Before 1961 the SABC had no Library. Staff members and departments ordered books individually and did not organise or store them properly. Dr Burgers – the then Head of the Afrikaans Service – identified the need for this to be done. The result was the establishment of a library in Johannesburg. The first librarian was Ms Rhoda Barry. She catalogued and organised the books, which at that time made up a small collection of mainly fiction and books that were presented by on radio announcers.
By 1979 the collection had grown to 10 000 books that were catalogued on a card system and comprised both fiction and non-fiction. During 1988 the library was computerised and started ordering and circulating periodicals on behalf of all SABC staff.
The core business of the Information Library is to deliver a World Class Service to the users of the library. When given a request to handle, this must be done immediately and very professional.
Staff must also have sufficient knowledge of the unique nature of the broadcasting environment, in which they work. They must be able to work under stress and also to understand that the journalists work under stressful circumstances.
The staff must also keep up to date with technological changes and must be willing to adapt to and implement these changes.
The staff must have sufficient knowledge about legal matters, especially the Copyright Act, Broadcasting Act and the Open Democracy Act.
The Vision of the Information Library is to be the leading information provider for the Public Broadcaster and its stakeholders
The Mission of the Information Library is:
o to acquire and make available, at all times, information required by the library’s users – both internal and external
o to provide relevant information upon request.
Monica van Deventer
Manager: Information Library
Tel: +27 11 714-3232