Conference
2021

07-08
Sept

Conversations about the Journey of Change: a “New Normal”

Lessons learnt, ongoing challenges, best practice examples and innovative solutions to the ‘new normal’ we find ourselves in.

About the Conference

University of Johannesburg Library in collaboration with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) will be inviting librarians from across the world to reflect on and share in conversations about lessons learnt, ongoing challenges, best practice examples and innovative solutions to the ‘new normal’ we find ourselves in.

Amid the numerous changes and challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, all spheres of work, learning, and research have been affected and have had to evolve. One of the few things we know about the future is that it will be very different from the world before COVID. During this period, libraries have become fully integrated virtual and physical spaces. How libraries have been building additional capabilities, innovating new services, and offering the support needed by users in these unusual times is an important conversation for librarians to have.

The conference will focus on several areas of conversation and we invite papers that address the following questions:

  • The budget cuts and challenges that all libraries are facing. How do libraries make the best choices in order to prioritise the immediate needs of clients, while continuing to develop and maintain resources and services that add the most value and address long-term aims?
  • The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have become a key concern worldwide, particularly for universities who can potentially play a critical role in the research and education needed for societies to achieve these goals. What role could libraries play in helping universities, NGOs and governments reach these goals?
  • COVID has shown that a variety of working models are possible and that some jobs may no longer be needed. How do we ensure that all library jobs are future-fit jobs and staff have the skills and expertise needed in this new world?
  • In the midst of all the innovations and changes that have been taking place, how can libraries remain cutting-edge in the innovations they offer but also be a space of certainty in a world that has become so uncertain?
  • Technology and the online platform has radically changed libraries during the COVID pandemic. What are best practices and lessons learnt from this experience that can be shared among libraries to enable the whole library community to use technology most effectively?
  • The online platform has opened up a variety of new ways for librarians to reach users, but what are the unforeseen problems or benefits of social media and all the other online spaces through which librarians can engage with users?
  • In the era of fake news and conspiracy theories, the role of librarians in helping users understand how to access, critique and use reliable and valid information is more important than ever. How has teaching and learning in information management been affected by the overall changes in higher education?

During the Conference there will be Workshops and Sessions on:

  • Changes and Transitions in Collections Development
  • Technology and Transitions in Libraries
  • Personalisation and the Promise of Artificial Intelligence
  • The Rise of Open Content
  • Continuous Learning and Development: Reflections on Re-imagining Staff Development
  • The Library Website and Social Media as the Virtual Front Door.
  • Higher Education and the SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) Challenge.

This virtual international conference will offer practical advice and lessons learned, exploring a range of key areas in higher education.

Speakers

View 2020 Conference speaker presentations on the UJ Library YouTube channel.

Sponsorship

Partnership and collaboration remain at the heart of UJ Library.

Join our exclusive workshops and networking sessions on a variety of topics, including:

  • Changes and Transitions in Collections Development
  • Technology and Transitions in Libraries
  • Personalization and the Promise of Artificial Intelligence
  • The Rise of Open Content
  • Continuous Learning and Development: Reflections on Re-imagining Staff Development
  • The Library Website and Social Media as the Virtual Front Door
  • Higher Education and the SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) Challenge

As part of our commitment to ensuring that, our extensive network continues to engage and collaborate during this challenging time and beyond. We are using this virtual conference platform to cross borders, narrow divides, and create access to inspire change.

This virtual international conference will offer practical advice and lessons learned, exploring a range of key areas in higher education.

It will enable delegates to get insights and perspectives from university libraries both nationally and internationally to advance our knowledge and support.

The conference will be hosted on the Zoom platform with the following additional online services:

Breakout Rooms – Breakout rooms allow you to split your attendees into up to 50 separate sessions. This year we will allow participants to select and enter breakout sessions as they please.

Language Interpretation – Allows you to have interpreters for different languages for translation

Live Transcript – An improvement on the Closed Captioning feature that does a live transcription of everything said in the meeting/webinar

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Please contact Reneka Panday for all queries and further information or complete the sponsorship form below.

R 3,000 (excl VAT)
  • Logo on digital material.
    Includes branding on the registration page.
  • Banner Appearance – pop-up banners
    will appear at the start of the conference.
  • Promotion on UJ Library Social Media Pages.
  • Company logo and link to the company website, on the conference website.
Orange
R 5,500 (excl VAT)
  • Logo on digital material.
    Includes branding on the registration page.
  • Banner Appearance – pop-up banners
    will appear at the start of the conference.
  • Promotion on UJ Library Social Media Pages.
  • Company logo and link to the company website, on the conference website.
  • Intros and Video Ads - a short video ad designed by sponsor will be played during breaks.
  • Virtual Swag Bag – A digital swag bag by contrast goes to the event attendees via text, email, and app or site link. ... For one, our guests will not have to carry a bag around the conference. As well, you can fill a digital bag with discount codes, free offers, contests, and more run by you as a sponsor.
Silver
R 8,000 (excl VAT)
  • Logo on digital material.
    Includes branding on the registration page.
  • Banner Appearance – pop-up banners
    will appear at the start of the conference.
  • Promotion on UJ Library Social Media Pages.
  • Company logo and link to the company website, on the conference website.
  • Intros and Video Ads - a short video ad designed by sponsor will be played during breaks.
  • Virtual Swag Bag – A digital swag bag by contrast goes to the event attendees via text, email, and app or site link. ... For one, our guests will not have to carry a bag around the conference. As well, you can fill a digital bag with discount codes, free offers, contests, and more run by you as a sponsor.
  • Speaker Opportunity slots to share a new product will be included in the pre-conference workshops. This will give you a longer speaking slot.
  • Value-based breakouts for informal chats between sessions, where attendees would have the opportunity to engage with you, similar to an in-person booth interaction. This year we will introduce self-selected breakout rooms, with a 30-minute networking session.
  • Dedicated live-stream feeds.
Gold

Sponsorship Reservation Form

For more sponsorship opportunities to fit your budget and preferences and/or for the opportunity to exhibit at the conference, email Reneka Panday.

YES! I WANT TO SPONSOR THE CONFERENCE

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Call For Papers

DUE DATE: 09 July 2021

All abstracts must include the following:

  1. Title
  2. Name of author(s)
  3. Institutional Affiliation
  4. Department
  5. Author(s) email address
  6. Abstract which should not be longer than 300 words.

Please send all abstracts to Reneka Panday (renekap@uj.ac.za).