World Book and Copy Right Day

23 April 2009


Biblioteek Intranet Nuus
Library Intranet News


Departement Biblioteekdienste 

Universiteit van Pretoria 

          Department of Library Services 

University of Pretoria


        April 2009 Uitgawe 1  April 2009 Issue 1  

UP in Partnership with the Library of Congress and UNESCO



The University of Pretoria’s Department of Library Services has joined the World Digital Library Project, making it one of the 27 institutions in the world and the only one in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa to belong to this project.


Proposed in 2005 by the Library of Congress in cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Digital Library project will make available on the Internet significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.


The project’s goal is to promote international understanding and to provide a resource for use by students, teachers, and general audiences.


The Principal of the University of Pretoria – Professor Calie Pistorius – welcomed news that the University has joined the World Digital Library.


“We appreciate this type of partnership as it enables us to explore various ways of improving our digital information management, database resources management and service delivery. Through this project, our collection will be accessible to other partners across the world,” he said.


During negotiations for membership, the University  of Pretoria was represented by Dr Heila Pienaar – Deputy Director, e-Information Strategy and e-Research Enablement. In the final agreement, the University was represented by Mr Robert Moropa – Director of the Department of Library Services, while the Library of Congress was represented by Mr James H Billington - the Librarian of Congress.


"This project is one of those international projects which is a win-win situation as we do not give up our copyright and intellectual property rights. This platform will also be linked to our own UPSpace repository,” said Dr Pienaar.


Mr Moropa pointed out the importance of this partnership: “By accepting the UP Library Services as a partner in this project, it is extremely meaningful for us to be associated with institutions of the stature of Yale University Library, Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Library of Congress.  This gives us the impetus to represent the University, South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa with distinction."


Initially, the University of Pretoria’s Library Services will be contributing and sharing material from its digital collections on rock art and Pretoriana.


“Further to our pursuit of being a world class institution, being accepted as a partner for this project is an acknowledgment of the standard and quality of work that is being done through the digitisation initiatives of the Library.  As the only participating partner in sub-Saharan Africa, it further positions the University of Pretoria’s Library Services as a leader in digitisation,” said Ms Ujala Satgoor - Deputy Director at the University’s Department of Library Services. 


Pretoriana refers to any media such as articles, photographs, newspapers, brochures, architectural plans, maps, etc on Pretoria. Please follow the ffg link to view some of the items in the Van der Waal Collection already on UPSpace (


According to Ms Satgoor, the value of the partnership between the University and the World Digital Library cannot be measured in monetary terms as the goodwill, reputation and exposure that it will bring to the University is immeasurable.


“However when developing the Pretoriana collection, the University can become the initiator and custodian of a much larger Pretoriana Collection. It has the potential to become a city-wide project,” she added.

The World Digital Library will make available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from cultures around the world, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings, and other significant cultural materials.


The objectives of the World Digital Library are to promote international and inter-cultural understanding and awareness, provide resources to educators, expand non-English and non-Western content on the Internet, and to contribute to scholarly research.


The World Digital Library project will be launched at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France on the 21st April 2009.


Institutions that are members of the World Digital Library project are: Library Services of the University of Pretoria, Yale University Library, Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Egypt), Brown University Library, Central Library (Qatar Foundation), Columbus Memorial Library (Organization of American States), Iraqi National Library and Archives, The John Carter Brown Library, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, The Library of Congress, National Central Library (Taiwan), National Diet Library (Japan), National Library and Archives of Egypt, National Library of Brazil, National Library of China, National Library of Israel, National Library of Russia, National Library of Serbia, National Library of Sweden, Russian State Library, St. Mark Coptic Library, Tetouan Asmir Association, UNESCO, United States National Archives and Records Administration, University Library in Bratislava, and the Yeltsin Presidential Library.


For more information regarding the World Digital Library project, please visit


Submitted by Ujala Satgoor


Q&A with Vikas Swarup at UP


When the staff of the UP Library Services mooted the idea of hosting Vikas Swarup (author of Q&A, which inspired the award winning movie Slumdog Millionaire), it elicited an overwhelmingly positive response. It was an opportunity for us to host an author, who as a career diplomat was literally sitting on our doorstep at the High Commission of India on Schoeman Street.  


A collaborative event between the Departments of Corporate Communication & Marketing and the Library Services resulted in an extremely successful public lecture, which was hosted by the Principal, Prof Calie Pistorius on Friday March 27 2009. The interest and demand to attend was indeed overwhelming and the audience, which numbered approx. 500, was a truly diverse one. It included students, academics, diplomats, movie buffs, aspirant writers, etc. Vikas Swarup very graciously signed every book that was placed before him at the end of the lecture.


An elegant cocktail hosted by UPLS Director, Robert Moropa at the Merensky Library preceded the public lecture. Saris and delectable snacks contributed to a subtle Indian theme. I would like to acknowledge Monica Hammes, Maureen Du Pisanie, Una Mgwenya, Alett Nell, Bettie De Kock and Ryno..... who contributed in various ways to promote and make this event a resounding success.


Rassie Erasmus of Bookma®k, a UP bookstore enterprise, presented Mr Swarup with a customised poster that is a collage of photographs taken on the night of the Oscars.


Furthermore a competition was held that created a buzz amongst students. Five questions based on the book were posed and the prize of a signed copy of Q&A proved to be a worthy incentive for participation. Five signed copies of Q&A will be presented.


About the author

Vikas Swarup was born in Allahabad (India). He went to Allahabad University where he studied History, Psychology and Philosophy. He also made his mark as a champion debater, winning National level competitions. After graduating with distinction, he joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1986, motivated by an interest in international relations and a desire to explore different cultures. 


Diplomatic career: Postings in Turkey (1987-1990), the United States (1993-1997) Ethiopia (1997-2000) and the United Kingdom (2000-2003). Since August 2006 he has been posted in Pretoria as India’s Deputy High Commissioner.



  • Q&A is his debut novel.

    • Published by Doubleday/Random House (UK & Commonwealth), Harper Collins (Canada) and Scribner (US)

    • Sold translation rights in 40 languages including French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Tamil, Czech, Slovak, Slovenian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Polish, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Turkish, Taiwanese, Thai, and Hebrew.

    • Short listed for the Best First Book by the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize

    • Won South Africa’s Exclusive Books Boeke Prize 2006; the Paris Book Fair's Reader's Prize, the Prix Grand Public, in 2007.

    • Voted the Most Influential Book of 2008 in Taiwan.

    • Harper Collins brought out the audio book, read by Kerry Shale, which won the award for Best Audio Book of the Year 2005.

    • The BBC produced a radio play based on the book which won the Gold Award for Best Drama at the Sony Radio Academy Awards 2008 and the IVCA Clarion Award 2008.

    • The film version of Q&A, titled ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, directed by Danny Boyle, has taken the world by storm and has won more than 70 awards including four Golden Globes, 11 BAFTA nominations and a staggering 8 out 10 Oscars, including Best Picture.

  • Vikas's second novel Six Suspects was published by Transworld in August 2008. It is being translated into several languages and has been optioned for a film by Starfield Productions and the BBC.  Radio 4 has commissioned a radio play based on the novel.


  • Vikas's short story ‘A Great Event’ has been published in ‘The Children’s Hours: Stories of Childhood’, a bold and moving anthology of stories about childhood to support Save the Children and raise awareness for its fight to end violence against children.

Vika's has participated in the Oxford Literary Festival, the Turin International Book Fair, the Auckland Writers’ Conference, the Sydney Writers’ Festival, the Kitab Festival in New Delhi, the St. Malo International Book & Film Festival in France, the 'Words on Water' Literary Festival at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and the Jaipur Literature Festival.


Synopsis of Q&A

Set in modern India, Q&A is a beguiling blend of high comedy and touching melancholy. Cutting across humanity in all its squalor and glory, Vikas Swarup presents a kaleidoscopic vision of the struggle of good against evil, and what happens when one boy has no other choice in life but to survive.        


It tells the story of Ram Mohammad Thomas, a poor young waiter who becomes the biggest quiz-show winner in history, only to be sent to jail on accusations (but with no evidence or proof) that he cheated. It was the basis of the 2008 feature film Slumdog Millionaire. The novel was re-published under the title Slumdog Millionaire after the success of the film.



Prof Calie Pistorius (UP Vice-Principal & Rector)   Prof Calie Pistorius, Mr Vikas Swarup               Mr Swarup autographing                  Mr Vikas Swarup autographing the 5

     & Mr Vikas Swarup (Author of Q & A)                     & the Dept of Library Services                      Monica Hammes' book                 books which Bookma®donated for the

                                                                                              Exco Team                                                                                                       student Q & A competition


       Mr Rassie Erasmus (Manager) &                 Leaving for the Musion Lecture                  Mr Swarup signing autographs                Guests listening to Mr Vikas Swarup's

   Ms Gerda du Plessis (Assistant Manager)                                                                                                                                                  lecture in the UP Musion

                      from Bookma®k   


Contributed by Ujala Satgoor


Human Rights Day exhibition



Special Collections mounted a display  to commemorate Human Rights Day.  The exhibition also portrays Access for All as on of the fundamental rights of human beings, namely The right to have access to all expressions of knowledge, creativity and intellectual activity and to express their thoughts in public (Art 19 UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights)


The display is on view in the foyer of Special Collections  until the end of April 2009.


Contributed by Katrien Malan

Story Writing Exhibition at the Education Library 18 March – 27 March 2009


As part of Library Week Celebrations the Education Library of the University of Pretoria recently hosted an exhibition of Stories written and compiled by Early Childhood Education students in 2008.


These stories were entered in a competition sponsored by Oxford University Press. The stories form part of The Story Reading Project which has run for a number of years as an innovation outcome of the Early Literacy Module in the Early Childhood Education Programme in the Faculty of Education. Dr Ina Joubert who heads up this project received an Education Innovation award in 2006 for this project. The creativity of the students are really amazing and of the highest standard!


Sonja Delport and members of the library team at the Education library worked really hard to ensure that the exhibition was a great success.   


To see more photos of the exhibition on Slideshare Click Here!


The exhibition was officially opened by the Dean of the Faculty of Education, Prof Irma Eloff on 18 March 2009 and ran till 27 March 2009.


In her opening address for the exhibition the dean read a poem by Strickland Gillilan to emphasize the importance of reading to the little child:


Richer Than Gold
“You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be --
I had a mother who read to me.”






Contributed by Johann van Wyk


Searching African Architecture Online


A collaboration project with the Department of Architecture resulted  in the following taken from the March ArchiAfrica newsletter:


ArchiAfrica on-line


“Searching African Architecture Online

By Anne-Katrien Denissen

After working for over a year on the search engine for African architecture we are finally ready to put it online! Searching African Architecture is jointly

developed by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi (Ghana), the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo (Mozambique),

the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg (South-Africa), the University of Pretoria (South-Africa) and ArchiAfrika (Netherlands).”


For more information :


What does it mean for us ?

All our Architecture’s UPSpace records  are linked to the database.

By clicking on the following url, a search can be done on “pretoria”




Results, by clicking on the links our UPSpace records are displayed.


We see this collaborative project as proof that we can contribute valuable Architecture information  to the local, national and international community.


Contributed by Hettie Groenewald


Our University Library making news in "Inn>Touch"


Contibuted by Soekie Swanepoel & Anette Lessing


Where do these names came from?


There are many companies / brands / products whose names were derived from strange circumstances



This was actually the financier’s daughter’s name.




This name came from name of the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of founder John Warnock.



Apple Computers

It was the favourite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three months late in filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if the other colleagues didn’t suggest a better name by 5 o’clock.



It is not an acronym as popularly believed.  It is short for San Francisco.



This name was formed by using COMp, for computer, and PAQ to denote a small integral object.



The name was derived from the founder’s name Dr. Michael Cowpland.  It stands for COwpland Research Laboratory.



The name started as a joke boasting about the amount of information the search-engine would be able to search.  It was originally named ‘Googol’, a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros.  After founders – Stanford graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor, they received a cheque made out to “Google”.



Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing e-mail via the web from a computer anywhere in the world.  When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending in ‘mail’ and finally settled for hotmail as it included the letter “html” – the programming language used to write web pages.  It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective uppercasing.


Hewlett Packard

Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard of Packard-Hewlett.



Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore wanted to name their new company ‘Moore Noyce’ but that was already trademarked by a hotel chain so they had to settle for an acronym of INTegrated Electronics.


Lotus (Notes)

Mitch Kapor got the name for his company from ‘The Lotus Position’ or ‘Padmasana’. Kapor used to be a teacher of Transcendental Meditation of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.



Coined by Bill Gates to represent MICROcomputers SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the ‘-‘ was removed later on.




Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company started manufacturing radios for cars.  The popular radio company at the time was called Victrola.



Larry Ellison and Bob Oats were working on a consulting project for the CIA Central Intelligence Agency.  The code name for the project was called Oracle (the CIA saw this as the system to give answers to all questions of something such).  The project was designed to help use the newly written SQL code by IBM.  The project eventually was terminated but Larry and Bob decided to finish what they started and bring it to the world.  They kept the name Oracle and created the RDBMS engine.  Later they kept the same name for the company.




 It originated from the Latin word ‘sonus’ meaning sound, and ‘sonny’ a slang used by Americans to refer to a bright youngster.



Founded by 4 Stanford University buddies, SUN is the acronym for Stanford University  Network. Andreas Bechtolsheim built a microcomputer, Vinod Khosla recruited him and Scott McNealy to manufacture computers based on it, and Bill Joy to develop a UNIX-based OS for the computer.



The word was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and action and is barely human.  Yahoo! Founders Jerry Yang and David Filo selected the name because they considered


Contributed by Elna Randall


April boek van die maand / April book of the month


African basketry : grassroots art from southern Africa © 2006/ Anthony B. Cunningham & M. Elizabeth Terry




Contributed by Katrien Malan



African Basketry is a unique contribution to African art and culture.  More than any other African craft, basketry represents the finest blend of indigenous culture, environment and technology.  Different types of basketry from southern Africa are featured in this book, with both historical and contemporary examples from Botswana, Lesotho, southern Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, western Zambia and Zimbabwe.


In the past, various basketry items reflected the lifestyles of the hunter-gatherers, pastoralists, fishing communities and agriculturalists who made them.  Later, with rapid urbanisation and cultural change, some basketry styles and century-old skills disappeared, almost without a trace.  More recently, there has been a dramatic increase in the international appreciation of African basketry as an art form, which has brought both its functionality and aesthetics into the limelight.  The export of African basketry to collectors, interior designers and museums in the USA, Europe and Australia has flourished.


To date, no comprehensive book has been published on basketry in southern Africa.  This has meant that many basketry enthusiasts have acquired "traditional" African basketry items with little background  knowledge of their origins, historical context, use, or the raw materials used in their crafting


African Basketry provides detailed information on historical perspectives, weaving techniques, construction methods, designs, styles and raw materials used in basketry. The impact of commercialisation is also described, which has brought with itvarious benefits and challenges for basket makers.


Photographs of baskets from major museum collections in southern Africa, the USA and Britain, feature alongside unique images of basket construction and use.  Previously unpublished black-and-white photographs taken by Alfred Duggan-Cronin in the early 1900's enhance the historical record.


African Basketry describes past, present and future trends, enabling the proper recognition of this art form in both time and place.


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Events this

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Health Awareness / Gesondheidbewustheids-


Month / Maand



Centenary tree planing ceremony


UP April recess


Institutional Repository Workshop


International Day of Mine

Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action


National Polio Eradication Awareness Week


World Health Day


Good Friday


Two Oceans Marathon


Family Day


Lectures resume for Quarter 2


World Haemophilia Day


Inligtingkundige Vergadering / Information Specialist Meeting


Nasionale Verkiesingsdag / National Voting Day


Earth Day


World Book and Copy Right Day


Qualiteitsspan Vergasdering / Quality Team Meeting


Global Youth Service Day


Africa Malaria Day


Freedom Day


Faculty Library Forum Meeting




Birthdays this

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Sipho Mashabela


Karabo Rampete


Ms C M Lepota


Elsie Verheem

Gugu Mothata

Ivy Khangale


Johann van Wyk


Maureen du Pisanie


Johannes Moruputli

Susan Coetsee


Una Mgwenya

Mark le Roux


Alet Grobler


Salomie Stolz

Rayno Geyser


Andre Janse van Rensburg


Patrick Matsebe

Mabel Mashifane






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