Let’s celebrate South African Librarians’ Day
The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) observes SOUTH AFRICAN LIBRARIANS’ DAY annually on 10 July, the date of its 1997 launch. This year it will be celebrated on Tuesday, 10 July 2018.
“Librarians hold a deceptively humble, yet powerful, role. They offer guidance to rich worlds of literacy and scholarship. Who our librarians are, then, actually matters a great deal.”
– Claire Fallon
Why should librarians be celebrated?
Because … librarians are heroes.
Also known as, library media specialists, information professionals, knowledge managers, information brokers, etc., librarians play a unique
role in our community. Often asked to take on a wide range of duties, these passionate and technologically savvy individuals deserve more than only one day of praise.
In case you need a reminder of all that librarians do for our community, here is a list – but it is only a start…
Some reasons why librarians should be celebrated:
- Librarians are techno savvy.
- Librarians create “maker” hubs.
- Librarians keep us honest in the age of fake news.
- Librarians are creative & take risks.
- Librarians keep us grounded.
- Librarians teach us 21st century skills.
- Librarians create safe spaces.
- Librarians build citizenship and respect for institutions.
- Librarians are champions of equity.
- Librarians make it OK to be unique.
Sure, it may be a stereotype, but …
Some ideas on how to celebrate your local librarian
- Surprise your librarian with a handwritten thank you note.
- Start or join a book club.
- Attend library programs and give positive reviews afterwards.
- Join your branch’s “friends of the library” organization.
- Bring flowers or a tray of fresh fruit for your librarians to enjoy.
- If you know your librarian well enough, offer a hug.
- Avoid saying the following to your librarian:
- “Have you read all the books here?”
- “Must be nice to sit around reading all day.”
- “I haven’t stepped in a library since ______.”
- “Do you volunteer here?”
- “Libraries just aren’t the same without card catalogues.”
Our 2017 Librarian of the Year heroes…
Eastern Cape LoY 2017: Mr Sidima Mnengi
- PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES
- LIASA Eastern Cape Branch PRO (2016-2018)
- Chairperson LIASA Sub-Branch 1 (2014-2016)
- Additional member LIASA Sub-Branch 1 (2010-2012)
- Chair-elect Sub-Branch 1 (2012-2014)
- Volunteer LIASA National Conference East London, 2011
- Co-presented paper LIASA Annual Conference Durban, 2012
- Presented paper LIASA Annual Conference Boksburg, 2014
- Volunteer WLIC 81st IFLA Convention Cape Town ICC, 2015.
Free State LoY 2017: Ms Jeannet Molopyane
- PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
- Tswaing High School
- School teacher – ran a school library and taught English.
- Technikon Free State Training Librarian, 2002 – 2011
- Central University of Technology Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences Librarian, 2012 – 2016
- University of the Free State Deputy Director Teaching and Learning Services, 2016 to present
Gauteng North LoY 2017: Ms Ofentse Maaroganye
- PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT
- 2002 : SCECSAL Conference, Johannesburg (Patience Masilela Rural Librarian Award)
- 2007 : Tour guide – IFLA delegates visiting City of Tshwane Libraries
- 2011: ISO 2009 workshops and meeting for City of Tshwane Community Librarians
- 2014 : Presenting Leadership workshop for Media Leaders
- 2014: Participating in the Round-Table Talks, Pretoria
- 2014: Initiating MOU with SAIDE on “Story Book Project”
- 2014: SLYSIG Biennial conference Durban (presenting a paper)
- 2015: IFLA Conference – Cape Town
- 2017 : Facilitating E-books workshop for Public Librarians
- 2017: Presenting workshop in partnership with SAIDE for Public Librarians
- 2017: Presenting & hosting the first City of Tshwane Public Librarians’ Day
- 2017: Hosting Boston Public Schools Professionals & Librarian dialogue in partnership with SAIDE
- 2017: Hosting Literacy Day Dialogue in partnership with SAIDE
Gauteng South LoY 2017: Ms Edith Khuzwayo
- LEADERSHIP ROLES & RECOGNITION
- Librarian of the year award for Johannesburg Libraries 2015
- Literature hero local newspaper 6 August 2015
- Literacy superwoman Nalibali 2016
- Reading Race
- Working With Hospice
- Vegetable garden
- Reading Development programmes
- Battle of the Books
- Science Scuffle
- Story times with ECD centres
- Holiday programs
- Homework help desk
- Soul buddyz club
- Nalibali Reading Clubs
- Home Library
KwaZulu-Natal LoY 2017: Mr Mzo Ndlela
- PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT
- Member LOC LIASA (KZN) Branch organizing LIASA KZN Leadership Seminar Msunduzi Municipal Library Services, 07 June 2017.
- Organized the Legal Deposit & International Standard Number (ISN) Symposium, Msunduzi Municipal Library Services,
28 – 29 June 2017.
- Member LOC LIASA KZN Branch SALW Launch Ixopo, 17 March 2017.
- Member LOC 17th LIASA National Conference, October 2016.
- Member LOC LIASA National Launch SALW, Sibusisiwe Hall, Mandeni 11 March 2016.
- Member LOC LIASA KZN Branch – May 2016 Seminar.
- Organizing and training: EndNote Msunduzi Municipal Library Services – March 2015.
- Member LOC LIASA KZN – May 2015 Seminar.
- During my term as the LIASA KZN PRO, the branch received the most improved branch in 2015 and 2016.
Limpopo LoY 2017: Mr Steve Mokhabukhi
- Founder member Bolobedu Student Educational Project University of Limpopo, career guidance, and catch-up Programmes for matriculates 1991-1994.
- Member Tzaneen Library committee 1995/6
- Active member of LIASA since 2000
- Member of Community and Social Services Departmental Senior Management team Ba-Phalaborwa municipality 2002.
- Member of the Ba-Phalaborwa Tourism, Heritage, Art and Cultural Center Steering Committee 2003.
- Member of Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality IDP, Budget and PMS Technical Committee since 2003
- Member of the Limpopo Provincial Library Forum EXCO 2009/10.
- LIASA Limpopo chairperson 2009/2010.
- Member of Limpopo Library Board August 2015-2018 term .
- Award winner national LIASA / SABINET online Public and Community Librarian of the year award 2001.
- Award winner LIASA/Goethe Institute travel grant to attend IFLA Congress and tour of German Libraries 2003
- Overall winner Mopani District Library and Information Service Excellent Awards 2006.
Western Cape LoY 2017: Mr Jeremiah Pietersen
- Completed his Masters 2013 – 2015 Currently busy with his Ph.D. Both topics relate to academic libraries.
- Presented at various conferences including LIASA, SANLiC , LISC75 Commemorative Conference, IFLA ARL Satellite Meeting,
IS Conference at UniZulu.
- 2013 attended his first LIASA Conference and chair a parallel session with much confidence. The following he co-present a
pre-conference workshop on social media with Ingrid Thomson.
- He has a particular interest in Open Access and his involvement with LIASA led to his involvement with SPARC Africa (Scholarly
Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition African Chapter) where he served as the Interim Secretary for the Executive
Committee. He spoke at the SANLiC Conference earlier this year on Open Access and SPARC Africa. He has twice attended
OpenCon (an international conference on Open Agenda for Student and Early Career Professionals). He was very honoured
to have been selected to attend OpenCon in 2015 and in 2016 he represented SPARC Africa.
How will you celebrate South African Librarians’ Day July 10?
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Join MAIG in celebrating your librarian. Download this template and ask your members to send you or another librarian a message of appreciation.