Gauteng North Librarian of the Year 2017

Ms Ofentse Maaroganye

Where do I start? … I have been a public/school librarian for past 21 years in different levels of our organisation.

I am currently working as an Area Manger in the City of Tshwane Community Libraries, Region 3. I started as an Educator and School Librarian in North West Department of Education, 1995-6. I served as a Library Assistant in the then City of Pretoria based in both Mamelodi and Hammanskraal, 1996 -2002. Between 2003 and 2010, I was appointed as Assistant Manager responsible for Region 6, 4 and 2. I was then redeployed to Region 3 where I am now based.

I have been working in partnership with the Department of Basic Education by managing Community School Libraries since 2003 to date.

I joined LIASA in 2001 and was nominated as an additional PACLIG member in 2001.

I resigned due to family and work commitments.

I won the Patience Masilela grant in 2002 and have not looked back since.

Being a member of LIASA has encouraged me to improve and develop my professional skills by:

1995 B.BIBL

1996 Higher Diploma in Education

2002 SCECSAL Conference – Emperor’s Palace, Johannesburg, SA (Patience Masilela rural Librarian award and presenting a paper on reading project)

2003 Complete Junior Management Certificate

2007 Tour guide – IFLA delegates visiting City of Tshwane Libraries

2008 Middle Management Certificate

2014 SLYSIG Biennial conference Grayville, Durban (presenting a paper on City of Tshwane Community School Libraries)

2011 Charing ISO 2009 workshops and meeting for City of Tshwane Community Librarians

2014 Presenting Leadership workshop for Media Leaders at Wespark Primary for 3 schools

2014 Participating in the Round-Table Talks on future of School Libraries, Basic Education HQ, Pretoria

2014 Initiating MOU with SAIDE on “Story Book Project”

2015 IFLA Conference – CT

2017 Facilitating E-books workshop for public Librarians

2017 Presenting a workshop in partnership with SAIDE for public Librarians on – “Writing in your mother tongue”

2017, 08 July Presenting and hosting the first City of Tshwane Public Librarians’ Day (invited librarians from different regions and organisations).

2017, 24 July Hosting Boston Public Schools Professionals and Librarian dialogue in partnership with SAIDE on “educational policy, linguistic diversity and global youth leadership”

2017, 13 September Hosting Literacy Day Dialogue in partnership with SAIDE on “publishing and success of electronic publishing to encourage reading in schools”

Professional Interests

  • I have a flair for development of reading skills amongst not only learners but adults as well.
  • Functional illiteracy is growing at an alarming rate in South Africa. My biggest drive is to see public high schools having 2 uninterrupted library periods per week. Again g improving reading amongst first year university students.
  • Attending both SLYSIG and PACGLIC workshops.
  • Skilling public librarians to write children’s’ books in English and indigenous languages. I believe they have interesting stories to share with their communities.
  • Presenting workshops and training at work
  • Improving quality management and implementing ISO in public libraries.
  • Creating and Liaising with City of Tshwane labour unions and employer to recognise LIASA as a professional body. This will improve the status of public librarians as professional and not administrative personnel.
  • Market LIASA as the only professional Body for library and information professionals.

Personal Interests are hiking and fun walks, meeting new people, travelling, reading and writing, animals and family and volunteering in church.