The NWU LIS has hosted a successful International Conference on Information Literacy (ICIL) in Vanderbijlpark from 23 – 26 September 2019. All the months of hard work and preparations have paid off.
Monday morning started with the NWU Vaal Choir welcoming all the guests at the Samancor building. You could feel the excitement amongst all attendees, especially when the choir accompanied the guests into the auditorium while singing. Dr Moyo, Chair of the Conference Organizing Committee welcomed everybody. In his opening remarks, he explained that the conference represented an international co-operative endeavour, with the NWU’s Library and Information Service taking hands with Prof Jako Olivier, the current UNESCO Chair on Multimodal Learning and Open Educational Resources (OER) and the Unit for Academic Literacy in the Faculty of Humanities.
The theme of the conference was: “Information Literacy in all spheres of life”, and delegates included researchers, library and information services professionals, media specialists, academia and policy makers from around the globe. The conference furthermore had an international line-up of keynote speakers. These speakers included Prof Serap Kurbanoglu (Turkey), Prof Irina Zhilavskaya (Russia), Prof Trudi E Jacobson (USA) and Prof Thomas P Mackey (USA). The national keynote speakers were Prof Bosire Onyancha (UNISA), Prof Karin de Jager (UCT), Prof Ina Fourie (UP) and Prof Jako Olivier (NWU). A diverse group, 138 delegates from 10 countries, attended the conference and about fifty papers were delivered over the four days. Some presentations are already available on the ICIL web page: http://library.nwu.ac.za/icil-presentations
Between the hard work, there was time for fun and relaxation. On Monday evening, attendees were treated at a cocktail function at the Lapa on campus, next to the Vaal River. Prof Daryl Balia did the official welcoming and guests were entertained with talented singers who are all NWU students.
As Tuesday was National Heritage Day, attendees had the opportunity to wear traditional attire to the gala dinner and traditional dancers welcomed everybody upon arrival. Prof Jako Olivier was an exceptional and entertaining MC and everybody was in a festive mood.
During the closing ceremony, there was a presention with pictures portraying the highlights of the conference. You are welcome to access this item with accompanying music by legend Johnny Clegg (The Crossing), at R:\Gebr\Staff photos\ICIL 2019\Closing ceremony. It takes some time to download. Go to Slideshow to start the PPT and music (this is only available on the staff intranet).
For a more formal NWU News report by Annette Willemse (NWU Corporate Communication Practitioner), link to: http://news.nwu.ac.za/icil2019-highlighting-importance-information-literacy-all-spheres-life
The LIS feels proud that we have hosted this conference – the first of its kind in Africa. According to feedback from attendees, they would like to attend a similar event in the future.
We thank the conference chairs and LIS staff for their hard work!