Theme: “Re-Inventing the Library. The opportunities of the new information environment”

 *UPDATED* Submission Deadline for Abstracts: 31 March 2019

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

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 About the Conference:

The Zimbabwe Library Association National Executive Council cordially extends its invitation to Library and Information Professionals, Publishers, Authors, Book Distributors, Academics, Researchers, Policy makers and relevant stakeholders with vested interest in the library and information services sector to the 53rd ZimLA Annual Conference to be held from the 2nd to the 5th of July, 2019 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

The Conference is an annual event that provides a once in a lifetime  opportunity for local, regional and international practitioners, suppliers and policy makers in the library and information services sector to convene, discuss, share ideas aspirations; and learn from each other. It also seeks to bring to the fore various  opportunities availed by the emergence of new technologies and the subsequent rapid developments obtaining in the dynamic 21st century library and information service environment.

The Zimbabwe Library Association (ZimLA) is therefore launching a second call for papers and posters for its 2019 Annual  Conference. The main theme is “Re-Inventing the Library. The opportunities of the new information environment”. The 53rd ZimLA Annual Conference, is kindly organised by the National Executive Council.


Sub themes:

Papers and posters are particularly encouraged in the areas following and they should be in line with the sustainable development goals:

  1. Integration of library services in virtual research and education environments
  2. Libraries in new research and education workflows
  3. Organisational implications of E-Science and E- Research
  4. Open science  and digital repositories
  5. Case studies on delivering digital readings
  6. Strategies for systematic and mass digitisation of library collections
  7. Public-private partnerships in digitisation activities
  8. Physical and virtual learning spaces
  9. Selection criteria of data for digital preservation and curation
  10. Open Access to scholarly information and data sharing
  11. Successful models for information literacy programmes
  12. Analysis of user behaviour
  13. Integration of e-books into research and provision of quality  education
  14. Library collections and the semantic web
  15. Integrating library collections into commercial services (e.g. Amazon.com, Google Books etc.)
  16. Advocating for the role of libraries in research institutions
  17. Aggregation of library statistics and performance measures on library services
  18. Developing sustainable library services in difficult financial times
  19. Integration of traditional library services with new services
  20. Developing a skilled workforce, re-skilling and retooling library services
  21. Standardisation and quality in libraries (presentations)


Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts for Papers and Posters

Papers to be submitted shall consist of:

  1. Research papers presenting theoretical solutions, but with a clear illustration on how these solutions can be applied in libraries
  2. Position papers presenting opinions on some aspect of practice, or describing work that is still in progress, but sufficiently mature to warrant attention
  3. Experiences and case studies specifying requirements, challenges, or opportunities
  4. SDGs application into library services and enunciation of Best practices
  5. 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.
  6. 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 and the conference participants. Presenters need to prepare their Power Point presentations that should be forwarded with the papers to the Secretary before the Conference and upon full registration.


Submission Deadlines

  1. First Call for Papers – 30 November 2018
  2. Second Call for Papers - 31 December 2018
  3. Submission of Abstracts – 31 January 2019
  4. Review and Acceptance – TBA
  5. Submission of full Papers and Registration -31  May 2019


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 the ZimLA Conference Webpage.


Contact details

  1. Please send your abstract and a short biography preferably with a picture through email to submission@zimla.org.zw  ; aparakokwa@gmail.com,
  2. For further information on the conference organization please consult our website: http://www.zimla.org.zw/  and http://zimla.org.zw/zimlaconference for updates.
  3. If you have questions, please send an email to: aparakokwa@gmail.com ; info@zimla.org.zw
  4. Miss Alice Parakokwa (ZimLA Secretary General) Mobile No. (+263) 778 877 510
  5. Mr. Shadreck Ndinde (ZimLA President) shadreckndinde@gmail.com, president@zimla.org.zw; Mobile No. (+263) 773 902 739
  6. Mr. Charles Poterai (ZimLA Treasurer) charpotec@gmail.com ; nec.treasurer@zimla.org.zw ;Mobile No. (+263) 773 202 731, (+263)713138782