LIASA HELIG Communique June 2016

Dear Colleagues

It is June already, and we are looking forward celebrating South African Librarians’ Day (SALD) (10 July), but also our youth and their future. 16 June is celebrated as Youth Day, paying tribute to the school pupils who lost their lives tragically during the 16 June 1976 uprising in Soweto.  This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Soweto uprisings. The theme for Youth Month is: “Youth Moving South Africa Forward.”

We would like to wish you all the best with activities addressing the mentioned events! Please refer to the communication from the LIASA President, Segametsi Molawa, on SA Librarians’ Day 2016.

May Seminars exploring the LIS Transformation Charter

During the May Seminars Branches took the opportunity to explore the LIS Transformation Charter. The LIS Transformation Charter calls for more collaboration, and an ecosystem approach (all are connected and depends on the other for survival) – what happens in school, impacts on learning in later years and in higher education. We should also work more collaboratively, and less in silos. Branches are invited to submit their reports with recommendations as to how all can work more collaboratively, to the LNO (for attention Zuki Maya Convener Constitution, Branches, Interest Groups). The owner of this document is NCLIS, and recommendations will be discussed during the upcoming NCLIS meeting on 19 July. The LIASA President, Segametsi Molawa, represents LIASA on NCLIS.

For an excellent example of a higher education library partnering with a school library, read the following article: Library engagement with Seiphemelo School. Well done NW university colleagues, and we are looking forward to more of these initiatives!



Previous LIASA HELIG Chairs

For those of you who are new to LIASA HELIG – every good organization stands on the shoulders of giants. We take this opportunity – since we will be celebrating SA Librarians’ Day – to acknowledge the great work done by our predecessors. They were – in chronological order:

2012 – 2014     Joyce Myeza (now Director, EGM Library, Howard College, UKZN)

2010 – 2012     Nthabiseng Kotsokoane (now Chief Librarian, Monash SA Library & Learning Commons)

2008 – 2010     Nthabiseng Kotsokoane

2006 – 2008     Victor Ndaba (now Head Librarian, Catholic Church in SA: Library & Archives Collections)

2004 – 2006     Charlie Molepo (now Deputy Director, Scholarly Communications Manager, UFS Library)

2002 – 2004     John Tsebe (former National Librarian of NLSA, former Head Librarian University of the North (now Limpopo)

2000 – 2002     GH Haffajee

We hope to share more on the above colleagaues in future newsletters …

Results from opinion poll

Thank you to all for great feedback received via the opinion poll! We really value your input, and suggestions will be incorporated as we go along and plan for next year. Thank you also for the support for the HELIG Online News Blog. A decision to start a HELIG News Blog was taken during a HELIG Committee Meeting. A blog offers so many benefits, among others:

  • It helps to market/promote HELIG and LIASA to those not members yet
  • It serves as a central showcase of HELIG activities
  • Entries are listed chronologically, which helps when a report needs to be compiled
  • Through listing and authoring the items, it helps with reflecting and learning, establishing the gaps and needs still to be filled
  • And many more …

You can visit the LIASA Online News Blog at Also feel free to contribute articles to this news blog! Any contributions related to HELIG activities are most welcome!

Upcoming events

Visit the LIASA Events Calendar for upcoming events this month. Some of the highlights:

  • SAOUG Conference (7-10 June)
  • Mpumalanga Branch Open Access Event (7 June)
  • North-West Branch Seminar (8 June)
  • LIASA Exco Meeting (10-11 June)
  • Close of Branch Librarian of the Year Nominations (15 June)
  • Youth Day (16 June)
  • School Holiday (17 June)
  • Western Cape Branch Meeting (17 June)
  • Limpopo Branch Meeting & Seminar (23 June)
  • KZN eLearning Workshop (27 June)
  • SLYSIG Conference (28-29 June)

HELIG webinar dates:

  • 21 July – NRF Open Access Policy Statement (Lazarus Matizirofa, NRF)
  • 28 July – UCT Clinical Librarians Project (Dilshaad Brey and Gillian Morgan, UCT Libraries)

Information Literacy Progress

The Western Cape Branch (HELIG) had a highly successful one day workshop on information literacy, coordinated by Ingrid Thomson. We would like to encourage all Branches to consider having workshops on information literacy, in preparation for the planned HELIG Information Literacy Roundtable at Conference. Please get together, discuss what you are doing, identify needs and trends, and come up with possible solutions. Let us work together to establish an information literacy curriculum for higher education libraries, which can become a SA Curriculum framework, and maybe also an African framework. Gauteng North is also in the process of planning an information literacy workshop, and it would be great to hear from other Branches!

Senovia Welman from UFS Library contributed the following: “The UFS is currently in the process of developing a MULTILITERACY COURSE consisting of 3 modules, namely (1) Information Literacy, (2) Digital Literacy, (3) Research Literacy. It aims to be a credit bearing course. Tony Mays form SAIDE (South African Institute for Distance Education) is helping us to develop the course. “

Below the links and a brief report of the day by Ingrid Thomson:

What came out of the above presentations is that libraries are at different places in the InfoLit journey.   It was interesting to hear that  institutions were using different IL frameworks as well.  It was illuminating and concerning to hear the experiences and challenges of the TVET College sector who are part of the HELIG family.

The above “storytelling” part was followed by five breakaway sessions in Café-chat style where resources, tools, tips and techniques were shared.  Thank you to colleagues Susanne Noll, Janine Lockhart, Elizabeth Moll, Pieter du Plessis and Shehaamah Mohamed  for hosting and facilitating at the tables.

The five topics were:

  • First Year Experience and IL   (Susanne Noll, UCT)
  • Designing a one-short lesson using the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education  (Shehaamah Mohamed, UWC)
  • Online IL Development  (Janine Lockhart, CPUT)
  • Starting the IL Conversation with your community  (Elizabeth Moll, UCT)
  • Assessment/Effectiveness:  How do you know   (Pieter du Plessis, Stellenbosch)

Feedback from the attendees was very positive,  with the day meeting everyone’s expectations and more.   The general consensus was that the opportunity to hear and to share stories was invaluable.   There was a request that this should be an annual event.    There were very useful suggestions of follow up topics related to IL.

Photos are on the HELIG Facebook page at

Some feedback received from participants:

“Thanks again for the fabulous Infolit day and now for all the presentation links. It was great to hear about the other academic libraries.” 

“Thank you so much for this inspiring day, as well as for the opportunity to participate. I really appreciate it and I am motivated and encouraged to try harder and to  put in more effort.”

Report on series of Social Media for Librarians

A huge thank you to Lydia Craemer for a great report on the LIASA Social Media webinar series, presented last year. Read the report by Lydia, and also revisit the recorded webinars in the social media series.

Voters’ roll now closed

The LIASA Voters’ Roll has closed on 31 May. We are delighted that HELIG membership has grown even further! We are still waiting for the final number, but according to LNO we now have more than 380 primary members as part of HELIG! In addition to this we have 171 secondary members! Well done colleagues, and thank you for your support!

Eastern Cape Branch Workshops

HELIG partnered with the Eastern Cape Branch, and presented two highly successful workshops! Thank you to NMMU Library for making available their facilities for this purpose. This training exceeded our wildest expectations, and we are looking forward to more training in ICT and online journal management for librarians. More on the mentioned workshops in our next newsletter.

Open Access Week 2016

Libraries worldwide are starting to prepare for OA Week, celebrated from 24 to 30 October 2016. The theme for this year: Open in Action. Please remember to post your planned events to the SPARC web page, and showcase what SA does in terms of Open Access. We are also privileged to be represented on the international SPARC OA Week Advisory Committee for 2016, and to contribute to the success of this week internationally.

LIASA PowerPoint Slides Look & Feel

Are you creative, and good at graphic design? We are looking for a few templates which can be used for LIASA presentation purposes, applying the LIASA branding. Please consider designing a template for our slides, so that we can use it to enhance our presentations. Please send your template examples to It will be evaluated, and we will then announce the winners. Last date for submission: 31 July 2016.

LIASA Repository for official documentation

The LIASA repository – using DSpace – offers a secure digital environment where copies of all LIASA related documentation of administrative nature will be stored in digital format. Each Branch/IG will be allocated its own space. For inquiries and access to upload Branch/IG documentation for long term preservation, please contact

Research Data Management Planning

Higher education librarians play an important role in the scholarly communication process, and can assist researchers with planning in terms of data collection and management. DIRISA (Data Intensive Research Initiative of South Africa) has piloted the Data Management Planning (DMP) Tool. It is becoming standard practice for research funders to require a research DMP as part of the research proposal. A DMP is, for example, required by the National Research Foundation (NRF) for all NRF funded research projects. It is further an essential building block supporting improved data driven research across all disciplines. The main purpose of a DMP tool is to support and guide researchers when preparing the necessary plan.

Read more, please try out this tool, and make recommendations to DIRISA.

eLearning with screencasting

Information literacy can be presented to students and researchers in different ways. Often eLearning is the answer, since time is limited, students/researchers cannot always attend training when needed, some learners prefer visual tutorials which can be viewed repeatedly, and probably the most important reason: students/researchers are adult learners. Learning by adult learners are characterized by the following:

  • They prefer a sense of self-control, autonomy, self-direction
  • Learning must be relevant, purposeful, to achieve goals
  • Time is limited
  • They bring a wealth of knowledge with them
  • They are results-oriented and want their expectations met
  • They have some potential limitations
  • They are successful if internally motivated, and not when being told to learn

Screencasting offers an effective way of addressing the needs of adult learners. Through creating brief instructional video clips on “how to’s”, they can learn in their own time, when needed. Screencasts can also be used along with InfoLit Modules presented via a Learning Management System such as Moodle (LIASA Academy), or integrate quizzes using Google Forms for self-assessment.

A great tool to create screencasts is Screencast-o-Matic. An example of a screencast on how to use LIASA webinar can be viewed here. If you need more assistance, you are welcome to contact us.

CHELSA elects Executive Committee Members for 2016-2018 (from an announcement on facebook)

At the Annual General Meeting of the Committee for Higher Education Libraries of South Africa (CHELSA) held on 13 May 2016, the following persons were elected to the Executive Committee for the 2016-2018 term:

Chair: Ms Lucille Webster (Durban University of Technology)
Chair-Elect: Ms Ujala Satgoor (Rhodes University)
Secretary: Dr Mathew Moyo (North West University, Mafikeng Campus)
Treasurer: Ms Vivian Agyei (Tshwane University of Technology)
Additional Member: Mrs Mushoni Mulaudzi (University of Venda)
Additional Member: Mr Paiki Muswazi (University of Witwatersrand)

We wish them well!


The creation of the Digital Humanities Association of Southern Africa was proposed at the First South African Workshop on Digital Humanities in 2015.   A steering committee was set up to explore this, and to create a draft constitution.     At the Second South African Workshop on Digital Humanities early in April 2016, the Digital Humanities Association of Southern Africa was established.

Ingrid Thomson (UCT Libraries) has been co-opted to serve on the Executive Management Committee of the newly established Digital Humanities Association of Southern Africa (DHASA),  representing the library sector.  The Executive Management Committee is Prof Justus Roux (President,  NWU),  Dr  Karen Calteaux (Vice-President, CSIR, Meraka),  Prof Attie de Lange (Secretary, NWU),   Dr Langa Khumalo (Add Member, UKZN) and Ingrid Thomson (Co-opted, UCT Libraries). Congratulations Ingrid! We are proud of you!

Coming up in our next newsletter …

  • Open Source in Libraries
  • Feedback on the EC Branch Workshops
  • eLearning with LIASA Academy
  • LIASA Advertisements
  • HELIG and TVET College Libraries

Kind regards

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


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