Thursday, July 27, 2006

Unofficial wiki for LIASA 2006 Conference

An unofficial wiki has been created for the LIASA conference.

The url is

This follows the international trend of wikis being set up for conferences -- Computers in Libraries, ALA conferences, PLA conference.

What is a wiki?
A wiki is a kind of free-form website that is easy toedit. It is *collaborative*, allowing any visitor with the site's password can edit any page on the site. It can be made public to allow anyone to read a wiki, while still restricting editing to those who know the wiki's password.

Edits are done in plain text and don't require learning fancy or complex codes like HTML. Just start typing! It's also easy to create new pages and make links to pages already made. If you feel nervous, go to the site and start playing in the sandbox.

he unofficial conference wiki should contain all sorts of information-- official and unofficial -- and will be a useful reference source, but the content is only going to be as good as as the contributions you make.

If you look at the front page of the wiki, you'll see that there is some content and some links (some pages don't exist yet). If you would like to collaborate and have useful information for your fellow LIASA members or have ideas for content (information that you would like to have), please contact me (ingrid at uctlib dot uct dot ac dot za) to get the password.

PBwiki is a free wiki service, gives 10.0 MB space which should be more than sufficient for us. As we go along, we start adding tags and developing the site further.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Results of Western Cape's Shelver of the Year Award

The Shelvers Competition took place on the 28th June 2006 at UWC

There were 9 participants from various institutions: Edulis, UWC, UCT,

The three judges were: Julian Hindley (UCT Libraries), Beulah Isaacs
(UWC Library) and Nondumiso Sinyenyeko (UWC Library).

First Place: Cornelius Basson of UCT Libraries.
Joint Second Place: Erica Lucas of Edulis/Kuilsriver and Ruchel Klaase
of Edulis/Bellville
Third Place: Kodisang Masephatsi of CPUT/Bellville

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Official notice of Branch AGM sent by post

This notice has been sent by "snail mail" to all paid-up Western Cape LIASA meetings as per the branch constitution. It was accompanied by the nomination form for the branch election.

You are cordially invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Western Cape Branch of the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA).

Date: Wednesday 2nd August 2006
Time: 9 am for 9.30 am - 12 pm
Venue: UWC Library Auditorium, University of the Western Cape
RSVP: Wilhelmina Zaal at (021) 8431004 or fax (021) 8433525 or via email wilhelmina at tlabs do ac dot za by Friday 28th July. Please indicate menu preference.

President Thabo Mbeki has described the Timbuktu Manuscripts Project as an outstanding example of the dream of wider partnership and collaboration across Africa. The project is a South African presidential project, co-ordinated by the Presidency and the Department of Arts and Culture through the National Archives, and it is the first official cultural project of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad).

Our guest speakers, who will give us a fascinating look into the Project, are Alexio Motsi (Project Leader) and Dr Mary Maniki (Conservator).

Proposed agenda (details still to be confirmed):
Registration and voting
1. Opening and welcome
2. Introduction of guest speakers
3. Guest speakers: Timbuktu Manuscripts Project
4. Vote of Thanks to speakers

Business Meeting
5. Confirmation of previous minutes
6. Matters arising
7. Chair's report
8. Treasurer's report
9. Announcement of election results
10. Handover to new office bearers
11. Acceptance speech by new chair
12. Closure

After the meeting, a light finger lunch will be served.

Please note that only current paid-up members will be able to vote. Please bring your membership cards.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Opportunity to quiz the Mayor of Cape Town and Premier of the Western Cape about libraries

Did you hear the news about the Mayor of Cape Town hosting her own radio phone-in slot on Heart 104.9 Radio once a month on a Monday evening. There is a link about this at

And the news on KFM this morning, was they would be doing something
similar each Monday morning after 8 am, with both the Mayor and the
Premier of the Western Cape. According to KFM, they will probably play the "highlights" the
following day for those who can't listen in. I don't see a link on their webpage as
yet --

So this is an opportunity for us to ask questions about libraries in the Western Cape.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Support Staff Interest Group AGM


Date: Wednesday 19th July 2006
Time: 1 pm for 2 pm
Venue: UWC Library Auditorium

NB NB The winners of the annual shelvers' competition will also be

As this is an election year, you are requested to consider nominations
for office bearers.

Person nominated:
Liasa no:

Position nominated for (see 1 below):

Nominated by:
Liasa no:


1. Positions that may be nominated for are: Chair, Vice-Chair,
Secretary, Treasurer, PRO, Media Editor

2. A member can nominate for more than one committee position but
each nomination must be on a separate properly completed form.

3. Each nomination form must bear the signature of the nominee and 1
paid-up member who is eligible to vote and whose signature must
also be on the form.

4. Nominations must be received by one of the members of the WCSSIG
Committee by 12 pm Tuesday July 18th , 2006. Facsimiles will be
accepted (at 021-959 2659), but not e-mail.

5. Nominees should provide a short (1/2 page) resume to be used for
balloting with the completed nomination form

For more information, please contact Beulah Isaacs at beisaacs at