SAOIM Conference 2018

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NWU LIS staff attended the bi-annual SAOIM Conference at the CSIR from 20 – 22 June 2018.

The theme of the conference focused on the future and trends in Library and Information Science field and practice. This was an informative conference with very diverse topics, from collection building, applying library skills in the corporate world, using social media platforms in library service delivery, authorship ethics (which was very interesting to me), MakerSpace in libraries, knowledge sharing in libraries, to artificial intelligence (which is awesome but also a little bit frightening). In between all these interesting presentations was product reviews from all the different vendors (which was like ad-breaks) who also had stalls for their products.  The closing speaker, Siphiwe Moyo was the highlight of the conference with a very lively, funny and inspiring presentation about you as individual are the maker of your own destiny – you have to go out there and make things happen for you.

There were also sessions on Information security (When more devices are connected into the net, the more opportunities for cyber-crime), Disruptive innovations, Information fluency, the Robot librarian and MOOCs

Further highlights:

  • What is the Future of Academic Library Collection Development?
  • “Social Media” or “Seriously Maligned”: why don’t people like Twitter and Facebook (and why they should)
  • Connect, collaborate and communicate – marketing an academic library – the UP perspective
  • Existence of academic libraries- Why are we here? Do we know what our values is? Is Library no longer a primary place to find Information?
  • If we all stay on top of things we will still be viable as a library
  • There is always fear when information becomes digital, the same goes to information fluency, we just need to be prepared, get training and move with things
  • We need to focus on our customers not our job description

“I am very thankful for the opportunity to have attended this well organised conference.” – Anneke Coetzee

“The overall conference was very informative, very well organised, the venue, the food was just on par.” – Tiny Moripa

“This conference provided us with opportunities to network with colleagues from different libraries in South Africa. This was also an opportunity to benchmark NWU LIS services with other academic libraries. There are two initiatives at the Mafikeng Campus that will come about as a result of this conference. We would like to thank the North West University LIS for affording us the opportunity to attend this conference.” – Siviwe Bangani and Dina Mashiyane

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