Thursday, March 19, 2015

This week marks South African Library Week themed: Connect @ your library" - SABC News video

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Published on 16 Mar 2015 
"This week marks the National Library Week. This to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use. This year's theme is "Connect @ your library". From our Pretoria studios we are joined by Rebecca Senyolo from the Library and Information Association of South Africa-and with us here in the studio we have Themba Gadebe -who is the Spokesperson for the Ekurhuleni Municipality-where a new library will be opened on Tuesday in commemorating this day.
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Friday, March 13, 2015

SABC to celebrate South African Library Week by focusing on the services of the SABC Information Library

Internal Mailer promoting South African Library Week 2015 at the SABC

South African Library Week (SALW) will also be celebrated at the SABC this year, with a specific Library Day planned on Monday 16th March.

The following is copied from an article on the SABC Intranet by Keketso Magwai of Corporate Communications about the importance of the day, as well as the services that are rendered by the SABC Information Library.

"The SABC joins the rest of the country in celebrating one of the most fundamental information hubs, the library. The celebration of the South African Library Week (SALW) this year begins from the 14th to the 21st of March 2015. The week is meant to create awareness and appreciation for the role that the library plays in connecting, informing and educating the society. SALW was initiated by the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) in 1997 as a campaign with the first library week taking place in 2002.
The SABC Library Manager, Ms. Monica Van Deventer states that “First Citizens must be aware that the library has a vast collection of books, magazines, newspaper clippings, magazines and online resources. First Citizens are always welcome to visit the library, not only for academic purposes, but also for work related purposes and personal development. We urge all First Citizens to make use of the Information Library”. She further highlights that the employees can also access the catalogue from the Intranet, in order to get to the catalogue, click on more links on the Intranet and scroll down where the library link will be found and First Citizens will be able to search for resources from their work stations."
The Library Week campaign already kicked off this week with an internal "Did you Know?" mailers going out on the corporate communications informing personnel about the upcoming South African Library Week as well as focusing on the SABC Information Library.

The plans for SALW Day at the SABC includes a musical welcome on Monday to personnel arriving at work. Harp player, Ventura, as well as Suzette Lombard (Music Library Manager) will be playing music from 7:00 am to 8:30 am. The SABC Media Libraries personnel will also hand out leaflets to the personnel at the entrances, and directing them to the Information Library personnel in the foyer as well as in the Library. The plan is to acquaint personnel with navigating the Intranet to the SABC Information Library's information products that are made available to them. There are also three surprise parcels (including books, music CDs, stationary and note pads) to be won by personnel.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

South African Library Week 2015 - Did you know? #SALW2015

South African Library Week 2015 will be celebrated again this year from 14 - 21 March. 

The SABC Media Libraries are planning to advocate the services of the SABC Information Library for that week. They are planning a special day on 16 March to showcase the services that the Information Library provides to the personnel of the SABC

Some of the following "Did you Know?" banners are being used in the internal corporate communications from this week leading up to South African Library Week:

"Libraries as technologically enabled environments"

"Libraries are desired one-stop, socially inclusive spaces"
Library Week theme: "Connect @ your library" 

SABC Media Library, which includes the SABC Information Library

SABC Record Library information 

SABC Music Library information 

SABC Radio Archives information 

For more information about South African Library Week: LIASA

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- South Africa Library Week 14 - 21 March 2015

South African Library Week 2014 in pictures #SALW2014 #libraryweek (#STORIFY)

South African Library Week SALW 17-23 March 2014 #SALW2014

Thursday, March 5, 2015

South African Library Week from 14 - 21 March 2015

"The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) is pleased to announce that South African Library Week (SALW) will be observed during 14-21 March 2015 with the theme Connect @ your library.
The national launch event will be held on Saturday, 14 March 2015 in Cape Town.
The theme “Connect @ your library” resonates with the belief that libraries connect people to each other, to knowledge and information, to print and electronic resources, to technology and professional support.
Libraries must take the lead in being active community partners towards developing an informed and educated nation. This means providing access to information about health & hygiene, economic empowerment, poverty eradication and education in desired spaces that foster lifelong learning and knowledge exchange. This is further enhanced by skilled and proficient library staff who connect their communities to relevant and appropriate
information & knowledge resources, emerging technologies, as well as dynamic and innovative programmes & services for personal and community development.
Libraries are fast emerging as technologically enabled environments, which provide individuals the opportunity to connect to:
  • The Internet
  • Databases, online learning & research tools
  • Friends, families & colleagues via social networking sites
  • Employment opportunities
  • Digital libraries, which include institutional repositories
  • Emerging mobile technologies such as tablets, e-Readers, smartphones, etc. 
This theme also highlights the importance of library practitioners connecting with each other, across all sectors, for the sharing of skills, best practices, global trends and national priorities, so that a strong cohort of professionals emerge with a common understanding and vision for the development of an informed nation.
It is therefore important for all to make the connection that libraries are desired one-stop, socially inclusive spaces that enable one to Connect @ your library to family, friends, technologies, information and the world.

LIASA is the national professional association that represents libraries and information institutions; all library and information workers; and millions of users & potential users of libraries in South Africa. LIASA aims to unite, develop and empower all people in the library and information field. It represents the interests of and promotes the development and image of library and information services in South Africa. 
More information can be found at:
For further information, please contact Annamarie Goosen, LIASA Manager at 012 324 6096 or"       
Press release: LIASA