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2009 ProLISSA Conference

ProLISSA conference

Progress in Library and Information Science in Southern Africa

Fifth biennial DISSAnet Conference
Senate Hall, University of South Africa (UNISA), Main Campus, Muckleneuk, Pretoria
4 - 6 March 2009
4 March 2009: Doctoral Forum
5 - 6 March 2009: Conference

Main Conference

Doctoral Forum

About the DISSAnet conferences

The DISSAnet series of conferences are intended as a biennial event to showcase South African and Southern African research in the broad field of Information Science. The first four conferences took place in October 2000, 2002, 2004 and November 2006. All four conferences were very successful, and were attended by a number of academics and information professionals from across South Africa, the SADC countries and further afield. The conference proceedings were published in hardcopy, as well as on the DISSAnet website at


Information in modern society is valued as an essential component in the daily lives of people, both on individual and organisational levels. Increasingly we expect information to meet our needs through technological interventions or interactions. Indeed, recent technological developments have accentuated contemporary conceptions of the Library and Information field as an intersection of information, technology, people and society.

Contributions are invited that address current research issues related to the LIS field. Themes that may be addressed are wide and open, but an advanced academic level of discourse is required. Inter alia the following broad themes will be addressed at the conference:

  1. Information and knowledge management
  2. Information seeking and retrieval
  3. Information organisation and representation
  4. Information for development
  5. Indigenous knowledge and indigenous knowledge systems
  6. Information technology
  7. Information law, ethics and philosophy
  8. Information dissemination
  9. Informetrics
  10. Digital libraries and portals
  11. Web development and web technologies


Programme chair


International adviser(s)

Hannes Britz, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

Peter Ingwersen, Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark

Committee members

Ismail Abdullahi, North Carolina Central University, USA
John Agada, Emporia State University, USA
Albert Boekhorst, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Theo Bothma, University of Pretoria
Tsepo Constable, University of South Africa
Genevieve Hart, University of the Western Cape
Kalervo Jarvelin, University of Tampere, Finland
Mabel Majanja, University of South Africa
Karin McGuirk, University of South Africa
Kingo Mchombu, University of Namibia
Kgomotso Moahi, University of Botswana
Mary Nassimbeni, University of Cape Town
Patrick Ngulube, University of South Africa
Dennis Ocholla, University of Zululand
Bosire Onyancha, University of South Africa
Christine Stilwell, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Adeline du Toit, University of Johannesburg
Thomas van der Walt, University of South Africa