ZimLA Conference

52nd ZimLA Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting


Theme: Libraries in transition:  Emerging Trends & Technologies

Mutare, Zimbabwe, 3-5 July 2018

Submission Deadline for Abstracts: April 30, 2018

Conference website: http://www.zimla.org.zw/zimlaconference 

 About the Conference

The library and information fraternity has grown exponentially following massive adoption of technological advancements world over. Many people in positions of power, however, do not yet understand the expanded roles and capabilities of modern libraries nor recognize the extent to which libraries can be catalysts for national development and greater opportunities. As a result, no meaningful financial support if any is given to libraries. There is need for libraries and library professionals to introduce utilize and research on these new technologies.  The new trends are drivers to social, economic, political and educational development.

This year’s Conference intends to bring together scholars and Information professionals from different Libraries and Information centers with the view to enhance the quality of research development and growth in the practice of librarianship. It shall be a platform to scrutinize the current technological trends transforming the information sector assessing their adoption in Zimbabwe and other nations.

The ZimLA Conference attracts a large number of leading representatives from industry, academia and policy-makers. The Conference will proffer research papers with expert panel discussions and plenary Sessions. This year’s keynote presentation will be given by a number of outstanding professionals from library and information science. The conference will see librarians from all walks of life joining the Mutare city in a cleaning up campaign and reading sessions to schools in the Manicaland province during the pre-Conference workshop for school librarians.

Conference Thematic Area

  • Libraries in transition:  Emerging Trends & Technologies



  • Research trends in LIS
  • New roles & identities for librarians
  • Change Management: Issues and Strategies 
  • Cloud Computing
  • Trends in Digitization and Archiving
  • Mobile Applications for Libraries
  • Library Security
  • Research Data Management
  • Big Data and Data mining
  • Digital Repositories
  • Development in Open Source Technologies
  • Transition from print to electronic resources
  • Green Libraries
  • Cyber Laws and intellectual property



We invite abstracts of about 250 words. The submitted abstracts will be reviewed by peer reviewers. The reviewers will provide a short feedback on each of the abstracts.

Abstracts for research papers will be evaluated along the following criteria:

- Theoretical contribution

- Methodological rigor

- Clarity of writing

- Fit to be a conference paper

Submission Guideline:

Abstract: The total length (including title page, references, figures and tables) should be 250 words, single spaced, with standard fonts and margins and formatted according to the guidelines.

Full paper template: Authors of all accepted papers are required to submit a full manuscript of 10,000 words or less prior to the conference. If possible, the title page and references should be formatted according to Conference Paper Template. This is the paper that will be shared with the discussant with other conference participants. Presenters need to prepare their Power Point presentations that should be forwarded with the papers to the Secretary before the Conference.

About ZimLA

The vision of ZimLA is to be an association of excellence for innovative and creative information professionals and strategic partners.

Zimbabwe Library Association brings together information professionals from all types and forms of libraries, documentation centers, records centers, archival and information service providers in Zimbabwe.  The National Association foster cooperation among Information Practitioners, Academics and other interest persons in the sector to enhance professional development in the LIS profession to equip professionals with new skills to re-tool and improve existing skills and knowledge. The Association also plays an instrumental role of advocating for the provision of adequate school libraries manned by qualified librarians In Zimbabwe.

Who Should Attend?

In this regard the ZimLA Conference invites both academic scholars, esteemed Diaspora librarians as well as industry practitioners in the area of Library and Information science and Records management to attend.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: April 30, 2018

Submission of full papers: May 25, 2018

Registration deadline: July 5, 2018

ZimLA conference dates: July 3 - 5, 2018

Registration fee

Registration fee includes conference participation, panel’s participation and Lunch for participants who register for the conference before the registration deadline. Further information regarding the registration will be available at: http://www.zimla.org.zw/

Contact details

Please send your abstract and a short biography preferably with a picture through email to submission@zimla.org.zw  ;  hncube@gmail.com

For further information on the conference organization please consult our website: http://www.zimla.org.zw/

If you have questions, please send an email to: hncube@gmail.com; information@zimla.org.zw

The ZimLA Secretary General, Mobile number: (+263) 773 477 186 (+263) 733 515 048

For further information on the conference organization, visit our website: http://zimla.org.zw/zimlaconference

Lantern Fusire (ZimLA President) lantern.fusire@nust.ac.zwfusirelantern@gmail.compresident@zimla.org.zw; Cell No. +263 77 3568 837; +263 718 120 429;

Charles Poterai (ZimLA Treasurer) charpotec@gmail.com ; necc.treasurer@zimla.org.zw ;Cell: +263 77 320 2731