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Welcome to the new CEO
The Board of the National Library of South Africa (NLSA) has appointed Prof Rocky MD Ralebipi-Simela as the CEO and National Librarian of the National Library of South Africa with effect from 1 May 2014.

Prof Ralebipi-Simela holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of Minnesota in the USA.

Her career spans more than 30 years as follows: She spent 23 years in the Higher Education sector in South Africa and the USA, and 10 years in the American corporate sector as an Information Management specialist. She has served the Higher Education sector in many capacities as Campus Librarian and Professor of Library and Information Science at University of St. Catherine in the USA; Professor of Information Studies at the then University of the North; Executive Dean: Faculty of Humanities, Management Sciences and Law at the University of Venda; Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic at the Central University of Technology (CUT) in Bloemfontein and more recently the Regional Director of the Limpopo region of the University of South Africa (UNISA).

She has published books, book chapters and journal articles in the Library and Information Science field, and is recognized nationally and internationally for her leadership role in her profession.

She served and continues to serve on many national and international councils, committees and boards, including the National Council on Library and Information Services (NCLIS) as Chairperson; Sabinet Online Board; National Library of South Africa (NLSA) as Chairperson; National Heritage Council (NHC) as Deputy Chairperson; National Skills Authority (NSA) where she represents Higher Education South Africa (HESA); Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC); American Library Association, Minnesota Library Association and the Medical Library Association.

She is a Fulbright Scholar, a Hubert Humphrey Policy Fellow, a Minnesota Lawyers for Human Rights Award recipient, the CSIR Advanced Leadership Award of Outstanding Merit holder and American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow.

The most prestigious title she holds, however, is that of grandmother to Mbali and Mpumi.

On behalf of all the NLSA Board and Staff, we would like to welcome PROFESSOR ROCKY RALEBIPI-SIMELA to the National Library of South Africa!



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