OCTOBER 1, 2020
One of the highlights of the Agreement between Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA) as the two organizations work together internationally for a stronger global library field is the encouragement of research that explores comprehensive and integrative perspectives of the role of libraries in the inculcation of digital literacy skills that enhance sustainable development, drive inclusiveness and intervening factors that promote or hinder digital inclusion in communities. This is important at this point in human history as the COVID-19 crisis continues to accentuate why digital literacy and inclusivity are critical for sustainable development for all.
Digital literacy skills on a varying spectrum are necessary for participation in different aspects of life in the 21st century existence especially as the COVID-19 crisis pushes engagements online. As Internet becomes a necessity and permanent fixture for workplaces, homes and social centres, usage of various Information and Communication Technologies in different sectors of the economy and of human endeavour continue to grow. Working remotely, e-learning, e-government activities, banking, buying and selling online, making connections for numerous purposes and high use of social networking sites have turned out to be the current realities of our times. Without appropriate digital skill sets and access to internet, individuals and communities can be disadvantaged and disenfranchised because of their inability to participate in or benefit from the digital economy. Lack of digital skills effectively closes doors to opportunities for personal and communal development with attendant stunted economic growth and inequalities.
This book aims to establish the status of digital literacy across Africa. It also seeks to probe the connecting links between digital literacy, illiteracy, unemployment, creativity, knowledge creation and sustainable development in different sectors and the role libraries of all types can play or have played in ensuring that no community or section of people is left behind in acquiring digital literacy. Libraries are fundamental in building inclusiveness for sustainable growth through the inculcation of digital literacy. Libraries of all types are crucial for digital literacy in educational institutions and communities. They provide free access to learning and play vital roles in assisting students, teachers, workers, senior citizens and everyone in different communities and groups to acquire skills for usage of ICTs and the Internet. The book will also investigate the outcomes of library-driven digital literacy trainings such as inculcation of career-oriented competencies and how they can be effectively integrated into development data of African countries.
The book welcomes case studies and essays as Chapters that will provide answers to the following questions:
Researchers, library and information science practitioners, Library educators, teachers of digital literacy across information related disciplines are invited to submit on or before November 15th, 2020 a chapter proposal of 1000 – 1700 words clearly explaining the purpose and outline of the proposed chapter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Authors will be notified of the status of their proposals by November 30th 2020. This will be accompanied by chapter guidelines for those whose proposals are successful. Full chapters will be due for submission by February 28th, 2021. All chapters will go through peer double-blind review and the results will be sent to authors by March 30th, 2021. Final chapter submission is April 20th, 2021.
There are no publishing charges and collaborations within and across geographical borders are most welcome.
Submission of Chapter proposal – November 15th, 2020
Notification of acceptance/rejection – November 30th, 2020
Submission of full chapters – February 28th, 2021
Return of review results to authors – March 30th, 2021
Final Chapter submission – April 20th, 2021
Chapter proposals should be sent to email@example.com
Helena Asamoah – Hassan, PhD
African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA)
For questions about the book or this call for chapter proposals, please send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: ENQUIRY: AfLIA/CILIP Book Project.