In this issue:

In hierdie uitgawe:



Staff news / Personeelnuus
Did you know? / Het jy geweet?
Brief van die Redaksie / Letter of the Editor
Welcoming Day, orientation and AIM training 2015
Visit by Gary Shaffer
Go Green Event 5 February 2015
UP onthou die baasstorieverteller, André P Brink
Report by Robert Moropa on EMEA Regional Council 2015 Annual Meeting – February 2015
Our clients love our librarians!
“Foes, follies and budgetary woes” – Dawie Roodt reflects on the 2015 budget
Recent visitors to the Merensky II Library
Autumn Mini-Olympics 2015
Student support from House Humanities!
Library Staff Exchange Programme: University of Alberta Libraries
Celebrating South African Library Week 2015: Connect @ your Library
Productivity mistakes you might be making
Guidelines for manners
New e-books
Special Collections book of the month



Kalender / Calendar

April - June/Junie





Health Awarenss




1 International Tatting Day
2 International Children's Book Day
2 World Autism Awareness Day
3 Good Friday / Goeie Vrydag

World Party Day

4 International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
6 Family Day / Gesinsdag

World Health Day

11 World Parkinson's Day
12 International Day of Human Space Flight
13 International Special Librarian's Day
13 Skole heropen

DLS Exco Meeting

16 Statistical Workgroup Meeting
17 World Haemophilia Day
18 International Day for Monuments and Sites
20 DLS Exco Meeting


Information Specialists Meeting

International Creativity and Innovation Day

22 Faculty Library Managers Meeting

International Mother Earth Day

23 World Book and Copy Right Day
24-30 Global/African Vaccination Week
25 World Malaria Day
25 World Penguin Day
26 International Marconi Day

World Intellectual Property Day

27 Freedom Day / Vryheidsdag
28-30 No lectures / Geen lesings
28 World Day of Safety and Health at work
29 Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare



National Polio and Measles Immunisation Campaign

30 International Jazz Day



Anti-TobacoCampaign / International Multi Sclerosis Awareness



1 Workers' Day / Werkersdag

International Labour Day

3-10 Hospice Week
3 World Press Freedom Day
  International Dawn Chorus Day
4 DLS Exco Meeting

International Fire fighters Day

International Midwives Day

4-10 Global Campaign for Education Action Week
5 DLS Staff Meeting / Personeel - vergadering

World Asthma Day

6-12 Burns Awareness Week
7 ClickUP/EI/Library Meeting
8 International Red Cross and Red Crescent Day
8 Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War
9 World Fair Trade Day
10 World Move for Health Day

World Lupus Day

10 World Migratory Bird Day
11 DLS Exco Meeting
12 International Nurses Day
13 IEEE Global Engineering Day
14 Library Advisory Committee Meeting
15 International Day of Families
17 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
  World Hypertension Day
18 International Museum Day
18 DLS Exco Meeting

Electronic Resources Workgroup (EIH) Meeting

18 International Candlelight Memorial Day
21 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

World Anti Terrorism Day

22 International Day for Biological Diversity
23 World Turtle Day
23 UP Open Day / Opedag

World Schizophrenia Day

25 Africa Day



Child Protection Week

28 International Day of Action for Women's Health
28 Library Strategic Forum Meeting
29 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



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



1 International Children's Day
1 DLS Exco Meeting
1-22 Examinations of first quarter, second quarter and fist-semester modules / Eksamens van eerstekwartaal-, tweedekwartaal- en eerstesemester- modules
1-7 World Heart Rhythm Week
  2 International Cancer Survivor's Day
4 ClickUP/EI /Library meeting

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

5 World Environment Day
8 World Oceans Day
8 DLS Exco Meeting
 10 World move for Health Day
12 World Day Against Child Labour
14 World Blood Donor Day
15 DLS Exco Meeting

Electronic Resources Workgroup (EIH) Meetings

School holiday / Skole vakansiedag

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

15-21 National Epilepsy Week
16 Youth Day / Jeugdag

International Day of the African Child

17 World Day to Combat Desertification
17-28 National Polio (2nd Round) Immunisation Campaign
17 DLS Faculty Library Managers meeting
18 Statistical Workgroup monthly meeting
19 World Sauntering Day
  World Sickle Cell Day
20 World Refugee Day
21 National Epilepsy Day
  International Surfing Day
  World Music Day
22 DLS Exco Meeting

Electronic Resources Work Group (EIH) Meeting

23 Africa Public Service Day
23 Documents Collections Sub-committee Meeting

UN Public Service Day

International Widow's Day


Supplementary examinations of first quarter, second quarter and first-semester modules / Hereksamens van eerstekwartaal-, tweedekwartaal- en eerstesemestermodules

24-28 SANCA Drug Awareness Week
25 Day of the Seafarer
26 Skole sluit / Schools closed
26 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
  International Day Against Drug and Illicit Trafficking
29 DLS 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 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.



6 Thomas Mathonsi
7 Johann van Wyk
  Johanna Shika
  Ms Sonto Mabena
10 Katlego Aphane
17 Raesibe Kekana
21 Una Mgwenya
28 André Janse van Rensburg

May / Mei

4 Joyce Maaga
8 Gerda Ehlers
10 Amelia Breytenbach
11 Lesego Makhafola
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

June / Junie

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


Shirley Gilmore


Marieta Buys

29 Audrey Lenoge



Staff news


Congratulations to ....... /

Baie geluk aan .......


Linky Ntobo on the birth of their son.

  • paper originated from China

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

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


Estelle Grobler who's son passed away.


Gerda Ehlers who's mother-in law passed away.


Zebulon Malatsi's who's sister-in-law passed away.


Diana Gerritsen who's mother-in-law passed away.


Cindy-Lee Daniels wie se suster  oorlede is.


Welcome to the following

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

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


Clayton Coverdale

started with the UPLS April 1st and will be part of the Bindery team.


We bid farewell

to the following staff members /

Ons sê totsiens

aan die volgende personeellede


Thomas Mathonsi from the Natural- & Agricultural Sciences Library who resigned and will be leaving at the end of April.











Het 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 attack

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" of people.

His name was Adolf Hitler.



  • aper originated from China









  • all the blinking in one day equates to having your eyes closed for 30 minutes



Contributed by Diana Gerritsen




  • htning 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



    Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.






























































































































    George Bernard Shaw

    (OPSA Terrific Tuesday 18 November 2014)




































    Contributed by Diana Gerritsen





































































































































  • 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 heerlik

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! 


Carin Bezuidenhout


Diana Gerritsen


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!


Carin Bezuidenhout


Diana Gerritsen  


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 visitors’ book.


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 chocolate.


 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.

Contributed by Gerda Ehlers



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 to 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




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 children’s books.


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 year.


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 multidisciplinary environments.


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 library 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.


Contributed by Cora Bezuidenhout

UP onthou die baasstorieverteller, André P Brink


Die 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 ouditorium aangebied.


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 het.


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


a)   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 digital age.


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 EMEA region.


b)   Special features


This EMEA Council meeting was boosted by two unusual highlights:

(a) the attendance by the members of the Board of Trustees of OCLC and

(b) the presence of the mobile Fablab (mobile Makers Space).


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 Regional Council.


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.    


c)   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:

1.     Preservation and curation of digitally born data and material

2.     Urgent need for libraries to re-invent themselves

3.     Dealing effectively with the impact of digital technologies on traditional library and museum materials

4.     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.


d)   Conclusion


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



Our clients 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 services by 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 16 nominations;

§  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 Edward Motlapema.


Congratulations to all the colleagues who were nominated and all our staff stars! Each nomination was a testimony to excellent client service!



Contributed by Elsabé Olivier


“Foes, follies and budgetary woes” – Dawie Roodt reflects on the 2015 budget


The Department of Library Services hosted a presentation titled ‘Foes, 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 skills.


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 unsustainable.


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.

Contributed by  Ansa Heyl

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 librarians

The 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 African universities.


Dr Elizabeth Williams from the Goldsmiths University of London

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

Ms Maria 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 Wisconsin-Milwaukee

On the 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 Olivier


Autumn Mini-Olympics 2015


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 spirit.


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 2015.


Contributed by Josiah Lebelo and Raesibe Kekana

Student 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 objectives:


·         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 activities.


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!


Contributed by Elsabé Olivier

 Library Staff Exchange Programme: University of Alberta Libraries


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.


Libraries Linked 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 Edmonton, Alberta.


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 beautiful country.


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 Waal (Coordinator: Cataloguing, Library Technical Services)


Celebrating South African Library Week 2015: Connect @ your Library


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 March 2015, 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 informed nation.


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. 



Contributed by Danie Malan and Nikki Crowster (LIASA EXCO)


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 productivity-sucking activities.


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 projects.


Multi-tasking. 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 day!


Over-planning. 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 anyway.


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!


Source:  OPSA Terrific Tuesday 3 March 2015


Contributed by Diana Gerritsen


Guidelines for manners



Contributed by Martha de Waal


New e-Books

The most complete resource on the biology of prokaryotes



Editors: Editor-in-chief: Rosenberg, Eugene
DeLong, E.F., Lory, S., Stackebrandt, E., Thompson, F. (Eds.)



Contributed by Chrissie Boeyens

Special Collections book of the month


Hidden wonders : the small 5005 of Southern Africa insects, spiders, frogs, reptiles / photographs by Dan Lieberman, text by Rael Loon.



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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

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