Welcome to Reference and Information Services Section (RISS) 2015 satellite meeting: the RISS of IFLA, held in Gaborone, Botswana. The RISS Satellite meeting provides an exciting international forum which addresses all aspects of reference work in all types of Libraries globally.
The Gaborone meeting will address the ways in which reference and information services can help connect libraries to civil societies, promote local and indigenous knowledge, culture, and development, and address the education, training, and practice of librarians and library staff..
RISS is being organized for the first time in Botswana. It will give an opportunity to the library and information professionals from the country and neighbouring countries to attend the international meeting which is of high relevance to all. Professionals from various developing countries will get an opportunity to interact with delegates and prominent speakers from developed countries and learn about the best practices to benchmark from.
Welcome – GOROGA KA PULA
Countdown to the conference
Pavilion (Ditshupo Hall - Fairgrounds)
11 – 13 AUGUST 2015
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SESSION : 1
Official Opening – Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, Prof O Totolo
Key note Address – Prof Mutula
Paper : 1
Ezinwanyi Madukoma (Nigeria)
User's perception of electronic reference service.
Paper : 2
Athuland Mutshewa and Keolebogile Thandie Sunah Kentse (Botswana)
Users' criterion of relevance of the support given by librarians on the use of Information and Communication Technologies: the case of Gaborone Public Library, Botswana.
Paper : 3
Edwin Qobose and Boipuso Mologanyi (Botswana)
Evaluating virtual reference service at University of Botswana Library: a case study of Question Point
SESSION : 2
Paper : 4
Blessing Kebakgore Ketlhoilwe and Spando Kgomotso Molatedi, (Botswana)
An evaluation of the University of Botswana reference services staff: current and future skills and competencies.
Paper : 5
Kelem Kassahun and Chatiwa Nsala (Botswana)
The views of academic librarians towards open access resources as a reference service: a case of private institutions of higher learning in Gaborone, Botswana.
Paper : 6
Angelina Totolo and Dimane Mpoeleng (Botswana)
Perceptions of University of Botswana librarians on the potential of Web 2.0 tools.
Paper : 7
Removed from here as one accepted author cannot attend the conference.
SESSION : 3
Paper : 8
Donald Flywell E. Malanga (Malawi/Botswana)
Factors hampering the provision and delivery of reference and information services in Malawian school libraries.
Paper : 9
Austin J.C. Mole, Scholastica Ukwuoma and Chibuzo I. Dim (Nigeria)
Recreating public library-based reference and information services for promoting democracy and good governance in Africa
Paper : 10
Connie (Monica) Setshwane (Botswana), Lilian Oats
Cultural preservation through public libraries: Lessons from Kanye Public Library.
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Entertainment : 2
SESSION : 4
Paper : 11
Ewa Mork (Norway)
A difficult subject and an uncertain landscape: reference and information services related to genocide and minorities at the Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities (HL-center) in Oslo.
Paper : 12
Steven Lutaaya (Uganda)
Corporate records and archives references services: challenges and opportunities from the Bank of Uganda perspective.
SESSION : 5
Paper : 13
Samantha Schmehl Hines (United States)
Connecting individuals with social services: the library's role.
Paper : 14
Christopher Nkiko and Mercy Iroaganachi, (Nigeria)
Community SDI Services for Empowering Women through Information Provision and Utilization: Center for Learning Resources as a Catalyst for Social Change
Paper : 15
Olugbade Oladokun (Botswana)
The ubiquity of library through reference service: bridging the gap to the marginalized.
SESSION : 6
Paper : 16
Stephen M. Mutula (South Africa)
Ethical dimension of providing reference services by academic libraries in Africa.
Paper : 17
Ayanda A. Lebele (Botswana)
The role of reference librarians in internet governance: the case of Botswana.
Paper : 18
Iguehi Ikenwe, Magnus Igbinovia and Solanke Oluwayinka (Nigeria)
Inducing Illumination in Dark Places: A Critical Analysis of the Relevance of Reference Librarian in the Information Age
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Prof. Otlogetswe Totolo (Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs)Environmental Scientist who completed his BSc (Biology and Environmental Science) training at the University of Botswana in 1987. He also studied in the United Kingdom for his MSc (Soil Science) and PhD (Soil Science and GIS). In addition, he completed a number of short courses on Science management including one at Harvard University.
Prof. Stephen MutulaPhD (Information Science)-University of Johannesburg, Master of Librarianship-University of Wales, UK, PGD Computer Science-University of Nairobi, PGD Librarianship-University of Wales UK, Bachelor of Education-University of Nairobi
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