ZimLA Conference

51th ZimLA Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting


Theme: Libraries in the National Development Agenda: Repositioning libraries for sustainable development


Submission Deadline for Abstracts: MARCH 31, 2017

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

Conference registration form available here

 About the Conference

This year’s Conference intends to bring together scholars and Information professionals from different Library and Records disciplines to enhance the quality of research towards the development and growth of librarianship in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Conference is going to provide a platform for establishment of sustainable development and technological transformation in the information sector among national and international researchers and experts, as well as introduction of national and international best practices in these fields.

In previous years, ZimLA Conferences have attracted a large number of leading representatives from industry, academia and policy-makers in the fields of Library and Information Management. The Conference will discuss research papers through panel discussions and plenary sessions.

Pre-Conference workshop for school librarians

The Conference will see School librarians converging in The City of Progress for a one day pre-Conference workshop for school librarians in a bid to promote school library service. .

Conference Theme

Libraries in the National Development Agenda: Repositioning libraries for sustainable development

Sub - Themes

  • ICTs in the development of knowledge
  • The role of libraries in  building sustainable communities
  • Information centers in the  Preservation of national  culture and heritage
  • Libraries promoting Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Research for enhancing development
  • LIS education in promoting National Development Agenda
  • National/Public/Community Library Services leading attainment of the Zimbabwe Agenda for Socio-Economic Transformation  (ZimAsset)
  • Libraries promoting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


We invite submissions of abstracts (250-300 words). The submitted abstracts will be reviewed by peer reviewers and scores will be used as a basis for acceptance decisions. The reviewers will provide a short feedback on each of the abstracts they review.

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

  •  Theoretical contribution
  • Methodological rigor
  • clarity of writing
  • Fit to be a conference topic

Submission Guideline:

Abstract: The total length (including title page, references, figures and tables) should be 250-300 words, and; a maximum of four keywords, single spaced, with standard fonts and margins and should be formatted according to the guideline.

Authorship: Name(s) of the author(s) with official titles or professional role; Author’s affiliated institution; E-mail contact of the corresponding author.

Full paper template: Authors of all accepted papers (extended abstracts) are required to submit a full manuscript. The title page and references should be formatted according to Conference Paper Requirements. This is the paper that will be shared with the discussant and other conference participants. Presenters need to prepare their Power Point presentations that should be forwarded with the papers to the Secretary General before the Conference

Who should attend?

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

Registration fee

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

 Contact details

Send your abstract and a short biography preferably with a picture through email to ZimLA Secretary General - Cell: +263 773 477186; +263 733 515048, Email - hrncube@gmail.com

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

If you have questions, please send an email to: hrncube@gmail.com  

For further information on the 51th ZimLA Conference and AGM, please contact:

Lantern Fusire (ZimLA President) lantern.fusire@nust.ac.zwfusirelantern@gmail.compresident@zimla.org.zw; Cell No. +263 773 568 837; +263 718 120 429;

Harriet Ncube (Secretary General) hrncube@gmail.comsecretarygeneral@zimla.org.zw; Cell No. +263 772 477 186; +263 733 515 048