We are delighted to announce the newly elected members of the CHELSA Executive Committee for the 2022 to 2024 Term:
- Chairperson: Dr Daisy Selematsela (University of the Witwatersrand)
- Chair Elect: Ms Nomawethu Danster (Rhodes University)
- Secretary: Ms Jeannet Molopyane (University of the Free State)
- Treasurer: Mr Lindsay Reid (Nelson Mandela University)
- Additional Member: Dr Nthabiseng Mosala-Bryant (Mangosuthu University of Technology)
- Additional Member: Ms Khomotso Maphopha (University of Limpopo)
- Additional Member: Immediate Past Chair: Dr Shirlene Neerputh (University of the Western Cape)
|Some of the CHELSA members who attended the recent Annual General Meeting and Ordinary General Meeting on 27 May 2022 at the Protea Hotel, O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg,||“Look, there’s only one chair… and I think we all know who gets to sit in it.”||CHELSA members before being told to behave themselves.|
Message from the Outgoing Chairperson:
It has been an honour serving as CHELSA Chairperson for the term 2020-2022, amidst the COVID 19 pandemic, with my esteemed colleagues: Daisy Selematsela; Ujala Satgoor; Zanele Mathe; Connie Bitso; Mushoni Mulaudzi and Anke McCallum.
We have achieved:
- Augmenting the CHELSA Standards for Academic Libraries framework in SA, which is presently serving at the Council for Higher Education endorsement as a quality guideline document for Higher Education Practice;
- Published the State of Academic Libraries in South Africa Report available on the CHELSA website;
- Established the National Institutional Repository Task Team to build a SA National Repository Platform which sets quality standards for all 26 Universities in SA;
- Endorsed via representation to the South African Open Science Task Team in unveiling a South African Open Science Policy, including RDM to promote Open Access;
- Aligned CHELSA with USAf and LIASA via formal MOU’s to strengthen and engage in professionalising the LIS sector.
I acknowledge and appreciate my colleagues from the immediate past Executive and bid good wishes to the new Committee Members as they continue invigorating the role and position of CHELSA during a challenging era. I urge every Library Director to ensure we build CHELSA into a force to be reckoned with, in our endeavours to promote University and Research Goals in South Africa.