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2011 ProLISSA Conference

Progress in Library and Information Science in Southern Africa

Sixth biennial DISSAnet Conference
University of South Africa (UNISA)
9-11 March 2011
9 March 2011: Doctoral Forum
10-11 March 2011: Conference

Main Conference

Doctoral Forum

Conference photo gallery


We have great pleasure in inviting you to submit a paper for the sixth ProLISSA conference, to be held in Pretoria on 9-11 March 2011, and / or an abstract for the doctoral forum to be held on 9 March 2011

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 five conferences took place in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2009. All five 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. Conference papers that were presented prior to 2009 can be found 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, South Africa
  • Genevieve Hart, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
  • Kalervo Jarvelin, University of Tampere, Finland
  • Mabel Majanja, University of South Africa, South Africa
  • Karin McGuirk, University of South Africa, South Africa
  • Kingo Mchombu, University of Namibia, Namibia
  • Mary Nassimbeni, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Patrick Ngulube, University of South Africa, South Africa
  • Dennis Ocholla, University of Zululand, South Africa
  • Bosire Onyancha, University of South Africa, South Africa
  • Christine Stilwell, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Adeline du Toit, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Thomas van der Walt, University of South Africa, South Africa
  • Elisam Magara, University of Makerere, Uganda
  • Stephen Mutula, University of Botswana, Botswana
  • Joseph Kiplang’at, Moi University, Kenya
  • Mutawakilu A. Tiamiyu, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Lawton Hikwa, National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe
  • Vitalis Chifwepa, University of Zambia, Zambia
  • Gavin Davis, University of Western Cape, South Africa

Deadlines for submission of papers

  • 11 June 2010 - Extended abstract (800 to 1000 words), sent to me at
  • 16 July 2010 - Notification of acceptance / rejection of the submitted abstract
  • 29 October 2010 - Final camera-ready copy of the paper

All papers will be published in the proceedings of the conference on the DISSAnet website, Full-text papers will again be reviewed for possible publication in a hardcopy publication which can be submitted for DoE subsidy.

Contact information
For more information please check the web site which will be updated regularly or contact Prof Patrick Ngulube at or Prof Bosire Onyancha at