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This subject guide provides access to the library's key resources relevant to the field of Natural and Applied Sciences 

         Explore the different resources and contact your librarian if you need any assistance

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Library week

South African Library Week 2023 Rationale

The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) is celebrating South African Library Week (SALW) with the theme “Libraries: telling powerful stories” from 20-26 March 2023.

Humans have told stories for as long as we can remember. These stories are used to share news, amplify the accomplishments of heroes, and pass on cultural traditions, and transfer knowledge and history. Libraries have been central in collecting, preserving and sharing these stories. The first library in South Africa dates back to 20 March 1818, with the establishment by proclamation of the first public library, the South African Public Library, now the National Library of South Africa (Cape Town Campus).

Stories make difficult information easier to understand. Stories can change the future for the better. This year we are focusing on telling those stories, both from a librarian and library user’s perspective, focusing on the achievements of libraries in South Africa over the years, as libraries transform to fit into the New World.

Libraries are currently facing many challenges including funding constraints, the provisioning of adequate and relevant materials, infrastructure problems, insufficient internet access and connectivity, inadequate disaster management and vandalism. These challenges are not new and speak to the resilience of libraries. It is human nature to highlight challenges more than achievements. This year LIASA would like to focus on what we are doing right, what we have achieved. The focus will be libraries telling a good story as well as involving patrons to highlight the benefits of libraries in South Africa and in the process marketing and advocating for libraries.

Libraries are central to communities; they provide not only access to books, but also a space for knowledge, access to information for all, and occasionally offer an escape from the harsh realities. We know that libraries are in the midst of a dramatic change. Technology has transformed how we find and use books, how we gather information, and how we learn. The 4IR has shifted the landscape and how we tell these stories which have contributed to global knowledge, memory and communication.  Libraries in South Africa are transforming the stories that they share and how they share them. This includes the platforms that are used to tell these stories, whether they are recreational, educational, or historical.

Librarian: NAS

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Mashia Shokane
Sol Plaatje University
Central Campus
Library Building C004
First Floor: Office 108