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City honours its top librarians at awards ceremony<p>​​​The City of Cape Town’s Library and Information Services Department hosted their service recognition awards ceremony in Rylands yesterday, 20 October 2016, and gave awards in five categories.​<br></p> <span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:512px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p> </p></span> <div>The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services, Councillor Anda Ntsodo, attended the event which was established as a means to celebrate the achievements of the staff and boost staff morale. </div><div> <br> </div><div>The initial awards started with four categories and have grown to include two additional awards which are awarded every alternate year.<br><br></div><div>‘Librarians and libraries are one of the cornerstones of education. They contribute to the education, growth and development of our young people. The support provided by librarians helps to build empowered, knowledgeable members of communities.</div><div> <br> </div><div>‘It is only fitting that we recognise the hard work, dedication and selfless contribution of our librarians. These awards are a small token of our appreciation and heartfelt gratitude to them,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services, Councillor Anda Ntsodo<br><br> <div>The Best Display of the Year Award was won by the Durbanville Library. Libraries are invited to enter for this award and create a display celebrating the South African Library Week theme for that particular year. The displays are then judged according to set criteria.</div><div> <br> </div><div>This year’s Amaboekies Reading Team of the Year was a battle between the teams of District 1 (Kensington Library, Central Library and Maitland Library) and District 4 (Hanover Park Library, Delft South Library, Athlone Library, and Rylands Library). Each district within the department enters a team who participates in Amaboekies. A booklist is compiled and teams are then tasked to read the books and compete in the semi-finals to determine the top two teams. This year District 1 walked away with the honours.</div><div> <br> </div><div>Each library receives a predetermined number of survey cards which seek to measure the library users’ perception of the service received at their library. The questions are aimed at the library building, the library collections, and the staff serving the public. For the second time, the Tygervalley Library has won the Customer Care Award.</div><div> <br> </div><div>This year’s Staff Member of the Year is administration officer Rochelle de Beer who works in the Library and Information Services Head Office in Maitland.</div><div> <br> </div><div>The Manager of the Year went to Tracey Muir, the senior librarian at the Ottery Public Library. Each Librarian-in-Charge (who has been in the position for an entire financial year) is assessed according to their managerial skills in meeting annual targets, managing the library, managing staff, participating in the library association, and the marketing of their facility, among other factors. During her tenure at the library, Ms Muir has instituted various programmes which have made it a haven for many as well as a beacon for the community. Programmes include regular storytelling, programmes for seniors, and homework clubs, while the library has also hosted international guests as part of the Open Book Festival.<br><br></div><div><div class="image-gallery-slider img-gal-1" id="img-gal-1" data-slides="3" data-slide="1" style="height:493.5px;"><div class="image-gallery-content" style="height:414px;">​​​​ <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-1"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <span style="font-weight:600;">Durbanville Library librarians at award ceremony</span>.</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <span style="font-weight:600;">Librarian awards</span></p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-3"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>Durbanville Library awards </p> </figcaption> </figure> </div><div class="image-gallery-control"><div class="image-gallery-caption"><p> <a title="title" href="#"><b>Aerial view of Cape Town</b></a> - Durbanville library.</p></div><div class="image-gallery-nav"><div class="nav-info">1 of 3</div><div class="slide-next"> <i class="icon arrow-white-next"></i> </div><div class="slide-prev"> <i class="icon arrow-white-prev"></i>​</div></div></div></div>​​<br></div></div><p> <br> End</p>2016-10-20T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#2c600120-f64e-48e2-b077-11a8cf3f3e30;L0|#02c600120-f64e-48e2-b077-11a8cf3f3e30|library;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#e461c33b-5a6b-427b-aab7-ae593fa11e6d;L0|#0e461c33b-5a6b-427b-aab7-ae593fa11e6d|awards;GP0|#751ecd0f-0d86-4bec-8c4c-431ddf3de056;L0|#0751ecd0f-0d86-4bec-8c4c-431ddf3de056|durbanville1

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