World Population Day - 11 July 2009


Biblioteek Intranet Nuus
Library Intranet News


Departement Biblioteekdienste 

Universiteit van Pretoria 

          Department of Library Services 

University of Pretoria


       Julie 2009 Uitgawe 1  July 2009 Issue 1  



In March this year I received an invitation to participate in the above conference that was held at the magnificent Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt from 25 to 27 May 2009.  This conference was attended by 32 participants, mainly from Africa and the USA.  Expenses for attending this conference were funded by the organizers.




Stanford University received a planning grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to create an organizational blueprint for a Leadership Training Institute geared to mid-level Librarians and Information Technology (IT) professionals in sub Saharan Africa, with a focus on the academic sector.  This was an idea conceived by Dr Mamphela Ramphele (the former Vice Chancellor of UCT) and Dr Mike Keller (the Director of the Stanford University Library). 




The conference was opened by Dr Ismail Serageldin who is the CEO of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.  He started his address by saying:


"We live in the age of the internet. The digital age, where the traditional boundaries between voice, text, image and data have blurred and are on the verge of disappearing. The traditional view of writing as the supreme means of communication has already for a century been gradually displaced by the role of the image in transferring knowledge and interconnecting generations…"


(A copy of Dr Serageldin is available from Diana Gerritsen ( should you wish to read it)


Dr Serageldin set the tone for a constructive and productive conference.  In addition to the plenary session the participants were divided into smaller groups for more detailed discussion and planning.  A task team comprising 6 of the participants was appointed at the end of the conference.  This task team is chaired by Kay Raseroka.  Their task is to set in motion the processes that will lead to the establishment of a leadership institute in the Sub-Saharan Africa.  They, in conjunction with the rest of the participants of this conference will determine the location, format etc of this leadership institute.


It is indeed a privilege for me to be part of this project that will contribute immensely in empowering leaders of academic libraries and IT departments in this region of Africa.  I thank the University for allowing to participate in this project.


I hope that you will enjoy the photos accompanying this short article.



           Robert Moropa & Mr Rick Luce                                    Robert Moropa, Dr Mike Keller (the Director of the                   Dr Mike Keller and Dr Ismail Serageldin

           (Director:  Emory University Library)                            Stanford University Library)  and other participants                      (CEO of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina)


               Group photo of the participants                                                 All work and no play                                                             Gala Dinner


Contributed by Robert Moropa


Training Prepares Visitors from South Africa and Rwanda to Open the First WDC in Africa


From February 23 to March 6, 2009, the NBII conducted a biological informatics infrastructure training course for eleven participants from South Africa and Rwanda at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Headquarters in Reston, VA. The primary objective of the training was to provide participants with the data, information, and technical knowledge needed to begin to develop and implement the first World Data Center (WDC) in Africa, the International Council for Science’s (ICSU) sponsored World Data Center for Biodiversity and Human Health (WDC-BHH). Participants included experts in biodiversity and informatics from the following organizations: South African National Research Foundation (NRF;  host for the new WDC-BHH), South African Environmental Observation Training Prepares Visitors from South Africa and Rwanda to Open the First WDC in Africa Network (SAEON/NRF), University of Pretoria, South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), University of Rwanda, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, and Rwandan Institute of Scientific and Technological Research.




Participants in the biological informatics infrastructure training course, including trainees from South Africa

and Rwanda and the metadata instructors.

Contributed by Heila Pienaar



(Conference on the Millennium Library Management System)


The Annual Innovative Users Group Conference was held from 17-20 May 2009 in Anaheim, CA.  I have been privileged to represent the University of Pretoria, Department of Library Services to attend this Conference that was attended by over 1000 delegates from 14 countries.  We were 4 delegates from South Africa (UP, UNISA, SEALS, WITS).


The Library Management System (Innopac/Millennium) is a sophisticated Integrated Library System and provides the infrastructure for most of our library administrative and professional activities like the recording of our holdings, managing our orders and budget, serving as a repository for e-course reserves, e-exam papers and some e-resources, providing control over loan activities and management information.  The System Web Interface (WebOPAC) provides client online access to all our library information resources for study, research and tuition needs.


Attending the IUG was a wonderful training and networking opportunity and provided a gateway to share experiences and problems as well as to discuss the application of new functionalities that come with the annual enhancements and upgrades of the system. 


About 120 unique papers (there were repeats of some papers) were delivered in 13 parallel sessions and it was quite difficult to select which sessions to attend.  I have also attended a pre conference workshop on how to make the most of electronic resources. Most of the conference papers are available online for perusal.  The keynote speaker of the conference Dr. Michael B. Johnson from Pixar Animation Studios gave an interesting talk on what’s happening behind the scenes at Pixar.  For him quality is the best business plan.


Innovative Interfaces offered quick sessions called “Library Service Live Theatre” during tea- and lunch breaks.  These sessions were quite valuable in providing informational overviews and tips on existing and new functionalities.  The Innovative Information Centre manned by Innovative Staff was another valuable source of information and it gave me the opportunity to discuss issues face to face with an III functional expert.  In between all these activities I also made an effort to visit the poster sessions and exhibitors.  One important piece of information I picked up was that RFID book tags only have a lifespan of 10 years.


Many of the papers focused on products we don’t have like Electronic Resource Management (Management of e-resource subscriptions), Research Pro (Federated Search Product providing a one-stop search across library resources), WebBridge (Link Resolver), Content Pro (Repository), Encore (Discovery and Delivery Platform) and AirPAC (for wireless Online Catalogue access via hand-held devices).


I realise that if we want to provide in the increasing demands of our clients and to be competitive in our information offering we urgently need to consider investing in the latest III products and therefore strive to provide a one-stop search across the library’s valuable information resources.


Exposure to this Conference is of great value as this is an important source of Millennium System Training.  I have brought back ideas on how to utilise our current system and modules more optimally and to apply system enhancements to the benefits of our staff and clients and I wish to thank the Library Management for allowing me to attend this conference.  I believe that I will be able to build on new knowledge gained and share this with my colleagues.


More information on the Conference is available on Innovative’s Blog at



               Conference Centre, Anaheim                                  SA Attendees with III Staff at the Reception for                                  Library Service Live Theatre

                                                                                                               International Attendees


Visit to Brown University and meeting with the HELIN Consortium


Mrs Maretha Allwright (Manager SEALS Consortium) and I took the opportunity to visit two Libraries in Providence, Rhode Island where we were received very well.


At Brown University we had discussions about their E-Books Project as well as the use of JavaScript for in-house customization of their OPAC.  They also demonstrated their Electronic Book Plate Project in recognition for donations.  More information on the electronic book plates is available at


We met with Bob Aspri, Executive Director of HELIN and Martha Sanders, Knowledge Management Librarian HELIN, at the Johnson and Wales University (JWU) Library and had fruitful discussions on Electronic Resource Management.  Rosie Hopper, the Dean of Libraries warmly welcomed us. Very enthusiastic JWU also staff gave us demonstrations on their LibGuides, Meebo and Second Life Projects.



             Brown University Library,                              In discussion with the web                             Lunch box treats by the                           In meeting with Bob Aspri

            Providence, Rhode Island                        services staff at Brown University                    JWU School of Culinary Art                    Rosie Hopper & Martha Sanders


 Contributed by Anette Lessing


Onderstepoort Journal of Vet Research digitisation project: progress


The digitisation of the Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research is beginning to show results.  If you visit the website: you will find that the Index 1903-1932 has been uploaded in UPSpace as well as some of the early issues (1908 - 1910). All items in blue will link you to the digitised document.


It has been placed in the university's research repository, as part of the SA National Veterinary Repository. We would like to thank the UPSpace manager, Ina Smith for so patiently dealing with all our requests and queries, helping us to create this online research resource for current and future researchers worldwide.


So we are getting there, slowly but surely.


With thanks to the scanner, Elliot, at the Merensky Library, Ria Groenewald of the Merensky Library who oversees the digitisation process ensuring a very good end product, the 2 vet students who prepare the scanned image for web publication (Aileen and Kate), and Antoinette Lourens who uploads each article with keywords in UPSpace and Marguerite Nel who does the final metadata editing.


A special word of thanks to Prof Guthrie for supporting this project financially by funding the work of the students.


Contributed by Erica van der Westhuizen


Julie boek van die maand / July book of the month


The Mudjadji dynasty © 2008 /  Mathole Kherofo Motshekga edited by Marie-Lais Emond







Contributed by Katrien Malan



The Mudjadji dynasty : the principles of female leadership in African cosmology.


The primary aim of the study was to investigate the principles of female leadership in Southern Africa, with special reference to the Mudjadji cosmology.  The process involved tracing the origins of these principles back to Ancient Ethiopia - more specifically to the provinces of Napata and Meroe in the Sudan - and even further, to show that these principles are directly linked to the African cosmology and the goddess Mwari.


Something about the author:


 Dr. Mathole Kherofo Motshekga is the founder and executive director of the Kara Heritage Institute, which promotes the study of African history and culture, and an advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa.

He is legal adviser to the Mudjadji Royal Council, the National Coalition of Traditional Leaders, and the National House of Traditional Leaders of South Africa.


He is a former premier of Gauteng, and chair and deputy chair of the African National Congress (ANC) in that province.  He serves on numerous national task teams and committees.


Dr Motshekga holds a B Juris (Unisa); LLB (Unisa); and LLM (Harvard), and is an honorary professor of political sciences of the University of Pretoria.

He has also been a visiting scholar in the African Studies Centre at Harvard University in the United States; a visiting lecturer in law at the University of Freiburg; and a research fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, also in Freiburg, Germany.


He regularly speaks  on radio and TV about issues relating to African heritage.  Dr. Motshekga was born in 1949 in Balobedu, home of South Africa's fabled Rain Queens.


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Document Collection Sub Committee Meeting


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Carnergie Leadership Academy


World Population Day


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Quality Team meeting


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