“Social Media for Librarians” LIASA Webinar Series

Dear LIASA Members

We would like to invite you to a series of webinar training sessions aimed at acquiring social media skills which can be used within your specific library community. Learn to use these tools – to increase your productivity, reach out to your users, promote services, train users (young & old) and pass on social media skills, become part of global discussions, and more.

Please register for the webinar workshopsclick on the registration link indicated.

The webinar workshops will be presented via LIASA Webinar, using BigBlueButton. Minimum requirements:  Stable Internet access, speakers. More details will be communicated to registered participants closer to the time.

The workshop details are as follows: 

Date Time Topic/Tool Presenters Register
07 Nov. 2015
Closing date for registration: 5 Nov.
09:00 – 11:00 Webinars for Librarians
This workshop will be presented both virtually & physically. Click here for more details.
Nikki Crowster & Ina Smith Click here to attend virtually


Click here to register to attend in person (participants attending event in person at Ulwazi,



Library, UCT

10 Nov. 2015
Closing date for registration: 8 Nov.
10:00 – 11:00 Gmail & Google Groups for Librarians Ina Smith Click here to register
12 Nov. 2015
Closing date for registration: 10 Nov.
10:00 – 11:00 Google Forms for Librarians Ina Smith Click here to register
25 Nov. 2015
Closing date for registration: 23 Nov.
10:00 – 11:00 Blogs for Librarians Karen du Toit Click here to register
27 Nov. 2015
Closing date for registration: 25 Nov.
10:00 – 11:00 Twitter for Librarians Ingrid Thomson Click here to register


Brief biographies 

Nikki Crowster holds the portfolio of LIASA National Public Relations Officer (2014-2016) and in her day job is the Coordinator of the Cape Library Consortium (CALICO), the Western Cape based academic library consortium, a project of the Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC). Nikki has more than 30 years library experience starting off in the public library sector before moving onto the sphere of academic libraries. Current responsibilities include the management of consortium operations and of the shared library and information system. Her areas of interest include educational technology particularly the study of the impact of ICT on teaching and learning in higher education and, instructional design; strategic management; business systems analysis; ICT governance and social media. She holds an MBibl, a Post-graduate Diploma in Educational Technology and Certificate in Business Systems Analysis


Karen du Toit has been a librarian and archivist for more than 25 years. The last ten years she has been working at the SABC Radio Archives as an Afrikaans archivist. She has been blogging from 2008 in a personal capacity. From 2009 she and another colleague were tasked to start a Web 2.0 presence for the SABC Media Libraries. That included a website as well as a blog, with all the other social media platforms incorporated in the mix. She is passionate about blogging as a way to further one’s own professional development, but also to increase the awareness and reach of libraries and archives in the local community, as well as reaching a global audience.


Ina Smith is the LIASA Exco Convener ICT Development and LIASA HELIG Chair. Read more.


Ingrid Thomson has been actively involved in LIASA related activities and governance for many years. She is Chair-elect HELIG, and is currently enrolled as a student for the MPhl (Digital Curation) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Read more.