SANLiC 2017 Conference

Disruption in the Library, the Laboratory, the Classroom …

VenueVenue: Coastlands Hotel; Umhlanga, Durban, South Africa

The global struggle for access to material and intellectual resources for the production of knowledge is intensifying. Consequently, the open access movement, embodied in initiatives like Open Access 2020 and SPARC, is gaining momentum over the subscription model as the benefits to society of opening access to research outputs and educational materials become increasingly self-evident. Increasingly, research and academic institutions, whether by choice or force of circumstance, are walking away from publisher deals based on the subscription model.

Against this backdrop, the South African Higher Education sector is in crisis and disruption. The South African bill of rights in the South African Constitution (1996) states that everyone has the right to further education, which the state, through reasonable measures, must make progressively available and accessible. Instead, the opposite is happening due to progressive under-funding by the state and global forces including increased inflation. The reality is that higher education and the production of knowledge is becoming progressively unavailable and inaccessible.

While the sector strives to get back on track, this conference will assist library and information practitioners to make sense of developments, hone skills and develop strategies to deal with the disruption.

  • Plenary sessions
  • Workshops
  • Exhibitions
  • Networking opportunities
  • Closed strategy and feedback sessions
  • Library and information practitioners, especially those working with e-resources
  • Research decision makers
  • Publishers and agents
  • Library directors

Looking back at the 2015 SANLiC Conference

  • 2015 Conference Day 1 – Presentations: Click here to view the album
  • Wits University Press Launch – 2015 Conference: Click here to view the album
  • 2015 Conference – Day 2: Click here to view the album
  • SANLiC 2015 Conference Dinner: Click here to view the album


Total registered so far:

  • Delegates: 111
  • Vendors: 36
  • Vendor personnel: 56
  • Exhibition stands: 30