In this issue:




Staff news
Did you know?
From the Editor
Official launch of the new Library Management System
Austrian Embassy makes generous  donations to UP Library
MakerSpace initiatives
Shakespeare and Cervantes 400: 1616-2016
Data citation principles
Medical campus renovations
Hybrit Fair
Collaborative partnership between the Department of Library Services (DLS) and the University of Alberta Libraries (UAL)
Welcoming Day
Youth Day event: Never let circumstances dictate where you end up in life
Recent visitors to the Merensky 2 Library
5 Reasons Self-Development is Key to Your Success
Special Collections book of the month



DLS Calendar



July - September





  Mental Illness Awareness




1 International Joke Day
2 World UFO Day and World Sports Journalists Day

International Day of Cooperatives

02-17 July recess
4 UP DLS Exco Meeting
4-15 Winter School
8 Librarian's Day
11 UP DLS Exco Meeting

World Population Day

15 World Youth Skills Day
16 World Snake Day


Nelson Mandela Day

UP DLS Exco Meeting

Lectures commence for quarter 3 & Semester 2

Schools re-open

20 Library Strategic Forum Meeting
25 World Youth Day
28 World Hepatitis Day

International Day of Friendship



Bone Marrow Stem and Leukaemia

National Women's  / Organ Donar








UP DLS Exco Meeting

 Closing date:  Amendments of cancellation of modules

World Breastfeeding Week

2 UP DLS Staff Meeting
3 SA National Election Day
4 ClickUP/EI/Library meeting
4-10 Rheumatic Fever Week
 6-12 Polio Awareness Week
8 UP DLS Exco Meeting

 No lectures

Universal & International Infinity Day

9  National Women's Day

International Day of the World's Indigenous People


International Biodiesel Day

12  International Youth Day
13 International Lefthanders Day
14 World Lizard Day


Commencement of Bone Marrow Stem and Leukaemia

15 UP DLS Exco Meeting

Faculty Library Managers Meeting

19 World Humanitarian Day
22 UP DLS Exco Meeting
23 Information Specialists Meeting

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition

26 UP DLS Exco Breakaway session


African Traditional Medicine Week

29 UP DLS Exco Meeting

African Traditional Medicine Day



Heritage Month /

Tourism / Arbour /

Public Service & Administration on Public Service /

National Heart Awareness /

National Oral Health /

Albinism Awareness /

Muscular Dystrophy Awareness /

National Month of Death People /

Childwood Cancer Awareness /

Eye Care Awareness



1 ClickUP/EI/Library meeting

Arbor Day



World Water Week

2 Casual Day
2-6 Kidney Awareness Week
2-6 Back Week
4-10 National Arbor Week

UP DLS Exco Meeting

International Day of Charity

5-11 SA National Book week
6 Lectures end for quarter 3
7   UP Spring Day
8 UP Lectures commence for quarter 4

International Literacy Day

9  International Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Day
10  International Gynaecological Health Day

World Suicide Prevention Day

11  World Hospice and palliative Care Day
12 UP DLS Exco Meeting

UN Day of South-South Cooperation

13 International Chocolate Day
14 National Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Day (ADHD)


World Lymphoma Awareness Day and International Day of Democracy
16 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
16-18 Clean up the World Weekend

Software Freedom Day


World Water Monitoring Day

19 UP DLS Exco Meeting

Talk like a Pirate Day

19-25 World Retina Week
20 National Recycling Day

International Coastal Clean-up Day

World Gratitude Day and International Peace Day

World Alzheimer's Day

World Oral Health Day

22  World Car-Free Day

Commencement of Eye Care Awareness Month

24 National Heritage Day
25 World Maritime Day
26 UP DLS Exco Meeting

World Environmental Health Day

World Retina Day

World Contraception Day


World Tourism Day


World Rabies Day

29  World Heart Day
29 UP DLS Strategic Forum Meeting

Inventors Day

30 Schools close



If you have any feedback, regarding this newsletter, article ideas or suggestions,

please contact the editorial staff:




EIsabé Olivier

Responsible for Articles




Diana Gerritsen

Responsible for Design and Layout







May your birthday be filled with many happy hours and your life with many happy birthdays.





2 Wilna Marais
5 Eldorene Lombard
9 Zani Swart
10 Samuel Mudau


Elliot Matukane

Pfano Makhera


Chrissie Boeyens

Gloria Maripane

19 Monica van Schalkwyk
22 Liesl Stieger


1 Sunette Steynberg
3 Rianie van der Linde
4 Riki du Plessis
5 Elmar Snyman
6 Robert Moropa
7 Zandile Chansa
8 Frieda Mojela
9 Viveka Pillai
13 Isobel Rycroft
14 Bongi Letlape
18 Rosina Ramokgola
19 Soekie Swanepoel
25 Rachel Mahlangu
27 Emelia Minnaar


9 Marquerite Nel
10 Alet Nell
12 Magda Engelbrecht
13 Helmien van den Berg


Eridene Roux

Leti Kleyn


Maggie Moropane

Zebelon Malatsi

24 Vaydin Slaters
25 Jocob Mothutsi
29 Bettie de Kock




Staff news



Congratulations to .......



Mr Richard Mbokane from the Medical Library on the birth of their new baby girl.


Ms Mamphuthi Mohulatsi (from the BMS Library) on the birth of their new baby girl.



Our 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



Gloria Maripane


Here are a few questions we asked Gloria to know her better .... 


1.      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 PRETORIA.



2.      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 / Receptionist (5yrs).

New Era Life Insurance - Life Underwriter (3yrs).

*  The Star Newspaper (Advertising – Legal Dept.), Customer Services Front Counter Manager (16yrs)

*  Financial Services Board – The Regular of SA Pensions. 

*  University of Pretoria since 1 June 2006 as Senior Administrative Assistant.


3.      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 raised well.  She taught me the values of life and how to be a fine human being.


4.      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.


5.      How do you think your co-workers see you? 

I really don’t know and I have no idea?


6.      How do you act when you're stressed out? I eat a lot, become an impulsive buyer (big spender).



January Mokgonoane


January is an Information Assistant at the Humanities Library and has been working at the Merensky Library for 42 years. Here are a few questions we asked him to know him better ....


1.   Where are you from (where were you born) and what is home to you?

I call Renosterkop (Groblersdal) my home and have a house there.


2.   Where 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.


3.   What would you be doing if you weren't at your current job?

I would work on motor electronics, manage or own a SPA shop, have a watch repair shop.


4.   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 s/he do?

That person would be Maureen du Pisanie. She helped me when I was in a financial difficulty.


5.   What would you most regret not having done by the end of your life?

That I have not built a second house.



Gertrud Meyer


Here are a few questions we asked Gertrud to know her better ....


1.   Where 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.


2.   Where 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.


3.   How do you recharge?

Waking up without an alarm clock, then reading a nice book with a happy ending.


4.   If 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 day.


5.   What characteristic do you most admire in others?

To tolerate and respect a person as she or he is.




Hilda Kriel


Here are a few questions we asked Hilda to know her better ....


1.  Where are you from (where were you born) and where is home to you?

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 current job?

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 country....


5.  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

to the following staff member .....



Soekie Swanepoel whose retirering end of August 2016.









Did you know.......







...... Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.



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  • aper originated from China










  • all the blinking in one day equates to having your eyes closed for 30 minutes


An obstacle is often
a stepping stone.

Prescott Bush


Contributed by Diana Gerritsen




















































































































































































































































































From the Editor


Dear Colleagues


The good news is that June 21st (winter solstice) 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 first 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 Newsletter.


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 Newsletter.


Diana Gerritsen


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 clients.'


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.



View the Department of Library Services and Sabinet's photographs.

Contributed by Myan Subrayan and Elsabé Olivier

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 Radosztics.


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 community.



Contributed by Candice Molefe, Department of University Relations

MakerSpace initiatives


UP students awarded at Youth Spark Innovation Grants awards ceremony 


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 February 2016.


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 2016.


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 entrepreneur.


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 cost efficient. 


Mr Marius Vermeulen, of the Rapid Product Development Association of SA ( 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.




Contributed by Mikateko Mbambo

Shakespeare and Cervantes 400: 1616-2016


William 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.


Both great men died on 23rd April 1616.


To 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.


Film screening: 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.


Display: 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 commemorative event.


Competition:  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:


Professor 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.


Ms 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:


Ms Angy 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 breathing time.


Department of Drama:


Shakespeare bites, 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:

Macbeth: Act 2 Scene 2

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act 3 Scene 2

The Taming of the Shrew  Act 2 Scene 2

Macbeth Act 1 Scene 2

Comedy of Errors Act 3 Scene 2




Contributed by Viveka Pillai

Data citation principles

On Monday 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 seminar.


Dr Van 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 referencing data


During 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 task team:


       Credit and attribution


       Unique identification



       Specificity and verifiability

       Interoperability and flexibility


The 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.


Dr Van Deventer concluded with a list of helpful guides on data citation. A copy of her presentation is available at:



Contributed by Johann van Wyk

Medical campus renovations


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 come.



Contributed by Kabelo Nzima

Hybrid Fair


The 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, including publishers.


The 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 booth.


Part of 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.


Here are a few of the messages:


“UP Library is a state of the art facility with excellent service and a beautiful, conducive environment for students and staff…”


“I love the 3D printer! Very innovative and exciting…”


“You are cool and creative! It makes me want to run to the library to experience more!”


“The library is the heartbeat of education!”


“I love UP Library because of its world class facility, ambience, eager staff and of course, the book collection!”


Kuda Muli won an overnight bag sponsored by Emerald, with her winning message:


“UP 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."


Thank you and keep it up!”


Elsabé 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.


Feedback was overwhelmingly positive and there seems to be a need to make this an annual event.


Contributed by Marguerite de Waal

Collaborative partnership between the Department of Library Services (DLS) and the University of Alberta Libraries (UAL)


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 assignment.


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 occur.


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 National Office.


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 culture.


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 de Waal


What I Learned from South Africa - Submitted by Rachel Martins


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!

Welcoming Day


Open Day 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. 


Everyone 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 studies.


Some visitors left messages in the visitors book about their impressions of the Merensky 2 Library:


“Kan nie wag om volgende jaar hier te wees nie!”


“Dad wishes he was a student again”


“Awesome – I have seen things that inspired me!”

Contributed by Gerda Ehlers


The purpose of the winter Mini-Olympics was to 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.



Contributed by Josiah Lebelo

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.'



Contributed by Pearl Mosoane - 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 April.


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.


Academic 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

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Contributed by Diana Gerritsen


Special Collections book of the month


Pilanesberg: Jewel of Bophuthatswana

Special Collections book of the month


Preface :


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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