Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Stellenbosch University Library 2010 Symposium / IFLA Presidential Meeting

The Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service has been host to a very successful Annual Symposium since 1998 which has become an important event on the national library calendar. In honour of Ms Ellen Tise's IFLA presidency it has been decided to amalgamate this symposium with the first IFLA Presidential Meeting.

The next Symposium will therefore be presented as the Stellenbosch University Library 2010 Symposium / IFLA Presidential Meeting and will take place from 18 to 19 February 2010.

Having already earned a good reputation over the past ten years, the amalgamation of the Symposium with the IFLA Presidential Meeting creates an even more distinguished platform for deliberation on library and information issues of global interest, as well as for networking and professional development.

The theme of the Symposium is Knowing is not enough: engaging in the Knowledge Economy which will explore the role of libraries in the knowledge economy. One of the famous quotes by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe "Knowing is not enough; we must apply" is used in the title to signify a need for libraries to actively pursue its pivotal role in the knowledge economy, pathing the way for growth, innovation and prosperity by driving access to knowledge. The latter which coincides with the presidential theme.

The Stellenbosch University's prestigious Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS), a place often referred to as a ‘Creative Space For The Mind’, has been chosen as the venue for the Symposium.

I kindly invite you to join us at this unique event and look forward to welcoming you to Stellenbosch.

For more information, please consult the Symposium website ( which will continuously be updated with new information as it becomes available.

Lucia Schoombee

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