Biblioteek Intranet Nuus
Library Intranet News


Departement Biblioteekdienste 

Universiteit van Pretoria 

          Department of Library Services 

University of Pretoria


          Maart 2008 Uitgawe 1  March 2008 Issue 1  

SA Library Week


S A Library Week will be celebrated during the week of 17 to 22 March 2008, with the theme "From local to global @ your library".

The theme has been inspired by the story of Neal Petersen, the South African yachtsman who was the first black man to sail solo around the world, who says that he would not be where he is today without libraries. Growing up as a young boy on the Cape Flats, he discovered sailing and the art of navigation through books in his local public library and from there truly went from local to global through his library.

Libraries bridge the world and are places of opportunity, as Neal testifies. Libraries are about more than having access to information; it is about what one does with that information and where it can take one. Imagine a young boy discovering books about sailing; a university student doing research; an academic finding the latest research through resources made available by the library; the budding entrepreneur getting guidance on how to set a business up; the young schoolgirl locating information for her research, or an unemployed person posting his/her curriculum vitae (cv) on to websites using the computer provided by the public library or emailing in response to an advertisement he read in the newspaper at his library.

Libraries are also about reading and encouraging a culture of reading, enabling one to explore the world and to broaden one’ s horizons … "going from local to global". Think about the internationally published writers who started out by attending writing workshops at their public library; there are the literacy classes run by libraries. What of the steel trunk and container libraries of Biblionef taking books to the rural areas? What about the project by the National Library of South Africa to publish and disseminate more books in indigenous languages? The examples are endless.

As the Minister of Arts and Culture, Dr Pallo Jordan reminded us in his keynote speech at the Opening Ceremony of the IFLA/World Library and Information Congress, the eighth clause of the Freedom Charter says “The doors of learning and culture shall be opened” and continues “All the cultural treasures of mankind shall be open to all, by free exchange of books, ideas and contact with other lands”. And where better than @ your library where one can go from local to global through books, internet and other electronic and digital media? Libraries are indeed places which allow people to go beyond themselves; that bridge the world and provide opportunities to access to a world of information and other cultures.

LIASA welcomes all its members and libraries across South Africa to join in celebrating SA Library Week 2008 through giving unique expression to its theme "From local to global @ your library".

The national launch of SA Library Week 2008 will be hosted by Mpumalanga. It takes place on Saturday 15th March 2008 at the Kruger National Park.


Source:   LIASA Web Page


Besoek aan Egipte in Februarie 2008


Op Robert Moropa se aandrang het drie lede van die e-Diens (Ria Groenewald, Ina Smith en Heila Pienaar) in Februarie die Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) in Alexandrië, Egipte besoek om meer van digitisering en ander e-inisiatiewe te leer. Ria het ook 'n besoek aan die Egiptiese Nasionale Argiewe en Biblioteek in Kaïro gereël. Na die amptelike besoek het ons op 'n Nylvaart gegaan waartydens ons Egiptiese tempels en grafkelders besoek het en sommer 'n paar lewenslesse ook geleer het!! Terugvoer oor die besoek aan Egipte sal tydens verskeie geleenthede geskied.



Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) in Alexandrië, Egipte                                                    Taha Hussein Biblioteek vir swaksiendes



Sohair Wastawy (Hoofbibliotekaris BA), Heila Pienaar, Ina Smith, Ria Groenewald     Daar was pret ook - Ina verbeel haar die kameel is  'n perd                   


Contributed by Heila Pienaar




After a month of suffering without aircon and promises that the situation will improve, the staff of the Medical Library planned a “Beach Party” on the 15th February.  With a few props, holiday outfits, lolly pops and ice lollies for the students, we put some humour back into a very hot and sticky situation.


The Faculty of Health Sciences provided 15 fans to keep staff and students alive till the reparations to the aircon system has been done. We hope that by the time the Newsletter is published we will be cool girls and guys and no longer hot and bothered.




Contributed by Magriet Lee

Special Collections welcomes  two new staff members


Special Collections welcomes  two new staff members who have been  with us since the beginning of February 2008.   Heidi Visser who needs no introduction helps at the information desk in the mornings and is also involved in collection management projects.  


Anja Jacobs, a masters student in Historical and Heritage Studies is at the information desk  in the afternoons.   She  also assists with projects like the evaluation and  physical maintenance of the old Africana Collection.  At  this time when  the Book Jol is taking its toll on normal activities in the unit we really appreciate their help in ensuing  the fluent functioning  of Special Collections.


Contributed by Katrien Malan


March book of the month

Thabo Mbeki  the dream deferred© 2007/ Mark Gevisser



Contributed by Katrien Malan

What happens to a dream deferred?

This question, from one of President Thabo Mbeki's favourite poems by Langston Hughes, provides the thread for this magisterial new biography.  In the long shadow of Nelson Mandela, Mbeki has attempted to forge an identity for himself as the symbol of modern Africa.  And yet, as he prepares to leave office in 2009, his legacy remains intensely contested.

This book is both a work of deep scholarship and a gripping, highly readable story.  By tracing the path of Mbeki's life, it sheds new light on his political personality and provides unprecedented insight into the dramatic role he has played in South African history.

Mark Gevisser brings to life the voices and places that have made Thabo Mbeki - the frontier of the Eastern Cape; "Swinging Britain" and neo-Stalinist Moscow in the sixties; the frought world of African exile, of fatherhood and family.  He tells the story of South Africa's black elite over a turbulent century - from "black Englishmen" to revolutionaries to heads of state - and Mbeki's own transition from doctrinaire communism to economic liberalism.  He comes to grips with the current political turmoil by examining the history of a man who has carried, on his shoulders, the collective burden of a country seeking to realise a dream too long deferred.

MARK GEVISSER has been working on Thabo Mbeki: the Dream Deferred since 1999. He was born in Johannesburg in 1964 and educated at Yale.  His journalism has appeared in dozens of publications in South Africa and abroad; his celebrated Mail & Guardian political profiles were collected in Portraits of Power:  Profiles in a Changing South Africa.  Recently he has also been working as a documentary film maker,  a museum exhibition designer, heritage consultant television scriptwriter.  He lives in Johannesburg and Cape Town.



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We have regrettably heard that Fana Mghidi's sister passed away.  We are thinking of Fana and his family during this difficult time and pray that God may console and strengthen them.


Contributed by Salomie Stolz


Baie geluk aan Rolf Tönsing  met die huwelik van sy dogter Britta en nuwe skoonseun Marcus Riby-Smith op Vrydag 22 Februarie 2008.


Contributed by Leonora Wydeman


What will the Medical Library be without a pregnancy?

Or even better - What about two pregnancies in a row?


Popi Khoza and Janice de Wee of the Pre-Clinical Library are now running with the tradition. They surprised us with the good news during 2007 already.


We therefore didn’t have to search too far for a reason for a festive occasion early one Friday morning. This feast was dedicated to Popi alone as we strongly believe that each person is worthy of having her own feast … (and who would want to miss out on a second party in any case?)


As you can see there was an abundance of enthusiasm, presents and lovely food!


Congratulations and our best wishes accompany Popi and her new baby.

And Janice, please don’t surprise us with a premature birth! Please give us enough time to plan the second party!

Contributed by Antoinette Kemp


AIS Intranet Newsletter Publication / Publikasie van die AI Intranet Nuusbrief


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To contribute, please e-mail Diana Gerritsen. Contributions can be in Afrikaans or English.


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Events this

month ...
Gebeure dié

maand ...






Healthy Lifestyle - CANSA




UP Boekjol/Book Jol


Intervarsity UP and UJ


International Women's Day

11 Argus Fietstoer


World Kidney Day


Biblioteekweek / Library Week


Lectures end

(Quarter 1)


Lectures end for April recess

19 -30

April recess / Aprilreses


World Head Injury Awareness Day

  Gauteng Skole Sluit


Good Friday /     Goeie Vrydag


Human Rights Day / Menseregtedag

  World Down Syndrome Day


Family Day / Familiedag


World TB Day


Lectures resume (Quarter 2)




Birthdays this

month ...
Verjaarsdae dié

maand ...




3 Leonora Wydeman
4 Francina Laka
  DM Raulinga
6 Linda Pretorius
12 MV Mohoroe
14 Antoinette Kemp
16 Marinda Maritz
17 Richard Mbokane
  Billy van Niekerk
19 Anna-Marie Bezuidenhout
22 Thembi Hadebe
23 Anneline vd Gryp
  Monica Hammes
  Abel Lebepe
26 Clarisse Venter
  Hettie Groenewald





"A positive attitude
may not solve all your problems, but it will
annoy enough
people to make
it worth the effort"


Herm Albright

(1876 - 1944)




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