2020 Conference Sub Themes

Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts, Posters and Final Full Papers

20th Annual Conference and Meeting of the Association of Parliamentary Libraries in Eastern and Southern Africa (APLESA) Organized by The Parliament of Zimbabwe 18-22 May 2020 

We are inviting abstracts of poster and paper presentations aligned to the main theme and sub-themes of this conference as enlisted.

Main Conference Theme


Parliament library and research services: An Interface for knowledge driven macro-economic growth and Development


      1. Honoring the Past, Treasuring the Present, Shaping the Future……;
      2. Engagement in collaborative team work;
      3. Communication strategies for legislations;
      4. Information seeking behavior and gender in Parliaments;
      5. Communication for Development;
      6. Information Rights and Freedoms;
      7. Library services to disadvantaged groups focusing on people with special needs;
      8. Maintaining parliamentary archives and repositories;
      9. eBooks: Issues, Challenges, Procurement Policies and Procedures;
      10. Role of parliament libraries and research services in fostering SDG’s; and
      11. Embracing contemporary Parliamentary Library Built-environment.


  1. Abstracts (with a maximum of 250 words) on the main and sub-themes must be formatted to font size 12 in Times New Roman and MS Word.
  2. The submission should indicate the following: Title of the Paper, Name of the Author(s) Institution/Affiliation, Email, Abstract, Keywords.
  3. Number of pages for the main paper: Between 8 – 10 pages.
  4. Number of PowerPoint Slides: 10 Maximum
  5. Total time allocated for presentation of slides and Discussion: 15-20 minutes.
  6. Prepare a mini biography/profile about yourself focusing on the ensuing features;
  • Prepare a mini biography/profile about yourself focusing on the ensuing features;
  • First name(s) and Last name
  • State your current position and area of specialization
  • Include at least one professional accomplishment, if any
  • Briefly describe your values and career aspirations
  • Summative inform the readers on your social affiliation

7.    Important Dates

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 28th February 2020

Full paper/Poster submission deadline 15 April 2020. For post check 

Abstracts, posters and full papers must be submitted electronically to:

Ms M. Chikomo on: mrunyararo88@gmail.com or chikomom@parlzim.gov.zw,  and Dr. I. Munyoro on: munyorois@gmail.com or imunyoro@parlzim.gov.zw


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