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This paintings offers the historical past and effect of the seven most crucial revolutionary library agencies worldwide--in Austria, Germany, South Africa, Sweden, uk, and within the usa. every one association is taken into account inside its nationwide context, and in reality, the English notice "organization" doesn't relatively healthy the character of the entire teams. The South African association, LIWO, was once transitional in that it helped carry South African librarianship from apartheid to majority rule after which disbanded. the opposite businesses or their successors are nonetheless operating in a single shape or one other. many of the firms have had or proceed to have brilliant neighborhood chapters, although a few of the unique activists have lately retired or died. the writer has interviewed a lot of them at a time after they have been assessing their existence paintings, and handing off to new generations.
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LIWO at the Crossroads by Christopher Merrett December 5, Pietermaritzburg. Book launch co-hosted with University of Natal Library, Pietermaritzburg, A Culture of Censorship: Secrecy and Intellectual Repression in South Africa by Christopher Merrett 1. South Africa 45 1995 July 20–21, Pietermaritzburg. Proceedings of the Second National LIWO Conference: Opening speech by Maria Farelo; Unity Before Uniﬁcation? South Africa’s LIS Organisations and the Prospects for a Single Structure by Colin Darch; Hegemony, Libraries and Librarians in South Africa by Christopher Merrett; LIWO’s Past, Present, and Future: Summary by Christine Stilwell; Involvement in Policy Making: Local, Provincial, National Levels by Jenni Karlsson; and Meeting the Challenges of Transformation: Access to Information Provision and Redress by Chantelle Wyley October 7, Durban.
70 Of course, LIWO did not officially participate. LIWO’s lack of participation was ignored or misrepresented in various venues and publications. One of the most egregious cases was at the Standing Conference of East, Central and Southern African Library and Information Associations (SCECSAL) XII Conference in Maseru, Lesotho, December 9–13, 1996. 71 Library associations from each country attending gave short presentations. John Sebe, who was heavily involved in the ULIS process, had prewritten the South African report without LIWO input.
The majority of the key organizers were white academics at the University of Natal Library, Pietermaritzburg Campus, and the campus’s department of information studies. Some of the officers and key people were Jenny Aitchison, Eve Banach, Carol Brammage, Fiona Bell, Margaret Cunnama, Nalini Dickson, Andrew Kaniki, Paula Krynauw, Rose Kühn, Athol Leach, Sipho Lombo, Christopher Merrett, Thembi Mini, Janet Moore, Carol Nel, Dot Proctor, Thuli Radebe, Anitha Shah, Patricia Stannard, Christine Stilwell, and Jennifer Verbeek.
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