Friday, November 26, 2010

Appointment of new LIASA Membership Administrator

On behalf of the LIASA Executive Council and the LIASA Representative Council, we would like to welcome Ms. Louise Coetzee, who has been appointed as membership administrator. Louise will be administering and managing the Association’s membership database as well as other membership tasks.

Louise matriculated from Framesby High School in Port Elizabeth and then attended the University of Port Elizabeth. She taught at the Commercial High School where she was also the school librarian for seven years. She has also worked in the offices of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry and PBMR (Pebble Bed Modular Reactor). At PBMR she worked on and initiated various databases, placed contracts, sourced books and information from all over the world and controlled a large library budget. Louise is married to Jannie Coetzee and has two sons. Her passions are charity work (Lions of Pretoria South), cooking traditional South African dishes, pearl binding and dogs.

Louise took up her post on 15 November and can be contacted at the LIASA National Office on telephone 012 328 2010, via fax on 012 323-1033 or 086 6188 620, or via email on

Nazeem Hardy
LIASA National PRO

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Extended date for Western Cape Branch Award

The date for entries for the Western Cape Branch Award has been extended to Friday 19th November 2010, so you have a few more days to get those nominations in.

Details about the branch award are on the Western Cape LIASA blog at

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!

The entry form is also on the blog at

Ingrid Thomson

Monday, November 08, 2010

Reminder about End-of-year Recruitment breakfast and a special request

A reminder about the end-of-year Recruitment Breakfast and a special request.

This year we are very pleased that author Margie Orford will be joining us to share her thoughts about writing and libraries. Margie says she is a great fan of librarians, especially those who support South African writers. And don't t miss this opportunity to renew your membership or join LIASA and catch the Early Bird Registration period. Membership is R350.

The special request - The Red Cross Children's Hospital has set up a mobile library for their patients. We would like to ask members attending the breakfast to bring along a children's book to be donated to this library. Check out the story at

Here are details for the breakfast:-

Date: Wednesday 1 December 2010

Time: 8:30 for 9:00

Venue: Neethlingshof, Stellenbosch

GPS co-ordinates S 33° 56' 28.2" E 018° 48' 6.7"

Price: R130 (for members)

Contact Najma Patel to book or to ask for a pro-forma invoice - najma.patel at or fax 021 438 1945 by 25th November 2010.

Kind regards
Ingrid Thomson

Friday, November 05, 2010

LIASA Membership Fees for 2011 - Early Bird reminder

Please find attached a reminder to renew your membership and/or encourage your colleagues to join or renew LIASA.

Renewal of LIASA membership for 2011

The 2011 LIASA Membership Fees was recently announced at the LIASA Conference. As of 1 January 2011, the following membership fees will apply:

Membership category
Individual membership R375
Full time students / pensioner, etc. R215
International Individual membership R110
Africa Individual membership R55
SA Institutional membership R1650
International Institutional membership R220
Africa Institutional membership R100

However, the annual LIASA Early Bird Membership offer is once again available to LIASA members until 31 December 2010. Take advantage of the Early Bird offer by joining or renewing your membership on or before 31 December 2010 and still pay the 2010 fee. For example, individual membership paid on or before 31 December, and the 2010 fee of R350 will apply!

As a further incentive, you may also utilise the 3 month installment payment option when taking advantage of the Early Bird offer:
1. R120 by 31 October 2010;
2. R120 by 30 November 2010; and
3. R110 by the 31 December 2010.

Did you know that you can now register online? Log on to and click on the Join LIASA link. However, be advised that your registration will not be processed until your payment has been received!

LIASA’s growth depends on YOU! Join now or renew your membership. Also, do not forget to recruit new members as well!

Raspby Ramugondo
(LIASA EXCO Convenor: Membership)