AfLIA President visits North-West University

The North-West University Library and Information Services had the honour of being visited by the African Library and Information Association and Institution (AfLIA) president, Mr John Tsebe, on 11 July 2017. John Kgwale Tsebe became the first black national librarian in South Africa in 2004. In 2013, he was elected the first AfLIA president, a body whose vision is to be “the trusted voice of the African library and information community in Africa’s development”. As the president of AfLIA, John is involved in several projects to promote librarianship in several African countries. John retired as a National Librarian of South Africa in 2014 but is set to continue in the role of president of AfLIA until 2019. Currently, he also teaches at the University of Limpopo.

Some NWU LIS staff members took a group photo with Mr John Tsebe (front row second left) and Senior Director: NWU LIS, Dr Mathew Moyo (front row far left)

During his visit, Mr John Tsebe shared some of his experiences in various roles as a university librarian at the University of Limpopo, National Librarian of South Africa, Professor of Librarianship, and AfLIA president. Through to his character, Mr Tsebe could not miss the chance of touring our library and he was impressed by the level of discipline shown by our users and the NWU LIS facilities.

Siviwe Bangani

LIASA Seminar: 10 July 2017

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