National Library of South Africa Hosts Council on Library & Information Resources Board Members in Cape Town

National Library of South Africa Hosts Council on Library & Information Resources Board Members in Cape Town

In a historic visit that showcased the co-operation amongst international library networks, the National Library of South Africa (NLSA) welcomed distinguished board members of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) at its Cape Town campus on 03 May 2023. The visit, facilitated by the National Librarian and CEO of the NLSA, Mr Kepi Madumo underscored the mutual commitment to advancing knowledge preservation and dissemination on a global scale.

Renowned for its commitment to enhancing access to information and promoting innovative library practices, the CLIR brought together a group of distinguished board members from diverse backgrounds. Guy Berthiaume, Michele Casalini, Christopher Celenza, Tess Davis, Mercedes de Vega Armijo, Laurence Engel, Fenella France, Charles Henry, Anne Jarvis, Carol Mandel, Buhle Mbambo-Thata, Asma Naeem, Richard Ovenden, Sandra Phoenix, Ismail Rashid, Stephen Rhind-Tutt, Ben Vinson III, Sohair Wastawy, and John Price Wilkin are just a few of the distinguished leaders from the global library and information community who sit on the CLIR Board.

The visit signified a convergence of shared values and objectives between the NLSA and CLIR. Both organisations are dedicated to the preservation, and making accessible, cultural heritage and scholarly resources, although on different scales and contexts.

The National Librarian and CEO of the NLSA expressed gratitude for the visit and cemented the importance for collaboration. “We are excited and privileged to be hosting the Council on Library & Information Resources board, more especially on the eve of the 24th edition of the Fiesole Collection Development Retreat conference scheduled to take place here in Cape Town. We look forward to a future of collaboration, innovation, and the preservation of cultural heritage,” said Mr Madumo.

During the visit, the board members were treated to a tour of the NLSA’s Cape Town Campus, including the Special Collections, the Grey Collection, and the digitisation section.

In the spirit of mutual exchange and ongoing co-operation, the engagements between these esteemed institutions laid the groundwork for continued dialogue and future collaborations to enhance the accessibility and preservation of cultural heritage and scholarly resources.


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