Call for Papers — Open Sessions

Africa Section

  • 29 January 2018, 10:39
Theme: "Libraries as Development Catalyst"

IFLA Africa Section: Invites Librarians, Information Scientists and other interested professionals to submit proposals for the Open Forum to be held during the 84th IFLA WLIC, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 24-30 August 2018.  In line with the main theme of the Congress, “Transform Libraries, Transform Societies”, Africa Section proposes a Session on the theme:  


Libraries as Development Catalyst”

African Libraries, as catalyst for economic, social and cultural development: the local libraries have acted as a vehicle for access to knowledge, ideas and information and as a free service open and available to anyone.

Africa section is inviting you to send in your projects, programmes, good practices to show case how Libraries play a central role in transforming African societies.


  • LIS Training
  • ICTs for LIS Development
  • Information Literacy for Empowering the community
  • Information Literacy for Development
  • Libraries as tools for achieving United Nations 2030 Agenda
  • Libraries as Centers of Community engagements for Development
  • Quality information empowers society


The proposal must be the original work of the author(s) and should be written in either English or French. Each abstract must contain:

  1. Title of proposed presentation
  2. Outline of the proposed presentation (no more than 350 words)
  3. Name(s) of presenter(s)
  4. Position or title of presenter(s)
  5. Presenter(s) employer or affiliated institution
  6. E-mail address, Telephone/fax numbers
  7. Short biographical statement of the presenter/s, with digital photograph

Please email ABSTRACTS (Proposals) by 28 February 2018 to:  

Dr Rosemary Shafack, Chair, IFLA Africa Section


Ms Nthabiseng Kotsokoane, Secretary, IFLA Africa Section


28 February 2018: Deadline for Submission of Abstracts
30 March 2018: Notification of acceptance/rejection of papers
30 June 2018: Deadline for Submission of Full Papers

All proposals will be evaluated by a refereeing team of the Standing Committee of the IFLA Africa Section.

Please note

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Malaysia. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2018 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.

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 letter can be issued to authors.

Congress Participation Grants

List of opportunities for support is available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.