Monday, September 05, 2011

LIASA Western Cape Branch Librarian of the Year 2011 Announced

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the winner of the LIASA Western Cape Branch Librarian of the Year for 2011 is Christelle Lubbe.

Christelle Lubbe is Chief Librarian at Bellville Public Library. She has been a LIASA member since 2005, and currently serves on PACLIG’s Western Cape branch committee.

She is a passionate public librarian, described by fellow librarians as a “dynamic vibrant bundle of energy that encapsulates the essence of a public librarian.”

She has made a difference where ever she has been - working with Adult Learners at Milnerton Library, where she set up and managed the Milnerton Library Adult Learner Centre (2000) scooping several local and national awards including the LIASA Western Cape Branch Award in 2005. And then her focus changed to developing library staff within the public library sector, which led to her thesis on internal communication in a public library for the Carnegie Library Leadership Academy. She comments that we (as librarians) are developing ways, methods and breakthroughs on a daily basis, but that we don’t record or share this knowledge widely.

This is where Christelle is a role model for other librarians. She has taken the opportunities that LIASA has offered to further develop her leadership skills through the Carnegie Library Leadership Academy, the Research Workshop (her paper will be presented at this year’s conference) and serving on PACLIG in the Western Cape, and shares her knowledge and skills widely.

Christelle will now be competing in the National LIASA Librarian of the Year Award, the winner of which will be announced at the Gala Dinner during Conference 2011.

Congratulations and Well Done, Christelle!

Kind regards
Ingrid Thomson
Chair: Western Cape LIASA

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