Call for Papers: ProLISSA 2006

"Progress in Library and Information Science in Southern Africa"
Fourth biennial DISSAnet Conference

1 - 3 November 2006

1 November 2006: Doctoral forum
2 - 3 November 2006: Conference

We have great pleasure in inviting you to submit a paper for the fourth ProLISSA conference, to be held in Pretoria on 2 - 3 November 2006, and / or an abstract for the doctoral forum to be held on 1 November 2006.

About the DISSAnet conferences

The DISSAnet series of conferences are intended as a biennial event to showcase South African and Southern African research in the broad field of Information Science. The first three conferences took place in October 2000, 2002 and 2004. All three conferences were very successful, and were attended by a number of academics and information professionals from across South Africa, the SADC countries and further afield. The conference proceedings were published in hardcopy, as well as on the DISSAnet website at



Information in modern society is valued as an essential component in the daily lives of people, both on individual and organisational levels. Increasingly we expect information to meet our needs through technological interventions or interactions. Indeed, recent technological developments have accentuated contemporary conceptions of the Library and Information field as an intersection of information, technology, people and society.

Contributions are invited that address current research issues related to the LIS field. Themes that may be addressed are wide and open, but an advanced academic level of discourse is required. Inter alia the following broad themes will be addressed at the conference:

  • Information and knowledge management
  • Information seeking and retrieval
  • Information organisation and representation
  • Information for development
  • Indigenous knowledge and indigenous knowledge systems
  • Information technology
  • Information law, ethics and philosophy
  • Information dissemination
  • Informetrics
  • Digital libraries and portals
  • Web development and web technologies

Programme committee

Programme chair
Andrew Kaniki, National Research Foundation

International advisers
Peter Ingwersen, Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark
Irene Wormell, University of Borås, Sweden

Committee members
Ismail Abdullahi, North Carolina Central University, USA
Albert Boekhorst, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Theo Bothma, University of Pretoria
Hannes Britz, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Erica Cosijn, University of Pretoria
Archie Dick, University of Pretoria
Kalervo Järvelin, University of Tampere, Finland
Eddy Maepa, National Research Foundation
Kingo Mchombu, University of Namibia
Kgomotso Moahi, University of Botswana
Mary Nassimbeni, University of Cape Town
Patrick Ngulube, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Dennis Ocholla, University of Zululand
Rocky Ralebipi-Simela, University of Venda
Nisha Sewdass, University of Pretoria
Retha Snyman, University of Pretoria
Maritha Snyman, University of Pretoria
Christine Stilwell, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Deadlines for submission of papers

14 June 2006 - Extended abstract (800 to 1000 words), sent to me at

15 July 2006 - Notification of acceptance / rejection of the submitted abstract

30 August 2006 - Final camera-ready copy of the paper

All papers will be published in the proceedings of the conference on the DISSAnet website, Full-text papers will again be reviewed for possible publication in a hardcopy publication which can be submitted for DoE subsidy.

Conference fee

R890. This includes lunches, refreshments and a cocktail.

Doctoral Forum

This forum is an opportunity for doctoral students to present their research and receive constructive advice from a panel of senior researchers and fellow students. Participants are invited to submit applications describing their research projects in 800 - 1000 words, and if selected, to prepare a 15 minute presentation for the workshop. A limited number of places are available, and all applications will be reviewed by a committee. For more details please contact Dr Erica Cosijn (E-mail:; Tel: 012 420 3669).

Deadlines for submission of doctoral forum applications

14 June 2006 - Extended abstract (800 to 1000 words), sent to Erica Cosijn at

15 July 2006 - Notification of acceptance / rejection of the submitted abstract

Doctoral forum fee

R390. This includes lunch, refreshments and documentation.

Contact information

For more information please check the web site which will be updated regularly or contact me via e-mail at

With kind regards

Theo Bothma

Conference chair

We call upon the research community of Southern Africa, as well as further afield to contribute to this research conference with papers and their participation.