SABC Information Library will be highlighting South African Library Week next week.
"The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) is celebrating South African
Library Week from 11-21 March 2016 with the theme
The National Launch will be held at the Sibusisiwe Hall 1 Thokoza Road, Sundumbili, KwazuluNatal near to the Sundumbili Library on Friday 11 March 2016. Deputy Minister of Arts and
Culture, Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi will deliver the Keynote Address.
The theme “#libraries4lifelonglearning” frames the substantial contribution of libraries to the
efforts that strive to address our country’s educational, social, cultural and recreational needs
and prevalent inequalities. It provides insight into the role of libraries in South Africa and
demonstrates how this slots into the objective of ensuring equitable access to quality
information and to social advancement opportunities. This makes libraries complicit in the
intention to realize the vision of an informed nation.
South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) 2030 proposes to eradicate poverty and
inequality by 2030 using a robust economy driven by skilled workers. However, the
competencies needed for entry to the job market need to be developed especially among the
youth. Innovation - shaping products and services from knowledge acquired through learning -
contributes to the growth of the economy and social improvement as envisaged in the NDP
2030. Also, the current global mindset calls for digital literacy as a learned skill that enables
people to access, evaluate and apply information within the digital environment. These
proficiencies, accompanied by a sense of responsibility for and awareness of the impact of
technology on the world are seen as norms of behavior encompassed by the term ‘digital
citizenship’ and aspired to in the NDP 2030.
Lifelong learning is a purposeful learning activity undertaken on an ongoing basis with the aim
of improving knowledge, skills and competencies that includes developing the ability to
search for information and actively and independently create knowledge. It embraces various
forms of education and training: formal, non-formal and informal; the traditional school
system from primary to tertiary level; adult education, informal training and so on. It is
undertaken individually, in a group setting or within the framework of social movements.
Libraries share in the responsibility for evolving further a knowledgeable, technological adept
and prosperous society by harnessing its resources and redirecting these towards client and
community services while providing physical and virtual spaces for lifelong learning.
- provide learning resources in various formats
- advance literacy through intellectual and creative support
- provide access to global knowledge and information to advance research and create new knowledge
- foster a spirit of enquiry and curiosity
- create a desire for lifelong learning
- instil respect for diverse beliefs, opinions and views
- contribute towards the development of South African’s as an informed nation
- develop a digitally literate nation
- empower people for prosperity
Our country remains characterized by divisions two decades after liberation. Lifelong learning
provides opportunities to dissolve boundaries that may be in place among traditional sectors:
education, the labour market and industry; or, other facets of society whether these are
regional/geographic, socio-cultural or political. Through library services, people have insights
to the ways of others which is hoped will lead to improved understanding and tolerance.
LIASA is the national professional association that represents libraries and information
institutions; all library and information workers; and millions of users & potential users of
libraries in South Africa. LIASA aims to unite, develop and empower all people in the library
and information field. It represents the interests of and promotes the development and image
of library and information services in South Africa.
For further information, please contact:
Ms Nikki Crowster LIASA National PRO: 082 8222120 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Segametsi Molawa LIASA President: 082 853 8702 email@example.com