Conference
2022

17-18
May

RECONNECT: Embracing the changing shape of the world and how we work together!

The University of Johannesburg Library, in collaboration with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), will be hosting an International Conference on:
RECONNECT: Embracing the changing shape of the world and how we work together.

The new age of work is playing out to form a robust and holistic response on how we work, learn and teach. Accordingly, our responses create opportunities for transformative, growth-aligned business, employment and workplace strategies to emerge.
As we are faced with rebuilding our social and work-life balance following the severe, unprecedented pandemic that impacted the world, we will explore dialogues and presentations focusing on how our disrupted perspectives are being constructed in a POST COVID-19 world. Collaboration, innovation, and flexible responses have been developed with an agile view to accelerating library models and digital technology.
Join the University of Johannesburg Library’s International Conference as we connect thought leaders and like-minded colleagues who will convene to discuss “RECONNECTING”. 

Details

The 2022 International Conference is now FREE TO ATTEND

DATES: 17 & 18 May 2022
Virtually via Zoom (held at South African time)
In-person attendance: University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park Campus, Corner Kingsway & University Road, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.
Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_P46QAuh0TKOmwCI3szLrpA
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/s/93767650354

Programme

Programme Director: Alrina de Bruyn,  Director: University of
Johannesburg (UJ) Library

17 May 2022 | 08h00 – 14h30
Day 1

Time (SAST)TopicSpeaker 
08h30 – 09h00Technical Dry Run / Registration/Tea & Coffee for in-person delegatesUJ Library Technical /Events Team
09h00 – 09h10Welcome and IntroductionsAlrina de Bruyn, Director, UJ Library
11h00 – 11h05Facilitator introduces Session & Speakers
09h10 – 10h00

SESSION 1: Beyond the web – Digital Transformation in Libraries


1. Information Technology Skills Advantages and limitations in the post COVID online educational era.
Author: Dr Victoria Kalogerou - Lecturer: School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Nicosia.

2. Vectorized video-on-demand massive open online course: a viable alternative for instructional delivery in Nigeria.
Author: Paul Ingiona Adie - Educational Technology Unit, Department of Curriculum and Teaching Faculty of Educational Foundation Studies, University of Calabar, Nigeria.

3. Democratizing security education through educational technologies for Nigeria development.
Authors: Gibson Samuel Okworo (Ph.D) - Department of Educational Technology, University of Uyo, Nigeria and Paul Ingiona Adie - Educational Technology Unit, Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Faculty of Educational Foundation Studies, University of Calabar,

4. A framework for embracing Web 2.0 Technologies to nurture the reading habits of secondary school learners in Zimbabwe.
Authors: Sifundo Nkomo - Post Doctorial Fellowship: Digital Transformation and Innovation School of Business Leadership, University of South Africa University (UNISA) and Prof Mpho Ngoepe, Department of Information Science, University of South Africa (UNISA).

5. Providing Innovative Library and Information Services through Internet and Web Technologies: Case of the University of Zambia.
Author: Pailet Chewe – University of Zambia

Q&A Session
Facilitated by: Dr Arno Louw -
Senior Specialist
Centre for Academic Technologies (CAT) UJ
10h00 – 10h15PerformanceZIONRUTS FAMILY
10h15 – 10h35Keynote AddressMahbob Yusof, Senior Deputy Chief Librarian
Digital Scholarship & Information Commons
Universiti Malaya.
Title of talk: Reconnecting the old to the new: Revival of the Jawi script through the transliteration of Malay manuscripts.
10h35 – 10h45Q&A SessionFacilitated by: Alrina de Bruyn
10h45 – 11h00Convenience Break and Sponsors AD Videos (tea/coffee for in-person attendees)
INTRODUCTION TO FACILITATOR: Alrina de Bruyn(tea/coffee for in-person attendees)
11h00 – 11h05Facilitator introduces Session & SpeakersAlrina de Bruyn
11h05 – 11h50

SESSION 2: The Role of Libraries in the World of Open Access


1. Open Access: Sustainability of academic libraries in the world of open access (OP)
Author: Dr Ebelechukwu Gloria Igwe - Department of Data and Information Science, Faculty of Multidisciplinary Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

2. The roles of libraries in the world of open access as correlates to the research activities of postgraduate students in four universities in north -central Nigeria.
Author: Dr Stella A. Onwukanjo (CLN) - Department of Library and Information Technology, Federal University of Technology, Minna.Niger-State Nigeria.

3. Promoting scholarly communication at The University of Zambia: an experience of UNZA Special Collections.
Authors: Precious Nganga and Mubanga Lumpa - The University of Zambia (UNZA) Medical Library

4. The Role of Tanzania Academic Libraries in Promoting Scholarly Communication through Open Access: A literature review.
Authors: Kardo Joseph Mwilongo (PhD) – Librarian: Mzumbe University; Betty Kachota - Assistant Librarian: Mzumbe University
Facilitated by Santha Geduld - Campus Librarian, UJ
11h00 – 11h05Facilitator introduces Session & SpeakersAlrina de Bruyn
11h55 – 12h40

SESSION 3: Collaboration with Academics in Virtual Teaching and Learning


1. Active collaboration with faculty in delivering interdisciplinary undergraduate education.
Authors: Chia Yew Boon - Deputy Director and Divisional Head of Knowledge Services, Office of Information, Knowledge and Library Services (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Samantha Ang - Digital Scholarship & Education librarian: Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) Library
Umarani Jayapal - Digital Scholarship & Education Team in Nanyang Technological University Library.
Author: Yuyun Wirawati Ishak - Lead, Assistant Director: Nanyang Technological University Library Institutional Repositories.

2. Google Jockeying: An Instructional Strategy for Blended Learning for Nigeria
Author: Paul Ingiona Adie - Educational Technology Unit, Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Faculty of Educational Foundation Studies, University of Calabar.

3. The Evolving Duo: Reflections on the Librarian-Lecturer Virtual Teaching and Learning Partnerships during COVID-19.
Author: Ivy Segoe – Faculty Librarian, University of Johannesburg.

4. Enhancing student-instructor interaction in asynchronous teaching through virtual office hour sessions.
Author: Dr Thilini Rupasinghe is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Computing and Technology, University of Kelaniy, Sri Lanka.

Facilitated Q&A Session
Facilitated by Nomoya Mahlangu - Director
Research Support & Teaching and Learning
LUNCH FOR IN-PERSON ATTENDEES – SPONSORS AD VIDEOS FOR VIRTUAL ATTENDEES
Introduction and Brief – SPONSORS BREAKOUT SESSIONS
13h45 – 14h30

BREAKOUT ROOMS FOR SPONSORS PRESENTATIONS

Sponsor Presentation1. Bronwyn Rassmann, Director of SaaS Innovation, EBSCO1. Bronwyn Rassmann, Director of SaaS Innovation, EBSCO
Title of talk: Welcome to the EBSCO House of Fun – a peak at FOLIO and EBSCO Discovery Service.
Chinua Achebe Auditorium
Sponsor Presentation2. Zanele Magoba, Product Manager. – Worldwide Information Services (WWIS)Nadine Gordimer Auditorium
Sponsor Presentation3. Liesl van Wyk, CEO IT - NEVADA LMS
Title of talk: Nevada LMS Acquisitions Platform for the Management of Library Resources
Alan Paton Auditorium
Sponsor Presentation4. Tami King, Account Manager: Africa, ProQuest Part of Clarivate.
Title of talk: Empowering Researchers to Take on Today’s Global Challenges.
Es'kia Mphahlele, Level One
14h45 – 15h15Keynote SpeakerBrittany Brannon - OCLC Research Support Specialist, Research

Q&A Session
CLOSURE: ALRINA DE BRUYN
END WITH AD VIDEOS

18 May 2022 | 12h00 – 18h00
Day 2

Time (SAST)TopicSpeaker 
12h00 – 12h30Technical Dry Run / Registration/Light lunch for in-person delegatesTechnical /Events Team
PerformanceLIBRARY CHOIR
12h30 – 12h40Welcome and IntroductionsProf Maria Frahm-Arp, Executive Director, UJ Library
12h40 – 13h10Keynote SpeakerCaroline Moss-Gibbons, Parasol Librarian & DPO, University of Gibraltar.
Title of talk: RECONNECT: Changing LIS Ecologies

Q&A Session
13h10 – 13h15Prof Maria Frahm-Arp introduces session and panellist
13h15 – 14h00

SESSION 1: Reconnecting the role of the library in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)?


1. A Unique Information Gap for University Libraries to Embrace: Information Needs for Kampala Urban Vegetable Farmers.
Authors: Ruth Nsibirano, PhD - Senior Lecturer, MA & PhD Program Coordinator, School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University.
Kisa Agatha Nsibirano - Junior Command and Staff College

2. Revitalization of public libraries in attainment of sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Nigeria.
Authors: Ahmed Adamu Abu - PhD candidate Kenyatta University Nairobi, Kenya
Abdullahi Yahaya Isah - Federal University of Technology Minna, Nigeria.
Stephen Adekunle Ajayi (PhD) - Department of Library and Information Science Federal Polytechnic Ede, Osun State.

3. Bridging universal literacy gap; the role of libraries in providing information access towards the achievement of sustainable development goal (SDG-4).
Authors: Sarah Gbenu, PhD Student, Kenyatta University. Pauline Ruguru, Kenyatta University Nairobi, Kenya and Adebola Adegoroye, Laos State University, Nigeria.

4. The Role Of Academic Libraries In The Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 4; A Case Study of University of Mines and Technology, Takoradi Technical University And Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Authors: Mr. Peter Anafo, Mr. Kenneth Dzomeku and Mr Jonathan Dotse: University of Mines and Technology Tarkwa, Ghana.


5. Route maps for Librarians to Empower Students Community on Global Sustainable Development Goals in Higher Education Institutions.
Authors: Dr R Ramya and Dr R Padma Priya - SRM Institute of Science and Technology Kattankulathur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Facilitated by Prof Maria Frahm-Arp - Executive Director, UJ Library
14h00 – 14h10Briefing of Virtual and Physical Breakout RoomsPalesa
14h25 – 15h10In person attendees move to BREAKOUT ROOMS
Sponsor Presentation1. ELSEVIER
Speaker: Charlotte Cockle, Elsevier publisher for Agricultural, biological & Food Sciences.
Title of talk: Elsevier’s practical guide to sustainability & how to publish your SDG research
Chinua Achebe Auditorium
Sponsor Presentation2. UJ PRESS
Speaker: Wikus van Zyl, UJ Press Manager.
Title of talk: Scholarly Publishing in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: UJ Press Case Study
Es'kia Mphahlele – Level One
Sponsor Presentation3. Learning Curve
Speaker: Stephanie Lathe, Primal Pictures Solutions Team.
Title of talk: ‘In a world of interactive digital engagement, is the textbook as we know it dead?’
Nadine Gordimer Auditorium
Sponsor Presentation4. Springer Nature
Speaker: Leen Samarah: Marketing
Title of talk: Why Publish your Research Open Access?
Alan Paton Auditorium
15h10 – 15:25PerformanceParktown Girls High – Marimba Band
15h25 – 15:30Facilitator introduces the panel and the session
15h30 – 16:15

SESSION 2: Innovation of Library Services


1. Leveraging content strategy for library digital media platforms for improved user experience among selected university libraries in Zimbabwe.
Authors: Stephen Tsekea - Sub-Librarian Reader Services, Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe
Dr Josiline Chigwada – Deputy Librarian, Chinhoyi University of Technology.

2. Offline internet for remote learning in low resource environments and emergencies.
Authors: Paul Ingiona Adie - Educational Technology Unit, Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Faculty of Educational Foundation Studies, University of Calabar, Nigeria.
3. Nigeria’s digital divide and the promise of offline internet for remote learning.
Author: Paul Ingiona Adie - Educational Technology Unit, Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Faculty of Educational Foundation Studies University of Calabar, Nigeria.
4. User Experience in Libraries: The UP journey.
Author: Kabelo Kgarosi – Faculty Library Manager (Health Sciences) and User Experience Unit Coordinator: University of Pretoria.
Facilitated by Frederick Mavhunduse - Campus Librarian, UJ Library
16h15 – 16h25PerformanceParktown Girls High – Marimba Band
16h25 – 16:30Facilitator introduces Session and Speakers
16h30 – 17:00

Session 3: RECONNECT: Leadership and Leadership Development


1. Tech Transformation, People Transformation, Job Transformation: the exciting world of libraries in the 21st Century.
Speaker: Prof Maria Frahm-Arp – Executive Director, UJ Library

2. Institutional measures to foster resilience in the workplace amidst the Covid 19 pandemic: A comparative study of Universities in Kenya.
Authors: D. Otieno and E J Katam - Kenyatta University
Facilitated by Alrina de Bruyn - Director: UJ Library
17h00 – 17:05Facilitator introduces Session and Speakers
17h05 – 17:50

Session 4: Student usage of and connections to Libraries’


1. Embracing emerging technologies in the new normal: Libraries staying connected with staff and users during the pandemic.
Authors: Dominic Dankwah Agyei (Ph.D) and Theresa Larteley Adu (Ph.D) - University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, Ghana.

2. Promoting scholarly communication at The University of Zambia: an experience of UNZA Special Collections.
Authors: Precious Nganga and Mubanga Lumpa - The University of Zambia (UNZA) Medical Library.

3. The role of academic libraries on students’ successes and personal development.
Author: LB Munzhedzi and M Mukhwantheli – University of Johannesburg.

4. Information Communication Technology Skills and Students’ Engagement in Online Learning Spaces during COVID-19 Pandemic.
Authors: Bukola Amao-Taiwo and Geraldine Njideka Ekpe-Iko - Department of Educational Management, University of Lagos
Idahosa Eki - York St. John University, UK.


Q&A Session
Facilitated by Ivy Segoe - Faculty Librarian: Research & Training, UJ Library
17h50 – 18:00CLOSING REMARKSProf Maria Frahm-Arp
Keynote Speaker

Mahbob Yusof

Senior Deputy Chief Librarian
Digital Scholarship & Information Commons,
Universiti Malaya.

Title of talk:

Reconnecting the old to the new: Revival of the Jawi script through the transliteration of Malay manuscripts.

Abstract:

This keynote revolves around the creativity and collaborative efforts of librarians to reconnect the contents of Jawi Malay manuscripts to new readers. It would inspire more initiatives that could highlight the contributions of librarians in strengthening efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage as set out in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

There are two ways to write Malay language. The first is Jawi, a modified form of the Arabic script and the second is Roman script. Today, the number of people who can write and read Jawi is declining. Therefore, the possibility of Jawi becoming a dying script can happen if efforts are not made to encourage its use. Thus, the Universiti Malaya Library (UML) took it upon themselves to transliterate their Jawi Malay manuscripts to Roman. This was done to enable students, researchers and the public who cannot read Jawi to read and use the contents of these manuscripts.

The transliteration project began in 2020 during Malaysia’s Movement Control Order when libraries closed, and librarians had to work from home. UML has over three hundred Malay manuscripts handwritten in Jawi that are already being digitized. The Malay Manuscript Website has been successfully released with the full text of four transliterated manuscripts as the primary content for a start.
The project is not only UML’s effort to revive interest in the Jawi script but also to preserve it. Moreover, Malay manuscripts are handwritten records of the Malay civilization. It presents a historic account of the culture and beliefs of the Malays and is therefore a vital cultural heritage that should not only be preserved but also introduced to the world.

Keynote Speaker

Caroline Moss-Gibbons

Parasol Librarian & DPO, University of Gibraltar.

Title of talk:

RECONNECT: Changing LIS Ecologies

Call For Papers

The University of Johannesburg Library, in collaboration with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), will be hosting an International Conference on:

RECONNECT: Embracing the changing shape of the world and how we work together

SAVE THE DATE: 17 & 18 May 2022

CALL FOR PAPERS:

Conference papers will be published as open access through UJ Press and will be subjected to a double-blind peer-review process before publication.

(Submitted papers must NOT have been previously presented, published or accepted for other publications.)

Submission: Individual proposals should include a 250-word abstract, accompanied by a short bio, name of institution, contact email and phone numbers of presenters.

Sub-themes

  1. Beyond the web – Digital Transformation in Libraries
  2. Information Overload and Information Literacy
  3. The role of Libraries in the World of Open Access
  4. Data Management
  5. Research Excellence
  6. Collaboration with Academics in Virtual Teaching and Learning
  7. Reconnecting: the role of the library in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)?
  8. Innovation of Library Services
  9. RECONNECT: Leadership and Leadership Development
  10. Student usage of and connections to Libraries’

Final Due Date to Submit Abstract: 31 March 2022

Notification of acceptance of abstracts by 30 April 2022. Email address: renekap@uj.ac.za

To attend the International Conference, Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_P46QAuh0TKOmwCI3szLrpA