On 5 May
2009 the Veterinary Science Library was officially named
the Jotello F. Soga Library in honour of the first South
African who qualified as a veterinarian. He studied in
Scotland at the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies
(later part of the University of Edinburgh) and
qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1886.
the special Naming Ceremony included representatives of
all role players in the veterinary education scene – the
Chancellor of the University, Prof Wiseman Nkuhle, the
UP Executive, Deans and directors of UP, Heads of the
OVI and the ARC, and the CEO of the SA Veterinary
Association, Dr Colin Cameron and the President of the
SA Veterinary Council. The President of the Black
Veterinary Forum and the Director, Veterinary Services
of the Dept of Agriculture were included in the guest
list. The Department of Library Services was also well
important guests were the Soga family members, with Mrs
Carole Gallagher, great granddaughter of Jotello Soga
flying from the UK to do the unveiling of the bronze
Chancellor welcomed the guests and paid tribute to the
Faculty’s significance in promoting veterinary education
in Africa, as well as the essential role played by the
Library in supporting the Faculty as well as providing
information and CE support to practitioners throughout
South Africa. For his full speech visit the Jotello
F.Soga Library Blog
Lewis was the guest speaker. He is an American with a
great interest in South African history, and it was his
article on Jotello Soga which appeared in a supplement
of the Beeld and the Burger in 2007 which alerted us to
this early veterinarian and his relevance as a role
model for young people especially from the rural
communities, wishing to embark on a veterinary career.
like to mention the important role played by our
Director in all the negotiations and arrangements,
enabling us to name our library in this fashion. Robert,
with the valuable assistance of his wife, helped with
contacting the Soga family and obtaining their approval,
as well as assisting with the process of getting Senate
and Council approval.
As the Soga
family representative Mr Camagu Soga from
Kingwilliamstown pointed out in his special message at
the Ceremony, we can proudly carry the Jotello F. Soga
name and ensure that his significance will inspire
future generations of veterinarians in this country.
Ms Thembi Soga (family member of Dr Jotello Soga)
Ms Carole Gallagher (Great ganddaugther of Dr Jotello
Soga), Prof Wiseman Nkuhle,
Gallagher (Great ganddaugther of Dr
Jotello Soga) Chancellor of the University & Mrs Nkuhle, Mr Robert
Moropa (Director: UP Department
of Library Services) and Ms Thembi Soga (family member
of Dr Jotello Soga)
Staff members of the Jotello F. Soga
Prof Gerry Swan (Dean: Faculty of Veterinary Sciences)
Guests: Mrs Ria Groenewald, Dr Heila Pienaar,
Gallagher , Mr Robert Moropa
Mrs Elsabé Olivier, Mrs Susan Marsh and
Mrs Erica van der Westhuizen
(Manager: Jotello F. Soga Library)
Mrs Erica van der Westhuizen
Contributed by Erica van der Westhuizen
e-Research Seminar and Workshop held at
the CSIR Knowledge Commons: 11th May 2009
The African Digital Scholarship and Curation Conference
attracted a number of international leaders in the field
of e-Research to South Africa. In order to capitalise
on this opportunity, the University of Pretoria (Prof
Robin Crewe: Vice-Principal) and the
CSIR (Dr Thulani Dlamini:
Group Executive: R&D), under the ambit of the SERA
Alliance, co-hosted a short seminar/workshop on
e-Research prior to the conference.
The main purpose was to extract lessons learnt by
overseas players active in the field of e-Research and
to dovetail these with local agendas with the view of
using these as input considerations for the review and
mobilisation of the South African e-Research blue
In addition the seminar also created an opportunity for
sharing of experiences and lessons learnt in the
e-Research domain and capturing delegate views on a
roadmap for South Africa, with emphasis on:
Crafting the vision; key elements to consider
Critical requirements for success
Infrastructure requirements for collaborative
Issues like IP, security, data preservation and
Despite the very limited time available and highly
condensed format of the workshop, the organisers,
presenters and delegates generally expressed
satisfaction with the quality of dialogue and knowledge
exchange that took place and confidence in the local
players’ ability to map out and implement a
collaborative programme to benefit the SA research
The immediate and primary focus will be on the inclusive
development of a strategic framework for a five to 10
year horizon for South Africa and to have this
adequately funded, resourced and governed to serve the
SA research community with the technology backbone and
service for effective and efficient linkages to similar
users and providers locally and abroad.
invited presenters and 22 invited delegates representing
a spectrum of stakeholders, took part in the session.
seminar-workshop proceedings were facilitated by Mr
Awie Vlok, CSIR Innovation Leadership and Learning
The workshop was initiated
and organised by Dr Heila Pienaar, Deputy Director,
Library Services, University of Pretoria and Dr Martie
van Deventer, Portfolio Manager, CSIR Information
Dirks, Matthew Davey, Dr Giaretta from the UK & Dr
Martie van Deventer from the CSIR
Dirks & Dr Giaretta from the UK
Robin Crewe & Dr Heila Pienaar
Jane Morris & Dr Heila Pienaar
Contributed by Heila Pienaar
the Diamond Route: an open access mandate for research
recently approved a new policy which will make it
compulsory for UP staff and students to submit their
journal articles to UPSpace. This milestone came after
intense lobbying in 2008 and was greeted with enthusiasm
by the international open access community because it is
also the first OA mandate in Africa!
mandates are highly regarded because it is a clear
statement of the university’s commitment to open access
(Read Peter Suber’s story in Open Access News at
We are in good company: many of the top universities
such as Harvard and Stanford have mandates and they plan
to use them to influence the publishing system.
can implement the policy successfully it will mean more
readership and hence more citations for researchers and
good exposure for the university. It will also assist in
simplifying the annual research reporting of faculties.
Indeed a way for us to save them time and make
success of this mandate can be ascribed to the success
story that UPSpace clearly is, the excellent service
rendered through UPeTD since the theses mandate was
approved in 2004 and the fruitful collaboration between
the Open Scholarship Office and the Dept of Research and
Innovation Support on the annual research report. For
the 2008 report Elsabé Olivier and her team not only
managed to link theses, dissertations and many articles
but we “discovered” 60+ articles which were not
submitted by the faculties. Indeed a substantial number
which will bring in a handsome sum of money for the
research report collaboration:
Some comments received:
Mooi so meisies! Hoop daar is gou ander van ons wat
Tukkies se voorbeeld sal kan volg!
Martie van Deventer, CSIR
Congratulations to the University of Pretoria - this is
indeed a milestone and I hope that our other South
African (and African) Universities will follow suit in
the very near future.
Liebetrau, DISA Project, UKZN
Congratulations to the University of Pretoria!
with best wishes,
Iryna Kuchma, eIFL
Congratulations once again for bringing the mandate to
Leslie Chan, University of Toronto
Stevan Harnad, University of Southampton, generally
regarded as the father of open access
Prof. Arthur Sale, University of Tasmania, and
international OA guru
wonderful news. Congratulations to all involved!
Peter Suber, SPARC
great news. I would like to blog ( this on gray area and
it helps to be able to say 'this is what you would get
if you took this route (particularly at a university
that is somewhat behindhand, like UCT). Congratulations.
I will raise a glass to you tonight.
Eve’s story at http://blogs.uct.ac.za/blog/gray-area/2009/05/25/a-mandate-at-the-university-of-pretoria
Congratulations and well done! All that hard work paid
Alma Swan, international OA consultant
Lee Dirks and Tony Hey, Microsoft
Congratulations and well done indeed.
This should certainly make the process for other SA HE
institutions easier to try and motivate for the same.
Thank you for exploring the way for us. Keep up the
Wouter Klapwijk, Stellenbosch
Contributed by Monica Hammes
Results of the Library Photo Competition
e-Service decided to initiate a photo competition in
support of SA Library Week which took place from 16
March – 17 April 2009. The purpose of the competition
was to gather as many photos possible in order to use
them on the library web, UPSpace, or for other marketing
purposes. The theme was "UP Libraries" and we had 43
people who entered the competition. This boils down to
almost 130 photos that had to be evaluated, since most
entries consisted of 3 photos each.
thank you to our judges, Rolf Tönsing, Anja Roberts &
Bertha le Roux, who took on this monumental task of
evaluating the photos and deciding on the winners!
There were so many brilliant photographs that it very
hard to choose only three. But after lots of hard work
and hours of collaboration the judges decided on our
2nd place: Erna Laubscher
1st place: Hyeong-Chan Kim
Prize: R 2 000-00 gift voucher from New World,
2nd Prize: R 1 000-00 gift voucher
from New World, Menlyn
3rd Prize: R 500-00 gift voucher
from New World, Menlyn
3rd place: Claire Jordaan
winners receiving their prizes from Anja
On behalf of Claire Jordaan
Congratulations to our winners, we hope you enjoy your
prizes! Thank you to everyone that entered the
competition, we were amazed to receive so many entries.
We hope to make this an annual event, watch this space
Contributed by Christelle Steyn
Successful Lib 2.0 workshop!
Following the need for training and support on
implementing Library / Web 2.0 technologies in our work
environment, we decided to host a Library / Web 2.0
Workshop at the end of April. Exceeding all
expectations, the workshop was soon fully booked, with
many enquiries about a possible second workshop. Even
having the workshop in between two public holidays did
not scare anyone off from arriving promptly on the first
aim of this workshop was to equip colleagues from all
sectors with the necessary skills to use and implement
Lib / Web 2.0 technologies in their various work
environments. It was presented over 3 days, 28 – 30
April, and the three presenters were Christelle Steyn,
Ina Smith and Janice De Wee (from the CSIR). Some of
the tools covered in the workshop were: Blogs,
GoogleTalk, Facebook, Google Groups, Google Sites,
to everyone involved it turned out to be a success, even
though I (Christelle) lost my voice and could not
present on the 2nd day, and on the 3rd
day the Internet went down and we could do no practical
always Leonard and Daan were brilliant and we are very
grateful to have them as part of the team. And special
thanks to Ina and Janice, who had to take over my
presentations on the 2nd day and did an
absolutely wonderful job! Also a very special thank you
to Robert, who personally handed each delegate a
few of the comments from our delegates:
workshop was very informative, I enjoyed myself so much.
I have realized that you are so well advanced in terms
of new technologies, can you update/inform us of other
workshops in the pipeline.
Dankie vir die werkswinkel, ek het van die meeste van
die apps geweet, maar die manier hoe julle alles
inmekaar laat vloei het, het dit duideliker gemaak hoe
‘n mens die verskillende aspekte van Google (wiki, blog,
video’s ens) kan gebruik om ‘n lekker opwindende diens
vir studente te gee!
for a well presented workshop. Thanks for all your
kindness and patience. Thanks as well for all the
coffee/tea eats and lunch. It was nice meeting you all!
Etrecia de Villiers
to attend more of those kind of workshops.
enthusiasm of the crew usually is a real tonic. Network
or no network, we did what we had to do! Thank you!
Contributed by Christelle Steyn
April boek van die
maand / April book of the month
The Art of
Illumination : an anthology of manuscripts
from the sixth to the sixteenth century ©
1969 P. D'Ancona & E. Aeschlimann
Contributed by Katrien Malan
The illumination of manuscripts is an art-form which has only recently taken its rightful place beside panel and wall painting in the history of art. Quite apart from its purely aesthetic appeal - rich in invention, excitement, skill and often dramatic impact - manuscript illumination throws light on whole periods of art history for which there is little other pictorial evidence, or where frescoes and panel paintings have suffered from retouching and restoration. Miniature paintings nearly always come down to us fresh and unspoiled, and since their scale permits them frequently to be reproduced in original size, we have the unique opportunity of enjoying and studying an art-form in the manner in which it was intended - in the book.
The present publication offers a rich and fascinating anthology of illuminated manuscripts from the sixth to the sixteenth century. The selection includes not only pages from many great and familiar Bibles, Psalters, Gospel Books and Books of Hours, but also less well-known illustrations which are often profoundly imaginative and pictorially exciting. The choice of plates, 24 of which are in full colour, extends from the graceful early Byzantine illustrations and the more monumental Carolingian folios, to the late and ornate pages painted by 16 th century Italian artists. There are examples of English, Irish, German, Austrian, Flemish, French, Italian and Spanish illumination, some shown in enlarged details.
To introduce these impressive corpus of plates, Professor Aeschlimann and the late Professor d'Ancoma - both renowned authorities - have written a concise and informative survey of the history of miniature painting, tracing the development of the different schools and analysing briefly their stylistic features. There are also full and detailed notes on each plate, as well as a Bibliography
Baie geluk aan mev Isobel
Rycroft (voorheen Van der Walt) van die Musiekbiblioteek
wat op 21 Maart 2009 in die huwelik getree
het met Eric Rycroft.
Ons wens hulle 'n lang en
gelukkige huwelikslewe saam.
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