Academic journal article African Research & Documentation

SCECSAL XXI - a Brief Summary

Academic journal article African Research & Documentation

SCECSAL XXI - a Brief Summary

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SCECSAL XXI - Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern African Library Associations, took place in Lilongwe, Malawi, July 28 - August 1, 2014 and was hosted by the Malawian Library Association.

Guest of honour Minister of Education, Science and Technology Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano officiated at the opening ceremony. He emphasised the importance of accessibility to information resources other than textbooks, commencing in the primary schools. Afterwardsthe Malawian National Dance Troop gave a fantastic dance performance with dances from various regions in Malawi.

The theme of the conference was "Information and Knowledge Management as a Driving Force for Socio- and Economic Development". A range of interesting presentations were given in parallel sessions under the subthemes: Information and communication technology (ICT) for knowledge-based economies; LIS education and socio-economic development; Social media and socio-economic development; Conflict management - the role of archives and records; The impact of libraries and information services in shaping knowledge economies; Information literacy for socio-economic development; The role of agricultural information services in socio-economic development; Knowledge and information for persons with special needs; Knowledge and information in health care delivery services.

The conference, which is an important platform for information specialists in Africa, attracted around 200-300 participants and speakers from all across the African continent.

The comprehensive programme had presentations that treated the theme of the conference from many different angles of approach. The organisers also arranged an excursion to Lake Malawi and a cultural evening.

Just to mention a few, among many other good presentations, Ms Olebogeng Suwe from University of Botswana presented "Annotated maps, charting your research through technology". …

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