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Conference Announcement and Call for Proposals for Papers and Workshops

The 4th International Conference on African Digital Libraries and Archives (ICADLA-4) will be held during 27 - 29 May 2015 at the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana.

ICADLA-4 will be hosted by Ghana Library Association, University of Ghana Department of Information Studies and Ghana Library Authority.

The International Conference on African Digital Libraries and Archives (ICADLA) is the major African forum focusing on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, organizational and social issues.

Format: ICADLA-4 will consist of two segments:

a)      Workshops on policy issues and practical dimension of digital libraries and archives (27 May); and

b)      Open plenary and specialized sessions on the various sub-themes (28-29 May).

Institutional Collaboration and Participation Invited: Collaboration and participation are invited from regional and international policy and development institutions, archives, libraries, museums, government agencies and departments, all levels of educational institutions, funding institutions, and research centres.

Participants are Invited: The ICADLA Standing Committee invites participants from Africa and worldwide, including practitioners, managers and researchers in  library and information sciences and services, computer science, information science, web science, data science, data management, archives and archival science, museums, information technology, medicine, social sciences, education and humanities.

Workshop Proposals Invited: Proposals for two half-day workshops will be accepted on; a) policy and management issues, and b) practical dimension, including digitization operations, suitable equipment, and technical standards for digital objects and preservation.

Proposals for Papers Invited: The Committee invites proposals for papers to address the conference theme and sub-themes.  Papers must be original, and may be based on well conducted research, policy experience or best practice cases.  

Theme: Strategic Framework and Action Roadmap for Africa’s Digital Libraries and Archives

Sub-Themes: Strategy papers will be presented on the development of the African Digital Library and Archives.  In addition, original and well researched technical papers and case studies are invited on the following topics -

1)      Development of national and international policies in relation to Africa’s special situation.

2)      Best practice for collaborations and partnerships for institutional and national repositories.

3)      Success factors for developing trusted repositories and ensuring the sustainability digital projects.

4)      Standards, guidelines, models and best practices for metadata, system design, digital preservation, user interfaces and services, usefulness, impact, and performance evaluation.

5)      Legal framework for promoting and protecting intellectual property, privacy, and electronic publishing.

6)      Technical infrastructure - software, hardware, bandwidth, open source and open systems.

7)      Development of institutional capacity, human resources and skills.

8)      Adopting integrated approach to, content selection, digitization, curation and preservation.

9)      Special need for scientific and statistical data management in Africa.

10)  Funding for digital libraries, archives and museums.

Length of papers and presentations: Each paper is expected to be about 2000 words in length, and be presented and discussed within 20 minutes in about 10 slides. 

Readiness to attend and present paper: Authors should be prepared to attend the conference and present their papers in person.

Funding your attendance:  All expenses, including registration fee, visas, travel and accommodation, are the responsibility of authors/presenters. There should be no expectation of financial support from organizers. However, a special invitation can be issued to authors. 

Important dates and deadlines:

15 October 2014

Submission of proposals for papers (with 200-word abstract) and workshops

30 October 2014

Acknowledgement of receipt, with provisional acceptance of proposal, if accepted.

30 November 2014

Submission of four page extended outline of paper

15 December 2014

Notification of acceptance of proposal

1 February 2015

Online registration starts

15 February 2015

Submission of completed draft of paper, with a commitment to attend ICADLA-4

15 March 2015

Submission of presentation slides (“PowerPoint”)


Proposals for papers, workshops and partnership should be submitted by e-mail or any other suitable means to:

ICADLA is governed by a 17 member Standing Committee drawn from a cross-section of African institutions.


Adly, Noha Dr

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt

Aina, Lenrie Professor

University of Ilorin, Nigeria

Azubuike, Abraham   

Dag Hammarskjold Library, United Nations

Bakhoum, Nafissatou

Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire, Senegal

Benbouida, Mohamed Dr

Ministry of Scientific Research, Morocco

Hillebrecht, Werner

National Archives of Namibia

Kalule, Ezra

National Library of Uganda

Lotfi, Abdelhamid Professor

Al Akhawayn University, Morocco

Morgos, Rafaa Dr

Ministry of Science and Technology, Sudan

Motsi, Alexio                         

National Archives of South Africa

Nhlapo, Lindy

IFLA Regional Manager for Africa

Okojie, Victoria

IFLA Africa Section Chair

Pickover, Michele       

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Salanje, Geoffrey

Bunda College of Agriculture, University of Malawi

Selematsela, Daisy Dr

National Research Foundation, South Africa

Ubogu, Felix (Chair)  

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Wordofa, Teklemichael

Addis Ababa University Library, Ethiopia


ICADLA International Advisory Committee

Eric Howard Fulbright Academy of Science and Technology
Dr Jill Cousins Europeana Foundation
Kristine Hanna Internet Archive
Martin Kalfatovic Smithsonian, USA
Simon Tanner King’s College London, UK
Vigdis Moe Skarstein National Librarian, Norway


CADLA International Advisory Committee