NWU libraries staff members attended the NW LIASA Seminar at the Mafikeng Campus on 10 July 2017. The theme of the seminar was: The critical role of advocacy in libraries. The focus of the seminar was to encourage the spirit of ownership and commitment of all stakeholders (Library staff, decision makers and communities). The keynote speakers were Mr. John Tsebe and Mr Harry Motolong. Mr Tsebe is President of African Library and Information Association and Institution (AfLIA). He is the Former National Librarian and CEO of the National Library of South Africa. Mr. Motolong is Project Manager (Advocacy & Marketing National Library of South Africa) who introduced the IFLA advocacy programme. Mrs Neli Kaunda was the Programme Director for the event.
In addition to the seminar, participants at the seminar celebrated the Librarians Day and LIASA 20 years celebrations. LIASA has reserved the 10th of July as a day when librarians should reflect on the role they play in nation building. This year LIASA was celebrating 20 years of existence since it was launched on 10 July 1997 as the professional body of Library and Information Service in South Africa.
The NWU library staff had the opportunity to meet with the AfLIA president on the 11 of July 2017. Mr. Tsebe spent his day at the NWU Mafikeng Library where he visited different sections in the library and also had a chance to meet with Library staff.
Article written by Benford Rabatseta