Recognition of LIASA as a Registered Professional Body

9 February 2015

It gives me great pleasure to  share the wonderful news we received from the SAQA Directorate: Registration and Recognition confirming the approval by the SAQA Board, as per the requirements of the NQF Act, Act 67 of 2008, the recognition of LIASA as a professional body and the registration of the professional designation, Professional Librarian .  We will be applying for the second designation applicable to LIS support staff.

The immediate implication hereof is to ensure that the LIASA Membership Database complies with the SAQA requirements by 30th April 2015.  Members will be contacted to verify their personal details and qualifications.  While we are cognisant of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI), this is a SAQA requirement to populate the National Learners Records Database (NLRD), to ascertain the number of qualified Librarians in the country.  We will keep you informed of further implications and the implementation plan.

Professional qualification and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) are integral to this professional body status.  Professional qualification is critical for entry into the profession and CPD ensures relevant and appropriate skills and competencies in the LIS work place.  We will be working closely with employer institutions, Library schools, Independent LIS providers and Librarians in this regard.  Librarians will be expected to comply with these requirements to maintain their designation as professional Librarians.

I wish to acknowledge the efforts of Ms Ujala Satgoor, the Immediate Past President, her team  and Ms Annamarie Goosen, LIASA Manager for initiating this process. As LIASA President, together with my team, I am committed to taking the implementation hereof forward during the next two years.  Let’s work together to consolidate the profession and stand proud as Librarians in the professional arena.

Segametsi Molawa
LIASA President 2014-2016
Phone: +27 (0) 12 302-2935
Fax: +27 (0) 12 349-9982
Skype: Segametsi.molawa
E-mails: president@liasa.org.za or smolawa@hsrc.ac.za
Web: http://www.liasa.org.za

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