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Biblioteek Intranet Nuus
Library Intranet News

 

Departement Biblioteekdienste 

Universiteit van Pretoria 

 
          Department of Library Services 

University of Pretoria 

        Junie 2010 Uitgawe 1 • June 2010 Issue 1  

 

INHOUD  •  CONTENTS

 

 Recognition for trusty UP stalwarts!

  Emerging library leaders: the Second Carnegie Library Leadership Academy

  Computers in Libraries 2010

  The Soccer World Cup 2010 and our repositories!

  The 3rd African Digital Scholarship and Curation Conference

  Abracadabra – a new staff tearoom! 

  Catch Common Grammatical Errors

  Library book 221 years late

  e-Boek vir Junie / e-Book for June

  Junie boek van die maand / June book of the month

  Birthdays of this month / Verjaardae hierdie maand

 

Recognition for trusty UP stalwarts!

 

Whilst Robert was introducing our colleagues who would be receiving their long service awards on Thursday 27 May, I wondered by myself: How does it feel to have worked so long at one institution….? Some employees “hop, skip and jump” from one employer to another - now you see them, then you don’t! But there are also the loyal ones – people who start out as novices and end up being experts over time!

 

 So I watched the recipients in awe – these colleagues of ours had distinguished themselves and were receiving recognition today. I read recently that to reward employees for their long service isn’t just about giving awards, but about giving people a real sense of worth. I approached them and asked them whether they had a memorable event that they would like to share with us and here are the responses that I received:

 

Vrolikheid was daar baie, en mens moet darem so ietsie sê van al die veranderings wat in 20 jaar se tyd plaasgevind het. Vanaf Dobis, na Erudite, toe Innopac (Telnet) tot by die Millennium stelsel, en nou moet ons weer voorsiening maak vir Primo. Met elke oorskakeling was daar wel 'n paar pyne wat oorkom moes word, maar ons is elke keer daardeur! Wat die prosesse betref, het ons as 'n gesentraliseerde opset begin, toe gedesentraliseer en nou weer meer gesentraliseerd. Elke keer was daar ook 'n groot stuk ervaring en blywende lesse wat geleer is. En dan al die mense!  Ai, dit was heerlik om met soveel mense in aanraking te kom, baie wat nou al weg is, maar van elkeen het ‘n mens ook 'n tikkie wysheid gekry om vorentoe saam te neem. Ek dink veral aan ons geselsies in die teekamer. Daar word alles bespreek, van resepte tot kinders en huweliksmaats se onhebbelikhede, en moenie die grappies vergeet nie; partykeer nogal gewaagd hoor! Maar ons kyk vorentoe en hoop almal wat nog 'n tyd lank hier gaan wees en selfs die wat nog deel van die familie gaan word, sal dit 'n plesierige ervaring vind. Dankie almal wat die reis die moeite werd maak!!”

- Heleen Steyn (20 jaar diens)

 

“Die eerste dag 20 jaar gelede toe ek hier by die Merensky begin werk het, het die opset van die biblioteek baie anders gelyk as vandag. Die Ingang van die biblioteek was aan die sykant en die groot ossewa wat voor die ingang gestaan het was baie indrukwekkend. Onder op vlak 2 het al die boekbestellers, boekontvangste ,finansiele mense gesit. Ek sal nooit vergeet dat as die mense laat gekom het, dat van hulle skelm deur die posvenster geklim het nie. Hulle het gedink dat die opsigters van die afdeling nie daarvan bewus was nie. Wel, hulle was! Die regsbiblioteek was nog op vlak 4. Sonkring die televisiereeks is daar verfilm en dit was ook pret om dit te sien.

 

Groot pret was Bokkie Malan wat alle funksies gereël het. Sy het elke week in die teekamer ander vrolike tafeldoeke oor die tafels gegooi en vir iets anders gesorg en dit selfs met blomme versier. Sy het ook as Prof Gerryts verjaar het ‘n groot fees in die teekamer gemaak deur die plek te verfraai en dan het die biblioteek ook ‘n koor gehad wat dan altyd by so ‘n geleentheid opgetree en gesing het. Die koor het in Die Aula ook aan ‘n serenadekompetisie deelgeneem en nogal gewen!

 

 President Mandela se besoek aan die biblioteek was iets besonders. Die oomblik toe die waardige man oor die balkon op vlak 4 afkyk na die studente op vlak 3 het hulle gesing “Nelson Mandela!” . Dit het ‘n knop in die keel gebring en die vreugde op Mandela se gesig was kosbaar.

      Marie Swanepoel, Hannetjie Boshoff en Heleen Steyn

 

Ons as personeel het mooi herinneringe, aangename werksomstandighede en ons sê dankie vir Bestuur dat hulle dit vir ons moontlik maak en gemaak het om in hierdie jare mooi herinneringe te kon hê. Voorwaar ‘n plek van omgee en lekker saamwerk!”

- Hannetjie Boshoff  (20 jaar diens)

 

“Ek voel asof ek iets spesiaals reggekry het, maar eintlik was ek baie geseënd! Ek onthou dat ek,destyds toe ek hier begin werk het, vooruit gekyk het en gedink het: as die Here my spaar, gaan ek 22 jaar hier wees! Dis verskriklik baie jare! Maar dit het so gou verbygesnel. Nou is die grootste deel daarvan reeds verby. Hoeveel het ek nie geleer nie! Twintig jaar gelede was daar nie eens sprake van werkstasies of rekenaarkursusse vir al die personeel nie.  Wat 'n voorreg was dit nie om in 'n akademiese omgewing te kon werk nie - onder die leiding van 5 opeenvolgende rektore!  Ek was gelukkig om 'n groot verskeidenheid baie besondere mense oor die jare te ontmoet (sommige is al oorlede). Om soveel geleenthede te kon bywoon: personeelfunksies, etensuurkonserte, kursusse, kongresse, aanbiedings. Die eerste 12 jaar se kontak met die studente was vir my baie kosbaar. Om nie van die invloed wat kollegas uitgeoefen het, te praat nie! Ek sal in my hart altyd 'n Tukkie bly!”

- Marie Swanepoel (20 jaar diens)

 

“Toe ek in Januarie 1990 hier begin werk het, was dit die eerste keer dat ek 'n rekenaar van naby gesien het. Ek was doodbang ek doen iets verkeerd.  My kollegas by die toonbank het my egter met die grootste geduld opgelei, en sedertdien het ek talle veranderinge beleef en ontsaglik baie nuwe dinge geleer. Ek ervaar elke dag die positiewe invloed van (intelligente!) mede-kollegas. Mense gee om vir mekaar en in tye van nood kan 'n mens staatmaak op hul liefde en ondersteuning. Dis vir my 'n groot voorreg om in Merensky te werk!”

- Lita Ferguson (15 jaar diens)

 

"My beste dag in die biblioteek was toe ek vir Nelson Mandela in die poskamer van die biblioteek ontmoet het.  Hy het my hand geneem en gevra "Is jy kwaad vir my?" Ek het gesê "No, I admire you!" Ek het nooit weer daarna my hande gewas nie!"                                                                                                                                                      - Bettie de Kock (15 jaar diens)

 

I find it challenging to work in the library, especially with all the technology changes. Some days I even have to help students find their books as they have forgotten where they had hidden them! But after so many years as a bookshelver, I still enjoy working in the library!”                                                                                          - Samuel Hobyane (10 years service)

                                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                Samuel Hobyane and Refilwe Matatiele"

 

"Ek kom my eerste werkdag voor sewe uur al op vlak twee (waar Salomie se kantoor destyds was) aan. Dis nog vroeg, dus staan ek en kyk na ‘n uitstalling digby die trap toe ‘n vrou teen die trap afkom met “Wat soek jy hier? Ons is nog gesluit en studente is nie veronderstel om op die vloere rond te hang nie…!” Na die stortvloed kry ek darem die frase in “Dis my eerste werkdag!”. Verbasing volg op die vrou se gesig, sy volg dit op met “Jammer, welkom dan” en sy verdwyn teen die trap af. Daar en dan het ek besluit om nie ook so ‘n kwaai “bib tannie” te word nie!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 By geleentheid het ek al talle kere staat gemaak op die “netwerk” van besonderse mense wat hier werk. Die personeel van Stelsels en finansies het al gehelp om ‘n vroulike spelterapie-student se motor aan die brand te stoot tussen Boukunde en die hoofingang tussen 16:00 en 17:00 in die middag! Vir elke persoon uit die verskillende eenhede waar ek gereeld om hulp aanklop met spesiale versoeke, baie dankie vir die ondersteuning om die dienslewering aan studente moontlik te maak. Van ‘n boek wat dadelik gekatalogiseer moet word vir ‘n student wat ‘n vlug moet haal, tot die ekstra geldjie om ‘n skerm te kan koop. Baie dankie, ek werk voorwaar vir ‘n spesiale plek met spesiale mense. “                                                                     - Liesl Stieger  (10 jaar diens)

 

          Liesl Stieger en Robert Moropa

Colleagues congratulations, we salute you!

                                                     

 

Contributed by Elsabé Olivier

Emerging library leaders: the Second Carnegie Library Leadership Academy

 

During the fortnight of 12-26 March 2010, 20 library professionals from around the country gathered at Leriba Lodge in Centurion to participate in the second Carnegie Library Leadership Academy (CLLA).  This second Academy in a series of six was hosted by the Centre for African Library Leadership (CALL) and the University of Pretoria Library Services (UPLS) with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY).  

 

The group consisted of 14 academic librarians, representing 10 academic institutions, and six public librarians from three different metropolitan councils.  Following an initial call for participation, these 20 participants were selected from 29 applications.

Participants to the Second Carnegie Library Leadership Academy

Front: David Mahlangu, Violet Nemalili, Martha de Waal, Ujala Satgoor, Robert Moropa, Theo Bothma, Annah Matodzi

Back: Jacob Mothutsi, Monyatsi Ramela, Marna van Rooyen, Jaco Behrens, Khomotso Maphopha, Nkhensani Mulaudzi, Tebogo Mogakane, Patience Ntuli, Mark Frier, Nonhlanhla Ngcobo, Theresa Denton, Suzy Nyakale, Suzette Oosthuizen, Samantha Christians, Mercy Mokgele, Nkisheng Mphahlele

 

 PARTICIPANTS FROM UPLS

As the main beneficiary of the Carnegie Grant, four library professionals from the UPLS were chosen to participate in the second Academy:  Jacob Mothutsi, Tebogo Mogakane, David Mahlangu and Suzy Nyakale.

 

From left to right:  David Mahlangu, Suzy Nyakale, Jacob Mothutsi and Tebogo Mogakane

 

ARRIVAL AND REGISTRATION

The participants arrived in the beautiful surroundings of the Leriba Lodge on Friday afternoon 12 March.  The general mood was one of wariness and trepidation.  It was only after the initial introductions that the mood gradually changed to excitement in anticipation of what was yet to come.   On Sunday 14 March, all the participants attended the graduation ceremony of the 2009 CLLA participants (see Library intranet news, May 2010).  This memorable occasion, motivated the group to focus on discovering their own leadership potential, to learn from each other and to explore all aspects of the programme to the fullest.  It was heart-warming to witness the strong camaraderie and mutual support that developed amongst the group from the start.

       

 ‘Early birds’ at the registration desk

 

THE PROGRAMME

The Academy is designed to initiate a paradigm shift amongst leaders in the LIS profession and the programme was structured to allow for progressive development of thought over the two week period.  It consisted of various learning formats and teaching styles.  Lectures, workshops, informal group discussions, library visits, participation in a simulation game, the assessment of leadership skills through a leadership descriptor tool, brain dominance profiling and a healthy element of fun, created an interactive and stimulating learning environment.  The content covered practical and theoretical aspects of topics such as Web 2.0 technologies, the national library agenda, the South African information society, current and future trends in the LIS sector, the social responsibility of libraries, African librarianship, organisational leadership and the dynamic organisation, knowledge management, marketing and communication, digitisation and e-learning, library advocacy, and multiculturalism and the recognition of diversity in the workplace.  With the emphasis on teamwork and the sharing of knowledge and expertise, all participants wholeheartedly engaged in practical sessions and the execution of individual tasks and group assignments.

 

 

Participation in individual tasks and group activities

 

SPEAKERS AND FACILITATORS

The dynamic group of presenters, course leaders and facilitators included experts from the LIS sector, the academic environment and the corporate world.  They were described by the participants as being knowledgeable, engaging, energetic and entertaining, enthusiastic about their fields of expertise and transformational in their thinking.  The UPLS was represented by die Library Director Mr Robert Moropa, Deputy Directors Hilda Kriel, Heila Pienaar and Ujala Satgoor, as well as Ria Groenewald, Antoinette Lourens and Johann van Wyk.   Lecturers from the UP Department of Information Science included Prof Ann de Boer, Prof Theo Bothma, Prof Archie Dick, Ms Marietjie Schutte and Dr Nisha Sewdass.  Other speakers from the UP included Christa North, Prof Deon Rossouw, and Prof Ronel Rensburg.

 

Luckily it was not all work and no play…

 

 A simulation game, Pamoja, introduced the participants to the dynamics of teamwork, the creation of cultural awareness, practicing negotiating skills and engaging in the major tasks of organizational leadership, i.e. vision, management, empowerment, diplomacy, feedback, and entrepreneurialism.

 

   

Playing the crazy game of Pamoja

 

TIME TO RELAX

 

Finding time to relax with a cup of tea or taking a brisk walk on the spur of the moment in the beautiful surroundings of the Lodge (the brave souls in the picture will remember it was done in rather uncomfortable shoes)

 

BRAIN DOMINANCE PROFILING

Who would have thought that the profiling of individual thinking styles could be refreshingly energetic, with a lot of fun and laughter? The participants thoroughly enjoyed to being colour-coded according to their thinking and whole brain learning preferences.  Blue, green, yellow or red became synonymous with realistic, sensible, idealistic and emotional thinking.

  

 

! Group work during a whole brain profiling session

 

HAPPY WINNERS

Following a lucky draw,

Mark Frier, Samantha Christians, Jaco Behrens and Nkhensani Mulaudzi

were the happy winners of a complimentary copy of Judi Sandrock’s (second from left)

book entitled: The art of managing knowledge

 

 

THE CONSTITUTIONAL HILL EXPERIENCE – coming to terms with reconciliation and cultural integration …

 

  

 

VISIT TO THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SOUTH AFRICA

The participants were invited to the launch of South African Library Week (SALW) at the National Library of South Africa (NLSA).  The bus trip to the NLSA turned out to be an exiting outing, with the opportunity to relax and enjoy the route and scenery into the city centre of Pretoria. The SALW theme, Reading changes lives, reiterated the importance of reading and the role librarians need to play in encouraging communities to read.  As part of the launch proceedings, different speakers shared their success stories of South African reading initiatives and the participants were particularly thrilled by the presence of the Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer and the second National Poet Laureate in South Africa, Prof Keorapetse William Kgositsile.  The participants also had the opportunity to learn more about the de-acidification facility at the NLSA.

 

     

                     VISIT TO THE MERENSKY LIBRARY                                                                  A visit to the UPLS and the Tswelopele Smart Centre

 

 

RETURN VISITS

 

During the Academy, the participants had the pleasure of networking with some UPLS staff members who were able to attend some sessions immediately related to their work.

 

              

                                                   Janice de Wee and Sonto Mabena                                                                          Susan Marsh, Soekie Swanepoel and

                                                                                                                                                                                       Elna Randall with Ujala Satgoor        

 

GALA EVENING

The relaxed atmosphere of the Gala evening provided a proper closure to two weeks of intense learning and personal growth, of realising potential and proudly committing to be the change within the South African LIS sector.

 

 

 

“Personality of the Academy”

 

Congratulations to Jaco Behrens from Tshwane Community Library Services for being selected as the ‘Personality of the Academy’.  He was described by fellow participants as being humble, friendly and humorous - helpful, supportive and accommodating - very professional and informed about the current LIS sector - and regarded by the ladies as a true gentleman! You go Jaco!

 

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Never in my life before did I learn so much in so little time.  The networking opportunity was invaluable—Jaco Behrens.

 

The success of the Second Carnegie Library Leadership Academy is perhaps best described in the words of the participants themselves.  It is indeed a testimony of what has already been achieved and what the impact of future academies will be:

The Academy gave me a new perspective on the importance of Web 2.0 tools—Julia Ajah-Mvunelwa.

 

This entire experience has changed my life.  Although I am still a work in progress, I am definitely a better product.   The Academy has given me wings to be an eagle ... —Samantha Christians.

 

This journey was a life changing experience.  Never before was I exposed to such high quality work, lecturers and talks that were specifically directed towards changing behaviours and attitudes.  I am enriched in so many ways and my growth can only benefit those around me—Theresa Denton.

 

I was humbled by the quality of library leadership, the depth of knowledge of the participants and how informative and socially aware the presenters were—Mark Frier.

 

The Academy was an eye opener – it taught me that in order to succeed in any sphere of life, you need to have a vision—David Mahlangu.

 

I intend using the acquired knowledge to improve on service delivery at my library and to participate in providing leadership that will take the library profession forward and ensure its survival in changing times—Khomotso Maphopha.

 

The programme was well structured and balanced.  The momentum set during the Academy was very high and will certainly transfer to the workplace—Annah Matodzi.

 

Management and leadership are two different things.  To be a leader is a process of guiding the behaviour of others towards the goal of the organisation—Tebogo Mogakane.

 

What a fulfilling two weeks!  I feel informed, knowledgeable, educated, armed, and skilled and empowered—Mercy Mokgele.

 

 I have learned that as a leader you should not surround yourself with followers, but rather develop the people around you to be leaders that will bring value to the organisation—Jacob Mothutsi.

 

From now on, going forward, I will be self-motivated and passionate about my work, I will commit myself to excellence, I will do my duties with integrity, I will inspire my colleagues and be sensitive to the needs of my clients—Nkhensani Mulaudzi.

 

A big thank you to the organisers, sponsors, presenters and those who worked in the background ... a lot has been put into the Academy and surely a lot has been gained—Nkisheng Mphahlele.

 

The Academy gave me the opportunity to learn about myself, to determine what type of leader I am and how to improve my leadership style within my own institution—Violet Nemalili.

 

The Academy was an extremely useful experience which will be of great future value—Nonhlanhla Ngcobo.

 

I am privileged to have been selected as a participant for the Academy.  I have learnt a lot—Patience Ntuli.

 

My work will be influenced positively henceforth.  I will improve my leadership skills, treat with sensitivity the diverse nature of my clients, take ownership and support my institution.  The Academy has been a life changing experience which I will cherish forever—Suzy Nyakale.

 

 The Academy taught me to be a leader with vision.  I have made new friends, met librarians from all over the country, learned from different cultures, institutions and situations—Suzette Oosthuizen.

 

The Academy broadened my views on management and leadership.  I am now encouraged to take risks and do things differently.  It was two weeks of hard work and challenging learning opportunities.  I am thankful for being selected to participate—Monyatsi Ramela.

 

After two weeks I can hold my head high and say with pride: I am a librarian and the work that I do is important.  The knowledge that I have gained will help me to make a difference—Marna van Rooyen.

 

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It has been a privilege to be a part of the second Carnegie Library Leadership Academy - an awesome journey with twenty outstanding library professionals, who proved to be devoted and focused to make a difference to the future of library leadership in South Africa. 

 

Thank you Ujala!

 

The third Carnegie Library Leadership Academy will be hosted from 5-19 November 2010.  All enquiries may be directed to the CALL Project Co-ordinator.

 

Submitted by Martha de Waal (martha.dewaal@up.ac.za)

 

Contributed by Martha de Waal

Computers in Libraries 2010

 

I was very fortunate to attend the annual “Computers in Libraries” conference in the USA, in April 2010.  It was indeed a wonderful and informative conference that was attended by over 2000 delegates.  This year it was held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel, in Arlington, Virginia. 

 

We started off with pre-conference workshops on Sunday 11 April.  I attended the workshop on Website Usability, facilitated by Amanda Etches-Johnson from the McMaster University Library.  This workshop gave me many tips and ideas on usability studies, since I now have to conduct a similar study for our Library website.  Amanda is an excellent facilitator – view her presentation

 

The conference started off with a BANG on Monday 12 April.  We were treated to a lovely continental breakfast in the foyer, after which the welcome and opening keynote presentation followed.  Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Internet and American Life Project, gave a very entertaining keynote on Information fluency and imagining the internet.  Lee started his talk with an “apology” for speaking too fast and showed the audience a Tweet from a Dutch person confirming just that:

 

 

Tweet about Lee Rainie

 

 He shared research and predictions about the impact of the internet and mobile connectivity.  All the keynotes were streamed live – and you can listen to Lee’s talk at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/6133900

 

The rest of the conference was divided into 5 tracks.  I never thought it would be so hard to choose a session to attend, but all the topics sparked interest and I felt that I missed out since I could only be in one place at a time.  In the end I chose the sessions that were mostly focused on the web.  So on Monday most of the talks gave valuable information on web presence and redesign.  Some were very technical, while others relayed case studies and experiences.  I especially enjoyed the talk by Sarah Houghton-Jan, Digital Futures Manager, San Jose Public Library, on their website redesign.  She is also the author of the Blog, Librarian in Black.

 

Our second day was just as interesting as the first and again the keynote was exceptional!  It was done in the form of an interview - Conversations with the Archivist of the United States – where Paul Holdengraber, Director, Public Programs, New York Public Library conducted the interview with David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States.  I found it fascinating that David Ferriero is the first Librarian ever to be appointed as Archivist of the United States.

 

 

 

Paul Holdengraber & David Ferriero

1st Session at CIL 2010

 

 The rest of the day I mostly attended sessions on Digital Practices, Technology in Libraries and Library Usability.  Two of the people – Craig J. Anderson, Reference Librarian, Kean University & JP Porcaro, Virtual Services Librarian, New Jersey City University - stood out and they presented  fun-filled, informal papers.  Craig Anderson, discussed how to create an online persona, or defining who you are in an anonymous world.  JP Porcaro, Virtual Services Librarian, NJ City University, noted that you can brand yourself.  He is also very interested in gaming in schools and libraries. More info can be obtained from his blog, 8bitlibrary, which has branded him in the digital world.

 

 

 

 

Session Moderator - Stephen Abram

Craig J. Anderson

JP Porcaro

 

The 3rd day (Wednesday 14 April) was started off with the keynote by Dr. Ken Haycock, Professor and Director, School of Library & Information Science, San Jose State University- SLIS, on Making It Happen: Getting Things Done.  He spoke about advocating for libraries in the USA in the political arena.  It was not very applicable to our situation in South Africa, but none the less quite interesting.

This was the last day of the conference and it was filled with all my favourite things!  Mobile technologies, web design and free web services and tools.  I will definitely look into a lot of the things said in these sessions.

 

I also had time to take in the sites of beautiful Arlington as well as Washington and I also visited the Library of Congress in Washington.

 

 

 

 

Abraham Lincoln

Washington Monument

Challenger Memorial

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pentagon Memorial

The Capitol Building

Smithsonian Castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arlington National Cemetery

Vietnam War Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

 

 

 

 

 

 

The White House

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Library of Congress

 

It was a wonderful experience to attend a conference of this calibre.  Something that I want to mention is that most of the presenters are in a very different position than we are.  We have to make do with only a few staff members driving e-initiatives, projects  and technologies, while they mostly have large teams working on single aspects, e.g. their web team will typically consist of a Web content manager, designers, developers, etc.   This certainly shows that we can do much more with less.

 

Next year the conference will be held across the river from Arlington VA, in Washington DC.  I truly think that more South Africans should attend this conference!  Thank you for allowing me this opportunity! 

 

Contributed by Christelle Steyn

 

The Soccer World Cup 2010 and our repositories!

 

The Soccer World Cup 2010 is around the corner and there are only 8 more days to go before the official kick-off! But did you know that our UP students and researchers have also made important contributions in the form of research articles and theses which can be accessed via UPSpace and UPeTD?

 

Please read this very interesting article by researchers from the Department of Communication Pathology and protect your ears if you plan to attend one of the matches: ‘Vuvuzela - good for your team, bad for your ears’. According to the authors Swanepoel, Hall and Koekemoer, the vuvuzela (traditionally made from a kudu horn) was used to call together meetings and could be heard by distant peoples summoned to attend. Today soccer and (rugby!) stadiums in South Africa are filled with its loud and raucous sound, but initial findings demonstrate that the vuvuzela exceeds the permissible occupational noise exposure levels in South Africa and poses a risk of noise-induced hearing loss. They warn that preventive measures such as public awareness and hearing protection should be prioritised as an important health care approach in sporting events where the vuvuzela is used. Also readFootball match spectator sound exposure and effect on hearing : a pretest-post-test study.’

 

Other interesting articles include ‘Predicting the economic impact of the 2010 FIFA World Cup on South Africa’ by Bohlmann and Van Heerden from Economics and George Kruys from the Institute of Strategic Studies’ ‘Public safety and security during the 2010 Soccer World Cup

 

UPeTD items houses the following three dissertations on the 2010 Soccer World Cup:

 

The strategic role of cultural and heritage tourism in the context of a mega-event : the case of the 2010 Soccer World Cup by Tania Steyn (2007): http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-08042008-143054/

 

Contributed by Elsabé Olivier                                                                                                                                                                                

The 3rd African Digital Scholarship and Curation Conference

 

The 3rd African Digital Scholarship and Curation Conference was held at the University of Botswana, in Gaborone – Botswana.  Christelle, Janice and Hettie attended the conference.  Hettie presented a paper - Combining 3D models with an Institutional Repository – co-authored by Leon Pienaar from the University of Pretoria, Department of Architecture.  Christelle and Janice facilitated a pre-conference workshop on Web 2.0 in the Library environment.

 

We arrived in Gaborone on the 24th May and were greeted at the hotel by Professor Stephen Mutula, Professor and Head of the Dept Information Science, University of Botswana, who is one of the main organizers of the conference.  Arrangements were made for the workshop of the following morning and he even offered us transport to and from the venue for the duration of our stay.

 

Early Tuesday morning we arrived at the venue and were faced with all the possible technology glitches you could think of.  Fortunately the technical staff could sort out all the issues and we were underway.  The delegates were all very excited about web 2.0 and everyone had lots of fun, along with all the hard work and concentration.  Many of the delegates realised how much Web 2.0 can simplify daily tasks and enrich their work (professional) environment.

 

                                             The workshop in action

 

A few comments from the feedback:

“A very informative workshop Christ and Jan. Well done and please call again for more, this was a serious eye opener! The pace was perfect! Well done!!!”

 

“This is was very informative and I have learnt a lot and I want to practice a lot on Web Technologies. If time permits we want to have more of this. It was a long fun day as well as educative. The ladies were excellent and wish them the best”

 

“i wish we could have more workshops of this kind so that i get equipped with the new technology”

 

“The course content is so helpful, but the timing was too short and i hope you will always avail yourself for assistance”

 

After the workshop we had an hour to refresh and recover from sore feet and fatigue. We attended a cocktail function that evening that displayed an array of traditional Botswana dishes, one of which was Mopani worms which Christelle tried out. The cocktail party gave us an opportunity to meet the organizing committee as well as networking with delegates that attended the Workshops during the day. 

 

At the cocktail function: Nomvuyelo Ngcangula, Janice, Siphethile Muswelanto, Christelle

The cocktail function

 

Wednesday was the first day of the conference. We attended different sessions and listened to a variety of speakers describing years of research and proudly completed work, others talked about challenges and others about collaboration.

The Keynote Address on Wednesday morning by Prof Derek Keats on ‘Knowledge and Information’ and the use of mobile phones was quite interesting and provided a valuable link to the presentation of our paper on the combination of Google 3D models and an Institutional Repository.

 

The response from the audience resulted in a lot of networking, and I realised that the unique projects we are experimenting with on UPSpace, is placing us ahead with our Institutional Repository, seeing that the most of the other presenters on IR’s have just started or are in the process of getting their IR’s up and running. 

 

The presentation by Dale Peters on ‘Open Access to scientific data: why scholars are reluctant to share’, and ‘e-Infrastructures: networking global collaborative scholarship’, and G Mosweunyana (Botswana University) on ‘Integrating the user’s desktop with the repository, was very interesting and informative.

 

Wednesday evening we attended a social function in the Mokolodi Game reserve.  To our surprise we were treated to a 2 hour game drive and saw a variety of wild life. After the game drive we were treated a delicious buffet dinner and enjoyed singing and dancing of a dancing group that entertained the delegates.

 

    Christelle, Janice, Dr Martie van Deventer, Siphethile Muswelanto, Hettie, Nomvuyelo Ngcangula

                 A beautiful setting – Mokolodi Lapa

 

What an opportunity this was to learn about the Botswana culture. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to attend the conference.

       

 

Contributed by Christelle Steyn, Janice de Wee and Hettie Groenewald

 

Abracadabra – a new staff tearoom!

 

Diana Gerritsen and  Magda Engelbreght put their talents and magic wands to good use and gave the tearoom on the fourth level a completely new look! Some of us were so surprised at the first entrance, that we hurriedly left the tearoom again, as we thought this revamp was meant for an important function which we were not invited to!  Thank you to Soekie Swanepoel, Salomie Stolz and Maureen du Pisanie for helping Magda putting everything together in Diana’s absence, who was on sick leave.

 

Baie dankie vir die gesellige atmosfeer wat julle geskep het vir dié van ons wat daarvan hou om in die teekamer te sit en klets tydens teetyd en middagete. Die vrolike tafeldoekies en potplante is voorwaar ‘n welkome transformasie – ek kan net dink hoe dit ons kreatiwiteit vir nuwe vertelstories nog verder gaan prikkel….

 

En laastens…is ek daarvan oortuig dat daardie verlepte kant -tafeldoekies wat so leepoog oor die tafels gehang het, ook dankbaar was om uiteindelik af te tree na soveel getroue jare van diens!

 

   

 

Contributed by Elsabé Olivier

Library book 221 years late

 

http://news.iafrica.com/quirky/2428560.htm

 

Library book 221 years late

 

Article By:

Fri, 21 May 2010 10:38

 

New York's oldest library can finally fill a gap left on its shelves two centuries ago when George Washington borrowed a book and failed to bring it back.

 

The first US president took "The Law of Nations" by Emer de Vattel from the New York Society Library on 5 October 1789 and, like many a less illustrious borrower, didn't remember to return it, the library said in a statement on Thursday.

 

"The book was not returned, nor any overdue book fine paid," the library statement said. "This was a well-kept secret at the library for years."

 

Back in 1789 the library shared a building with the US government, which was then based in lower Manhattan. Members of Congress, the government and the president were regular visitors.

 

Washington can rest in peace, though: the museum at Mount Vernon, Virginia, his family home, "offered to replace Vattel's 'Law of Nations' with another copy of the same edition," upon learning of the missing tome.

 

The book was replaced at a ceremony here Wednesday.

 

Marina Rubidge

 

Contributed by Shirley Gilmore

Catch Common Grammatical Errors

 

Business documents rife with typos can undermine your professional reputation, not to mention that of your company. That’s why office professionals should have a good working knowledge of grammar, spelling and punctuation as well as the ability to catch mistakes before someone else does.

 

Catching your own errors can be challenging. But with a little practice, you can reduce your margin of error and ultimately help your company project an image of accuracy and professionalism.

 

Know What to Watch For. Christopher Simmons, president of Send2Press Newswire says the most common mistakes he finds in business releases include:

It’s vs. Its
: “It’s” is short for “it is” or “it has” (“it’s raining”), whereas “its” is a possessive pronoun, as in “its coat.”

You’re vs. Your
: “You’re” is short for “you are” (“you’re not going out like that”), whereas “your” is a possessive pronoun, as in “your coat.”

There vs. Their
: “There” is a place (“let’s go there”), whereas “their” is a plural possessive pronoun, as in “their coats.”

Insure vs. Ensure
: The term “insure” is related to insurance, whereas “ensure” means “to make sure.” So you would “ensure people make it to the office on time” rather than “insure” they get there.

Punctuation and Quote Marks
: Commas separating a direct quote from the rest of a sentence should be placed inside the quotation marks. The same is true for periods. Question marks should be inside quotes only if they are part of the quote. So for instance: “Sales in the Southeast will be favourable in the fourth quarter,” he said. If the quote is a citation and immediately followed by a related parenthetical reference, the punctuation would follow the parentheses, but the end quote mark would stay with the actual quote. For example: “Sales in the Southeast will be favourable in the fourth quarter” (XYZ Report, pp. 67).

Ellipses (…) vs. Em Dashes (—)
: Ellipses indicate something was removed from the text and should not be used to separate a thought — that’s a job for the em dash. Here, the em dash is used to set off text that defines the sentence’s subject: “My boss — the one who asked me to give this presentation — is here today.” In this sentence, the words “the one” were replaced by an ellipsis: “My boss…who asked me to give this presentation is here today.”

 

Proofread Your Work. Grammatical errors can be particularly difficult to catch, because spell-check might not flag them. This is why experts stress proofreading is still the best antidote. Simmons offers these tips for checking your work:

View your document at 125 or 150 percent
in Word so you can better see what you’re reading and more easily spot errors.

Switch your font to Courier
, a mono-spaced font, to break the brain’s typical pattern recognition. This makes it easier to catch mistakes, because it forces you to pay closer attention to the text.

Don’t just skim.
Take the time to really read what you’ve written.

When possible, read your work out loud.
Your sense of hearing will help you spot errors you might not see.

Print your document.
You can often catch mistakes on paper that you’d miss on the monitor.

 

Source:  OPSA Terrific Tuesday Newsletter 23 March 2010

 

Contributed by Diana Gerritsen

e-Boek vir Junie / e-Book for June

 

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.

Nuwe e-boek vir Junie

 

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.

New e-book for June

 

Automotive Engineering : Powertrain, Chassis System and Vehicle Body   ebrary Reader
Author: Crolla, David  
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
Released: 2009
Subjects: Automobiles -- Design and construction -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.   Automobiles -- Bodies.  
Show Table of Contents   Find Similar   EndNote  RefWorks Add to My Bookshelf

Contributed by Chrissie Boeyens                                                                                                                               

Junie boek van die maand / June book of the month

 
African Soccerscapes :  how a continent changed the world's game
© 2010 / Peter Alegi
 

 

From Africa and Algiers to Zanzibar and Zululand, African football today reflects the history and culture of those who play the game and how they have shaped it in a distinctively African manner. 

Football may obey global rules, but the influence of magicians and healers, the nurturing of different tactics and styles of play, and local forms of spectatorship give football in the continent a cultural and sporting imprint all of its own. In African Soccerscapes Peter Alegis explores how football was influenced by colonialism, the growth of cities, independence, and globalisation.

Read more...

 

 

 

 

Contributed by Katrien Malan

Library Intranet Newsletter Publication / Publikasie van die Biblioteek Intranet Nuusbrief

 

Indien jy enige kommentaar of voorstelle oor die nuusbrief het, epos ons asseblief by diana.gerritsen@up.ac.za - ons hoor graag jou opinie.

 

If you have any comments or suggestions about our newsletter, then please mail us on diana.gerritsen@up.ac.za - we are 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

month ...


Gebeure dié

maand ...

   

 

 

 

 

June/Junie

 

is

 

National Youth / Men's Health / National Blood Donor

 

  Month / Maand

 

 

 

1

Library Exco Strategic Planning Session
  International Childrens Day

2

Library Faculty Forum Meeting

4 International Day of Innocent Children - Victims of Aggression
5 World Environment Day

7

Library Exco Meeting

8 World Oceans Day

10- 11/07

June recess

  14

World Blood Donor Day

12-19

Supplementary examinations of first-quarter, second-quarter and first-semester modules

12 World Day Against Child Labour

15

E-Diensvergadering / E-Service Meeting

  World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

16

Jeugdag/Youth Day

17-18 Customer Service In-house Training
17 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
18 Visit from Prof Cheryl de la Rey

19

e-Steering Committee Meeting

20 World Refugee Day
20-27 Refugee Week

21

Library Exco Meeting

  National Epilepsy Day

21-27

National Epilepsy Week

National Youth Health Indaba

SANCA Drug Awareness Week

23

Staff relieved of duty at 12:00, accept for essential services - due to soccer

25

Staff relieved of duty at 15:00, accept for essential services - due to soccer

26

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking
26 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

29

Staff relieved of duty at 12:00, accept for essential services - due to soccer

 

 

 

Birthdays this

month ...


Verjaarsdae dié

maand ...

 

 

 

1 Janine Loubser
3 Vincent Ngoasheng
4 Deona Botha
5 Rika Brits
  Maria Mtsweni
8 Muhammed Azhar Khan
11 Pearl Baloyi
  Mamphuthi Anna Mogola
16 Lebogang Raphadu
17 Suzanne Kleynhans
18 Danie Malan
19 Lucas Nhlangulele
22 Sello Baloyi
  Mphumzi Ngobeni
23 Tienie Briel
  Dimakatso Malungane
26 Josephine Modiba
  Goodwill Morige
27 Shirley Gilmore

 

 

 

 

 

"For when the One Great Scorer comes
To write against your name,
He marks-not that you won or lost-
But how you played the game.

~Grantland Rice~

"Alumunus Football," Only the Brave and Other Poems, p. 144 (1941)

 

 

 


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