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South African Library Week  2020 Theme:

    Libraries: Your Partners for Life

South African Library Week 2020 Dates:

     16 - 22 March 2020

Rationale:

The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) is celebrating South African Library Week with the theme “Libraries: Your Partners for Life” from 16 - 22 March 2020.

The launch event will be held on Thursday, 12 March 2020 in the Gauteng South Branch at the Chief Mogale Multi-Purpose Hall, Corner Randfontein Road & Kagiso Drive, Krugersdorp, Gauteng.

The SALW 2020 theme “Libraries: Your Partners for Life” resonates with the LIASA Presidential Theme: “Libraries: Advancing development through collaboration, partnerships and innovation”.

For SALW 2020, the term “Partnership” points to working together, sharing resources, forming teams, developing relationships and collaboration, indicating that libraries and communities from all walks of life will derive mutual benefits from forging relationships to the interest of all parties. Combining resources, experience, finances and infrastructure, collaborating with communities, getting their input to factor them enabling the best way to serve clients easily and swiftly.

The Presidential theme, which is about advancing development through collaboration, partnerships and innovation to achieve a common vision, emphasizes the significant role that libraries can play to implement the global, regional and national sustainable development agendas (SDGs, NDP 2030, AU 2063) including public access to information, access to technology, and lifelong learning.

Libraries: Your Partners for Life” is a call for the Library and Information Services (LIS) Sector to expand on their contributions to the development Agendas to derive these benefits.

The Presidential theme, which commences with “Advancing development” 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 relationships, to acknowledge all contributions and to persist in our advocacy efforts to make a difference in our communities.

Starting points for partnerships and collaboration are common interests and efforts already extant, for example Library Boards, Friends of the Library, Volunteers, and so on. A desire to connect in person and work towards providing new and better solutions (innovative ideas).

Other arrangements with Libraries such as with government agencies or businesses to provide ongoing services provide more opportunities to bring services to the communities and with that, raising the profile of Libraries.

To be a partner is 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 connection existing amongst the established customers
  • Open up possibilities that allows Libraries and Information Services to expand on their service offering with the collaboration of partners. Therefore 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 to extend beyond comfort zone, grow and in turn stretch the boundaries of the organization.

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

  • Good customer service
  • Lifelong learning
  • The infrastructure, publicity, space and other expertise
  • Help with research and data collection
  • Places and spaces for community programmes and community involvement
  • Greater flexibility
  • Outreach to the tech-savvy

ABOUT LIASA
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 http://www.liasa.org.za/ and about SALW at https://www.liasa.org.za/page/salw

For further information, please contact:
Ms Senovia Welman, LIASA National PRO: 078 712 4347, senovia@ufs.ac.za
Ms Nikki Crowster, LIASA President: 082 822 2120, president@liasa.org.za

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