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May your birthday be filled with many
happy hours and your life with many happy birthdays.
Mag jou verjaardag gevul word met baie
gelukkige ure en jou lewe met baie gelukkig verjaarsdae.
Johann van Wyk
Ms Sonto Mabena
André Janse van Rensburg
Marietjie van der Westhuizen
Janice de Wee
June / Junie
Gerna van Veelen
Baie geluk aan .......
Linky Ntobo on the birth of their son.
originated from China
Our condolences to
Ons innige simpatie
Estelle Grobler who's
who's mother-in law passed away.
Zebulon Malatsi's who's sister-in-law
Diana Gerritsen who's
mother-in-law passed away.
Cindy-Lee Daniels wie se
suster oorlede is.
Welcome to the
new staff members
Welkom aan die
volgende nuwe personeel ........
the UPLS April 1st and will be part of the Bindery
We bid farewell
to the following staff
Ons sê totsiens
aan die volgende
Thomas Mathonsi from the
Natural- & Agricultural Sciences Library who resigned
and will be leaving at the end of April.
jy geweet .......
Die kruiwa is in China uitgevind.
Did you know.......
In 1913, a young artist moved to Germany and
supported himself with his
drawings and paintings.
WWI gave him direction, and he became a brave and
decorated soldier, but he was partially blinded by a mustard gas
in 1918. During his recovery, the news of
Germany's defeat emotionally destroyed him and he became bitter.
Within a year he suggested the removal of an undesirable "race"
His name was Adolf Hitler.
- aper originated
- all the blinking
in one day equates to having your eyes
closed for 30 minutes
strikes it can reach up to 30,000 degrees celsius (54,000 degrees fahrenheit)
- acadamia nuts are
toxic to dogs
macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs
impossible without change, and those who cannot
change their minds cannot change anything.
Terrific Tuesday 18 November 2014)
- macadamia nuts are
toxic to doMadans contain
more sugar than strawberries
- lemons contain
more sugar than strawberr
Brief van die Redaksie
Letter from the Editors
Dis al reeds April, en amptelik herfs! Die weer is
hierdie tyd van die jaar voor die winter aanbreek.
Biblioteek personeel was baie besig in die eerste paar
maande van 2015 – ons het die nuwe studente welkom
geheet, ons nuwe
MakerSpace bekend gestel en nog baie meer.
Lesers sal ook opmerk dat ons nuusbrief ‘n nuwe baadjie
aan het! Ons wil graag vir Elsabé Olivier bedank vir die
werk wat sy gedoen het om die universiteit se nuwe
handelsmerk vir ons Biblioteek Nuusbrief beskikbaar te
stel. Lekker lees!
It’s April already, and officially autumn! The days are
lovely outside during this time of year before the
winter comes. Most units have been very busy during the
first few months of 2015, welcoming the new students,
introducing our new MakerSpace and much more.
You will also notice that the newsletter has a new look!
We would like to thank Elsabé Olivier for her effort to
make the new university branding available to our
Library Newsletter. Enjoy reading!
Welcoming Day, orientation and AIM training 2015
The Learning centre is
always busy and the students are continuously using
every possible facility and service that we offer.
During 2014 we already prepared and made arrangements
for this year, and on 17 January we started 2015 with
Welcoming Day. It was the first time that we also
marketed the library on the lawn in front of the Aula.
We received many general questions about the library,
its products and services. We could feel the excitement
on Welcoming Day, as the eager new students and their
equally enthusiastic parents discovered the library.
Some of the parents who are proud Tuks Alumni, relived
their student days. Guided tours were held from 9:00
till 12:00 in the library. We also screened the new
library video which was initiated by the Marketing
Department, in the library Auditorium. The highlight for
many students and their parents was the Makerspace with
all its wonderful technology and 3D printing facilities.
Parents and students gave positive feedback in the
The following week (19-23
January) was orientation week, during which the Learning
Centre had twenty one sessions with the first year
students. We again introduced the students to the
library, its services and products. These sessions
included an interactive presentation, videos and a quiz
session where we asked the students some questions
concerning the library. Those who were first with the
correct answer were the proud winners of a slab
After the orientation
week we trained and assisted over 2000 students in
groups and many others individually with their passwords
and with creating library pin numbers.
During March, Information
Specialists trained the first year students as part of
the compulsory AIM (Academic Information Management)
module. We conducted 143 training sessions, reaching
5393 students. The feedback is excellent. Students
commented that the training sessions were informative,
well presented and that they learned a lot.
The Learning Centre worked
very hard and is proud of everything they have
accomplished so far in the first three months of this
year. We want to thank every person who assisted and
helped to make all these important events so successful.
On the 17th of January a
brand new and exciting facility called a MakerSpace was
launched in the library. A MakerSpace is a
multidisciplinary collaboration and hack space for both
students and staff. The idea – which sprouted from a
movement which has its roots in the US - was brought to
the library and applied in an educational environment.
MakerSpaces enable people
by providing them with a set of modern day tools to help
them create and innovate. The library MakerSpace
provides tools and services such as 3D printing, 3D
scanning, electronics and various software packages to
help them make their ideas come to reality. But just
having access to the tools and equipment is often not
enough – one usually needs additional knowledge and
know-how to make a project work – and this is where the
main aspect of the MakerSpace comes into play. The
MakerSpace provides students the ability to go beyond
their current skills set and knowledge by giving
training sessions on various subjects and skills and
also by facilitating collaborating with fellow makers.
Since its opening the
MakerSpace has received a lot of interest both from
students and staff. We have had numerous visitors and
interested parties over the past few months, ranging
from the UP Museum to the UP Business Incubator. The use
and value of the MakerSpace seems to be limitless. We
have seen firsthand how the MakerSpace enriches
students’ projects and help them achieve their goals.
Libraries are considered
neutral environments towards all disciplines on campus
and being located in the library, we also have this vast
amount of information resources close to us which will
make the MakerSpace even more successful. The MakerSpace
is currently open 5 days of the week.
Please follow us on
see some of our latest projects and training schedules.
Contributed by Isak van der Walt
Visit by Gary Shaffer
On the 23rd of January the
library welcomed Gary
Shaffer, the Chief Executive Officer of the Tulsa
City-County Library, located in north-eastern Oklahoma.
He addressed library staff on marketing and the
relevancy of public libraries. His presentation was
titled “Not Your Mother's Library: From Book Warehouse
to Center for 21st Century Learning”. Since his visit to
South Africa the Tulsa City-County Library was nominated
for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
The National Medal is the nation's highest honour given
to museums and libraries for service to the community. We wish him
and his organisation all the best as the medal will be
awarded during April.
Contributed by Isak van der Walt
FEBRUARY 2015: SEMINARS AND LIBRARY DISPLAY ON ‘THE
CHILD AND THE STORY’
3-4 February 2015 saw the
Merensky 2 library focus attention on three new
Humanities Faculty Research Themes (FRTs).
On the 3rd
of February, one of the fairly young Humanities
Faculty Research Themes, “The Child and The Story”
(which falls primarily within the University of Pretoria
English Department) was highlighted. Professor Helen
Yitah, Head: Department of English, University of Ghana
presented a fascinating seminar in the library
auditorium on children’s perceptiveness and creativity.
It was titled ‘Shall I go to Cape Coast, or to Elmina?:
play songs, dilemma tales and the child’s creativity in
Ghanaian children’s literature’.
The library was asked to
set up a relevant display of children’s books from the
UP libraries’ collections on the entry level of the
Merensky 2 library. Collaboration between Groenkloof
library’s staff, the marketing office and the humanities
faculty library staff ensured an interesting exhibition,
depicting among others, the e-books on children’s
literature in our collection. Local researchers
interested in children’s literature were impressed by
the number of titles already in our collection.
On the 4th
of February 2015 all three new Humanities Faculty
Research Themes (FRTs), co-funded by the Andrew W.
Mellon Foundation, were introduced at an event in the
library auditorium by the experts involved. They each
presented an introduction to their FRTs: ‘The Child and
the Story’ (Prof Molly Brown, English Department),
‘Ceramics and Related Collections’ (Prof Innocent
Pikirayi, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology),
and ‘Access to Care’ (Prof De Wet Swanepoel , Department
of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology).
Attendees were numerous
and included the vice-chancellor, Prof Cheryl de la Rey
and the acting Dean of Humanities, Prof Hennie Stander.
The event was ably managed by programme director, Prof
Benda Hofmeyr from the Philosophy department.
Refreshments followed, and attendees were once again
able to peruse the library display of children’s books
and other materials.
Since Professor Molly
Brown had also arranged for two children’s book
publishers to mount exhibitions in the library on that
particular day, attendees could also purchase new
Thank you to everyone
involved for assisting with, supporting and attending
these two events!
Contributed by Adrienne Warricker
Go Green Event
5 February 2015
The ENGAGE programme (Engineering Augmented degree
programme) offers Professional Orientation as a
compulsory module to students registered in the first
Based on the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA)
exit level outcomes, all students registered for the
Professional Orientation module need to demonstrate
amongst others 3 things: critical awareness of the
impact of engineering activity on the physical
environment; competence in communicating with
engineering audiences and the community at large; and
competence to work effectively in a team and
In Professional Orientation students are required to run
a limited practical project in their community to create
an awareness of the necessity to re-use and recycle
plastic, glass, e-waste, paper, organic household waste
and polystyrene. Their selected project needs to be
completed in a short time period (2 to 3 weeks) after
which a presentation of the results and outcome of the
project is done as part of the assessment.
In July of 2014 I was approached by Erika Muller (Acting
Manager for the Engage Programme) to present
training to the first year students. The training was to
link research methods with the specific Go Green project
they had. It was really interesting to see previous
projects and I suggested to Erika that we have an
exhibition of the best projects in the library.
We met with Elsabe Olivier, Assistant Director:
Marketing & Quality Assurance, and she suggested making
this an even bigger event for the library. She arranged
with Dirk van Niekerk from The Wastegroup to give a talk
on What is MY role in recycling? Dirk gave a
good presentation on the need to Go Green and
managing waste for a
friendlier environment. We were all motivated to
reduce our carbon footprint.
I also approached the SA Greenfund from the
Development Bank of Southern Africa
and they donated
lovely bags, T-shirts, water bottles and pens to all
attendees of the event. Wiley donated books and bags for
our lucky draw.
UP onthou die baasstorieverteller, André P Brink
literêre reus André P Brink is oorlede op 6 Februarie
2015. Die Universiteit van Pretoria het op grond daarvan
ŉ huldigingsgeleentheid aangebied ter herinnering aan
Brink se lewe en werk. Gedenklesings oor Brink se lewe
en werk is op 13 Februarie in die Merensky Biblioteek se
Die huldiging, ‘Inteendeel’ (‘On the contrary’), het sy
titel aan ŉ roman van Brink met dieselfde titel ontleen.
Verskeie akademici uit die departemente Afrikaans en
Engels het bydraes gelewer en herinneringe opgediep oor
die impak wat André P Brink se werk op hul lewens gehad
Prof Willie Burger, Hoof van die Departement Afrikaans,
het die vernuwing van Brink se werk in die Afrikaanse
letterkunde van die 1960’s uitgelig. Hy het gesê Brink
se skryfmodus was dié van stories vertel, op sigself ŉ
belangrike tema in sy romans. Brink het sy boeke in
beide Afrikaans en Engels geskryf en was een van die
produktiefste skrywers in Suid-Afrika. Een van sy
bekendste romans, Kennis van die aand, was die eerste
Afrikaanse roman wat in die land verbied is. Die
apartheidsregering het dit in 1973 verbied op grond van
die boek se standpunt teen apartheid.
Die hoof van die Departement Engels, prof Molly Brown,
het vertel dat sy nie net Brink se werk gelees het nie,
maar ook as een van sy studente deur hom beïnvloed is.
Brink was vroeër professor in Afrikaans en Nederlands
aan die Universiteit van Grahamstad en later professor
in Engels aan die Universiteit van Kaapstad.
Prof Brown het Brink as ŉ briljante dosent beskryf wat
die vermoë gehad om te praat én te luister. Prof Henning
Pieterse, hoof van die Eenheid vir Kreatiewe Skryfkuns
en prof Andries Visagie, 'n professor in Afrikaanse en
Nederlandse letterkunde aan die Departement van
Afrikaans, het ook tydens die verrigtinge hulde gebring
aan Brink se bydrae tot die Suid-Afrikaanse letterkunde.
Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Visekanselier en Rektor van die
Universiteit van Pretoria, is ook onder die duisende
mense wat deur André Brink se werk beïnvloed is.
In ŉ onderhoud na die geleentheid het sy vertel dat sy
Brink se werk as voorgraadse student begin lees het en
dat dit in daardie tyd van groot betekenis vir swart
mense was om bekendgestel te word aan ŉ Afrikaanse
intellektueel en skrywer wat teen die apartheidstelsel
standpunt ingeneem en geskryf het. Volgens prof De la
Rey het dit ŉ sterk boodskap uitgestuur dat ŉ mens nie
die individue in ŉ groep moet beoordeel op grond van die
groep se optrede nie.
‘Dit het gewys dat daar in die Afrikaanse gemeenskap ŉ
groep stemme was wat baie krities teenoor die regering
van die tyd gestaan het.’
Geredigeer deur Ansa Heyl
Report by Robert Moropa on EMEA Regional Council 2015
Annual Meeting – February 2015
The First Annual EMEA Regional Council (EMEARC) in Italy
The 2015 EMEARC meeting, which was held at the Villa
Vittoria, Palazzo dei Congressi (pictured above), has
come and gone. The theme for this meeting was: The
Art of Invention: Culture, Technology and User
Engagement in Digital Age. This theme was
inspired by the Renaissance. It inspired us to rethink
how libraries, archives and museums should redefine
their relationship with their key stakeholders in this
This meeting, which was the 6th EMEARC
meeting, was held on 10 – 11 February 2015 in Florence,
Italy. It was attended by 384 delegates and OCLC staff
members. This was the biggest EMEARC meeting in terms of
attendance by delegates. The delegates that attended
this meeting came from more than 36 countries within the
This EMEA Council meeting was boosted by two unusual
(a) the attendance by the members of the Board of
Trustees of OCLC and
(b) the presence of the mobile Fablab (mobile Makers
The OCLC Board is the highest decision making body
within the governance structure of OCLC. The Board
normally holds its meetings in Dublin, Ohio. It was the
first time that the Board held its meeting at the venue
of a regional council meeting. This is a clear
demonstration of the high regard that the Board has for
the three regional councils, in general and for the EMEA
regional council, in particular. The Board arranged its
meeting in such a way that all its fourteen members
could participate fully in the proceedings of the
The 2015 Regional Council Meeting received a further
boost with the arrival of FryskLab, Europe’s first
mobile library FabLab (fabrication laboratory) from the
Netherlands. FryskLab, a former book mobile turned
mobile library lab, is a project of Bibliotheekservice
Fryslân (BSF). Frysklab occupied pride of place outside
the Villa Vittoria where the Meeting was held. This
enabled everyone attending to explore the facility and
ask its dedicated staff questions or have a go with the
equipment in the bus, which consisted of 3D printers,
vinyl- and lasercutter and electronic and programming
tools such as Makey Makey, Little Bits and Scratch.
Jeroen de Boer, New Media Specialist at BSF who manages
Frysklab, gave a talk in one of the breakout sessions
about makerspaces and libraries.
The arrival of the mobile Fablab was a powerful
statement about the powerful wave of Makers Spaces that
is sweeping libraries across America and Europe.
Key Messages and Lessons
The two key note speakers were excellent and they laid a
solid foundation for the other conference speakers and
activities. They both highlighted the complexity of the
innovation that we have to deal with today. David
Weinberger (Senior Researcher – Harvard’s Berkman Center
for Internet and Society), who was the first speaker,
stressed the fact that currently, in the Age of the Net,
the future is changing shape again. He pointed out that
progress is no longer simple and straightforward. It is
more like a “constantly forking domain in which ideas
are barely born before they’re being reworked and
applied in unexpected ways”. Libraries must embrace
innovation. For libraries this means dealing with the
tensions caused by safeguarding their traditional
strengths while embracing the new shape of invention,
including the need to anticipate users’ needs and the
role of experts in the networked age.
Skip Prichard (President and CEO of OCLC) recognized the
need to make allowance for mistakes while innovating.
The reason for this is that no matter how hard we try,
we will never get it right the first time. He urged
library managers to create and encourage the culture of
innovation within their organizations.
The following are some of the challenges that were
highlighted by the other speakers:
Preservation and curation of digitally born data
Urgent need for libraries to re-invent themselves
Dealing effectively with the impact of digital
technologies on traditional library and museum materials
Grappling with the changing focus of metadata:
Increasingly libraries and metadata are operating in a
broader global context stretching far beyond the
boundaries of library systems and services.
The message is clear for the UP Library and other
libraries: We are fast becoming irrelevant to our key
stakeholders. We must therefore Innovate, re-imagine and
re-define ourselves – fast!!!
Contributed by Robert Moropa
love our librarians!
The Department of Library
Services hosted the “I love my librarian” competition
from 2 to 25 February 2015 in all the faculty libraries.
Photographs of library staff members who interact with
clients were on display on the plasma screens,
indicating their departments and areas of
responsibilities. Clients could nominate their favourite
librarian and acknowledge his or her contribution
towards enhancing teaching, learning or research. Not
only did this competition promote our specialized
introducing our staff members to new clients, it also
focused on positive experiences and gave recognition to
our library staff stars!
A total of 530 entries were received, although only 443
were valid entries.
71 Staff members received nominations from 320
undergraduates, 73 postgraduates, 21 academic staff
members, 15 support staff members, and 14 others.
Our overall winner was Joycie Maaga, Coordinator
Circulation Desk at the Education Library with 55
nominations, who received a beautiful bouquet of flowers
from Eros Florist worth R250.
The following three staff
members each won themselves a R100 voucher from Café@the
Club as well as a lunch invitation with the library
director, Mr Robert Moropa:
Viveka Pillai, Learning centre with 31 nominations;
Wanani Sitsula, Information Assistant: Study Collection
with 49 nominations;
Bongi Letlape, Information Assistant: Study Collection
with 53 nominations.
Our other star librarians were as follows:
Sonja Delport, Information specialist at the Education
Library with 10 nominations;
Nolusindiso (Lucy) Skeyi, Information assistant
circulation at the Medical Library with 11 nominations;
Gerda Ehlers, Coordinator: Learning Centre at the main
library with 12 nominations;
Gcobisa Xalabile, Information specialist: Faculty of
Humanities Library with 13 nominations;
Sam Makgalemele, Circulation & Interlibrary Loans at the
Mamelodi Library with 14 nominations;
Adam Munonoka, Learning Centre at the main library with
Dennis Mabena, Information Assistant: Study Collection
at the main library with 23 nominations.
Each person who nominated a librarian stood a chance to
win a prize. The 3 winners of R100 vouchers from Adlers
were: Thulani Mbonani, Nolene Govender and academic
staff member Dr Yolanda Spies. Salon de Beaute’s
R200 vouchers were received by
Gratitude Ramontja and
postgraduate student Bibian Kalinde. Eros Florist kindly
sponsored R300 vouchers which went to Zander de Jager,
Khensani Mabasa and Mikael de Beer. Fego Café sponsored
R500 cash and Martha Mmamogobo was the elated winner.
The final R1000
Bookmark voucher was handed over to an ecstatic
Congratulations to all the
colleagues who were nominated and all our staff stars!
Each nomination was a testimony to excellent client
“Foes, follies and budgetary woes” – Dawie Roodt
reflects on the 2015 budget
Department of Library Services hosted a presentation
follies and budgetary woes’, during which Dawie
Roodt unpacked the Finance Minister Nhlanha Nene’s
inaugural national Budget speech. Roodt, a lecturer
at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of
Business Science (GIBS) and Chief Economist of the
Efficient Group, is known for his extensive
knowledge of the South African economy, his
analytical nature and his exceptional communication
Roodt commenced with a
broad overview of the international economy,
pointing out that the world economy is far from
being stabilised and that debt worldwide is at
levels never seen before. He said that South
Africa’s own debt situation is also cause for
concern. According to Roodt, the problem with
education in South Africa is not only monetary, but
was to a large extent aggravated by ineffective
management. Although government spends more money on
education than on any other sector, the quality of
the education offered is reportedly in some
instances among the worst in the world, and the
improvement of the quality of education should be a
priority for government. With regard to Minister
Nene’s announcement about increases in social
grants, Roodt pointed out that in South Africa the
people who currently receive grants outnumber those
who work for a living – a situation that is wholly
Roodt’s main criticism of
Minister Nene’s budget was that it lacked
transparency and was based on unrealistic
assumptions. On a more positive note, he stated that
Minister Nene is a self-confident Minister of
Finance, which may be to the country’s advantage.
Recent visitors to the Merensky II Library
MIT team B students
visited the Merensky II Library
On the 17th
of February the MIT team B students visited the Merensky
II Library and were welcomed by the Library director, Mr
Robert Moropa. Isak van der Walt addressed them on their
IT needs and Suzy Nyakale shared the role and
contributions of the information specialist with them.
Carnegie CPD Programme’s
Carnegie CPD Programme’s librarians were accompanied on
a guided tour of the Merensky II Library on the 4 of
March. These librarians from Sub-Saharan Africa are
attending this programme which aims to enhance
librarians’ ICT skills for research enablement in
Elizabeth Williams from the Goldsmiths University of
Dr Elizabeth Williams,
Subject Librarian from the Goldsmiths University of
London and CILIP/ESU Travelling Librarian visited the
Merensky II Library on the 17th of March. Dr
Williams interviewed various Executive and other staff
members on the management and organization of the
library. In the photograph (from left to right): Deputy
Director Lindiwe Soyizwapi, Dr Elizabeth Willliams and
Library Director, Robert Moropa.
Ms Maria Teresa Chavarri
Caro from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Spain
Teresa Chavarri Caro, Co-ordinator of the International
Office from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Spain
visited our Library on the 18th of March. The
aim of her visit was to learn more about the University
of Pretoria as a possible partner university and
destination for their students. She is seen here with
Sunette Steynberg, Co-ordinator of the Research Commons
on the right of the photograph.
Ewa Barczyk, Director of Libraries of the University of
18th of March, Ewa Barczyk, Director of
Libraries of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee met
with the Executive Team members of the Department of
Library Services. The aim of her visit was to learn more
about our Research Data Management project as well as
the new Library MakerSpace. Seen here from left to right
are Lindiwe Soyizwapi, Hilda Kriel, Ewa Barczyk, Robert
Moropa and Dr Heila Pienaar.
Contributed by Elsabé
The University of Pretoria is encouraging staff members
to prioritize wellness. Various corporate wellness
initiatives have been implemented since 2013 with the
Mini-Olympics being one of them. The purpose of the
Corporate Wellness Programme and its associated events
is to make staff members of the University of Pretoria
more aware of their wellness and a healthier lifestyle.
On the 18th of March 2015 the Autum
Mini-Olympics was held at Groenkloof Campus.
The Mini-Olympics event is not just about winning, but
more about participation and no one is excluded. These
activities are a good opportunity for staff to have fun
while being physically active. Information stands and
basic wellness-testing booths were available and health
assessments were done free of charge.
The tests included blood glucose, cholesterol, diabetes,
blood pressure, body mass, height and LMI, cardio stress
evaluation and ergonomic advice.
Information brochures on fitness, exercise, nutrition,
stress management etc were also available.
The event started with the
registration of participants of sports activities,
followed by the official welcome to everyone attending
the event by Prof Antonie de Klerk. The health
assessment and sport activities followed.
The sports activities such
as football, volleyball, team relay and individual relay
started from 12:30 and run concurrently. Other wellness
games like tyre shuffle and musical chairs were also
available for less fit participants. Zumba dancing was
performed every half an hour for spectators,
participants and everyone who wanted to have fun and at
the same time lose extra kilos.
Prizes were awarded,
amongst others, to the
best-dressed team and the team with the best team
The outcome of the library’s soccer teams are as
follows: the men soccer team lost with a penalty
shootout in the finals. We had a ladies soccer team
competing at the Mini-Olympics for the first time, and
although they lost it was a good start to build on. The
next Mini-Olympics will be in the spring on 23 September
Josiah Lebelo and Raesibe Kekana
support from House Humanities!
The Department of Library
Services is privileged to have received support from
an unexpected source this year -
House Humanities. Not only did the new House
Committee members clean tables and chairs with their
own cleaning material in the Study Centre in
January, they also donated a new guillotine to the
Learning Centre for student use in February, and in
March they sponsored two boxes of chocolate Easter
eggs for the annual Easter egg hunt!
House Humanities is the
student structure of the Faculty of Humanities at
the University of Pretoria and has the following
Enhancing communication between residence and daily
students, as well as between students and staff;
Providing an enjoyable atmosphere for all their
members by engaging in social and sporting
According to Sumien
Deetlefs, Chairperson of House Humanities, they
chose to work with the library this year due to the
library playing such an important role in any
student’s life. The committee believes that an
average student spends most of their time in the
library, by either studying, photocopying or doing
research. Their first suggestion was to clean the
Study Centre for students and secondly to donate an
item that might help students in everyday tasks.
House Humanities wants to continue developing their
relationship with the library and they are looking
forward to future collaboration.
A heartfelt thanks to Sumien Deetlefs and her
dedicated team! We are very fortunate that you chose
us as your partners!
by Elsabé Olivier
Staff Exchange Programme: University of Alberta
On April 15, Julene Vermeulen and I will be leaving for
Canada for a period of one month, to participate in the
University of Alberta’s Libraries Linked:
Professional Library Immersion Program.
is the international relations program of the University
of Alberta Libraries. It was established in 2010 and
partnerships have been created with several libraries
around the world.
The purpose of the programme is to develop the human
resource capacity of participating libraries, by
bringing together librarians from different countries to
learn from each other and share expertise.
The University of Alberta is one of the five top
Universities in Canada and is situated in the city of
During our stay we will be researching various topics,
meet with professional librarians, observe and have
discussions, and attend the regional Alberta Library
Conference. We will also have the opportunity to speak
on the University of Pretoria’s Department of Library
Services, the South African Library and Information
Services sector in general and share information on our
I would like to thank Mr Robert Moropa and the Library
Management Team for this exciting learning and
professional development opportunity.
Contributed by Martha de
(Coordinator: Cataloguing, Library
Celebrating South African Library Week 2015: Connect @
The Merensky Library joined the rest of the country
in celebrating one of the most fundamental
information hubs - the library. South African
Library Week (SALW) was launched on 13 March 2015 at
the Centre for the Book in Cape Town and was
celebrated countrywide during the week of 14-21
in partnership with the Department of Arts and
Culture, the National Library of South Africa in
Cape Town, the Western Cape Provincial Library
Services and the City of Cape Town Library Services.
The week is meant to create awareness and
appreciation for the role of libraries in
connecting, informing and educating the society.
SALW was initiated by the Library and Information
Association of South Africa (LIASA), with the first
campaign taking place in 2002.
LIASA is the recognised national professional
association that represents libraries and
information institutions, all library and
information workers, and millions of users and
potential users of libraries in South Africa. LIASA
aims to unite, develop and empower all people in the
library and information field. It represents the
interests of and promotes the development and image
of library and information services in South Africa.
The theme for the 2015 SALW is Connect @ your
library! and it resonates with the belief that
libraries connect people to each other, to knowledge
and information, to print and electronic resources,
as well as to technology and professional support.
It also highlights the importance of library
practitioners connecting with each other across all
sectors, for the sharing of skills, best practices,
global trends and national priorities, so that a
strong cohort of professionals emerge with a common
understanding and vision for the development of an
Here in the Merensky Library a series of training
sessions was held during SALW, for all interested UP
staff and students. Carike Schoeman (see picture
left) gave training on Twitter and Facebook, and
Isak van der Walt on the basics of 3D printing.
There was also a SALW exhibition on level 3. Slide
presentations were displayed on the plasma screens
throughout the library and LIASA sponsored free
bookmarks for the students, creating awareness of
South African Library Week.
Encouraging South Africans to Connect @ your
library! is another step in a journey of nation
building made possible by the commitment from
Government and one in which LIASA is a willing
partner. Over the past 20 years of democracy, the
library infrastructure has grown steadily through
generous national and international grants. South
African libraries are embracing the opportunities
from social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter
and YouTube for marketing, communication and
outreach. The theme provides us with an opportunity
to reach out to those who are not yet connected and
include them in the ongoing dialogue on the role of
libraries in social upliftment. During South African
Library Week, this ethos was mirrored at LIASA
events as we celebrated, reflected and planned
together with our communities.
Danie Malan and Nikki Crowster (LIASA
Productivity mistakes you might be making
Do you ever find there aren't enough
hours is the day? While many people try hard to be as
productive as possible, they often find themselves
getting distracted. However, making every day fruitful
is much easier if you can first ditch
Check out these eight common mistakes
people make when it comes to productivity.
Treating cheating as a reward.
People often decide to treat themselves if they are
doing something they find difficult, such as dieting,
saving money, exercising or working. However, if someone
treats themselves to a dress after a week of saving,
this undermines the achievement they have made. It can
even encourage you to ditch your plan entirely, as
you've already been 'bad'.
Try to view the act of you achieving your
goals as the treat. You wanted to improve yourself – and
now you are well on your way!
Planning unnecessary meetings.
Unnecessary meetings can suck all of the productivity
out of someone's working day. Often meetings are overly
long and pointless, pulling people away from the tasks
they were working on. A good solution to this is instead
of arranging a meeting, see if you can speak with the
person in another way. Skype, texting, emailing and
phone calls are all efficient ways to communicate on
important matters, while still focusing on your own
While many people believe that they can do two tasks at
once with ease, research has discovered that most people
become less efficient while attempting to multitask.
Doing multiple tasks tends to decrease their attention
span and productivity, so try concentrating on one task
at a time for great, productive results.
Browsing the web.
As most people have access to the web at both work and
home, it can be easy to get side-tracked and find
yourself online. Many people plan on briefly checking
social media or checking the answer to a question, but
end up staying online for much longer than intended.
A good solution to this productivity
mistake is to write down what you wanted to look at
online, put it to the side, and then finish off the task
you were doing before checking.
Putting off hard tasks.
People are often tempted to start their days with their
easiest tasks. However, saving the hard jobs for later
in the day can mean they don't actually get finished at
all. The best time to do the hard work is first thing,
as that is when you have the most willpower. On top of
that, getting your least favourite job out of the way is
likely to put you in a great mood for the rest of the
When people have a busy day coming up, they tend to plan
every hour of the day in advance so they can fit
everything in. However if you start running behind on
schedule, you can find yourself becoming stressed out
and failing to achieve everything you wanted to do.
Try to plan about five hours of important
work to do, and leave the rest of the day to deal with
any other issues. This means you get both elements of
control and flexibility.
Hitting the snooze button.
Most people like to hit the snooze button and get an
extra 10 minutes in bed. Even though it can be tempting
to hit the snooze button every morning, it is actually
better for you to get up.
When you first wake up, your body starts
releasing alertness hormones to get you up and ready for
the day. Every time you go hit snooze, you slow down
this process – and as you are only snoozing, it is
unlikely you are getting any essential extra sleep
Thinking about the big picture.
Having a life or work plan is a fantastic way to make
sure you keep progressing towards your goals. However,
thinking about the big picture while you're working can
leave you feeling worried and overwhelmed. Save the life
planning for when you aren't working, and while you are
working, try to focus on the immediate task you are
doing. Every task you do is working towards your goals –
slowly but surely, you are on your way!
OPSA Terrific Tuesday 3 March 2015
Contributed by Diana Gerritsen
Guidelines for manners
Contributed by Martha de
The most complete resource on the biology of prokaryotes
Contributed by Chrissie Boeyens
Collections book of the month
Hidden wonders : the small 5005
of Southern Africa insects, spiders, frogs,
reptiles / photographs by Dan Lieberman, text by
Thousands of foreign tourists
flock annually to experience first hand the
majesty of the Big 5 in their natural habitat.
These Big 5 species are the "flagships" of many
a perception of conservation : represented by
the elephant's tusks, the lion's mane, the
leopard's spots, the buffalo's boss and the
rhino's horn. Often the success or failure of a
tourist's visit to a game reserve in southern
Africa depends on how many sightings of the Big
5 were achieved and from how close these
sightings were witnessed.
But if one just takes a moment
to stop and redirect one's gaze, one can
instantly encounter the rest of Africa's
denizens - the neglected Small 5005 : listen
closely for the Elephant Shrew foraging within
the undergrowth beneath the elephant's toes.
Look down and become enthralled by an Antlion
waiting in its death pit for an unsuspecting ant
while the lioness eyes her quarry. ...
These creatures represent the
Small 5005, the forgotten inhabitants of the
African savannah : the diversity among birds,
insects, spiders, scorpions, frogs, lizards and
snakes. While the Big 5 flaunt the flag of
conservation, many of the Small 5005 represent
the "keystones" upon which conservation relies.
Contributed by: Katrien Malan