of our staff members have attained international
Please join me in congratulating Amelia Breytenbach
and Ria Groenewald who have won an award for their
recent publication in an Emerald journal. Please
see the letter below that I copied for ease of
Well done Amelia and Ria. We are indeed proud of
Dear Mrs Amelia Breytenbach
Emerald Literati Network
2009 Awards for Excellence
Every year Emerald invites each journal’s Editorial
Team to nominate what they believe has been that
title’s Outstanding Paper and up to three Highly
Commended Papers from the previous 12 months. Your
paper has been included among these and I am pleased
to inform you that your article entitled
elephant: a digital collection of anatomical
sketches as part of the University of Pretoria's
institutional repository - a case study
published in OCLC Systems & Services: International
digital library perspectives has been chosen as an
Award Winner at the Literati Network
Awards for Excellence 2009.
The award winning papers are chosen following
consultation amongst the journal’s Editorial Team,
many of whom are eminent academics or managers. Your
paper has been selected as it was one of the most
impressive pieces of work the team has seen
Further information regarding the Awards for
Excellence can be found at the following site:
will be adding the 2009 winners shortly. You should
expect to receive your award certificate through the
post within the next couple of months.
Alternatively, we do aim to present the awards where
possible at relevant conference events. If you are
attending a conference where we have Emerald
representation, I may be able to organise a
presentation for you. Please view the link below
which will direct you to the Emerald conference
you could reply to this e-mail with details of any
conferences you plan to attend, I will see what I
can arrange for you. If a presentation can be
arranged, please note that I will inform you as soon
as I can, please do not assume a presentation will
be organised if I have not confirmed this with you.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions
you may have and once again, thank you for writing
for an Emerald journal and congratulations on your
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UP Dept. of Library
Services plays an important role in Africa
It was a great honour to once again be
approached by Peter Burnett, Head of Library
Development, INASP (International Network for the
Availability of Scientific Publications), Oxford to
conduct training in institutional repositories and one
or two related activities. INASP sponsored Rosemary
Ottando, librarian from the University of Nairobi
(Kenya), to come and visit us during the week of 23-27
February. Prior to this training, Rosemary didn’t know
what a repository was, and she had never scanned
anything before. Leonard, Ria and I all guided her
through installing the software, managing a repository,
and scanning theses and inaugural addresses in
preparation for submission to a repository. By the end
of the week
indicated that she would be able to assist in the
implementation of an IR at her institution, she grasped
all the steps involved in digitization, and she would be
able to assist the ICT Unit at her institution during
the implementation process. She experienced the training
as being well done and well organized, and expressed her
appreciation for our willingness to assist. A report was
compiled on Rosemary’s progress and also forwarded to
Peter Burnett, who responded as follows:
“Thank you for sending me a copy of your
report on Rosemary's work/study
visit to Pretoria.
May I say how professional and thorough
the structure of her visit
appears to have been. You really did
dedicate significant time to her,
which I'm sure was greatly appreciated.
I'm sure that the University of
Nairobi's IR implementation will be all
the more successful as a result
of the time you spent with her.
On behalf of INASP may I thank all of you
for hosting this visit. I hope
we can continue to work together in the
We regard events such as the above as a way to make a
contribution and to share our expertise with the
community around us, and have had huge successes so far.
Thanks to all my colleagues for making other peoples’
(African) dreams come true!
left to right:
Ria Groenewald (Digitization Co-ordinator),
Ottando (University of Nairobi), Ina Smith (IR Manager),
Christelle Steyn (Web Manager)
Contributed by Ina
of the Institute for African and Asian Studies - visit
delegation of the Institute for African and Asian
Studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin visited
the University of Pretoria from 16-18 February. They
were sponsored by DAAD (German Academic Exchange
Service) and were on a fact finding mission with a
view to an application to DAAD for a possible
exchange programme for researchers and students in
African history, literature, culture and
linguistics. Included in their tour was a visit to
Special Collections, arranged by Prof Lize Kriel of
the Dept of Historical and Heritage Studies. They
were given a tour of the collections and invited to
peruse a small exhibition representative of the
Africana information resources in their fields of
We also showed them our
digital collections on UPSpace and they seemed duly
impressed, saying that Humboldt had nothing to
Contributed by Pieter van
News from the UPSpace
Just a few activities
in progress/ highlights we would like to share with
- So far 7 060 full text items have been
archived on UPSpace
- 5 full text open
access journals are available through the UPSpace
platform, thereby reflecting ownership by the
- UPSpace now has its own news blog, available
accessible for anyone to read in the world
- Collections for departments are now in the
process of being linked back to the UP Research
Reports (also for previous years)
- We have started submitting theses,
dissertations and mini-dissertations on UPSpace
(mandatory submission to UPeTD is still the policy).
However - by making it available on more than one
platform and on this central UP research archive, it
makes UP research even more visible and highly
retrievable because of the excellent metadata - also
according to each department.
- We are in the process of adding more Web 2.0
functionalities to UPSpace .. Be on the lookout for
these! It promises to be very exciting!
- During December Architecture students have
scanned 3 000 items in two weeks time, and are in
the process of derivating these to be submitted to
UPSpace! Well done to them!
Building Guide electronic version was uploaded
to UPSpace with kind permission from Prof Schalk
- Nicholas Clarke (Department of Arhitecture)
will be presenting the Gerard Moerdijk Memorial
lecture at the Voortrekker Monument on the 5th
March, from the Gerard Moerdyk Collection on UPSpace
Groenewald & Ina Smith
The new Library web
Our new web is up and running, with most of the content
integrated with the new “look”. The rest will soon be
migrated. We are now also aligned with the UP web.
There are a few nice new features that I would like
everyone to be aware of.
On our homepage we have added search blocks, so that any
client can find basic information right away.
We also have the new chat function on all pages, where
clients can ask web related questions if I am online.
And since January, its been working very well. We still
have to configure it so that we don’t need a firewall
password – but please be patient until we can solve
Then there is the link on each page to bookmark / share
the page. With this you can even add the page to your
Facebook if you want to. And “Ask a
Librarian” now also have a pop-up chat box on each page.
Another change is the menu at the top of our page. This
now has drop-downs to facilitate quick access to various
A few things in the pipeline – RSS feeds for our news
items, an interactive calendar, a more extensive
catalogue search box for the homepage and many more!
Contributed by Christelle Steyn
COMMUNITY OUTREACH ACTIVITIES
(Veterinary Science Library)
balloons left over from our Valentine’s Day we visited
the nearby Onderstepoort School in February this year.
learners there range from pre-school to Grade 8.
Moropotli and Joe Sindane chatted to the children about
where we came from and why we were visiting them with
books and sweets.
good use of the closing down sale at Fascination Books,
with children’s books and colouring and puzzle books for
donation sticker was pasted in each book.
(right) shows Johannes, Erica, teacher Constance
Lekhuleng and Joe with the pre-school class
From l.to r. Joe, Principal Shoki Matlejoane, Erica,
Marguerite Nel and Johannes –
Onderstepoort School learners, with books donated by
after delivering books and sweets and drawing materials
Veterinary Science Library staff
the Onderstepoort School,
For further photos visit our
thanks to Antoinette Lourens for all the photos and the
We will follow up this visit
with a tour of the Faculty and the library for the
learners and their teachers, next month. In this way we
are supporting the Faculty’s goal of making learners in
the rural areas more aware of the important role of the
veterinarian and veterinary nurse in promoting human and
Contributed by Erica van
VLAK 5 VIER VALENTYSDAG
Op 13 Februarie het vlak 5 se dames besluit om ‘n ander
mening aan Valentynsdag te gee. Al 5 van ons is al verby
die ouderdom waar harte, rose of sjokolade van vroegdag
tot laatnag afgelewer word.
After a lot of laughter and fun we decided on an old
fashioned hat day (could not find a nice selection of
Baie gou is hoede georganiseer danksy Henta en Elsie se
depressie dae toe niks weg gegooi is nie.
From left, our own and only lady of the shadows, Hetta
G (kon nie ‘n lang sigaretkoker en sigarette opspoor
Langs haar staan mev die orreliste van die Hervormde
Kerk van die Biblioteek Gemeente, Pretoria Oos, Me Elna
Randall (die langbroek is nodig vir die trap van die
orrel in alle rigtings).
Next to her is our Highness, the new Mayor of Tshwane,
Me Elsie Verheem. The gold chain was stolen just before
her inauguration last year. Then, last but not least
standing: our own “Vonkelvrou”, Me Sunetta Steynberg.
(so statig en verstandig).
Sitting is Mev Ds Neels Muller.
Always ready to lend a helping hand (and doing a
balancing trick trying not to damage the borrowed
antique table !)
Die dames het ewe elegant die normale uitstekende diens
gelewer, maar die gesigsuitdrukkings van die kliënte het
die lagspiere goed geprikkel, en sommiges is teruggevoer
na hul kinderjare deur die uitrustings.
There were those that looked away abruptly and totally
ignored us, whilst others were astonished and very
amused. David had the giggles and couldn’t stop laughing
every time he came past us.
Dit is verbasend hoe so ‘n bietjie lawwigheid so ‘n
Vrydag die 13de kan opkikker. Vir elkeen van ons was
dit ’n heerlike dag en ons het net daar en dan besluit
om dit ’n maandelikse instelling te maak om iets lekkers
It really lifted the spirits and I am not talking about
those that come in bottles.
The ladies of level 5
Photo Competition as part
of SA Library Week 16 - 21 March 2009
The e-Service has decided to initiate a
photo competition in support of SA Library Week which
will take place from 16 - 21 March 2009. The theme of
this photo competition will be "UP Libraries ", and all
photographers (whether amateurs or more advanced
photographers) will be invited to take pictures of any
UP library building on any UP campus, inside or out.
Prospective photographers can submit as many photos as
they want, as long as it reflects the theme mentioned.
Entries will be free of charge.
The purpose of this competition is to
gather as many photos possible in order to use them on
the library web, UPSpace, or for other marketing
material by the library. Prices to be won will include
e.g. a digital camera and iPods.
More information on this competition to
follow soon. Please do not send entries yet. The
competition will be announced via Campus News, the
Library Web as well as the ainfo mailing list.
Read more about SA Library Week at
Christelle Steyn & Ina Smith
Maart boek van die
maand / March book of the month
Onderstepoort 1908 - 2008 © 2008 / editors:
D.W. Verwoerd & R.D. Bigalke
Contributed by Katrien Malan
intended to be
one, it is a
in South Africa;
it is also a
and the art of
glimpses of the
future and where
we are going.
The book is
resumé of the
over the past
100 years, who
came forth with
solutions to the
were in many
unknown - not
only in South
Africa but also
in much of the
rest of the
world. Many of
found by its
were often a
and many remain
valid and in use
golden thread of
the book is the
insight it gives
into the people
the leaders who
recounted with a
good deal of
humour. It is a
book that asks
to be read again
and again - not
and those who
have heard the
and wish to know
more about this
AIS Intranet Newsletter Publication /
Publikasie van die AI Intranet Nuusbrief
Indien jy enige kommentaar
of voorstelle oor die nuusbrief het, epos ons asseblief
- ons hoor graag jou opinie.
have any comments or suggestions about our newsletter,
then please mail us on
we are very keen to hear your opinions.
To contribute, please e-mail
Contributions can be in Afrikaans or English.
Om 'n bydrae te maak e-pos asb. vir
Bydraes kan in Afrikaans of Engels wees.
Francina Laka (Mamelodi)
Mr D M
Shannon Botes (Uurliks Regte)
Antoinette Kemp (Voorklinies)
Richard Mbokane (Medies)
Billy van Niekerk (Uurliks: Musiek)
Anneline van der
Monica Hammes (Vlak 4)
Freude Bertram (Uurliks Veeartsenykunde)
Clarisse Venter (Opvoedkunde)
Hettie Groenewald (Natuurwetenskappe)
have, like uncut diamonds, shining qualities beneath a rough