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1 MESSAGE FROM THE BRANCH COMMITTEE: Due to unforeseen problems our elected PRO, Ms Elizabeth Francis, couldn’t manage to produce any newsletters. She also had to resign as PRO due to work related issues and the Committee decided to ask the branch members for volunteers to fill the portfolio until the next elections. Nobody was prepared to help out, and therefore no newsletter could be published. The Committee then asked three of its members, Ms Raspby Ramugondo, Mr Monde Madiba and Ms Erna Mostert to assist in the matter. Members could have sent any articles or news to them and they would compile everything to produce an informal newsletter. LIASA FS Newsletter 2009 1

2 SOUTH AFRICAN MOBILE LIBRARY PROJECT IN THE FREE STATE The “South Africa Mobile Library Project” is a project between the NGO, South Africa Primary Education Support Initiative (SAPESI) and the South African Department of Education for the purpose of improving literacy levels by lending books to pupils and teachers at primary and middle schools in under-resourced rural areas across the country. By mid-2006, SAPESI approved the donation of Mobile Libraries to the Free State Department of Education, for implementation through the Education Resource Centres (ERC) in the five districts of the province. The first two Mobile Libraries were shipped from Yokohama to South Africa in mid-August 2006, and arrived in Bloemfontein in September 2006. The Free State launch of the project took place on 28 February 2007, when Mr Tadishi Hasanuma (Project Co-ordinator of SAPESI in South Africa and driving force behind this whole project) officially handed over the keys to the then MEC for Education, Me M A Tsopo. The two Mobile Libraries are operational in the Thabo Mofutsanyana and Motheo Districts, visiting recipient schools twice every term to lend and collect books. Staff members on board the vehicles advise teachers how to select the appropriate books and use them in their lessons. In the meantime the third vehicle had arrived in the country and the Lejweleputswa Mobile Library will be ready to start moving out by April 2008. The challenge is to equip the Mobile Libraries with appropriate resources for the children to gain an opportunity to interact with a diverse range of books and that the teachers are also able to learn how to utilise the materials and maximise their potential. The Education Library (ELITS Sub-Directorate, e-Education Directorate) joined hands with the ERC Resource Co-ordinators and had provided the 3 Mobile Libraries from 2007 with 14,363 fully processed books to get the wheels rolling. The private sector also got involved: Sony Corporation wanted to support SAPESI’s efforts to contribute in overcoming the challenges in South Africa’s compulsory education system. The Sony companies in British English speaking countries, i.e. in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Africa had called upon employees to donate English children’s books. A total of 5,700 books had been donated. In addition, Sony Corporation in Tokio, Japan, had contributed funds to SAPESI in order to purchase a further 3 000 children’s books in languages indigenous to South Africa. This donation was matched by the Free State Department of Education, who then bought another 3 000 books in indigenous languages On Thursday, 26 February 2009, the collected books were officially handed over by Mr M Lang, Managing Director of Sony SA, to Mr MJ Phukuntsi, Acting Superintendent General of the Free State Department of Education, during a function at the Windmill Conference Centre in Bloemfontein. Submitted by:Erna Mostert (Principal Librarian, Education Library) and Anna-Marie Jonker (Resource Coordinator, Lejweleputswa ERC) Photo left: Ms Anna-Marie Jonker at Lejweleputswa Mobile Library bus LIASA FS Newsletter 2009 2

3 LiSLIG Free State : L I B R A R Y W E E K 16 – 21 March 2009 “Access for all @ your library“ MOTHEO FET COLLEGE: BLOEMFONTEIN CAMPUS RESOURCE CENTRE Books which had been received as donations were given free to students. As part of South African Library Week, the Bloemfontein Centre’s Resource Centre had the following activities: They could also select from a lot of Drum-magazine posters. Stationeries were handed out, e.g. pens, pencils, highlighters note pads, pritt. The visitors received sweets/snacks on a daily basis, as long as the stock lasted. Sent in by: Ms Rhonda Bezuidenhout, Resource Centre Manager Ms Bezuidenhout (second from the right) with some library users INFORMATION WORK AT UFS LIBRARY As part of South African Library Week celebrations the information specialists at the library put up a display to illustrate the different services they can provide to their users to assist them in their studies. Sent in by: Ms Ernene Verster, Information Specialist: Agriculture LIASA FS Newsletter 2009 3

4 UFS MUSIC LIBRARY The FS branch of LiSLIG visited the Music Library, situated at the University of the Free State, on 18 March 2009 as part of its ‘tour’ to different special libraries in the Free State. We were welcomed by the librarians, Ms Annette Bester and Ms Annamarie du Preez, who told us more about the work and activities of the Music Library: The main aim of the UFS Music Library is to cater for the needs of the students and lecturing staff of the Department of Music at the University. This includes the managing of the library’s resources such as books, journals, printed music and sound recordings. Students doing advanced academic studies can also ask Ms Du Preez. the information librarian, for an information search on national and international databases to aid them in the research process. Due to the fact that the library has such a rich and unique collection, it can be a major resource for non-UFS persons, who can make use of the library for a fee of R30-00 per day. Examples include school children who need prescribed pieces of music for exam purposes (UNISA, Royal Schools) or choir leaders who want to enter their choirs in competitions and need to listen to a piece of music while also having access to the printed music. The information librarian can do information searches on music related topics for non-members at a cost of R50-00. Resources include: open collection of books, closed collection (reference) – these books may not be taken from the library; reserved collection – contains books which lecturers have reserved for specific assignments or research topics; 6600 Sheet music and scores; 2400 compact discs and DVDs; 44500 vinyl records – there are 3 record players in the library; 1200 Pocket scores; 60 Periodicals; 115 Electronic periodicals. The library hours are Monday and Friday: 08:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:30; Tuesday and Thursday: 08:00 - 16:30; Wednesday: 09:00 - 16:30. The library is not open during University holidays. It was indeed a very informative branch meeting and the librarians had to answer many questions about their services and handling of items held in the library while we enjoyed tea and refreshments. Compiled by: Ms E Mostert (Vice-Chair, LiSLIG FS), with Ms A Bester (Librarian Music Library) LiSLIG Branch meeting: Web Design The Branch Committee invited Ms Marisa Venter of the IT Department at the Bloemfontein Campus of CUT FS to tell the branch members more about Basic Web Page Design. The meeting took place on 27 May 2009 in the Library Auditorium on the Bloemfontein Campus of CUT FS. To design a web page is not so difficult if one has the right tools. There are many commercial products available. The design aspects are the most important, because it has to look good, be functional and easy to navigate. Usually graphic designers attend to this part of the process. Certain aspects to keep in mind when designing a web page are:  Planning ~ it must be value-added content to add value to what you have to show – text, images, colour palette, multimedia.  Navigation Map ~ structures (linear, grid, hierarchical, etc), typography, images, page layout, colour.  Reviewing & testing ~ free of spelling and grammatical errors, layout consistent, browsers display website properly, etc.  Publishing ~ obtain domain name and IP address from internet service provider, acquire server space, upload (publish).  Maintain ~ changing, adding new information, deleting obsolete information. By: Ms Erna Mostert LIASA FS Newsletter 2009 4

5 KHOISAN INFORMATION The guest speaker at the Branch meeting on 29 April 2009 was Mr. Hennie Swart (Project Manager: ECD Free State Flemish Partnership Project). He spoke about the Khwe and the San. He said that generally people spoke about the KhweSan, but they are not the same people. The Khwe was traditionally the “Veldwagters” and the San the hunters. Even these two groups have difficulty to communicate with each other as they are from different language groups. Their rock art shows the history of the San in South Africa. Mr. Swart said that he started working with the Khwe and San in the 1990’s. They bought some land for the Khwe and San at Platfontein, outside Kimberly and they where relocated from Smitsdrift to Platfontein by bus. In recent times they opened the radio station, XKFM. There are 72 different languages in the San as interest group alone. There are some questions regarding the indigenous debate with the concept of self- supporting, as well as the concept of how to get them integrated with the modern world. The question arises if we will treat them the same as other cultures, thinking of their traditions & culture. A question that arises is why do we westernize the San? They will show the western public how they would like to develop in their way; but, because they are exposed to modern life, there is a need for education. Mr. Swart also gave a list of different organizations that concentrates on education, i.e. Kuru D’Kar Trust; San Arts and Crafts; TOCaDI – Tourism Okavango; Komku – Jouth Development; Bokamoso – ECD; SASI – Language Development; ansi Craft – Art and artifacts. The following website can also be visited: Sent in by: Erna Mostert, FS Treasurer Dorothy Russell, Raspby Ramugondo, Hennie Swart and Erna Mostert Ms Coetzer (5 th from left) with Free State members attending the meeting Free State LiSLIG Branch meeting The Branch meeting for the third term was held on 22 July 2009 and had the theme of The Reference Interview. Ms Lianda Coetzer of the UFS Library, Bloemfontein Campus, who is responsible for lecturing students on “Information Literacy”, shared some thoughts with the attendees. The “reference interview is a structured conversation between a librarian and a library user, in which the librarian responds to the user’s initial explanation of his or her information need by first attempting to clarify that need and then by directing the user to appropriate information resources”. From the Library user’s side there are some barriers or problems which we must be aware of: Many library users fail to ask for help Many users are unaware of the services available at their library Fearful of loosing face it they ask for help Expectations of users is very low Users assume that no one can help Users feel the WWW can answer all their questions Stages for the interview should include: Welcome the user Gather general information from the user and get an overview of his/her problem Confirm the exact question Give information, advice or instructions Finish off, including feedback and summary Badly formed queries can lead to user frustration. It is important to ask open questions (what, how, when) so that the user must give information which can help with clarification and it encourage the user’s interaction and participation. The information worker needs the correct service attitude: caring for the users, not to be judgmental, have good listening skills and be familiar with a range of reference sources. It is important to remember that a successful interview is essential to good reference services and an inadequate interview is frustrating to the library user and creates an obstacle to good service. Written by: Erna Mostert, Vice-Chair: LiSLIG FS LIASA FS Newsletter 2009 5

6 Mrs Seroto motivating the attendees PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS 2010 The last branch meeting of 2009 was held on 4 November 2009 with the main aim to ensure that more people become part of LIASA and to persuade existing members to remain members of the association. With this in mind, the invited speaker, Ms Seroto, Chief Education Specialist in the Quality Assurance Directorate of the Free State Department of Education, delivered an inspiring motivational talk to the persons attending the event. She indicated the importance of commitment, dedication and focus in one’s assiciation. She also indicated that the livelihood of any association depends on its members and thus it was important that every member worked hard to ensure the sustainability of LIASA in the Free State. About 11 new people practising in different establishments, i.e. school and university libraries, attended the meeting. They were inspired by the meeting and vowed that they would always be part of LIASA! Written by: Ms ND Ramugondo, Chair LIASA FS New members registration LIASA FS Newsletter 2009 6

7 LIASA CONFERENCE 2009 From 28 September to 2 October 2009 the Free State Branch was the hosts for the 11 th Annual LIASA Conference in Bloemfontein. The CUT FS Bloemfontein Campus was the venue for the event, which turned out to be a great success! This is mostly due to the hard work of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) under the leadership of Ms Dora Ackerman, as well as all the volunteers. There were different exhibitors. The Library Services of the Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture & Recreation and the Free State Department of Education were part of this. At the LIASA AGM it was announced that the Free State Branch had taken second place in the Branch of the Year Competition and at the Gala Dinner our Chair, Ms Raspby Ramugondo, was third in the Librarian of the Year Award! Compiled by: Erna Mostert, Principal Librarian, FSDoE Photos top to bottom: Ms Henna Adendorf Ms Erna Mostert with two officials Gala Dinner LIASA FS Newsletter 2009 7

8 Indigenous Knowledge Symposium The 2 nd indigenous Knowledge Symposium was held at the UFS Qwaqwa Campus on 20 October 2009. The event was organized by the library management of the Qwaqwa Campus, Mr Stoffel Kok and Ms Zuki Ketiwe. It was a great success with more than 70 persons attending. There were several presenters who through their talks and intelectual input ensured that the morning was a success. The speakers were: Mr Magaiza (Department of Sociology), Dr Crause (Departmenatal Head), Mr Mahanke (Department Arts, Culture and Sport in FS) and Dr Malete (Campus Head). There were also some international representation, namely two lecturers from the National University of Lesotho. Ms Lechasa gave a talk on the “Orality of the Basotho” and Mr Mosaase on “Basotho’s indigenous craft”. Prof Moffett’s presentation was the dessert of the event. He discussed he names of the plants found in the area, indicating their medical use. He even showed some plants to the audience. Some indigenous dancing items by the learners from the Mpetha Secondary School under Ms Moloi, provided interludes in the programme. Written by: Stoffel Kok, Chair Qwaqwa Sub-Branch THANK YOU A big thank you to all of you who contributed by providing us with your news! Erna Mostert LIASA FS Newsletter 2009 8

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