SAOIM Conference, 3-6 June 2014

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The latest from the executive SAOIM committee on the upcoming conference.

Today, 16 of April the SAOIM committee gathered together at WITS Health Library for a meeting. We had 4 long hours discussion about the logistics for the conference. What we can report is:

If you have any queries, please contact us:

  • SAOIM chair: Susan Scheeprs, E-mail:
  • Registration queries contact: Rejaene van Dyk, E-mail:
  • Treasurer: Milford Juniper; E-mail:
  • Exhibitors & Sponsorship:  Luzanne Volschenk, Events Co-odinator: E-mail:  
  • Conference website queries and suggestions: Pavlinka Kovatcheva; E-mail:

Full committee members contact details are coming soon!

This picture is from today’s meeting and we have a few members who did not attend.

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PK: 16/04/2014

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SAOUG workshop 16 May 2014: Eastern Cape Branch

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You are cordially invited to the next event of the Eastern Cape Branch of the Southern African Online User Group (SAOUG) Continue reading

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SAOIM 2014 Registration

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Back to: Conference page; Conference fees;

The SAOIM 2014 registration is now OPEN. Please ensure that your

See you at the conference in June

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SAOIM 2014: Conference fees

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Back to: Conference page; Workshops; Registration;

The Registration is OPEN!

Full conference (2 x days) (Workshop fees are not included)  

  • R 2000(members)
  • R 3200(non-members)

Discount will be offered to institutions sending 8 or more delegates

 One day attendance (Workshop fees are not included)  

  • R1 200 (members),
  • R1 800 (non-members)

Students and pensioners may apply for discount.

Not a member? Check out the SAOUG membership page.

Workshop fees:

  • R 600 per half day workshop (No discount if more than 1 workshop is attended)

For more information, visit the official Conference page 

P.K. Updated: 27/03/2014

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SAOUG Valentine’s Breakfast 2014

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Venue: Nice by Nature, Map to the venue

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The guest speaker will definitely be entertaining: Joanne Jardine (website)

For more information contact:

Petro van der Berg / Christelle Steyn:


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2014 SAOIM: Call for Papers

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The call for papers is now CLOSED! Back to: Conference page

SAOUG (Southern African Online User Group) and OSALL (Organisation of SA Law Librarians) are now inviting proposals for papers to be presented at the next SAOIM (Southern African Online Information Meeting).

SAOIM provides a forum for the exchange of information on current developments, applications and opportunities in the expanding field of online information. As with the previous conferences, the aim of the 12th SAOIM is to provide insight into the exciting extent of growth and activity taking place in the information industry. Coverage will include not only the traditional online systems and services, but also latest areas of information transfer and exchange.

Conference papers are sought in all areas related to online information, including but not limited to, the following:

  • Best practices
  • Mobile technologies: providing information access via mobile delivery channels
  • eBooks and libraries
  • Data management
  • Semantic web, Web 3.0 and information discovery
  • Cloud computing
  • Virtual research environments
  • Open access publishing
  • Digital curation
  • The changing role of the information professional
  • Value addition and innovative services
  • Information literacy
  • Embedded librarianship
  • Next generation libraries
  • eLearning
  • Managing electronic resources in academic and corporate libraries
  • Knowledge sharing & collaboration
  • New technologies and service delivery
  • Altmetrics
  • Cyber security

Papers to focus innovative and best practice ‘show and tell’. Come and share the new things that you are doing in short 10 minute sessions. All aspect of good online practice will be welcome. Case studies most welcome

Whilst priority will be given to contributors on the suggested themes, presentations on other relevant topics will also be considered. All proposals will be evaluated by a joint panel of SAOUG and OSALL members in a blind review. Proposals will be judged on their relevance to the online information field as well as on the strength of the idea and potential member interest. All applicants will be notified of a decision, however, the decision of the selectors is final and no correspondence with regard to acceptance or rejection of submitted papers will be entered into.

Submission guidelines and specifications

  • Concise papers (20 minutes maximum) based on practical experience or practical applications of information technology are preferred. Supporting and supplementary detail may be included in the complete, written paper.
  • Due to time constraints only one presenter per paper will be allowed.
  • As this is an international event, papers must be presented in English.
  • Should you wish to present a paper, please submit your 250 word abstract together with the following details via e-mail to no later than 20 February 2014:

- Name
- Designation
- Company / Institution / Affiliation
- Address
- Telephone (W) and fax numbers
- Cell phone number
- E-mail address
- Date of submission

Satellite events
Satellite events, including exhibitions and pre- and post-conference workshops, will be
held to maximise the benefit delegates will derive from attending the formal sessions on the 4th – 5th June 2014. Please e-mail: should you be interested in the following:

  • Exhibiting during the conference, 4th – 5th June 2014
  • Presenting events such as training courses, workshops and tutorials on the 3rd or 6th June 2014. (Please enclose a brief outline of the proposed event.)
  • An opportunity to present product reviews or workshops will be given to exhibitors, service providers and publishers during the conference. (Please enclose a brief outline of the product review / workshop.)
  • NEW: Poster Presentation opportunities (Information to follow soon)

Conference programme

The following keynote speakers have been confirmed, topics still to be announced:

  • Joe Murhpy: (Librarian & Technology Trend Spotter); USA
  • Brian Kelly: Innovation Advocate, Cetis, University of Bolton; UK
  • Jane Gikandi: (Catholic University to Cooperative University College of Kenya (CUCK) – Jane’s Page on Open Access Week); Kenya

joeBrian kellyJaneFull details of keynote speakers, papers, exhibitors, workshops, seminars and product will be posted in due time.

15/01/2014 (PK)

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SAOUG End-of-Year event: 26 November 2013

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You are cordially invited to the Southern African Online User Group’s (SAOUG’s) end of year event.

Date:                    Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Venue:                 Duo of Dreams, Eldoraigne, Centurion  (Map to the venue)

Time:                   10h30 – 14h00

Cost:                    R120 for paid-up members; R250 for non-members


10h30 – 11h00            Registration

11h00 – 11h10            Welcome and announcements by SAOUG Chair, Susan Scheepers    

11h10 – 12h00            TALK by Bill Price: Don’t walk into the future backwards!

12h00 – 14h00           LUNCH

SAOUG Bill Price

About the talk:

Billl will provide some inspiration on how to make the most of life in spite of all your challenges. . . . when your get up and go has got up and gone. When times are tough and what got you to where you are is not enough anymore.

Please RSVP by Thursday, 21 November in writing to Petro on:


Cancellation fee - Please take note: In case of “no-show” or cancellation of less than 7 days before the meeting, you will have to pay the full non-member price.

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