University of South Africa International Conference on Library and Information Science Research in Africa (UNILISA)*

University of South Africa International Conference on Library and Information Science Research in Africa (UNILISA)*

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The biennial University of South Africa International Conference on Library and Information Science Research in Africa (UNILISA), successor of the Progress in Library and Information Science in Southern Africa (ProLISSA) conference, which was also known as the Development of Information Science in South Africa Network (DISSAnet) conference, aims to create opportunities to establish a research network of academics and information professionals who strive to support the creation, storage and dissemination of information in the field of Library and Information Science in Africa.

The biennial Progress in Library and Information Science in Southern Africa (ProLISSA) conference aimed to showcase South African and African research progres in the broad field of Library and Information Science (LIS). DISSAnet’s aim was to create a nation-wide platform to support the advancement and internationalisation in LIS research in South Africa, meeting the demands of a new country.

UNILISA is organized by the Department of Information Science, University of South Africa. ProLISSA was hosted by the department from 2006-2017 and by the Center for Information Development, Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria, from 2002-2004.

Conference History

2nd UNILISA Conference 2021, 8–10 March 2021, Virtual venue
Conference Theme: Information services for a sustainable society in an era of information disorder

    Doctoral Forum (8 Mar)

    Session: Knowledge Management
    Knowledge Management Strategies in Clinical settings, Southwest Nigeria
    Benchmarking the implementation and localization of e-government at the grassroots level in South Africa: a literature analysis
    Covid-19 and challenges of knowledge sharing among nurses in developing countries
    Fourth industrial revolution and the application of artificial intelligence (ai) in academic libraries: issues and concepts

    Sessions: Others
    Publication trends of Information and Knowledge Management journals in preparation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    Keynotes/Invited Talks:
    From collections to connections: transforming libraries to knowledge centres
    The African Diaspora and allies: a Knowledge Management research collaborator for a sustainable society in an era of information disorder

1st UNILISA Conference 2019, 11-15 March 2019, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
Conference Theme: Access to information for sustainable development in the digital age: The role of libraries and archives in Africa

    Doctoral Forum (11-12 Mar)

    Session: Information and Knowledge Management
    Personal Information Management Behaviour of Faculty in Higher Education Institutions in Ghana
    The SECI Model in Knowledge Management Research: Past, Present and Future
    A Framework for Integrating Information Management in Government Ministries in the Context of the Kenya Vision 2030
    Collaborative technologies and knowledge management in psychiatric hospitals in South West Nigeria
    Towards Establishment of IKMCs (Indigenous Knowledge Management Centres) for Sustainable Development: Issues, Challenges and Prospect
    Moderating Impact of Organizational Culture on the Relationship between Knowledge Management and Job Performance of Librarians in University Libraries in Nigeria
    Developing an Integrated Framework for Knowledge Management Systems Implementation in Universities

9th ProLISSA Conference 2017, 13-17 March 2017, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
Theme: Libraries and archives for development in the digital age
(Host: Department of Information Science, University of South Africa)

    Doctoral Forum (Mar 13-14)

    Session Papers:
    Nonparametric statistical analysis of the Delphi study of the challenges of implementing knowledge management in universities libraries in Nigeria

    Keynotes:
    Combating digital divide through sustainable development goals: imperatives for Africa’s knowledge growth

8th ProLISSA Conference 2015, 11-13 March 2015, Pretoria, South Africa
(Host: Department of Information Science, University of South Africa)

    Doctoral Forum (Mar 11)

    Conference program n.a.

7th ProLISSA Conference 2013, 5-9 March 2013, Pretoria, South Africa
(Host: Department of Information Science, University of South Africa)

    Doctoral Forum (Mar 5-6)

    Conference program n.a.

6th ProLISSA Conference 2011, 9-11 March 2011, Pretoria, South Africa
(Host: Department of Information Science, University of South Africa)

    Doctoral Forum (Mar 9)

    Session Papers:
    Some thoughts on the trends, issues, challenges and opportunities of information and knowledge management teaching and research in South Africa
    The use of technology-based mechanisms and knowledge management techniques in library practices in an academic environment : a case study
    The road to the information and knowledge society : indigenous knowledge and the Millennium Development Goals
    Job functions and requirements for knowledge managers : lessons for Library and Information Science (LIS) schools in South Africa

5th ProLISSA Conference 2009, March 4-6, 2009, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
(Host: Department of Information Science, University of South Africa)

    Doctoral Forum (Mar 4)

    Conference program n.a.

4th ProLISSA Conference 2006, 1-3 November 2006, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Conference Theme: Progress in Library and Information Science in Southern Africa
(Host: Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria)

    Doctoral Forum (Nov 1)

    Session Papers:
    Wikis: a breeding ground for aspiring anarchists or the ultimate knowledge management tool?
    Challenges of the approaching Knowledge Society: Major international issues facing library and information professionals
    Knowledge management education in Departments of Library and Information Science in South Africa
    The role of information and communication technologies for sustainable management, preservation and dissemination of indigenous knowledge

    Keynotes/Invited Talks:
    Information Management vs. Knowledge Management – what makes the difference?
    Developing human resource capacity in information sciences for the knowledge industry with specific reference to Africa

3rd ProLISSA Conference 2004, 28-29 October 2004, Pretoria, South Africa
(Host: Center for Information Development, Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria)

    Session Papers:
    From lecture hall to boardroom: designing, implementing and facilitating an Experiential learning module for knowledge management students at undergraduate level
    The formulation of a strategic knowledge management maturity model
    A holistic approach to I & KM: The portfolio of services as practical tool
    Mapping and auditing indigenous knowledge capacity in Uganda
    Growth and development in knowledge management research: A bibliometric study
    Indigenous knowledge, minority languagesand lifelong learning: A role for public libraries

2nd ProLISSA Conference 2002, 24-25 October 2002, Pretoria, South Africa
(Host: Center for Information Development, Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria)

    Session: Information and Knowledge Management
    The theme of tacit knowledge in knowledge management theory
    The interdependency between strategic management and the formulation of a knowledge management strategy
    Methodological issues relating to the assessment of corporate knowledge management practices: the role of a reference framework

    Sessions: Others
    Metadata and cross-language information retrieval as complementary technologies to provide access to knowledge databases in indigenous languages

1st ProLISSA Conference 2000, 26-27 October 2000, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
(Host: Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria; In cooperation with Library and Information Association of South Africa)

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