Welcome To LIASA Conference 2016






homepage picIt is indeed a great pleasure to welcome all of you to the 17th Annual Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) conference in Durban from 10 to 14 October 2016. This yearly event was deferred as LIASA, the library and information services (LIS) community and relevant stakeholders hosted the 81st IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Cape Town in 2015. Notwithstanding the high praise received for this, Conference 2016 is causing great excitement and feverish planning is underway.

The theme of the LIASA conference 2016: Libraries in Action: Transformation and Development towards 2030 seeks to capture the focus of librarians; the library and Information community at large; decision makers; and relevant stakeholders to the fact that it cannot be business as usual if a significant impact is to be made on national development.

The South African National Development Plan (NDP) 2030, launched on 15 August 2012 aims to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality within the next fifteen years by uniting South Africans, unleashing the energies of its citizens, building skills to contribute to growing an inclusive economy, and enhancing the capability of the state and leaders to work together to solve complex problems. The ongoing challenge of access to information in developing countries negatively impacts the intended development and remains a worrying factor that cannot be left to continue.

The NDP Vision 2030 provides library leadership with the opportunity to redefine their role within this context and for librarians to translate this into meaningful actions that demonstrate the value libraries add to eradicating poverty, illiteracy and unemployment with special emphasis on educational, economic and social priorities that include early childhood development, youth services, women’s health and local economic development.

Alongside the NDP 2030 imperatives, other conference themes examine the response of the LIS sector following the launch of the LIS Transformation charter; and, the economics of library management in response to the realities facing the academic sector that include the student protest campaigns such as #feesmustfall and, the current negative sentiment of emerging economies as seen in the harsh depreciation of the Rand. Practitioners and library leaders have the opportunity to showcase and demonstrate the value of libraries in how national, continental and global priorities are being met. READ MORE


Deadline for abstracts: 4 March 2016

Acceptance notifications: 15 April 2016

How to submit an abstract:

  1. Create an online profile.
  2. Login, or continue if already logged in.
  3. Under User Home, in your role as Author, click on New Submission. Follow the wizard and submit the abstract and CV(s).

CLICK HERE to view call for papers

Deadline for proposals: 29 February 2016

Acceptance notifications: 30 March 2016
Submission of jpeg version of the actual poster for the website, social media: 16 September 2016
Full sized poster: 10 – 14 October 2016


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CLICK HERE to view call for posters and requirements.


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