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The 4th Industrial Revolution and Library Practices, 23 - 25 October 2019

                    The University of Johannesburg Library hosts an International Conference on
                The 4th Industrial Revolution and Library Practices,  from 23 - 25 October 2019

Please read the Conference Papers Guidelines

Call for Papers 

The aim of this conference is to explore what new technologies the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)  is bringing to Libraries, how they can be used, and the effect of the 4IR on library practices and how libraries could benefit from this revolution. Furthermore we will be exploring the implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on academic libraries concerning knowledge production and knowledge sharing which are central to the South African National Development Plan. Few in-depth studies have been done on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Libraries in Africa, and so this is an exciting new field of research that we invite you to participate in.

Conference papers will be shared via open access and published in the Institutional Repository of the University of Johannesburg, thus facilitating knowledge sharing in Africa.

Successful submissions will be considered for publication in an edited book, which will go through a double-blind peer reviewed process and published 12 months after the conference.

(Submitted papers must NOT have been previously presented, published or accepted for other publications.)

Abstracts will be published in the conference programme. 

We welcome papers that fit broadly into one of the following themes

  1. Big Data Management and Data Curatorship
  2. Embedded librarians
  3. The 4th IR and its impact on learning in academic institutions.
  4. Taking Staff into the 4th IR. Rethinking the roles and skills of Librarians.
  5. E-Resources in the age of the 4th IR.
  6. How will the 4th IR change the work of librarians in assisting research?
  7. Open Data Movement and Open Access
  8. Personal Data Protection
  9. Block Chain Technology
  10. Bibliometrics and Citation Technologies
  11. Social Media and LIS
  12. Cloud and Grid Computing
  13. Robotics
  14. Technopreneurship
  15. Libraries in Africa: It is time to digitally support Africa.

Submission: Individual proposals should include a 250-word abstract, accompanied by a short bio, name of institution, contact email and phone numbers of presenters.

Final Due Date to Submit Abstract: 30 April 2019

Notification of acceptance of abstract by 5 August 2019.
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Peer-review Committee for the UJ Library International Conference 2019

  • Dr Anette van Vuren – Retired Director: UJ Library
  • Dr Reggie Raju -- Deputy Director: Research & Learning, University of Cape Town
  • Hilda Kriel – Retired Deputy Library Director, University of Pretoria.
  • Lucille Webster – Director: Library Services, Durban University of Technology
  • Dr Martie van Deventer – Portfolio Manager CSIR Information Services (Retired)
  • Prof Perpetua Dadzie -- University Librarian, University of Ghana
  • Madelein Van Heerden – CSIR Information Services Portfolio Manager
  • Prof Kelvin Bwalya – Vice Dean: Research, Innovation and Internationalisation, UJ
  • Pavlinka Kovatcheva – Faculty Librarian: UJ Library
  • Dr Abejide Ade-Ibijola -- Senior Lecturer: Department of Applied Information Systems, UJ
  • Dr Hamilton Mphidi - Research, Innovation and Engagement, TUT