HELIG Highlights 2016


Newly Elected HELIG Committee 2016-2018

We wish to congratulate the new HELIG Committee for 2016-2018. Thank you to all who have taken the time to vote for a member of his/her choice.

Chair: Ingrid Thomson (WC)
Chair-Elect: Shirlene Neerputh (KZN)
PRO: Linda Ntaka (EC)
Treasurer: Nomonde Mgqalelo (KZN)
Secretary: Elmarie Horn (GS)
Additional Members:
Janine Lockhart (WC)
Salome Potgieter (GS)
Sanele Kunene (Mpumalanga)
Theresa Mofana (GS)

LIASA HELIG AGM 12 October 2016: Agenda & Documentation

Dear LIASA HELIG Members

This email a reminder of the LIASA HELIG AGM, on 12 October 2016, 10:30-11:30, Durban International Convention Centre. Please find the following:

  1. Document 1: Agenda for HELIG AGM on 12 October 2016
  2. Proxy Form: Proxy form for completion if you cannot attend the HELIG AGM in person (please submit by 11 October 2016)
  3. Document 2: Minutes from HELIG AGM on 19 June 2015
  4. Document 3: Attendance registry on 19 June 2015
  5. Document 4: HELIG Audited Financial Statements 2014-2015
  6. Document 5: Motion 1
  7. Document 6: HELIG Constitution 1999

Please attend or complete a proxy in order to qualify for one of two LIASA sponsored memberships for 2017. We are very fortunate to have received this sponsorship for two memberships for one year for two currently paid-up HELIG members!

Another request: please be on time, since we only have one hour to conduct all our business. Thank you colleagues! We are looking forward welcoming all at the AGM!

Kind regards

Paulette Talliard


E-mail: plt@sun.ac.za


LIASA HELIG Communique October 2016

Dear HELIG Colleagues

Student unrests, the Internet, Open Access and Open Science
During the past weeks we’ve seen so many student unrests, and the end not in sight, it seems. Our country desperately needs educated, qualified people, who can become entrepreneurs and create new jobs. On the other hand – vandalizing buildings and traumatizing other individuals are definitely not the solution. During this time I could not help to think of the role of online or e-learning, and opportunities within the library environment. Also in terms of assisting others to become entrepreneurs and developing entrepreneurial skills. Open Access week is coming up, and hopefully all libraries across sub-systems (sectors) will continue to create an awareness with regards to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other lifelong self-training/learning opportunities available via the World Wide Web. The world we live in today is different from the world some of us grew up in, where going to university was seen as the ultimate option. On the other hand – opportunities are vast, if we want to work hard and learn.

The support for Open Access in our country and on the African continent is growing, and something to look forward to is the upcoming Annual LIASA Conference, UCT Open Access Symposium 2016, International Open Access Week, and the African Open Science Platform Project. Everybody needs access to quality information to continue to make a contribution to a better world. On a flight to Cape Town the other day, I was astounded to learn from a General Practitioner sitting next to me, that their main way of staying up to date with new developments is through sales representatives from pharmaceutical companies, introducing new products to them. This certainly not applies to all health practitioners, but it would help if they were made more aware of quality research material available through quality open access resources. An exciting challenge for librarians to take on!

During the many Open Science events (SciDataCon2016, International Data Week, Research Data Alliance meeting, ICRI, and more) during the past couple of weeks, the important roles librarians can play were highlighted many times. One of the biggest challenges of data-intensive science is to facilitate knowledge discovery by assisting humans and machines in their discovery of, access to, integration and analysis of, task-appropriate scientific data and their associated algorithms and workflows. The FAIR principles try to set guidelines to make data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable. Open Access, Open Science, research data management planning, data analysis, data preservation and more should be addressed as part of Information Literacy training and also library school training – librarians need to be skilled in order to better support users. Librarians need to become comfortable working with data. A doctor from Doctors without Borders mentioned during the SciDataCon 2016 that it is a challenge for doctors to capture very crucial data. An idea that came to mind: why not Librarians without Borders, accompanying these doctors and assisting with data capturing & management?

Database of SA scholarly journal publications
The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has contributed information to CREST (Stellenbosch University), to build a database of SA journal titles and their statuses. Through this list, accurate and detailed information will be communicated, based on the titles approved for accreditation by the DHET on an annual basis. The database is currently restricted, but you can get a feel for what to expect by visiting http://crest2.sun.ac.za/journals_database/default/index. More information to follow – hopefully by February 2017.

Research Data Alliance in Africa
“Building social and technical bridges to facilitate data sharing and re-use.” In a nutshell that is the mission of the Research Data Alliance, an international organisation that now counts more than 4 300 members worldwide from over 110 countries. On Sunday 2 October 2016, during the pre-ICRI meeting in Cape Town, the RDA announced funding by the SA Dept. of Science and Technology, buying in and supporting what the RDA stands for. Up to date, Africa was mainly represented by Kay Raseroka (Botswana), well known in the library community. We are looking forward to more involvement from Africa in future!

Useful links for librarians:

Information Literacy Gauteng North Branch Initiative
It was exciting to participate in the well organised Gauteng North Branch HELIG workshop on information literacy. This event successfully combined traditional face-to-face presentations with virtual presentations, using state-of-the-art virtual technology. Thank you to our colleagues from Gauteng North for a most engaging event, of which you are most welcome to access the presentations:

Information literacy in an online world: A digital approach to address the needs of digital natives/Ina Smith
Investigating the use of mobile information literacy training over traditional methods of training/Kabelo Nzima
The information literacy journey of TUT/Nelis Botha
Advancing learning and transforming scholarship in higher education/Shirlene Neerputh
Information literacy in higher education/Ingrid Thomson
Information Literacy @ CPUT/Janine Lockhart

Please visit HELIG on SlideShare for a collection of slides presented on behalf of LIASA HELIG.

Also refer to the HELIG webinar on Information Literacy, presented by Janine Lockhart.

LIASA Web Page
With the term for the current LIASA Exco coming to an end, it also brings an end to the portfolio for Exco ICT Development Convener, responsible for maintaining the web and online tools. There will be a hand-over following conference. Please contact membership@liasa.org.za or manager@liasa.org.za for any questions regarding the LIASA web.

Thank you!
We are looking forward seeing all at the HELIG AGM on 12 October! Remember to submit a proxy form if you cannot attend in person, and want to qualify for the lucky draw for one of two individual LIASA memberships for 2017. The agenda and accompanying documentation have been shared, but you are most welcome to download it from the HELIG News Blog if you have missed the communication.

Just a few days and the current HELIG Committee will be handing over to the newly elected committee for 2016-2018. From my side – a very special and sincere thank you for working with us during the past two years, for actively participating, and for allowing us to learn – for your patience, and for allowing us to grow while we learn. And please become/remain lifelong, self-learning, hardworking individuals. LIASA and LIASA HELIG were very exciting journeys for me personally, and I can only encourage you to work together for the Interest Group to always remain relevant. All the best to Ingrid Thomson and her new committee, and I can just say that you will be in very good hands!

This newsletter the last for this term (which mostly happened on airports in between flights or in bed very late in the evenings when the rest of the world was already asleep). But it was crucial to remain in touch and to keep you in the loop, although we would have loved to hear more from you. It can only become better in future. Take care colleagues!

Kind regards


LIASA Exco Convener ICT Development (2014-2016)
LIASA HELIG Chair (2014-2016)

LIASA HELIG Communique September 2016

Dear Colleagues

During September, South Africans have the opportunity to celebrate their heritage through Heritage Day and Heritage Month. It is great to be part of our multi-cultural country, and to contribute to its growth and together address challenges we face – also on our continent. Collaboration on national and international level is so important in the world we work, and there is always something new to learn from each other. One way we can get involved on national and international level is through participating in dialogue – through attending conferences and presenting, authoring scholarly articles, or maybe participating in social media and mailing lists.

Stay connected through social media & mailing lists in higher education
Do you know of any mailing lists of relevance to the sub-system (higher education/post-schooling) we are working in? If so, please comment on this post on our HELIG News Blog and help us crowdsource the list to make it as comprehensive possible. Thank you in advance for contributing to this list!

Please also follow HELIG via facebook and twitter.

Advance your career through studying
If you plan to further your career in LIS, now is a good time to consider enrolling for further studies. During the past weeks quite a few library schools advertised exciting courses. Please visit these library schools and get in touch with them should you have any inquiries. Study bursaries and/or financial assistance are available.

HELIG elections
Thank you so much for all the nominations we received! For us it is a clear indication of the trust and belief you have in HELIG, and the contribution it makes to the profession, creating a platform where librarians can network and learn from one another. Thank you colleagues! Congratulations to those nominated, which is already a huge achievement in itself.

Coming up is to now submit the nominations to the Electoral Officer, who will create the online voting space for HELIG. Voting will commence on 15 September, and you will have the opportunity as a LIASA HELIG member on the Voter’s Role to cast your vote until 30 September 2016. The outcome of the voting will be announced during HELIG AGM on 12 October 2016, 10:30-11:30.

You will receive an email from the LIASA Electoral Officer, which will look as follows (below just an example):


Click on Click Here to Vote, enter the unique voting key received via your email, and then select who you want to vote for. Then Submit. And that is it! We sincerely hope that all 388 / 172 members will vote, using this very simple and easy voting system.

Choose your LIASA Interest Group for 2017 right!
The membership fees for the next year will be announced during LIASA AGM, after which there will be an early bird offer to register for 2017 at a reduced price. Please start saving already to make use of the early bird offer, following conference in October. When registering, you will be a member of LIASA, with the opportunity to participate in LIASA within the LIASA Branch. In addition, you will be able to choose to become a member of two Interest Groups, depending on the sub-systems in which you are interested:

  • Higher Education Library Interest Group (HELIG): Librarians from post-schooling institutions, addressing issues and opportunities in that specific environment.
  • Information and Communication Technology Library Interest Group (ICTLIG): Librarians from library IT divisions, addressing issues and opportunities in that specific environment.
  • Interest Group for Bibliographic Standards (IGBIS): Focuses on classification, cataloguing, metadata, standards and more.
  • Interlending Interest Group (ILLIG): Focuses on best practice and new trends in terms of interlibrary loans.
  • LIASA Special Libraries Interest Group (LiSLIG): Libraries with special interests, based on a specific discipline, need or accessibility.
  • Marketing and Advocacy Interest Group (MAIG): Librarians from all sub-systems and all libraries, with a passion for marketing their library services.
  • Public and Community Libraries Interest Group (PACLIG): Librarians from public/community/municipal libraries, addressing issues and opportunities in that specific environment.
  • Research, Training and Education Interest Group (RETIG): Library schools, academics and those with a specific interest in research and training librarians through library schools.
  • School Library and Youth Services Interest Group (SLYSIG): Librarians from all school libraries, addressing issues and opportunities in that specific environment.
  • Support Staff Interest Group (SSIG): Librarians working with circulations, finances, and other supporting services within all libraries.

Interest groups connect librarians across Branches, who shares a common interest. Learn more about the objectives of each group through visiting the constitution for each. The LIS Transformation Charter calls for more collaboration among the various sub-systems, as part of a bigger LIS ecosystem. Each of the mentioned IGs appoints a Convener for the Branch, to connect the Branch and IG activities and support one another.

Great online tools for collaboration & learning
Tools within the online environment makes our work easier and allows us to be more productive. Below just a few tools which we highly recommend, in addition to the existing list of tools on the LIASA web:

  • Slack: a messaging application for teams/groups collaborating
  • Buffer: simultaneously share your message across social media platforms – all at once
  • LIASA Academy: use the Moodle Learning Management System and present online/e-learning courses – to fellow librarians, or to users
  • Screen sharing: do distance/online training, and share your screen, or ask the user to share her/his screen using Google Hangouts, or another screen sharing tool.
  • Programming for librarians online training

Libraries and online scholarly journal publishing
In addition to OA institutional repositories (green route), universities and other research institutions have also started publishing and taking ownership of their scholarly journals through publishing their own OA journals (gold route), rather than making commercial publishers responsible for publishing it. OJS is a user-friendly online journal management system, making the transition to online much easier for journals. Libraries worldwide are playing a major role in terms of providing support to trusted scholarly journals, ensuring journals are interoperable in terms of metadata and other compliancy issues, making sure scholarly content is widely disseminated. A few SA universities have started publishing their own, e.g. Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town, University of the Western Cape, and the University of Free State are also in the process of rolling out this new service.

OJS (Open Journal Systems) has undergone some major changes, and OJS 3 has now been released. Please visit https://pkp.sfu.ca/2016/08/31/ojs-3-is-here/ for more information and to join a webinar to introduce the new version released.

Open Access Week
Please diarise! 24-30 October 2016: Open in action.

ASSAf is looking forward to presenting another workshop on Open Journal Systems, co-sponsored and hosted by LIASA Free State Branch and the University of the Free State. The UFS library will in future also provide a journal hosting solution for UFS journals, in addition to many other libraries worldwide.

Information Literacy Strategies & Tips – a HELIG webinar
Please join us for another HELIG webinar, on Information Literacy Strategies & Tips, to be presented by Janine Lockhart (CPUT) on 22 September 2016. Read more, and please register if you plan to participate in this event. 

Gauteng North Branch HELIG InfoLit Day
During the past year, various LIASA Branches hosted workshops on Information Literacy. This series of workshops ended on a high note, with the Gauteng North Branch HELIG InfoLit day under the leadership of Gerda Ehlers and Branch colleagues. A variety of papers were presented, and great work is being done within institutions. Hopefully Information Literacy can be brought back into schools, to better prepare learners and lay the foundation for all SA citizens to become lifelong self-learners. Three of the presenters joined virtually, another example of how all can bring together expertise with the help of technology. The virtual presenters on the image below, in the UP Merensky II Library Auditorium: Shirleen Neerputh (DUT), Ingrid Thomson (UCT) and Janine Lockhart (CPUT). We hope to share all the presentations once available.


One of the questions asked was whether we should not be more inclusive in terms of what has been known as Information Literacy up to date. In the current environment users not only learn to download information, but they also need to be responsible uploaders of information, using the multiple digital tools online available, activities involved when assisting researchers in terms of data management, and more. It was agreed that librarians need to become competent and confident mobile phone users and know how to access and use mobile technology for research purposes.

The LIASA pre-conference workshop on digital citizenship is now fully booked, but please be on the lookout for future opportunities to advance yourself in terms of digital competencies within the library environment.

Keep your personal details on the LIASA Membership Database up to date
Have you changed jobs, emails, or other details? Are your personal details up to date on the LIASA Membership Database http://members.liasa.org.za/? Please help us to reach you wherever you are, and keep you posted on all LIASA related information. 

Advertisements on the web was identified as a potential income stream for LIASA, but also as a platform where service providers can advertise. This will first be part of a pilot project, and a preview of what will be offered is available at http://www.liasa.org.za/vacancies/ Please contact the LIASA National Office for more details. 

Professional Body Status Progress
As communicated by the LIASA President earlier this month, a Board has now been established and the members announced. A web page containing all information on the LIASA Professional Body Status and the Board can be accessed via the LIASA web: Professional National Board or LIASA Professional Body Status 

Chat with us!
A chat function has been added to the LIASA web, which will hopefully make the web even more user-friendly for current and prospective LIASA members. We hope to get more people on board to assist with responding to inquiries and conversations via chat, to bring some relieve to the LIASA National Office. If you are interested to learn and assist, please get in touch with us. When online, use chat to talk to a real person in real time. When offline, leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


Photos from HELIG events
A great initiative by the Gauteng North Branch was to create a photo album of events during the past term. HELIG would also like to compile a similar photo album of HELIG events during the past two years. If you have taken photos during your HELIG Branch events, please email them, along with a brief description, to: neerputs@dut.ac.za 

On the September HELIG Calendar

5 September – 11 September 2016: National Book Week

8 September 2016: International Literacy Day

11 – 16 September 2016: International Data Week

15 – 30 September 2016: HELIG Voting

22 September 2016: HELIG InfoLit Webinar

24 September 2016: Heritage Day

Lastly …
Please remember to join us for the LIASA HELIG AGM, to qualify for the lucky draw for sponsored LIASA membership for 2017 (2 sponsorships). You don’t need to be registered for the conference to join the AGM, although it would be great to have you there for the duration of the conference.

Wishing you a great month colleagues!

With kind regards


LIASA Exco Convener ICT Development (2014-2016)
LIASA HELIG Chair (2014-2016)

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