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So far 2014 is proving to be indeed a momentous year for libraries with one highlight after the other. At the National Library of South Africa (NLSA) we bid a sad farewell to our CEO, Mr John Tsebe, who said good-bye in February after ten successful years at the helm of the library. We wish him all the best for his retirement. We will bid a warm welcome to our new CEO, Prof Rocky Ralebipi-Simela, when she joins us on 1st May 2014.

This year our country celebrates 20 years of democracy. It is thus fitting that we celebrate South African Library Week (SALW) 17-22 March 2014 with the theme "Celebrating libraries in 20 years of democracy: check in @ your library". The launch of this important week for libraries took place on 15 March 2014 at NLSA, Cape Town. In celebrating this theme, librarians across South Africa identified the top twenty South African books published during the past 20 years, from 1994 to 2014. At the launch of SALW the ‘Librarians' Choice of Top 20 South African Books’ was announced to great excitement.

Another highlight for libraries is the announcement of the NLSA/Gates Foundation Global Libraries Project to strengthen and enhance public libraries in South Africa. This project was launched at the NLSA Pretoria campus on 18 March 2014.

Other matters covered in this quarter´s newsletter are the OCLC Meeting held in Cape Town in February; the Nelson Mandela Papers Mass De-acidification Project; Preservation training for public libraries in South Africa, the Grey Collection and the GRAP 103 project, 2013 and the DAC and Argentian Delegation Meeting. This newsletter concludes with upcoming events and important dates to diarise and a useful link to the Index of South African Periodicals (ISAP).

As from next quarter, our newsletter will be a combined National Library of South Africa (NLSA) and Centre for the Book (CFB) newsletter. This newsletter will contain CFB news, as well as news from the Pretoria and Cape Town NLSA campuses.

We welcome any feedback and look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards

Anita Shaw, Editor



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