Contact Person - Charlene Tlhabane
Event inquiry /Organizer email address - firstname.lastname@example.org
Organized by: LIASA
Topic Covered: Lifelong Learning, Management, E-commerce, Marketing, Distance Education, Higher Education, E-learning, Architecture, Public Health, Children and Youth, Creativity, Gender studies, Identity, Public Policy, Culture, Human Rights, Tourism, Intellectual, Criminal Law, Mathematics, Outline Of Algebra, Commutative Algebra, Group Theory, Linear Algebra, Complex Analysis, Descriptive Statis
Libraries have faced massive changes since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic forced Government to implement various levels of lockdown. The impact on our services is at present still not fully comprehensible as libraries across South Africa, and indeed the world, are still attempting to get back to a measure of their former selves. Inequalities that have plagued us for decades played out exponentially in this regard making it harder for some communities to bounce back to offer services of an acceptable standard. The ability therefore to provide library services during the lockdown period has also varied, not only between sectors of the profession, but also within sectors, dependent on the Province, Municipality or institution in which a library operates. The LIASA Conference 2021 will examine LIASA and the LIS profession through the lens of the pandemic and the effect that it has had on our profession and services. The upcoming Conference seeks to explore this by having academic papers, discussions, conversational presentations and electronic posters/lightning sessions on the following themes: • Measuring the impact and value of libraries in providing services during the various levels of lockdown, including its use (or not) of 4IR technologies; • Libraries and librarians as providers of equitable access to credible information, thereby advancing social justice, among others, in society, with particular regard to current circumstances; • The new role of LIASA as a partner in the changed LIS sector including in the broader Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) environment; • The future role of LIS and LIS Education in a post COVID world The theme, LIBRARIES MATTER! - REFLECTING ON A YEAR OF CHANGE, paves the way for us to reflect on the current state of libraries and librarianship, and the envisioned future for the sector, while setting down steps on how this evolution should happen. Such a reflective process should provide an honest look at what is and what can be; it requires visionary leadership and strategic thinking, and most importantly, a willingness to change.