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19th LIASA Annual Conference 2018

The 2018 LIASA Conference offers the opportunity for practitioners, scholars, researchers, academics and interested parties from the LIS sector as well as other areas to engage on matters that pertain directly to our society. It presents varied views and research on the sociological, political, economic and technological aspects of our society and provides insights into the practices that support transformation and community development. Thought-provoking keynote addresses, well-rounded presentations and robust discussions underpinned by mindfulness from participants from all walks of life are some of the exciting offerings of the 2018 Conference.

  • 19th LIASA Annual Conference 2018

    October 8, 2018 – October 12, 2018

    Library & Information Services (LIS): agents of community development and social transformation

    The role of the LIS is evolving constantly and consequently, through the expansion of services to align with users’ needs, has shifted from a passive supplier of books to a key partner in community and social development. The LIS Transformation Charter which had been guided by the values of the Constitution and shaped by the imperatives described in Sustainable Development agendas both locally, continentally and internationally, presents a vision of a transformed LIS which act as agents of community development and of social transformation. It proposes the model that cuts across the LIS sub-sectors, and has these collaborate seamlessly to ensure a borderless LIS ecosystem which offers equity of service provision for all citizens.

     

    To achieve this intention, the following attributes are required:

    1. Library and Information Services (LIS) which are within reach of all South Africans and which provide spaces for engagement, learning, leisure and development.

    2. LIS which are forces for social cohesion and justice.

    3. LIS collections, ICT, spaces and programmes provide physical and intellectual access to the information society and provide support for information literacy as a means of redress and of development so that more citizens can participate in our society.

    4. Furthermore, LIS cater for the marginalised persons in our society amongst others, those living in under-resourced areas e.g. rural areas, the aged, the unemployed, those incarcerated, people with learning disabilities and the poor. There is a focus also on children and youth services a group which forms a large part of the South African population, and who are confronted with significant social, economic, health and educational challenges.

    5. LIS takes its place in the learning society to contribute to the development of life-long learning and in addition, support national development as driven by academic research.

    6. LIS staff are committed competent professionals and are respected as such by their parent institutions, government bodies and user communities. They are appropriately qualified and remunerated. They are engaged in continuous professional education and development. Each staff member adheres to the profession’s code of ethics.

    7. In keeping with South African democratic values, LIS are places for free thought and debate. The free access to information is a fundamental value of the South African Constitution.

    The 2018 LIASA Conference offers the opportunity for practitioners, scholars, researchers, academics and interested parties from the LIS sector as well as other areas to engage on matters that pertain directly to our society. It presents varied views and research on the sociological, political, economic and technological aspects of our society and provides insights into the practices that support transformation and community development. Thought-provoking keynote addresses, well-rounded presentations and robust discussions underpinned by mindfulness from participants from all walks of life are some of the exciting offerings of the 2018 Conference.

  • LIASA 18th Annual Conference

    October 2, 2017 – October 6, 2017

    The LIASA Annual Conference is the flagship conference in the LIS sector.  Depending on the venue the conference attracts between 600 and 700 delegates, and it rotates between Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

    Traditionally, the conference is held towards the end of Septemebr or early October.

    Typically during a conference the following activities will take place:

    • Business Meetings (EXCO and RC)
    • Annual General Meetings (IGs and National)
    • Pre-Conference Workshops or Seminars
    • Exhibition
    • Social functions (exhibition opening, gala dinner where the Librarian of the Year is announced)
    • Interviews for  Librarian of the Year
    • Plenary sessions and breakaway sessions

    For more information on the conference, visit the conference website at www.liasaconference.co.za.

  • LIASA 17th Annual Conference

    October 10, 2016 – October 14, 2016

    The LIASA Annual Conference is the flagship conference in the LIS sector.  Depending on the venue the conference attracts between 600 and 700 delegates, and it rotates between Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

    Traditionally, the conference is held towards the end of Septemebr or early October.

    Typically during a conference the following activities will take place:

    • Business Meetings (EXCO and RC)
    • Annual General Meetings (IGs and National)
    • Pre-Conference Workshops or Seminars
    • Exhibition
    • Social functions (exhibition opening, gala dinner where the Librarian of the Year is announced)
    • Interviews for  Librarian of the Year
    • Plenary sessions and breakaway sessions

    For more information on the conference, visit the conference website at www.liasaconference.co.za.

  • LIASA Professional Status

    June 18, 2015 – June 18, 2015

    On 9 Feb. 2015 the President of LIASA - Segametsi Molawa (2014-2016) - announced the recognition of LIASA as a professional body and the registration of the professional designation, Professional Librarian.

    Annamarie Goosen, LIASA Office Manager, will be presenting a webinar and explain what it means, and what the implications of it will be for LIASA and for you personally.