Biblioteek Intranet Nuus
Library Intranet News

 

Departement Biblioteekdienste 

Universiteit van Pretoria 

 
          Department of Library Services 

University of Pretoria

 

        April 2011 Uitgawe 1 • April 2011 Issue 1  

 

INHOUD   CONTENTS

 

    New GV Section

    Library Week - 19 March 2011

    Presentation  of the Kriel book :  / Genealogical Society of South Africa

    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee visit our library

    LIASA Gauteng North Branch : South African Library Week celebrations

    Refurbishment Project - Where we are now?

    Meetings are not a substitute for real work. Here's how to make sure yours are productive'

  April boek van die Maand/April book of the month

  April e-boek van die maand / April e-book of the month

 Intranet News Letter Publication / Publikasie van die Biblioteek Intranet Nuusbrief

   Verjaarsdae / Birthdays

  Did you know.. / Het jy geweet ...

 

New GV Section

 

Spirit! Personality! Modern and stylish, colourful, spacious and working air-condition! Descriptive words to describe our new GV. Pink walls, alternating with calming biscuit colour walls and quality finished counters ensure that the impact our new GV has on students is a positive one. Good lighting and ample computers for searching the catalogue makes the new GV the most inviting section in the library. Be sure to visit this “wow” section!

 

 

The new refurbished GV opened its door on 28th February 2011. It’s located to the left of the main foyer of the Merensky II Library as you pass through the turnstiles.  Xerox is now located in the same locale opposite the GV. The first thing anyone notices is the brightness, beauty and cleanliness as well as the modern finishes and faster computers.  Of course we cannot forget the ongoing professional service that GV staff is providing to the clients - they are patient and take pride in the opportunity created to serve in excellence.

 

Feedback from both staff and students has been positive. The students are happy that there are more discussion rooms and would like to know when they will be available for use. The new air conditioning system is also a plus compared to the old GV which use to get really hot.  It is now easier to move between GV and photocopying facilities but students are often not too keen when they have to go back and forth to pay library fines. Students often seem to think that the new GV is not part of the main library - they think it is operating separately from the main library!

 

Here are some of the students’ comments:

  • The new GV section has improved in terms of service and general layout (Kgoele L.B Student no: 26188661)

  • GV looks very nice, cool, new design. Thanks (Alkayyali Y 29084599)

  • Light look and feels amazing. The floor is also great. The service of the staff has always been super and excellent during the day and evening. Ability to search books quick with computers. Closer to Xerox if you quickly want to make copy, overall I love it (S.P.J Nkosi 04392507)

The hours are still the same Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 07:30-09:00, Tuesdays 08:30-09:00 and Friday 07:30-08:00.

 

Contributed  by Tebogo Mogakane

Library Week - 19 March 2011

 

About 50 lapel pins written "Ek is lief vir my biblioteek" were handed out to students in the Merensky II library by Una Mgwenya with the assistance of Joy Wilson and GV staff.

Contributed by Una Mgwenya

Presentation  of the Kriel book :  / Genealogical Society of South Africa

 

On Wednesday 9 March 2011 members of the Genealogical  Society of South Africa visited the  Merensky library.  They presented a copy of their newly published book: The Kriels ; sommer net gewone mense to  the library.  This fine gesture was the result of a visit by the local branch of the Society to Special Collections during August last year.    As genealogy is a strong focus area of Special Collections and members of the Society are keen to make use of our resources  the importance of mutual good relations were  mentioned both by Robert and  Hendrik Louw,  the president of the Genealogical Society of South Africa.  Mrs Helena Garner the author of the book, accompanied by her husband Dudley also attended the function.  She is a retired staff member of the Merensky library and shared with us that it took her 22 years to complete the research on the Kriel family.  Mr Gerrit Muller, Chairman of the GSSA Northern Transvaal Branch, Mr Andre Heydenrych the Treasurer of the GSSA  and Mrs Sharon Louw, wife of Hendrik Louw were also present.

Contributed by Katrien Malan

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee visit our library

 

The UPLS hosted Ms Ewa Barczyk, Director of Libraries, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Friday 25 March 2011 at the Merensky Library. This was a goodwill visit and Ms Barczyk was interested to know about our research and information literacy programmes; collaborations with national and international institutions; professional staff development; preservation and digitisation initiatives; and how do we meet the expectations of the UP community.

 

The University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee is the largest academic institution in the Milwaukee area and one of two doctoral research campuses in the state. It serves over 30,000 students plus several thousand faculty and staff. The UWM Libraries includes several libraries, Music, Media and the world famous American Geographical Society Libraries, within the main complex which is centrally located on the campus. It includes over 2 million books and bound periodicals and access to over 18 thousand online journals and databases. Among recent noteworthy achievements, the Libraries underwent a major physical transformation with the creation of the Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons, a $5 million dollar renovation which resulted in a highly popular and utilized main floor of the Libraries open 24 hours, five days a week. Ms Barczyk has been an advocate of open access and changing scholarly communications, serves as co-chair for a campus committee focused on research and on the Planning Taskforce on Digital Future engaged in creating a strategic plan for the campus. She plays a leadership role in the Council of University of Wisconsin Libraries and currently serves on their Efficiencies Taskforce to implement streamlined operations and cost savings measures to improve user services.

 

Ms Barczyk was accompanied by Ms Paula Kiely, Director of the Milwaukee Public Library, who was interested in the partnership between the University, schools and public library, as well as the ICT skills of entry level students.

 

This is a citywide system consisting of an historic Central Library and 12 branches, with a $23 million budget. The 11th person to hold this position in the 133 year history of the institution and the 3rd woman, Kiely was appointed in 2006 by City of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Kiely joined MPL in 1995 and served in various positions prior to her appointment including Youth Services Librarian, Coordinator of Children's Services, and Deputy City Librarian in charge of the Central Library. During her tenure she launched a citywide early literacy outreach program and a teen advisory council. Kiely completed a systemwide facilities plan in 2010, Rethinking Libraries for the 21st Century. The first library built as part of this plan will open in the fall of 2011. She has served on a number of boards including the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Information Studies Advisory Council (current president), Library Services and Technology Act Advisory Board, Wisconsin Library Services, Library Council of Southeastern Wisconsin, and Profession Dimensions, a women's business organization. Kiely holds memberships in the American Library Association, Public Library Association, Urban Libraries Council, Wisconsin Library Association, Beta Phi Mu, and Rotary. Group and individual awards include 2002 Graduate of the Decade (UWM-SOIS), and Public Policy Awards for the Central Children's Room, Books2Go Early Literacy Program, Computer Training Services, and the Central Library Green Roof.

 

They were accompanied by Dr Jacques du Plessis of the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The School has a collaborative programme with the UP Department of Information Studies.

 

From left to right:  Ujala Satgoor, Hilda Kriel, Hettie Groenewald, Elsabe Olivier, Jacques du Plessis, Ewa Barczyk, Heila Pienaar, Robert Moropa and Paula Kiely

 

Contributed by Ujala Satgoor

LIASA Gauteng North Branch : South African Library Week celebrations

Library week was celebrated all over South Africa in the week of 19-26 March 2011 with the theme Read in your language @ your library.

 

@Reyton Library on the 23rd March

 

Mmakgoshi Reetseng and Helena Snyman from the Department of Education represented LIASA Gauteng North Branch Executive Committee. The staff members and the Reyton community members gathered to celebrate Library week and to bid farewell to Ms Marthie Strydom (retiring Nokeng libraries supervisor). The activities ranged from slide shows, showing the Nokeng libraries achievements since 2009, an exhibition of books in all 11 languages, poetry reading, dancing and speeches from various invited guests. Mmakgoshi Reetseng delivered the key note speech and handed over a pack of books donated by the LIASA Gauteng North Branch to the Programme Librarian (Ms Alina Mokoena).

 

 

A tour to Es’kia Mphahlele Library on the 24th

 

Mmakgoshi took the learners from New Dawn High School in Pretorius Street on a walk to Es’kia Mphahlele Community Library, the learners were invited to perform a Tswana dance at City of Tshwane’s Library Week celebration. Dr. MD Thokobane was the key note speaker.

 

Mmakgoshi handed over a pack of Indigenous language books donated by LIASA Gauteng North Branch to the principal Ms Kekana. This followed a donation of books to the school by the University of Pretoria Library Service’s Mamelodi Branch a week before the walk.

 

Pyjamas Story-telling evening @ Motheong Primary School on the 24th

 

The famous annual Motheong Primary Story-telling evening has arrived. One could see lots of children, dressed in colourful pyjamas and sleepers, sitting quietly on cushions, some holding their teddy bears, and their parents sitting on camp chairs around them. The evening comprised of story reading by the pupils, a story-telling session, a puppet show and lastly all the children were treated to a cup of Hot Chocolate. One of the community members attending the event was none other than Mmakgoshi, she was afforded the opportunity to talk to the parents and she handed over yet another donation of new books from the LIASA Gauteng North Branch to the school.

 

This donation follows three donations that the school received in 2010 from RoomToRead, BIBSA and the University of Pretoria Library Services.

 

Book donation from RoomToRead on the 25th

 

Mmakgoshi collected boxes of new books from RoomToRead, which will be donated to New Dawn High School and the Steve Biko Hospital’s Oncology section. The books still have to be delivered.

 

Knitted teddy bears

 

A donation of teddy bears knitted by AnnaMarie Young’s mother was also received and will be delivered to Steve Biko Hospital’s Oncology section.

 

May I take this opportunity to thank all my colleagues for their understanding and support, especially my leader Ms Soekie Swanepoel for her encouragement and support.

 

Mmakgoshi Prescilla Reetseng - A proud LIASA Gauteng North member

 

Contributed by Mmakgoshi Prescilla Reetseng

Refurbishment Project - Where we are now?

 

 

Training Centre and Auditorium

 

 

Research Commons

 

 

 

 

Make sure that meetings become time well spent: 
  

Know the objective of the meeting - a meeting is only a success if it achieves the objectives set. Otherwise meetings can be expensive in terms of time and loss of productivity.  Meetings are for 4 reasons only: to communicate, to coordinate, to control and to plan resulting in decision-making and action. Set clear objectives before a meeting.

 

In a 'bored' room, minutes can seem like hours! - have respect for time. Begin on time and end on time. Maintain tight meeting control and dismiss attendees who arrive late. Allocate a time for each item on the agenda. 
 

Observe professional meeting etiquette - state the purpose and the objective of the meeting on the agenda. Allow people to contribute without dominating the discussion. Do not allow people to have private conversations.

 

Follow the agenda - respect the agenda and do not add items. If time runs out, do not extend the meeting as attendees have tight schedules. Request to move important items higher up the agenda.

 

Apply agenda strategies - the agenda prior to the meeting is brief and states topics to be discussed. Encourage attendees to write their own notes - they will pay greater attention.

 

Know meeting procedure - meeting procedure is well established and it works. Ensure that minutes are read and accepted, that motions are read, and that meetings are only "closed" if all agenda items are covered. If not, they are "adjourned" until a later date.

 

Do not hold meetings outside business hours - people who convene meetings over weekends or in the evenings show disrespect for attendees and their personal lives. They also advertise their inability to prioritise daily events and to manage their time. Balance in life is vital to control stress.

 

Distribute minutes quickly - meeting minutes must be distributed as soon as possible. Prompt distribution of the minutes will remind attendees to place priority on matters that need attention.

 

Adapted from: Kwelanga Training newsletter

 

Contributed by Martha de Waal

 

April boek van die maand / April book of the month

Brakdak : flatroofs in the Karoo / Gabriel Fagan

 

 

 

 

 

 

This book contains photographs with brief notes on flat-roofed vernacular architecture in the Karoo.  Taken during the 1950's, they portray buildings and unspoilt village scenes, many of which have suffered severe changes during the last half-century.

 

Although change is inevitable and irrevocable, almost any visit today reveals a deteriorated environment.  So apart from the sheer pleasure of recalling these scenes, this book might, in a small way, contribute to a realization of the simple beauty lost, and to a will to regain it.

 

Something about the author:

 

Gabriel Fagan was born in Cape Town on 15 th November 1925, the second son of Henry Allan Fagan and Jessie Fagan.  After obtaining a B.Arch degree in 1952 at the newly established architecture faculty of the University of Pretoria, he worked for twelve years as resident architect for Volkskas Bank.

 

To supervise the widespread new and recycled bank buildings he bought a Piper Tripacer aircraft, which he hangared on the family's small holding an through extensive flying he learn to know the topography of the country and most of the small country villages and outlying farmsteads, also from the air.

 

In 1964 he opened an office in Cape Town, where he still runs his architectural practice.  In addition to some 200 restoration projects he has many distinctive contemporary buildings to his credit

 

Comments  |   Catalogue Link

Contributed by Katrien Malan

Maart e-boek van die maand / March e-book of the month

 

 

Met die snel ontwikkelende tegnologie van e-boeklesers soos

Kindle en iPad saam met ebrary is die biblioteek nou in 'n posisie om meer e-boeke aan te koop en bekend te stel.

Elke maand sal 'n nuwe e-boek in die nuusbrief en op die webblad aangekondig word.

Kyk gerus daarna en terugvoer is baie welkom.

 

³³³³ : ³³³³

 

With the rapid technology development of e-book readers like Kindle and IPad, and also new development at Ebrary,

is the library now in a position to buy and promote more e-books.

Enjoy this new development - feedback and comments are welcome.

  9780230230491 -  Destabilizing the Hollywood Musical   Music Masculinity and Mayhem

  Kessler, Kelly,|d1972-
Destabilizing the Hollywood musical:music, masculinity and mayhem /Kelly Kessler.

 

 

 

Contributed by Chrissie Boeyens 

                                                                                                                            

Library Intranet Newsletter Publication / Publikasie van die Biblioteek Intranet Nuusbrief

 

Indien jy enige kommentaar of voorstelle oor die nuusbrief het, epos ons asseblief by diana.gerritsen@up.ac.za - ek hoor graag jou opinie.

 

If you have any comments or suggestions about our newsletter, then please mail us on diana.gerritsen@up.ac.za - I am very keen to hear your opinions.

 

       

 

To contribute, please e-mail Diana Gerritsen. Contributions can be in Afrikaans or English.

 

Om 'n bydrae te maak e-pos asb. vir Diana Gerritsen. Bydraes kan in Afrikaans of Engels wees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events this

month ...


Gebeure dié

maand ...

   

 

 

 

 

April

 

is

 

Health Awareness

 

  Month / Maand

 

 

 

 1 Biblioteekkomitee vergadering / Library Advisory Committee Meeting
2 World Autism Awareness Day
4 Library Exco Meeting
4 International Day for the Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
  Lesings sluit af vir Kwartaal 1
4-10 National Polio Eradication Awareness Week
5 Aanvang van lesings vir Kwartaal 2
7 World Health Day
11 Library Exco Meeting
12 E-Service Meeting / E-Dienstevergadering
14 Library Financial Forum Meeting
  World book Day
15 E-Service Meeting
15 Global Youth Service Day
17 World Haemophilia Day
18 Library Exco Meeting
19 Information Specialists Meeting
20 Hilda visit branch libraries
21 Lesings sluit af vir Aprilreses
22/4-2/5 Aprilreses
22 Goeie Vrydag / Good Friday
  Earth Day
23 World Book and Copyright Day
25 Gesinsdag /  Family Day
  Africa Malaria Day
27 Vryheidsdag / Freedom Day

 

 

 

Birthdays this

month ...

 


 

 

Verjaarsdae dié

maand ...

 

 

 

3 Helena Coetzee
6 Elsie Verheem
  Ivy Khangale
  Mathews Sebonego
  Thomas Mathonsi
7 Johann van Wyk
  Johanna Shika
9 Jacobus Roux
12 Maureen du Pisanie
14 Johannes Moruputli
21 Una Mgwenya
24 Berna Erasmus
25 Kabelo Ramavhoya
27 Salomie Stolz
28 Andre Janse van Rensburg
30 Mabel Mashifane

 

 

 

 

Om dood te gaan is geen kuns nie: die slegste kry dit reg. Om te lewe is ‘n kuns: die beste kry dit nie goed reg nie.

~ CJ Langenhoven ~

ËËËËË
 
Knowledge is the eye
of desire and
can become the
pilot of the soul.
 
~ Will Durant ~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Het jy geweet .......

 

 

The word 'pound' is abbreviated 'lb.' after the constellation 'libra' because it means 'pound' in Latin, and also 'scales'. The abbreviation for the British Pound Sterling comes from the same source: it is an 'L' for Libra/Lb. with a stroke through it to indicate abbreviation.

 

Did you know.......

It was previously thought that rainbows never appear at night. However, rainbows do appear at night and is known as moon rainbows or lunar rainbows.

To see a moon rainbow, many conditions must coincide:

1. there must be  a full moon,

2. the moon must be either rising or setting,

3. and there must be mist in the air because a rainbow is made up of the rays of the sun that are reflected inside raindrops – or, in this case, the rays reflected by the moon.

Moon rainbows are a rarity; there have been only a few in the past 50 years.



See: Rainbows do occur at night

 

It was previously thought that rainbows never appear at night. However, rainbows do appear at night and is known as moon rainbows or lunar rainbows.

To see a moon rainbow, many conditions must coincide:

1. there must be  a full moon,

2. the moon must be either rising or setting,

3. and there must be mist in the air because a rainbow is made up of the rays of the sun that are reflected inside raindrops – or, in this case, the rays reflected by the moon.

Moon rainbows are a rarity; there have been only a few in the past 50 years.



See: Rainbows do occur at night
It was previously thought that rainbows never appear at night. However, rainbows do appear at night and is known as moon rainbows or lunar rainbows.

To see a moon rainbow, many conditions must coincide:

1. there must be  a full moon,

2. the moon must be either rising or setting,

3. and there must be mist in the air because a rainbow is made up of the rays of the sun that are reflected inside raindrops – or, in this case, the rays reflected by the moon.

Moon rainbows are a rarity; there have been only a few in the past 50 years.



See: Rainbows do occur at night
It was previously thought that rainbows never appear at night. However, rainbows do appear at night and is known as moon rainbows or lunar rainbows.

To see a moon rainbow, many conditions must coincide:

1. there must be  a full moon,

2. the moon must be either rising or setting,

3. and there must be mist in the air because a rainbow is made up of the rays of the sun that are reflected inside raindrops – or, in this case, the rays reflected by the moon.

Moon rainbows are a rarity; there have been only a few in the past 50 years.



See: Rainbows do occur at night
It was previously thought that rainbows never appear at night. However, rainbows do appear at night and is known as moon rainbows or lunar rainbows.

To see a moon rainbow, many conditions must coincide:

1. there must be  a full moon,

2. the moon must be either rising or setting,

3. and there must be mist in the air because a rainbow is made up of the rays of the sun that are reflected inside raindrops – or, in this case, the rays reflected by the moon.

Moon rainbows are a rarity; there have been only a few in the past 50 years.



See: Rainbows do occur at night
It was previously thought that rainbows never appear at night. However, rainbows do appear at night and is known as moon rainbows or lunar rainbows.

To see a moon rainbow, many conditions must coincide:

1. there must be  a full moon,

2. the moon must be either rising or setting,

3. and there must be mist in the air because a rainbow is made up of the rays of the sun that are reflected inside raindrops – or, in this case, the rays reflected by the moon.

Moon rainbows are a rarity; there have been only a few in the past 50 years.



See: Rainbows do occur at night
It was previously thought that rainbows never appear at night. However, rainbows do appear at night and is known as moon rainbows or lunar rainbows.

See: Rainbows do occur at night
It was previously thought that rainbows never appear at night. However, rainbows do appear at night and is known as moon rainbows or lunar rainbows.

See: Rainbows do occur at night
It was previously thought that rainbows never appear at night. However, rainbows do appear at night and is known as moon rainbows or lunar rainbows.

See: Rainbows do occur at night

On average, you speak almost 5,000 words a day – although almost 80% of speaking is self-talk (talking to yourself).

See: Fast facts about your body
On average, you speak almost 5,000 words a day – although almost 80% of speaking is self-talk (talking to yourself).

See: Fast facts about your body
On average, you speak almost 5,000 words a day – although almost 80% of speaking is self-talk (talking to yourself).

See: Fast facts about your body
On average, you speak almost 5,000 words a day – although almost 80% of speaking is self-talk (talking to yourself).

See: Fast facts about your body
On average, you speak almost 5,000 words a day – although almost 80% of speaking is self-talk (talking to yourself).

See: Fast facts about your body
On average, you speak almost 5,000 words a day – although almost 80% of speaking is self-talk (talking to yourself).

See: Fast facts about your body
On average, you speak almost 5,000 words a day – although almost 80% of speaking is self-talk (talking to yourself).

See: Fast facts about your body
The Sahara desert expands at about 1km per month.

See: Fast facts about earth and space
The Sahara desert expands at about 1km per month.

See: Fast facts about earth and space
Leonardo da Vinci could write with the one hand and draw with the other simultaneously

See: Fast facts about famous people
Leonardo da Vinci could write with the one hand and draw with the other simultaneously

See: Fast facts about famous people
The word malaria comes from the words mal and aria, which means bad air. This derives from the old days when it was thought that all diseases are caused by bad, or dirty air.

See: Trivia facts
The word malaria comes from the words mal and aria, which means bad air. This derives from the old days when it was thought that all diseases are caused by bad, or dirty air.

See: Trivia facts

The common goldfish is the only animal that can see both infra-red and ultra-violet light.

 

 


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