Libraries positioning South Africa in the world
South Africa is proud to host the 2015 International Federation of Library Association (IFLA) and the World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Cape Town from 13-21 August 2015. IFLA/WLIC is a gathering of more than 4000 Library and Information Professionals worldwide.
This will be the 3rd Congress to be held on African soil. It was held in Nairobi (1984), Durban (2007) and now Cape Town in 2015.
We believe that this will impact on the library profession and development of the country and the continent.
Access to information
The right of access to information is a basic human right. The National Library of South Africa (NLSA) has a role and responsibility to ensure that the right of access to information becomes a reality.
We are mandated by the National Library of South Africa Act to collect and preserve published documents and make them accessible to the public.
The Library and Information Services (LIS) sector has a bigger role in society as it is stated in the LIS Transformation Charter that “Greater information literacy can increase work effort in which individuals work smarter to achieve a higher level of service delivery.
Equal access to information will contribute to economic growth and job creation.
Libraries are transforming to ensure optimal access to information resources.
The Libraries Conditional Grant was initiated by the Department of Arts and Culture in 2007 which is aimed at but not limited to:
• Building more libraries and upgrading library buildings
• Expanding and improving ICT connectivity
• Promotion of the culture of reading in South Africa, through reprint of African literature classics and literary events.
The effort is channeled to assist youth to update their CVs in quest for jobs, community members use libraries as a meeting and developmental point and children visit the libraries for edu-tainment.
With the Conditional Grant for libraries, we have taken strides ensuring equitable library and information services delivered to all rural and urban communities, improved library infrastructure and culture of reading.
The National Library of South Africa offers Professional service to the Department of Arts and Culture to ensure training in the library profession, currently library disaster management training and the Resource Description Access; Marketing libraries, Development of the Library Transformation Charter, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Connectivity, and the promotion of the culture of reading in South Africa.
The National Library of South Africa offers:
- Information access services
- National Bibliographic Services
- Preservation and conservation services
- Centre for the Book
The National Library of South Africa state-of-the art building in Pretoria also offers unique services, treatment of valuable information resources through the de-acidification machine (One of the only three in the whole world).
We also provide the digitization of the information material.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
We have aligned ourselves with time and space to be in par with the international standard of technology.
The National Library of South Africa in collaboration with the Department of Arts and Culture, have partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and initiated the Mzansi Libraries Online project for strengthening and enhancing public libraries in South Africa.
For more information contact:
+27 (0)12 401 9700
+27 (0)21 424 6320