Thursday, September 30, 2010

Q and A : Draft community library and informaton services bill, 2010 - Audio Clip

This Q and A  session to discuss the Draft community library and information services bill, 2010, (please find it here) was presented at Session 3 of Day 1, at the 12th LIASA Conference.

Due to time constraints, as communicated by John Tsebe at the session, Puleng Kekana indicated there was insufficient time to answer questions.

Delegates, raised serious objections to what they perceived as a dismissal of feedback to this important proposed legislation, which could so critically effect libraries.
The organizing committee thus proposed this ad hoc Q and A, with Puleng Kekana and John Tsebe answering questions.
Here are two such questions.

These two clips at different times in the Q and A.
First Speaker: Claire Walker
Second Speaker: Tommy Matthee

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Welcome Speech by Rachel More at 12 LIASA conference 2010

Please not that this clip is an audio clip and not a video but is streamed by YOUTUBE.

This clip has been shortened due to size restrictions

Monday, September 27, 2010

Conference alerts: Useful Information

As you know, the LIASA Annual Conference will take place in Gauteng from 28 September – 1st October 2010 and I hope many of you are preparing to attend.

· The LIASA National Office moves to the St Georges Hotel & Conference Centre for the duration of the conference.

· The Registration Desk at the conference will be open from Monday 27 September from 7:30 until 5pm. Kindly register as early as possible to avoid queues on Tuesday morning. The Registration Desk opens at 7 am on Tuesday.

· For a problem-free registration, please ensure that all payments have been made prior to your arrival. It would be advisable to bring along proof of payment for registration.

· The weather forecast for Gauteng promises sunny skies with a fine and quite warm forecast for Wednesday. We suggest dressing in layers and wearing comfortable shoes.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the conference

Rebecca Senyolo
LIASA: National PR

Western Cape Info for the LIASA Conference

It is almost time for the LIASA Conference 2010.

For all members:-

If you have not voted in the 2010 elections, you only have a few days in which to do this. The President of LIASA will be from the Western Cape and the Branch also has the opportunity to have the National PRO hailing from this Branch. Nazeem Hardy, previous Branch Chair and current EXCO member is up for election in this portfolio. Make your voice heard by voting in the election for National PRO.
Voting closes on Tuesday 28 September at 12:00. Ballot papers can be faxed to 012 323 1033. Alternatively, ballot papers can be handed to colleagues attending Conference.
For those attending the LIASA Conference 2010:-

The Western Cape Branch has made it a tradition of taking a Western Cape group photograph and this year will be no different. We are hoping to have this photo taken on the Wednesday, 29th September. We will announce further details at the Conference.
Internet Access at the conference - There is wi-fi available in reception and the patio area of the St Georges at a cost of R25.00 a day. The Ebsco Internet Cafe is also available when there are no Ebsco demos running. Otherwise please take a 3G card or use the internet/email access on your cellphone.
If you are taking photos at conference, LIASA WC has a Flickr account to which we would like to post all pictures. So if you have access to email facilities at the conference, please send an email to
In the subject field, list in the following format:
EVENT, date of Event, Person who took the picture.

It will automatically be uploaded to Flickr, once you have sent the email. If there is a problem, you can send the photos to Rudi Wicomb at

And to check out the photos, go to

Ingrid Thomson
Incoming Chair: LIASA Western Cape

Thursday, September 16, 2010

You can still pre-register for the LIASA conference until 17 September

The LIASA 12th Annual Conference

“Libraries driving access to knowledge”


You can still pre-register for the LIASA conference until 17 September.

To register online, click here.

To view the programme, click here

Join us in listening to the presentation by Carol Lagundo and Rebecca Warlow on Friday 1 October.

Title: Online Access for the Public at the United States National Archives

Summary: Carol Lagundo and Rebecca Warlow from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will discuss how NARA is developing its online search capabilities, digitization strategies, and social media to meet the 21st century needs of the public, researchers, and the U.S. Federal government. Their presentation will focus both on the business and the technological changes happening at NARA to improve online access to the records held by the U.S. National Archives.

Carol Lagundo is an IT Specialist and Project Manager for the Digital Strategies and Services Staff. She is a certified Project Management Professional with more than 10 years experience managing complex IT projects that support NARA's description and authority services. She assisted in the development of NARA's Archival Research Catalog (ARC) and oversees the day-to-day administration of the ARC system. Ms.

Lagundo chairs the Online Public Access (OPA) Working Group, working with NARA staff and contractors to implement the public access component of NARA's Electronic Records Archive (ERA).

Rebecca Warlow is a Supervisory Program and Management Analyst on the Digital Strategies and Services Staff. She is responsible for managing the content of NARA's Archival Research Catalog (ARC), training NARA staff on description standards, and coordinating digitization for access. Ms. Warlow also chairs NARA's Digitization Working Group, oversees NARA's wiki for researchers called Our Archives, and writes for NARA's blog, NARAtions.

Naomi Haasbroek
Library and Information Association of South Africa

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Grants available for the LIASA Annual Conference

We are pleased to announce that the Department of Arts and Culture has made funding available to sponsor 80 grants for Librarians and Library Workers from Community and Public Libraries to attend the LIASA Annual Conference. This generous sponsorship is made possible from the Department’s Conditional Grant.

The Conference will be held from 28 September to 1 October 2010 at the St George Hotel and Conference Centre in Centurion, Gauteng.

The grant will cover registration fees only and the successful applicants must make their own arrangements regarding travel and accommodation.

The closing date for the application process is Friday 17 September 2010 at 12:00.

Successful candidates will be notified by no later than Tuesday 21 September 2010.

Application forms can be downloaded from and should be returned to

LIASA acknowledges with gratitude the generous and continued support from the Department of Arts and Culture.

Congratulations to John Tsebe and Rachel More

On behalf of LIASA, we wish to congratulate Mr John Tsebe, National Librarian on his election as Chairperson of the Council for Directors of National Libraries of the World and Ms Rachel More, Deputy National Librarian, who will be secretary to the Council. We are very proud of them representing South Africa and the continent of Africa on this international platform.

The Commitee for Directors of National Libraries (CDNL) was set up in 1974 to discuss policies and carry out activities that could be performed most effectively by national libraries, on the understanding that its work would be coordinated with the IFLA section of National Libraries.

LIASA President-Elect Naomi Haasbroek and Executive Committee

Donations of wool for Central Library

A children’s knitting club meets regularly in the FOCAL book room at Central Library. We are looking for donations of double knitting wool, size 8 (4mm) needles and shoeboxes in which the children can keep their work. Donations can be dropped off at the Central Library, Parade St, Cape Town. I can be contacted for any enquiries

Thank you,

Kathleen Laishley
Senior Librarian: Central Library
Library and Information Services
City of Cape Town

Tel: +27 21 467-1577
Fax: +27 21 467-5732


2010 Western Cape Branch Award - Call for nominations

The Western Cape Branch of LIASA is calling for nominations for the 2010 Branch Award.

The LIASA Western Cape Branch Award recognizes an individual librarian or library team from any library (public, school, academic or special library) who has demonstrated exceptional creativity and resourcefulness in marketing, promoting and advocating for a single library or libraries in the Western Cape.

There are innovative and imaginative programmes, projects and events happening across the Western Cape in all our libraries. This award is aimed at recognizing and honouring the librarians for their creativity in promoting, marketing and advocating in their libraries through these activities.

So regardless of the size or type of library you are in, if your library has had a special programme or project or event in the past year, where you have made a difference, raised the profile of your library – we want to hear about it!

What type of programmes or projects would be considered?

We are looking for programmes or projects which include the promotion and expansion or outreach of library services to the community where it did not exist before or in response to community needs. These could include:-

· support for educational programmes

· library programmes including promotion of library resources

· literacy, literature and reading programmes

· community outreach

· building or strengthening of local political, fiscal and public support

Previous winners include the Milnerton Library Adult Learner Centre, Fish Hoek and Masiphumelele Library Team and the Vrygrond Community Library.


All nominations will be evaluated on the following criteria:-

· how innovative and imaginative the marketing was

· the obstacles and challenges faced, the partnerships developed

· how creatively resources were used

· the results obtained (outcomes)

· how the library is using these results

· sustainability

Only programmes or projects carried out from January to December 2009 are eligible.

Previously nominated individuals or library programmes are eligible to be nominated again provided that they have not won the Award.

Who may be nominated?

If an individual librarian is nominated, he/she should be a current paid-up (2009) individual LIASA member. In the case of a library team being nominated, at least one member of the library team should be a current paid-up (2010) individual member.

Who may nominate?

Current paid-up (2010) Western Cape individual members may nominate individuals or library teams. Each entry must be accompanied by a written motivation from the nominator.

Judging Panel

The judging panel will comprise the Chair of the Western Cape Branch of LIASA; the Public Relations Officer of the Western Cape Branch of LIASA; the convenor or a representative from each of the following Western Cape interest groups:- the Public and Community Libraries (PACLIG); Special Libraries (LiSLIG), Higher Education (WCHELIG) and School Libraries and Youth Services (SLYSIG); Rheina Epstein, donor; and an independent marketing specialist.

The decision of the judging panel is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

What do you need to do to enter?

1. You must be a current paid-up (2010) member of LIASA or at least one member of your team needs to a current paid-up member.

2. You or your library team must be nominated by a current paid-up (2010) member of LIASA. Each nomination must be accompanied by a written motivation.

3. Only programmes or projects carried out from January to December 2009 (the previous year) are eligible.

4. Together with the proposer’s written motivation, you need to submit a portfolio which includes:-

• A written description of the programme expanding on the planning and execution, obstacles and challenges faced, the resources used and the results obtained

• Statistical information about the library, including the community served, circulation figures and staffing must be included as this will be helpful in giving context to the written submission

• Supporting material such as brochures, testimonials, press clippings, flyers and photographs should be included to substantiate the nomination. (These will not be returned as they will be used in other advocacy or marketing activities by the Branch and relevant interest groups.)

The individual or representative of the team that has been nominated should be available to provide further information either through interviews or site visits.

Nomination Forms

Nomination forms for the 2010 LIASA Western Cape Branch Award will be made available via the branch website at or through the Western Cape branch newsletter.

Nomination forms are also available from any branch or branch interest group committee members.

Closing Date

All nominations and supporting material must be received by 15 November 2010.

Announcement of Winner

Short-listed candidates will be invited to attend the branch’s end-of-the-year Showcase event where the winner of the 2010 LIASA Western Cape Branch Award will be announced. (In the case of a team, a representative will be invited to the function.)

Need more info? Contact the current branch Chair or branch PRO.

LIASA Annual Conference

The LIASA 12th Annual Conference

“Libraries driving access to knowledge”

The 2010 Conference theme has been chosen in support of the Presidential theme of the current IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) President, Ms Ellen Tise, who is the first South Africa and only the second IFLA president from Africa.

Join us on Tuesday 28 September 2010 for a talk by Ms Ellen Tise on “Innovation and development through access and technology”

Click here to register or contact Engela Barnard on 0861 921 921.

More information is on available on

Monday, September 13, 2010

Invitation to seminar at UWC, Weds 15 September 9.00

You are cordially invited to a seminar in which Linda Ngaleka will report back on her survey of Cape Town’s public librarians.

Title: Perceptions and experiences of professionalism among Cape Town’s public librarians.
Date & time:Wednesday 15 September, 9.00-10.30.
Venue: Centre for Humanities Research, UWC. (Follow signs from the Department of Library & InformationScience - if lost phone Sonia Stroud 021-9592137)

RSVP: Sonia Stroud
(Light refreshments will be served)

Best wishes
genevieve hart

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Tribute to Vincent Kolbe

It is with great sadness that we learnt that Activist, Librarian and Musician, Vincent Kolbe, passed away on 3 September after a long battle with cancer.

We wish to pay tribute to him for his contribution to librarianship and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa.

Archie Dick speaks of his contribution in the piece: Librarians and readers in the South African Struggle:

A beautiful tribute to his life can also be found at:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and close friends.

President and Executive Committee