North West Branch Librarian of the Year 2018

Mr Siviwe Bangani

Currently Manager: Information Services at the North-West University . I Completed my B.Bibl. and B. Bibl. (Honours) at the then University of Transkei (currently part of Walter Sisulu University. I also hold an honours degree in Public Administration from UNISA. Currently, I am writing my thesis towards a masters in Library and Information Science at UNISA.

My first work experience was a as a student assistant and tutor at the then University of Transkei from 2000 to 2002. I started formal work as an information librarian at the University of Cape Town from January 2003 – December 2008. Thereafter, I worked at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology as a Faculty Librarian and later a Branch Manager at the Athlone Branch from January 2009 – October 2014. I then moved to the North-West University to work as a Manager: Information and Loan Services later Manager: Information Services.

Over the years I have been in several activities that include the mentoring of up and coming young librarians, community engagement as well as writing and publishing. In the past three years I have co-ordinated activities that sought to alleviate the problem of shortage of libraries in the communities and schools. As a result we have set-up libraries in the following schools and communities: Slurry Primary School Library Project (2014/15), Mmabatho Secondary School Library Project (2015), Mmabana Cultural Centre Library Project (2015), Mococe Secondary School (2015 and 2017), Moshawane Primary Schools (2016), Magogoe Community Library (2018), and Phetlhu Secondary School Library Project (2018). I have managed to apply for three library interns from the NRF which were subsequently provided. All three interns got permanent jobs before they could finish their one year contracts which attests to my abilities as a mentor. I have published eight articles with two still under review in peer-reviewed DHET approved journals in the past three years. I also published an isiXhosa novel in 2007 and my second novel is still under review. I have presented at LIASA, IATUL, and SCECSAL conferences.

I am a passionate, hardworking, and dynamic person who relishes the chance of working with other people. I have been a LIASA member since 2003 and I attended my first conference in Rustenburg in that same year. In addition to the nomination for the Librarian of the Year in the North-West Province, I have also been nominated to serve as the chair-elect in the executive committee of the same province.

My immediate goal is to complete my masters. I would like to be a Director in one of the academic libraries in future but also venture to academia on a part-time basis in the near future.