XII Digital Society and Library Science Seminar: UN-Certainties of the digital revolution

27th to 29th October, 2020, via the Casa África social networks
XII Encuentro de Sociedad Digital y Biblioteconomía: IN-Certidumbres de la revolución digital. Del 27 al 29 de octubre de 2020 en Casa África

The Casa África Media Library, which organises this annual event, aims to foment social integration, intercultural relations, inclusive social development and the exchange of ideas which will enrich us both professionally and personally, and thus improve our work, in addition to finding out what is being done in Africa in these sectors. The improvement of mutual understanding, favouring of contact networks, and opening up of collaboration lines with African countries are our objectives.

This event is usually held with personal participation but in this complex year we have opted for an online edition, with the loss of personal contact this entails, but which however allows us to reach a greater number of persons. This change has inspired the theme of this, our XII edition: UN-certanities of the digital revolution. These are strange times which have lead us to the conviction that the digital area is the present and future of our society, particularly in terms of spreading knowledge. This is why we should join forces to ensure that digital transformation becomes a real force for integration and inclusion, and foments social development.

We hope to generate a forum where various experts motivate us to improve the services that we provide to the general public, both from libraries or documentation centres, as well as from public institutions and private enterprise; to improve our online strategies;  and to fight against negative stereotypes and an overly biased or homogeneous image of the continent of Africa.

These seminars, now in virtual format, are an effective way of forging co-operation links between the different actors in communication, information and the divulgation of knowledge. We aim to bring about a digital transformation which is less disruptive and more humanitarian which will make us a better, more pluralised and integrating society.


The webinar will take place over three daily sessions, and will be broadcast via the Casa África social networks. You can watch it live or recorded via YouTube, Facebook or Twitter


27th October. 11:00 to 12:30 (Canary Island time)

  • Inauguration of the seminar: For an inclusive digital world
    • José Segura, Director General of Casa África
    • Manuel Muñiz, Secretary of State for Global Spain: Tendencies and challenges of the digital and social transformation
    • Elena Sánchez, Head of Digital Contents, Portals and Social Networks Divulgation, Biblioteca Nacional de España: Sharing and recreation of our (digital) patrimony: strategy and experiences at the Biblioteca Nacional de España
    • Tatianna Lukama Binda, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, will talk to us about the COVID19 crisis as cataliser of the digital transformation in Africa.

28th October.   11 to 12:30 (Canary Island time)

  • The Internet is human. The role of libraries and reading habits in the digital transformation
    • Ana Ordás, who has broad experience in digital transformation projects in libraries, marketing, digital communication and gamification.
    • Alberto Soler who has a degree in Spanish language, Master's degree in Youth and Society, technical expert on youth, poet, cultural mover, avid reader and co-ordinator of the Mandarache Awards.
    • Intervention of Edwige Dro from the Ivory Coast. A writer and a feminist, she will speak about the space she has created in Abiyan dedicated to the literary works of female African authors.

29th October. 11 to 12:30 (Canary Island time)

  • The digital revolution in a better world
    • Jane Oma Okoro is a social entrepreneur born in Nigeria with experience in executive coaching, leadership development, managing of diversity and social inclusion, as well as in change management, with over 15 years experience in training and consulting projects.
    • Lucila Rodríguez-Alarcón, General Manager of Por Causa. She managed communications for Oxfam in Spain and for the Madrid City Council. She has significant and respected experience and knowledge of the third sector and is a habitual columnist for the newspaper El Diario Público under the section "M for Migrations".
    • Tania Adam, journalist and cultural producer, specialised in diasporas and African music. She is also the founder of Radio Africa Magazine


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