Bi-Centenary Conference

The National University of Lesotho Library and the Endangered Archives Programme Africa Hub in collaboration with the University of the Free State Library, the Moshoeshoe Institute of Peace and Leadership, and the British Library invite you to a conference on the role of knowledge preservation in telling the stories of nations.

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The bicentennial celebrations of the Kingdom of Lesotho provide an opportunity for libraries, archives, historians, and cultural activists to reflect on their role in the preservation of the national documentary heritage. The key question being, What documentary heritage will we leave for the next generation? Information and knowledge are essential components of a nation's culture. This conference brings together libraries, archives, historians, and museum curators from beyond the nation to reflect on their role and responsibility in the preservation of knowledge and documentary heritage. The conference will also celebrate success stories of the digital exchange of collections. Participants will engage in discussions on disaster preparedness in light of climate change. Topics will include digital preservation, the preservation of oral and print collections, and building collections of post-independence nations. Participants will reflect on the history of national collections, legacies of colonialism, the journey towards preserving knowledge for future generations, and the connection of collections in libraries, archives, and museums in universities and society.

CONFERENCE THEME

Celebrating the preservation of Lesotho’s documentary heritage: A dialogue on preserving knowledge heritage for future generations.

Sub-themes

      • Sesotho records, archives and special collections
      • Colonial and post-colonial collection legacies
      • Carving a space for oral knowledge preservation
      • Building bridges with digital exchanges of knowledge
      • Preservation of collections in less resourced environments
      • Single Collections: insights from academic libraries with museums, archives, and art collections

CALL TO SPEAKERS AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Presentations are invited from scholars, academics, librarians, archivists, and researchers in Lesotho, Africa and internationally that will stimulate discussions on knowledge and its preservation for future generations. Speakers are invited to share their experiences of collecting and preserving knowledge for future generations. For more information, please contact: librarian@nul.ls

Submission guidelines:

      • Abstracts should be 500 words in length and should clearly indicate which sub-theme they address.
      • Abstracts should include the title of the paper, author's name, email address, and institutional affiliation.
      • Abstracts must be written in English as the conference will not provide simultaneous interpretations.
      • Abstracts are to be submitted to librarian@nul.ls.

Preconference fees- TBA

Registration fees

Full Registration: M2700.00
Students: M1800.00
Daily rate: M1000.00
Lesotho residents: Code to be provided

Conference Banking Details

Bank: Standard Lesotho Bank
Account #: 9080002587781
Branch: Roma
Branch Code: 062867
SWIFT CODE: SBICLSMX
Reference: LES24+Surname eg : LES24Tseole

Payment Method

Payment can be made by bank transfer. Participants will receive an invoice including all payment details via email some days after completing the online registration.

The registration for the conference is only valid after receipt of the full registration fees.


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AccommodationDistance from the conference venueAccommodation website
Thaba Bosiu Cultural VillageOnsiteThaba Bosiu Cultural Village
Goodnight Lodge, Thaba Bosiu5 mins walk
Goodnight Lodge Thaba Bosiu to Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village
'Melesi Lodge, Thaba Bosiu6 mins walk
Mmelesi Lodge, Thaba-Bosiu to Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village
Mmelesi Lodge
Avani Lesotho Hotel35 mins drive
Avani Lesotho Hotel & Casino to Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village via B21
Avani Lesotho Hotel
Avani Maseru Hotel35 mins drive
Avani Maseru Hotel to Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village via B21
Avani Maseru Hotel

The National Library of South Africa/IFLA PAC Southern African region in partnership with the National University of Lesotho are calling for applications for a two-day workshop on Emergency Readiness and Disaster Management Workshop at National University of Lesotho.

This is a pre-conference workshop for the National University of Lesotho Library and the Endangered Archives Programme Africa Hub in collaboration with the University of the Free State Library, the Moshoeshoe Leadership Institute and the British Library conference on the role of knowledge preservation in telling the stories of nations. The workshop will be delivered in English. No preservation and Conservation knowledge is required.

What level is the course, and do you need any skills?

This course is aimed at all the professional working in archives and libraries. No conservation knowledge is required but is desirable.

How will the course be taught?

There will be lectures and hands-on activities.

How can you apply?

Places are limited, so interested applicants are required to fill in the registration form below.

Please note that we will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so you are encouraged to apply early to maximize the chances of securing a spot. We welcome applications from anywhere in Africa, This is a free workshop, but we will not be able to cover any travel, accommodation, or subsistence costs.

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS, 21 – 21 AUGUST, 2024.

    • Digitisation Training

This workshop is an introduction to digitisation.  It will be facilitated by the National University of Lesotho (NUL), University of Free State and Universal Knowledge Software (UKS).

Date: 20th – 21st August, 2024

Venue: ISAS Auditorium, National University of Lesotho (NUL)

    • Disaster Preparedness

This is a two-day workshop, it will be facilitated by the National Library of South Africa and IFLA PAC office, in collaboration with NUL Library.

Date: 20th – 21st August, 2024

Venue: Seminar Room, NUL Library, Roma

    • Oral History Workshop

This is a two-day workshop that provides training on collection and preservation of oral history.  It will be held at Thaba Bosiu Cultural village, hosted by NUL and UFS.

Date: 20th – 21st August, 2024

Venue: Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village, Maseru

Please register for only one workshop. There is no additional cost for the workshops.

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS REGISTRATION

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NOTE: The registration for the pre-conference does not include the main conference. Please register for the main conference in order to participate in the main conference.

Contact Info

National University of Lesotho

  +266 2234 0468

  librarian@nul.ls

  https://library.nul.ls

Important Dates

Preconference fees- TBA

Registration fees

Full Registration:  M2700.00

Students: M1800.00

Daily rate: M1000.00

Lesotho residents: Code to be provided

Contact Info

National University of Lesotho

  +266 2234 0468

  librarian@nul.ls

  https://library.nul.ls