2021 UNILISA Conference

Second University of South Africa Biennial International Conference on Library and Information Science Research in Africa (UNILISA)

 8 – 10 March 2021



The UNILISA conference will be held virtually in 2021, due to the prevailing uncertainty associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite the change of format and mode of hosting the conference, the Department of Information Science is dedicated to offering an exciting, innovative and enriching experience to virtual attendees and presenters alike.

THEME: Information services for a sustainable society in an era of information disorder



All authors will be notified of the acceptance/rejection of their abstracts by 3 November 2020.


Library and Information Science (LIS) plays an important role in transforming society. In line with Unisa’s mission of being the African university shaping futures in the service of humanity, UNILISA strives to establish a forum which encourages scholars from different countries to reflect on original and innovative ways of enhancing the role of Information Science, and libraries and information services, in transforming society and promoting the achievement of sustainable development goals (SDGs).

This is envisaged as one of a series of UNILISA conferences aimed at creating opportunities to establish a research network of academics and information professionals who strive to support the creation, storage and dissemination of information. The need for a comprehensive, comparative analysis of LIS from national and global perspectives cannot be underestimated. To this end, the envisaged UNILISA forum will foster the sharing of experiences aimed at directing future research in LIS worldwide.

The UNILISA conference series also seeks to create an opportunity for capacity building, while granting senior LIS academics a supportive setting in which to offer feedback to, and mentor, doctoral students.

The first successful UNILISA conference, held in 2019, was attended by academics and information professionals from across Africa and further afield. Conference papers were peer reviewed and subsequently published in Mousaion, an accredited journal devoted to Information Science. Research papers presented at the UNILISA 2021 conference will similarly be peer reviewed and published in a special issue of Mousaion, while others will appear in a peer-reviewed edited book.

Last modified: 2020/10/02