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School Librarians Pre-Conference

(IASL) Africa Sub-Sahara & ZimLA joint 4th Annual Pre-Conference in School Librarianship

Date: Monday 1st July 2019.

Venue: Elangeni Public Service Training Centre, Harare Road, Khumalo in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe,

IASL (Africa Sub-Saharan Region) and Zimbabwe Library Association invites information professionals/school librarians, educators/researchers who either work in Library & Information Science educational training institutions or have an interest in school librarianship to submit proposals for recent research/professional papers/poster presentations for a pre-conference to be held prior to the Zimbabwe Library Association’s 53rd Annual Conference and General Meeting in Bulawayo.

Main theme
“Re-Inventing the School Library. The opportunities of the new information environment”.

Sub themes
Papers and posters are particularly encouraged in the following areas,

  • Integration of digital school library services in education environments
  • Open Access Online Educational Resources in the school library
  • Successful models for information literacy programmes in school librarianship
  • Analysis of user behaviour in the school library
  • Strategies for systematic and mass digitisation of school library collections
  • Developing sustainable school library services in difficult financial times
  • Developing a skilled school library workforce and re-skilling such personnel

Important Dates:

  • First Call for Papers – 31 March 2019
  • Second Call for Papers – 30 April 2019
  • Submission of Abstracts – 15 May 2019
  • Review and Acceptance – 31 May 2019
  • Submission of full Papers and Registration -10 June 2019

Paper presentation:
Each presenter will be given twenty (20) minutes maximum to present his/her paper. An additional ten (10) minutes will
be allowed for questions and answers.

  • Poster Presentation:
  • Posters should be 100 x 122 centimetres.
  • Screen prints, charts, drawings, photographs, and other graphics along with text, to illustrate the presentation,
  • are encouraged.
  • Lettering should be simple, bold, and easily legible from a distance of 1.22 metres.
  • Posters may be accompanied by hand-outs (if possible but optional).

N.B. Papers/Posters must be presented in British or American English, a certificate of attendance and an honorarium will be
given to presenters after the pre-conference.

Registration fee
▪ Registration fee includes conference participation, panel’s participation for presenters who register for the
conference before the registration deadline. Further information regarding the registration will be available at: and
Workshop fees:

  • RTGS [Bond] $ 80.00 for IASL, ZimLA, ZLDT, ZRLT, ZULC, CARLC, RLRDP etc.
  • RTGS [Bond] $ 100.00 for non-members.
  • Foreign Delegates who are members of the following regional associations LIASA, AFLIA, IFLA, LIAZ, BLA, SWALA, LLA, NIWA, MALA , SCECSAL will pay USD $ 50.00 bona fide members (proof required)
  • Foreign Delegates who are non-members of Library Associations will pay USD $ 60.00
  • Early registration closes on or before June 15, 2018. Late registration will be RTGS $ 85.00 and RTGS $105.00 for local delegates respectively. For banking details please e-mail the undersigned.


Contact Mr Jerry Mathema IASL Drector Africa Sub Sahara and ZimLA President-Elect