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Department of Information Studies

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The Department of Information Studies at the University of Zululand (formerly known as the Department of Library and Information Science) was founded in 1970 following the introduction of a four-year Bachelor of Library Science(BLIS) degree. An Honours degree in Library Science was introduced in 1973(BLIS-Hon), followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Library Science(PGDLIS) in 1978 and a Master’s degree in Library Science in 1984(MIS). In the late eighties, a Postgraduate Diploma in School Librarianship(PGDSL) was introduced. In June 1997, the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Library and Information Science) was introduced, and in 2000 a Bachelor of Arts in Information Science(BA-IS) was introduced to accommodate students interested in ICT intensive 3yr LIS qualification programmes.

The student enrolment figures for the courses/ modules offered by the department have steadily grown.  The department has produced 249 graduates from the year 2000 to 2009(eg BA(IS) -94,BLIS-87,PGDLIS-18,PGDSL-13,BLIS(Hon)-21,MIS -8,PhD-8). In 2011, over 410 students were registered in the department . The majority of students (240) enrolled for a Postgraduate Diploma in School Librarianship(PGDSL) which is offered to qualified school teachers who are interested in a school librarianship career for school library development in South Africa.


Information Studies (IS) Annual Conference Announcement

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Information Studies (IS) 2016 Annual Conference Announcement, University of Zululand, South Africa

7 - 9 September, 2016

We wish to invite you to participate in the 17th Information Studies (IS) conference at the University of Zululand. This year’s conference theme is “Information and Knowledge in a Changing Environment”. The purpose of the conference is to explore and share current research results and experiences in information and knowledge in the changing environment of the 21st century. We contend that the ubiquitous accessibility to knowledge and information in the current dynamic environment continues to transform theory, practice, institutions, professions, learning and scholarship. We acknowledge the several efforts in the development and deployment of information and knowledge support systems and services that enable the creation, discovery, sharing, use and management of information and knowledge in the information intensive world. We realize that the associated challenges to information and knowledge flow – such as access, ethics, policy, standards, infrastructure, and security in the current changing environment – remain a concern in most developing countries, especially in Africa. We acknowledge that several strides have been made in finding solutions for effective access, use and sharing of information and knowledge, and making these a reality in the current changing environment in Africa.

The 2016 IS annual conference will therefore provide an international open forum for academics, students, researchers, knowledge and information managers and authorities, and information- and communication-related professionals, largely from Africa, to converge, discuss, and share knowledge and experiences on the conference theme. The forum will focus on the current status and dimensions of, and advances in, information and knowledge in a changing environment, with an emphasis on the progress made in Africa.

We invite researchers worldwide, and especially from Africa, to submit their contributions to the 17th IS Annual Conference in the form of original full research papers (FRP), research-in-progress (RIP) papers, or posters that have not previously been presented elsewhere and make new contributions to the theme’s theory and practice. Topics of interest include, but are not limited: to:
• Archival Management
• Bibliometrics, Webmetrics and Scientometrics  
• Digital Archiving /Digital Curation
• Digital Divide
• Digital Libraries and Open Source Software Technology
• Digital Preservation and Access
• Digital Scholarship and Open Access
• E-government/E-governance
• E-learning Innovations
• Freedom of Access to Information and Privacy
• ICT for Development
• ILS Education and Training in Information/Knowledge Management
• Indigenous Knowledge Management
• Information Access
• Information and Knowledge Economy
• Information and Knowledge in the Cloud
• Information and Knowledge-Seeking Behaviour
• Information Literacy
• Information Security
• Information Storage and Retrieval
• Information/Knowledge Ethics 
• Integration of Social Networking Tools
• Knowledge Discovery Tools – Web and Linked data
• Marketing Information/Knowledge Services
• Modern Knowledge Management – Principles, Techniques and Practices
• Open Data and Open Government
• Records Management
• Research and Data Management
• Virtual Community Information/Knowledge Services 

You are invited to submit an abstract of your proposed paper in electronic format (as an attachment to an e-mail) based on the following guidelines:

1. The extended abstract should be 300 - 500 words in length and consist of:
(a) purpose (b) methodology/approach (c) findings (d) practical implications (g) originality/value of contribution (h) keywords; and (i) paper type (e.g. research paper, literature review, case study, conceptual paper, etc.).
2. The heading should include the title of your paper, followed by name(s), affiliation(s), and the e-mail of the author.
3. The deadline for submitting proposals is 15 May, 2016.
4. Full text should be 4000 - 6000 words in length (single spaced, size 12, Roman Times font, Harvard referencing style).
5. The deadline for submitting full papers is 30 June, 2016.
6. The deadline for research-in-progress papers and posters is 30 July, 2016.
7. Accepted full text papers will be published on the conference website and in peer-reviewed conference proceedings before the conference begins. Selected papers may be published in a book or journal.
Proposals for papers should be sent to Programme Chair: Trywell Kalusopa (PhD) ( \n This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), or Conference Chair: Neil Evans (PhD) ( \n This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). for conference update

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