‘Da Vinci Huis – IASL Award – South Africa’
BACKGROUND IASK Award
The Award was established in 2009 to increase possibilities for young librarians in
South Africa to participate actively in the international school library forum, especially
the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL)
This Award is a gift program, designed to make it possible for a young school librarian,
teacher-librarian, library assistant interested in school library services and Information
Literacy working and living in South Africa to participate in an IASL conference. The
person should be 40 years or younger.
By participating the person is able to update his/her knowledge and skills and will be
able to built a network of relevant persons and organisations.
Both individuals and library institutions are eligible to apply.
● The Award includes:
● One year membership of IASL;
● Travelling costs to the IASL annual conference
● Costs for accommodation;
● ‘Gala Dinner’
As an award winner there are no registration costs;
Costs for passport, visa, insurance and daily allowance are not covered by this grant.
Winners are responsible for having the right documents.
The Award is administered by ‘Stichting Het Da Vinci Huis’ based in the Netherlands. A
committee of three professionals from South Africa chaired by Mrs. Marlene Holmes
will select and nominate one person to the Stichting. She is the liaison person between
the winner and the Stichting.
The selection is made by a jury of 3 professionals. From 1st November 2023 the jury
will consist of:
Prof Marlene Holmes, Chair (University of Pretoria, Dept. Information Science);
Prof. Mary Nassimbeni (University of Cape Town, Centre for Information Literacy);
Prof. Genevieve Hart (University of the West Cape),
Applicants should address their letter and supporting documentation to Prof. Marlene
Holmws (e-mail email@example.com)
The applications must be accompanied by:
– Curriculum vitae;
– Copy of librarianship diploma;
– A short description of the school and school library where the candidate is employed;
– The reasons that motivated the application;
– Description of the potential benefits from the prize in case of being successful in
– The name of a contact person of the school where the candidate is employed.
The deadline for receipt of applications is 01-05-2024.
At the IASL conference the winner is supposed to give a short acceptance speech on
his/her expectations and needs. After the conference the winner is supposed to write an report for for the Foundation and disseminate her/his experiences to the professional field.
The winner of the 2010 Award is Mrs. Anna Ditshego, Tiisetsong Secondary School in
Thokoza township , Gauteng
The winner of the 2011 Award is Mrs. Nompumelelo Magdelinah Shongwe, Siyakhula
Primary School. Ermelo
The winner of the 2012 Award is Mrs. Samukelo Nombembe, Mayisile Secondary
School in Khayelitsha, Cape Town
The winner of the 2013 Award is Mr. Cosmas Mabeya, Equal Education – The Bookery,
The winner of the 2014 Award is Mr. Cosmas Mabeya and The Bookery, Cape Town
The winner of the 2015 Award is Mrs. Nokukhanya Nonqubeko Ndlazi, Isibonelo High
School F 4 Malandela Road, KwaMashu, Durban.
The winner of the 2016 Award is by Mrs. Ramashego Betty Madiba,Unified Public
School in Roodepoort.
The winner of the 2017 Award is Mr. Matome Michael Makwela from Randburg.
Project Manager for South Africa of School Aid.
The winner of the 2018 Award is Mrs. Constance Khabonina Nzimande, Umlazi
Comprehensm Technical High School, Umlazi.
Due tot the visa/visit restrictions for entering Turkey, the 2018 winner attended the
2019 Conference in Croatia.
The winner of the 2020 Award is Mrs. Thembi Florence Mathenjw, New Ermelo Priary
School, Ermelo, Gauteng. She will attend the virtual conference in 2021.
As there were no applications for the years 2022 and 2023 there were no ‘Winners’.
The 2024 conference will be held online in October 26-29 with the the:
School Libraries in Community.’
The website is available at IASL 2024
Applications for the 2024 Award have be sent Prof. Marlene Holmes before 1 st May
Further information can be obtained from Prof. Marlene Holmes
Last update 1-12-2023