Call for Papers: Open Sessions

Access to Information Network – Africa (ATINA) Special Interest Group


"African Libraries - Enhancing Community Access to Information and Knowledge for Development "


Access to Information Network – Africa (ATINA), an IFLA Special Interest Group of development information professionals concerned with broadening effective access to information and knowledge for development in Africa, invites proposals for papers to be presented at its Open Session during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress/ 82th Annual Conference, 13-19 August 2016, Columbus, Ohio, United States.

Theme and Sub-themes


African Libraries – Enhancing Community Access to Information and Knowledge for Development


  • Libraries as knowledge-intensive services for innovation.
  • Information intensification in development programmes: methods and success stories.
  • Institutional collaboration and cooperation to improve access to information and knowledge, learning and innovation towards Sustainable Development Goals.
  • African libraries as strategic institutions for effective freedom of information and other rights-based strategies for development and democratic governance.

 Important Deadlines

30 January 2016
Submission of proposal (700 – 1000 words).
15 February 2016
Notification of acceptance/rejection of proposal.
15 April  2016 Submission of completed draft of paper, with a commitment to attend 2016 WLIC.
30 April  2016 Submission of presentation slides (“PowerPoint”).

Please email your proposals to:

Abraham Azubuike
Convenor, ATINA Special Interest Group


Sibusisiwe Mgquba (Ms)
ATINA Information Officer


All proposals must be received by 30 Januray 2016.

Please note

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Columbus, Ohio. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2016 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation letter can be issued to authors.

Congress Participation Grants

List of opportunities for support is available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.