25 Desember 2010

Christmas Day

25 December 2010

Biblioteek Intranet Nuus
Library Intranet News


Departement Biblioteekdienste 

Universiteit van Pretoria 

          Department of Library Services 

University of Pretoria


        Desember 2010 Uitgawe 1 • December 2010 Issue 1  




óBoodskap van ons Direkteur / Message from our Director

óFaculty of Education Book Launch in the Education Library 18 October 2010

óThe Centre for African Library Leadership at the Annual LIASA Conference

óCarnegie Research Academy, Mont Fleur, Stellenbosch

óNational Book Week and International Literacy Day Celebrations on the Groenkloof Campus, 9 September 2010

óNews from UPSpace

óThe Third Carnegie Library Leadership Academy


óHighlights of the Digitization Office!

óLIASA 12th Annual Conference 2010

óThe UPeTD Digitization Project : Mission successfully accomplished!

óDonated books in support for the South African Library week and the every child a book campaign

óAre You Singing Your Song?

óDesember e-boek van die maand / December e-book of the month

óBirthdays of this month and January 2011 / Verjaardae hierdie maand en Januarie 2011

óHet jy geweet.... / Did you know .....

óLibrary Newsletter season wishes


Boodskap van ons Direkteur / Message from our Director


2010 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.


I 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.





2010 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.


Ek 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 introduced:

§  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 Engelbrecht


§  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

The Dean 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.


Each 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 LIASA Conference


liasa_logo_conferenceAs 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 (CLLA).


The Workshop, entitled Personal Mastery: discovering the power of EQ, has been facilitated by Johan Greeff from Treetops Management Consultants.


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 skills

  • 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 Shirley Gilmore.


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.”

Workshop participants

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 connection.


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:

·         The importance of getting to know your researchers (users) by attending lectures and colloquiums, and being on their e-mail list serve.

·         The need to create an environment that fosters two way communications between the user and the librarian.

·         To actively market library services so that researchers and users are aware of what we as librarians can do for them.

·         To network with colleagues to learn more about how we can improve the services that we offer.


·         To change 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 need.


·         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.


Some 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 dinner.


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.


Contributed by Danie Malan

National Book Week and International Literacy Day Celebrations on the Groenkloof Campus, 9 September 2010


The 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 books.

The 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 books.


The three speakers, with organizers from the Faculty of Education.


From 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”.



The third speaker was cricket legend  Fanie de Villiers who spoke to the students about the value of reading.









The 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 Wyk

News from UPSpace

Thanks to everyone involved, we achieved the following during the second semester  2010.


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 underestimated.


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  Google Analytics:


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

3.     Theology

4.     Humanities

5.     Natural & Agricultural Sciences

6.     Health Sciences

7.     OpenUP

8.     Veterinary Science

9.     Law

10.  Education

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 Studies)

8.     South African Journal of Art History (Architecture)

9.     Africana Books (African Heritage Digital Collections, Special 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 Management, EBIT)



1.     Kampusgebouegids (UP Academic Books, UP E-Press)

2.     Ball-Eastaway House (Structures, Student projects, Architecture, EBIT)

3.     Schröder House  (Structures, Student projects, Architecture, EBIT)

4.     Musaion (Campus Buildings, Architecture, EBIT)

5.     Riva san Vitale (Structures, Student projects, Architecture, EBIT)

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, Architecture, EBIT)

9.     House VI (Structures, Student projects, Architecture, EBIT)

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

Julene …

Danie …

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





As 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 task.  



The Research 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.


The six participating libraries are the Universities of Cape Town, KwaZulu-Natal, Pretoria and Rhodes, Stellenbosch and Witwatersrand Universities.


After 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 resolver software.   More on the Portal software


For 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 include:

  • Integrated access to an endless number of scholarly materials from the Research Libraries Consortium

  • The option to restrict searching to a specific collection

  • Federated searching of e- databases, library catalogues and Institutional Repositories

  • Retention of search histories and personalised e-Shelf to store search results

  • Alerts setup to be delivered via email;  RSS Feeds; Web2 functionalities

  • Faceted navigation

  • 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 (FRBRized)

  • Recommendation service based on article usage

  • Export to scholarly tools such as RefWorks and Endnote

  • Portal searches via iPhone

  • Easy to use Online Help

 Project Team: Soekie Swanepoel, Marie Swanepoel, Annette Ingram, Chrissie Boeyens, Anette Lessing

Contributed by Anette Lessing


The UPeTD Digitization Project : Mission successfully accomplished!


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 indiening verpligtend.


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 overseas requests.


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 FIA.


       “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, Canada.


       “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 simultaneously.


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.


Alet 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 its goal.


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.


Contributed by Elsabé Olivier

Highlights of the Digitization Office!


Die digitiseringskantoor het 2010 as 'n uiters produktiewe jaar beleef, ons het hard gewerk maar ook heerlike ligte oomblike gehad.


To read more about the digitisation office and our 2010 experience please go to I:\Share\digi-office


Thanks to all who made this year such a good one for us.


Contributed by Ria Groenewald

LIASA 12th Annual Conference 2010

The 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 conference period.


We 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.


We 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.


We also 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”.

Sindy, Tebogo and Maggie became experts in flower-arranging, a skill they learned whilst preparing for the Gala-Dinner.


Mmakgoshi got the opportunity to attend the LIASA 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.


We got 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 LIASA.


We 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 Reetseng

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, Pretoria.

Contributed by Mmakgoshi Reetseng

Are You Singing Your Song?


When 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 else.     

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 next life.


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


Source:  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 aangekondig word.

Kyk gerus daarna en terugvoer is baie welkom.


³³³³ : ³³³³


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,

is the library now in a position to buy and promote more e-books.

Enjoy this new development - feedback and comments are welcome.


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Contributed by Chrissie Boeyens 


Library Intranet Newsletter Publication / Publikasie van die Biblioteek Intranet Nuusbrief




Indien jy enige kommentaar of voorstelle oor die nuusbrief het, epos ons asseblief by - ek hoor graag jou opinie.


If you have any comments or suggestions about our newsletter, then please mail us on - I am very keen to hear your opinions.




To contribute, please e-mail Diana Gerritsen. Contributions can be in Afrikaans or English.


Om 'n bydrae te maak e-pos asb. vir Diana Gerritsen. Bydraes kan in Afrikaans of Engels wees.






Events this

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Gebeure dié

maand ...






Desember / December




Prevention of Injuries


  Month / Maand




1 World AIDS Day
2 Library Exco Strategic Planning session
  International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
3 International Day of Disabled Persons
5 International Volunteers Day
6 Akademiese jaar eindig / Academic year ends
7 UPLS Refurbishment Project Meeting
  International Civil Aviation Day
9 World Patient Safety Day
10 International Human Rights Day
14 UPLS Refurbishment Project Meeting
16 Versoeningsdag / Day of Reconciliation
18 International Migrants Day
20 International Human Solidarity Day
21 UPLS Refurbishment Project Meeting
23 Universiteit sluit om 10:00 tot en insluitend  2 Januarie 2011 / University closes at 10:00 until and including 2 January 2011
25 Kersdag/Christmas Day
26 Day of goodwill / Welwillendheidsdag
27 Publieke vakansiedag / Public Holiday
30 Ou-jaarsdag




Birthdays this

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Verjaarsdae dié

maand ...




1 Marie Swanepoel
  Christina Mosalagae
6 Tondani Kone
9 Arabella Eksteen
12 Annelize du Pisani
13 Daan Lessing
14 Gustav van Zyl
  Ansie Whright
15 Elsa Coertze
18 Heila Pienaar
  Fana Mgidi
  Sam Makgalemele
19 Mochabo Prince Mafolo
25 J M Lebelo
26 Ramona Allen
28 Johannes Siondane
29 Christelle Steyn
  Asia Matlala
31 Julene Vermeulen
  Rachel Phahla
  Moses Phale









1 Lerato Mopeli
2 Blok Beukes
3 Myleen Oosthuizen
7 Yonela Mashida
10 Sonty Monakhisi
  Wanani Sitsula
12 Jan Mahlangu
16 Calvyn Badenhorst
19 Mike Volschenk
  Marco Gouws
20 Henriëtte van Vuuren
24 Liana Viljoen
26 Ujala Satgoor
27 Mmaditshipi Seageng
28 Anette Lessing









Anyone who 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.







Het jy geweet .......

Did you know.......


 The word encyclopedia comes from two Greek words meaning “a circle of learning.” The oldest known encyclopedia was written in Greece about 2000 years ago. It’s no longer in existence. The oldest encyclopedia in existence was written in the 1st century by Roman scholar Gaius Plinius Secundus (Pliny the Elder). His encyclopaedia, called Natural History, has 37 volumes.


The largest ever encyclopedia is the Yung-Lo Ta-Tien encyclopedia. It was commissioned in 1403 by Emperor Yongle and is also known as the Yongle Encyclopedia. Written by 2000 writers, it was completed in 1408 and bound in 11,095 volumes, of which some 400 volumes survived.


See: World's largest encyclopedia

The world’s libraries store more than a 100 million original volumes.

The largest web bookshop,, stores almost 3 million books.

The Library of Congress, the largest library in the world, stores 18 million books on approximately 850 km (530 miles) of bookshelves. The collections include 119 million items, 2 million recordings, 12 million photographs, 4 million maps and 53 million manuscripts.

2 billion people still cannot read.

See: Art and Lit fast facts
The world’s libraries store more than a 100 million original volumes.

The largest web bookshop,, stores almost 3 million books.

The Library of Congress, the largest library in the world, stores 18 million books on approximately 850 km (530 miles) of bookshelves. The collections include 119 million items, 2 million recordings, 12 million photographs, 4 million maps and 53 million manuscripts.

2 billion people still cannot read.

See: Art and Lit fast facts

On average, you speak almost 5,000 words a day – although almost 80% of speaking is self-talk (talking to yourself).

See: Fast facts about your body
On average, you speak almost 5,000 words a day – although almost 80% of speaking is self-talk (talking to yourself).

See: Fast facts about your body
On average, you speak almost 5,000 words a day – although almost 80% of speaking is self-talk (talking to yourself).

See: Fast facts about your body
On average, you speak almost 5,000 words a day – although almost 80% of speaking is self-talk (talking to yourself).

See: Fast facts about your body
On average, you speak almost 5,000 words a day – although almost 80% of speaking is self-talk (talking to yourself).

See: Fast facts about your body
On average, you speak almost 5,000 words a day – although almost 80% of speaking is self-talk (talking to yourself).

See: Fast facts about your body
On average, you speak almost 5,000 words a day – although almost 80% of speaking is self-talk (talking to yourself).

See: Fast facts about your body
The Sahara desert expands at about 1km per month.

See: Fast facts about earth and space
The Sahara desert expands at about 1km per month.

See: Fast facts about earth and space
Leonardo da Vinci could write with the one hand and draw with the other simultaneously

See: Fast facts about famous people
Leonardo da Vinci could write with the one hand and draw with the other simultaneously

See: Fast facts about famous people
The word malaria comes from the words mal and aria, which means bad air. This derives from the old days when it was thought that all diseases are caused by bad, or dirty air.

See: Trivia facts
The word malaria comes from the words mal and aria, which means bad air. This derives from the old days when it was thought that all diseases are caused by bad, or dirty air.

See: Trivia facts


Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.




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