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The symposium hosted among others, academics, librarians, and information professionals
Prof Setati, Vice-Principal: Research and Innovation gave a keynote address
Prof Gavin Davis of the UWC also gave a keynote address
The Unisa Library and the Unisa Department of Information Science hosted the 6th LIS Research Symposium on 26 and 27 July 2012 at the Unisa Muckleneuk Campus under the theme Excellence, Innovation and Leadership in LIS Research. The symposium set a useful platform for the critical debate of the research presented on Library and Information Science issues, as well as stimulating discussion and benchmarking.
The focus of the symposium was to share LIS research-related information, to stimulate critical debate on LIS research-related issues and to encourage and increase research output in the LIS environment. “We feel confident that the interest in the debates that took place throughout the symposium will serve to inspire further research by Library and Information Science practitioners,” said Dr Judy Henning, Deputy Executive Director of the Unisa Library.
The Keynote Speaker, Prof SM Setati, Vice-Principal: Research and Innovation highlighted the importance of excellence, innovation and leadership. She mentioned the necessity of building a sustainable research culture and how research is integral to a well-functioning society and the development of our untold local talent.
The Symposium offered a stimulating programme with 12 presentations, a lively panel discussion and as well as the opportunity for 7 poster presenters and 4 exhibitors to present and showcase their work.
The LIS Research Symposium series was initiated in 2006 and it has evolved into a popular annual event on the library profession’s calendar. Attendance to this year’s symposium boasted and attracted a large mix of academics, information professionals, researchers, publishers and information vendors. The support of sponsors (in alphabetical order) EBSCO Host, DK Bookbinder, DNA Logic, Sabinet and SWETS was well received.
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