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The Technical Library Pay It Forward

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This blog tells about The Technical Library’s internship program.

‘Pay it forward’ is an expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying it to others instead of to the original benefactor.


Staff of The Technical Library have a combined total of nearly 100 years experience in the information industry. We are all very grateful for the opportunities the industry has given us, so thought to give something back by introducing an internship program at the library.

We placed an advertisement on the Liasa (Library and Information Association of South Africa) website. The criteria was that all applicants should have completed either a library degree or diploma and be unemployed. We were amazed to receive 89 applications!

After sifting through many very deserving CVs and interviewing five candidates, Lyborn Mabapa (L) and Nasiphi Ntloko (R) started work at The Technical Library on 1 August 2016 on a six month internship program.

They are both learning and gaining experience in all aspects of library work including cataloging, data capture, checking in of journals and general library administration. The idea is that they become more employable by being able to add this experience to their CV.

Their youthful enthusiasm, eagerness to learn, amazing work ethic and willingness to carry out any task we ask of them has made the past four months an absolute pleasure! Their contracts have been extended for a further six months until July 2017.

They have allowed us to devote our time to other projects that we previously did not have time for, and for this we thank them.

Debbie Lievaart

14th December 2016