Senior LIS staff had a planning session on 6-7 November 2019 at the NWU Business School in Mafikeng. The main aim of the workshop was the development of a LIS Annual Performance Plan for 2020. The motivational speaker was Prof Yvonne du Plessis who set the scene for the two days. She stressed the importance of an inspirational library – not only in terms of inviting spaces, but also in terms of innovative services and a positive staff culture. Mr Shakes Scott, IT Director: Academic & Office Solutions also attended the workshop and provided valuable input together with Prof Liqhwa Siziba, Senior Lecturer in Academic Literacy, Mafikeng.
On the first day, there was an opportunity for Managers and Directors to reflect on 2019 and to assess the milestones achieved and challenges experienced. Presentations were delivered on research support, library systems, outreach, projects and quality, Client Services and Shared Services. Dr Moyo then set the scene for 2020.
On day two, Dr Moyo did a review of the LIS goals and stressed the importance that in our planning, we need to link to the NWU strategic goals and the 2020 NWU Annual Performance Plan. During a World Café session, highlights for the LIS Annual Performance Plan were identified and developed in terms of objectives, achievement targets, role players and time lines.
During the closing session, Dr Moyo confirmed that goals were also identified to embrace the 4th Industrial Revolution. We further need to attend to the Ideas Store, as populated by LIS staff. The new initiatives will add value to what we do.