Western Cape Branch Librarian of the Year 2018

Ms Zuthobeke Mvakade

 Zuthobeke Mvakade was born on the 12 of December 1976 in the Eastern Cape.
 Did primary school at Dungu Junior Secondary School in the Eastern Cape
 Completed high School at Qokolweni High School in the Eastern Cape
 Institution : University of the Western Cape
Course : LIS Masters- in progress
 Institution : University of Cape Town
Course : PGDipLIS
 Institution : University of the Western Cape

Course : B.Bibl (Honours degree in Library
and Information science)
Employment History
 Assistant Librarian at South African Astronomical Observatory: 2011-
 Assistant Librarian at Department of Justice: 2010
 City of Cape Town (Smart Cape Project): 2007-2009
 Library student assistant: 2006
Volunteer Work
 Active LIASA member (5052)
 Attended IFLA conference 2015
 Mentoring DST interns since 2013
 Promoting reading and literacy at my village
 Attended LIASA conferences
 Attended various seminars and workshops
 Arranged LiSLIG workshops and events

Leadership Roles and Responsibilities
 Secretary Western Cape Branch 2017-18
 Chairperson LiSLIG Western Cape 2015-16
 Chair-elect LISLIG Western Cape 2013-14
 Additional member LIASA Western Cape 2012
Professional interests
 Mentoring (transfer of skills)
 Continuing Professional Development
 Promote reading and literacy
 Marketing and advocacy (LIASA & librarianship)
I am a vibrant and innovative individual who embraces change easily. I am passionate about my profession and I believe that continuous development is needed to keep abreast of the new trends in the profession. For the past 4 years I have been mentoring newly graduates transferring the skills and equip them for their future employment and none of them finished the their contract without getting employment. That shows the dedication and passion I have for the profession.
In 2016 during library week I managed a project that was set out to establish an astronomy corner at the Sutherland library to advance astronomy literacy. This was done to bridge the gap between the disadvantaged communities by proving library resources dealing with the subject. I’ve been also collecting reading material to donate to my village primary school promoting reading and literacy at an early age.