UP LIBRARY SERVICES IS A
MEMBER OF THE RESEARCH LIBRARY CONSORTIUM
25 September 2009 Mr Robert Moropa was pleased to
inform the staff members that the UP Department of
Library Services had, with effect from 01 August
2009, become a member of the Research Library
Consortium (RLC). The RLC is made up of the
following academic libraries:
Rhodes University (RU)
University of Cape Town
University of Kwa-Zulu
University of the
Witwatersrand (Wits) and
University of Pretoria
Members of the RLC are
beneficiaries of a Carnegie Corporation of New York
(CCNY) grant of US$2.5 million for a project that
will run from 1 August 2009 to 31 July 2012 (Phase
2). (Phase 1 of this project started on 1 August
2006 and ended on 31 July 2009. During the first
phase, RLC comprised UCT, UKZN and Wits Libraries).
The current project
(i.e.: Phase 2) aims to build on and expand the
success of the Phase I of the Research Libraries
Consortium’s three-pronged model for enhancing
research support in South Africa. This phase now
includes the Libraries at UP, SU ad RU.
objectives of this project are as follows:
Creation of Research Commons: to create a
dedicated space for post-graduates and researchers,
called "Research Commons" in each of the RLC member
Development of Library Skills to Support Research:
to strengthen and upgrade the skills of the
Information Specialists with a view to enabling them
to provide top class services to researchers
efficiently and effectively. To this end 14
carefully selected Information Specialists from the
UP Library Services will take part in three
intensive 12-day residential Library Academies to be
held in South Africa. Five Information Specialists,
selected from the 14 alumni of the Academies will
spend six weeks in major US research libraries
during 2010 and 2011.
Implementation of the Research Portal: To
instal PRIMO discovery software, SFX, Metalib and
other related software in the libraries of the RLC.
This is a research portal that will enhance the
capacity to manage electronic journals, linking
directly to full text, and searching across multiple
In addition to the
Leadership and Management skills of second level
executive managers: In 2012 a 12-day
Executive Development seminar will be held for
relevant staff members selected from the RLC
member libraries. The aim of this seminar will
be to strengthen succession planning at
executive level within the RLC libraries.
Ms Joan Rapp (Executive
Director of Libraries, UCT) is the Project Director
of this project, and Ms Pat Busby is the Project
Manager. This project will be run and managed by
the Project Committee comprising Ms Rapp (Project
Director) and the Library Directors of the UKZN, UP,
RU, SU, Wits and Ms Busby (the Project Manager). An
Advisory Board, made up of a Deputy Vice-Chancellor
from each of the six member universities, their
Library Directors, the Project Manager (ex officio),
and an international expert, Mr. Arnold Hirshon,
will exercise oversight over the implementation of
the project and project expenditure in an advisory
This was indeed great
news. This project will benefit all of us - directly
and indirectly - as well as UP as a whole.
lesing en fotografiese uitstalling deur Roger Ballen /
Lecture and photographic exhibition by Roger Ballen -
'n Openbare lesing is gelewer deur die bekende fotograaf
Roger Ballen oor sy onlangse boek, Boarding House
in die Musaion, Universiteit van Pretoria,
Hatfieldkampus. Die lesing is bygewoon deur plus
minus 250 mense onder andere fotografiese entoesiaste,
dosente en studente van verskeie fotografiese kolleges.
Roger Ballen, wat in New York in 1950 gebore is, lewe en
werk al meer as 30 jaar in Johannesburg. Ballen het as
geoloog en mynkonsultant gewerk voordat hy sy loopbaan
as fotograaf begin het deur klein dorpies in landelike
Suid-Afrika en hul geïsoleerde inwoners te dokumenteer.
Ballen het verskeie fotografiese toekennings ontvang en
het al wêreldwyd uitgestal. Sy foto’s word by
versamelings van die Museum of Modern Art, New York; die
Centre Georges Pompidou, Parys; die Victoria and Albert
Museum, Londen en die Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Die fokus van Roger Ballen se fotografiese werk was vyf
jaar lank op ’n vreemde en bekorende plek naby
Johannesburg wat hy "Boarding House" noem. "Hierdie
foto’s is soos beelde van ’n dagdroom, meesleurend en
diepsinnig, formeel gesofistikeerd en gevul met lae ryk
detail, flitse donker humor en ’n veranderde sin van
plek. Met die uitwissing van die grense tussen
dokumentêre fotografie en kuns in sy werk is dit beide
’n kragtige openbare stelling en ’n komplekse
sielkundige studie." Boarding House.
fotografiese uitstalling is geopen in die Merensky II
Biblioteek op 21 September en sal aanhou tot 31
Oktober 2009. Roger Ballen het die uitstalling op
21 September 2009 besoek en was geweldig beïndruk met
die uitleg van die uitstalling en die belangstelling.
uitstalling was 'n gesamentlike inisiatief van die UP se
Departement Biblioteekdienste, Departement van
Korporatiewe Kommunikasie en Bemarking en Bookma®k.
The exhibition in the Merensky II Library
Roger Ballen and Mr Robert Moropa
Back from left: Una Mgwenya, Roger's Assistant,
Hilda Kriel, Rassie Erasmus (Bookma®k).
Monica Hammes and Ujala Satgoor
Front from left: Robert Moropa and Roger Ballen
lecture by well-known photographer, Roger Ballen on his
latest book: Boarding House took place in the
Musaion, University of Pretoria, Hatfield campus. It was
attended by approximately 250 people which included
photography enthusiasts and students and lectures from
several photographic colleges.
Roger Ballen, born in New York in 1950, has lived and
worked in Johannesburg for more than 30 years. Ballen
worked as a geologist and mining consultant before
starting his career as a photographer by documenting the
small villages of rural South Africa and their isolated
Ballen has received numerous photographic awards and has
exhibited world wide. His photographs are included in
the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York;
the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Victoria and
Albert Museum, London and the Stedelijk Museum,
years, the focus of Roger Ballen’s photographic work has
been a strange and alluring place near Johannesburg he
calls the Boarding House. "These photographs are like
images from a waking dream, compelling and
thought-provoking, formally sophisticated and filled
with layers of rich detail, flashes of dark humour, and
an altered sense of place. Blurring the boundaries
between documentary photography and art, his work is
both a powerful social statement and a complex
psychological study." Boarding House.
photographic exhibition at the Merensky II Library was
opened on 21 September and will run until 31
October 2009. Roger Ballen visited the exhibition
on 21 September 2009 and was extremely pleased with the
layout of the exhibition and response to it.
This was a
collaborative initiative between UP's Department
of Library Services, Department of Corporate
Communications and Marketing and Bookma®k.
FAKULTEITSDAG BY VEEARTSENYKUNDE /
FACULTY DAY AT VETERINARY SCIENCE
Faculty of Veterinary Science invited the 1996 winner of
the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine, Prof Peter
Doherty to deliver the Sir Arnold Theiler Memorial
Lecture on Faculty Day 27 August this year.
It was a
fascinating lecture with some great visual material. We
have a copy of his book, The Beginner’s Guide to winning
the Nobel Prize in our library and it now has his
kindly gave permission for us to place his lecture in
UPSpace in the Theiler Memorial Lectures Collection. The
title of his lecture was: Adventures in infection and
immunity. This was Science at its most entertaining!
my last Faculty Day. I would like to thank my colleagues
for once again showing the Faculty and visitors what the
Dept of Library Services undertakes to keep their
clients’ information and research needs their top
priority. The digitised collections in UPSpace are a
valuable contribution to the preservation and
accessibility of unique research material for the
veterinary and animal health community worldwide.
Amelia Breytenbach sharing information with two students
From left: Amelia Breytenbach, Marguerite Nel, Ria
Groenewald and Tertia Coetsee
Contributed by Erica van der Westhuizen
Jotello F. Soga Lilbrary
Fakulteit Veeartsenykunde het op 27 Augustus 2009, hulle
Fakulteitsdag gehad. Ek was (danksy
Erica) weer betrokke by die Jotello F. Soga-biblioteek
jaar het ons die South African National Veterinary
Repository bemark (http://library.up.ac.za/sanvr/coll.htm).
Die pamflet wat ons saamgestel het uit die pakhuis
materiaal was beskikbaar, tesame met ‘n oorsigtelike
Power Point aanbieding wat Amelia saamgestel het vir die
het gevoel dat die studente betrek moet word by die dag
se verrigtinge en die biblioteek uitstalling was besoek
deur heelwat studente, personeel, gaste van die
Fakulteit en uitstallers.
studente se belangstelling, veral wat die
skyfie-projekte aanbetref was baie opvallend. Hulle wou
ook feitlik sonder uitsondering weet of hulle toegang
tot die inligting sal kan kry na hulle afgestudeer het –
waarop ons natuurlik ‘n groot JA kon antwoord.
Opvallende eerste was die dosente wat hulle gaste
gebring het om na hulle materiaal op die
pakhuis te kom kyk! Dit is natuurlik ‘n baie goeie
teken, alhoewel die uitstalling nie op een spesifieke
projek gekonsentreer het nie.
VET-span vir die geleentheid om digitisering en die
pakhuis van die South African National Veterinary
Repository (SANVR) ook op hierdie wyse te kon bemark.
Contributed Ria Groenewald
Open Access week - 19-23 October 2009
As you all know the world will
be celebrating open access during the week of 19-23
October. To get into the spirit of the celebrations
we invite you to take part in a competition for
library staff only.
Please voice your support for open access in any of
the following ways, any of our 3 languages:
paragraph (max 4 sentences)
poem, limirick, rhyme, haiku
video (max 2 minutes)
Elsabe, Fatima and Monica
Soos julle weet vier die wêreld oop toegang
gedurende die week van 19-23 Oktober. Om in die
regte stemming daarvoor te kom, nooi ons julle
uit om deel te neem aan 'n kompetisie vir
Beskryf jou steun vir oop toegang op enige van
die volgende maniere, in enige van ons 3 tale:
'n kort paragraf (maks 4 sinne)
'n kort gediggie, rympie, limiriek, haiku
'n kort video (maks 2 minute)
Inligting en inspirasie is beskikbaar by die
Die wenner sal 'n koopbewys vir 'n boekwinkel
ter waarde van R200 ontvang en die wenitem (met
die wenner se naam en foto) sal deel wees van
die biblioteek se Oop Toegang skyfievertoning.
Sluitingsdatum: Woensdag 14 Oktober 2009.
Library equipment for
students with disabilities
The designated lab on the 4th floor of
the library houses equipment intended to serve students with visual and
cognitive or learning disabilities.
Students with visual disabilities such as low vision
or blindness are unable to read and write in the conventional manner and must
therefore make use of specialised computer software. Students with cognitive and
learning disabilities are able to perform better with regards to reading and
writing but are also able to improve with the use of computer software designed
to facilitate the reading and learning process.
For students with low vision the lab is equipped
with Zoomtext : a software package that enlarges the text and where it is
required, also reads out loud the material on a computer. Zoomtext can be
adjusted for each individual student, magnification levels can be increased or
decreased and colours can be manipulated to suit the particular visual
For blind students the lab is equipped with JAWS (Job
Access With Speech). As the name implies, this program is used to convert
text on menus, folders, applications and documents into recognisable speech. All
text is read aloud to the user of the computer. JAWS brings blind students into
contact with reading material which would otherwise be inaccessible to them. .
For students with cognitive and learning
disabilities the lab is equipped with WYNN learning systems. WYNN is a program
utilising a dual contact method for reading material. Colours are used with
great effect to focus the user on written words and a speech synthesiser can be
used to help with the pronunciation of unfamiliar words. The WYNN program is
also effective for use by students suffering from ADHD or Dyslexia as it
facilitates the reading process and helps the student to make effective
In order to make reading material available on the
computers equipped with the above mentioned software packages, the lab also
houses a scanner and OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software that
enables a person to scan documents such as articles or books and convert the
material to a recognisable format on the computer. This OCR software, known as
Open Book, has proven very useful and when used in conjunction with the other
programs mentioned earlier, lends a lot of autonomy to students who would
otherwise need constant help from their peers to overcome the obstacle of
getting reading material that is accessible to them.
The lab currently has 4 computers: 1 with Zoomtext,
2 with JAWS and Open Book which are connected to a scanner, and 1 with WYNN
Contributed by: Wilna Marais, Tebogo Mogakane and
Library services for visual impaired
students and students with learning disabilities
The information specialist, responsible
for the relevant Department is the first point of
contact for any library related enquiries.
1. Textbooks and e-books
1. The client has to provide the
information specialist with the information on the text
2. The information specialist sends the
request (including the contact details of the client) to
Mrs W Marais (email@example.com
/ 012 4204803).
3. Mrs Marais contacts the client to
establish in which format the information is needed and
refers him / her to the Unit for Students with Specific
Needs for access to the necessary facilities.
4. If the information is not available in
the required electronic format, the publisher is
contacted for an electronic copy of the information in a
usable format. If the electronic format is not
available, the publisher will be approached for
permission to scan the book / article to make it
5. The client and information specialist
will be kept informed during this process and the client
will be notified as soon as the information is
6. If the information has to be brailed,
Mrs Marais will contact the Unit for Students with
Specific Needs. The Unit will notify the client as
soon as the brailed information is available.
1. The client has to provide the
information specialist with the research topic and
2. The information specialist will search
on different databases on behalf of the client.
3. A list of references and abstracts on
the topic and relevant keywords will be sent to the
4. The client then has to select relevant
articles with the help of a departmental
assistant/lecturer and arrange with him / her to
download the information .
5. If the full text is not available
electronically, the assistant/lecturer must request it
on interlibrary loan on behalf of the client.
6. When the article is available only in
paper format, the client must arrange with the
assistant/lecturer for photocopies to be made in the
library. The Unit for Students with Specific Needs can
then be contacted to change the information into the
Contributed by: Wilna Marais
Digitisation Office scan original artwork painted during
1687-1770 for UNISA Library
"The Digitisation Office was
contracted to scan original artwork painted during
1687-1770, for SANBI. Printed copies of the images were
displayed during the Unisa Library celebration of its
two millionth book, entitled The Highgrove Florilegium:
Watercolours Depicting Plants Grown in the garden at
High grove on the 23rd of September 2009.
Elliot was responsible for the
scanning with the Suprascan DigiBook scanner - a job
Leonard Daniels and Kenny Moremi attended a DSpace
Technical Workshop and a LIASA Pre-Conference
Leonard Daniels and Kenny Moremi attended a week-long
Dspace Technical Workshop at Stellenbosch University
from 7-11 September 2009 in Cape Town. The
Workshop provided a compact understanding of Dspace from
installation, management and customization of Dspace to
reflect institution's corporate image. Leonard also
facilitated some of the modules. This workshop has
equipped us to be able to manage our institutional
On 28 September they again attended LIASA Pre-Conference
at Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein and
presented each a workshop on Institutional Repositories.
Kenny facilitated the Introduction to Repositories
(paper compiled by Ina Smith) while Leonard provided a
practical technical part of Dspace such as simplified
method of Dspace installation. The sessions were very
interactive and attendants are curious that we should
have follow-up workshops next year.
van der Westhuizen retired
started her career at UP in 1981 and retired at the end
of September 2009. This is a short overview of her
amazing 28 years as the leader of the Veterinary Science
library now named Jotello F. Soga Library.
educated at Victoria Girls’ High School, Grahamstown.
She graduated at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, and
received a Higher Diploma in Librarianship at the
University of Cape Town.
worked in various libraries including UNISA before
joining the University of Pretoria, where she was
appointed head of the Veterinary Science Library, 1
November 1981. She has delivered papers at various
library conferences locally and overseas, such as at the
International Conferences of Animal Health Information
Specialists (ICAHIS) held in the UK, Denmark, Hungary,
South Africa and Australia. In Africa she attended
conferences in Brazzaville, Congo and Lusaka, Zambia and
has visited many of the veterinary libraries of African
countries. A well seasoned traveller, other countries
she has visited include Germany, Poland, UK and
the organizer (and founder) of Vet Books for Africa and
organised the 1 st Conference on Animal Health
Information Workers in Africa, held at the Faculty of
Veterinary Science, Ondestepoort in 1995. Organised the
5th ICAHIS conference in 2005 including
Pre-conference workshops. Was a committee member of
HICSA (Health Information Community of South Africa) for
many years. Actively involved in AHILA (Association of
Health Information and Libraries in Africa), managing
the bank account for the organization. IFLA. Durban
the compiler of comprehensive animal bibliographies,
amongst others the Ostrich Bibliography and African
an infectious enthusiasm for livening up the work
environment with numerous exhibitions, posters,
photographs, a mobile, pot plants, art works, getting
the staff involved in group projects like the library
quilt. A visitor to the library once remarked on how
colourful the library was.
also loved tea parties and celebrations - big and small.
In recent years there were the Vet Library celebrating
20 years in the Arnold Theiler Building and at the same
time unveiling the library quilt, and the naming
ceremony in May of this year when the library became the
Jotello F. Soga Library. Even the staff's birthday "tea
parties" were festive occasions. It all contributed to a
feeling of togetherness, being a team and a family.
successful library is built on the shoulders of a
skilful and dedicated boss. This was also the case at
the Jotello F. Soga Library for many years. Erica, as a
dear friend and valued colleague of the Dept. of Library
Science and the Faculty of Veterinary Science, built
good working relations with users, national and
international veterinary libraries and library
colleagues. Her dedication to the Jotello F. Soga
Library makes this Library an important asset for users
of veterinary information. As a mentor the guidance,
skills and constant dedication she communicated help us
to meet the challenges the Veterinary Library face now
and in future. We will always remember her sense of
humour, responsibility, warm companionship and caring
for others. “Thank you” seems an inadequate way to
express our gratitude for her long and rich contribution
to the Veterinary Library. To Erica, enjoy your
retirement and we wonder what will next attract
Contributed by the
F. Soga Library staff members
Day - 4 September 2009
This year's theme was "Join the
"Casual Day is a FUNdraising project
benefiting persons with disabilities. Each year NCPPDSA
call upon everybody to dress differently on the first
Friday of September and to wear the Casual Day sticker
to show their support for disabled people." "Casual Day
is a project of the National Council for Persons with
Physical Disabilities in SA (NCPPDSA) and ABSA is
their primary partner. They provide an infrastructure
for sticker distribution and support the project
Teams of 4 September 2009 Casual Day
Staff members of the Faculty Library for Natural- &
Staff members of the Circulation and Learning Centre
Engineering, Built Environment and Information
Technology (Level 5)
for supporting Casual Day.
Contributed by: Una Mgwenya
Oktober boek van die
maand / Octber book of the month
2009 / Dot Serfontein
Contributed by Katrien Malan
|Vrypas / Dot Serfontein
Op tagtig, verklaar Dot Serfontein, neem mens kennis van die ouderdom se bedryfsrisiko's - en neem dan vir lief daarmee dat selfs die Bybel stilbly oor wat na tagtig met mens gaan gebeur. Jy vertel van dinge waaroor jy vroeër geswyg het en jy swyg oor dinge waarvan jy vroeër vertel het - want as jy dié mylpaal oorgesteek het, het jy die vrypas om te maak soos jy wil, sonder dat dit teen jou aangeteken staan.
Teen die agtergrond van agt dekades se sosiale, politieke en ekonomiese gebeure ( van die letsels van die Anglo-Boereoorlog, die 1914 Rebellie en die Groot Depressie, tot die verkiesing van 1948, apartheidsidealisme en die "politieke kapitulasie" van die negentigerjare) projekteer Dot Serfontein hier die gesins- en familiebande wat haar lewe as Vrystaatse Afrikaner gevorm het. Die leser leer ken 'n individu wat elke lewensfase met geesdrif en vurigheid aanpak en nie terugdeins om die tradisie van tyd tot tyd met 'n bietjie waagmoed en 'n porsie oorgeërfde stroomopgeit uit te daag nie.
"As ons spense vol is van wat vir ons van waarde is, kan ons harte oor brakplekke spring ; as ons niks anders kan doen nie, lag ons net saam"
Intranet Newsletter Publication /
Publikasie van die Biblioteek 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.
Mev E Grobelr
no man living who isn't capable of doing more
than he thinks he can do.”