Since its inception at the end of 1998, the SALI Trust has supported a wide variety of projects in library development and also research. It is a non-profit organisation for the benefit of the library profession in South Africa and the broader public that the profession serves.
In the 1990s, the need for a new library association unifying library and information workers in South Africa led to the establishment of the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) and the dissolution of one of the existing professional bodies, the S.A. Institute for Librarianship and Information Science (SAILIS). A donation was made to LIASA and the remaining SAILIS assets were transferred to an independent trust, the SALI Trust, which was formally registered in December 1998.
In 2016 SALI Trust entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with LIASA, and since then the SALI Trust web site is hosted as part of the LIASA web site.
The objectives, as set out in the trust deed, are:
- To promote the common interest of persons carrying on the profession or occupation of librarianship and information work within the Republic of South Africa; and in doing so
- To develop librarianship and information studies in order that library and information services of a high standard may be rendered by all persons active in the Library and Information Sector in the Republic of South Africa
Grants and Awards
SALI Trust in the Media
- Digitisation at the Africana Research Library. (September 2013)
- SALI Trust’s book donation brings joy to children at 7 schools. (June 2014, page 19)
- The upgrading of DB/Text at the Africana Research Library. (September 2014, page12)
- Rylands Library, the Battle of the Books and the grant from SALI Trust. (December 2014)
- Sponsorship received from the S.A. Library and Information Services Trust. (March 2015, page 12)
- SALI Trust passes the R700 000 mark in grants awarded. (June 2015, page 16)
- The SALI Trust supports Biblionef’s work. (March 2016, page 11)