South African Library and Information (SALI) Trust Grants


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 30 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: 2000 – 2016

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 almost R800 000 allocated up to 2016. Sometimes part of a project is funded when it is not possible to provide all the required funding.

2000 C.P. Hoogenhout Award for children’s literature: Unisa Department of Information Science
2001 S.A. Journal of Library and Information Science
15th Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern African Library and Information Associations
2002 Research project on library mergers in higher education institutions: Dr A.J. Swanepoel
S.A. Journal of Library and Information Science
2003 LIASA infrastructure: LIASA
2004 Interventions in community library services for HIV/AIDS awareness in the Bojanala region: Ms R. Schoombee
2005 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
2006 S.A. Journal of Libraries and Information Science: LIASA
2007  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
2008 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
2009 Generational awareness in co-worker relationships in the interactive information society: Ms S.C. van der Walt
Reorganisation of 6 primary school libraries: Biblionef
2010 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
2011 The hidden history of South Africa’s book and reading cultures: Prof A. Dick
2012 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
2013 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
2014 Battle of the books reading project: Rylands Library
Development of school librarians at 3 schools: Biblionef
Upgrading of software programme: Kimberley Africana Research Library
2015 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
2016 Phendulani reading quiz at six primary schools in the Western Cape: The Bookery
Creche reading project: Danville Library
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 Municipal Libraries: Mr M. Ndlela
The developmental impact of the existence of community libraries in Limpopo Province: University of Limpopo
7th Unisa Storytelling Festival: Unisa

Applying for a grant

Grant Application Form: MSWordPdf

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 J.F. de Beer
Mr G.H. Haffajee
Dr A.M. Kaniki (Chairperson)
Ms R.E. More
Mr M.M. Ntombela
Mr J.S. van Niekerk (Administrative Officer)
Prof J. Willemse


John van Niekerk
Tel: +27(0)12 348 9969
Cell: +27(0)83 596 8292