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2013 ProLISSA Conference - 5 to 8 March 2013

Progress in Library and Information Science in Southern Africa

Seventh biennial DISSAnet Conference
UNISA, Pretoria

5-8 March 2013
5-6 March 2013: Doctoral Forum
7- 8 March 2013: Conference
Venue: Saint George Hotel, Pretoria

For the Programme; Registration and Fees please click here

About the DISSAnet conferences

The DISSAnet series of conferences are intended as a biennial event to showcase South African and African research in the broad field of Information Science. The first five conferences took place in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2011. All six 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 2011 can be found on the DISSAnet website at and papers from PROLISSA 2011 are published in Mousaion 29 (2) 2011 which is an accredited journal in Information Science.

Conference Themes

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:

  • Information and knowledge management
  • Research trends in library and information science
  • Information seeking and retrieval
  • Information organisation and representation
  • Information for development
  • Indigenous knowledge and indigenous knowledge systems
  • Information communication technologies
  • Information law, ethics and philosophy
  • Information dissemination
  • Informetrics
  • Library and information science education and training
  • Archives and records management

Doctoral Forum (5-6 March 2013)

The Doctoral Forum is part of the biennially held DISSAnet series of conferences which endeavour to showcase South African and African research in the broad field of Information Science. Abstracts are invited from Masters and Doctoral students with a panel of experts about their research activities or output.

Programme chair: Dr Luyanda Dube

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
  • Constant Okello-Obura, Makerere University, Uganda

Deadlines for submission of papers

  • 16 July 2012 - Extended abstract (500- 800 words), sent to
  • 30 July 2012 - Notification of acceptance / rejection of the submitted abstract
  • 31 October 2012 - Full completed paper

Contact information

For more information please check the web site ( which will be updated regularly or contact Dr Luyanda Dube at