South African Library Week (SALW) 2012
Theme: Develop @ your library
Following the LIASA's strategy of 2011, the idea is to link libraries to Government imperatives and thus build links with Government Departments and Government Ministers. With the major focus of government on job creation, the theme was chosen with this in mind. While libraries cannot create jobs, they do however contribute to this initiative by developing the nation through, for example, development of programmes that focus on skills development, providing access to information that allows the user to develop and empower him/herself and granting access to computers and online tools, enabling users to develop their computer skills as well as providing tools that allow them to draw up a CV or search for job opportunities.
The theme is fairly broad this year and can thus be adopted by the entire sector. This theme will allow libraries in the various sectors to adapt it to the services they provide in developing their "communities" or client base.
The Library Week poster is attached for viewing and downloadable images are available for institutions to create their own promotional materials. Additional downloads will also be available for this purpose, including bookmarks and t-shirts. The full list will be announced on the LIASA Listserv. Copies of the official poster will be distributed to all LIASA Branches and Public Libraries. SALW 2012 posters will also be displayed in public spaces and on lamp-posts in the major cities.
SA Library Week Launch Event:
The launch of SALW 2012 will be taking place at the Don Africana Reference Library in Durban on 17 March 2012. A formal programme will be held at this library followed by a public event to be hosted in the City Hall Gardens. Promotional material will be distributed; while storytelling and other fun activities will take place on the day. The programme can be viewed here.
Please share your SALW programmes:
* Librarians are once again invited to submit their library week programmes and activities for listing on the LIASA website. All programmes must be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org
* Librarians are also invited to forward video clips and /or photographs of their library programmes which speak to the theme of Develop @ your library. Therefore, if you conduct literacy sessions, have storytelling sessions, host CV writing courses, etc, we are interested in receiving clips or photographs of these activities. Video clips should be no more than 3 - 5 minutes in length and must be uploaded to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LIASANews.
* Follow the #salw2012 activities and news on Twitter (LIASANews) feed.
* Interviews for the radio and print media
* Photos and reports of SALW 2012 events.
Thank you to our Partners and Sponsors:
Department of Arts and Culture
National Library of South Africa
KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture
South African Library of the Blind
You can read Naomi Haasbroek, the LIASA President's speech for the launch event here.