LIASA 17th Annual Conference: Workshops

Digital citizenship: Infrastructure, policies and cyber security – access, ethics and responsibilities of librarians

Facilitated by Ina Smith and Annamarie Goosen

Are libraries prepared to contribute to digital citizenship?  There are many sources of information, of which the biggest today is the World Wide Web – converging radio, television, Internet, newspapers, books, digital archives, libraries, expert blogs, webinars and other types of media into one platform. Most people are tech savvy, and familiar with using social media and Google to find information but people need to become familiar with new trends and learn how to optimally and effectively utilize the World Wide Web – become digital citizens.  How prepared are libraries and librarians to serve digital citizens and do the libraries meet the requirements of infrastructure, policies and security.

Inspiring digital natives to read: the evolution of access to information and the role the library is playing

Coordinated by Brigitte Doellgast & the Goethe-Institut South Africa

Although our everyday lives are surrounded by technology, reading remains an important activity for many reasons. Printed books are still relevant, but in addition to traditional literature, digital resources are more and more used to support reading. A mobile phone or a laptop is just another medium to carry the message contained in a book, and should never be seen as a threat to reading as we know it. It is a medium the children of today are familiar with, and which they use with great ease from a very young age. The LIS Transformation Charter encourages the use of technology in support of the ecosystem approach towards an equal, reading, informed and literate nation. Once a child can read, and know where to find quality reading material, the chances of them becoming lifelong learners are so much higher.

This workshop brings together leaders in digital reading programmes, such as African Story Book, Bookdash, Fundza, the German Library Association, Nalibali and the Goethe Institut mLiteracy Project. The objective of this workshop will be to address ways in which mobile devices can be used to encourage children to read, and to create an awareness among librarians on digital reading material available to encourage children to start doing so from a very young age, and throughout the later years. Many of the digital stories are written by (South) African authors for (South) African children, for readers to easily identify with the events and the characters in the stories. Public/community and school librarians are invited to attend this one day workshop, introducing this new approach to advance reading among the younger citizens in our country.

A lost generation or an investment in the future: youth services

Are today’s youth a lost generation or an investment in the future?  Generation gaps are becoming more prevalent and today’s librarian needs to deal with this generation gap to engage with the youth on their level and in a way that they understand. Gender and race issues must also be taken into consideration when dealing with this group of patrons.  This workshop will also look at collection development for the youth to ensure relevant and appropriate material are available for the youth of today.

Community engagement: the importance of networks

To provide a successful and relevant service to your community, the librarian must have knowledge of how to network and where to find resources for networking.  Having a strong network to support your library will enhance the library’s service and the patrons will benefit.  To build trusted relationships in the community the librarians must employ the right communication skills and be familiar with how to locate the library as the trusted community partner.

Monitoring and evaluation of library resources

Facilitated by Rhodes University Library Staff

Larshan will send the write up soon.