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South African Library Week  2019 Theme:

    Collaborate @ your library

South African Library Week 2019 Dates:

     18 - 24 March  2019


The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) 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.


The Presidential theme, which focuses on the advancement of development through engagement with all interested parties, emphasizes the significant role that libraries can play to implement the global, regional and national sustainable development agendas (SDGs, NDP 2030, AU 2063) that call for amongst others, public access to information, access to technology, and lifelong learning. “Collaborate @ your library calls for the Library and Information Services (LIS) Sector to expand on their contributions to the development agendas to derive these goals through current and innovative practices and, by exploring relationships with seemingly non-traditional partners.


The Presidential theme commences with “Advancing development” which points to progress, improvement, advancement, growth and innovation. It calls on library communities and library and information services practitioners to think in different patterns about the profiles of our collaborative partners and thereby look at the advantages of connecting with seemingly non-traditional role-players; to derive value from these relationships; to recognise and to acknowledge all contributors that strive to address the development agendas even if not partners; and to persist in our advocacy efforts to make a difference in our communities. Starting points for collaboration are common interests and efforts already extant, for example Library Boards, Friends of the Library, Volunteers, and so on. Partnership services, located in Libraries - such as those from business or governmental agencies - that add value to the communities, should be considered where not in place currently. In addition to enriching the communities’ experience of Libraries, the profile of Libraries will be raised.

 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


LIASA is the SAQA recognised Professional Body for the Library and Information Services sector according to the NQF Act 67 of 2008 and a voluntary association which represent persons engaged or interested in library and information service (LIS) and millions of users and potential users of libraries in South Africa. LIASA aims to unite, develop and empower all people in the library and information field. It represents the interests of and promotes the development and image of library and information services in South Africa. More information can be found at:

For further information, please contact:

Ms Senovia Welman, LIASA National PRO: 078 712 4347,

Ms Nikki Crowster, LIASA President: 082 822 2120,



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