Transforming libraries with open digital technologies

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

August 13, 2015 – August 14, 2015



The library of today is made up of different digital components to create an environment which enables users to engage with information in a meaningful way. Most of these digital components are based on open systems and standards, without the information consumer ever realising it.  Libraries have been early innovators and adopters of open digital technologies and have become reliant on open source software solutions that can be freely used, changed, and shared by anyone. Digital repository systems (such as Dspace) have been widely implemented in institutions, libraries, and research centres.

The debate has largely moved beyond the question of whether open technologies versus proprietary systems are the preferred solution for libraries, to the decisions on when and how to implement systems based on open standards.  Even so, efforts need to be stepped up to fully exploit open digital technologies in education and training systems across Africa and other continents. These efforts include the creation of more learning environments and assisting librarians to acquire new skills for a digital world.

Conference overview

In keeping with the main conference theme ("Dynamic Libraries: Access, Development and Transformation") the 2015 satellite meeting focusses on how library transformation is facilitated by the development of open technologies, which in turn enables open access to information and explicit knowledge structures.

The meeting presents an opportunity for libraries to experience current developments in open technologies for big data, library management systems, digital libraries, and journal publication management systems to mention a few. The synergy between the librarian and software developer is explored, together with the value proposition embedded in sustaining open source software solutions.

The satellite meeting programme aims to accomplish this through 3 concurrent workshops on the first day, followed by a full plenary session on the second day.


For this a small attendance fee is asked:

• 600 ZAR (Rand) for South African & Namibian delegates

• 50 USD (Dollars) for all other nationalities

Registration closes 7 August 2015.


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