Dear Members,
You are kindly invited to a Round Table organised by the National Library on the theme: Role of Libraries in the 21st Century: are they an anachronism in today’s system of education?” on Wednesday 23 April 2014 at Noon in the Search Room, 1st Floor, Fon Sing Building, 12, Edith Cavell Street, Port Louis.
S. Bhooabul
To view the presentations, click on the titles of the presentations (Digitization & Strategic Planning).
Kind regards
E Retief
Planner & Quality Assurance Specialist
Unisa Library Corporate Services
University of South Africa
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Letter from Mr P. Hauroo, Chairman, Mauritius Council of Registered Librarians to all APL members:

06 November 2012

Mrs Savita Bhooabul


Association of Professional Librarians

Dear Madam,

 Workshop for Library Staff on 03rd and 04th December 2012

 The Mauritius Council of Registered Librarians, a body corporate under the aegis of the Ministry of Arts and Culture, is organising a Training Workshop on 03rd and 04th December 2012 for library staff working in local libraries.

The  theme  of  the  workshop  is:  “Re-skilling  of  Library  Staff  in  the  21st  Century”.

Dr OKOJIE Victoria Oare, presently the Chairperson of the International Federation  of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Africa Section will be the main Resource Person.

The first day of the workshop, i.e., 03rd December 2012, is targeted at library clerks, senior library clerks and library officers.  For the second day, i.e., 04th December 2012, the session will be reserved for registered librarians (those having a Degree in Librarianship or Library and Information Science).

It would be much appreciated if this information could be communicated to all the members of the Association of Professional Librarians.  Since seats are limited, participants will be selected on a First Come First Serve basis.

We therefore invite all interested parties to fill in the attached form and fax it back to the National Library on number 210-7173.  Those selected will be notified within a week of the exact venue and time of the workshop.  Participation is free of charge.

Thanking you for your kind consideration to our humble request.

Yours faithfully,

P. Hauroo


Please download Participation Form.


End of Year Lunch 2012

The Association of Professional Librarians is pleased to invite all its members to participate in the End-of-Year Lunch which will be held on the occasion of the training workshop on Saturday 17 November 2012 at 11.45 a.m at the City Orient Restaurant, Leoville l’Homme Street, Port Louis.

Please contact the Treasurer, Mrs C. Sahadew,  regarding payment of fees. Tel: 2119896 (Ext. 25)

Looking forward to your active participation.

 Best wishes

 Ibrahim Ramjaun



Library and Information Science Exhibition 2012 – Message from Ibrahim Ramjaun (President )
The Association of Professional Librarians (APL)  is planning to organize the first ever exhibition on library and information science from 06 -11 August 2012 in the Search Room of the National Library, 1st Floor, Fon Sing Building, 12, Edith Cavell Street, Port Louis during the normal opening hours.
This event which is targeted at all library personnel working in Mauritius and Rodrigues and students of librarianship aims at showcasing a panoply of documents, policy papers, standards, guidelines, samples which are currently used in overseas libraries, but which one rarely has an opportunity to see in Mauritius.  In this way, the association intends to encourage best practices in day to day library management thereby raising the standard of libraries and documentation centres.
Members of the APL are strongly encouraged to visit this exhibition and encourage their colleagues to do so.
Over 60  items will be on display including:
·       Collection Development Policies
·       Staff Development Policy
·       Performance Appraisal Forms
·       Customer Satisfaction Survey forms
·       Preservation Policy
*  ISO 9001:2008 standard
*  State of the art library buildings worldwide
·       Users’ Information Needs survey form
·       APL logo
·       APL Blog front page
·       APL Rules and Regulations 1992
·       History of libraries in Mauritius
·       The First Librarians of Mauritius
·       History of Library Education in Mauritius
·       Articles written by LIS professionals
·       Press clippings on libraries in Mauritius
·       IFLA Guidelines for Audio-visual/Multimedia
·       IFLA Internet Manifesto
·       IFLA e-Lending policy paper
·       IFLA Guidelines for Government libraries
·       Samples of library policy for a country
·       Interview of K.C. Harrison
·       National Bibliographic control
·       Mauritius Institute public library
·       Annual Reports of libraries
·       Strategic plan for libraries
·       Strategic plans for Library Associations
·       Library Guides/Customer Charter
·       Job Description for a Library Assistant
·       Expression of Interest for the construction of a library/archive
·       Advertisements for library positions
·       Courses in librarianship

World Book Day Celebrations by the National Library:

The World Book & Copyright Day celebration was proclaimed by Unesco’s General Assembly in 1995 in order to pay tribute to books and writers and promote reading and respect for copyright. Books are vehicles for the transmission of information, culture and knowledge creation. The National Library has taken a leadership role in celebrating this event at national level since 2003. In the past, such celebrations were also held at Goodlands, Flacq, Mahebourg, Curepipe and Rodrigues. This year the following activities have been planned:
An  Elocution Contest aimed at HSC students on the theme: “How to promote reading among youth in Mauritius”. Forty secondary schools took part. There were two preliminary rounds. The final was held on 23rd April – on the commemorative day itself. Ten colleges were qualified. The prize giving will take place on Thursday 03 May 2012 on the occasion of the official opening ceremony of the Book Festival at Port Louis Waterfront as from 14.00 hours. The chief Guest will be H.E Mrs Monique Ohsan-Bellepeau, the Acting President of the Republic of Mauritius. The Hon. M. Choonee, Minister of Arts & Culture and Dr V. Bunwaree, Minister of Education and Human Resources will also be present.
A cultural show will follow afterwards. This book festival will last until Saturday 05 May 2012. The first two days will be focused at students of pre-primary, primary and secondary schools, while Saturday will be for the public in general. Books and other reading materials will be sold at promotional prices. Various literary activities such Quiz competitions, workshops will also be organised.  On Saturday 5 May 2012, a special programme entitled: “A coeur ouvert avec des ecrivains” – an interactive one-hour questions-answer session will be held. The moderator will be Mr Richard Sedley Assonne. Guest speakers include Mrs Shakuntala Hawoldar, Mrs Liliane Berthelot, Mr Ramdeo Dhurundhur and Mr Amarnath Hossany, amongst others. No less than fifty authors have been invited to attend this event.

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