Friday, September 26, 2008

Final Countdown to LIASA Annual Conference

The Countdown to the LIASA Conference continues....

and if you have not yet registered, you have only a few days left to do so, as registration closes on Monday 29 September 2008.

Thereafter, registration will take place on site at the CTICC from 6 October 2008 at a much higher fee.

* Registration fees are R4 000 for individual LIASA members, while non-members pay R5 500.

* Institutional members are able to send five delegates at the fee for individual LIASA members.

* Special rates apply for students and pensioners.

Online registration is available at or download the form from the website.

The latest programmes are available on the LIASA website at

The theme of the conference is Looking Ahead: the changing roles of libraries.

The conference programme is a mix of international and national
speakers, as well as an opportunity to hear practical presentations as
well as latest research papers.

Highlights of the programme include:-

* Barrie Bramley ( who will talk about the Generation
Gap, about the Born Frees, Generation X and Y and Baby Boomers who use
our libraries and who are also our new generation professionals.

* Claudia Lux, IFLA President will put "Libraries on the Agenda"

* Muzi Kuzwayo (author of "There's a Tsotsi in the Boardroom") covers marketing and branding in libraries,

* Cecil Madell, (TRP (RSA). MCRP (UCT); MSc LED Glasgow University) will talk about urban renewal and libraries and how the planning, construction and management of libraries need to be re-conceptualised around the needs and realities of township communities.

* Eve Gray, Honorary Research Associate, Centre for Educational Technology at the University of Cape Town - The other end of the telescope – open access and South African research publication.

* Discussions on the Library Transformation Charter led by DAC, NCLIS and the Technical Team.

* Round Table/brainstorming discussions on the way forward for World Campaign for Libraries which LIASA signed up to at the IFLA Conference in Durban last year

And more ....

* professional networking and discussion opportunities
* a large number of exhibitors

+++ AGMs for the interest groups and the national AGM when the new team under the leadership of Rachel More takes office.

Included in the registration fee are all the social events including the formal Gala Dinner to be held at the CTICC when the Librarian of the Year will be announced, and an opportunity to take part in our own LIASA Olympics, with dancing and fun on Thursday 9 October. You will also receive a conference bag and jacket as part of your registration package.

Contact Network SA, the Conference Organisers, for information on accommodation and registration at telephone number 021 683 2114, fax number 086 631 7138 or

Ingrid Thomson
National PR

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