UNIZULU to host the 22nd Annual Information Studies (IS) hybrid Conference

UNIZULU to host the 22nd Annual Information Studies (IS) hybrid Conference

The faculty of Humanities and Social sciences at the University of Zululand is gearing up to host its 22nd International Information studies conference taking place on the 6th to the 8th of September 2022.

The conference this year is themed “Library and Information Science education and research matters for sustainable development”

Unpacking the theme, Dr Neil Evans, the Head of Department of Library and Information Studies Conference stated that towards the end of the last decade in the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science, M.E. Williams (1987/1988:17-19) noted that “… Information Science brings together and uses the theories, principles, techniques and technologies of a variety of disciplines towards the solution of information problems.  Among the disciplines brought together in this amalgam called information science are computer sciences, cognitive science, psychology, mathematics, logic, information theory, electronics, communications, linguistics, economics, classification science, systems science, library science and management science.  They are brought to bear in solving the problems with information — its generation, organization, representation, processing, distribution, communication, and use.”

The conference aims to bring together  renowned speakers , the likes of Dr Naresh Sentoo,  DUT  Prof Dennis Ocholla,  UNIZULU Shana Ponelis,  University of Wisconsin USA and Prof  Bosire Oyancha, UNISA.

The Department believes that Library and Information Science education and research  can solve the United Nations Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals  (SDGs) focusing on: poverty, hunger, good health, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, renewable energy, good jobs and economic growth, innovation and infrastructure, reduced inequality, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption, protective planet, sea below water, life on land, peace and justice, partnership for the goals. We recognise efforts to made so far sustainably develop Africa but anticipate that the 2022 IS Annual Conference will advance the themes set previously and provide an international open forum for academics, students, researchers, knowledge and information workers, and information and communication related professionals, to join our hybrid and multidisciplinary event to discuss, and share knowledge and experiences on LIS research and education projects and studies in Africa. The purpose of the conference is thus to explore and share current LIS research results and experiences for sustainable development.

The proceedings of the conference will be a “Festschrift” dedicated to Prof Dennis Ocholla (published in honour of his scholarly contributions in our LIS sector) and is aimed to be DHET accredited. This will celebrate the sustainability and development of our conference and the network of scholars and friends that it has produced over the years.

The researchers worldwide, and especially from Africa are invited to submit their contributions to the 22nd 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.


  • Precious Shamase

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