van ons Direkteur / Message from our Director
of Education Book Launch in the Education Library 18
Centre for African Library Leadership at the Annual
Research Academy, Mont Fleur, Stellenbosch
Book Week and International Literacy Day Celebrations on
the Groenkloof Campus, 9 September 2010
óThe Third Carnegie Library Leadership Academy
RESEARCH LIBRARIES CONSORTIUM (RLC)
of the Digitization Office!
óLIASA 12th Annual
UPeTD Digitization Project : Mission successfully
óDonated books in support for the
South African Library week and the every child a book
óAre You Singing Your Song?
e-boek van die maand /
December e-book of the month
this month and January 2011 / Verjaardae hierdie maand
en Januarie 2011
óHet jy geweet.... / Did you know .....
Newsletter season wishes
Boodskap van ons Direkteur / Message from our Director
has come and it is about to end as quickly as it come.
It was full of excitement, challenges, sadness and
victories/successes. It is for these successes that I
wish to say thank you to each one of you. Without your
hard work, dedication and commitment we would have never
achieved these success. As a result of our Library’s
successes we are making strong inroads into the national
and global arenas. Let us press on to march from one
success to the other. A well-oiled strategic
organisation can only grow stronger on the basis of
every individual contribution.
wish you a restful and blessed festive season and hope
that you will make good use of the vacation to unwind.
2011 must find us ready for more victories.
het gekom en is amper verby so vinnig as wat dit gekom
het. Dit was ‘n jaar vol opwinding, uitdagings,
hartseer en oorwinnings/suksesse. Dit is vir hierdie
suksesse waarvoor ek elkeen van julle wil bedank, sonder
julle harde werk, toegewydheid en betrokkenheid sou ons
nooit hierdie suksesse behaal het nie. As gevolg van ons
biblioteek se suksesse maak ons deurbraak in die
nasionale en internasionale arenas. Laat ons voortbou
van een sukses na die ander. ‘n Goed ge-oliede
strategiese organisasie kan slegs sterker groei met elke
individu se bydrae.
wens julle ‘n rustige feestyd toe en hoop dat julle goed
gebruik sal maak van die vakansie om te rus. 2011 moet
ons gereed wees vir meer oorwinnings.
Faculty of Education Book Launch in the Education
Library 18 October 2010
The Faculty of Education and the Education Library held
a very successful Book Launch in the library on 18
October 2010. During the event the following books
authored by lecturers of the Faculty in 2010 were
South Africa is my best world / Ina Joubert
Microscope to Kaleidoscope: reconsidering education
aspects related to children in the HIV/AIDS pandemic
/ Liesel Ebersohn
Afrikaans ons Taal 3 / Maryke Mihai and Alta
The Brave “New” World of Education: creating a
unique professionalism / Johannes A Slabbert,
Annemarie Hattingh, Dorothea M de Kock
Career Counselling: methods that work / Kobus Maree
Shaping the story: a guide to facilitating narrative
counselling / Kobus Maree
of the Faculty of Education Prof Irma Eloff, welcomed
all the guests to the event. This was then followed by a
Keynote address by Prof Yusef Waghid, Dean of the
Faculty of Education at the Stellenbosch University.
book was then introduced by their different authors,
after which the guests attended a cocktail dinner.
Contributed by Johann van Wyk
The Centre for African Library Leadership at the Annual
part of the Library Leadership grant awarded to the
University of Pretoria Library Services by the Carnegie
Corporation of New York (CCNY), the Centre for African
Library Leadership (CALL) hosted a post-Academy workshop
at the 12th Annual LIASA Conference, held at
the Saint George Hotel in Centurion, Pretoria.
The one-day CALL pre-Conference Workshop, hosted on
Monday 27 September 2010, was the first in a series of
personal building blocks offered as continuous
professional development initiative to the participants
and alumni of the Carnegie Library Leadership Academies
The Workshop, entitled Personal Mastery:
discovering the power of EQ, has
been facilitated by Johan Greeff from Treetops
The objectives of this intervention were:
To understand the meaning of emotional intelligence
in a personal and inter-personal context.
To appreciate the benefits and advantages of being
more self-aware and what it means to act in an
emotionally intelligent way
To develop insight into personal communication style
To develop a positive self-talk cycle
To develop effective relationships and listening
To increase the ability to respond appropriately to
the demands of the 24/7 work environment
Twenty five CLLA participants attended the Workshop,
including Tebogo Mogakane, Suzy Nyakale and Jacob
Mothutsi from the UPLS, as well as Hilda Kriel and
Many of the participants
felt that the content of the Workshop turned out to be a
wake-up call: it was a journey of self-discovery and
appreciation for the self.
“You cannot go to bed at
night and be the same person as when you woke up that
morning – you need to be stronger and wiser at the end
of each day.”
Ujala Satgoor and Academy alumni
Practical exercises in the open air
Suzy Nyakale and Tebogo Mogakane (UPLS)
Centre for African Library Leadership open session:
Q&A regarding Academies and CALL activities
During the LIASA Conference Ujala Satgoor and Martha de Waal facilitated an open question and answer session on the Library Leadership Academies and the CALL activities. Participants of the first two Academies used the opportunity to reflect on their participation, to share with the audience how the Academy impacted on their personal and professional growth and what they have achieved and accomplished within their own libraries since their Academy attendance.
Some of the delegates who attended the Open session
Carnegie Research Academy, Mont Fleur, Stellenbosch
Chrissie, Danie, Gerda,
Julene, Refilwe and Tertia had the privilege to attend
the Carnegie Research Academy at Mont Fleur in
Stellenbosch during April. Mont Fleur was beautiful and
the service that we received was perfect. It is a true
reflection of what service must be. The personnel were
friendly, helpful and very aware of what was going on
around them. You will tell them once that you don’t like
something and they will remember it. To experience the
service on its own made the academy a success.
Two weeks we walked in the
environment of the researchers. We experienced their
passion, hard work and frustration and we realize that
we as librarians can play a big role to make their work
easier. We often get tied up in what we’re doing.
Sometimes we need to step outside of our world and
reflect on what we are doing and how we are doing it.
Perhaps a short reminder of LEAP when we work
with researchers, L = Listen, E =
Empathize, A = Agree, P = Partner.
Prof Thornton has done an
exercise with us that confirmed: who we are (our
personal identity) are intertwined with what we do (our
professional identity) and it’s this connection that
makes us enjoy our work (and be good at it). It can also
be said that we (Librarians) are highly territorial and
we don’t want to leave our secured place, our offices.
We don’t like change. Maybe it is time for us to move
out of our comfort zone and make things happen. We have
to be professionals and we need to have knowledge of our
subjects and what our researchers are working on. It is
no longer business as usual. We move from collection to
We want to share Wynand
from Rhode’s experience of a Librarian with you:
“I would knight librarians
for aren’t we the keepers and protectors of the truth.
Are we not on an endless errand to find the holiest of
grails (knowledge), bringing it into the open for the
world to see (cataloguing, exposing, digitizing…)? Are
we not out there looking to save ‘maidens in distress’
(researchers and students) in a world filled with
dragons (irrelevant and incorrect information) whose
sole aim is to ensnare and devour the feeble minded? We
are knights in shining libraries sworn to do the bidding
of those that we serve. We are the ‘illuminators’ of the
true path to wisdom.
Sir Librarian – what a
wonderful world this can be! I am proud to be a
Librarian! I am proud to be part of a small group of
chosen people who though battle-scarred keeps on
fighting the good fight for an informed world”
A few things we learned
from the Academy:
importance of getting to know your researchers (users)
by attending lectures and colloquiums, and being on
their e-mail list serve.
to create an environment that fosters two way
communications between the user and the librarian.
actively market library services so that researchers and
users are aware of what we as librarians can do for
network with colleagues to learn more about how we can
improve the services that we offer.
our attitude so that we no longer see ourselves simply
as the custodians of the collections but as vital links
who provide access to information in the broadest sense
of the term.
Librarians need to proactively recreate themselves and
the services that they offer so that they can meet the
needs of the user before the user realizes they have a
Electronic resources and seamless access to information
is very important.
We can learn from
researchers and they can learn from us. Communication is
very important. To serve the research community better,
and this is debatable, information specialist could
enroll for a masters degree or a PhD. They can even
enroll for a few subjects to understand the terms of the
subject or area.
of the highlights apart from making new friends and
getting to know old friends better were the drumming
session, potjiekos-dinner which includes Julene, Danie,
Saurabh, Wynand, Pieter and Chrissie. It is possible
that our users look at librarians differently after the
We have learned that
research become far more interdisciplinary over the
years. Researchers draw from expertise in other areas of
research and there is more collaboration. Researchers
confirmed that they are frustrated if the library does
not subscribe to core journal titles, fundamental for
research by them and their students. We should try to
attend more open lectures or presentations in our
subject areas on campus to get familiar with the work
our researchers do. Librarians play an important role in
the “production chain” (research) of our clients.
To our “mom”, Hilda, thank
you for the support and to UPLIS for sending us on this
program. Last but not least, thank you for all that made
this a wonderful experience.
by Danie Malan
National Book Week and International Literacy Day
Celebrations on the Groenkloof Campus, 9 September 2010
Faculty of Education and the Education Library held a
celebration on 9 September 2010 on the grass next to the
library to commemorate National Book Week and
International Literacy Day and to promote reading and
programme consisted of three invited speakers, book
prizes were given out and the Education Library as well
as the campus bookstore Bookmark had exhibitions of
three speakers, with organizers from the Faculty of
left to right: Fanie de Villiers, Cecilia du Toit, Kosie
Schoeman, Pam Sheppard and Santino Bol
Sonja Delport next to the Library’s exhibition
The first speaker was Kosie Schoeman (a 7de Laan actor
that has Downs Syndrome) who read a piece
out of his favourite book
“Harry Potter en die Towenaar se Steen”
The second speaker was Sudanese author Santino Bol, who
read from his book “The Lost Boy”.
third speaker was cricket legend Fanie de Villiers
who spoke to the students about the value of reading.
event was very well attended by students, academic staff
as well as pupils from the High Performance Centre
School, and promises to become a yearly event.
Contributed by Johann van
| News from UPSpace
Thanks to everyone
involved, we achieved the following during the second
A Collection was created
for Prof Cheryl de la Rey including previous articles
with permission from UCT.
The Digitization office’s
contribution of digitizing the older editions of
journals such as Verbum et Ecclesia, (Skrif en Kerk),
HTS, Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research, Phronimon
and the South African Journal of Art History, cannot be
This led to the mapping of
the UP Researchers’ articles to OpenUP, showcasing
articles as far back as 1987, and Marie Swanepoel added
the information to the A-Z list, thank you!.
Contributions by Library
staff to conferences, events and reports archived on
UPSpace is 20 + for 2010, and those who have not yet
contributed, are more than welcome to do so.
Some statistics from
1 July –November 2010: 85
661 visits, and bounce rate 67.51%
Visitors: 85 661 from 1888 countries
Top viewed pages:
1. Engineering, Built Environment & Information Technology
2. Economic & Management Sciences
5. Natural & Agricultural Sciences
6. Health Sciences
8. Veterinary Science
11. Library Services
1. Architecture (EBIT)
2. Graduate School of Technology Management (EBIT)
1. Verbum et Ecclesia (including Skrif en Kerk) (Theology)
2. Campus Buildings (Architecture)
3. Slide Collection (Companion Animal Clinical Studies -
Critical Care)(Veterinary Science)
4. Pearse (Architecture)
5. LLM Dissertations (Centre for Human Rights, Law)
6. HTS Theological Studies (Theology)
7. Jonathan Jansen (Education Management and Policy
8. South African Journal of Art History (Architecture)
9. Africana Books (African Heritage Digital Collections,
10. Norman Eaton (South African Architects, Buildings and
Towns, Special Collections)
11. Research Articles (FABI, Natural & Agricultural Science)
12. Research Articles ( Graduate School of Technology
1. Kampusgebouegids (UP Academic Books, UP E-Press)
2. Ball-Eastaway House (Structures, Student projects,
House (Structures, Student projects, Architecture, EBIT)
4. Musaion (Campus Buildings, Architecture, EBIT)
5. Riva san Vitale (Structures, Student projects,
6. Bar-On, Reuven. Emotional intelligence : an integral part of
positive psychology (Research Articles
Humanities Education, Humanties)
7. Geslacht-register der oude Kaapsche familien. Deel 3, P tot
Z.(Africana Books Collection, African Heritage Digital
Collections, Special Collections)
8. Barragan House and Studio (Structures, Student projects,
9. House VI (Structures, Student projects, Architecture,
10. Geslacht-register der oude Kaapsche familien. Deel 1, A-J
.(Africana Books Collection, African Heritage Digital
Collections, Special Collections)
11. Amphitheatre (Campus Buildings, Architecture, EBIT)
12. Marika Alderton House (Structures, Student projects, Architecture, EBIT)
13. Geslacht-register der oude Kaapsche familien. Deel 2, A tot O
.(Africana Books Collection, African Heritage Digital
Collections, Special Collections)
14. Maree, J.G. Faktore wat die beroepskeuse van
eerstejaaronderwysstudente beïnvloed (Research Articles,
Curriculum Studies, Education)
And now we are all awaiting the
arrival of DSpace version 1.6.2, where more specific
statistics will be available on a regular basis.
Contributed by Hettie Groenewald,
Institutional Repository Manager
The Third Carnegie Library Leadership Academy
The Third Carnegie Library Leadership Academy had been successfully hosted at the Leriba Lodge in Centurion from 5-19 November 2010.
Following an invitation to apply for participation and a strict selection process, 20 participants have been selected from 33 applications. The group consisted of both academic and public librarians.
Danie Malan, Refilwe Matatiele, Maggie Moropane and Julene Vermeulen represented the University of Pretoria Library Services. These colleagues deserve to be congratulated on their active participation and engagement in group activities, discussions and formal and informal presentations.
Maggie: “I am moved and invigorated by the overwhelming knowledge I have been empowered with during the past two weeks. I want to extend my sincere gratitude for the precious gift you gave me personally and professionally.”
Danie: “I enjoyed the Academy. The challenge will be to implement what I have learned. It was a great experience and relates to the concept of life-long learning. I gained a new perspective on what public librarians have to deal with."
Julene: “For me the Academy came just at the right time. The programme was well constructed and networking was a great benefit.”
Refilwe: “The Academy allowed me to learn new and practical skills. I can now critically analyse my management and leadership style.”
We wish our UPLS participants all the best in their immediate future efforts to comply with all the Academy requirements.
Participants to the Third Carnegie Library Leadership Academy
The UPLS ‘delegation’
Refilwe and Maggie
Maggie and Julene
Refilwe and Danie with Johann van Wyk
Group visit to the UPLS
A full report on the Academy will be published in the next issue of the Intranet library newsletter.
Thank you … to Janice and Christelle for assisting Ujala and Una with the packing of the Academy files; to Una for making travel arrangements for our participants, speakers and guests; to Leonard and Daan for assisting me with the electronic equipment; to Vaydin and Jeffrey for transferring equipment, boxes and banners into the company car – only to return it to my office again after the Academy; to my dear neighbours Annamarie and Salomie for their moral support; to Louis and Monia for assisting me with financial matters and the purchasing of equipment and stationery; to members of staff who willingly contribute to the success of the Academy by representing the UPLS as speakers, presenters and facilitators; to fellow staff members for the many encouraging telephone calls, e-mails and personal visits before and after the Academy; and last but not the least, to Ujala for your direction, guidance and continuous support and encouragement! Together we do achieve more!
“Developing library leaders for the future”
Contributed by Martha de Waal
more and more electronic resources and information
becomes available, it is becoming increasingly difficult
to find the information that one needs. It might mean
scrolling up and down library web pages and clicking
through to other pages - a time consuming and repetitive
Libraries Consortium initiated the development and
implementation of a Research Portal to provide a
platform that brings together information resources to
maximize the potential of the libraries’ electronic
resources and allow seamless searching across levels of
information. This project has been funded by the
Carnegie Corporation of New York.
six participating libraries are the Universities of Cape
Town, KwaZulu-Natal, Pretoria and Rhodes, Stellenbosch
and Witwatersrand Universities.
extensive research to find the most suitable and
available software to develop this Research Portal, it
was decided to implement
ExLibris’ discovery-to-delivery platform (PRIMO) that
integrates MetaLib Federated Searching and SFX link
on the Portal software
the Institutions with Library Systems other than the
ExLibris system, it was quite a challenge to configure
the Portal on top of their own Library System Software.
The UP Project Team is proud to announce that this
Portal Project has now been completed successfully and
made available to UP Researchers.
Unique features of this Research Portal
Integrated access to an endless
number of scholarly materials from the Research
The option to restrict searching
to a specific collection
Federated searching of e-
databases, library catalogues and Institutional
Retention of search histories and
personalised e-Shelf to store
Alerts setup to be delivered via
email; RSS Feeds; Web2 functionalities
Spellcheck feature; Relevance
ranking; Search result sorting options
Functionality to print, e-mail
and export records
Functionality to push records to
social networking and social bookmarking sites
Quickset searches across
e-databases and option to group own set of
databases for concurrent searches
De-duplication of search results
Recommendation service based on
Export to scholarly tools such as
RefWorks and Endnote
Portal searches via
Easy to use Online Help
Team: Soekie Swanepoel, Marie Swanepoel, Annette Ingram,
Chrissie Boeyens, Anette Lessing
Contributed by Anette Lessing
The UPeTD Digitization Project : Mission successfully
Alongside, what now can be called, the
UPeTD highway, built since 2000, “while walking
it……”(quoting Monica Hammes), the UPeTD’s Digitization
footpath started its winding course to where it is now
completely merged with the highway.
Van 2000 af is studente uitgenooi om, met
die oog op internet beskikbaarheid, hulle verhandelinge
en proefskrifte elektronies in te handig. Sommige het
dit gedoen maar vele nie. Vanaf 2004 word elektroniese
At this stage a retrospective project was
started. In April 2005 Thea Heckroodt was contracted to
digitize the fronts of the theses and dissertations,
submitted between 2000 and 2004, of which only the
traditional hard copies were received. From the
outset, requests for complete studies were received from
individual researchers in South Africa as well as many
other countries all over the world via the UPeTD
postbox. Our own Interlending Section soon also became
one of UPeTD’s clients for priority treatment, for their
Programme van promosieplegtighede vir die
gestelde tydperk, is gebruik vir besitkontrole. Sommige
studies wat nooit ontvang is nie, moes op allerlei
plekke gesoek word. Intussen het die aanvrae vir
volledige studies vinnig momentum gekry (met die laaste
een eind Oktober 2010), en die getal UP proefskrifte en
verhandelinge wat wêreldwyd beskibaar was, het by die
dag gegroei. Toestemming van studieleiers (sommige van
wie al afgetree het), moes vir elke studie wat versoek
was, bekom word. Dit het ‘n woelige (en soms gesellige)
e-pos verkeer tussen UPeTD, die aanvraers,
studieleiers en departementshoofde tot gevolg gehad.
Die heerlikste boodskappe van waardering (vir die
Universiteit van Pretoria) is van oor die hele wêreld
ontvang waarvan hierdie net ‘n paar voorbeelde is:
“Thank you very much for all of your
trouble and a fast turn -around time as well! Your
keyword selection is perfect.” Graham Marshall, Global
“I really appreciate your prompt reply.
This thesis will be very helpful to me, and it is nice
to see that you also suggest how to cite it. “
Anangelina Archile Contreras, University of Guelph,
“Hartelijk dank voor de digitale versie
van de thesis! We hebben het goed ontvangen!
Vriendelijke groeten uit België.” Stefan
Derouck IBL Universiteitsbiblioteek, K U Leuven.
“Thanks a lot - you did the thesis in 1-
2 days. It’s really amazing, I thank you personally.”
Dr Chanda Mudassa, India, Project Directorate on Animal
Disease Monitoring and Surveillance, Bangalore.
“Your new service came to my attention
based on the background surrounding the completion of my
master’s degree. At the time of completing my
dissertation in 2002, I was still a relatively poor,
struggling student. While I had the money to pay for the
bound library, I had no money left to produce a copy for
my own use. I left South Africa in 2003 for Asia in
search of job opportunities, but having a copy of my
dissertation was still an important concern.
This service proves that the Dept of
Library Services at UP is dedicated to keeping in step
with current technology, to the benefit of as many
students as possible. Now I feel proud to call myself a
Tuks alumnus again because of what my university can do
for me.”, Georgina Scott, Taiwan
The UPeTD digitization footpath was
quietly becoming a proper road. In July 2008, Alet
Grobler, the retired UPeTD administrator, joined Thea
and the project accelerated. From then on, the pages of
each dissertation or thesis were loosened by the
Bindery, which helped to speed up the process because
more pages could be fed through the scanner
Aan die einde van hierdie hobbelrige
paadjie (ons is deur drie skandeerders), kan ons sê dat
‘n totaal van 1595 studies, bladsy-vir-bladsy geskandeer
en gedigitiseer is (met die implikasie dat dit herbind
moes word). Dit beteken dat alle verhandelinge en
proefskrifte, waarvoor tussen 2000 en 2010 grade ontvang
is, (uitgesonderd die wat op een of ander manier beperk
is), nou op die internet beskikbaar is. Die bogenoemde
getal van die UPeTD digitiseringsprojek, sluit ook ouer
studies in wat op versoek gedigitiseer is, die oudste is
‘n Plantkunde proefskrif van 1942.
On 30 November 2010, when Thea and Alet
shut down their computers for the last time, the mission
will have been accomplished. We see ourselves as two
very privileged workers.
en Thea sê dankie / We say thank you: Ons kon deel wees
van ‘n groot projek wat begin het by ‘n idee (dis die
kritieke punt), van Monica Hammes en wat deur haar
leierskap en insig ontwikkel is en gegroei het tot ‘n
produksiespan wat glad loop. We enjoyed the partnership
of a team that wanted to work together and succeeded in
Ons het daagliks in ‘n vriendelike
werksomgewing ingestap. In both Monica, and Elsabé
Olivier, who followed in Monica’s footsteps, we had two
enthusiastic leaders who gave us every opportunity and
support to finish our task. Ons lewens is versier deur
die teenwoordigheid van elke personeellid in die
Biblioteekdiens. Thank you Robert, for all the
opportunities and for your example as a leader. Dank aan
ons hemelse Vader wat ons so ryklik geseën het.
Last word from Elsabé Olivier: “The Open
Scholarship Office salutes you two (Alet and Thea) for
your impressive legacy! I could always rely on you two –
you were the embodiment of professionalism and seized
this opportunity with enthusiasm and ended it with
flair. I am aware of early hours at the office –
sometimes even extra hours – with the ultimate goal - to
complete this tasked mission. I am indebted to you and
salute you for work very well done! Your presence as
part of the UPeTD team will sorely be missed.
Highlights of the Digitization Office!
digitiseringskantoor het 2010 as 'n uiters produktiewe
jaar beleef, ons het hard gewerk maar ook heerlike ligte
To read more
about the digitisation office and our 2010 experience
please go to
Thanks to all
who made this year such a good one for us.
Contributed by Ria Groenewald
Annual Conference 2010
Department of Arts and Culture awarded grants to four
Librarians of the University of Pretoria Library
Services (Maggie Moropane, Sindy Hlabangwane, Tebogo
Mogakane and Mmakgoshi Reetseng) to attend the LIASA 12th
Annual Conference that was held at St. George’s hotel in
Centurion from the 27th September to 01
October 2010. We were part of the above dynamic &
hardworking team in yellow shirts for the whole
attended the conference because we volunteered to assist
at the conference. Being members of the Gauteng North
Branch it would have been such a shame for us to see
unsatisfied delegates and to witness a disastrous
conference. So, we came in numbers from Gauteng North
and South to assist for the success of the conference.
learned how to cooperate in a team, to treat members
with the courtesy they deserve, to be punctual, to stay
calm and avoid conflict, be patient, communicate well
and be eager to help with solving client queries.
learned that a number of members that we knew attended
the conference at the mercy of the DAC grant, either
their respective employers couldn’t afford to pay for
them or did not see the need for them to attend.
Mmakgoshi says “As a Cataloguer I don’t get to work with
clients daily, assisting at the Administration and at
the LIASA stand gave me the opportunity to meet almost
all the attendees and to provide them with solutions to
all their queries”.
Tebogo and Maggie became experts in flower-arranging, a
skill they learned whilst preparing for the Gala-Dinner.
Mmakgoshi got the opportunity to attend
Induction Workshop for newly elected
Branch and Interest Group Executive Committees.
Participants were welcomed to the LIASA leadership and
briefed about the LIASA structure and our duties as the
new committee members.
the opportunity to attend the AGM and vote. The speeches
rendered at the AGM and welcoming day were encouraging
enough to urge one to continue supporting and serving
really appreciate the availability of the LIASA-DAC
grant and the support and encouragement we continue to
receive from the University of Pretoria Management.
Contributed by Mmakgoshi
Donated books in support for the South African Library
week and the every child a book campaign
The University of Pretoria
Library staff members and users donated books in support
for the South African Library week and the every child a
book campaign. The books together with more donations
from RoomToRead, St. Stithians College and Biblionef
South Africa were donated to the Motheong Independent
Pre&Primary School Library based in Atteridgeville,
Contributed by Mmakgoshi
Are You Singing Your
a woman in a certain African tribe knows she is
pregnant, she goes out into the wilderness with a few
friends and together they pray and meditate until they
hear the song of the child.
They recognize that every soul has its own vibration
that expresses its unique flavour and purpose. When the
women attune to the song, they sing it out loud. Then
they return to the tribe and teach it to everyone
When the child is born, the community gathers and sings
the child’s song to him or her. Later, when the child
starts school, the village gathers and chants the
child’s song. When the child becomes an adult, the
people again come together and sing. At the time of
marriage, the person hears his or her song.
Finally, when the soul is about to pass from this world,
the family and friends gather at the person’s bed, just
as they did at birth, and they sing the person to the
There is something inside each of us that knows
we have a song, and we feel most alive when we sing it.
We may not have grown up in an African tribe that sings
our song to us at crucial life transitions, but life is
always reminding us when we are in tune with ourselves
and when we are not.
When we feel good, what we are doing matches our song,
and when we feel awful, it doesn’t.
Are you singing your song?
Adapted from a story by Alan Cohen in
Wisdom of the Heart
OPSA Terrific Tuesday Newsletter 2010
Desember e-boek van die maand /
December e-book of the month
2010 is die jaar van
elektroniese boeke by UP.
Met die snel ontwikkelende
tegnologie van e-boeklesers soos
Kindle en iPad saam
met ebrary is die biblioteek nou in 'n posisie om
meer e-boeke aan te koop en bekend te stel.
Elke maand sal 'n nuwe
e-boek in die nuusbrief en op die webblad
Kyk gerus daarna en
terugvoer is baie welkom.
2010 is the year of the
electronic books at UP.
With the rapid
technology development of e-book readers like Kindle
and IPad, and also new development at Ebrary,
library now in a position to buy and promote more
Enjoy this new
development - feedback and comments are welcome.
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New e-Book available
Contributed by Chrissie Boeyens
Intranet Newsletter Publication /
Publikasie van die Biblioteek Intranet Nuusbrief
Indien jy enige kommentaar
of voorstelle oor die nuusbrief het, epos ons asseblief
- ek hoor graag jou opinie.
have any comments or suggestions about our newsletter,
then please mail us on
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Contributions can be in Afrikaans or English.
Om 'n bydrae te maak e-pos asb. vir
Bydraes kan in Afrikaans of Engels wees.
Annelize du Pisani
Gustav van Zyl
Mochabo Prince Mafolo
J M Lebelo
Henriëtte van Vuuren
stops learning is old, whether at twenty or
eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays
young. The greatest thing in life is to keep
your mind young.
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