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 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 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 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: 

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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