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Since its inception at the end of 1998, the SALI Trust has supported a wide variety of projects in library development and also research. It is a non-profit organisation for the benefit of the library profession in South Africa and the broader public that the profession serves.

In the 1990s, the need for a new library association unifying library and information workers in South Africa led to the establishment of the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) and the dissolution of one of the existing professional bodies, the S.A. Institute for Librarianship and Information Science (SAILIS). A donation was made to LIASA and the remaining SAILIS assets were transferred to an independent trust, the SALI Trust, which was formally registered in December 1998.


The objectives, as set out in the trust deed, are:

  • To promote the common interest of persons carrying on the profession or occupation of librarianship and information work within the Republic of South Africa; and in doing so
  • To develop librarianship and information studies in order that library and information services of a high standard may be rendered by all persons active in the Library and Information Sector in the Republic of South Africa


The main instrument for the SALI Trust to achieve its objectives is to make funding available for appropriate projects. The Trust’s investment portfolio generates an annual income, with most used for grants and a small part capitalised for further growth. Since the first grant in 2000, there have been well over 50 grants awarded covering areas from children’s reading competitions to the upgrading of community libraries to information science research.

In line with its objectives, the Trust annually offers at least one grant each (maximum R40000) in the fields of (1) research and of (2) development in librarianship and information work in South Africa, for projects which, according to the Trustees, will best contribute to the realization of the objectives.

  1. Research
    Research for a postgraduate qualification or a research project in the library or academic environments that significantly contributes to the body of knowledge and development of the library and information sector.
  2. Development in librarianship and information work
    Projects which contribute to library and information development in some way, e.g. through the improvement of library services and systems or access to and use of information resources and reading material.

Projects awarded grant funding since 2000

Since its inception at the end of 1998, the SALI Trust has supported a wide variety of projects in library development and also research. It was initially necessary to get the trust firmly established and the first grant was awarded in 2000, with more than R1 000 000 allocated up to 2019. Sometimes part of a project is funded when it is not possible to provide all the required funding.

  • C.P. Hoogenhout Award for children’s literature: Unisa Department of Information Science
  • S.A. Journal of Library and Information Science
  • 15th Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern African Library and Information Associations (SCECSAL)
  • Research project on library mergers in higher education institutions: Dr A.J. Swanepoel
  • S.A. Journal of Library and Information Science
  • LIASA infrastructure: LIASA
  • Interventions in community library services for HIV/AIDS awareness in the Bojanala region: Ms R. Schoombee
  • Investigation of the performance levels of interlending and document supply in the GAELIC libraries: GAELIC Consortium
  • S.A. Journal of Libraries and Information Science: LIASA
  • Design of an information literacy instruction programme for upper elementary children in the public library:Mr P.R. van der Walt
  • S.A. Journal of Libraries and Information Science: LIASA
  • Upgrading of 6 community container libraries: Biblionef
  • Improving the self-archiving levels of the Rhodes University Electronic Research Repository: Rhodes University Library
  • A brief history of the first 10 years of LIASA – DVD: LIASA
  • Continuing education and professional development of practicing cataloguers in South Africa: National Library
  • Guide to cataloguing for continuing education and training of librarians: Lexinfo
  • Researching the impact mother tongue storybooks have on children’s reading development: Biblionef / Prof M. Nassimbeni
  • Literacy project in West Coast/Winelands Circuit 6: Western Cape Department of Education
  • Generational awareness in co-worker relationships in the interactive information society: Ms S.C. van der Walt
  • Reorganisation of 6 primary school libraries: Biblionef
  • Comparison of the free-based citation resource, Google Scholar, with fee-based citation resources: Ms L. Adriaanse
  • Investigation of the level of services to users with disabilities in academic libraries in the FOTIM region: GAELIC Consortium
  • The hidden history of South Africa’s book and reading cultures: Prof A. Dick
  • Festschrift on Prof Seth Manaka: Centre for the Book
  • Training in reading and telling stories to children: Kaleidoscope Educational Services
  • Investigation of the University of Johannesburg Library’s impact on the University’s core activities: University of Johannesburg
  • Storybooks for 3 schools to form the basis for a school library: Biblionef
  • Mobile library service for 10 schools: Gauteng Department of Education
  • Kaleido Book Buddies community reading project: Kaleidoscope Educational Services
  • Digitization of the Diamond Fields Advertiser: Kimberley Africana Research Library
  • Storybooks for 7 schools to form the basis for a school library: Biblionef
  • Battle of the books reading project: Rylands Library
  • Development of school librarians at 3 schools: Biblionef
  • Upgrading of software programme: Kimberley Africana Research Library
  • Donating storybooks to libraries at children’s homes in the Western Cape: Biblionef
  • A comparative study on employment practices of student library assistants in academic libraries in KwaZulu-Natal: Ms N.Q. Mthembu
  • The use of electronic resources by academic staff and postgraduate students in the Graduate School of Business and Leadership at the University of KwaZulu-Natal: Ms A. Somers
  • Reading habits of adolescent users at Letlhabile Community Library: Ms C.M. Tlou
  • Phendulani reading quiz at six primary schools in the Western Cape: The Bookery
  • Creche reading project: Danville Library
  • Knowledge sharing among library staff of special libraries in KwaZulu-Natal: Mr L. Khoro
  • Assessment of Resource Description and Access in KwaZulu-Natal libraries: Ms M.G. Mahlatsi
  • Staff perceptions and use of the Integrated Library Management System at EThekwini MunicipalLibraries: Mr M. Ndlela
  • The developmental impact of the existence of community libraries in LimpopoProvince: University of Limpopo
  • 7th Unisa Storytelling Festival: Unisa
  • Assessing the impact of book coupled with literacy support and mentorship at 3 primary schools in Beaufort West: Biblionef
  • The Bookery Inter-Schools Quiz 2017: The Bookery
  • # Tag leaders are readers: Danville Community Library
  • An exploration of research librarianship practices in academic libraries in S.A.: M.A. Ntetha
  • Seaview Primary School Library: Seaview Primary School
  • Phendulani Quiz: Westcott Primary School
  • AFNA/WHAG home libraries project: African Narratives
  • Inter-school poetry competition: Ms T. Muller
  • Instilling a love of reading through engagement and book ownership - Mitchells Plain: Read to Rise
  • Students’ perception about library and information science and its career opportunities: Ms T. Sibiya
  • Tsosoloso literacy project: Tsosoloso Educational Programme
  • Phendulani Quiz: Westcott Primary School
  • The implementation of Resource Description and Access (RDA) in Gauteng Province: Mr S. Xaba


Applying for a grant

Grant Application Form: MS Word (for printing and completing) or MS Word (for completing online)

An invitation is extended on an annual basis to apply for a grant from the Trust. The necessary form needs to be completed and submitted to the Trust Administrator, preferably in electronic format, by 31 October of each year for consideration of grants for the following year.


Management of the Trust

The trust is managed by a Board of eight trustees, with administrative duties performed by one of the trustees.
The current Board:
Ms M.V. Agyei
Ms. N.A. Crowster
Ms J.F. de Beer
Dr A.M. Kaniki
Ms R.E. More (Chairperson)
Mr R. Moropa
Mr J.S. van Niekerk (Administrative Officer)
Ms L.E. Webster



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Cell: +27(0)83 596 8292

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