Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Invitation to LIASA members for specific sessions at ISASC Conference

****   To RSVP for these sessions,  please e-mail Theresa.deyoung at gmail.com by Thursday 7 March 2013, indicating which sessions/sessions you will be attending.   ***

The ISASA (Independent Schools’ Association of South Africa) Librarians’ Conference 2013 will take place from Tuesday 2nd April 2013 - Friday 5th April 2013 at Bishops (Diocesan College) in Cape Town.

The theme of the conference is “librarians@centreofchange”.

The ISASA Librarians’ Conference Committee has kindly agreed to allow LIASA members to attend some sessions on Wednesday 3 April 2013 and Friday 5 April 2013 for FREE.    Please note that this  does not include lunch/tea on either days.

These are:

1.  Wednesday 3 April 8H30:
Opening session:  The state of school libraries in South Africa / Sandy Zinn

2.  Wednesday 3 April 09H15:
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times: School libraries at the tipping point / Cathy Oxley (Brisbane Grammar School, Australia)

3.  Wednesday 3 April 10H15:
Keynote address / Helen Zille

4.  Wednesday 3 April 12H15
We can't afford not to - Equal Education's campaign for school libraries / Doron Isaacs

5.  Friday 5 April 09H45
Panel discussion about e-books: Zak de Vries, Nèlleke de Jager and other members of the industry / Coenraad Walters

*  For the full draft conference programme, see

Kind regards
Theresa De Young

Monday, March 04, 2013

LIASA Western Cape in Dialogue: Mentoring

What is Mentorship? How do you become a Mentor? How do you find a Mentor?  What makes a good Mentor?  Do you have a Mentor or are you a Mentor? 

You are invited to a discussion on Mentoring, lead by Mr Claud Woodman, of Legado: Learning, Coaching, Consulting.  

Date:  Tuesday 12 March 2013
Time:  9 am – 11.30 am
Venue:  Bellville Public Library
Cost:   R30 for LIASA members; R50 for non-LIASA members
RSVP by Saturday 9 March 2013  to  Najma Patel  at najma.patel@gmail.com

Mentoring in perspective: (Mr Claud Woodman of Legado: Learning, Coaching, Consulting)
Brainstorming/Discussion around mentorship in librarianship and what we can do    (Tea/Coffee/Muffins served)
Lucky Draws
Vote of thanks

Banking Details:
Payments can be made into the branch banking account.
Bank                                         First National Bank
Account Name                         LIASA W C
Branch                                     Century City (or use generic for EFT payment).
Branch Code                           200909
Account Number                   50251139760

Please use “Mentor” as Reference  and bring proof of payment to the session.

You’ll also have an opportunity to renew your 2013 membership at the special rate of R395 (which expires 31 March 2013).     There is also an opportunity for new members to join at the special rate as well. 

SA Library Week posters and PACLIG calendars will be distributed at the meeting.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Follow a Librarian: social networking and the Library

 LiSLIG Western Cape invites you to;

Follow a librarian: social networking and the library with Prof Louis Fourie
(Department of Information Systems, University of the Western Cape)
Prof. Louis Fourie will discuss how libraries can leverage social networking tools to connect with their patrons and deliver more of the library’s capacity to all patrons at their point of need.  

Prof. Fourie is the chair & head of the Department of Information Systems at the University of the Western Cape. He obtained his doctorate at the University of Stellenbosch in 1991, as well an MBA degree at the Potchefstroom University in 1999. In addition to the above-mentioned two, he holds four other academic qualifications. 

He is involved in various research projects regarding knowledge management, e-government, e-business, e-learning and bridging the digital divide. In 2004, he received the USB Sanlam Award for research and was appointed as the CSSA Western Cape ICT person of the year at the end of 2009. 

His consultation work spans various industries and disciplines, and focuses on the strategic usage of information technology,  information systems, knowledge management, e-business, e-commerce, and the Internet. 

Wednesday, 6 March 2013
Tea will be served at 14:00

SAAO Auditorium
SA Astronomical Observatory,
Observatory Road, Observatory
(next to the River Club)

R40 for LIASA members and R80 for non-members.
Payment to be made at the door.

Thobeka Mvakade at zm@saao.ac.za or (021) 460-9324 by Monday, 4 March 2013.

If you are a LIASA member please provide your membership number.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Congratulations Table View Library! Winner of Helping Hands Competition

News, which just has to be shared, has just come in from Linda Barnard at Table View Library that they have won first prize in the UKS Helping Hands Competition - they have won R15 000.

Here's the background to the Community project for which the prize was awarded.

Linda writes:-

During August, as part of our 67 minutes for Mandela, we started the knit a row ‘n go project – blankets for Coronation Old Age Home in Oudtshoorn. Their plight was brought to our attention via Dalena’s daughter, who is a doctor at the local hospital and visits this old age home to render basic health services. This place is severely strapped financially – they no longer receive a state contribution, and staff have been working without payment for several months now. Often, there is no money for electricity, and it has been an extremely cold winter. A need for blankets/rugs was indicated, and so we started-

Baskets of needles and wool was made available in the library and people were invited to Knit just one row before they leave, and it was shown as a way of overcoming the frustration of wasting time while queuing for assistance at the issue desk.

The response was overwhelming – patrons remarked that it was high time something was done for the elderly – most people concentrate on babies, and forget about the elderly that have been abandoned or are in financial straits. Some took wool and needles home and returned with armfuls of knitted or crocheted squares ( we ran out of wool and hurriedly had to go and buy some extra) – others took squares home and sewed them together, and even knitted or crocheted edges around them. Still more sat down in the library and knitted away, while others brought all their odd balls of wool from home for others to knit up. We currently have 21 completed blankets and 3 more in process. Since we also mentioned that the babies in the hospital came from very poor families, some people knitted layettes and one person knitted a whole lot of teddy bears. We also received a donation of about 6 fleecy baby blankets.

Soon after we started this project, I received an email from UKS, inviting libraries to share their community projects with them, and stand the chance to win a cash amount to support the project. So, I completed the entry form, added a few photos, sent it off and promptly forgot about it.

This morning, I almost fell off my chair when I received the email below.

From: Anelise [mailto:anelise@uks.co.za]

Sent: 01 November 2012 09:34 AM

To: Linda Barnard

Cc: neesha@uks.co.za; 'Soretha Du Plessis'; 'Deen Shaik'

Subject: Helping Hands competition

Dear Linda,

Congratulations!! You are a winner in the Helping Hands Competition.

Please see official letter attached in this regard.

Kind regards,

Anelise Nieuwenhuizen
Business Development Co-ordinator
Universal Knowledge Software
Tel.: +27 (11) 375 4700
Fax: +27 (11) 375 4710
Skype: anelise.nieuwenhuizen1
Web: www.uks.co.za

Friday, October 19, 2012

Invitation to End of Year Breakfast

LIASA Western Cape invites you to its annual End-of-Year Breakfast.

Join us for the highlight of our Calender Year at Anura Wine Farm, Lily Pad Restaurant, on Wednesday 28 November 2012, at 8.30 am for 9 am.

Our special Guest speaker this year is Award winning author, illustrator, opera singer, Philip de Vos.  
But wait, there is more …

We also have the privilege of having author, editor, mover and shaker … Jane Raphaely joining us!

Please RSVP to Najma Patel at Najma.patel at capetown.gov.za, or telephone her on 021 438 1511, indicating dietary requirements.       The Restaurant is bringing in special Halaal meals.

(If you indicated on the LIASA Western Cape Facebook Page that you were attending,  please still send your RSVP to Najma.)

The deadline for bookings is 16 November 2012.    

Please rsvp and pay timeously as our Breakfast is becoming very, very popular.

The price of the breakfast is R150.00 per person.

Banking Details:

Payments can be made into the branch banking account.     
Bank                                              First National Bank
Account Name                                LIASA W C                             
Branch                                           Century City (or use generic for EFT payment).                        
Branch code                                   200909
Account number                            50251139760

Do not miss this opportunity of networking with your colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere in a glorious setting. 

You'll also have the opportunity to  renew your LIASA membership at the Early Bird rate.  

(Please note that No Shows will be billed.) 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Western Cape Librarian of the Year for 2012

We are so pleased to announce that Theresa Denton has been named LIASA Western Cape Librarian of the Year for 2012.

Theresa is the Senior Librarian at Rocklands Library, and she is passionate about libraries and believes that libraries can become an active role player in changing communities.   Theresa lives out this passion for her community and her library.   The sustainable partnerships that she has established with various organisations within her community demonstrates this.  These organisations range from the Community Care Organisation; "Hands off our children" NGO; to the Carnation Ward at G F Jooste Hospital; to the Rocklands Primary "Siyafunda Community Project".  There is an early childhood development forum and she established sustainable literacy and reading programmes in the library and surrounding schools.

To empower the women in her community, she started an Adult Matric group, which met regularly in the library where they were provided with question papers, memos, support and motivational talks.  over the years , more than 20 women, older than 30, have been helped through their matric -  and this included having  matric ball to celebrate the achievement.  What is absolutely fantastic is that most of the matriculants are actively either working in libraries, or establishing school libraries in the area or studying further for their library degrees!  What a wonderful inspiration!

What makes this even more inspiring, is the road that Theresa took to get here -  having walked a similar walk to these women she inspired.  With finishing her matric at night school, and then completing her studies at UWC; and then getting offered a junior lectureship,  but opting instead to take up a post as a librarian at Rocklands.  Academia's loss is public libraries' gain!

Under her leadership, Rocklands has scooped four provincial awards over the last five years from the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sports.  These were for  "Most Involved Community Library", "Best Children's Services", "Best Youth Services" and "Best Public Library".  One of her nominees remarked that she hoped that this time, Theresa would win an award for herself, for inspiring us all.        A real role model and example for us all!

Congratulations Theresa!   She now goes forward to represent the Western Cape at the national leg of the LIASA Librarian of the Year.

Kind regards
Ingrid Thomson

Election Results for the Western Cape LIASA Branch and Interest Groups

Here are the results of the Elections for the Incoming Branch Executive Committee as well as for those interest groups:-
Branch Executive Committee
Chair:   Ingrid Thomson,  UCT Libraries
Chair-Elect:  Samantha Bennett,  University of  Stellenbosch Library
Secretary:  Najma Patel,  City of Cape Town Libraries
Treasurer:  Sue Hardy,  City of Cape Town Libraries
PRO:   Elmarie Waltman, City of Cape Town Libraries
Additional Member:   Mercia Sias,  Drakenstein Libraries
Additional Member:   Yusuf Ras,  University of Stellenbosch Library
Additional Member: Dairmaid Wessels,  City of Cape Town Libraries
Additional Member:  Laddy McKechnie,  National Library of South Africa

Chair:  Linda Ntaka
Chair Elect:  Samantha Christians
PRO:  Christelle Lubbe
Secretary:  Jacinta Avontuur
Treasurer:  Lormarcia Zwaan
Membership:  Pearl Sojola
Additional Member:  Rika Odendaal
Additional Member:  Mogamat Anwa Adriaanse

Chair:  Rene Reagon, University of Stellenbosch Library
Chair Elect:  Susanne Noll,  UCT Libraries
Treasurer:  Lynn Kleinveldt,  CPUT
PRO:  Busi Khangala,  UCT Libraries
Secretary:  Alfred Nqotole, UNISA
Additional Member:  Siviwe Bangani, CPUT
Two members to be co-opted, one from UWC and one representing the FET College Sector

Chair:  Alison Garlick, Independent
Secretary:  Susan Dyamond, US Consulate General
Treasurer:  Margie Struthers, Centre for Conflict Resolution
Additional Member:  Zuthobeke Mvakade, SA Astronomical Observatory
Additional Member:  Shireen Davis-Evans, SA Astronomical Observatory

Chair:  Theresa de Young, Western Cape Education Department
Chair Elect:  Gillian Kerchhoff, Disa Primary School
Secretary:  Marianne Elliott, False Bay College
Treasurer:  Fatima McCallum, False Bay College
PRO:  Fadeela Davids,  Independent
Additional Member:  Faith Lawrence, Western Cape Education Department
Additional Member:  Loyiso Mkula, Samora Machel Primary School
Additional Member:  Sandy Zinn, UWC Library School

Chair:  Lizel Johnson, University of Stellenbosch Library
Secretary:  VACANT
Treasurer:  Andrid Pieters
Additional Member:  William Wiese, Drakenstein Library
Additional Member:  Anolette Manuel, Drakenstein Library
Additional Member:  Laddy McKechnie, National Library of South Africa

Chair:   Nikki Crowster, CHEC  (until after Conference)
Secretary:  VACANT
Treasurer:  VACANT
Additional Member: Lynn Johnson, e-tv
Additional Member:  Allegra Louw, UCT Libraries
A call for further nominations for various vacant portfolios will be circulated after the LIASA Conference at the end of September.

Kind regards
Ingrid Thomson
Chair:  Western Cape LIASA

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Chair's Report to the AGM 2012

A warm welcome to the branch Annual General Meeting.   

Thank you for taking time out this morning to attend the respective Interest Group AGMs and then staying for the branch AGM.          Judging by the LIASAOnline listserv postings about AGMs elsewhere in the country,   quite a number of branches are holding their AGMs this morning,  but also their interest groups.     Western Cape led the way with this last year!     The idea was to enable members to take time out on one morning, attend their primary interest group business meeting and then the branch AGM,   and take the opportunity to do some good networking and sharing.      The only interest group not able to meet today is SLYSIG as their membership is mostly teachers -  and according to WC Department of Education regulations, meetings need to happen after hours, so their meeting happened on Wednesday.  

 This is also an election year for national, branch and interest groups.    A little later in the proceedings, we will hand over to Nazeem Hardy, who is the Electoral Officer for the Western Cape to take us through the proceedings and announce the new incoming BEC as well as the results of the elections for the interest groups.

The current BEC has continued unchanged since the AGM last year.       

The Western Cape Branch has had an exciting and busy year thus far, with the branch and the active interest groups offering opportunities for ongoing professional education and development.     We had some great plans for events, which didn’t happen for a variety of reasons, but which we hope the new incoming BEC will take up.     Nevertheless, there were quite a number of opportunities which very quickly became oversubscribed .     Within hours of an event being posted on the listserv,  we had to put up “Fully Booked” “Sold out” signs.     It certainly seemed that members had to move quickly to secure spaces to avoid disappointment.

  • Our successful end of the year Recruitment Breakfast which has become a tradition on the Western Cape LIASA calendar.    The special guest was author,  S E Partridge,  prize winning author of youth titles.    We probably all went back to our libraries to check that we had the books!  I know I did!   The venue was  Durbanville Hills Winery.    

  •  LIASA, in conjunction with US Embassy American Libraries, offered a  range of  free workshops on Consumer Health Information, across the country during SA Library Week.    Visiting  University of Tennessee Preston Medical Library Librarians Cynthia Vaughn and Martha Earl presented workshops at the MRC and at UCT’s Health Science Library. 

     SSIG took the  Customer Care Workshop to Worcester which was also “sold out”.    A Dewey       Decimal Workshop was held a few weeks ago,  and that proved to be very popular.   There were     50+ attendees at a workshop. 
  •  E-books was the topic of the two sessions run by LiSLIG this year.  Again, both times “Sold Out”.  Interestingly,  the second workshop was indeed over tea, at a restaurant.

  • WCHELIG organised a workshop on “Thinking about Teaching and Learning” which was presented by   Prof Jeff Jawitz from the Higher & Adult Education Studies and Development Unit (HAESDU) and Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) at UCT.      The workshop was fully booked within hours of the notification going out to members.       This was the second time this workshop had been offered.     WCHELIG also organised a colloquium on Information Literacy Practices  which was also very well attended.

  • PACLIG held a workshop on creating a Reading Programme.    Plus held a very exciting  competition asking librarians how they see themselves.  The winner was announced at their AGM earlier on. 

  • SLYSIG (School Libraries and Youth Services Interest Group) Western  Cape hosted a two-day  workshop on School Library Management for teachers and other individuals  working in school libraries within the Western Cape.   There were over 100 attendees. 

As of 16 August 2012, we have 297 signed up members.      At last year’s AGM, our paid-up members stood at 261 members.    

LIASA has a couple of membership campaigns on the go which you would have seen in the LIASA-in-Touch and on both the Western Cape listserv and LIASAOnline.             

Campaign No 1:      And if the branch increases its membership by 25% (based on the 2011 stats), then the branch gets a reward.    The Western Cape 2011 stats was 274.    25% of that is 69 new members.  (well 68,5 ….).    We are currently at  297 and the target (if we are to get a reward) is 343.     46 more members.     The closing date for this is 15th September.

 Any prize money that the branch wins (no matter where and for what)  is ploughed back into subsidies and sponsorship for continuing education programmes and workshops  -  such as the School Library Management Workshop,  "Librarians as Teachers" Workshop, "E-books Over Tea"  and the "Dewey Decimal Workshop".    

If you as a member, recruit 10 new members, then you stand a chance of winning some prizes.

Campaign No 2 is the Winter Campaign where, if you recruit 2 new individual members,  you’ll get 25% discount on your membership fees for 2013.   The new recruits must join for this year and again in 2013 for the discount to be applied.

Campaign No 3 is our own campaign.   We know how popular the end of the year recruitment breakfast is , so we have come up with an offer that the first 10 Western Cape members to recruit 5 new members (or get lapsed members to renew) for this year -  2012  -  get to go to the breakfast for free, as a thank you.    Our deadline is also 15th September.

The BEC considers that all events held in the Western Cape are , in fact, recruitment opportunities.

Sue Hardy, our treasurer, will present a financial statement during her report.   The financial statement has been audited, but Sue will talk to this. 

Christelle Lubbe  was named 2nd  place runner up in the national Librarian of the Year competition in 2011.    The prize, generously donated by Ebsco , was R20 000  which she used to become a 2013 Summer Associate at the Mortensen Center for International Programmes at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.  She will be sharing her experiences with us shortly. 

We will also be announcing the Western Cape Branch Librarian of the Year for 2012 this morning. 

Our thanks need to go to our sponsors and supporters, not just at this event, but all our events over the past year.     We acknowledge and thank our institutions for their support which has ranged from financial sponsorship for events to providing venues for meetings and training.         

One of the strengths of the Western Cape branch is the number of active interest groups we have -  without them, it would be very difficult for the branch to provide the range of opportunities to members.     We acknowledge and thank the interest groups and the committee members for their enthusiasm and commitment to LIASA, and to serving the LIS sector in the Western Cape.  

I would like to say thank you to a fantastic team -  “the Win Team” .   The spirit of co-operation, camaderie, friendship and  professionalism is alive and kicking!   You are truly awesome!     These are  indeed “LIASA members who are Leaders! “               

A special mention needs to be made of those BEC members who are stepping down.    Julian Schroeder who has served on the BEC,   first as treasurer and then as Vice Chair;  Lulama Langeni,  PRO and Dr Reggie Raju,  the branch’s Second Representative.     We would like to thank them for their services,  support, professionalism -  shining examples of LIASA Members who are Leaders!  And just because they no longer serve on the BEC,  they will still remain active members of the branch and organisation.      

We would also like to acknowledge  our President, Naomi Haasbroek, whose term of office comes to an end at Conference.    It is going to be strange not to have Naomi around, serving LIASA in some capacity -  whether in the branch or at national.    LIASA, in my mind, is synomous with Naomi.   The two are really intertwined.       The incoming President has big shoes to fill!     

Naomi -  in honour of LIASA’s 15th birthday,  we would like to hand over this birthday card signed by LIASA members here at the AGM.   


  •  Please diarise 28th November 2012 for the End-of-Year Recruitment Breakfast.  The venue will be Anura Vineyards.      Details  will be made available a little closer to the time.

Ingrid Thomson
Chair:  2010 - 2012