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Dynamic association of excellence for Library and Information Services sector.


The Association that connects the LIS sector and promotes the development of South Africa through access to information.

Core Values

  • Providing leadership excellence to the LIS profession, nationally and internationally;
  • Engaging in the highest ethical practice;
  • Ensuring professional conduct;
  • Acknowledging and respecting the diversity and individuality of all people;
  • Promote freedom of access to information as enshrined in the Constitution of South Africa;
  • Leading the development and growth of the LIS profession through excellence;
  • Championing the culture of reading and life-long learning to build an informed nation; and
  • Committing to the development and growth of South Africa through excellence in librarianship.

Strategic Directions

More than that which is stated above, LIASA has developed the current strategic directions building on past and present successes of the organisation. It has deliberately discharged all negative history to build a positive future for an organisation that is more engaging, relevant and South African. There are six strategic themes guiding the strategic direction of LIASA for the next four years (2014-2018) – extending over the term of office of the President and President-Elect.

Strategic direction themes:

Theme 1: Leadership

To provide innovative and dynamic leadership that will drive LIS in South Africa.

Theme 2: Membership and Sector Management

Develop new campaigns for recruitment of membership.

Theme 3: Advocacy

To improve the visibility of LIASA among all stakeholders including the relevant Government Departments & Media.

Theme 4: Marketing and Communication

Optimize the channels of communication to promote the LIASA brand, maximize the impact of the Association and support for LIS issues.

Theme 5: Good Governance

Provide and maintain good governance structures for financial growth, accountability and sustainability.

Theme 6: Training and Development

Invigorate the sector through dynamic, vibrant, continuing education, training and development programmes.

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Featured Members
Sanele A. KuneneSanele Kunene was appointed as the Library Director at TUT. Congratulations!
Mandla M. NtombelaImmediate Past President Mandla Ntombela was appointed as Director SALB. Congratulations!

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