Ms Mercia Sias
Western Cape Librarian of the Year 2016
I met Mercia in 2001 when she worked for Drakenstein Municipality during library related events. Mercia is an individual with a passion for our profession and libraries in general.
From Mercia’s CV it is clear to see that she is a “mover and shaker”, and doesn’t like to take “no” for an answer.
She thrives on taking on big, challenging projects, always in the pursuit of creating a better life for the Community she lives in. Mercia has contributed extensively to the development of Groenheuwel and Chicago communities. Her passion for the community made her do research / a case study for Groenheuwel library to look into the needs and wants of the community.
Mercia’s pursuit for excellence continues in her personal life and career as she holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science.
Mercia definitely changes people’s lives. She is full of empathy, compassion and commitment towards others. Whatever she decided to do, she makes a success of it and take full responsibility. She goes beyond and excels in doing much more than is expected from her.
It is a privilege to work with Mercia on the BEC as well as other platforms.
-Ms Madelein Koegelenberg