Tuesday, March 22, 2011

South African Library Week 2011 celebrations around the country

South African Library Week 19-26 March 2011: “Read in your Language @ your library”

Read all about the SALW2011 celebrations across the country by visiting the SALW2011 page on the LIASA website at:


You are invited to share your Library Week activities with everyone by sending your programmes and highlights to cicd@liasa.org.za for posting to the LIASA website.

Let us all use this opportunity to promote the important role of libraries in our communities and in the national developmental agenda. It is a time to celebrate and focus the spotlight on libraries and librarians.

Enjoy South African Library Week!!

Naomi Haasbroek
Library and Information Association of South Africa

Renew LIASA membership by 31 March

Another friendly reminder that the grace period for renewals for 2011 is expiring on 31 March 2011. After this date, all communication to unpaid members via the listserv will cease and the SAJLIS and LIASA-in-Touch will not be be sent out to you until you have renewed for 2011.

The membership fees for 2011 are as follows:

Membership category

Individual membership

Full time students / pensioner, etc.


International Individual membership

Africa Individual membership

SA Institutional membership

International Institutional membership

Africa Institutional membership

There are a number of payments reflecting in the bank account that we are unable to match to members. Should you have paid and have not yet received your receipt or 2011 membership card please contact the LIASA office urgently and forward the proof of payment to admin@liasa.org.za to avoid losing your benefits.

Remember that you can now renew online at: http://register.liasa.org.za/. Please check and update all your personal details online, submit the form and make payment by internet transfer or direct deposit. Please send a copy of your proof of payment with the reference number you will receive to admin@liasa.org.za to complete your renewal. Your renewal will only be updated in the database once we have been able to match your payment in our bank statement.

Please make sure that your membership does not expire as you will lose valuable benefits in the process. Do remember that some awards and grants require continuous membership for you to qualify and you do not want to miss out on those!!

Just a reminder of the benefits of being a LIASA member:

-Regular communication via the listserv LIASAOnline or SMS service

-Four issues of the LIASA-in-Touch, our information-filled magazine for the LIS professional

-SAJLIS, the academic and accredited professional journal

-Discounted rates for meetings, workshops, seminars, Annual LIASA Conference

-Discounted rates for training sessions, courses and workshops

-Eligibility for the various prestigious LIASA awards

-Eligibility for grants, scholarships or other financial support opportunities

-Eligibility to attend the IFLA Conference on the membership rate

-Eligibility to serve on branch, interest group and other committees of LIASA

-Membership of your local branch and access to all its activities at discounted rates

-Membership of two Interest Groups of your choice and access to its activities at discounted rates

We would very much like to retain you as a member, so do ensure continued membership by renewing your membership for 2011 without delay!

Raspby Ramugondo
LIASA EXCO Convenor: Membership

Thursday, March 17, 2011

SA Library Week launch: reminder

A reminder that the national launch of SA Library Week takes place at the Centre for the Book (Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town) on Saturday 19th March at 9.30 am with the programme starting at 10 am.

Here is a link to the programme

Hope to see you all at the launch!

Please let us know about planned SALW celebrations in your own libraries by either posting information to SALW 2011: Activities around the country
http://www.liasa.org.za/node/518 through the "Add a Comment" feature or by emailing information to cicd@liasa.org.za.

Kind regards
Ingrid Thomson

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

SA Library Week posters

The SALW posters will shortly be available for distribution. Stocks are limited.

Posters will be distributed to the public and community libraries in Cape Town and the Western Cape through COTC, as well as to CPUT, UWC, UCT and Stellenbosch. A batch of posters will also be sent to Edulis for distribution to schools.

So it is not necessary for members from these libraries to respond to this email.

For the other institutions and libraries: please let me know (by email) as soon as possible, how many posters your institution would like and what arrangements you can make for collecting these.

Here is a pdf image of the poster.

There will be more emails regarding the National Launch of SA Library Week which takes place next Saturday, 19th March, at the Centre for the Book.

Kind regards
Ingrid Thomson