Sunday, March 6, 2016

HELIG Communique 2016 No 1

Dear HELIG Colleagues

Just a quick update on a few items, keeping you in the loop. This communique a brief newsletter, and we hope to send one on a monthly basis.

HELIG membership the highest in years!
HELIG is taking the lead! On 4 March 2016 we had 275 members preferring HELIG as their first choice, and 114 preferring HELIG as their second IG choice. 389 of a total of 923!!
This makes us so proud!! Visit for regular updates. Also - PLEASE encourage more colleagues to join LIASA. The Voters’ Role closes on 31 May 2016. Thank you colleagues for making this possible!! YOU are HELIG!
Thank you to Nikki Crowster for a great infographic to explain the benefits of LIASA membership!

SALW 2016
So many things can be done around this year’s theme for SALW: #libraries4lifelonglearning. Lifelong learning and self-learning are not only important for our users, but also for ourselves. There is also a strong connection with Open Access (MOOCs, OERs and more). All libraries received their promotional material way ahead of time (thank you to LNO!!), which is great. Please support your Branch events, and help them make a success of all. Click here for a list of SALW events. If your event is not listed, please do not hesitate to forward me the event details. Click here for access to the SALW 2016 web page.

Important election dates
The dates are also available on the LIASA web calendar, but feel free to click here for quick access to the election dates. The call for nominations and more will be done via the liasaonline mailing list. Thank you to Ingrid Thomson – HELIG Chair-elect – for coordinating the HELIG election process.

LIASA Professional Body Status
The LIASA National Office (LNO) has started issuing our e-certificates, and some of you might have received sms notifications already. The others – please be patient. This certificate can be included as part of your CV, portfolio, but also be printed in colour, framed and displayed in your office/at home.
FAQs on LIASA Professional Body Status – click here.
Also – please start preparing the following and have it certified. We will soon be expected to upload it in order to be assigned the appropriate designation, in line with LIASA Professional Body Status and SAQA requirements:
·         National Identity Document
·         All formal qualifications
·         A complete Curriculum Vitae
Please keep your personal details current on the LNO Membership Database.

Do you have any good news to share e.g. promotions, awards, and more? Please forward to so that it can be added to the Personalia page on the web. We are delighted when our members are acknowledged for great work done, and would like to celebrate with you!

Thank you to all who have managed to submit proposals for posters/possible presentation at the 17th Annual LIASA Conference! I had a sneak peak and promise that – should you plan to attend the conference – it will definitely be worthwhile!! Registration is now open, and we hope to see all of you in KZN this year!

LIASA mobile web interface
Do yourself a favor and check out the LIASA web from your mobile device! The web page scales perfectly when displayed on a mobile phone/tablet, all for your convenience! We hope to soon add a Live Chat option to the web so that you can ask questions in real time, and get answers immediately. More info to be shared later.

HELIG Events in 2016
We have put out a call for webinar suggestions, and the HELIG committee has also come up with a couple of ideas. Each Branch also have Branch HELIG events planned. Thank you to all for contributing – click here to view the HELIG events calendar. Information on different events will be shared closer to the time, but in brief – HELIG National encourages you attending:
·         RDM MOOC – to be repeated later this year (presented by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill & University of Edinburgh / Helen Tibbo & Sarah Jones)
·         ICT Development Capacity Building Workshop (RepCo was asked to identify a representative from each Branch – please follow up with the Chair of your Branch if interested)
·         Skillset for HE/Research Librarians Crowdsourcing Activity (all HELIG members can contribute)
·         InfoLit Curriculum Framework for SA HE/Research Crowdsourcing Activity (all HELIG members can contribute)
·         Webinars on the following topics: eResearch, Copyright, OA, Licensing, Research needs of PG students, Publishing tips, IL Strategies & Tips, financial challenges in libraries. Dates and presenters for these still need to be confirmed.
·         HELIG Western Cape activities
·         HELIG Free State activities

Annual General Meeting
We would love to meet all of you during our HELIG AGM this year! Your opinion matters, and if you have anything you would like to add to the agenda, please send it to the LIASA HELIG Secretary, Paulette Talliard Email: . Due date for agenda items: 15 August 2016.

Thank you to the HELIG Committee – Ingrid, Paulette, Sanele, Sebina – for all their work, which is completely voluntary. HELIG is an add on to our very busy normal work schedules, but LIS is our passion, and as long as we have your support and as long as it helps to take LIS forward, benefitting our users, we will go the extra mile! Thanks to you – our members – for supporting all HELIG activities.

Kind regards

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