Eastern Cape Branch Librarian of the Year 2018

Mr Lwandile Dastile

Lwandile Dastile was born on the 26th of May 1977 in Barkly East.

Primary Education: Sizamulwazi Public Primary School- Barkly East.

High School attended: Nkwanca Public High School – Queenstown (Komani).

Achievement/Award     Best Librarian: Ukhahlamba District, 2005 (Eastern Cape).


Name of institution:     University of the Western Cape

Qualification obtained:    Bachelor in Library and Information Science and                                                   Education (B.BIBL ED) 1999.

Name of Institution:        Le Mark Communication

Qualification obtained:    Certificate in Customer Services, 2004

Name of institution:        Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Qualification obtained:    Certificate in Project Management, 2015

Employer: Senqu Local Municipality

Worked as a Librarian in Barkly East Public Library between 01st November 2001 and 27th of October 2005.

During the above period, I did the following:-

  • Conducted library orientation for the learners of the following local schools (Malikhanye Senior Secondary; Barkly East High; Sizamulwazi Primary and DRC Primary school.
  • Did block loans with Barkly East Old Age Home Centre
  • Literacy Competitions: SA Library Week and Literacy Day

Employer: Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture- O.R. Tambo District: Mthatha.

Principal Librarian:- 28 October 2005 to 31 March 2017

  • Initiated establishment of public libraries in the O.R. Tambo District
  • Forge working relations with local municipalities
  • Forge sound working relations with Private Sectors (Vodacom and Implats)
  • Conducted outreach programmes to all the local municipalities in the District.
  • Conducted and facilitated workshops and training for librarians.

Acting Assistant Manager: 1st April 2017- 31st March 2018

Currently Assistant Manager: Library & Information Services- O.R. Tambo District.

Became the LIASA member in 2006 and membership no. is 3681


Chairperson                     LIASA Sub branch1: Eastern Cape, 2016 – 2018

Chair-Elect                      LIASA Sub branch1: Eastern Cape, 2014 – 2016

Public Relations Officers LIASA Eastern Cape Branch,    2012- 2014

Deputy Chairperson         LIASA Sub branch 1: Eastern Cape, 2010 – 2012

Represented LIASA in various platforms as a speaker and a guest.

  • 2015 presented in a King Sabata Dalindyebo Library Committee Workshop a paper titled “LIASA- Librarian’s choice”. Ikhwezi Library in Mthatha
  • 2015 at Mdantsane Library in a LIASA meeting presented a paper “Dynamic librarian”.
  • Speaker: Engcobo Municipality Library Services Awards in 2016

I am a hard working person; also have excellent verbal and written communication skills.  I possess the ability to work independently and am also a very good team player.  I am dynamic and self-driven, fast learner, trustworthy and assertive, able to work long hours and work effectively under pressure.   I aimed at ensuring that all our public libraries in the O.R. Tambo District have internet and are centres of information.