The Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern African Library and Information Associations (SCECSAL) is a regional forum for Library and Information Associations in Africa. It is a non-profit organization that was established in 1977 to promote the development of libraries and information services in the region. SCECSAL has a membership of over 20 National Library and Information Associations from Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa.


The theme of the conference is “Re-Imagining Information Products and Services for the Digital Era“. The conference will provide a platform for librarians, information professionals, and other stakeholders to share ideas and best practices on how to transform libraries and empower communities in Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa.
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Main Theme

Re-Imagining Information Products and Services for the Digital Era.


  • Research data management
  • Data science and analytics
  • Information space design and management
  • Advocacy, networking and alliance building
  • Knowledge management
  • Assistive technologies
  • Radio Frequency Identification
  • Self-service technologies
  • Digital library platforms
  • Information and knowledge discovery tools
  • Continuous professional development
  • Accreditation of LIS programmes
  • Research excellence in LIS
  • Innovative curricula and programmes
  • Internationalization and contextualization of LIS training
  • Pedagogy in LIS
  • Challenges and opportunities of emerging technologies in LIS training
  • Information and sustainable development
  • User-centric information product and service design
  • Crisis information services
  • Services and products for people with special needs
  • Information governance
  • Copyright and intellectual property management
  • Privacy, open data and data protection
  • Cybersecurity and safety in digital spaces
  • Digital citizenship
  • Disinformation, mal-information and misinformation
  • Digital archiving
  • Electronic document and records management systems
  • Intelligent records management
  • Disaster and risk management
  • Metadata and classification


Networking Opportunities

SCECSAL conferences gather professionals, academics, policymakers, and industry leaders from across Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa. Attendees have the opportunity to network, collaborate, and build relationships with peers in the field.

Knowledge Sharing and Exchange

The conference offers a platform for the exchange of ideas, experiences, and best practices in library and information science. Attendees can gain insights into emerging trends, innovative strategies, and challenges facing the profession.

Professional Development

SCECSAL XXVI provides a diverse program featuring keynote speeches, workshops, panel discussions, and paper presentations. These sessions cover a wide range of topics relevant to library and information professionals, offering valuable learning opportunities and professional development