Dis/connects: African Studies in the Digital Age

SCOLMA: The UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa – Conference in Oxford,UK – 25–26 June 2012 – Call for papers.

One page abstracts warmly welcomed on the following themes (across all subjects) but are not limited to them. Papers in French are welcome if a summary is provided in English.

  • How scholars, researchers, librarians and archivists use digitised resources
  • How African studies is changing, and the place of the digital revolution in these changes.
  • Access to, selection of, and training in the use of digital resources in the library context. Are resources under-used?
  • To pay or not to pay? How easy is it for researchers to find subscription e-resources? And for libraries to fund them?
  • What is the balance of free and charged resources in the research process? How well do the models for making e-resources available in Africa work?
  • How well does user consultation work?
  • Access to the technology that underpins e-resources
  • Digital scholarship: are scholars in African studies using digital collections to generate new intellectual products?
  • The impact of mobile phone technology on African studies.
  • How patchy is the creation of digital resources, and what – and who – is being left behind?Language in Africa and new technology.

Please send your abstract to: Lucy McCann, SCOLMA Secretary Email: lucy.mccann@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.  Tel.:+44 (0)1865 270908

Thanks to Jonathan Harle, Association of Commonweatlh Universities Library & Information Network for alerting us to this conference.


About jgreigshaw

I work with Partnerships in Health Information which promotes partnership between libraries in Africa and the UK with an emphasis in African leadership. I have visited Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia though Phi has contacts in many more African countries.
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