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City’s libraries impress Botswana’s National Library Delegation Print E-mail
27 May 2013

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City’s libraries impress Botswana’s National Library Delegation

The Botswana’s National Library and the National Library of South Africa were impressed with the high standard of programmes offered by the City’s libraries during their recent visit.

The City’s Library and Information Services Directorate hosted their Botswana and National Library of SA counterparts on the 21 May 2013; with the tour of libraries starting at the Library Services Offices on Solomon Street in Braamfontein. The library’s senior staff gave a brief overview of how the City’s Library and Information Services Operates.

The guest were “extremely” impressed with some of the city’s reading programmes such as Battle of the Books, Story Skirmish, the Psyched 4 Science Scuffle, the Reading Holiday Programmes @your Library, as well as the services offered to the old age homes, prisons and places of safety among others.

The journey continued to Soweto and the visitors stopped at the Orlando East Library. The Orlando East Library was the first one in the city to go on-line when the Public Access to Internet in Libraries (PAIL) was launched by the Executive Mayor, Clr Parks Tau on 21 November last year.  The oldest library in Johannesburg for the African people was chosen as a pilot project for PAIL because of its rich history which started in 1949 when the library was built and opened its doors in 1950.

The second stop of the visit was at Jabavu library, where the visitors toured one of the impressive libraries in Soweto. The tour ended on a high note when the visitors toured the grand Johannesburg City Library.

The City of Johannesburg’s Library and Information Services contributed positively towards the visitors’ benchmarking journey and hopes that it will assist them in improving their programmes and services in Botswana.  The city’s senior staff warmly invited the visitors back for another visit in the near future.

 

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