Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi to officially open 16th Annual Library and information Association of South Africa Conference in Boksburg

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22 Sep 2014

Arts and Culture Deputy Minister, Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi, MP, in partnership with the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) invite members of the media to the official opening of the 16th Annual LIASA Conference. The event will take place on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 at Birchwood Conference Centre in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng.         

The 2014 LIASA Conference will be hosted under the theme “Celebrating Libraries in 20 years of democracy: continuing the dialogue.” The conference aims to discuss and share insight on the role of libraries.

Approximately 500 national and international library and information practitioners are expected to attend the conference. These delegates will amongst others discuss the following key issues: a culture of reading, early childhood development, youth empowerment, socio-economic development and e-governance thereby locating them in the heart of communities. 

There are over 1900 public libraries, 23 higher education academic libraries, 50 public FET libraries and 2500 public school libraries in South Africa. Libraries are emerging as strong community partners for development, nation building and social cohesion, thus contributing to well-informed society.

The LIASA conference is preceded by the 5th annual National Book Week, a nation-wide reading campaign which also aimed at promoting a reading culture.

LIASA, and the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) are committed to highlighting the role of libraries in providing free access to information and to develop a reading nation. The conference is a culmination of Heritage Month which is celebrated under the theme: “Celebrating 20 Years of Democracy: Tell your story that moves South Africa Forward!

The 2014 LIASA conference will take place from 22 – 26 September 2014 as part of Heritage Month.

The official opening of the conference is as follows:

Date : 23 September 2014           

Time : 10h00 -12h00             

Venue        : Birchwood Conference Centre in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng          

 

RSVP: Madimetjam@dac.gov.za : 012 441 3737 or 072 842 6594 

Enquiries: Peter Mbelengwa: Spokesperson for the Deputy Minister 082 611 8197 / petermb@dac.gov.za  or Teresa Magidela 072 222 3169