Librarians’ Day celebrated

2017-08-16 06:05

The Library Association of South Africa (Liasa) is the professional body of librarians in South Africa and was established on 10 July 1997.

Since then, this day has been known as South African Librarians’ Day and is celebrated annually.

This day is also used to promote librarianship as a noble profession that is basic to the development of citizens.

It speaks to the intrinsic requirement of building a knowledgeable nation through access to information.

Liasa believes the growth and sustainability of the democracy in South Africa is reliant on citizens who are knowledgeable. It aims to instil the love for ­librarianship as a worthwhile professional career and change the stereotypical perception that people have about the profession. It also wants to stress the importance of libraries as valuable community spaces that advance community development. South African libraries, among other relevant stakeholders, have a critical role to play in the National Development Plan to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals over the next 15 years.

The eradication of information illiteracy and the building of a modern, efficient library and information system was highlighted as an important developmental action by the Library and Information Services (LIS) Transformation Charter. This charter adopted the notion of realisation of the right of access to information.

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