National Council for Library and Information Services (NCLIS)

Introduction

“The establishment of the National Council for Library and Information Services (NCLIS) resulted from a long history of library and information services (LIS) policy initiatives in South Africa. These initiatives gained momentum during the 1990s to address the continuous challenge of improving access to information for all South African communities.”

“The NCLIS was established in terms of the National Council for Library and Information Services Act (South Africa, 2001) and was inaugurated on 11 March 2004 in Cape Town.”

Source: National Council for Library and Information Services (NCLIS) (R. Ralebipi-Simela)

Vision

“The vision of the NCLIS is “to position South Africa as the best informed nation”.

Source: National Council for Library and Information Services (NCLIS) (R. Ralebipi-Simela)

Mission

“Its mission is to “provide strategic leadership and advocacy for literacy, a culture of reading and writing, innovation and open access to information”. Key strategic concerns are to raise government and public awareness of LIS matters; encourage synergy among stakeholders and strategic partners; address legislative deficiencies in the current LIS sector; improve funding of the LIS sector; and provide education, training and skills development of LIS human resources.”

Source: National Council for Library and Information Services (NCLIS) (R. Ralebipi-Simela)

Objectives and Functions of the Council

“The Act sets out the aims and objectives of the NCLIS as being to advise the Minister of the DACST and the Minister of Education on matters relating to LIS in order to:

  • support and stimulate the socio-economic, educational, cultural, recreational, scientific research, technological and information development of all communities in the country; and
  • provide optimal access to relevant information to every person in an economic and cost-effective manner.

The NCLIS must inform and advise the Ministers on the following:

  • the development and coordination of library and information services;
  • the promotion of cooperation among LIS;
  • legislation affecting LIS;
  • policies, principles and criteria that should govern the allocation of public funds for LIS;
  • existing adequacies and deficiencies of library and information resources, including literature in African languages and services;
  • the effectiveness of education and training in library and information science;
  • service priorities, after consultation with any organ of state responsible for LIS and other interested parties;
  • the promotion of basic and functional literacy, information literacy and a culture of reading;
  • ways in which new information and communication technologies should be harnessed to achieve improved integration, equity, cost-effectiveness and quality in LIS; and
  • any other matter relating to LIS which the Council deems necessary, or which any of the Ministers may refer to the Council.

In addition, the Act stipulates that the NCLIS must:

  • coordinate the response of the LIS sector to LIS matters;
  • liaise and develop synergy with other bodies and councils regarding LIS matters;
  • play an advocacy role in LIS matters; and
  • investigate incentives for donations to libraries.”

Source: National Council for Library and Information Services (NCLIS) (R. Ralebipi-Simela)

Members of the Council 2015 – 2017

Chair

Dr Andrew Kaniki
Executive Director of Knowledge Management and Strategy
National Research Foundation
Email: Andrew@nrf.ac.za

Vice-Chair

Mrs Denise R. Nicholson
Scholarly Communications Librarian
University of the Witwatersrand
Email: Denise.Nicholson@wits.ac.za

Contact

Rhose Phasha
Email: RoseP@dac.gov.za

Members appointed in terms of Section (5)(1)(a) of the NCLIS Act

Members appointed in terms of Section (5)(1)(c-e) of the NCLIS Act