School Librarians Pre-Conference


Date: 3 July 2017

Place: Midlands State University Great Hall, Gweru

Pre-Conference theme: 21st Century school libraries in the picture: preparing pupils and students for the future

Sub themes

  • Reading and learning in the digital age
  • ICTs in School libraries
  • School libraries in the preservation of national culture and heritage
  • School libraries in supporting the national curriculum
  • The role of the Principal and the PTA in developing functional school libraries
  • Innovations in school librarianship and parents relations


Purpose of the event

  • To advocate, lobby and buttress the need to have functional school library media centres in the education system
  • To encourage school librarians to engage in meaningful school library media research
  • To introduce new emerging technologies in school librarianship
  • To build synergies with relevant stakeholders (Public Libraries, BAI etc)
  • To preserve national culture and heritage through school librarianship


Topic guidelines

Research/ Professional Paper/Poster presentations must speak to one of the sub-themes. Proposals should be submitted by e-mail and must include:

  • Title of paper
  • Abstract (200-500 words)
  • Name of the presenter (s)
  • E-mail address (es)
  • Telephone numbers


Presentation format

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 four feet.

Posters may be accompanied by handouts.

N.B. Papers/Posters must be presented in British or American English.


Important Dates

Deadline for submission of proposals: April 30, 2017

Notification of acceptance of proposals: May 15, 2017

Please send all proposals to:,,                                                       ,


Target Audience

Heads of Schools, School librarians, Trainers & Students in School Librarianship, Teacher Librarians, Public Librarians, Teachers in Charge of Libraries, Administrators, SDC/PTA Chairs, Volunteers and other interested stakeholders.



  • Welcome Address 1: His Worship the Mayor of Gweru
  • Welcome address 2: The Vice Chancellor, Midlands State University-Prof Muzvidziwa
  • Opening Keynote Speaker: The Provincial Education Director (Midlands Province)
  • Pre-Conference Keynote Speaker: The ZimLA President - Mr LR Fusire
  • National Library and Documentation Services A/Director -  Mrs T. Stima
  • Guest Speaker: Chief Librarian Namibian Library and Archives Services - Mr. Tonderai Chanakira


Endorsed by

International Association of School Librarianship (IASL)Zimbabwe Library Association (ZimLA)

Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education |   National Library and Documentation Services (NLDS)


Pre-conference fee


Early Registration  - $50.00 (closing date 26 June 2017), 

Late Registration - $55.00

ZimLA non-members

Early Registration - $60.00 (closing date 26 June 2017),

Late registration - $65.00

Important: 10% discount if an organisation registers three or more participants.