One of LIASA's key business focus areas as outlined by the Past President of LIASA, Ellen Tise (2002) is "Collaborative Partnership Development and Management".
The aim is to promote a positive image of South African librarianship and information work and to participate in the profession's global community. To this end, the Association will:
- Build and develop collaborative relationships with other library and information associations
- Work and assist to implement programmes with key partners
- Host, organize and support international events/ programmes
- Build and develop collaborative relationships with related bodies and forums, such as Publishers Association of South Africa, Coalition of South African Library Consortia, etc
Currently LIASA is in partnership with the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, at the University of Illinois to develop leadership qualities in current and future managers of academic, public/ community and national library services. The programme is spread over a two-year period, in which the first round (June 2002) consisted of nine managers who have demonstrated their vision for the future of the profession in South Africa and are actively working in innovative ways to improve library services. The second round of the project in 2003 has encouraged applications from professionals who are not yet managers but are poised to move into these positions.