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  • Gauteng

    April 2017

    Gauteng South Branch Executive Team Workshop Mayfair Library, 03 March 2017

    In this Issue 1. 2016 Yearend 2. Library Week 3. 2017 - GS Events 4. MOOV 5. Professional corner 6. GS Boundaries and

    Purpose of the workshop To build LIASA GS EXCO capacity; formulate the branch strategy, based on LIASA strategy and discuss branch governance. LIASA strategic plan details (2016-2020) were shared by our Chair: LIASA Vision - Dynamic association of excellence for the LIS sector. Mission An Association that connects LIS sector & promotes the

    development of S.A. through Access to information, provided regardless of race, disability, status or age group

    Values of LIASA

    S t r a t e g i c o b j e c t i v e s : 1. Leadership - To provide Innovative and dynamic leadership that will drive LIS in South Africa. 2. Membership and Sector Management - Develop new campaigns for recruitment of membership. It was indicated that theres a decline in membership and EXCO need to work hard in recruitment. 3. Advocacy - To improve the visibility of LIASA among all stakeholders including the relevant Government Departments & Media; the importance of advocacy - May seminar will be focusing on advocacy. 4. Marketing and Communication - Optimize the channels of communication to promote the LIASA brand, maximize the impact of the Association and support for LIS issues. 5. Good Governance - Provide and maintain good governance structures for financial growth, accountability and sustainability 6. Training and Development - Invigorate the sector through dynamic, vibrant, continuing education, training and development programmes. It was indicated that the Branch need to develop a database to capture details of employed and unemployed LIS professionals.

    Gauteng South Branch

  • Yearend Function 24 November 2016


    The LIASA Gauteng South Branch Yearend Function was held at Florida Library. The rainy weather couldnt dampen our spirits. The Executive Committee members introduced themselves one-by-one, to ensure that we know the people that are presenting us. Our inspiration came from our guest speaker. We were addressed by Julia Paris: Libraries in Communities SA perspective.

    We are confronted by the reality of 21st Century access to information being impersonal. This means that we have to re-invent our community libraries. They are the Leaders, Change Agents and Social Institutions of Significance. She concluded that we dont need to see the whole staircase, we just need to take the first step! We were also introduced to a method of enhancing inter-personal communication.

    Weve had a very busy conclusion of the first quarter of 2017. I am of course referring to our Library Week celebrations. The photos speak for themselves. We thought it beneficial to open this newsletter with our Chair as the leader of the Executive Team - and where better than at their E.T. Strategy and Leadership workshop. Weve added a page on a venture that has been part of Joburg City Libraries for more than a year. Our professional corner gives a peak into the future of man and machine any comments or discussions about this? Our thanks to Livhuwani and Thandiwe for collecting all the wonderful articles submitted for this issue. Enjoy your Easter break! - Triffie Vorster

    A warm welcome in this 2017 first issue of our newsletter. To all our members, thank you for your loyalty in 2017. Please, encourage your friends and colleagues in the branch to join or renew their membership for this year. We want to increase GS branch membership from 110 to 200! Please check our last past for membership fees For more information on LIASA and its benefits, go to

  • Reviewed by: Livhuwani Nemutanzhela

    @ LIASA Gauteng South Branch celebrated their South African Library Week (SALW) at the cradle of Human Rights in Sharpeville on the 22nd of March. As outlined by LIASA president (Mr Mandla Ntombela), the theme My Library, Your library takes libraries into the heart of the community and strives to awaken a sense of ownership in each community member so that destroying libraries and burning books becomes unthinkable. Our roles are ever changing in the 21st century and we need to transform how we perform our duties. Gauteng South invited Derek Moore of Mobile Literacy (mLiteracy) to come and share new methods with librarians

    Kids Listening to a Story Read from a Phone Derek reading a Story from a Tablet

    MLiteracy (or Mobile Literacy) is an ecosystem of projects and initiatives by a variety of stakeholders that promote, support & enable access to literature. Those present learnt how they can access a variety of stories and be able to create their own using mobile devices. FunDza App was introduced and can be downloaded from Google Play Store

    Hendra Pretorius presenting "North West University LIS engagement in the North West and Gauteng Province".

    Our theme: My Library, Your Library -

    using mobile phones to access information

    There was never a dull moment when Tebogo and friends entertained us with a play.

  • Programme at Ekurhuleni Storytelling and marketing of library services

    Were Celebrating Library Week in Style @ SABC SABC Information Library celebrated their Library Week in style with a competition under the theme DID YOU KNOW THE COMPETITION

    Users of the Library were encouraged to visit My Library, Your Library on specific dates during the #SALW2017 wherein the Library had a stand and a #selfiebooth. Users were asked simple questions on the theme stated above and prices were branded t-shirt & more. Library users were encouraged and motivated to reflect on the role and value of their library in the SABC environment. To create visibility and awareness (as most of the staff members dont know where the Library is situated in the SABC building) a stands (with branded banners) were erected at Radiopark and TV reception. New books were displayed on the stand to showcase some of the publication material the library has. Some new library members were recruited.

    Even the VALENTINES DAY CAMPAIGN was aimed at promoting the library. The campaign was very successful. SABC staff was surprised by the variety of books held at the Library.

  • Johannesburg City Library celebrated library week with several different activities:

    Childrens Library 23 March 2017 had a science show by Sci-Bono. Making rockets from common household items, blow up

    balloons using liquid nitrogen etc. this show was mind blowing as the

    kids explored the physics and chemistry of pressure. They also

    learned how pressure, force and volume are related and how Pressure

    can cause things to go pop, boom and bang!

    Johannesburg City Library Michaelis Art Library, in partnership

    with Mathi JS Lieshout, hosted the opening of an exhibition of art

    works on 18 march 2017.

    Johannesburg City Library Performing Arts Library, in partnership with Avanti, hosted a music concert on 24 March 2017.

  • Johannesburg City Library - some more activities PAIL (Public Access to the Internet in Libraries)

    On 20 March 2017 the city library in partnership with Nomveliso Mbanga

    and SABC youth culture, hosted a social media programme. Leaners were

    taught to use social media for educational purposes and how to deal with

    teenage issues in general, eg. drugs and alcohol, money, friends, studying

    and careers.

    Staff visited the Jorden House old age home on 22/03/2017

    The Assistant Director related Library Week to the purpose of the visit,

    emphasizing the value of senior citizens, their role in passing on valuable

    experience & guidance, knowledge and values to the youth. Our special

    guest, Mr Kokkie Singh, a community leader who was raised in

    Sophia Town, engaged the residents in a trip down memory lane - life and

    times in Sophia Town. People were eager to share their experiences. A quiz

    followed on Sophia Town - the winner received a prize. A gentleman,

    whose memoirs were read out, related his life story, the difficulties he

    experienced and his will to survive through his positive attitude and belief in

    God. Another senior citizen recited verses from the Bible and sang a song.

    Everyone enjoyed a fun-filled blind fold game!

  • Other events celebrated in Gauteng South during first part of 2017

    WRAD - Emfuleni Library & Information Services Participated in World Read-Aloud Day

    26 February 2017 was declared this years World Read Aloud Day (#WRAD2017). Nalibali had a target to break the

    previous years record by reaching 510 000 children on #WRAD2017 and as part of reaching that number Emfuleni

    dedicated LIS staff pledged their support and managed to reach 3894 children on the day.

    Livhuwani takes a selfie with learners from Pinedene Primary School in Vanderbijlpark during

    Learner Reading Aloud #WRAD2017 Dipuo Lepota Reading Aloud to ECD learners in Driehoek

    International Mother Language Day 21 Feb 2017

    Towards Sustainable Futures through Multilingual Education UNESCO supports mother language and multilingual education through International Mother Language Day (IMLD). The overall objective of the Day is to contribute to promoting Global Citizenship education.


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