20 new library leaders welcomed

11 Jul 2023 in Where We Govern

In celebration of South African Librarians Day, yesterday 10 July 2023, the City of Cape Town’s Library and Information Services welcomed 20 new emerging library leaders to the fold. Read more below:

The emerging leaders underwent the Strengthening Innovative Library Leaders (SILL) training programme.

The programme was created by the Mortenson Center for International Programs at the University of Illinois Library, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

It was adapted to include local needs by the City’s Library and Information Services. 

The second SILL academy was held in May 2023 and 20 City librarians received their certificates today.

The aim of the training is to enhance the participants’ understanding and confidence in their own leadership styles and how they can build their capacity to drive change and innovative service in their libraries, for the benefit of their communities. 

The SILL training strongly emphasises group work and discussion and personal feedback for future development.

The librarians who completed the training are: Ayanda Qagana from Philippi East Library, Charmaine Fritz from Wynberg Library, Conette Roodman from Durbanville Library, Durith Desmore from Wesfleur Library, Florrence Bowers from Bonteheuwel Library, Kathleen Bailey from Retreat Library, Kholeka Tshabalala from Bellville South Library, Lauren Lengeveldt from Tokai Library, Lauren Johnson from Melton Rose Library, Linda Bruwer from Strand Library, Luther Jantjies from PD Paulse Library, Mandisa Xotyeni from Browns Farm Library, Mitchel Hunter from Fish Hoek Library, Nonopha Magula from Central Library, Nosimpiwe Ncoko from Delft South Library, Octavia Kotzee from Wesfleur Library, Portia Nyokana from Weltevreden Library, Raphael Snyders from Southfield Library, Thembela Dike from Table View Library and Tukishi Tema from Eikendal Library.


The theme of the SILL Academy was:  Take the first step, which encourages the participants to take charge of their own professional journeys as librarians and leaders and to become mentors for others.  Yesterday they pledged to uphold the values of the City and the profession and to ‘Proudly be a public librarian’.

‘By participating in this programme, these librarians have sharpened their ability to take initiative, solve problems, drive innovation, communicate with others, understand their own leadership and communication styles, and implement action plans. It is encouraging to see so many of our librarians taking the opportunity to grow and cement their positions as leaders within our communities,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia van der Ross.


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