Saturday, August 11, 2007

Good Luck to all SA and African colleagues participating in WLIC/IFLA Conference

On behalf of the President of LIASA, the National Executive, the Representative Council and LIASA members, we want to wish all our South African and African colleagues participating in the WLIC/IFLA Conference, and the pre- and post-conference sessions, all the best with their papers, posters presentations and exhibitions.

South Africa and Africa are well represented, taking the opportunity to show the world what is happening in the LIS sector in South Africa and the rest of Africa, as well as showing off our beautiful country and continent.

There are some really exciting papers waiting to be delivered, many of which are already available on the conference website at Good luck!

Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA)

Ingrid Thomson
National Public Relations Officer

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

SALLP Participants Reunion at IFLA

It has become tradition for the SALLP participants to get together at LIASA Conferences and we thought that we should honour this tradition and arrange a reunion at IFLA on the night of Tuesday 21 August. The type of function will depend on the total people interested.

Could all the SALLP participants interested in this get together contact René Schoombee at no later than Friday, 10 August 2007.

We are looking forward hearing from you!

Western Cape LIASA/SABINET Librarian of the Year

The Western Cape LIASA/SABINET Librarian of the Year is Rose Damon of EDULIS (Western Cape Department of Education). Rose now competes with nominees from the other branches for the national BIG award.

Good luck, Rose!!

Fatima Darries,
LIASA Western Cape Branch Chair, 2006-2008.

September 2007 issue of LIASA-in-Touch delayed

This is to advise LIASA members and advertisers that the National Executive Committee (EXCO) has taken a decision to delay the September issue of the LIASA-in-Touch for the following reasons in view of :

1. The AGM that will be held on 17 August where certain decisions such
as membership fees will have to be ratified and then communicated to

2. The 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner where certain awards will be

3. The impact of organising for IFLA/WLIC which LIASA is hosting

4. Coverage of IFLA/WLIC

The magazine will therefore be produced during September and distributed during October.

Ingrid Thomson
National Public Relations Officer

It's not too late - Knowledge Transfer for the Future - registration extended

If you thought it was too late to register - Good news - the registration for this seminar has been extended to 8 August 2007!

Knowledge Transfer for the Future : a Post WLIC/IFLA 2007 Seminar 24 August 2007

Jointhe LIASA Interest Group for Bibliographic Standards to find out more about RDA, FRBR, DDC, Metadata, subject headings projects and NACO and SACO activities in South Africa (programme below)

Date: 24 August 2007
Venue: ICC, Durban

Registration closing dates and costs
Late: before 8 August 2007: R600,00

Contact persons: Welna van Eeden ( or Nonnie van Wyk (

Registration form available on the LIASA IGBIS website:

Non-IGBIS members are welcome!

Refreshments and lunch included in the seminar fee.

7:30 - 8:30 Registration
8:30 - 10:00 Dr. Barbara Tillett (Library of Congress) Resource Description and Access - a cataloguing code for the future (and related IFLA initiatives (FRBR, FRAD, IME ICC))
10:00 - 10:30 Dr. Hester Marais (Unisa) South Africaneeds you - why your library should become a NACO participant
11:00 - 12:00 Joan Mitchell (Dewey Decimal Classification, OCLC) Viewpoint, Locality, and Universality in the DDC
12:00 - 13:00 Patrice Landry (Swiss National Library) The re-use of subject headings in interoperability projects: how to add value to subject headings

14:00 - 14:45 Joan Mitchell: Recent developments in the DDC
14:45 - 15:00 Welna van Eeden (Unisa) SACO: what about a follow up of the "Kwaito" success story?
15:15 - 16:15 Pat Liebetrau (Digital Imaging Project of South Africa- DISA) Metadata: where are we going?

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Part-time BBibl studies at UWC

The Department of Library & information Science at the University of the Western Cape is receiving queries about part-time evening studies for the whole degree rather than just the first year as things are at present. Evening studies clearly better meet the needs of full-time library staff wishing to gain professional qualifications.

We would very much like to set up a part-time programme for the whole degree starting with Year 1 in 2008 but the University insists that we have a minimum of 10 students enrolling.

So if you are interested, please let me know so I can see if there is any hope of reaching the 10 needed & so begin to plan.

Best wishes to you all.

Genevieve Hart
Associate Professor / Chairperson
Dept of Library & Information Science
University of the Western Cape
Private Bag X17
Bellville South Africa 7535
(27 21) 959-3623 / 2137 (w)
(27 21) 788-5827 (h)
fax (27 21) 959-3659