Friday, March 17, 2006

School Library and Youth Services Interest Group Workshop

The LIASA School Library and Youth Services Interest Group of the
Western Cape will be holding the following workshop:

The role of a teacher-librarian with relation
to Job description and Evaluation, using the IQMS
instrument of the WCED, a committee to
liaise with WCED officials

Panel of Speakers:
Stephen Lategan, Owen Weeder and Shanaaz Galant

Jenny Caroto and Rose Damon

EDULIS/EMDC Metro East Kuils River Library,
Multi-Centre Campus, Nooiensfontein Road, Kuils

Wednesday 29 March 2006

14:00 - 16:30

Sandra van Breda Tel.: 021-957-9604
Jenny Caroto
Khosi Mabandla
Rose Damon

R10 per person


Friday, March 10, 2006

Are you the LIASA/SABINET Librarian of the Year?



LIASA, in association with Sabinet Online, is proud to call for nominations for the Librarian of the Year Award for 2006. A prize of R25, 000 will be awarded to the winner.

This prestigious award shall be used for any educational purpose (either visits to relevant institutions locally or internationally; attending relevant conferences or studies).

The Librarian of the Year will be a role model to the rest of the LIS community and a person whose contributions make a lasting impact on the sector.

The deadline for Branch nominations is 31 May 2006 and nominations must be received by the relevant LIASA Branch by this date to be considered. The Branch winners (finalists) will be announced at the end of July 2006. These winners will then be adjudicated at national level during August. Three finalists will be announced by the end of August and the winner will be announced at the LIASA Conference 2006.

Prizes to be awarded: 1st R25 000; 2nd R3 000; 3rd R2 000. All finalists will receive a certificate of acknowledgement.

More information and the nomination form is available at: or from

Please forward your completed nomination forms to
Librarian of the Year 2006,
LIASA Western Cape Branch,
P O Box 4181,
Rhodesgift, 7707.

The search is on.....YOU might be the 2006 LIASA/SABINET Librarian of the Year.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006



The Western Cape Branch of LIASA is calling for nominations for the 2006 Branch Award.

The LIASA Western Cape Branch Award recognizes an individual librarian or library team from any library (public, school, academic or special library) who has demonstrated exceptional creativity and resourcefulness in marketing, promoting and advocating for a single library or libraries in the Western Cape.

There are innovative and imaginative programmes, projects and events happening across the Western Cape in all our libraries.  This award is aimed at recognizing and honouring the librarians for their creativity in promoting, marketing and advocating in their libraries through these activities.

So regardless of the size or type of library you are in, if your library has had a special programme or project or event in the past year, where you have made a different, raised the profile of your library – we want to hear about it!

What type of programmes or projects would be considered?
We are looking for programmes or projects which include the promotion and expansion or outreach of library services to the community where it did not exist before or in response to community needs.   These could include:-
  • support for educational programmes

  • library programmes including promotion of library resources

  • literacy, literature and reading programmes

  • community outreach

  • building or strengthening of local political, fiscal and public support

All nominations will be evaluated on the following criteria:-
  • how innovative and imaginative the marketing was

  • the obstacles and challenges faced, the partnerships developed

  • how creatively resources were used

  • the results obtained (outcomes)

  • how the library is using these results

  • sustainability

Only programmes or projects carried out from January to December 2005 are eligible.

Who may be nominated?
If an individual librarian is nominated, he/she should be a current paid-up (2006) individual LIASA member.  In the case of a library team being nominated, at least one member of the library team should be a current paid-up(2006) individual member.

Who may nominate?
Current paid-up (2006) Western Cape individual members may nominated individuals or library teams.  Each entry must be accompanied by a written motivation from the nominator.

Judging Panel
The judging panel will comprise the Chair of the Western Cape Branch of LIASA; the Public Relations Officer of the Western Cape Branch of LIASA; the convenor or a representative from each of the following Western Cape interest groups:- the Public and Community Libraries (PACLIG); Special Libraries (LiSLIG), Higher Education (WCHELIG) and School Libraries and Youth Services (SLYSIG); Rheina Epstein, donor; and an independent marketing specialist.

The decision of the judging panel is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

What do you need to do to enter?

  • You must be a current paid-up (2006) member of LIASA or at least one member of your team needs to a current paid-up member.

  • You or your library team must be nominated by a current paid-up (2006) member of LIASA.  Each nomination must be accompanied by a written motivation.

  • Only programmes or projects carried out from January to December 2005 are eligible.

  • Together with the proposer’s written motivation, you need to submit a portfolio which includes:-

  • A written description of the programme expanding on the planning and execution, obstacles and challenges faced, the resources used and the results obtained

  • Statistical information about the library, including the community served, circulation figures and staffing must be included as this will be helpful in giving context to the written submission

  • Supporting material such as brochures, testimonials, press clippings, flyers and photographs should be included to substantiate the nomination.  (These will not be returned as they will be used in other advocacy or marketing activities by the Branch and relevant interest groups.)

  • The individual or representative of the team that has been nominated should be
       available to provide further information either through interviews or site visits.

Nomination Forms
Nomination forms for the 2006 LIASA Western Cape Branch Award will be made available via the branch website at or through the Western Cape branch newsletter or via the branch blog at  or from any branch or branch interest group committee members.

Closing Date
All nominations and supporting material must be received by 18 September 2006.

Announcement of Winner
Short-listed candidates will be invited to attend the branch’s end-of-the-year Showcase event where the winner of the 2006 LIASA Western Cape Branch Award will be announced.  (In the case of a team, a representative will be invited to the function.)

Need more info?  Contact the current branch Chair, Naomi Haasbroek at (021) 843 1259 or or current branch PRO, Ingrid Thomson at (021) 650 3703 or

SA Library Week Diary: LiSLIG Special Library Spyskaart

To celebrate South African Library Week from March 13 – 17, LiSLIG has lined up a series of special libraries that you are welcome to visit at the designated time and date listed below.

Choose as many of these library visits as you like.

A librarian will be available to take you on a tour through the library and answer questions about thework they do.

Monday 13 March:
eTV library at 11:00-12:00
Contact Nohra Moerat at 481-4615

Tuesday 14 March:
Library of Parliament at 11:00 – 12:00
Contact Matheku Aphane at 403-2049

Wednesday 15 March:
South African Astronomical Observatory Library at 2:00 – 3:00
Contact Shireen Davis at 447-0025

Thursday 16 March:
United States Consulate Library at 8:00 – 6:00
(this event will coincide with a library open house)
Contact Amy Bell Mulaudzi at 702-7463 – RSVPs are necessary please

Friday 17 March:
Medical Research Council Library at 11:00-12:00
Contact Alvina Matthee at 938-0400

SA Library Week Diary: PACLIG event

PACLIG invites you to the following event:

TITLE: " The books were just props: public libraries on the Cape Flats in the 1980's"
SPEAKERS: Archie Dick and Vince Kolbe
VENUE: Town Centre Library , Mitchell's Plain
DATE: Wednesday 15 March 2006
TIME:9am for 9.30
COST: R5 for LIASA members and R10 for non-members
RSVP:Beronice at Town Centre Library 021- 3914787/8/9 or Kathleen at

There will be an opportunity to join LIASA or renew membership.

Monday, March 06, 2006


Membership Campaign 2006

LIASA is encouraging all their members and branches to participate in the Membership Campaign for 2006. The campaign runs from January 2006 until 31 December 2006 and the following prizes will be offered in the following categories.

R1500.00 to the Branch who has retained the highest percentage of members in 2006

R1000.00 to the individual who has recruited the most new members in the country.

R500.00 to the Branch who has achieved the highest percentage of new members in 2006

R500.00 to an individual from each branch who has recruited more than 10 members for 2006.

R500.00 to an Interest Group who has achieved the highest percentage of new members for 2006

Winners will be announced in January 2007.