Library Week - 19 March 2011
Presentation of the Kriel book : /
Genealogical Society of South Africa
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee visit our
LIASA Gauteng North Branch : South African Library
Refurbishment Project - Where we are now?
Meetings are not a substitute for real work.
Here's how to make sure yours are productive'
boek van die Maand/April book of the month
e-boek van die maand
e-book of the month
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
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
Contributed by Tebogo Mogakane
Library Week - 19
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
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.
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
From left to right:
Ujala Satgoor, Hilda Kriel, Hettie Groenewald, Elsabe
Olivier, Jacques du Plessis,
Heila Pienaar, Robert Moropa and
by Ujala Satgoor
LIASA Gauteng North Branch : South African Library Week
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
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
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
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
evening @ Motheong Primary School on the 24th
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
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
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
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
Mmakgoshi Prescilla Reetseng
Refurbishment Project - Where we are now?
Training Centre and Auditorium
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! -
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
Follow the agenda -
respect the agenda and
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 -
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
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
Adapted from: Kwelanga Training newsletter
Contributed by Martha
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
by Katrien Malan
Maart e-boek van die maand / March e-book of the
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
Kyk gerus daarna en
terugvoer is baie welkom.
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.
Destabilizing the Hollywood musical:music,
masculinity and mayhem /Kelly Kessler.
Contributed by Chrissie Boeyens
Library Intranet Newsletter
Publikasie van die Biblioteek Intranet Nuusbrief
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Knowledge is the eye
of desire and
can become the
pilot of the soul.
~ Will Durant ~
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.......
The common goldfish is the only animal that
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