World Day for Cultural Diversity

for Dialogue and Development


21 May 2009



Biblioteek Intranet Nuus
Library Intranet News


Departement Biblioteekdienste 

Universiteit van Pretoria 

          Department of Library Services 

University of Pretoria


        Mei 2009 Uitgawe 1  May 2009 Issue 1  

World Book and Copyright Day - April 23 2009


World Book and Copyright Day held on April 23 2009 is a worldwide initiative by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright. The University of Pretoria Library Services (UPLS) celebrated this day in partnership with the Faculty of Education, Bookmark (a UP campus bookstore enterprise) and the Tshwane Community Library and Information Services (TCLIS) as part of a broader community engagement initiative. 



The Groenkloof Education Library played host to seventy five Grade 5 learners from the Bachana Mokoena Primary School, Ga-Rankuwa. The morning programme (0900-1300) included a clown, story tellers, a dramatisation of Sleeping Beauty and the ever popular puppet show. 


The looks of wonder on the faces of the children told a story of their own! The staff and student volunteers were not shy with their enjoyment of the events either!


This programme culminated in a "brown bag" lunch in the wonderful garden setting outside the Library. The children were treated to muffins and Milo upon arrival and colourful, sparkly cupcakes after lunch. To round off this glorious morning, a generous goody bag was presented to each child. Each bag contained about six books, a writing pad, pencils and a pen set.


One of the books, African Sky Stories, was donated by the Parliamentary Millennium Project, which runs a national storytelling programmes based on these folk-tales. 


This spontaneous event developed into a real partnership event. I would like to acknowledge:-

Rassie Erasmus and Justine LLoyd-Jones of Bookmark who solicited gifts from several publishers and booksellers; Johannes Magoro, Alida Schlebusch and Jaco Behrens and staff of TCLIS; the Education

Library team – Johann van Wyk, Sonja Delport and Maggie Maropane for organising the venue and volunteers from the Faculty; the “koek en kussings span” - Monica Hammes, Hilda Kriel & Elsabe Olivier; Una Mgwenya; Sindy Hlabangwane; and all those staff members who donated cushions for the storytelling den.


It was truly a fun and rewarding morning in celebration of World Book Day!


The staff and student volunteers were

very distinctive in their African Sky

Stories t-shirts and balloon crowns! à

Contributed by Ujala Satgoor

Research Libraries Consortium (RLC) investigation into the Implementation of a Discovery and Delivery Portal


The University of Pretoria, Department of Library Services was invited by the Research Libraries Consortium to participate in the investigation of a portal to advance information discovery and access for graduate students and faculty.  This is a project funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York.


The meetings and vendor product evaluations was held in Boston, MA during 8-11 March 2009.  The group consisted of The Project Leader (Director Library Services, UCT), RLC Project Leader, representatives from UCT Library, Wits University Library, University of Pretoria Library and two independent consultants from the USA. 


This “Portal” is intended to maximize the potential of the libraries’ electronic resources by providing powerful tools and federated searching to search multiple kinds of information, with seamless searching across levels of information, and the ability to personalize access to both formally and informally organized content. 


I was fortunate to form part of the group to attend the vendor product demonstrations and to participate in the discussions and evaluations of the products of Ex Libris (Primo), Innovative Interfaces (Encore),  TDNet (TDOne), OCLC (Worldcat Local), ENDECA and Serials Solutions (Summon).


The outcome of the panel evaluations and funding submission to the Carnegie Corporation is still confidential and will be communicated when it has been approved.


Boston is the capital and largest city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States and was covered with snow when we arrived.


We had been able to sneak in an Old Town Trolley Half DayTour where we saw more of Boston inter alia the MIT/Harvard Campuses, Boston Commons where children ice-skated in the open at Frog Pond, Fenway Park – the famous base ball park, the New England Aquarium, Longfellow Bridge, The State House and more. 


Within walking distance of our hotel we visited the Boston Public Library (also using Millennium Library System), the Christian Science Plaza, the Trinity Church and the Skywalk at the Prudential Building where we experienced the most awesome views from the 50th storey.


I have been very privileged to represent the University of Pretoria, Department of Library Services and thank Library Management for this wonderful opportunity.



                                       Longfellow Bridge – Charles River                                                                                                Boston Public Library


More photos can be viewed at  I:\AIS\Share\Boston photos  


Contributed by Anette Lessing


Drive for information literacy and the learning centre


Information literacy is vital to higher education as it is a necessary component of successful studies and lifelong learning. Several projects were undertaken to achieve the information literacy mission of the learning centre.


One of these projects was the creation of a vidcast based system based on the Big6 information literacy standard. Students from the Department of Information Science eagerly got involved in the project by acting in the production.


They were allowed to write their own scripts for the movie as well as producing their own audio files and vidcasts. One of the students, Kea showed real potential as a future Hollywood star! While Zane, a fellow student displayed a talent for the creation of audio files.




The movie is available for viewing at:


The second project undertaken was the creation a 3D game to facilitate library instruction for first year students. The game was once again based on the Big6 information literacy standard as applied to the assignment writing process. A total of 4100 students played the game and some really valuable feedback was obtained!


Some comments from participating students are as follows:


“A young modern approach to an important component of research.  I feel able to ask at any time and capable of finding info on my own.”

“The game was fun, modern, doable, informative and quite interesting! It was not at all dull or anything. It rocked!”

“This is an excellent way to orientate first year students on how to use the library. It is a very helpful way in which new students can be aware of the facilities offered to them by the university. Thank you. The game was fun and educational”

“The game was complex but understandable and informative. I got enough information to do my assignments alone I like the Tina Turner Taxi department A lot of stress has now been eradicated as I know what to do where now The avatar must jump You should be my lecturer The game and the presenter answered all the questions I absolutely love the game! Can I buy it? I will come and play it again Awesome game”

Put guns in
Very impressive Thank you!”
‘The game could use more action like a car or a little bit of love Awesome idea of using the game instead of just a boring talk Adding fun and gaming to a lesson was a good move Excellent you rock!!”

“I really enjoyed myself I never thought that a library could be so much fun The presentation was long but great, because of the game Put enemies in with wrong information.”

“Very clever game. Quite impressed

For a library, very interesting
It is very interesting and fun it should be done forever”


The teachers support webpage was updated with learning tools for lecturers.


The learning tools for lecturers include the following:


Virtual classroom tool Convert PowerPoint to flash Create Scorm and download on UPspace


Dimdim is an excellent online tool for lecturers. Lecturers have the opportunity to share their whiteboards with their students, deliver synchronized live presentations and take part in live video conferences.


ISpring is a free program that has the ability to covert PowerPoint presentations to flash.


SCORM (shareable content object reference model) eXe is a free open source authoring application to assist academics in the publishing of web content without the need to become proficient in HTML script.


Important library information and links for lecturers are available on the web page.

A database of presentations for display on the plasma screen was created, allowing PowerPoint presentations for future use.


Contributed by  Bettie de Kock


Backups of data


Kenny and Goodwill recently presented a training session on the various ways to backup data.  They pointed out the importance of regular backups as users may delete files unintentionally.  Data my also be lost due to file corruption, hardware failures, virus attacks and computer theft. 


The presentations are available for perusal at I:\AIS\Share\Training on backups.


Contributed by Anette Lessing


Mei boek van die maand /May book of the month


The Madiba years : cartoons from Sowetan and the Mail and Guardian © 1996 / Zapiro





Contributed by Katrien Malan



Zapiro, a.k.a. Jonathan Shapiro, has drawn editorial cartoons for some of South Africa's most important newspapers during the unique drama of the last days of Apartheid and the birth of a democratic nation.  He has lampooned parties and personalities without favour. This collection is a quirky chronicle of the years 1994 to 1996.

Zapiro's cartoons are a national treasure.  Frequently discussed on radio and TV, they have provoked public comment from politicians  and are the source of such private delight that many are to be found mounted in the offices of power.

Zapiro brings to cartooning a background of political activism (which got him into trouble in the bad old days.) Now he keeps a vigilant pen on the new dispensations, which sometimes entails knocking comrades he met in the trenches.

Awarded a Fullbright Scholarship, Zapiro studied Media Arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York.  His work appears regularly in the Mail & Guardian, Sowetan and the Cape Argus, and has appeared widely in other publications, both local and international.  He has had solo exhibitions in Cape Town and New York.

He is married to photographer karina Turok and they have a son, Tevya.



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Events this

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Tobacco Control Awareness


Month / Maand



Werkersdag / Workers' Day


World Press Freedom Day


Library Combined Staff Meeting


World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day


Moedersdag / Mothers Day


World Move for Health Day
12-14 African Digital Scholarship & Curation Conference


World Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome
  International Nurses Day


Candlelight Memorial Day


Lectures end for Quarter 2 / Semester 1
21 Library Advisory Committee Meeting


World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development


International Day for Biological Diversity

25 -


Child Protection Week
25 Week for Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self Governing Territories

25 May -13 June

Examinations in 1st-quarter, 2nd-quarter and 1st semester modules
27 Library Management Forum Meeting


International Day of Action for Women's Health


International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
31 World No Tobacco Day




Birthdays this

month ...
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Johannes Marais
5 Andile Njamela
  Dirk Knoetze


Rolf Tönsing


Jerry Shongwe
8 Gerda Ehlers
  Jerome Meursinge
10 Amelia Breytenbach


Leonard Daniels
13 Kabelo Nzima


Louis Leonard
17 Katrien Malan
20 Marietjie v d Westhuizen


Hannetjie Boshoff
  Adri de Kock
  Adrienne Warricker


M van Schalkwyk


Thea Kilian


MN Suzan Nyakale






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big difference in other people's lives."

Catherine Pulsifer




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