Library and Information Services Associations 20th Annual Conference

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Library and Information Services Associations 20th Annual Conference


Maryam Abrahams, recently attended the Library and Information Services Associations 20th Annual Conference at the Durban ICC representing Milpark Education as an Academic Librarian. We spoke to her about the event as well as her role and experience working as librarian at Milpark.


The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) is the SAQA accredited Professional Body for the Library and Information Services sector and a non-profit organization uniting and representing all institutions and people working in libraries and information services in South Africa. It strives to unite, develop and empower all people in the library and information field into an organization that provides dynamic leadership in transforming, developing and sustaining library and information services for all people in South Africa.

Tell us a bit more about your role at Milpark.

My role as the Senior Librarian for Milpark Education is very student focused. I manage library resources while ensuring that I keep student needs in mind.  My role is to select, develop, classify and catalogue library resources.  I also liaise with departmental academic staff, external organisations within the Library and Information fraternity and library suppliers.

What are the most challenging / exciting aspects about being the Senior Librarian at Milpark?

THe most challenging aspect is working to sustain existing types and levels of services being offered by the library, while at the same time developing new services to meet new needs aligned to the fourth industrial revolution. Being a librarian today excites me because it is more than just organising or shelving books. I am an educator, organiser, and an innovator, while constantly enhancing my creativity in ways that will benefit students as well as the library itself.

Tell us more about the conference – what it’s all about and what are some of your favourite moments from the week.

The conference is hosted annually by the Library and Information Association of South Africa. During the LIASA Conference, information is exchanged, innovative ideas are shared, stimulating debate on important and current topics takes place, decisions are made, and members network and engage in various activities. Some of the sessions included, discussion on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, developing academic library collections as well as mobile libraries and the use of mobile phones to promote literacy in libraries.

What advice would you give to students looking towards studying for the end of semester exams?

Give yourself enough time to study, rest where necessary, and make a study schedule that fits your way of studying and do not leave anything to the last minute.

What is your favourite book right now? – and any favourite quotes to help inspire our students to excel.

Favourite Book right now, Around the way girl, a memoir by Taraji P. Henson.

Favourite quote: “All of life is peaks and valleys. Don’t let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low.” - John Wooden


09 Oct 2019