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IRC Africa Subcommittee 2013 ALA Annual Program: Call for Proposals

The American Library Association, International Relations Committee: Africa Subcommittee invites proposals to present at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, June 27- July 2, 2013.

 For more information on the Committee: http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/iro/africasubcommittee.cfm

 The Africa Subcommittee annual presentation program provides librarians working in Africa or interested in librarianship in Africa the opportunity to share information about library services, collections and projects throughout Africa.  The program serves to inform U.S. librarians about librarianship in Africa.  The 2013Africa Subcommittee Program theme is:

 Bridging the Digital Divide: Technology and Information Access in Africa

 In the digital age technology has brought changes in library service delivery, and the Internet has become the dominant mode of information exchange in libraries. It has offered new opportunities for collecting, organizing, and disseminating local content as well as online resources. In Africa this transformation has been slow due to the digital divide but there are some efforts ongoing to close the gap. This panel presentation will describe technology initiatives in African libraries and provide insights to the challenges encountered in efforts to utilize technology to enhance services. Panelists will discuss digitization projects, institutional repositories, resource sharing, Internet connectivity, mobile technology and other relevant issues.


Submission Guidelines

 Proposals, and presentations, must be written and delivered in English,

Proposals should include:

1.    Title of the presentation

2.    Name, title, institutional affiliation, and full contact information (including a valid e-mail address) for each presenter

3.    Abstract (200-300 words)

4.    A short biographical profile of each presenter

Proposals should be submitted as an email attachment (Microsoft word or PDF) to dawson-a@ohio.edu


Deadline for proposal submission is Friday February 1, 2013


Presenters are responsible for their own travel and housing expenses at the conference.