The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) is a professional non-profit organization uniting and representing all institutions and people working in libraries and information services in South Africa. It strives to unite, develop and empower all people in the library and information field into an organization that provides dynamic leadership in transforming, developing and sustaining library and information services for all people in South Africa.
Exactly 17 years ago the library and information community of SA launched a unified Library and Information Association departing from the old way of existing as separate associations based on race and qualifications. This important step enabled all library and information workers to speak with one voice and to promote their services to their users, the broader community, civil society and decision makers. These efforts contribute to the understanding of the important role that libraries play in a democratic society, advancing literacy, making the basic human right of freedom of access to information a reality, and in promoting tolerance and respect among all South Africans.