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Upcoming events and important dates

Mandela Day
Date: 18 July 2014

The overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere. “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”

Individuals and organisations are free to participate in Mandela Day as they wish. We do however urge everyone to adhere to the ethical framework of “service to one’s fellow human”.
Read more at www.mandeladay.com


National Women's Day
Date: 09 August 2014

The 1956 Women's March, Pretoria
‘Strijdom, you have tampered with the women, You have struck a rock.' So runs the song composed to mark this historic occasion.

By the middle of 1956 plans had been laid for the Pretoria march and the FSAW had written to request that JG Strijdom, the then prime minister, meet with their leaders so they could present their point of view. The request was refused.
Read more at http://www.sahistory.org.za/topic/1956-womens-march-pretoria-9-august


MAIG Seminar
Date: 11 - 12 August 2014

Training of the Library Marketing officials for capacity building and information sharing. More info to follow.


Writers Symposium
Date: 14 - 16 August 2014

The Centre for the Book will be hosting its 3rd South African Writers' Symposium at its premises from 14 -16 August 2014 with the theme: ´Sustaining Excellence in South African Literature´.

South African writers, both novice and established, writers' groups or associations, reviewers, editors, proofreaders, book designers, illustrators, printers, publishers, translators, government officials, librarians, booksellers, tertiary institutions, book clubs, political heads,and organizations that promote and support language and book development, will gather under one roof discussing possible ways to sustain excellence in our literature.


IFLA Conference
Date: 16 - 22 August 2014

The IFLA World Library and Information Congress is the international flagship professional and trade event for the library and information services sector. It brings together over 3,500 participants from more than 120 countries. It sets the international agenda for the profession and offers opportunities for networking and professional development to all delegates.

The IFLA World Library and Information Congress, which is also the IFLA General Conference and Assembly, is traditionally held annually in varying parts of the globe. The Congress IFLA WLIC 2014 will be held in Lyon, France, from 16-22 August 2014. Congress theme: "Libraries, Citizens, Societies: Confluence for Knowledge"
Read more at http://conference.ifla.org/


National Book Week
Date: 01 - 06 September 2014

South Africa commemorates National Book Week every first week of September. It is an initiative of the South African Book Development Council (SABDC) in collaboration with the Department of Arts and Culture.
Read more at http://www.gov.za/events/view.php?sid=41661


International Literacy Day
Date: 08 September 2014

For over 40 years now, UNESCO has been celebrating International Literacy Day by reminding the international community that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning. Literacy is a cause for celebration since there are now close to four billion literate people in the world. However, literacy for all – children, youth and adults - is still an unaccomplished goal and an ever moving target.
Read more at http://www.gov.za/events/view.php?sid=41763

International Literacy Data http://www.uis.unesco.org/literacy/Pages/data-release-map-2013.aspx


LIASA Conference
Date: 22 - 26 September 2014

The 16th Annual LIASA Conference will be held on 22-26 September 2014 at Birchwood Conference Centre, Gauteng with the exciting theme "Celebrating Libraries in 20 years of Democracy: Continuing the Dialogue…" While we celebrate as a nation 20 years of democracy in South Africa, the library and information services (LIS) sector also celebrates its “coming of age”. This theme serves as an opportunity for every library and librarian to showcase how libraries are true symbols of democracy.
Read more at http://www.liasa.org.za/conference/


Heritage Day
Date: 24 September 2014

In KwaZulu-Natal, this day was known as Shaka’s day, commemorating the Zulu King Shaka, who died in 1828. The Public Holidays bill presented to parliament after 1994 didn’t originally include Heritage Day, and the Inkatha Freedom Party, a political party with a large Zulu membership, objected. A compromise was reached by creating a holiday that would forge a new identity for all South Africans.
Read more at http://www.awesomesouthafrica.co.za/2012/09/celebrating-heritage-day-24-september/


Jozi Book Fair
Date: 26 - 27 September 2014

Khanya College launched the first edition of the Jozi Book Fair (JBF) in August 2009, in collaboration with Botsotso Publishers at Museum Africa, in Newtown. Khanya will host JBF 2014 at Central Johannesburg College in Doornfontein on 26-27 September 2014.
Read more at http://www.jozibookfair.org.za/content/about


 

 

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