08 SEPTEMBER 2008
OF PRETORIA RECEIVES GRANT TO DEVELOP LIBRARY SKILLS AND LEADERSHIP
of Pretoria’s Department of Library Services has received a three-year
grant worth R7.5-million from the Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY).
Corporation of New York is a US-based foundation that plays an active
role in funding library and related knowledge centres across the world.
It was created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote the advancement and
diffusion of knowledge and understanding.
last four years, Carnegie Corporation has invested almost R75-million
in South African libraries.
grant will enable the University of Pretoria to achieve or deliver the
sustaining Library Leadership center at the University of Pretoria
Comprehensive library leadership development plan for library managers
and librarians in South Africa.
Achievement of a high level of measurable improved skills and service
delivery among library leaders.
Develop a cadre of 120 well-trained library leaders who can lead libraries
effectively through the challenging library and information services (LIS)
landscape in South Africa.
Building of a team of library leadership trainers who would be able to
continue training after the termination of the grant.
Create an advanced state-of-the-art training facility to be located in
the Merensky Library (at the Hatfield Campus of the University).
According to the University’s Director of Library Services - Mr
Robert Moropa, the Carnegie Corporation, has through this grant, entrusted
the UP Library with the responsibility of empowering and enhancing the
skills of library leaders in Southern Africa.
grant is a clear demonstration of the confidence that the Board of the
Carnegie Corporation of New York has in the University, and more specifically,
in the Library. Thus far CCNY's various grants to national, public and
academic libraries in South Africa focused on collection development,
library buildings and the collaborative tri-university web-based research
commons. This grant, however, is an investment in library human capital
which will then be able to support and take library services to new heights
in South Africa," he said.
of the University of Pretoria – Professor Calie Pistorius –
welcomed the grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
is the type of partnership that we, as a tertiary institution, appreciate
as it enables us to explore various ways of improving our information
management, database resources management, service delivery, etc. Ultimately,
students and staff will benefit in their various research endeavours",
the Corporation’s leadership visited South Africa to inaugurate
the opening of a multi-campus electronic research consortium and also
to attend the opening of a new campus of the National Library in Pretoria.
library work reflects the importance of public libraries in the South
African context where they serve as important and powerful levers of societal
to Carnegie’s President - Vartan Gregorian, funding focuses on fostering
the development of literacy programs; strengthening linkages between education
and library systems; promoting continuing education and adult learning;
and bridging the digital divide.
library may be the single institution that best represents South Africa's
open society. No matter what form they take, libraries have become indispensable
to the advancement of South Africa's people and to the development of
their democracy. South Africa's libraries are also helping to preserve
and provide access to the country's rich cultural and intellectual patrimony,”
funds from the Carnegie Corporation are also used by various libraries
in South Africa to increase access to the Internet; to catalogue and provide
access to large segments of the previously un-catalogued collection; to
purchase materials published by South Africans locally and abroad, thereby
building the collection of contemporary indigenous fiction and non-fiction
in all 11 official South African languages.
information regarding the grant to the University of Pretoria, please
Ms Ujala Satgoor
Deputy Director (Marketing, Fundraising and Training)
Department of Library Services
Tel. + 2712-420-2565
information on the Carnegie Corporation, please contact
media information regarding the University of Pretoria, please contact
Mobile: +2783 713 4478 or +2778 337 1170