Celebrating African Librarianship
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The Gauteng and Environs Library Consortium (GAELIC) with assistance from the Wits Library will be hosting a talk by the retiring Director of the Library at the University of Botswana, Kay Raseroka, in Senate House Basement 3, East Campus on Monday, 24 May 2010, 14:00 - 15:30. The title of her talk is "Kay remembers".
After 39 years as a librarian, Kay Raseroka is retiring from her post as Director of the Library at the University of Botswana in June 2010. In honour of a life dedicated to African Librarianship and the specific challenges of preserving oral resources, GAELIC has invited Kay to give a presentation on her memories and experiences. This is a not to be missed experience.
Kay was elected as the first International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) President from Africa in 2003, a position she held until 2005. Among some of Kay's numerous achievements, she founded the Botswana Children's Information Trust and she has devoted more than 35 years to promoting the importance of oral learning in indigenous communities. In recognition of her achievements, she will be receiving the title of Honorary Doctor of Laws of the University of Alberta (USA) on 7 June 2010. In announcing the award, Linda Hughes, Chancellor of the University of Alberta, said: "On behalf of the university senate, it gives me great pleasure to announce an outstanding slate of leading minds and talented people whose service to society inspires our community." Kay will be one of the 12 recipients of the University of Alberta's highest honor. Among these are two other librarians, Hugh Anson-Cartwright from Canada and James Neal from the USA.
Source: LIASA Representative Council and the Executive Committee (29/04/2010)