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South African Library Week 2019

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South African Library Week 2019

The Library and Information Services sector is celebrating South African Library Week (SALW) with the theme Collaborate @ your library from 18 - 24 March 2019.

The launch event will be held on Thursday, 14 March 2019 at the Sechaba Mahobe Public Library, Botshabelo in the Free State.

The SALW 2019 theme “Collaborate @ your library™ articulates with the LIASA Presidential Theme: “Libraries: Advancing development through collaboration, partnerships and innovation”. For SALW 2019, the term “Collaboration” directs action to working together, sharing resources, forming teams, developing relationships and partnerships, indicating that libraries and communities from all walks of life will derive mutual benefits from forging relationships.

It is important to collaborate to:

  • Enhance the ability of Library and Information Services to serve their communities
  • Increase the visibility of Library and Information Services thereby increasing the value proposition
  • Re-energise the existing connection amongst the established customers
  • Open possibilities that allows Libraries and Information Services to expand on their service offering with the collaboration of partners thereby facilitating access to resources that the LIS would not be able to provide and, expanding on the reach to new audiences
  • Optimize the capacity of the LIS sector to extend beyond its comfort zone, to grow multidimensionally and so, stretch the boundaries of the common stereotypical views of the sector
  • Channel expertise from disparate sources that share the common vision of global sustainable agendas
  • Add value to the communities’ experience by providing leadership within the information provision ecosystem by recognising the value and impact of non-LIS actors therein, and harnessing this through partnerships

Library and Information Services are valuable collaborators in providing and promoting:

  • Access to information holistically
  • Compelling customer service
  • Lifelong learning
  • Assistance with research and data collection
  • Access to infrastructure, publicity, and other expertise
  • Places and spaces for community programmes and community involvement
  • Innovation and critical thinking

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