LIAZ has also partnered with Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) on a one year training program for Public Librarians’ Capacity building in order to develop new technology based services to meet community needs. This is EIFL’s fifth national capacity building initiative for public librarians in Africa.
I would also like to congratulate Kalaba Mweni Kolandian INELI-SSAf Innovator who was awarded an Emerging Library Innovator. She was awarded a certificate of completion of the International Network For Emerging Library Innovators. We are still on with the battle for Legislation, we are still engaged with the relevant officials in pursuance of this cause. Milestones have been made to this cause and we are hopeful that we will succeed.
We have managed to collect the draft Bill with comments from the Ministry of General Education and we are currently working on the document.
Lastly I must admit that the editorial team has had challenges in soliciting for articles from the membership hence, the reason for the delay in publishing this edition. Therefore, I would like to appeal to all LIAZ members to take keen interest in the newsletter and ensure that they participate by submitting articles to the editorial team. The continued existence of this newsletter is largely de-pendent on support from its members.
At the last AGC, in 2017, a new LIAZ Executive committee was ushered in office to manage the affairs of the association for a period of 4 years. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the trust and confidence shown in the new management team. With your support, we are confident that we will succeed in building the association to the level that you want it to be.
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The Library and Information Association of Zambia (LIAZ) will be holding its Pre-Conference and Annual General Meeting at Chrismar Hotel in Livingstone, from 30th July to 2nd August, 2019, under the theme “Information Literacy as a Gateway to National Development.” A call is being made to all members/experts who wish to present papers at the Conference. Download the invitation and call for papers here.
By Velenasi Mwale-Munsanje
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession. This September, 2017, IFLA would have been in existence for 90 years.
The IFLA Global vision was presented by the out-going LIAZ President Mrs. Munsanje at the recently held Annual General Conference in Siavonga from July 18 to 21, 2017.
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The Library and Information Association of Zambia is happy to present the Annual report for the period August 2016 to July 2017. The association received a lot of support from members and other stakeholders in the library profession. The report was presented by the out-going LIAZ President Mrs. Velenasi Mwale Munsanje at this years Annual General Conference held in Siavonga from July 18 to July 21, 2017 at Lake Safari Lodge.
To read the full report click LIAZ AGC REPORT_JULY 2017.
Contact: LIAZ Journal Managing Editor: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Library and Information Association of Zambia Editorial Board invites paper proposals for presentations to be made at the next LIAZ Annual Conference to be held from 18th â€“ 21st July, 2017 at Lake Safari Lodge, in Siavonga.
The Conference will provide librarians, archivists, records managers, and other information professionals with an opportunity to exchange information about library and other information services and other projects throughout Zambia.
Through its Editorial Board, LIAZ invites librarians and other information professionals to submit presentation proposals.
The 2017 Annual Conference theme is â€œThe Role of information institutions in the attainment of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goalsâ€.
â€¢ Increased access to information and knowledge
â€¢ Libraries, record centres, archives and museums in national development and planning
â€¢ Use of ICTs in promoting SDGs
â€¢ Innovative library and information services for national development
â€¢ Advocacy of SDGs through information service provision
Proposals, presentations, and papers must be written and delivered in English, which is the working language of the conference. For submission guidelines and additional information, please see below.
Proposals should include:
a. Title of the presentation
b. Name, title, author (s), institutional affiliation, and full contact information (including a valid e-mail address) for each presenter
c. Abstract (300-500 words); in Times New Roman; font 12; single spacing
d. A short biographical profile of each presenter
Proposals/abstracts should be submitted electronically (as a single Microsoft Word attachment) to email to email@example.com and copy to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31st March, 2017.
Twelve (12) proposals/abstracts will be selected. All proponents will be notified of the selection results by 14th April, 2017
Final full papers to be received by 15th May, 2017. (Note that there shall not be any extension to this deadline)
Presentations will run for 20 minutes each, followed by a Q&A session. Presenters are encouraged to prepare a dynamic and interactive presentation, incorporating visual prompts, technologies, games, questions for the audience, etc. Power Points are common, but speakers who would want to read a paper or refer to it are welcome to do so. In either case, presenters are encouraged to submit a formal paper (5000-10,000 words), to be included in the Library and Information Association Conference Proceedings. The paper should be typed in Times New Roman, font size 12, 1.5 spacing, and an appropriate citation and referencing style. Illustrations should be clearly labeled.
FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS
The SCECSAL XXIII Organizing Committee has the pleasure of inviting Library and Information Professionals and Development partners to the twenty third Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa Library and Information Associations (SCECSAL XXIII) to be hosted by the Uganda Library and Information Association (ULIA), in Kampala, Uganda.
SCECSAL is a bi-ennial conference founded in Nairobi in 1978, after the dissolution of the East African Library Association. It is the biggest conference for Library and Information Science (LIS) professionals on the continent and its purpose is to provide a platform for learning and sharing experiences on LIS developments in the region. Currently the conference has Library and Information Association members from the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Congo Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
SCECSAL XXIII in Kampala will build on the fine tradition of this conference being the leading forum in Africa for headlining the role of library and information institutions in cultural and social development. Best practices and cutting edge innovations in fields as diverse as documenting and preserving national literary heritage and arte facts; driving the research, scientific and scholarship agenda; promoting mass literacy and; open government, human rights, democracy and accountability will be shared and showcased in the plenary presentations, workshops, posters and a conference exhibition.
This conference is coming at a time when countries in the region have made marked advances towards the attainment of Education for All (EFA) goals as noted by UNESCO. Equally to be noted, is that the same countries have registered tremendous progress in other development areas including: agriculture, health, governance, human rights, culture etc. It is therefore a timely opportunity for the library and information sector to develop a regional agenda for boosting their contribution to their countriesâ€™ development programmes especially in the context of the UN agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Investments in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) especially in respect to Internet sub-marine cables and national backbones have grown, with attendant funds for â€˜last mile coverage. Accordingly, the library and information sector in the region has been at the forefront of adopting measures to enhance access to information such as building institutional repositories, developing electronic collections including eBooks, e-journals; and the use of e-readers in public libraries to promote reading. There are still many challenges that have to be overcome for library user communities to have a full experience of hybrid library and information services such as lack of local content, varied pricing models, subscription licensing and privacy concerns.
It is in view of the above issues that members of SCECSAL will in 2018 convene in Kampala to draw up joint strategies for advocating and advancing library and information development in the region to facilitate LIS to play their cultural, educational roles and support innovations.
Objectives of the Conference
- To devise strategies that will enable LIS inclusion in national development plans;
- To provide a platform for learning new initiatives and innovations in the field of LIS from within the region;
- To promote partnerships, networking and professional exchanges within and outside the SCECSAL region
Participants will include, among others: and other persons with an interest in the Library and Information Sector in the SCECSAL region. As the conference has grown in importance over the years, participants are expected to come from the SCECSAL member countries as well as West and North Africa, Europe and United States.
ULIA welcomes proposals for papers to be presented at the conference. The papers are expected to include both the theoretical and practical elements of Records, Library and Information Science.
Positioning Library and Information services to achieve Sustainable development: Innovations and Partnerships.
- Inclusive library and information services for national development
- Universal literacy through library and information services
- Broadening LIS partnerships to achieve SDGs
- Innovations in LIS Education
- Innovations in the delivery of Library and information services
- Trends in Gender and information services
- Library and Information Services advancing open governance
- Agricultural information services and food security
- Bettering health through Library and information services
- Open data, Open science and Intellectual property
- Data science and LIS institutions
- Cloud Computing and Information management
- Indigenous knowledge and preservation of cultural heritage
- Effective records management to fight corruption
- Promoting Information Ethics for sustainable development
Requirements for submission of Abstracts for papers:
Abstracts of not more than 300 words, must address the theme and sub-themes, and should have the following details:
- Title of the abstract;
- Name(s) of the author(s) with official titles or professional role;
- Authorâ€™s affiliated institution;
- E-mail contact of the corresponding author, and;
- A maximum of four keywords.
The abstracts must be submitted to email: email@example.com
Submission of Abstracts : 30th April 2017
Notification of acceptance: June 2017
Submission of full paper: September 2017
Review of submitted paper: October 2017
Submission of camera ready paper: December 2017