Departement Biblioteekdienste

Universiteit van Pretoria

Department of Library Services

University of Pretoria


       Herfs/Winter Uitgawe 2014 • Autumn/Winter Edition 2014   





Autumn / Herfs


In this issue: / In hierdie uitgawe:


Mei / May
Junie / June
Staff news / Personeelnuus
Did you know... / Het jy geweet...
Brief van die Redaksie / Letter of the Editor
EMEA Regional Council - 2014 Annual Meeting
South African Library Week was celebrated in all our libraries!
South African Library Week (SALW) 2014
The impact of Present with Impact
The UP Library Management System (LMS ) migration to a new server
New WebPAC Launch
Activities in the Learning Centre 2014
According to the “I love my library” competition, our clients adore us!
News from the Digitisation Office
Cataloguing Workshop: Addressing future changes and challenges
Dawie Roodt presents on the budget in the library 3 March 2014
“Civil citizenship and the election”
Ludwig Taschner’s talk on roses
Marthie Leach (RD MSc (SA) speaks in Merensky
Field Marshall JC Smuts, the United Nations, and Human Rights Month
Kleredragbeleid vir dames in die biblioteek / Clothing Policy for ladies in the library - 1983
New e-books
Special Collections book of the month



Kalender / Calendar


April - Junie/June





Health Awareness




1 International Tatting Day
2 International Childrens Book Day
  World Autism Awareness Day
3 ClickUP/EI/Library Meeting

World Party Day

4 International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
7 UPLS Exco Meeting

Skole heropen / Schools Open

World Health Day

  World Quality Day
8 Information Specialist Meeting
11 World Parkinson's Day
13 International Special Librarian's Day
14 UPLS Exco Meeting

Electronic Resources Work Group (EIH) Committee Meeting

17 World Haemophilia Day
18 Goeie Vrydag / Good Friday

International Day for Monuments and Sites

21 Family Day / Gesinsdag

International Creativity and Innovation Day

22 International Mother Earth Day
23 Faculty Library Managers Meeting
  World Book and Copy Right Day
24-30 Global/African Vaccination Week
25 World Malaria Day

World Penguin Day

26 International Marconi Day
27 Freedom Day / Vryheidsdag
28 Openbare vakansiedag / Public holiday

World Day of Safety and Health at work

29-30 Geen lesings / No Lectures
29/04-17/05 National Polio (1st round) and Measles Immunisation Campaign


May / Mei

Anti-Tobacco Campaign / International Multi Sclerosis Awareness



1 Workers' Day / Werkersdag

International Labor Day

2 Geen lesings / No lectures

Global Campaign for Education Action Week

3 World Press Freedom Day
4 International Dawn Chorus Day

International Fire fighters Day

4-11 Hospice Week
5 UPLS Exco Meeting

International Midwives Day


UPLS Staff Meeting / Personeel - vergadering

World Asthma Day

6-12 Burns Awareness Week
8 ClickUP/EI/Library Meeting
  International Red Cross and Red Crescent Day
10 World Move for Health Day

World Lupus Day

World Fair Trade Day

12 UPLS Exco Meeting

International Nurses Day


IEEE Global Engineering Day

14 e-Steering Committee Meeting
15 International Day of Families
16 Library Advisory Committee Meeting
17 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
  World Hypertension Day
18 International Museum Day
19 UPLS Exco Meeting
  International Candlelight Memorial Day
21 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

World Anti Terrorism Day

22 Library Management Forum Meeting
22 International Day for Biological Diversity
23 World Turtle Day
24 UP Open Day / Opedag

World Schizophrenia Day

25 Africa Day
26 UPLS Exco Meeting
27/05-2/06 Child Protection Week
28 International Day of Action for Women's Health
29 Library Management Forum Meeting

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

Lectures end for quarter 2 & semester 1 / Lesings sluit af vir kwartaal 2 en semester 1

31 World No Tobacco Day


June / June

 National Youth Development / Men's Health / Antarctic / National Blood Donor Awareness



1 International Children's Day
2 UPLS Exco Meeting
  International Cancer Survivor's Day
2-23 Examinations of first quarter, second quarter and fist-semester modules / Eksamens van eerstekwartaal-, tweedekwartaal- en eerstesemester- modules
3-9 World Heart Rhythm Week
4 International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
5 World Environment Day
8 World Ocean Day
9 UPLS Exco Meeting
10 Information Specialist Meeting
  World move for Health Day
12 World Day Against Child Labour
14 World Blood Donor Day
15 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
16 Youth Day / Jeugdag

International Day of the African Child

16-24 National Epilepsy Week
17 World Day to Combat Desertification
17-28 National Polio (2nd Round) Immunisation Campaign
18 UPLS Faculty Managers meeting
19 Documents Collections Sub-committee Meeting
  World Sauntering Day
  World Sickle Cell Day
20 World Refugee Day
21 National Epilepsy Day
  International Surfing Day
  World Music Day
22 Africa Public Service Day
23 UPLS Exco Meeting

Electronic Resources Work Group (EIH) Meeting

24/06-01/07 Supplementary examinations of first quarter, second quarter and first-semester modules / Hereksamens van eerstekwartaal-, tweedekwartaal- en eerstesemestermodules
24-28 National Youth Health Indaba
24-28 SANCA Drug Awareness Week
26 e-Steering Committee Meeting
26 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
  International Day Against Drug and Illicit Trafficking
27 Skole sluit / Schools closed
30 UPLS Exco Meeting



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

please contact the editorial staff:



Indien jy enige terugvoer, artikels,

voorstelle het vir of oor hierdie nuusbrief,

kontak asseblief die redaksie:


Carin Bezuidenthout




of / or


Diana Gerritsen

Design and Layout /

Ontwerp en Uitleg








May this birthday be the beginning

of the best years of your life.






Mag hierdie verjaardag die begin

wees van die beste jare in jou lewe.




6 Thomas Mathonsi
7 Johann van Wyk
  Johanna Shika
  Ms Sonto Mabena
14 Johannes Moruputli
17 Raesibe Kekana
21 Una Mgwenya
28 André Janse van Rensburg


4 Joyce Maaga
8 Gerda Ehlers
10 Amelia Breytenbach
12 Leonard Daniels
  Annah Molefe
13 Kabelo Nzima
16 Louis Leonard
17 Katrien Malan
20 Marietjie van der Westhuizen
21 Hannetjie Boshoff
  Adrienne Warricker
26 Thea Kilian
27 Janice de Wee
28 Suzy Nyakale


1 Gerna van Veelen
5 Maria Mtsweni
10 Suzan Mamabolo
11 Mamphuthi Mogola
18 Danie Malan
19 Lucas Nhlangulela
22 Sello Baloyi
  Mphumzi Ngobeni

Tienie Briel

26 Josephine Modiba
  Goodwill Morige


Shirley Gilmore


Marieta Buys

29 Audrey Lenoge





Staff news


Congratulations to ....... /

Baie geluk aan .......


Kabelo Nzima who was blessed with twins (two boys).


Brenda Nsanzya who was blessed with a baby girl.


Bettie de Kock met die verwerwing van haar Meestersgraad

We bid farewell

to the following staff members /

Ons sê totsiens

aan die volgende personeellede


Elsa Coertze met haar aftrede einde Maart


Johannes Moropotli who retired end April


Benedict Mofosi from UPLS Systems who has resigned.


Mphumzi Ngobeni  from the Music Library, who has resigned.


Isaac Makheta from the Bindery  who has resigned.


Marie Theron who has resigned.


Our condolences to ........ /

Ons innige simpatie aan ........


Josiah Lebelo who's brother passed away.


Mart Muller wie se vader oorlede is.


Isobel Rycroft wie se skoonmoeder oorlede is.


Marinda Maritz wie se ouma oorlede is.


Cindy-Lee Daniëls wie se ouma oorlede is.


Helmien van den Berg wie se skoonmoeder oorlede is.

Sunette Steynberg wie se vader oorlede is.


Ora Cloete wie se moeder oorlede is.


Diana Gerritsen wie se skoonvader oorlede is.


Magriet Lee wie se vader oorlede is.


Welcome to the following

new staff members ........ /

Welkom aan die volgende nuwe personeel ........


Viveka Pillai


Viveka was employed as an Undergraduate Information Specialist in the Learning Centre on Level 3, as at 1st  February 2014. Her educational qualifications includes a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Honours : Bachelor of Information Science from Unisa. A professional highlight was attending and successfully completing the 6th and final Carnegie Library Leadership Academy in April 2012. She was previously employed at the National Library as a Principal Librarian of the Reading Room.


Raesibe Kekana


Raesibe was born and raised in Soweto in 1972. She matriculated in 1991 at the Phiri-Kolobe Secondary School. In 1993 she enrolled for Bachelor of Information Studies at the University of the North (now University of Limpopo) and received her degree in 1997. While studying she worked as a student assistant at the Acquisition Section and Cataloguing Section from 1996-1997. After completing her studies she took a position at Funda Community centre as Librarian from 1999-2002.  From there she went to the National Institute for Economic Policy (NIEP) as Knowledge Manager, from 2002-2004. From 2005-2006 she got a part-time position as Librarian in the Milpark Business School. In 2007 she was appointed as a Contract Librarian (Weeding) at the City of Johannesburg Municipality in the Reference Section for a year. She continued in the service of the City of Johannesburg Municipality as she was appointed as Cataloguing Librarian in the Cataloguing Unit from 2007. From there Raesibe moved to the University of Pretoria – she was appointed as Junior Cataloguer in the Merensky Library from March 2014.  Presently she is studying at UNISA for her Honours in Archival Studies. She is married with 3 kids, one boy and two girls and currently stays in South Hills (Johannesburg). 


Biotumelo Masilo


Tumie was born in the Eastern Cape (Matatiele). She completed her Bachelors degree in Health Sciences and Social Services, specializing in psychological counselling at UNISA, and also completed a post graduate certificate in Archival Studies at UNISA.  She worked at UNISA Durban as a student worker until 2009 when she moved to Pretoria, taking the post at UNISA as Junior librarian and worked there until now, when she accepted the position at UP as part of the  Library Circulation team.










Frogs don't drink

(they absorb water through their skin)




Die meeste vitamiene C word in die

skil van die vrug gevind.








"All the world is a nonlinear system

He linearised to the right

He linearised to the left

Till nothing was right

And nothing was left"


Nonlinear system identification / Stephen A. Billings. Chichester, Sussex : Wiley, 2013

(unnumbered page facing t.p. verso)


Contributed by Annette Ingram

  •  lightning strikes it can reach up to 30,000 degrees celsius (54,000 degrees fahrenheit)nuts are toxic to dogs




  • macadamia nuts are toxic to do























































































































































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  • lemons contain more sugar than strawberries
  • lemons contain more sugar than strawberrie


Brief van die Redaksie Letter from the Editors


In hierdie uitgawe van die Nuusbrief dek ons al die aktiwiteite wat plaasgevind het gedurende die eerste vier maande van die jaar – en was ons besig! Die nuwe Eerstejaar studente het hulle bekendstelling aan die Biblioteek gehad, ons het Valentynsdag gevier, SA Library Week en ons het die voorreg gehad om na verskeie kenners te luister oor verskillende onderwerpe. Kom ons sit skouer aan die wiel en werk hard tot by 2014 se halfpadmerk!


Onthou asseblief om al julle nuus oor projekte, besoekers, suksesverhale, spesiale geleenthede, kursusse bygewoon, ens. vir ons te stuur, ons plaas dit graag in die Nuusbrief.


Carin Bezuidenhout


Diana Gerritsen


In this edition of the Library Newsletter you will read about all the activities which took place in the Library during the first four months of 2014. We were busy! The new First Year students had their introduction to the Library, we celebrated Valentine’s Day and SA Library Week and had the privilege to listen to quite a few experts on different topics. Let’s work hard towards the halfway mark of 2014!

Please remember to send us your news about projects, visitors, success stories, special events, courses attended etc., we would love to put your news in the Newsletter.


Carin Bezuidenhout


Diana Gerritsen  


EMEA Regional Council - 2014 Annual Meeting


The 2014 EMEARC Meeting has now come and gone. The theme for this meeting was: Library Community in Action: advancing knowledge, collaboration and innovation. This theme was inspired by the African proverb that states, “If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.”


This meeting, which was the Fifth EMEARC Meeting, was held on 24 – 25 February 2014 in Cape Town – the first meeting to be held in Africa.  It was attended by 267 delegates and 23 OCLC staff members, making it the biggest EMEARC meeting in terms of attendance by delegates. Cape Town turned out to be an excellent venue for this meeting and the weather also cooperated: it was sunny and a bit windy on occasion.  The delegates that attended this meeting came from more than 27 countries within the EMEA region – 11of which were in Africa.


We also felt privileged to have the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Sandy Yee, the past Chair of the Board of Trustees, Larry Alford and a member of the Board of Trustees, Barbara Lison join us on this exciting occasion.


Plenary Sessions


The two key note speakers, Charles Leadbeater and Skip Prichard did not disappoint. Charles stressed the importance of inclusivity and openness of libraries. He reminded us that we should not only think about the services that libraries provide, but also focus on the importance of partnership or relationship building. According to Charles, the survival of libraries will hinge on their ability to collaborate at an international level. He concluded his talk powerfully by reminding us that, “You will not win unless you pass (the ball)!”


Skip urged us to think about the things that we are passionate about. He stressed the importance of collaboration in his talk. The symbolism of the Sequoia trees that he used in his talk was a powerful one. He pointed out that these trees help each other with their root systems - there is a lot that organisations can learn from these trees.


The second plenary session comprised of four Lightning Talks that lasted five minutes each, which proved to be an excellent idea. The four speakers gave practical examples on how they have used the principle: “...If you want to go far, go together”.  Delegates discussed and voted for the most enjoyable presentation, with Denyse Knipe, Tshwane University of Technology being the chosen winner.


The third and last plenary session focused on Shared Data: with a presentation from Ted Fons and Richard Wallis, OCLC, followed by saving the Timbuktu Archives, told by Stephanie Diakite. The combination of these themes turned out to be inspirational in itself. It dealt with the sharing of data at both the electronic level and manuscript level.  



2014 Group Photo

Breakout Talks


In addition to the plenary sessions and the business meetings the EMEARC Meeting had thirteen Breakout Talks. Some of these Breakout Talks were over-subscribed and on the whole they were well attended. They provided the delegates with choice and variety. 


Farewell to Janet Lees


During the close of the meeting we had an opportunity to bid farewell to Janet Lees, Community Liaison, who has retired after serving OCLC for thirty one years.  A surprise presentation of carefully selected photos of Janet was shown. This was followed by tributes to Janet that were given by Eric van Lubeek and myself. This was indeed a sad and at the same time a happy occasion, during which we recognized the excellent service that Janet gave to OCLC and in particular to the EMEA Regional Council.


Enrichment visits


Throughout the Meeting there were opportunities to take part in the Enrichment Programme, which included a visit to Centre for the Book, University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University which included a trip to Delheim Wine Farm.  The visit to Robben Island on Sunday 23 proved to be popular. About 40 delegates and OCLC staff went on this memorable trip.


Robert Moropa, Elsabé Olivier and Hilda Kriel


What stood out for me from the meeting was the presentation and discussions on WorldShare Management Services. The concern at the back of my mind was easy access to all our resources for our clients. Having to search at a couple of places is not ideal. WorldShare has the required functionality to allow one search and all our resources can be discovered by our clients. At the back end we need to place all resources on the knowledge base so that one search is sufficient to discover all our resources. Another benefit which stood out for me is that WorldShare also contributes to increased visibility of our resources on the web.  This may be a two-edged sword though. I also found it interesting to hear how Unisa has partnered with public libraries around Tshwane to assist their students. I am interested in finding out more about this initiative.


Contributed by Lindiwe Soyizwapi


I was very proud to have attended the OCLC EMEA Regional Council Annual Meeting 2014 in Cape Town this year. Not only was our library director Mr Robert Moropa the Chair of the OCLC EMEA Regional Council, but we were also attending this meeting in the very beautiful Cape Town at the Cape Town International Convention Centre which compares exceptionally well with the best conference venues in the world. The eats and drinks at the conference venue were generous and delicious and the social itinerary was well-planned and really added value to this illustrious event. The overall impression was that of professionalism, collegiality and cooperation. Personal highlights included the Lightning talks by South Africana colleagues about their different creative endeavours at South African institutions and the presentations on day one by Charles Leadbeater and Skip Prichard (OCLC President & CEO). Charles Leadbetter focused on the necessity of public-ness, inclusivity and openness of libraries and his message of sharing struck a cord with me. The theme of collaboration was again very clear in Skip Prichard’s presentation. The tweets on Twitter also indicated that this event was one of the best conference experiences ever: #EMEARC14.


Contributed by Elsabé Olivier


One of the main impressions I brought back from the conference is that OCLC's philosophy behind World Share is the future direction for LTS systems. Libraries of the future's main roles will be to facilitate collaboration and build and maintain relationships, inter alia the relationship between the collection and end users but also with each other. End users no longer start searching for information on the library catalogue and where the information is located becomes less important. They also does not explore our collections well enough on the Web. According to Ted Fons and Richard Wallis libraries should communicate with their end users, the way the rest of the Web communicates with them. Therefore our collections should become part of the Web of Data, something that OCLC is addressing. 


Contributed by Hilda Kriel


I am thrilled to have been able to attend the OCLC EMEA Regional Council Meeting that was held in Cape Town this year. The arrangements and communication before, during and after the event were excellent. The OCLC EMEARC Event Team kept me updated via e-mail from the moment I registered online, until I arrived. Of course the setting of the Meeting in beautiful Cape Town added to the ambience! The venue, the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) was of world class standard and compared well with the best that I have experienced internationally. The Convention Centre was also conveniently located close to hotels and easy accessible from the Cape Town International Airport. The OCL EMEARC Team were very well organised when we arrived at the Convention Centre. They had personnel who welcomed us at the entrance to the building, and directed us along the route to the registration desk. The registration process at the desk was very efficient and quick, and the personnel were very friendly and helpful, and were available throughout the event. The programme of the Meeting was very well planned and I must complement OCLC on the topics and speakers chosen for this event. Charles Leadbeater as keynote speaker really set the tone for the Meeting, to think together innovatively and creatively. The Meeting also presented plenty of opportunities for colleagues from across the OCLC EMEA region and further beyond, to network, for example during tea breaks and lunch times, as well as during the Welcome Reception at the Hildebrand near the Cape Town Waterfront (hosted by Sabinet Online) on Sunday 23 February, and the dinner at Suikerbossie restaurant on Monday evening 24 February. Travel arrangements to the Suikerbossie restaurant was also very well organised and went smoothly. The restaurant venue (Suikerbossie) was excellent, the food was superb, and the view from there was spectacular. It was also great to hear of all the developments happening in OCLC and to meet some of the representatives of OCLC face-to-face. Congratulations to everyone involved in arranging such a great event!


Contributed by Johann van Wyk


OCLC plays a major role in the cataloguing and interlending processes within LTS. By attending the OCLC EMEA Regional Council Annual Meeting, I gained insight and perspective in the role of OCLC in finding solutions to meet the innovation challenges for the global library community. They made me realize the importance of collaboration and sharing knowledge and ideas to generate better outcomes. If we work together with other institutions and communities to access information and to ensure access to information, we can reduce costs and time. Skip Prichard, OCLC CEO and President is of the opinion that libraries are ready to face innovation challenges and that by working together, we will be able to create tools that will help our clients to be successful in their endeavours.


Contributed by Soekie Swanepoel


This was my first attendance of the OCLC EMEARC meeting.  The keynote speakers, especially Skip Prichard, delivered a very good presentation on collaboration within the library community, to know what we are passionate about and what we are best at.


I was quite impressed by the sessions on opportunities to share information and work together to create a global library community, and I have learned a lot from these presentations.


The meeting can be summarised in one phrase:  'If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together'.


Contributed by Marieta Buys


This was an opportunity of a lifetime for me to interact and engage with colleagues from the national and international arena in the library and information sector.  I gained valuable knowledge about what is currently happening in the international library and information environment and how we can network and gain from each other.  The programme and the sessions were based on events which were suitable for both the public and academic library sector. There were various breakaway sessions on different subjects and I attended the “We built a community” session. This session gave me some insight in collaboration amongst public and academic libraries, while the other breakaway session titled “Innovation and change management in libraries” provided interesting information on how technology has brought many changes and how staff in this sector embrace this technology and how this can be managed.  It was a privilege for me to be able to attend the EMEA Regional Meeting. I gained a lot of knowledge and some international experience concerning the library and information sector. This knowledge can be practically shared and implemented in my working environment.


Contributed by Tlou Jacob Mothutsi


I had the privilege to attend the first OCLC EMEA Regional Council Meeting in Africa and enjoyed it thoroughly, I am proud to be a South African because Cape Town and the venue were exceptional.

I would like to congratulate Robert and the organizing team on a well-organized event and I’m sure that all the delegates would agree on that.

I attended a talk by Charles Leadbeater on “Collaborate to innovate” and would like to share a few of his slides on innovation:
· Innovation is like a religion
· Innovation = recipes for solutions that generate better outcomes
· Innovation is cumulative, collaborative, unfolding and involves solving many different challenges
· The basic unit of sustained innovation is a creative community with a cause


Contributed by Louis Leonard


It is normally not one of a secretary’s privileges to attend meetings such as OCLC, that’s why I was so grateful for Robert’s invitation to attend the 2014 OCLC’s Europe, Middle East and Africa Regional (EMEAR) Council meeting with him in Cape Town, where he was to  represent UP internationally in his portfolio as Chair of the OCLC EMEAR Council.  I was brought face to face with people with whom I usually have only e-mail or telephonic contact and had the opportunity to observe Robert in action.


Thank you very much for an interesting and insightful meeting with more than just one highlight.


Contributed by Diana Gerritsen


South African Library Week was celebrated in all our libraries!


South African Library Week was celebrated between 15-22 March this year. Beautiful posters, button badges and plastic bags were received from the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) and were distributed to LIASA members, faculty libraries and lastly to clients who are always interested in receiving freebies!


The Department of Library Services also announced a selfie competition from Monday 17 March to Friday 28 March 2014 for all our registered library clients. It entailed clients to take a photograph of themselves with their favourite library book, printed journal or electronic resource and post it on the UP Library Services’ Facebook page.  Unfortunately not many students entered for the competition despite the generous prizes from Bookmark and Oom Gert se Plek.


Nonetheless the following winners were announced Monday 31 March on facebook and the library web page:


1.     Lesego Mokalake (with 45 likes) won a Bookmark voucher worth R350.

2.     Mukwetsimi Mokkiee Nkuna (with 31 likes) won a Bookmark voucher worth R350.

3.     Jared Pool, Anita Pouwels and two others from the Prinshof campus (with 13 likes) won Oom Gert se Plek meal vouchers worth R300.


The Library and Information Association of South Africa’s South African Library Week 2014 ambassador, Tebogo Ditshego, visited the Merensky 2 library on 11 April 2014 as part of the South African Library Week celebrations. He addressed University of Pretoria staff and students on the following topic: “How reading books helped me become one of Forbes Magazine’s top 30 African Entrepreneurs under the age of 30”. The charismatic Tebogo is the CEO of the public relations agency Ditshego Media and the creator of the reading initiative ReadAbookSA which has over 29 248 followers on Twitter. In February 2014 he was named as one of the top 30 African entrepreneurs in Africa under the age of 30 and he was recently also chosen to participate in the  Barack Obama 2014 Washington Fellowship for Young African leaders.


The Merensky II auditorium was jam-packed and the 100+ students were inspired by Tebogo’s message and tweeted about the event at #UPTebogo:

“That was a very inspiring lecture – Nontuthuko

“Great talk here at UP. Very insightful.” – Stefano DiMera

“Got myself a t-shirt, thank you once again for the insightful talk” – Sindiswa

“Inspired. Motivated. In awe.” – Mapitso Makena




Contributed by Elsabé Olivier


South African Library Week (SALW) 2014



South African Library Week 2014 was celebrated from 15-22 March, with the theme:



‘Celebrating Libraries in 20 years of Democracy: Check in @ your library’



Have you checked in @ the Hillcrest Boulevard lately?



I initiated this advocacy project as part of my commitment as LIASA Gauteng North Branch Librarian of the Year … it was a test to my negotiating skills, required a lot of persistence and turned out to be a lot of fun … to promote the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA), libraries, books and reading, but also to honour librarians who are the most important asset of any library!





Contributed by Martha de Waal

The impact of Present with Impact


In January 5 of the UPLS staff members (me, Rianie, Mphumzi, Refiloe and Alett) had the opportunity to attend a 2-day workshop called Present with Impact, from The Strategic Leadership Institute.


I was very nervous. Firstly because it was not the normal “on campus” kind of workshop and secondly because we had to arrive there with a short presentation!


A wonderful experience and learning curve awaited us. We were 10 in the group and the presenter, Manie Bosman, quickly made us feel at home. With great impact he taught us the fine art of presenting.


From the start we had the opportunity to do practical exercises. We had to present to the group which in turn gave very honest feedback. We learnt so much from each other. With the second opportunity to present we were all, (except for Manie!), amazed at the progress we’ve made. We made new friends and laughed a lot with each other while learning very important skills.


Some of the important tips are:

·         The purpose of your presentation determines the central message. Keep this in mind while preparing.

·         Know your audience and focus your central on them.

·         Grab the attention of the audience within the first 30-60 seconds.

·         The tools you are using (e.g.  PowerPoint) should be just that: a tool. Do not write everything you want to say on the slides – this should only be a short summary and do not read your slides! Be well prepared and know your topic.

·         Make eye contact with the audience, not with the ceiling!

·         Use your voice to deliver your message: tone, pace, pitch.

·         Let your own personality show. Do not try to imitate another speaker.

·         Dress for the occasion – your appearance shouldn’t clash or distract from the presentation itself.


After the workshop I came back with a lot of self-confidence and I actually enjoyed my 15 sessions of presenting during February!

Thank you again for the opportunity to have received these skills.



Contributed by Cora Bezuidenhout

The UP Library Management System (LMS ) migration to a new server


The Millennium LMS manages the Library operational and administrative functions and also acts as a proxy server to access Library licensed  e-Resources, copyrighted e-Course Reserves and e-Exam Papers via the WebPAC.  To ensure continued smooth  library operations, it is recommended that the server be replaced every 5 years and this was due end 2013.  Our target date for the data migration was 16 December 2013 as this is a public holiday, close to the University recess and disruptions to our clients and library operations would be minimal.


A glimpse behind the scenes


·         Planning, budgeting and liaising on matters for the new server and Millennium data migration started as early as May 2012;


·         System sizing and configuration requirements for migration had to be clarified with the vendor Innovative Interfaces, Inc. (III);


·         The Library and UP IT was responsible to order, setup and configure the new server according to specs and to ensure the correct O/S Version, O/S Specific ‘C’ Compiler, and appropriate Debugger loaded;


·         Library had to ensure that certain processes are in place and a full data backup is performed before the migration takes place;


·         III staff prepared the server for migration via SSH. A full data migration from the old machine to the new OS and hardware is performed;


·         Library responsible for bringing the new server up with the original server’s IP and host name, as well as perform post-event testing of system and data functionality after migration.


Thanks to all the roleplayers, the migration was smooth and the system fully operational the next working day.



Contributed by Anette Lessing


New WebPAC Launch


On Tuesday 3 December 2013, our new WebPAC was launched and a brand new look and feel was introduced to our library users.


As technology changes, user expectations change and it was clear that our Online Library Catalogue needed to adapt to the newer, cleaner web interfaces.  Many discussions were held early in 2013 and it was clear that this is a rather big project and could only be concluded in early December 2013.  Factors that needed to be taken in consideration stretched from training interventions by library staff to end-user access that reaches a peak during the November exams.


The main focus was entirely on the purpose of the WebPAC and to present the main discovery tools to our end users in an “easy-to-navigate” environment.  The look and feel of the WebPAC became much cleaner, with basic information and links to the most important services that include ILL and other discovery tools like WorldCat and SFX.


We also would like to thank all the users and staff members that gave us immediate feedback and reported a few small problems with our launch.  We are happy to say that all these teething problems have been sorted out.  We’ve also received a couple of suggestions to further improve the WebPAC and we are happy to report that many have already been implemented.  We welcome any suggestions to improve the WebPAC for our clients and know that maintaining the WebPAC is an ongoing process.


In the last week of March 2014 we have added a Google Analytics tracking code to our WebPAC pages and will now be able to track some activity and behavior on our WebPAC.  With 19 611 visits recorded in only one week we can only imagine how important the WebPac is to our clients and will surely use the data to further improve our Online Catalogue for our clients.




Contributed by Carike Schoeman



Activities in the Learning Centre 2014


The Learning Centre was a beehive full of buzz and activities during January and February.  Everyone had to support and help with the 9000 first year students.  We started off with welcoming day which took place on 18 January. This year we did not have the gazebo outside, but advertised the tours and took tours through the library.  We discussed the facilities, services and mentioned statistics, for instance the 74 000 e-journals and the amount of books in our respective libraries.   Parents and new first year students were amazed and commented positively on the library and what it offers to them.  The staff that helped with the tours were:


Louisa Buys

Othilia Matjomane

Nomondo Mtima

Adam Munonoka

Elsabé Olivier

Lindiwe Soyizwapi

Constance Tshiping

Gerda Ehlers


They did an amazing job.  They interacted in a friendly manner with the visitors and were so passionate about the library that the first year students will definitely become diligent library users.


The second marketing activity took place during the orientation week. We did thorough planning with Elsabé Olivier to make these marketing sessions successful.  We contracted two drama students, to write a script and perform a drama skit in the library.  This taught the students how the library works and where to find the different services.  We also developed an interactive Prezi presentation with the assistance and help of Isak Van der Walt , where we included the drama student video and a video where Mr Moropa, our director welcomed the first years .  We played music, did quizzes and discussed the facilities, products, branch libraries and services that we render.


Learning Centre staff and staff from faculty libraries were involved with the Academic Information Management (AIM) Training during February. Fantastic info graphics were utilized for maximum training effect. Students were trained on how to conduct catalogue searches, e-journal, e-exam papers and so much more. We received positive feedback from students e.g.


 “Finding out that there are eBooks that are on the library website. There is nothing better than knowing that even when home, I can still research a resourceful and scientific article.”


“The presentation was really helpful and insightful, it made getting information much easier to access.”



Contributed by Gerda Ehlers and Viveka Pillai


According to the “I love my library” competition, our clients adore us!


In celebration of Valentine’s Day the "I love my library!" competition was launched during the period of 27 January to 13 February 2014. Clients had to enter electronically on the library web and tell why they valued our library and its services. 10 Wonderful prizes enticed a record number of 219 entries. A heartfelt thank you to the following sponsors for our great prizes:


1.       A gift voucher to the value of R1 000, sponsored by Bookmark on campus

2.       A bunch of flowers to the value of R300, sponsored by Eros Florist in Hatfield

3.       Two gift vouchers to the value of R300 each, sponsored by Eros Florist in Hatfield 

4.       Three vouchers to the value of R250 each, sponsored by Salon de Beauté in Brooklyn

5.       Three vouchers to the value of R100 each, sponsored by Burgundy’s on campus.


The Marketing Committee had a tough time deciding on the winning entries, but in the end the following contestants were announced as the winners on Friday 14 February 2014 due to their exciting testimonies:


Muxe Vureni (Undergraduate student – Law faculty), won the R1000 Bookmark voucher:


I love my library because of immense rescue that I am receiving from library! I am a first year student and coming from poor family, which preclude me to get private accommodation to settle in. I am living at Pretoria West at squatter camp. The place that I am residing in is not conducive in terms of studying and partaking other academic activities. Nevertheless, because I have attended library orientation and obtained abundance information to use library, the library is helping me in terms of studying, group discussion, assignment preparation and sourcing information. Moreover, because of the library I feel more comfortable like students who are residing at university's residence or nearer. Conclusively, I have intuition that if I could fail, it would be my shortcomings, even though I am residing far, because library is very, very comprehensive for me to accomplish my inner desire. Wow, the best friend that I will never forget!”



Molly Brown (UP staff member/Researcher), won the bunch of flowers from Eros worth R300:

This year marks a major anniversary for me. It is fifty years since, as a chubby three-year-old, I qualified for my very own provincial library card. Since then, on the journey from Dr Seuss to Dr Spivak, libraries have taken me on Passages to India, trips to Where the Wild Things Are and Round the World in considerably less than Eighty Days. They have taught me about Pride and Prejudice, War and Peace, the Long Walk to Freedom and that one should never, never Kill a Mockingbird. My libraries have shown me Lions, Witches and Wardrobes, Da Vinci Codes, far too many Shades of Grey to even think of counting and The Secret History of all I know and do, while constantly reassuring me that even after Disgrace, All's Well that Ends Well. The Merensky continues this process, offering a Box of research Delights to sustain me in the academic Waste Land and certain comfort in Hard Times. It is the Ocean at the Bottom of my Lane, a sure defence against Nervous Conditions, the only thing that stands between me and Crime and Punishment for being a Book Thief and a reliable guide to anything from The Heart of Redness to The Way of the World. For an Unseen Academic, or anyone else for that matter, what's not to love?”


The other winners are:


Hannes Swart (UP staff member) and Vusi Dube (Undergraduate student) both won Eros gift voucher worth R300.


Tamaryn du Preez (Undergraduate student), Irene Schoeman (UP staff member/Researcher) and Sreerupa Sanyal (Postgraduate student) all won gift vouchers from Salon de Beauty worth R250.


Xanqunnes Singh (Undergraduate student), Alexander Harris (Undergraduate student) and Boitumelo Ramontja (Undergraduate student) all won gift vouchers from Burgundy’s worth R100.


Contributed by Elsabé Olivier

News from the Digitisation Office


The Digitisation Office decided to start the year with a calendar project. The calendar  was created from a journal of a voyage to and from the Cape of Good Hope written and illustrated by Ensign Robert Henry Dingley, (1812-1813).  Nothing is known about the author except that his name appears in the Army List from 1815-1825.

On arrival at the Cape he made a journey into the interior but the portion of his diary dealing with his experiences on this expedition has unfortunately not survived (Cape Times Annual, Dec. 1930). The drawings, however, have survived and are in the Africana Museum in Johannesburg.


The journal consists of three parts of which parts one and three are in the possession of the Merensky Library.  The journal forms part of a collection of more than 4 000 books, bought by the University of Pretoria in 1940 from Prof. J. du Plessis (1868-1935). The collection is housed at Special Collections. The colourful pen and watercolour sketches are of great cultural value, depicting sea-faring life at the beginning of the 18th century. It was the habit of travelers to make sketches or paintings of their experiences and what they saw. Sometimes even trained draughts men were used for the task.       



The Digitization Office will use this year as an opportunity to market itself.  Any original ideas are very welcome.


In 2014 we await two new Scribe machines from the Internet Archive (IA) ( ). The delivery of these two machines form part of a year long negotiation with the Internet Archive and the ultimate signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the UPLS and the IA.


As a partner of the Internet Archive, we are one of 1073 libraries which are taking part in the Internet Archive’s “Open Library” ( where one can get many wonderful eBooks titles for free in 7 different formats.  These formats include amongst others the DAISY format for visually impaired persons and the well known ePUB format for eReaders. Books that are still in copyright can be borrowed from the eBook lending library, up to 5 titles for two weeks each, either in-browser or as a PDF or ePub.


“Open Library” account holders can borrow an eBook from the growing collection of mainly 20th Century titles available, read it in a web browser or in Adobe Digital Editions as a PDF or ePub. There's a growing, cooperative pool of eBooks contributed by participating libraries.


Watch this space for the announcement of our participation to the eBook lending library!


Contributed by Ria Groenewald


Cataloguing Workshop: Addressing future changes and challenges


The cataloguing and acquisition staff recently held a strategic workshop to address some of the current trends and developments in the global cataloguing environment that may influence local work processes and possible future implementation.


Although cataloguers have the skills, knowledge and understanding of organising information to make it searchable and retrievable, it is important to keep pace with the changing environment of new formats, multiple metadata standards, new technologies and the shift to the online discovery environment, batch processing and new standards and concepts for information organisation.


Being specialists with a broad understanding of the principles of cataloguing and bibliographic control, cataloguers are aware of the impact of change on cataloguing processes, i.e. bigger workloads, the development of new skills and acceptance of new challenges.


However, there is an African proverb that says

‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’


 As cataloguers we have to go far – quickly. As a team we need to be able to adjust to new changes that are aligned to international cataloguing practices, and most importantly in support of the goals that a user of the catalogue would want to accomplish:


          Find information which matches the search criteria

          Identify information that is needed and eliminate information that is not wanted

          Select a particular item appropriate to the need

          Obtain the item through loan or remote access


To accomplish these tasks, users depend on the dedication and quality work of cataloguers: their professional knowledge (including both theoretical and technical skills) and knowledge of cataloguing tools.


The following provide an overview of some of the topics which were discussed during the workshop:

RDA (Resource Description and Access):

The most important change that will happen during the latter half of 2014 is the implementation of RDA guidelines as the new cataloguing standard.


‘RDA seeks to bridge the gap between the card catalogue days when there was very limited amount of space on the physical index-sized card versus our new ever-expanding digital era.’


RDA will enhance the catalogue in a number of ways:

Ø  It will provide guidelines to enable cataloguers to select data for inclusion in the bibliographic description that will assist the user in finding specific resources independently

Ø  it will provide guidelines for a more exact representation of resources through an interface that will look and feel more like other internet applications currently in use

Ø  the bibliographic description will be more representative of what appears on the title page of an item, with fewer abbreviations, more written out statements and recording of common usage terms

Ø  and it will provide more information on authors, their educational qualifications, professions, relationships to the work, etc.


Many of the RDA guidelines will lead to more user-friendly bibliographic records that are easier to interpret and will assist users to find, identify, select and obtain library resources with the intellectual and challenging input from experienced cataloguing staff.


Library Services Platforms:

Investigations for the implementation of a new integrated Library Management System are currently in process.  OCLC WorldShare Platform and the Innovative Sierra Services Platform are two of the systems that are being compared to the library’s needs, for possible implementation within the next five years.


Such a next generation Library Management System need to manage library operational functions

       by providing a single search interface (Discovery tool)

       by providing access to library holdings (OPAC)

       and by providing access to e-resources (Knowledge base)


WorldCat Local as discovery tool and the OCLC Knowledge Base:


WorldCat is the world’s most comprehensive database of library materials and is cooperatively produced and maintained by its member libraries. 

WorldCat Local provides one single search box for all materials: e-resources, databases, theses, print materials etc. The results obtained from a WorldCat Local search are being harvested from two places, i.e. from WorldCat (all printed material) as well as the Knowledge base (all e-resources). The Knowledge Base can be defined as a centralized institutional repository used to optimize information collection, organization and retrieval for an institution.


The UP Libraries’ knowledge base is currently being ‘built’ to manage the electronic content and linking features; to enable fast and reliable access to electronic holdings; and to better manage workflows associated with these materials. 


Shelf-ready books:


Shelf-ready books aim to shift the cataloguing and physical processing of items, from the cataloguer and acquisition staff, to the book vendor.  It will impact on current workflows and streamline the cataloguing and physical processing of items.


It may however result in a certain degree of loss of control over the standard of bibliographic descriptions and may incur additional costs. Some of the advantages may include the fact that books will reach the shelves quicker, that there will be no backlogs and that cataloguers may be re-allocated other professional tasks.


A project to implement shelf-ready books for a collection of modern European languages will soon be investigated.


RFID (Radio Frequency Identification):


RFID is the wireless non-contact use of radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data through automatic identification tags.  These tags will replace the currently used security strips and barcodes and support circulation by simplifying patron self-check-out/check-in.


RFID tags can provide innovative anti-theft detection and can be used as a library security system.  The biggest disadvantage of an RFID system is that it is a very expensive initiative.  A self-check system without RFID tags is currently being investigated for implementation at the Merensky Library.


SAPNET (South African Publications Network):


To facilitate and streamline the acquisition process, an electronic one-stop service for lecturers and information specialists to order books, obtain copyright clearance and compile lists for prescribed and recommended books, is being developed in collaboration with SAPNET.


The current SATEXTBOOK.NET, as developed by SAPNET, will be incorporated in the new one-stop service.  Future developments may include the implementation of an acquisitions module with database integration in the Millennium Library Management System.


Taking ownership:


In conclusion all staff members were reminded to take ownership of new developments, to pursue new opportunities, to lead cataloguing and metadata initiatives and to use their unique skills to contribute to the strategic directions of the Library.


I would like to congratulate and thank both the cataloguing and acquisition teams – for contributing their time and expertise, for doing research and presenting their findings, for participating in discussions and providing possible solutions on how to deal with the changing environment.   I would also like to thank Soekie Swanepoel and Hilda Kriel, on behalf of the cataloguers and acquisition staff, for their valuable input and contribution to the success of the workshop.


Marguerite Nel form the Jotello F Soga Veterinary Library contributed the following:


‘Thank you very much for a well-organized, interesting and informative workshop.  I really enjoyed listening to colleagues and sharing in their enthusiasm regarding new innovations in our field.’


Together we can go far …




Contributed by Martha de Waal

Dawie Roodt presents on the budget in the library 3 March 2014


Director and Chief Economist of Efficient Group and kykNET Ontbytsake presenter Dawie Roodt was a very popular attraction in the Merensky 2 auditorium on the 3 March 2014 when he presented on “The budget: deficit, dissaving and depreciation.”  Almost 120 University of Pretoria staff members and students attended this event and extra chairs had to be brought into the auditorium to seat the large number of visitors.


According to Dawie’s profile on the Efficient Group’s website, Dawie is a nationally renowned economist who specializes in Government finance and monetary policy and enjoys excellent relations with various role-players in the South African economic and financial environment. Dawie has been a member of the Tax Advisory Committee of the Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut, represented Business SA at Nedlac, served as a committee member of the Greater Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce. He has also lectured at The Gordon Institute of Business Science of the University of Pretoria. Dawie holds a Master’s degree in Economics (Cum laude).



Dawie is known for conveying complicated economic information into everyday language and that’s exactly what he did in his presentation. In his presentation Dawie concentrated on what Minister Pravin Gordon told us but also on what he did not tell us. According to Dawie the budget goes to the heart of any democracy and it is our responsibility to know how the state is spending our money. What happens in the budget has a huge impact on the currency and exchange rate. He reminded us that the budget did make real moves to improve South Africa’s fiscal health and that there is a massive increase in state debt. Both the presentation and podcast of this very popular event is now available in UPSpace:



His first book “Tax, Lies and Red Tape” was also on sale during this event.




Contributed by Elsabé Olivier



National RDA training, hosted by the National Library of South Africa and the RDA-SA Steering Committee, in collaboration with the Department of Arts and Culture, will commence on 5 May 2014. Workshops will take place in four major centres in South Africa: Port Elizabeth (5-6 May), Bloemfontein (29-30 May), Pretoria (19-20 June) and Durban (26-27 June).


The subsidised training, lasting two days, will be led by accredited presenters who are experts in their fields. The trainers will concentrate on the practical aspects of cataloguing printed books, serials, electronic and audio-visual media, using RDA guidelines. Training material, with practical examples, will be available at the workshops and will also be posted on the RDA-SA website to be accessible to all South African cataloguers.


After the training session in Pretoria (19-20 June), the RDA guidelines will be implemented at the University of Pretoria Library Services. In-house training will follow implementation.



Contributed by Annette Ingram


“Civil citizenship and the election”


On 19 March 2014 Mr Roland Henwood, political analyst, commentator and lecturer at the Department of Political Sciences, informed library staff on  “Civil citizenship and the election” in the Library Auditorium.


Mr Henwood explained that democracy is a process which requires mechanisms, procedures and rules, as well as an informed citizenship. Constitutions form the basis of democratic states. Democracy and the constitution guarantee our political and civil rights, dignity and freedom.


In a democracy elections are important. It provides public consent for the ruling party, influences the choice of leaders and policies, and links the people to their government. It also provides an arena for structured conflict. It has a ‘calming effect’ on the opposition parties and other role players because they are actively part of the process.


Mr Henwood discussed the importance of free and fair elections. A proper election administration and adjudication system should be in place. The choice of the people should be reflected in the outcome of the election. Accountable and responsible governance should be present. Elections should be held regularly by means of a secret ballot system.


For an election to be regarded as free and fair, the following is required: freedom of opinion, freedom of expression and information, freedom of assembly and association, equality, minimum requirements on the electorate, as well as candidates and political parties’ freedom to field in the run-up to the election.


Concerning our 2014 general election, Mr Henwood discussed the role of the Constitution and electoral legislation. The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) provides the necessary effective administration and attends to questions which may arise. To be able to vote you should be on the voters’ role. You can vote for the central government at any ballot station in the country, but for the provincial government only where you are registered.


When discussing the role of the political parties and voters, Mr Henwood stressed the importance of taking part in the election. During the previous election the stay-away ‘votes’ accounted for the second largest number of votes. By withholding your vote our democratic system is placed in danger. It implies that the citizens of the country don’t trust the system, and the MPs are not a true representation of the wishes of the citizens.



Contributed by  Alett Nell

Ludwig Taschner’s talk on roses


The talk that took place on the 7th of March brought a veritable breath of fresh air into the library and was highly commended by all who attended. The exhibition of roses on level three during the same week, gave much pleasure and joy to students and staff.


Ludwig who is renowned for his famous nursery LUDWIG’S ROSES north of Pretoria, was invited by Elsabé Olivier to the library as part of the Wellness Programme for personnel in the Dept of Library Services. Staff members are encouraged to spend time away from work with hobbies and interests that will alleviate stress related problems.


Ludwig, born in Germany, started off by telling us how he ran a gardening service when he arrived in South Africa, taking care of more than 70 gardens to enable him to get his rose nursery off the ground.


He spoke passionately about roses, reminding us of how very important the correct watering methods are for thriving roses. Water must reach the roots of the plant and not just the surface soil. Roses do very well in pots but some sun and lots of light are essential. It also became evident from what he told us that a regular feeding programme for roses was essential.


Ludwig even shared tips regarding the care of cut roses in vases. Add one tablespoon of vinegar and two tablespoons of sugar to tepid water in a standard hurricane vase before arranging roses. This mixture will encourage buds to open and the roses to last longer.


A question and answer session followed the talk. He was asked to recommend a garden rose for busy people who cannot spend a lot of time in their gardens. He replied that the Iceberg rose was ideal – easy to grow and it flowered profusely.


The talk was one of those little treasures in the work day to be enjoyed and then tucked away in memory for extended pleasure!


Contributed by Zani Swart


Marthie Leach (RD MSc (SA) speaks in Merensky


The talk was arranged by Elsabé Olivier as part of the Wellness initiative at UP and what a privilege it was to hear such an expert speak on a subject that touches the lives of us all.


Marthie received her MSc Dietetics degree from North West University.  She started her career in Coronation hospital and opened her private practice in 1988.  She has been married to Edward Leach for 29 years and they have 4 children. She has a passion for what she does and she herself is such a good advertisement for what she advocates that one cannot help but give her one’s full attention.


Her talk in the library CrEATe your own age, conveyed the message of what you eat and how you manage your digestive system have a very big influence on your wellbeing, work ability and age. The gut has a second brain to be nourished, fed and protected.


According to Marthie, aging cannot be avoided but the speed at which it happens, can be controlled by lifestyle choices. The older one gets, the less genes matter but a healthy lifestyle becomes crucial.


Although Marthie told the audience that it is very important to take your probiotics and Omega 3 1000mg daily, there was some very good news for the taste buds as well: brain food that is really good for you includes a daily intake of dark chocolate (70% cocao), red wine and coffee. Who would have thought that a healthy diet would include perks!


So there you have it – you do have some control over aging and with the help of your genes, you may do so gracefully.


The full content of the slide presentation is available from Elsabé Olivier on request. 


Contributed by Zani Swart


Field Marshall JC Smuts, the United Nations, and Human Rights Month


The second-year International Relations students study the United Nations (UN) during their first semester. The history of the UN forms part of the course. In the spirit of Human Rights Day which was celebrated on 21 March, UPLS combined the UN history and the Human Rights theme in a library display, focusing on the role Field Marshall JC Smuts played in the establishment of the UN.


Thanks to Ms Katrien Malan of Special Collections, interesting and colourful books on JC Smuts formed an integral part of the display. The rest of the books displayed portrayed the First and Second World Wars, the Treaty of Versailles and the history of the UN. Additional material about the UN - kindly provided by the UN Information Centre – also formed part of the exhibition. On the screens were the following portrayed, among others: a short history of the UN, the history of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, and human rights in the world today.


On 20 March we were honoured to listen to a talk by the Smuts authoritarian, Colonel Charles Comley, titled “Field Marshal JC Smuts, architect of peace and the road to San Francisco”, held in the Library Auditorium.


He discussed JC Smuts’ background, his role in the First World War and the Treaty of Versailles, his role in the Second World War, and most importantly, the role he played in the establishment of the UN in 1945. Smuts wrote the Preamble to the UN Charter as the concept of human rights formed an integral part of his philosophy.


As South Africans we should be proud of the role one of our countrymen played in world history and especially his vision of peace and human rights.



Contributed by Alett Nell


Kleredragbeleid vir dames in die biblioteek / Clothing Policy for ladies in the library - 1983


Contributed by Magriet Lee

New e-Books

For the newest Audio- and e-books 





New e-Book available




Contributed by Chrissie Boeyens


Dorland's Medical Dictionary : Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary (32nd Edition)
Pages: 2176
Publisher: Saunders


Special Collections book of the month




Holding up the sky : an African life ©2008 /Sandy Blackburn-Wright

This astonishing autobiographical work is the story of a young Australian woman's complex love affair with Africa and its people.  Sandy Blackburn-Wright lived and worked in South Africa between 1988 and 2003 - Years coinciding with some of the nation's most tumultuous and significant events, including the release of Nelson Mandela.  As a community development worker in the townships she witnessed the brutality of life under the apartheid regime.  At the same time she was bewitched b the uncrushable spirit of the people, the richness of the culture and the beauty of the land.  Through her work, and her marriage to a black South African, she became part of a world few white women have entered, experiencing first hand the joys and challenges of township life and mixed race families.



Contributed by: Katrien Malan

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