Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Call for papers -- SCOLMA (UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa) Annual Conference

The call for papers is now open for the SCOLMA (UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa) Annual Conference. The title of this year's conference is Document to Digital: How does Digitisation Aid African Research? It will take place on the 11th September 2017 at The National Library of Scotland.

The conference will explore digitised archives relating to Africa and how they are being used. Papers would be welcomed which relate to archives across a range of media including documents and manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, historical printed collections, audio-visual material, historical artefacts and born-digital material.

Subjects might include:
  • How digitised archives are used in research and teaching
  • How should the next generation of researchers be trained as technology advances?
  • What is hidden by digitisation?
  • What forms of research are improved by using digitised archives?
  • What is the impact on original archives after digitisation?
  • What are the effects of the digitisation of collections on libraries and archives in Africa and elsewhere?
  • Which formats work best for digitisation and which are not suitable.
  • Technical enhancement through digitisation and innovative approaches to research.

Researchers, archivists and librarians are invited to submit abstracts for consideration for this conference. Papers with a strong connection to Scotland will be favourably considered.
Abstracts of up to 500 words may be sent to Sarah Rhodes. The closing date is the 25th April 2017.

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