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World Library and Information Congress: 73rd IFLA General Conference and Council

"Libraries for the future: Progress, Development and Partnerships"

19-23 August 2007, Durban, South Africa

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Call for Papers for Satellite meeting

Managing technologies and library automated systems in developing countries: open source VS commercial options

Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal
14-16 August 2007

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and its Management and Marketing, Information technology, and Africa Sections, in collaboration with the Université Cheikh Anta Diop, are organizing a pre-conference and satellite meeting in Dakar (Sénégal) from August 14 to 16, 2007. This is held in conjunction with the IFLA annual conference, which takes place in Durban (South Africa), the following week.


The theme of this meeting will be the management of technologies and library automated systems in the context of developing countries, and in the light of recent developments concerning open source software and applications, as well as new commercial products. The objectives of the conference are to:

  • Bring together library practitioners, researchers, and educators in library and information science as well as designers and providers of technologies, software and other products that can be useful to libraries and their users, in order to exchange information and ideas;
  • Share international experiences focusing on various approaches to the management of technologies and library systems in the context of developing countries;
  • Contribute to the organization of study groups on these questions among African information professionals from different linguistic communities;
  • Explore possibilities that can be offered by IFLA core programmes to support developing countries in developing their management of technologies and library and automated systems.


  • Theoretical, practical and technological implications of the management of technologies and library automated systems in the context of developing countries;
  • Change management and communication patterns related to new technologies in libraries and information services;
  • Staff and personnel training / education for the management of technologies and library automated systems;
  • Experiences with and evaluation of technologies and library automated systems as they relate to developing counties;
  • Prospective questions in the area of technologies and library automated systems;
  • All other related subjects
NOTE: It is important to note that technology per se is not the theme of the conference, but rather its management.


Interested persons are invited to submit a proposal for a paper and presentation of about 25 minutes on the topics listed above.

Languages accepted: French and English are the two official languages of the conference and proposals can be submitted in either language.

The proposal which should be not more that 1000 words or two pages long and accompanied with the author¹s resume must be submitted in electronic format before November 30 2006.

Proposal should be sent by e-mail to:
Réjean Savard, Chair of the scientific committee
EBSI, Université de Montréal
CP 6128 succursale Centre-Ville
Montréal H3C 3J7
E-mail: rejean.savard@umontreal.ca

Proposal evaluation:
Evaluation of the proposals will be based on their scientific quality (pertinence, theoretical base, methodology, originality) and on the competencies of the candidate(s) based on his/her past realizations (quality/quantity of his/her publications/communications, importance, and relevance to the theme of the pre-conference, professional experience etc.)

The following schedule will be applied:
30 November 2006: Deadline to submit proposals
15 January 2007: Notification of acceptance and dissemination of the program
30 May 2007: Deadline for authors to submit their papers
14-16 August 2007: Conference
2008: Publication of the papers


  • Reinhard Altenhöner, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (Germany)
  • Yawo Assigbley, Ministère du Développement et de l'Aménagement du Territoire et consultant (Togo)
  • James Daniel, National Mathematical Center, Abuja (Nigeria)
  • Bernard Dione, Univ. de Montréal, (Canada) (formerly from Université de Dakar Library)
  • Benoit Ferland, Bibliothèques, Ville de Montréal et Université de Montréal (Canada)
  • Nazha Hachad, École des sciences de l'information (Morocco)
  • Jacques Hellemans, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
  • Àngels Massisimo, Universitat de Barcelona (Spain)
  • Ali Mcharazo, Chairman, Tanzania Library Association (Tanzania)
  • Jalel Rouissi, Institut Supérieur de Documentation (Tunisia)
  • Réjean Savard, Université de Montréal (Canada)
  • Nadia Temmar, Documentation et archives, École Supérieure de Banque (Algeria)
  • Jacintha Were, Systems Librarian, University of Nairobi (Kenya)
  • Elie Youmba, Institut de recherches agronomiques et forestières (Gabon)
For more information about the venue of the conference:
Henri Sène, Chair of the Local Organization Committee,
Director Library, Université Cheikh Anta Diop,
Dakar, Senegal
E-mail: hsene@ucad.sn