Friday, February 29, 2008

REMINDER: Register today for the SLIS workshop on the Reference Interview 18 March 2008

We would like to invite you to grab your diary and immediately book a date with SLIS for a great tutoring and learning opportunity!

Our first paraprofessional workshop of the year is around conducting successful reference interviews. The reference interview is an art and forms the basis for information provision in all types of libraries. You as an information professional need to understand exactly what the user is asking for to be able to know which information sources to consult, how much information to provide, on which level it should be, and to evaluate the information before supplying it.

The workshop will be conducted at entrance level for students of Library and Information Science, information professionals who just started their career and who do information retrieval. There will be practical examples and the opportunity to practice with other delegates. It is not going to be theoretical.

Workshop Presenter: Louise Mitchell, ATD Tech-Know Link
When: Tuesday 18 March 2008, 9h30 - 12h00. Lunch will be served
Where: Auditorium of Anglo American Corporation, Marshalltown, Johannesburg

RSVP: 12 March 2008, . Please include your vehicle regisration number.
Cost: SLIS paid-up members & students (full-time or part-time but not employed) - free of charge
All other attendees: R 50,00

** Attendees will receive detailed directions, a map and parking arrangements well before the workshop date.

About the presenter:
Louise Mitchell has been part of the Anglo American library (ATD Tech-Know Link) team for 10 years and before that has worked in various academic and public libraries. Over the last 20 years it has become her personal challenge and passion to perfect the art of the reference interview and she is still working on it. She is very actively sharing her knowledge and experience with her colleagues and sets an inspiring example of continious development of one's skills and of the goal to never stop learning and improving.

The services, professionalism and value-add of ATD Tech-Know Link is highly regarded amongst top management at Anglo American. From the level of Anglo Technical Director down, the team's abilities and services is known and more importantly, used. Understanding and knowing the exact information needs of their user base and being able to match it with the most appropriate information sources, in the right amount, format and time is key to their successes. The secret ingredient? One of many is definitely a well-conducted reference interview!

On behalf of SLIS

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

South African Library Week in the Western Cape

South African Library Week will be celebrated this year with the theme
From local to global @ your Library, from 17- 22 March 2008.

LIASA Western Cape will be launching this week on 10 March 2008, at the George Public Library.

Watch this space for programme details.

If you would like to attend, please r.s.v.p. to Selma Kloppers at, tel 021808 4889 or fax 021 808 3623. by 5 March

Please indicate your
LIASA membership number
Halaal or Vegetarian food requirement

ICT Launch meeting

You are cordially invited to attend the launch of the Information and Communication Technology in Libraries Interest Group (ICTLIG) for Gauteng South

Venue: University of Johannesburg (Doornfontein Campus Library)

Date: 28 March 2008


Costs: R20.00 (LIASA members)

R50.00 (non-LIASA members)


Constituting the Interest group
Draft plan of Action
Professional development
LIASA conference

Systems librarians, Academics, Information specialists, student librarians, Interns, everyone with interest in ICT in libraries is invited.

Please RSVP to Selaelo , 011 3391633
Charlie , 011 7121750

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Vacancies at Universal Knowledge Software

2 x VACANCIES: Universal Knowledge Software



1. Use your current technical expertise to configure the library system to adhere to customer requirements.

2. Coordinate and provide customer training on the Unicorn Library Management System.

3. Coordinate and provide training to new staff on the Unicorn Library Management System.

4. Evaluation, testing and training in new versions and on new modules.

5. Act as First Line Support for customer queries and requests for assistance

- Handling queries on software frontline-support for customers / dealing with queries / high level maintenance

- QC software and data loads (maintenance and new installations) to ensure customer requirements are met

- Regular communication with customer regarding queries

Minimum requirements:

Degree or related qualification in Library and Information Science.

Knowledge of aids: Dewey, AACR2 and MARC21.

Three years' library experience.
Knowledge of and insight into library work processes.
Experience of a computerized library system.
Own Transport.

Recommended requirements:

Experience on the Unicorn Library Management System.
Computer and technical support knowledge.
Project management knowledge.
Unix and Windows experience.

Salary will depend on relevant qualifications and experience.

Full day position - asap

UKS offices, UCS House, 209 Smit Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Reports to:
Customer Services Manager

For further information please contact Soretha du Plessis - or call (011) 712-1750.

To apply please send a comprehensive CV with 3 contactable references to or fax to (011) 403-9463.

Closing date: 31 March 2008

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
No Curriculum Vitae will be considered after the closing date, and if it does not comply with at least the minimum requirements.
UKS reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Soretha du Plessis
Customer Services Manager

Universal Knowledge Software
Tel.: +27 (11) 712-1750
Fax: +27 (11) 403-9463

Announcement: Official Opening of the UP BookJol, 05 March 2008

The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, Prof Calie Pistorius, cordially invites you and your partner to the official opening of the University of Pretoria, UP BOOKJOL

The programme includes:
Guest speaker: Dr Mathews Phosa
Presentation of the Katrine Harries and CP Hoogenhout Awards
A production by the Department of Drama, University of Pretoria

Date: Wednesday 05 March 2008
Time: 18:30 for 19:00
Place: AULA, University of Pretoria, Hatfield Campus, Lynnwood Road, Pretoria
Dress: Smart casual

Refreshments will be served.

RSVP: Before or on 28 February 2008 to Una Mgwenya
Tel.: (012) 420 2811

Exhibitions: The Book and eBook Exhibitions in the Rautenbach Hall and Villa Museum will be open from 16:00-18:00 and thereafter for the duration of the BookJol from:
06 March: 08:30 - 18:00
07 March: 08:30 - 18:00
08 March: 09:00 - 13:00

Unless otherwise stated, all events are free. All are welcome!

Ms Ujala Satgoor
Deputy Director: Specialist Units Department of Library Services
University of Pretoria
Pretoria, South Africa
Tel. No.: + 27 12 420 2565
Fax: + 27 12 362 5182

Postponement of Seminar: World Bank Information Resources

Please take note that the Seminar on World Bank Information Resources has unfortunately been Postponed until further notice. You will be notified in due course when the seminar is to be held. This is due to circumstances beyond our control and we hope to re-organise the seminar soon.

Thanks for the people who have responded thus far.

Jack Motebejane

Enquiries: Jack Motebejane or Salamina Molamu
Tel (012) 304 9700/39 or 082 593 7694 or email: /

Notice of Meeting: LIASA Gauteng North, 06 March 2008

An opportunity to meet and interact with South African writers, publishers and booksellers @ the University of Pretoria BookJol and 1st SA e-Book Fair.

LIASA Gauteng North will be a part of this event as it will be holding its branch meeting on March 06 2008 from 1400-1600 at the Club Hall, Main Campus, University of Pretoria.

Guest Speakers: Sindiwe Magona, author of To My Children's Children and Mother to Mother, will share her thoughts and read from her books.

Carina Diederick-Hugo, award winning writer of youth literature which include Koning Henry; Operasie Miaau; thomas @; etc will talk of her experiences as a writer of youth literature, read from some of her work and share her thoughts about the role of libraries in a writer's life.

All members are invited to attend this meeting.

Please confirm attendance with Narios Mpholefole at

Ms Ujala Satgoor
Deputy Director: Specialist Units Department of Library Services
University of Pretoria
Pretoria, South Africa
Tel. No.: + 27 12 420 2565
Fax: + 27 12 362 5182

Invitation to National Launch of SA Library Week Saturday 15 March 2008

From Local to Global @ your library

LIASA Members and Non-members

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to launch South African Library Week 2008 with the Library and Information Association of South Africa -

· Skukuza, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga

· Saturday 15 March 2008

· 09:30-14:00

· Guest of honour: Dr Pallo Jordan, Minister: Arts and Culture

· PLUS book donations, poetry reading and dancing

The Parliamentary Millenium Programme will participate in this launch programme by hosting a special programme for children. They will launch the African Sky Stories publication on this occasion.

RSVP before 7 March 2008
Rina du Toit
Tel: (012) 331-3404
Fax: 086 641 3252
Cell: 0827853510

More about South African Library Week:

In 2008 the LIASA Mpumalanga Branch will host the Launch of South African Library Week in the Kruger National Park. It has become tradition to launch the Week in a different province of the country every year, highlighting the role that libraries play in a democratic society, advancing literacy and making the basic human right of freedom of access to information a reality. During this period LIASA aims to make all South Africans aware that libraries contribute to nation-building and improving the quality of life of all who use them.

The theme has been inspired by the story of Neal Petersen, the South African yachtsman who was the first black man to sail solo around world, who says that he would not be where he is today without libraries. Growing up as a young boy on the Cape Flats, he discovered sailing and the art of navigation through books in his local public library and there truly went from local to global @ his library.

Mpumalanga Branch Chairperson

Monday, February 25, 2008

[IFLA-L] UNC's Oxford Summer Program in Libraries and Librarianship

Would you like to spend two weeks in England learning about the history and future challenges of librarianship? How about if those two weeks were spent at The University of Oxford with sessions held at the historic Bodleian Library, Oxford University Press, many of the university's unique college libraries, as well as the British Library in London?

Co-sponsored by The University of Oxford and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science, this two-week, residential summer program allows library professionals and graduate students to explore the past, present, and future of libraries and librarianship at one of the world's premier educational institutions.

Participants will be staying in the center of Oxford allowing them to immerse themselves in the exciting and historic university city and are free to explore England on the weekend.

More information about Oxford can be found in the Lonely Planet Guide at and on the Oxford city
website at, and about the Bodleian Library at

Information about the program including an overview of the schedule, what is included in the costs, and how to take this program for academic credit is available at We
also run a summer seminar in Prague more information for which is available

Feel free to direct any questions to Stephanie Peterson at or Michael Penny at

WIPO study on copyright exceptions for libraries - survey date extended to 28 February 2008

You are invited to contribute to the WIPO study on copyright exceptions for libraries. In 2006, eIFL libraries took part in the WIPO study on exceptions for blind and visually impaired people.

This study is even more important for us because it is particularly related to libraries.

Professor Kenneth Crews, the author, a well-respected academic in the States, would like to hear your experience working with the copyright law in SA.

1.Does our copyright law allow you to do everything that you need to?
If not, please give some examples.

2.Are there new services that you would like to provide, but can't because of copyright restrictions?

3.Have you experienced problems with our copyright law?

4.Have you worked on any projects that were delayed or stopped because of copyright restrictions?

5.Have you overcome any problems and/or worked together with rights holders to resolve problems?

6.Have any projects been delayed because of copyright, e.g. digitization, institutional repositories, etc.?

7.Have you experienced any technological protection measures embedded in works, e.g. encryption, passwords, etc. on CDs, or other media, which
limit or prevent access?

8.Have you any specific examples where the copyright law has hampered,restricted or prevented you from accessing information or carrying out your duties or offering a service or work?

9.Have you found it difficult to get clearance to reproduce copyright material, e.g. 'orphan works' where rightsowners cannot be traced? If yes, please give some examples.

10.Does our copyright law prevent you from sharing information in
print or digitally?

11.What copyright exceptions do you think are crucial for libraries?

Please let me have your responses/inputs/contributions before Thursday 28 February 2008. To facilitate matters, please enter your responses directly under the relevant questions. Your assistance in this regard will be much appreciated.

Denise Nicholson
SA representative for eIFL

INVITATION: Distinguished Library Lecture, 4 March 2008


The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits), invites you to a distinguished library lecture taking place on 4 March 2008 at 18H00 in the University Great Hall, East Campus.

The lecture is the first of the recently initiated annual Distinguished Library Lecture series to coincide with the broader celebration of National Library Week in March each year. It is part of Wits' ongoing efforts to take library and information services closer to users and will bring to the University distinguished persons, whose works have made a significant contribution to libraries, society and academia, to deliver inspiring public lectures to academics, students, librarians and associated communities.

As its first Distinguished Library Lecturer, Wits has invited Dr Sohair Wastawy, the Chief Librarian of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt. She will visit the University in the week 2-7 March 2008 and, among other events, give a public lecture on Tuesday 4 March 2008.

Topic: Libraries and Information: Past, Present and Future

Distinguished Library Lecturer: Dr Sohair Wastawy, Chief Librarian, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt

Venue: Great Hall, University of the Witwatersrand, East Campus, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Date: Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Time: 18:00

RSVP: Delores Camp at or Telephone: +27-11-717-1902.

[IFLA-L] Reminder - Essay contest to cover: Bursary/Registration to IFLA Quebec


IFLA World Library and Information Congress
74th IFLA Conference and Council

"Libraries without borders: Navigating towards global understanding"
10-14 August 2008, Qu├ębec, Canada

The Academic and Research Libraries Section of IFLA is offering four free registrations for academic and research librarians for the 2008 IFLA Congress.

Two free registrations are for librarians from Africa and

Two free registrations are for librarians from Latin America.

Applicants must be able to attend the conference and will be responsible for all other costs associated with conference attendance.

To apply, send an essay of not more than 500 words (One single spaced page).

Please place your contact information on a separate page or include complete address in your email.

Essay content should describe your general current and future interests and activities and specifics on why attending IFLA would benefit you.

Your essay must be received by April 5, 2008.

Please send your essay to:

Stephen Marvin

Via attachment in email -

Via facsimile – Attn: Stephen Marvin – 610-436-2251

Via Post – Attn: Stephen Marvin, FH Green Library, 25 Rosedale Avenue, West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19383, U.S.A. (Please be sure to include your return address or other contact information)

All essays will be acknowledged upon receipt.

The successful applicants will be advised by May 1, 2008 so that they can arrange travel and accommodation.

For further information on Registration, Travel and Accommodations, please visit the IFLA web page -

Deadlines for other IFLA Fellowships, Funds, Grants and Awards are posted on the IFLA web page -

The ARL Section also encourages all members in IFLA to respond to the many calls for papers.

The ARL Section is also sponsoring a program to share your knowledge via mentoring opportunities with your colleagues.

This Essay Contest is sponsored by IFLA Academic and Research Libraries Section.

Dates Application Due Award announcement

ARL Section, IFLA April 5, 2008 May 1, 2008

Two Registrations from Africa

ARL Section IFLA April 5, 2008 May 1, 2008

Two Registrations from Latin America

Sue McKnight, Chair; Stephen Marvin, Secretary, IFLA

Stephen Marvin, Secretary
ARL Section, IFLA
FH Green Library
West Chester University
25 Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383


I am writing to draw your attention to SCECSAL XVIII registration information which is now available on the SCECSAL Zambia Website ( I hope as many of you as possible will attend the conference and that you will publicise the conference to your members as widely as possible.

I wait to hear from you.

Benson Njobvu
Zambia Library Association