The Board of the National Library of South Africa takes pleasure in announcing that John Kgwale Tsebe (MLS, '81) has been appointed as the National Librarian, effective March 1, 2004. He has been the University Librarian of the University of the North for the past 19 years. Mr. Tsebe holds a master's degree in library science from Syracuse University as well as a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University. He worked in various libraries in the United States and also visited libraries in Mexico, the Netherlands and Britain.
Mr. Tsebe was a member of the board of the State Library (1998-2000). At the University of the North, he served on the Senate and the University's Broad Transformation Committee, and was extensively involved in all aspects of the University's strategic planning.He also plays a major role in the South African library and information services sector and was a founding member of LIASA, chairing a number of LIASA committees. He was immediate past chair of the Standing Conference of African National and University Libraries - East, Central and South, and also chaired a forum of university librarians of South Africa. He currently serves on the boards of the South African Library and Information Trust and SABINET. Mr. Tsebe has published articles in local and international journals in the library and information services field and presented papers at conferences in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ghana and South Africa.