Free State Branch Librarian of the Year 2018

Ms Kegomodicwe Phuthi

A profile of the nominee: Kegomodicwe Ellen Phuthi
My Career path and Contribution to the Library Profession
Education: University of South Africa (B-Tech) Southern Business School (BBA), Current studies (Honours Degree in LIS)
Principal Librarian at the following, Galeshewe Public Library at the Sol Plaatjie Municipality (NC) (1995-2001). at the Department of Education in Kimberley, (2002-2005), NC, Selosesha Public library Dept. Sport, Art & Culture (,2013-2014) FS, Head Librarian at the Mafikeng Local Municipality, North West (2006-2012), currently from 2015 Faculty Librarian University of the Free State.
Contribution to the LIS profession, Community service and as volunteer
In Kimberley 1995-2001 I worked closely with schools and community forums to educate on the importance of reading and using the Library. I worked closely with the Provincial Library Service and set up a Library at Molehe Mampe Secure Centre in Galeshewe, a children awaiting trial and sentenced.
In 2002 at the Teachers Centre, Education Department. I start a Resource Centre from the ground. The centre serviced the educators with support material, assisted the schools that wanted to start functional libraries and I conducted library information literacy training. The Resource Centre is still functional to date.
2006-2012 I supervised six (6) libraries in the Mafikeng areas. I was also responsible of drafting a business proposal annually for conditional grant from the Provincial Department of Sport, Art and Culture. With this grant we managed to upgrade the 6 libraries by renovations, furniture, library promotional programmes. We also promoted a service with people with disabilities and 3 staff members with disabilities were added to our staff component.t In 2008. I also served as a chairperson of the Ngaka Modiri Molema District library forum which was a platform for the District and community libraries to share Information, strategies, solution and provide in-service training. I also participated in community forums with the local councilors and attended the community meetings to promote the library services.
In 2011 I served on the Advisory board of the University of the North West to start short courses in library and Information for library assistants in the community libraries and roll it out later to teacher librarians. I established a functional library at one of the schools Tlale primary school in one of the villages. Biblionef donated books and Netbank installed shelves and the department of education installed computers as a multipurpose centre. In 2012 I also held a competition of promoting African languages, reading, poetry and writing festival. One of the learners who won the first Library Poetry Competition was motivated afterwards to participated in SA has got Talent Show and won first prize in poetry.
In 2013 I relocated to Bloemfontein and started at Selosesha Public Library (Thaba Nchu) in the Free State. I worked closely with the schools, I introduced a block loan system where schools could borrow books in bulk at the library and use them for their library period. I also established a functional library at one of the primary schools. I also for the first time got the primary schools in Selosesha to participate in the spelling bee, read aloud and quiz competition, regionally and provincially.
2015 to date am the Faculty librarian for Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of the Free State, where I play an embedded role between the Library and the Faculty academics and students.
I volunteer at a Children’s home every Saturdays reading stories, drawing, singing and inculcating the love of reading.
I serve as Chairperson of the Higher Education Library Interest Group (HELIG) which holds the largest membership compared to the other interest group in the branch and HELIG FS was acknowledged by the National chairperson of HELIG as one of the most active interest group in all Provinces
Papers Presented in 2017 at LIASA Conference
1. The use of the Graded reader collection: User satisfaction and adequacy of selected book collections at the University of the Free State Library Information Service: The graded reader collection
2. Embedding library training into the Research Methodology module programmes: a case study at the University of The Free State