System training at the University of Venda: 8-12
staff members from the University of Pretoria and Unisa were
requested by GAELIC to train library staff members from the
University of Venda (Univen) on the Millennium Library System.
der Westhuizen, Heleen Steyn, Henta Mulder, Sunette Steyn
(Unisa) and Anette Lessing took the road of 460 km to Thohoyandou
and was rewarded with the beauty of the scenic Vhembe district
of the Limpopo Province.
recently migrated from the Innopac character based system
to the Millennium Web based interface. We offered hands-on
training in 5 parallel sessions for the various modules.
A total of 21 staff members were trained and they have participated
with enthusiasm. We also received good feedback from the
enjoyed their stay at the Venda Tusk Hotel and were grateful
for this comfort as a full day’s training can be quite exhausting.
On our way we
popped in at Christel Smith’s Roman Pizza in Makhado. She
was overwhelmed with joy to see us and treated us with pizza,
soft drinks and a tour of the kitchen.
to view a short video of Univen Library.
by Anette Lessing
Innovation Commendation: a reason for celebration!
The Information Specialists from the Health
Sciences Libraries and Bettie de Kock received a commentation
from the Department of Education Innovation for the development
of a new training programme for the first year medical and
dental students. One of the key elements of the programme
was the computer game, developed by Bettie, Maureen Brassel,
Myleen Oosthuizen and Susan Scheepers. The computer game
is a simulation of a person moving through a human body
with the organs, vertebrae etc. clearly visible. This created
the familiar atmosphere for the medical and dental students
and they could relate to the experience. Several clues were
hidden and the avatar had to get the clues in the correct
order to complete the questions in the end. This was a new
way to teach the catalogue to the students and they were
extremely positive about this way of learning.
The theme of the training was “A journey
through knowledge” and all the elements were planned as
part of this journey. Bettie’s Passport, the CIL handbook
Navigating Information Literacy and the handout “The MD
Consult Boarding Pass” were some of the elements of the
programme. Even the library tour fitted in with the idea.
Mike Volschenk, Susan Marsh, Estelle Grobler,
Anneline van der Gryp and Magriet Lee developed 80 different
examples (so that the students can not copy each other’s
answers) and all the Information Specialists from the Health
Sciences Libraries were responsible for presenting the programme.
The library was very busy for the first week in July, with
80 students at a time visiting the library for training.
The response on the programme was very positive
and although a few complained about the extensive programme,
most of the students asked that we keep the programme as
it is. The second part of the training took place in October,
which was also evaluated by the students as a positive experience.
The commendation from the EI Department
was the cherry on top of a very successful year.
by Magriet Lee
ACADEMY 2008 - UCT Graduate School of Business, Cape Town
is a managed network to improve the status of women
in higher education in South Africa. It has grown
from HERS Mid-America, which has been running professional
development activities for women in higher education
in the United States since 1975.
Ms Ujala Satgoor was selected by the University of Pretoria
to participate in the HERS-SA
ACADEMY in Cape Town from September 21-27. She joined
seventy three senior women from thirty three universities
in Africa and the United States who spent a week at the UCT
Graduate School of Business in Cape Town focusing on higher
education. The annual HERS-SA ACADEMY brings together women
with leadership experience and those with leadership potential
to participate in a dynamic, week-long professional development
programme. “The HERS-SA ACADEMY aims to encourage women to
aspire to and apply for the most senior positions in universities”
said Dr Lesley Shackleton, Chair of the HERS-SA Board. “Currently
women are in a depressing minority at leadership levels. We
feel that it is important to address this in the pivotal higher
education sector as this is where our leaders of tomorrow
are being educated.”
The HERS-SA ACADEMY
is modeled on the HERS America Summer Institute. Morning
plenary sessions provide a “big-picture” understanding of
the South African higher education environment and the academic
and administrative challenges facing universities. A highlight
of this year’s ACADEMY was the final “Top Jobs” session
in which three women Deputy Vice Chancellors and one of
our few women Vice Chancellors shared their personal stories.
The range of topics included:
During the afternoon the women were able to choose from a
wide selection of workshops focused on individual career development.
Some of these workshops addressed the topics of Conflict Management;
Personal IT for busy women (how to use the latest gadgets
such as PDAs, GPS, online shopping, etc); Building research
capacity; The Dean as Academic Leader; Disciplinary Hearings;
Sexual harassment: policies and processes; etc.
• The role of HESA. Dr Theuns Eloff, Chair: HESA
• The Strategic Management of Donor Relations. Shelagh Gastrow
• Research Leadership. Prof R Bharuthram, DVC:Research,
• Building Academic Excellence. Prof Jan Botha, Director:
Academic Planning &QA, US
• University Finance. The questions you should ask. Joyce
Mashebela and Dr Engela van Staden, Director: Strategic
Management Support, TUT
• Registrar as Leader. Dr Ingrid Miller, Registrar: UWC
• Successful University Staffing Strategies. Reena Budree,
Executive Director: Human Resources & Equity, UKZN
addition to the formal sessions, informal networking enabled
delegates to interact with and learn from colleagues in
18 South African universities, 9 universities from other
parts of Africa and 6 institutions in the USA. Discussions
were lively, and often noisy, but always stimulating.
Academy is undoubtedly an intense environment that encourages
networking, sharing and the exchange of ideas and experiences.
The important realization for many is that “I am not alone
in this journey to the top!” There are many women in higher
education who are facing the same challenges and mindsets,
hence the need for collegial support, mentoring and networking.
There are greater opportunities for women today to pursue
careers in higher education however the belief that she
can do it needs to be strengthened. I would strongly recommend
the attendance at the HER-SA Academy by colleagues who aim
for senior careers in higher education.
by Ujala Satgoor
OF IMPORTANT ROLE PLAYERS IN SA VETERINARY HISTORY
part of the Faculty of Veterinary Science's centenary celebrations
the Faculty co-hosted the Pan African Centenary Veterinary
Conference at Onderstepoort, 6-9 October.
The Veterinary Science Library used the opportunity to feature
its various collections in UPSpace in a display which ran
for the duration of the conference.
Special posters were designed by Ria Groenewald to highlight
the Open Access research articles in OpenUP, the Arnold
Theiler Memorial Lectures collection in UPSpace, Christine
Seegers biomedical illustrations in UPSpace, and slide material
from various departments at the Faculty.
A powerpoint presentation designed by Antoinette Lourens
ran throughout the conference, explaining the importance
of digitising unique information sources.
SA National Veterinary Repository was also highlighted as
it contains much material of historical importance, especially
covering the Theiler period.
Arnold Theiler (1867 - 1936) was the official veterinarian
of the ZAR when Paul Kruger was president of the Boer Republic.
He gained worldwide recognition for his research on animal
diseases of South Africa. He is also remarkable in that
he started the Faculty of Veterinary Science in 1920, the
only one in South Africa.
Soga (1865- 1906) is significant as he was the first South
African to qualify as a veterinarian (1886, University of
Edinburgh). He is also known as a researcher (on medicinal
uses of plants) so it is fitting that he should be remembered
at special veterinary occasions as well. At the opening
ceremony of the conference and at the Conference Banquet
that evening both the Minister of Agriculture Lulu Xingwana
and State President Mothlanthe made special mention of this
first South African to qualify as a veterinarian and his
important role in the field and in research.
Library staff were thrilled to meet the direct descendants
of both Sir Arnold Theiler and Dr Jotello Soga. In the photo
taken at the library display can be seen in front from left
to right: Mr
Gallagher, Dr Emily Mogojane, Carole Gallagher (great granddaughter
of Dr Soga), Elizabeth Theiler Martin (grand daughter of
Sir Arnold) and her husband behind her, next to the Dean,
Prof Gerry Swan and Erica van der Westhuizen.
a privilege to show them around the library and discuss
the role their eminent forefathers played in the veterinary
scene at the end of the 19th Century and beginning of the
granddaughter, Elizabeth Theiler Martin and her husband
were most interested in viewing some of the photo albums
showing Sir Arnold and Lady Emma on their world travels.
Included were photos of Elizabeth's father, Max Theiler
in his youth. Dr Max Theiler was awarded the Nobel Prize
for his work on the yellow fever vaccine in 1951.
by Erica van der Westhuizen
Outside the Borders Library Leadership Institute: A Resounding
The much awaited Thinking Outside the Borders
Library Leadership Institute was piloted at the University
of Pretoria from 05-08 November 2008. The general feeling
was that it was a resounding success. “New friendships were
forged; intense discussions until the wee hours of the morning;
sleep deprivation; general confusion amidst vague rules;
laughter with and at each other; full and intense days;
an unexpected programme; a privilege to have been included”
– these are some of the comments shared by the participants
during the course of the three days.
librarians from South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe arrived
on Wednesday November 05 2008 full of trepidation and anticipation.
From the time they registered on Wednesday at the Graduate
Centre to their time of departure on Saturday, they followed
a full programme that included a variety of learning formats
and presentation styles. The group was able to interact
with senior library practitioners who have emerged as library
leaders nationally ad internationally. This list included
Barbara Ford, Kay Raseroka, Susan Schnuer, Rachel More,
Rene Schoombee, Karin Kitching, Buhle Mbambo-Thata, and
our own Director, Robert Moropa.
on Wednesday November 05 2008. From Left to right: Swets
representatives Dirk Lens (Regional Director), Di Man and
Philip De Kock. Delegates from KZN, Eastern Cape and Botswana.
Take a note of the attractive centenary bag!
way of relieving the stress and tension that built up in
anticipation of the three days was to hold a drumming session.
It had everybody paying close attention to the rhythm and
timing (with many of us believing that we were in perfect
rhythm, but alas!) What a lot of fun and sore palms at the
end of the session!
and Refilwe at the Court entrance |
stand in front of a 6m handcrafted beaded South African
flag at the Constitutional Court.
to the Constitutional Court was a poignant and thought provoking
experience. The stark, harsh reality of the former prison
serves as a constant reminder of the importance of the Constitution
and the Constitutional Court in upholding human rights in
were exposed to a variety of presenters, topics and presentation
styles. Each guest presenter, together with their unique
style and experience, ensured that all sessions were relevant
and well received. Presenters included members of our staff,
Robert Moropa, Monica Hammes, Hilda Kriel, Lita Ferguson
and Ujala Satgoor. External presenters were Barbara Ford,
Rachel More, Kay Raseroka, Susan Schnuer, Rene Schoombee,
Sean Moodley, Karin Kitching and Philip De Kock.
tasks and activities worked excellently to enable participants
to make new friends and discover hidden talents amongst
each other. The planned activities enabled one to introspect
as well as engage in groups.
Institute served to cement our ties with the University
of Illinois through the Mortenson Center for
International Library Programs. Barbara Ford and Susan
Schnuer, Director and Associate Director respectively,
willingly shared their experiences, ideas and expertise
with participants during the course of the programme.
As originators of the Institute, they have entrusted
the hosting of subsequent Institutes in our hands. What
an excellent partnership!
like to acknowledge all who participated and contributed
to making this an intense but stimulating and empowering
by Ujala Satgoor
reviewing exercise of the Stellenbosch University Library
August Monica Hammes participated in a peer reviewing
exercise of the Stellenbosch University Library. The leader
of the panel was ms Anne Bell, library director of the
University of Warwick Library
Back: Anne Bell, Ellen Tise, Elda Nolte, Marié Roux, Front:
Reggie Raju, Monica Hammes
Contributed by Monica Hammes
book of the month
reproduction of the Gutenberg Bible
by Katrien Malan
AIS Intranet Newsletter Publication / Publikasie van
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titels en grade as dinge van hoogs verbygaande aard. Dit
is die mens wat van belang is, en nie sy fraiings nie."
faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable
confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful