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Belinda van der Vyver – Chair

Belinda is an attorney and keen Bookery volunteer. She believes that basic education is the most important challenge facing South Africa. Our ability to get basic education right will, she believes, be determinative not only of the future of the individual learners but of our communities and our country as a whole. Belinda is passionate about books, reading, libraries and life-long learning.

Dr Connie Bitso

Dr Connie Bitso is a senior lecturer at the Library and Information Studies Centre, University of Cape Town (UCT). She obtained her PhD in Information Science from the University of Pretoria and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from UCT. She teaches Information Architecture and Metadata, Knowledge Organisation and Management, and Resource Description and Communication. Having started her career as a high school teacher, she has a deep knowledge of the school system and understands the critical role of school libraries. She has grassroots experience of university-school partnerships, which is evident in her publications and contribution to UCT’s School Improvement Initiative. She leads her department in the emerging knowledge and skills domain of teaching and learning for Library and Information Science professionals. Her research interests include guided inquiry design, metadata, information literacy, social media, and at-risk students in higher education.

Lesley Byram

Lesley has been involved with the The Bookery since its inception. She spent 26 years at the Cape Times and became the co-ordinator of the Cape Times' 'library in every school' project when it was launched in 2009, organising and co-ordinating events to raise awareness and funds for libraries in underprivileged schools.

Alide Dasnois

Alide was born in Cape Town and has an Honours degree in Economics from the University of Cape Town (UCT). She worked in the School of Economics at UCT and in the labour movement before leaving South Africa in 1982 to complete a Masters in Economics at the Sorbonne (with distinction). She worked as a journalist in France and then in Reunion Island before returning to South Africa to join the staff of the Cape Argus in 1993. She has been a financial journalist for most of her life. She was the editor of Business Report from 2001 to early 2006. She was appointed editor of the Cape Times in April 2009 after which she started the Cape Times' 'A Library In Every School' project. She is fluent in French and has two extraordinarily interesting and clever sons.

Theresa de Young

Theresa de Young is Coordinator of the School Library Services for the Western Cape Education Department (WCED). A qualified teacher, she worked in the public library sector for several years before taking up her position at the WCED. Theresa was influential in the establishment of IkamvaYouth, a national NPO that ensures wider and freer access to information and resources for previously disadvantaged youth.She is currently the National Chairperson of the School Library and Youth Services Interest Group of the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA). She was nominated and shortlisted for the Albie Sachs Freedom Award in 2010 and she received a number of other awards for her outstanding contribution towards library services, the latest one being that of LIASA National Librarian of the Year 2013.