Tuesday, January 15, 2008

LIASA National Office: Technical problem with internet connection and e-mail

We are currently experiencing technical problems with our internet connection and e-mails at the office. Your e-mails are re-routed though, and will be responded to as soon as possible. We trust that the problem will be solved by tomorrow.

Thank you for your patience.

Ina van Straten
Office Administrator: LIASA

VACANCIES: Provincial Administration: Free State Department of Education


The Free State Provincial Government and Free State Department of Education are equal opportunity, affirmative action employers. Please note the following: the FSDoE will give preference to candidatures in the following order:

Firstly, to the candidature of excess employees who are at a level equivalent to that of the advertised vacancy. Secondly, to the candidature of employees other than those referred to in the above paragraph i.e. non-excess employees and excess employees at lower/ higher levels than that of the advertised vacancy. Lastly, to the candidature of non-public servants. All applications must be submitted on a Z.83 form, obtainable from any Public Service Department, as well as from FSDoE, or the official website: (www.fsdoe.fs.gov.za).

Applications must be accompanied by original certified, copies of formal and informal qualifications, driver's licence (where specified), identity document and a detailed C.V. Separate applications must be submitted for every vacancy.

It is our intention to promote representivity (race, gender and disability) in the Department through the filling of these posts. Candidates whose transfer/promotion/appointment will promote representivity, according to the Departmental Employment Equity plan and targets, will receive preference. Applicants must clearly quote the relevant reference
number on application forms and on the envelope and forward the applications to the address as indicated in the advertisement.

N.B.: Please note that: Incomplete and late applications will not be considered. Failure to comply with the procedure outlined above, will lead to an application being rejected. Applicants are informed that applications, copies of qualifications and CVs will not be returned; Applicants who terminated their services with voluntary severance packages may not apply; Faxed applications will not be accepted; Salary progression on the salary scales is subject to performance assessment; The FSDoE reserves the right not to fill advertised positions; and applicants educational qualifications will be verified and references will be checked; and it is expected of candidates to be available for selection interviews on a date, time and place determined by the Free State Department of Education.

Please forward your application, quoting the relevant reference number on your Z83 application as well as on the envelope. It will be expected from the successful candidates on level 13 to sign a performance agreement with the department. Applicants are respectfully informed that, if no notification of appointment is received within 4 months of the closing date, they must accept that their application had been unsuccessful.

Please note that applicants may be subjected to practical testing. This advertisement will also appear on the website of the Department at www.fsdoe.fs.gov.za.

CLOSING DATE: 31 January 2008 @ 16h00

Section: Cataloguing, classification and procurement

SALARY: R85,362 – R99,108 pa (Level 6)

CENTRE: Bloemfontein

REQUIREMENTS: A recognised relevant qualification ( Degree or Diploma in Library and Information Science)

RECOMMENDATIONS: Three years experience in cataloguing and classification. Knowledge of cataloguing tools ,i.e. AACR2, DDC 21, LC Subject Headings. Advanced computer literacy skills. Knowledge of Electronic Library and Information System, e.g. PALS.

Competency in library skills (cataloguing, classification, DDC, indexing of Subject Headings and AACR2) management and administration of libraries, online information services, computerised library administration (PALS), planning and budgeting, problem solving skills. Willingness to work for long hours and under pressure as needs
arise will serve as an additional recommendation. Experience in using different computer programmes viz: Microsoft Word and Excel

DUTIES: The successful candidate will be responsible to support the schools towards establishing functioning school libraries or media centres through the following duties:

Facilitate the process of acquiring learning resources for schools to support curriculum delivery. Catalogue and Classify acquired resources for schools according to set standards and guidelines. Assist with maintenance of the catalogue and control the quality of catalogue records. Ensure that the stock acquired by the Provincial Office is processed to support the schools in ensuring the effective and easy retrieval of materials as well as effective stock control. Ensure that the stock is delivered to schools in time to support curriculum delivery. Liaise with publishers, districts and the Media Learning Facilitators at all times to keep them abreast with latest developments regarding the implementation of the curriculum and the
implications of this to learning resources.

APPLICATIONS: Director HRM: Public Servants, Department of Education, Private Bag X20565, Bloemfontein, 9300. (Selborne Ave. 106, Katleho Building)

ENQUIRIES: Ms Z Gxwati (051) 447 3411

NB: Candidates will have to complete a practical test in Cataloguing and Classification.

Vacancy: contract position, Dept of Information Science, Unisa

Lecturing Contract Position

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill a vacancy in the Department of Information Science, Unisa. Applicants should be in possession of at least a Masters degree in Information Science or a related discipline. The Department requires someone who has a good knowledge of User Studies and/or information technology especially as relating to information management, retrieval and organisation.

Job description

The persons appointed will be required to teach courses on undergraduate and postgraduate level. This will involve the writing of tuition material, setting of assignments and examination papers, carrying out administration activities involved in running a course, giving discussion classes and workshops and marking assignments and examination scripts. Teaching experience in a tertiary institution will be a strong recommendation.

The successful applicant will be required to start work immediately.


Ms Makgomo Manale at 012 4296071, email: manalmh@unisa.ac.za

To apply:

Submit a detailed CV to Ms Manale, Department of Information Science, Theo van Wijk building room 10-186, tel: 012 429 6071, email: manalmh@unisa.ac.za

A contact telephone number should be included.

Monday, January 14, 2008

IMPORTANT NOTICE: LIASA 10th Annual Conference 2008: Preliminary Announcement



Date: 6 – 10 October 2008
Normal conference dates deviated due to availability of the venue

Venue: CTICC (Cape Town International Convention Centre)

Theme: " Looking Ahead: The Changing Role of LIS"

This will provide ample opportunities for debate, sharing and learning from local and international professional colleagues and partners

Registration fees (registration fees for full conference registration include morning and afternoon tea/coffee, lunch, and free entry to the Gala Dinner):

LIASA members
Early bird R3,500.00
Normal R4,000.00
Late R4,500.00

Non-LIASA members
Early bird R4,500.00
Normal R5,500.00
Late R6,500.00

For Pensioners & Students R2,500.00
Daily attendance R1,000.00
Full day Pre-conference R1,000.00 for Interest Group Members (catering for the day included)

Information regarding the registration process will be announced soon and registration forms will also be sent with the June issue of the LIASA-in-Touch.

For general information contact the LIASA National Office at telephone (012) 337-6112/29 or liasa@liasa.org.za; the Branch Chairperson of the Western Cape, Fatima Darries on (021) 460-3879 or darriesfa@cput.ac.za .

More detailed information will be available on the LIASA website soon www.liasa.org.za.


Thursday, January 10, 2008

LIASA Tenth Annual Conference - 2008: Call for papers

LIASA Tenth Annual Conference - 2008: Call for papers

Date: 6-10 October 2008

Venue: Cape Town, Cape Town Convention Centre

Theme: Looking ahead: the changing role of LIS

You are invited to submit proposals for papers & posters that will focus on areas related to the theme of the conference.

The Tenth Annual LIASA Conference provides an opportunity to debate, share and learn about the changing roles of LIS in South Africa, Africa and globally in the new millennium. In South Africa, different LIS sectors have experienced the South African Society in transition. LIASA is entering into its second decade of existence. Funding has been finally made available to the public libraries and will relieve some of the pressure that public librarians have carried for a decade. Academic libraries have gone through a series of changes as a result of the mergers. How well has the LIS sector fared in contributing to a democratic South Africa, nation building and the creation of a society that values and respects diversity? How does the LIS sector position itself for the next decade in the transformed society of South Africa? What is the role of LIS on the African continent in the second decade of the new millennium? What is the role of South African and African LIS in the global space and how can it be realized? Local and international professional colleagues and partners are invited to participate in discussions and workshops around the proposed topics.

Papers and poster proposals on topics such as the following will be considered for inclusion in the conference programme:

Partnerships for the future
The future role of national libraries
The future role of public libraries
The future role of academic libraries
The future role of s pecial libraries
The future role of s chool libraries
The future role of LIS associations
Libraries and preservation of national heritage
Access to information and freedom of expression
Information literacy
Indigenous knowledge systems
Knowledge management
Nation building and development: the role of libraries
Education and training
Reference in digital environments (Instant Messaging, Text Messaging (SMS), and other emerging modes for offering reference services and Web 2.0 applications)
Digital Library applications in e-science, e-learning, e-government, cultural heritage, etc.
Bridging the digital divide
Service delivery in challenging environments, especially where the infrastructure may be sub-optimal as in some developing countries, or where the user group represents particular challenges
Electronic Theses and Dissertations: Current status and strategy
The future role of ethics in the management of libraries
Institutional repositories/ self-archiving
The future role of standards in the management of libraries
Research agenda in LIS

The deadline for receipt of proposals/abstracts is 28 March 2008.

Proposals, in electronic format (MS Word) must be submitted to:

Prof P Ngulube
University of South Africa
Department of Information Science
P.O. Box 392

Important information about the submission of abstracts

Preference will be given to short papers based on practical experience.
Priority will be given to papers on the theme and topics listed, although papers on related topics may also be considered.
Papers must be presented in English.
Submissions must include:
full title of the paper;
name(s) of author(s),
institutional affiliation,
full contact details of author(s),
an abstract of the paper of 300 - 500 words
Each abstract file should be named with the surname of the presenting author, e.g.: Smith abst1.doc
Include the contact details of author(s) in the abstract file
brief CV of the author(s) (separate file) named with the surname of the presenting author, e.g.: Smith CV.doc
The abstracts of the accepted papers may be published in the conference programme
Authors of accepted papers will be notified as soon as possible after 30 April 2008.
No correspondence will be entered into about acceptance or non-acceptance of papers.
The final version of the full paper must be submitted in electronic form (as an MS Word file) by 20 September 2008 for publishing.
Papers presented at the LIASA Conference will be considered for publication in the South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science.
This call for papers is for the plenary and parallel sessions of the Conference. Papers that are more suitable for the Interest Group sessions will be forwarded to the relevant Interest Group Conveners.
Proposals for papers for a specific Interest Group session can also be submitted. Please indicate which Interest Group.
Please note that all presenters are responsible for their own expenses to attend the conference.

Prof P Ngulube
Professor of Information Science
University of South Africa
Department of Information Science
P.O. Box 392
Cell: +27828527612
Fax: +27 12 429 3221

VACANCY: Library Assistant, Voortrekker Monument Research Centre

The Heritage Foundation Research Centre, situated at the Voortrekker Monument, Pretoria, invites applications for the position of Library Assistant.

closing date of applications: 22 January 2008 at 12:00.

Candidates should have the following qualifications and attributes:

* National Diploma (2 years) or equivalent qualification in Library and Information Science

* Computer literate

* Must be able to read and speak Afrikaans

* Must be able to work as part of a team

* Sound knowledge of cataloguing rules and Dewey Classification

* Basic insight in the optimal storage requirements of a library and paper conservation

* Ability to work independently

* Accuracy and attention to detail are essential

* No work experience required

* Basic knowledge and/or interest in South African history/cultural history would be an advantage

The successful candidate will be co-responsible for: the maintenance of the library and the effective daily functioning of the library; the processing of new acquisitions - copy cataloguing and classification; and assisting with reference queries and other related library duties.

Please send applications and CV to Mr M Coetzee (Human Resources Manager) before or no later than 12:00, 22 January 2008 at: Voortrekker Monument and Nature Reserve, PO Box 1514, Groenkloof 0027 or e-mail to admin@voortrekkermon.org.za. Phone: 012 326 6770.


Die Erfenisstigting se Navorsingsentrum, geleë by die Voortrekkermonument, Pretoria, vra aansoeke vir die pos van Biblioteekassistent. Sluitingsdatum vir aansoeke: 22 Januarie 2008 om 12:00.

Kandidate moet voldoen aan die volgende kwalifikasies en vereistes:

* Nasionale Diploma (2 jaar) of verwante kwalifikasie in Biblioteek- en Inligtingkunde

* Rekenaargeletterd

* Moet Afrikaans kan lees en praat

* Moet in spanverband kan werk

* Moet 'n deeglike kennis van katalogiseringsreëls en die Dewey klassifikasiestelsel hê

* Moet 'n begrip hê vir die optimale bewaringstoestande in 'n biblioteek, asook die konservering van papier

* Moet onafhanklik kan werk

* Akkuraatheid en aandag aan detail is 'n vereiste

* Geen werksondervinding is nodig nie

* Basiese kennis van en/of belangstelling in Suid-Afrikaanse geskiedenis/kultuurgeskiedenis sal 'n aanbeveling wees

Die suksesvolle kandidaat sal mede-verantwoordelikheid neem vir: die instandhoudingswerk in die biblioteek en toesien dat die biblioteek effektief funksioneer; vir die prosessering van nuwe aanwinste (kopie-katalogisering en klassifikasie), asook assistering met navrae en ander verwante biblioteektake.

Stuur aansoek en CV aan Mnr M Coetzee (Bestuurder Menslike Hulpbronne) voor of nie later nie as 12:00 op 22 Januarie 2008 by: Voortrekkermonument en Natuurreservaat, Posbus 1514, Groenkloof 0027. E-pos: admin@voortrekkermon.org.za. Telefoon: 012 326 6770

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

African Guest Librarian Programme - Opportunity to join the programme

African Guest Librarian Programme (1 librarian per year)
Deadline for applications: 1 April 2008

The Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden is announcing an African Guest Librarian programme for 2008. The application deadline is 1 April 2008. The African Guest Librarian Programme is aimed at young professional librarians working in African academic or research libraries with a social science focus. The programme is a mixture of hands-on work experience, study visits and an exchange of skills and ideas. The duration of the programme is 4-6 weeks in Uppsala, Sweden, preferably in the period September – November.

The institute
The Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden is a research, documentation and information centre on modern Africa aimed at the Nordic countries. It promotes research and studies on Africa within the Nordic countries and encourages co-operation between African and Nordic researchers. It also disseminates information about current African issues. The working languages at the institute are Swedish and English.

The library at the Nordic Africa Institute specialises in contemporary Africa and targets users throughout the Nordic regions. The collections, consisting of approximately 60 000 titles, cover the entire continent with the focus on the social sciences.

Find The Nordic Africa Institute's publications, many of them free available electronically in http://www.nai.uu.se/publications/index.xml?Language=en&

Please find more information about the scholarship as well as a downloadable application form on www.nai.uu.se/scholarships/guest_librarian/

Could you please help us spread the information through your networks and partners?

Thank you very much for your support.

Åsa Lund Moberg / Chief librarian Nordic Africa Institute Library

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Congratulations to incoming IFLA Secretary General

Congratulations to incoming IFLA Secretary General

The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) sends
congratulations and best wishes to Jennefer Nicholson on her
appointment as incoming IFLA Secretary General.

Naomi Haasbroek
National Secretary
Library & Information Association of South Africa
P O Box 1598
Pretoria 0001