This year, the Library and Information Service continues
the tradition of probing new trends and developments to find creative solutions
for shaping the future of academic libraries by hosting its 13th
Annual Symposium 14-15 November 2013 at the JS Gericke Library.
The Symposium, titled X-plore • X-pand •
X-ceed: ensuring dynamic academic libraries for the future, will bring
together thought leaders to look for solutions to advance institutional
objectives and augment the future of academic libraries.
Academic libraries today are challenged by perpetual
technological change, a continuous shift in user behaviour, proliferation of
alternatives for information discovery and transformation in scholarly
publication. Facing these challenges, the Symposium aims to articulate robust,
flexible and scalable responses capable of sustaining academic libraries in an
includes distinguished speakers and product leaders from around the globe to
lead discussion on new generation library platforms; trends and focus areas
related to e-books; new acquisition models; and how to motivate change,
creativity and new thinking in library services.
A few of the international speakers are: Mr Carl
Grant (University of Oklahoma); Mr Daniel Forsman (Chalmers University of
Technology), Dr Tamar Sadeh (Ex Libris, Jerusalem) and Dr Axel Kaschte (OCLC
They will be joined by a host of local speakers,
including: Dr Steyn Heckroodt (Business School), Prof Geo Quinot (Department of
Public Law), Mr Ralph Pina (Information Technology Division), Mr Johannes
Jonker (final year BA Socio-Informatics student), Mr Wouter Klapwijk and Ms
Mimi Seyffert (Library and Information Service).
Academic staff and students of the University are most
welcome to attend and participate in the discussion. The programme and
registration form are available on the Symposium
per person (full symposium)
day only (Thursday 14 Nov) R1000-00 per person
One day only (Friday 15 Nov) R850-00 per person
For enquiries, please contact Lucia Schoombee at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 021 808 2125.