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Library & Information Services
22 Solomon Street
The Library and Information Services Directorate is the local gateway to knowledge and provides basic access for education and lifelong learning as well as intellectual development for all citizens in the City. City of Johannesburg public libraries are hubs of education, giving residents access to books, magazines and audio-visual materials to assist with studies, career, and business or personal development. Besides lending out material, the City’s 89 libraries offer a wide-range of other services including literacy classes, storytelling sessions for youngsters, classroom support, gatherings for older residents and literary competitions. Libraries also provide venues for lectures, exhibitions, community meetings and organized training sessions.
The Directorate is responsible for the following:
Provision of free and safe library access to deliver lending services, educational support, reference and research services, and study space;
Provision of free and guided access to knowledge and information to assist users of all ages in their need for information, education, recreation and lifelong learning;
Reading promotion such as storytelling, holiday programs, displays and reading programs to encourage reading and learning.
Provision of free and safe library access to deliver lending services, educational support, reference and research services, and study space. Provision of free and guided access to knowledge and information to assist users of all ages in their need for information, education, recreation and lifelong learning; Support reading and writting development to encourage reading, creative writting and learning.
eLearning ( digital information services, digital literacy activities)
Education and Information Literacy
Reading Development Programs
Extended Services to correctional services, old age homes, and places of safety
Outreach services to ECD centres, schools and home based centres
Collection development and management.
The City of Johannesburg eLearning Services were introduced into the library environment to ensure the inclusion of the communities of the City of Joburg in the digital economy.
The concept of elearning is generelly defined as “the use of technologies to support learning and teaching”. It allows for accessnto learning content from PCs, laptops, tablets/ipads and smart pones, both online and offline. It can happen within a classroom environment or visual access(digital access) to learning materials, and it is not restricted by physical location or set lesson times.
In City of Johannesburg Libraries, eLearning refers to the support provided by the libraries through electronic tools such as computers, tablets, facilities such as elearning classrooms and training on how to access electronic information by provision of free internet.
Free WI-FI in libraries is enabled by the citys wi-fi, where as a library user you can access information on the internet using your own smart device. You can bring your smart device such as laptop, your cellphone, your tablet and etc to access free wifi at your library in a safe environment. This means you do not have to travel far to town or visit internet cafes or hotspots in an unsafe area. At the library you can ask for assistance to find websites and apps that can help you in your studies or business or for your self development. ELearning classrooms are equipped elearning facilities within selected libraries, where library users participate in organised activities and informal digital literacy activities. In the eLearning classrooms you can type, print or save documents. You can access uploaded content to be used offline- for example Microsoft Digital Literacy modules and coding videos. You can participate in various digital literacy activities and events such as coding, and computer skills training. In classrooms where there is internet, you can even send emails and look for jobs or do your school or college assignments. Library staff can also suggest websites to use for studies, career, and business or personal growth. You can search for online courses from various institutions available on different search portals or from website. eResources (ebooks, online journals, online magazines and online newspapers).
Library users can access online resources that are subscribed to, by City of Johannesburg libraries, such as e-books, online newspapers and articles from our electronic resources collection. Library staff are always available to help you to access eresources from your own device or from the library computers.
Library and information services run five city-wide programmes, with additional eLearning programs supporting the 5 , embracing the strategic priorities noted in the City’s Human Development Strategy (2006)
* eLearning (ICT-based) programmes also supporting the 5 main programmes.
* To build prospects for social inclusion amongst all Johannesburg communities.
* To address inequalities through the championing of rights and opportunities, with special focus on women and children.
* To improve access by poor and vulnerable households to library and information services.
This programme is driven by gamification and edutainment where library users are introduced to various educational activities on how to use mobile devices such as tablets, smart phones, and laptops, productively for their personal and career development. These include: teaching users how to access relevant apps, ebooks and other digital content; how to write stories and publish them on digital platforms, and engaging users in gamification activities such as “action bound and treasure hunt”, or “Tanks Coding games”. These gamification activities introduce users, particularly children, to various uses of technology (Learning through play).
This programme focuses on supporting communities by providing access to digital skills training content, for all levels (basic, intermediate and advanced). This include providing in-house assistance and informal training to users who are beginners, in using computers. For example, by inviting schools for organized eLearning quizz competitions, inviting partners and collaborators (NGO’s and companies) to provide formal training for selected digital skills based on the community needs. Providing access to carefully selected websites with online courses on digital skills – e.g Google Digital skills, Microsoft Digital skills or Amazon digital skills.
The Battle of the Books is a book-based inter-school knock out quiz for learners in Grades 6 and 7 and the Story Skirmish is an easier competition for younger, less skilled readers especially targeted at second language English speakers. The aims are to broaden children’s reading experience and to improve reading and comprehension skills. During 2015/16 to date 1338 participants from 216 schools participated in the Story Skirmish, and 725 participants from 226 schools in the Battle of the Books.
The programme focuses on the vital role that pre-literacy skills play in children’s reading and general academic development. The programme targets children in day-care centres, crèches and nursery schools, who do not have access to books (print poor environment). Books are issued and returned to 154 ECD centres on a monthly basis.
The Indigenous Reading Development programme is aimed at Grade 1-3 learners in support of reading in the mother tongue. It is intended that the programme should instill respect for indigenous languages, a love for reading in the mother tongue and the desire for life-long reading and learning in any language. The programme was piloted in schools selected throughout the City where vernacular languages are used as a medium of instruction. Thus far for 2016 the total number of beneficiaries is 840.
Grade 8-9 learners and targets especially learners who previously participated in the Battle of the Books and Story Skirmish Reading programmes. Clubs have been introduced in all regions especially at libraries where school participation in the Battle of the Books and Story Skirmish is high. Book Club members.
An inter-school knock-out quiz for learners in Grades 6 & 7 using special library collections on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The programme aims to enhance skills in searching for information and to create an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For the 2015 programme 226 schools registered to participate in the quiz. 1556 learners benefitted from the programme.re encouraged to give input into the reading lists.
An organized schedule of activities that are planned and held during school holiday periods. The activities are aimed at providing a wide variety of fun related learning and reading experiences to children of all ages, especially children from disadvantaged communities. The activities are offered free of charge during library hours to members and non-members.
Most libraries host regular Story Times during the week for children of specific age groups, including digital sotrytelling on Facebook. These story times involve reading stories from Library books followed by fun activities and games related to the story, to enhance children’s cognitive skills and encourage them to read. Story Times are also done when Nursery Schools and Pre Schools visit the Libraries. Children are accompanied by a teacher and the story time is done by Library staff. It usually also involves Library Orientation, user education and children being encouraged to join the library.
Formal professional Information Literacy sessions making use of the manual on Library Orientation, Reference Enquiries with groups of children focusing on importance of libraries, becoming members, user education, different sections of a library, the importance of reading, resource and services offered as well as programmes offered by libraries, etc.
This service is offered to all learners of all ages to assist them with reference and study enquiries and projects by making use of library material as well as internet searches if necessary. It also involves more advanced research support when required.
This programme is geared towards supporting and assisting all children (including vulnerable children) with homework and projects on a daily basis or as required.
This programme is delivered targeting women and youth. Small Business Workshops are held to assist predominantly women and youth to enter the workplace and become employable. Workshops are done by library staff in partnership with presenters from nvited parteners e.g. banks, businesses in the area, colleges, etc. This programme is rendered at specific identified libraries.
Special programmes hosted at Libraries focusing on the youth and their needs e.g. Study Skills; CV Writing, Job Interview Skills, etc
Book Talks are organized from time to time at identified Libraries in the city where authors are invited to Libraries to host the book talks.
Reading Circles/Book Clubs are held on a regular basis at several libraries in the City, often at libraries that have Friends of the Library. Members belonging to the Reading Circles/Book Clubs all read different books and review them and then meet on a monthly basis to discuss these new books.