“Loved this video. Here was a brilliant, erudite and persuasive man debunking the myths about texting corrupting our language. His grasp of the change from a book culture to an internet one is excellent and he suggests that we need to realise that we are in an age of transition with text and Twitter only being in its comparative infancy. I would though have liked to have seen the audience’s comments and questions at the end of his talk.” -RSAorg



The Library Association of South Africa and its Committee on Freedom of Access and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) stand for freedom of expression, transparency and accountability in the exchange of information and in the media.    We advocate and support the provision of efficient, user-oriented and excellent library and information services that aspire to equitable access to information for all communities (literate and illiterate) in South Africa. To this end, we represent the interests of and promote the development and image of library and information workers and agencies.  We respect the rights of our users, including writers and journalists, and support responsible journalism and the sharing of knowledge for the good of society.

Our Association hereby expresses our deepest concern about the Protection of Information Bill currently being considered by our Government.  This ‘draconian’ Bill will have a major affect on media freedom and the democratic values of accountability, transparency and freedom of expression.  We acknowledge that there are limited circumstances when State secrecy should be sanctioned for the safety of the nation, but excessive secrecy, classification and censorship of information are inherently anti-democratic and distinct reminders of pre-1994 politics.  Such negative provisions in the Bill will deny citizens the right to obtain information kept by the State, will negatively affect the exercise of their fundamental human rights,  and will thwart the aims of the Promotion of Access to Information Act of 2000.   Amongst other concerns, we wish to stress the danger inherent in this Bill whereby State documents, which form part of our cultural heritage, could be strictly classified or secretly destroyed, thus permanently removing important information from public access.

Our Association therefore calls on the Government to withdraw the Bill in its entirety, as a matter of urgency. Alternatively, to comprehensively review and amend the Bill, so as to ensure freedom of expression, access to and exchange of information, as enshrined in our Constitution and in line with global media norms.

20 August 2010

Naomi Haasbroek


Library and Information Association of South Africa


Chair:  IFLA Africa Section

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions


I am giving a talk at the ICT in Higher Education Conference and this is a quick dumpingplace for some resources. The rest of my research for this talk can be found here: http://www.diigo.com/user/maggiev/digitallibraries

Digital library creation tools:

SLYSIG is cooperating with Equal Education in a national campaign for school libraries. Equal Education is a NPO working for quality and equality in South African education. The campaign aims at raising the quality of education above that of the past fifteen years.

As the Library and Information Services (LIS) Transformation Charter[1] has shown, libraries are essential for the delivery of quality education. This campaign continues and aims to ensure that all schools in South Africa have a functioning school library. The slogan is 1 school 1 library 1 librarian.

Walk for School Libraries on 26 March 2010

As part of the campaign, learners, parents, teachers and community members will participate in a peaceful walk in Pretoria during the SA Library Week of LIASA. We will gather from 12:00 noon on 26 March at Church Square. From there we will proceed to the Union Buildings where we intend handing over a Memorandum, calling for a National Policy on School Libraries.

We would like to invite all our LIASA members to join us in our Campaign for School Libraries.

This is our campaign! Please support SLYSIG & Equal Education.

Yours in Quality and Equal Education.

Mona Niemand


Dear InfoLinkers

For your interest…


The World Bank Institute is piloting a learning program to teach Social Entrepreneurship- EVOKE. The project was developed with an African focus and will be piloted in March 2010 in six countries.

What started as an engagement to better understand how universities were encouraging their students to explore local development issues and develop creative solutions for those challenges has evolved into a massive multi-player online game called EVOKE — a crash course in changing the world — see www.urgentevoke.com; also see the trailer at: http://vimeo.com/9094186. The goal is to empower young people in Africa to start tackling the continent’s and the world’s toughest problems: hunger, sustainable energy, poverty, water security, conflict, disaster relief, health care, education, human rights; and along the way developing the 21st century skills that will help them become effective social innovators.

The game users technology that is very appealing to the youth market and teaches students essential 21st century skills like collaboration, resourcefulness, sustainability, creativity etc. EVOKE focuses on eight themes during this period.

The EVOKE game is a ten-week crash course in changing the world.

The goal of the game is to help empower young people all over the world, and especially young people in Africa, to come up with creative solutions to our most urgent social problems.

EVOKE is free to play and open to anyone, anywhere.

The "text book" for this course is an online graphic novel. Set in the year 2020, the graphic novel follows the efforts of a mysterious network of Africa’s best problem-solvers. Each week, as players unravel the mystery of the Evoke network, they will form their own innovation networks: brainstorming creative solutions to real-world development challenges, learning more about what it takes to be a successful social innovator, and finding ways to make a difference in the world.

The game begins on March 3, 2010. Players can join the game at any time.

On May 12th, 2010 the first season of the game will end, and successful participants will form the first graduating class of the EVOKE network.

By participating in EVOKE, players will acquire the 21st century skills to become the social innovators that shape the future.

Players who successfully complete ten game challenges in ten weeks will be able to claim their honours: World Bank Institute Social Innovator – Class of 2010

Top players will also earn mentorships with experienced social innovators and business leaders from around the world, and scholarships to share their vision for the future at the EVOKE Summit in Washington DC.

EVOKE was developed by the World Bank Institute, the learning and knowledge arm of the World Bank Group.

EVOKE program has relevance for:

Life Orientation
Community Engagement
Social Studies
ICT in Education
Social Entrepreneurship and
Business Studies

Kind regards


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