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May your birthday be filled with many
happy hours and your life with many happy birthdays.
Monica van Schalkwyk
Rianie van der Linde
Riki du Plessis
Helmien van den Berg
Bettie de Kock
Mr Richard Mbokane
from the Medical Library on the birth of
their new baby girl.
Mohulatsi (from the BMS Library) on the birth of
their new baby girl.
condolences to .......
Sonty Monakhisi whose
father passed away.
Alett Nell whose
mother passed away.
Josephine Modiba whose
brother passed away.
Thea Kilian whose
father-in-law passed away.
Getting to know your colleagues
questions we asked
Gloria to know
Where are you from (where were you born) and what is
home to you?
I was born in Pretoria and raised by both parents
who were diabetics.
I was the 7th child of my eleven
siblings, only three survive.
I got married at an early age and was blessed with
two children, a daughter and a son. In 1992 death
robbed me of my husband and I had to raise my
children as a single parent. Home to me is
Where did you work previously and for how long?
I started my working career in 1975. I worked for
numerous companies and will high light only some:
* Bantu Investment Corp - SWB /
* New Era Life Insurance - Life
* The Star Newspaper (Advertising –
Legal Dept.), Customer Services Front Counter
* Financial Services Board – The
Regular of SA Pensions.
* University of Pretoria since 1 June
2006 as Senior Administrative Assistant.
If you were to tell one person "Thank You" for
helping me become the person I am today, who would
it be and what did they do?
That would be my late mother. I was
She taught me the values of life and how to be a
fine human being.
Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you'd
know I am a warm and caring person who does
not bear any grudges.
How do you think your co-workers see you?
I really don’t know and I have no idea?
How do you act when you're stressed out? I
eat a lot, become an impulsive buyer (big spender).
January is an Information Assistant at the
Humanities Library and has been working at the
Merensky Library for 42 years.
questions we asked
to know him
are you from (where were you born) and what is home
I call Renosterkop (Groblersdal) my home and have a
did you work previously and for how long?
In Villieria, Pretoria, I worked in a kitchen and as
a gardener for 1 year and 5 months. It was this
employer who taught me how to drive.
would you be doing if you weren't at your current
I would work on motor electronics, manage or own a
SPA shop, have a watch repair shop.
you were to tell one person "Thank You" for helping
me become the person I am today, who would it be and
what did s/he do?
That person would be Maureen du Pisanie. She helped
me when I was in a financial difficulty.
would you most regret not having done by the end of
That I have not built a second house.
questions we asked
to know her
are you from and where is home to you?
I was born in Ramotswa, Botswana, and grew up in
Dinokana, near Zeerust. No telephone, no
electricity, no running water - but it was a
wonderful childhood. Home for me is where I am
amongst loving people.
did you work previously and for how long?
I taught for five years in Rustenburg, Meyerton,
Lydenburg (Mashishing) and Ellisras (Lepalale). Then
I became an assistant librarian in our Music
Library. After obtaining my BBibl I began my career
as a cataloguer. I still love my work.
do you recharge?
Waking up without an alarm clock, then reading a
nice book with a happy ending.
you were to say to one person "Thank you for helping
me become the person I am today”, who would it be
and what did she do?
That would be my mother for showing me the way to
God and how to trust Him and walk with Him every
characteristic do you most admire in others?
To tolerate and respect a person as she or he is.
questions we asked
to know her
are you from (where were you born) and where is home
I was born in Pretoria, but my parents moved to
Harrismith when I was two years old. I had a
wonderful childhood in the foothills of Platberg.
2. Where did you work previously and for how long?
I started the children's library in Westonaria just
after graduation, also worked part time in the
Welkom Public Library for a short while but have
been with the DLS for 27 years.
3. What would you be doing if you weren't in your
I still enjoy my work and the university
environment. My second choice would have been to
become an economist.
4. If you knew that in one year you would die
suddenly, would you change anything about the way
you are living right now?
I would worry less - about my family, the DLS, our
How do you recharge?
Music, nature, reading but also being surrounded by
my family and friends. I need a good balance between
people and me-time.
We bid farewell
following staff member .....
whose retirering end of
Did you know.......
...... Venus is the only planet that rotates
- aper originated
- all the blinking
in one day equates to having your eyes
closed for 30 minutes
An obstacle is often
a stepping stone.
From the Editor
The good news is that June 21st (winter
has passed, in other words the days have become longer
but not necessarily warmer, we're going to experience
another few cold days before spring is here.
As usual, the fist half of the
year was a very busy time for the library. The
biggest happening was the implementation of the new
Library Management System. Read about this and other
interesting news in this issue of the Library
Please remember to send us your news
about projects, visitors, success stories, special
events, courses/conferences attended etc. in the
Library, we would love to put your news in the
Official launch of the new Library Management System
On Monday, 18 April 2016 the Department of Library
Services of the University of Pretoria together with
Sabinet, officially launched its new library management
system, OCLC WorldShare Management Services. UP staff
and other invited guests were addressed by UP's Vice
Principal for Research and Postgraduate Studies, Prof
Stephanie Burton, Sabinet's Director of Client Services,
Pierre Malan and their Managing Director, Rosalind
Hattingh who is also an alumna of UP.
Prof Burton said that there was a direct and close link
between effective research and the library because the
latter was also responsible for storing and sharing
information for effective access. She congratulated UP's
Director of Library Services, Mr Robert Moropa and his
staff on the implementation of the system and taking the
Department of Library Services into the future. She
said, 'The role of academic libraries and librarians has
changed and their task is difficult as they and their
universities need to empower their users in new ways and
need to reposition themselves in revolutionary ways.'
Mr Pierre Malan explained that WorldShare Management
Services was a cloud-based system already adopted by 500
institutions worldwide, with UP being the second
academic library in Africa to implement. 'It is a brand
new system with brand new technology. Having this new
management system as a foundation, UP will be able to
continue to excel in offering information to their
Ms Rosalind Hattingh thanked UP's IT team, the
Department of Library Services and her Sabinet team for
their exceptional teamwork, commitment and hard work
during the implementation process, and stated that both
UP and Sabinet had always been leaders in their
respective fields, and this project was proof of it. Mr
Moropa concluded by complimenting Sabinet on their
support and reiterated that this was a collective effort
by all involved.
Department of Library Services and
Contributed by Myan Subrayan and Elsabé
Austrian Embassy makes generous donations to UP
Library - 28 April 2016
The Austrian Embassy recently donated German language
books to the Department of Library Services at the
University of Pretoria (UP). The official handover,
which was held at the Merensky 2 Library on the Hatfield
Campus, was led by the Austrian Embassy's Deputy Head of
Mission, Mr Matthias Radosztics. 'Given the current
situation, where universities are struggling with budget
cuts, this is just a small contribution,' said Mr
Ms Lindiwe Soyizwapi, Deputy Director of the Department
of Library Services, thanked the Embassy for their
valuable contribution to the Library's collection. She
also extended her gratitude to Prof Stephan Mühr from
the Faculty of Humanities for facilitating the
relationship between UP and the Embassy. Prof Mühr, from
the German Language Unit in the Department of Modern
European Languages, says that the Embassy asked
beforehand for a list of books that the Library needed
and expressed his delight at having received many of the
titles on the list.
Over the past few years, the Austrian Embassy has
provided valuable support to the German language
programmes run by the University's Modern European
Languages Department in the form of new library
material. UP greatly values outside partnerships that
assist it in providing a better service to its academic
Contributed by Candice Molefe,
Department of University Relations
UP students awarded at Youth Spark Innovation Grants
The School of Health Systems and Public Health and the
Southern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (SA RILab), in
collaboration with the Department of Library Services'
MakerSpace, hosted the Youth Spark Innovation Grants (YSiG)
awards ceremony for winners of the Resilient Africa
Network SA RILab Youth Spark Innovation Grants at the
University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Hatfield Campus on
Friday, 27 May 2016.
At the end of last year, the Resilient African Network
(RAN) invited students with innovative ideas and
approaches that have potential to strengthen the
resilience of communities to submit their ideas in order
to stand a chance to win seed grants. Project ideas
could be submitted in various categories, including
agriculture, health, water, entrepreneurship, gender
based violence and livelihood diversification.
Applications for the grant were open to students at RAN
partner Universities across Africa and closed on 8
During the ceremony, six students from UP were awarded
grants to take their projects to the next level. The
winning projects will improve local communities in a
multitude of ways. One of the winning groups for
example, intends to develop a device called the Magnon
that produces electricity through a generator that uses
magnets to make electricity. This project will improve
communities by increasing access to electricity for the
rural and marginalised poor in a cost effective way. The
device could be used to power water pumps to pump water
from the ground thus addressing water shortages in poor
South African communities.
Some of the other projects include making bricks from
paper, developing locally appropriate energy efficient
stoves, combating the blight of substance abuse
(particularly nyaope addiction), and the asthma grid,
which involves a handheld, diagnostic and predictive
medical device, which will promote the early diagnosis
and treatment of asthma. The device will also be
equipped with an early alert application that can inform
primary care givers and emergency response services
through a mobile network communication system if the
patient is in distress.
Another project seeks to promote safer environments by
rehabilitating mine dumps and providing alternative uses
for neglected soil crusts, reducing pollution in air and
water to improve the quality of life for mining
communities, and to contribute to knowledge generation
to the benefit of society at large.
UP’s MakerSpace hosts Manufacturing
Systems Module award ceremony
The Department of Library Services' MakerSpace, in
collaboration with the Department of Mechanical and
Aeronautical Engineering, hosted an award ceremony for
third year Industrial Engineering students of the
Manufacturing Systems (MVS311) Module on Tuesday, 31 May
In his opening remarks, Dr Lukas du Plessis, lecturer of
the MVS311 Module, explained that as part of the module,
students had to work in groups and use 3D printing to
design and build a device that could be used to better
the life of a person or an animal. Before the award
ceremony, the groups of students had to present their
final designs to a panel of judges, which included Prof
Sarma Yadavalli, Head of the Department Industrial and
Systems Engineering, Prof Schalk Kok, Associate
Professor in the Department of Mechanical and
Aeronautical Engineering, Mr Isak van der Walt of MakerSpace,
Mr Gavin Leggott of Rapid3D and Mr Gordon Muller, an
The first prize went to a group of students who made use
of 3D printing to improve on the traditional walking
stick. The group tested their improved walking stick
with help from students of the Disability Unit who were
impressed with the new product. The group explained that
their main purpose was not to reinvent the walking
stick, but rather to improve on it with an attachment
that alerts the person using it to possible obstacles in
the way. The first runner ups were the Wheelchair Claw
Group, with their design of a rehabilitation wheelchair
that is meant to help dogs that experience back
problems, while the second runner ups were the Finger
Splint Group, with their design aimed at helping people
who have difficulty in moving their fingers. Their
innovative double finger splint design works well and is
Mr Marius Vermeulen, of the Rapid Product Development
Association of SA (RAPDASA.org) will sponsor the overall
winners of the MVS311 competition’s accommodation and
registration at the RAPDASA conference, which is set to
take place at the Vaal University of Technology from 2
to 4 November 2016. UP’s MakerSpace sponsored 3D
printing worth R250 for the second prize winners and the
third prize winners each received a 64GB flash disk.
MakerSpace is a creative laboratory where ideas are
gathered and where technical ability is used to bring
ideas into existence. UP’s Department of Library
Services became the first library to open a Library
MakerSpace in South Africa in 2015.
Shakespeare and Cervantes 400: 1616-2016
Shakespeare was born in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon and
is regarded as the greatest writer in the English
language. Miguel de Cervantes was born in 1547 and his
major work Don Quixote is considered to be the first
modern European novel.
great men died on 23rd April 1616.
commemorate their deaths of 400 years ago, a
Shakespeare/Cervantes Week was hosted by the Languages
Cluster and the Department of Drama in collaboration
with the Department of Library Services at the
University of Pretoria from 18 to 22 April 2016.
Airing of film versions of Shakespeare’s The Tempest,
Hamlet, Coriolanus as well as the biographical film
Shakespeare in love and the animated film Gnomeo and
Juliet took place 18 – 22 April 2016, in the Merensky 2
Auditorium. Students and staff of the Department of
English briefly introduced each film and conveyed
significant background information.
An eye catching display consisting of relevant print
material, a generous donation of books from Bookmark and
Shakespearean clothing was on view in the library,
creating a wonderful atmosphere and interest in the
All University of Pretoria students were invited to
enter the “Shakespeare and me” competition, writing a
300-500 word essay on the topic “Shakespeare and Me” or
a sonnet on any topic. The two winners were Hlologelo
Letwala (essay winner) and Dewald Steyn (sonnet winner)
who each won a R300 book vouchers and books kindly
donated by Bookmark.
Commemorative event on Friday, 22 April 2016:
Department of English:
Molly Brown’s presentation entitled Ten things you
never knew about Shakespeare dealt in a humorous way
with Shakespeare’s life, loves, habits and more. She
shared the interesting fact that Hamlet was performed in
1607 on the merchant ship “The red dragon”, anchored off
the coast of Sierra Leone, and that the performance was
attended by four local chiefs who spoke no English.
Shakespeare’s undiscovered countries
was the title of Ms Kirsten Dey’s discussion of the Dark
Lady sonnets in which the bard first expounds all the
female virtues that his mistress fails to equal and then
concludes that he finds her bewitching precisely because
of her failings. In her current research Ms Dey is
exploring the “undiscovered countries” of Shakespeare’s
response to conventional ways of writing about love.
Marguerite de Waal’s presentation entitled Honest
Will and his notorious, lying fables, dealt with
attitudes towards fiction, including plays, prevailing
in Shakespeare’s time. The made-up stories were
condemned by many, especially religious groups such as
the Puritans (Fundamentalist Protestants) as extended
exercises in lying because they were not true. Her
contention is that Shakespeare portrayed what might be
termed “truthful lies” and so theatre may lead towards
truth and not away from it.
Department of Modern European languages:
Tembe of the Department of Modern European Languages
gave a reading in Spanish from Chapter LVIII of Don
Quixote which tells how adventures came crowding in on
him in such numbers that they gave one another no
Department of Drama:
presented by students of the Department of Drama,
consisted of performances of excerpts from an array of
Shakespeare's works, all of which were adapted into a
current socio-political and socio-cultural landscape,
making for very entertaining, lively performances
indeed. The following scenes were performed, to the
great delight of the audience:
Act 2 Scene 2
Midsummer Night’s Dream Act 3 Scene 2
Taming of the Shrew Act 2 Scene 2
Act 1 Scene 2
Errors Act 3 Scene 2
Contributed by Viveka Pillai
9 May 2016, the Department of Library Services had the
privilege to host a research seminar on ‘Data
Citation Principles’, which was presented by Dr
Martie van Deventer of the CSIR. The topic proved to be
popular and people from all over Gauteng attended the
Deventer gave a short overview of a survey that she had
conducted in 2012 among South African researchers. The
findings showed that there was no standard practice with
regard to referencing data and that most researchers
were not even aware that their data was being cited. The
majority saw citation as a courtesy and not as something
mandatory. Dr Van Deventer then stressed the importance
of data citation and why it was important. She indicated
that article type citation was not enough, because one
had to cater to human as well as machine agents when
her presentation Dr Van Deventer touched on the valuable
work that the ICSTI-CODATA Data Citation Task Group had
done with regard to data citation and the core elements
that should be in a data citation. She then elaborated
on a list of 8 data citation principles compiled by this
Credit and attribution
Specificity and verifiability
Interoperability and flexibility
presentation further included examples of how data
citations would look in systems such as Pangaea, Dryad,
and Dataverse, and also how a dataset would be
referenced in different citation standards such as APA,
Chicago, MLA and Oxford.
Deventer concluded with a list of helpful guides on data
citation. A copy of her presentation is available at:
Contributed by Johann van
The Basic Medical Sciences & Dentistry Library is
currently undergoing a major revamp. This is not only a
facelift, it includes an extension of over 250m2.
Over the past 3 months the old BMS cafeteria has been
undergoing conversion from a cafeteria to a library. Now
you may well ask what we shall do with so much space.
Currently the BMS & Dentistry Library has 31 computers
of which 16 are in the Library’s computer lab. The new
facility will be able to host 50 computers with 20 in a
new lab. The library will go from not having designated
discussion rooms to having ten 6 seater discussion
rooms. The new facility will also have couches and
ottomans for that extra relaxation for our users.
At present the construction work has no influence on the
library and its services, but as soon as the revamping
of the current library begins, our services will be
affected. There will be days of total closure during
school holidays to allow us to move from the old
facility to the new one. We shall be able to accommodate
most of our services in the new facility, but the
majority of our books will be in storage. Our users will
still have access to computers and most study collection
and recommended books.
We know that the next few months will require hard work
from the library staff and patience from our users, but
we also anticipate an amazing new state of the art
facility that will meet our users’ needs for years to
Council of the University of Pretoria approved a
hybrid teaching and learning model in 2014. The aim
of a hybrid model is to provide lecturers and
students maximum flexibility through the
effective use of teaching and learning with
technology. In order to promote the
implementation and use of this model, the Faculty of
Natural and Agricultural Sciences and the Department
for Education Innovation presented a Hybrid Fair
which allowed academic staff to interact with
presenters from the Department of Education
Innovation, the Library and several vendors,
Department of Library Services was well presented at
the Hybrid Fair which took place in the Rautenbach
Hall on 14 June 2016. With the theme, “Magic
makers” well rolled out in the splendid booth,
which was creatively decorated with colourful
posters, presentations, balloons and other props,
great interest was attracted. The value of the
Library in the hybrid teaching and learning
environment was well carried forward through the
firehouse sessions, vibrantly presented by Viveka
Pillai and Isak van der Walt and the highly
professional assistance provided by Library and
Makerspace staff members to clients and visitors at
the activities presented at the booth was the
opportunity to have a photo taken in the new “I
love my library” photo frame and to participate
in a competition where clients had to write a short
message in the visitors’ book, explaining why they
love the Library.
a few of the messages:
Library is a state of the art facility with
excellent service and a beautiful, conducive
environment for students and staff…”
the 3D printer! Very innovative and exciting…”
cool and creative! It makes me want to run to the
library to experience more!”
library is the heartbeat of education!”
UP Library because of its world class facility,
ambience, eager staff and of course, the book
won an overnight bag sponsored by Emerald, with her
Library changes the way one thinks about a library.
Can easily access resources anywhere in the world
electronically, great interlending staff that will
go the extra mile to find a resource for you and a
great local library experience with helpful staff."
and keep it up!”
Olivier, who led
the organizing team, thanked and congratulated
everyone involved in the planning and presentation
of this excellent event. Special thanks were
extended to the sponsors, Sabinet, Eduloan, WWIS and
Emerald for gifts that were handed out at the booth.
was overwhelmingly positive and there seems to be a
need to make this an annual event.
Contributed by Marguerite
Collaborative partnership between the Department of
Library Services (DLS) and the University of Alberta
The Department of Library Services recently had the
privilege to host Ms Rachel Martins, of the University
of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, for a period of three
weeks as part of her Master of Library and Information
Studies (MLIS) practicum programme.
Ms Martins’ visit is one of the outcomes of our
participation in the UAL’s international relations
program, Libraries Linked: Professional Library
Immersion Program, which Ms Julene Vermeulen and I
participated in Edmonton, in 2015.
Ms Martins is a Master’s student of the University of
Alberta School of Library and Information Studies with a
Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. Prior to her visit
to South Africa, she worked in the Bibliographic and
Information Technical Services (BITS) Unit of the UAL,
with a specific interest in metadata. In accordance with
the practicum agreement, Ms Martins’ workplace
engagement had to include participation in staff and
team meetings, interaction with individual
professionals, library visits, etc.
As Ms Martins’ dedicated Practicum Site Supervisor, I
had to ensure that her three-week experience included
- 100 hours of practical work experience
- A dedicated workstation with internet connectivity
- Daily check-in and mentoring interaction
- Regular check-in forums with the Practicum Course
Instructor and fellow students
- Day-to-day confidential journaling to and for the
Practicum Course Instructor
- A mid-point check-in between the Practicum Course
Instructor and the Practicum Site Supervisor, and
- A reflective paper to be submitted as a final
The Practicum Placement provides senior MLIS students
with the opportunity to develop leadership skills in the
workplace, to learn how to apply theory to practice, and
to build their confidence in career planning. The
purpose is to achieve an effective balance between
practical workplace learning and the sharing of tacit
knowledge about an organization, its culture, values,
priorities, staffing relationships, and how
communication, decision-making, and information sharing
To achieve her learning objectives and to experience the
rich and diverse working environment of our libraries,
Ms Martins’ programme included scheduled meetings with a
number of DLS staff members from different units and
Faculty Libraries, as well as with the Library
Executive. She visited a number of branch libraries and
also had the opportunity to visit the National Library
of South Africa, the Unisa Library and the LIASA
The programme of activities included visits to the Music
Library, the Education Library, the Jotello F Soga
Veterinary Science Library, the Mamelodi Campus Library,
the Medical Library and the Bindery. Of specific
interest to Ms Martins, were the Open Scholarship
Office, our Institutional Repository and digitisation
projects, Special Collections, the Library Makerspace,
Research Data Management, and the Research Commons
programmes for post-graduate students. A visit to the
Department of Information Science allowed Ms Martins the
opportunity to compare the modules and courses offered
by the Department, with what is being offered at the UoA.
It was a journey of personal and professional growth and
a positive learning experience and I am thankful to each
and every colleague who took the time to welcome Rachel
to our institution, to our beautiful campuses and to our
professional and diverse working environments. The many
invitations to tea, lunch, dinner and social gatherings
outside working hours, certainly provided Rachel with a
better understanding of our diverse South African
I want to convey my sincere appreciation to the
Cataloguing Team for their unconditional support in
welcoming Rachel to the Merensky Library. The success of
the partnership and mentoring programme would not have
been possible without the support and input of the
Library Executive, Faculty Library Managers and many
colleagues who engaged with our guest to learn and share
ideas and expertise.
Ms Martins certainly provided a new and fresh
perspective on being a cataloguer and metadata
specialist. Her passion for librarianship is admirable
and it was a pleasure to be able to contribute in a
small way to her future professional career.
Contributed by Martha
What I Learned from South Africa
- Submitted by
This April, I came to the University of Pretoria (UP)
from the University of Alberta (UoA) in Edmonton,
Alberta, Canada, to do a three-week practicum as part of
my Master of Library and Information Studies degree. The
objective of my practicum was for me to gain real-world
experience in a library setting to prepare me for my
career. I chose to come to the University of Pretoria
because I had met a librarian through the International
Exchange program between UP and the UoA, and because I
wanted to learn more about such a misunderstood country.
The very first thing I learned about South Africa is
that South Africans are some of the friendliest people
you will ever meet. I was warmly welcomed by everyone at
UP (especially the CATS team, with whom I was
ensconced), the unit libraries, the National Library of
South Africa, UNISA, LIASA, and just about everyone I
met on the streets too. Everyone wanted a picture with
the blue-haired librarian from Canada!
I learned a lot from my time with you,
beyond the academic. I learned that one person can make
a difference, if they truly want to. A person can
accomplish amazing things when they put their mind to
it, like the incredible work being done on the
repositories at UP. The spirit of South Africa is
something that will stick with me forever because
everyone has an indomitable spirit, full of hope. I
learned about the dynamics of an academic library from
the perspective of an outsider, and the knowledge I
gained from that experience will be invaluable as I move
forward in my career. Having this experience has been an
amazing way to begin my career as a librarian, and it
gave me the opportunity to put into practice many of the
theories I learned about in library school.
It opened my eyes to a way of life
vastly different than what I was accustomed to in
Canada. It stoked fires inside me: one that tells me to
be Evel Knievel and make leaps, one that burns and
drives me to make my career meaningful, and one that
calls me ever so loudly to see the rest of the world,
and to come back someday soon. I feel incredibly
privileged and grateful to everyone involved in my trip,
particularly Martha De Waal for her help in organizing
it. This was an amazing way to begin my career in
librarianship, and my utmost gratitude goes out to the
University of Pretoria for hosting me, as well as
everyone who took the time to meet with me, talk to me,
teach me, or take me for pizza. I sincerely hope I see
everyone again soon, and I hope there is much
collaboration between us in the future.
Thank you, South Africa!
took place on 21 May 2016. The fun and hard work
started early on the Saturday morning after a huge
amount of preparation. The team responsible for the
tours consisted of Viveka Pillai, Lesego Makhafola,
Katlego Aphane, Louisa Buys, Thulani Mahlangu, Adam
Munonok and Gerda Ehlers. They were up and busy early
that morning , waiting anxiously and with excitement
for the library to open at 8:30 to receive visiting
parents and students who plan to study at UP. Elsabé
Olivier and Zenzi Msweli acted as our ambassadors and
welcomed all the vistors in the library. We showed
visitors the library video to impress them with our
statistics and the virtual UP library. After the video
they were taken to the faculty libraries. Lindiwe
Soyizwapi and Marieta Buys took responsibility for the
gazebo on the lawn in front of the AULA and were kept
busy with many library related questions. They even had
questions about a career in librarianship! Our gazebo
was at a different spot this year, and more library
related questions were received. Izak and his team at
the MakerSpace once again made a huge impact and parents
and their children were very interested to see the
innovation and creativity that the MakerSpace offers. At
the Groenkloof campus it was Maggie Moropane who
received future teachers and their parents and
communicated the ways in which the educational library
can assist students in their studies.
who represented the library made us proud and played a
huge role in communicating the importance of the library
on campus and how we can add value to every student’s
visitors left messages in the visitors book about their
impressions of the Merensky 2 Library:
wag om volgende jaar hier te wees nie!”
wishes he was a student again”
– I have seen things that inspired me!”
Contributed by Gerda
of the winter Mini-Olympics
make our wellness a priority. This year's Olympics
took place at the Groenkloof campus and
was organized by the UP Corporate Wellness Committee.
The Library soccer team did exceptionally well in all 4
games played, winning 3 games and losing 1-0 in the
finals to the Experimental Farm Department. We can
boast that we are improving because last year we didn’t
make it past the semi-finals. What an achievement this
year to reach the finals!
Actually, the mere fact that we participated made all of
us winners. Unfortunately only one team can be
designated as number one!
What the mini-Olympics was all about was really the fun
of participating and promoting healthy lifestyles
This year the attendance was not as good as last year,
perhaps because of the season. It is to be hoped that
the spring day festivities at LC de Villiers on 7th
September will see a better turn out. Be sure to
register in time to avoid being left out!
I would love to see more volunteers from the Library,
from all the units, participating not only in the soccer
games, but also in the other sports like volley ball,
tennis, rugby, cricket etc.
Youth Day event: Never let circumstances dictate where
you end up in life
Youth Day talk with AmaTuks Head Coach, Shaun Bartlett
On 17 May 2016, AmaTuks Head Coach Shaun Bartlett shared
his story with University of Pretoria students and staff
at a Youth Day event organised by the Department of
Library Services in the Merensky Library on the
University's Hatfield Campus. This is his story:
'My mother gave birth to me when she was very young and
as she had to go work, I ended up in my grandmother's
care. With fifteen people sharing a three-bedroomed
house things were never easy and I had to share the
"boys'' room with five uncles. It is an unfortunate
reality that we have become a nation in which family
situations force kids to grow up quickly. Often it is
not by choice, but you just have to make the best of
what you have. I had an absent father and although he
had numerous opportunities to be there for me, he never
turned up. I remember being sent to his house at an
early age to ask for money to buy supplies that I needed
for school. At the time he was supposed to contribute
about R40 monthly towards my maintenance, but he chose
not to pay it and my mother had to work three jobs to
make sure that I could have what I needed.
'I grew up in a suburb called Factreton, situated
between Goodwood and Maitland, in Cape Town. Growing up
in a poorer community means that one is always exposed
to a lot of negative things and one of my main reasons
for participating in sports was to stay away from the
drugs and gangs, which have ruined many people's lives
and continue to do so. Football was my way out. There
were other boys who were more talented than I was, but
who started using drugs and fell by the wayside.
'I tell my players and my own children that they must
always play their best, because you never know who is
watching. I was playing in a church league when I was
spotted by someone who organised trials for me with Cape
Town Spurs, which led to my selection for their squad.
My most important goal has to be my first goal, scored
when I was playing for Cape Town Spurs. From there the
floodgates opened and a good career followed. I am also
very fortunate to have had a supportive family. However,
more important than scoring goals is having personal
goals in life. Making a list of what you would like to
achieve is good, but the satisfaction you experience
when you achieve those goals and ticking them off your
list is better that winning any trophy! At the age of 10
I had three goals, which I wrote down on a piece of
paper and shared with my grandmother. My goals were to
play on TV, to play in the national team and to play in
England. Unfortunately she did not live long enough to
see me achieve my third goal, but when I eventually did
play in England I knew that she was watching from above.
The story of how I came to play in England is quite
interesting: I was playing in Switzerland and had a good
season. Crystal Palaces, who at the time were competing
in the First Division, which is similar to our National
First Division, made a two million pound offer for me.
Then Charlton, who were campaigning for the Premier
League, offered me a loan deal. I therefore had to
choose between accepting a guaranteed three-year
contract and proving my worth by playing for a contract.
True to style, I chose the more difficult option of
proving myself! It is easy to chase the pay-cheque and
not the passion, but I believe that if you pursue your
passion, the money will take care of itself.
'I am enthusiastic about introducing the youth to
football as it teaches them that no-fear attitude that
is also important in real life and enables them to
resist following the popular kids and succumbing to peer
pressure. Ultimately you should know what your goals are
and focus on getting there. There is no shortcut to
achieving any goal and no escalator to success. You have
to climb those steps one at a time! As a coach, my aim
is not only to make better players, but to make better
men, and I hope that the lessons I impart will also be
useful in their everyday lives.'
- Author TuksFootball
Recent visitors to the Merensky 2 Library
International Postgraduate Students from Breda
University - 8 April 2016
International Postgraduate Students from Breda
University specializing in Imagineering visiting the
Communication Management Division at the University of
Pretoria, visited the Merensky 2 library on Friday 8
Program Coordinator Africa and Deputy Director, Office
of International Affairs of the Universitaet Stuttgart,
Germany visited the MakerSpace - 4 April 2016
Marion Höcke, Program Coordinator Africa and Deputy
Director, Office of International Affairs of the
Universitaet Stuttgart in Germany paid a surprise visit
to the MakerSpace on Monday 4 April 2016.
The Library MakerSpace hosted 27 delegates from the RMB
head office in Sandton
The Library MakerSpace hosted 27 delegates from the RMB
head office in Sandton for a creative submersed
excursion today. Delegates were introduced to the
MakerSpace environment and provided with information on
why and how the space was established, initiatives of
the MakerSpace and examples of work done. The RMB team
was introduced to new technology traits targeted at
their industry. The delegates also met with Mr. Johann
Louw, manager of the Virtual Reality mining centre and
they were submersed in full 3D environments and examples
of what is possible with visualizing data.
librarians from Sub-Saharan Africa visited the Merensky
2 library on 27 May 2016
The May intake of academic librarians from
Sub-Saharan Africa attending the continuing
professional development (CPD) programmes for
qualified librarians at the University of Pretoria,
visited the Merensky 2 library on 27 May.
Terrific Tuesday brought to you by the
Association for Office Professionals in South Africa -
26 April 2016
November 21, 2015
Contributed by Diana Gerritsen
Collections book of the month
Pilanesberg: Jewel of Bophuthatswana
Collections book of the month
Pilanesberg Jewel of Bophuthatswana shows an astonishing
diversity of natural habitats. Within the confines of
the sub-region a wide variety of habitats occur,
including sandy desert, rugged mountains, humid forests,
temperature grass-lands and tropical savannas.
In the days before European colonists assigned names to
Africa, the land known as Bophuthatswana, was a
veritable wildlife paradise. Assembled on the plateaux
and bushveld plains of southern Africa was a diversity
of wildlife unmatched on any other continent.
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