2013 Conference Stats:
749 Registered delegates,
Countries: Canada, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, United Kingdom, Uganda, USA, Zimbabwe
It has indeed been an interesting journey for LIASA since its inception as a library association in 1997 and as part of this journey the Annual Conference is now emerging as a highlight on the library and information services (LIS) calendar. As the Executive Committee we are committed to ensuring a conference that is exciting, stimulating, thought-provoking and a platform that allows you to grow as a professional. To this end, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the 15th Annual LIASA Conference to be held from 08 to 11 October 2013 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).
The exciting theme "Libraries in Dialogue for Transformation and Innovation" implies a dynamic and pro-active role for librarians in the workplace and the community. History has shown that the greatest change and transformation happens when open dialogue happens. The transition to our current democracy is the best example of the power of dialogue and conversations amongst people who engaged as equals. It has long been held, as a belief, that libraries provide information and knowledge to all who wish to change their thinking and transform the quality of life for all. While libraries may be developed, it is the librarian who facilitates the access to information for knowledge production, innovative thinking and transformation. So let us ensure this becomes a reality in South Africa as each one of us, as librarians, commence this process from the very first conversation with a user!
This conference, together with its dynamic theme will:
• enable you to rethink your user services
• share your experiences and best practices
• showcase how you and your library are agents of change for social development
• enable you to learn from librarians who take the lead in scholarly communication
• empower you to become a library advocate and lobbyist
For all of this to successfully happen, you need to commence the conversation and subsequent dialogue! I therefore invite you to diarise this date and make a date to engage in conversation with your colleagues and peers at this Conference. Come and present your ideas and experiences; network and be heard so that we can collaborate, initiate and innovate dynamic libraries and services towards the development of an informed nation.
LIASA - President