Biblioteek

Nuus

 

Library

News

 

 

Departement Biblioteekdienste

Universiteit van Pretoria

 
Department of Library Services

University of Pretoria

 

       Lente/Somer Uitgawe 2014 • Spring/Summer Edition 2014   

 

2014

 

 

 

In this issue: / In hierdie uitgawe:

 

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Birthdays/Verjaarsdae
Oktober / October
November
Desember / December
Staff news / Personeelnuus
Did you know... / Het jy geweet...
 
 
Brief van die Redaksie / Letter of the Editor

Mandela Day

ö Learning Centre visit Huis Silversig

ö Kameeldrift

ö Cataloguing & Acquisitions Units project

ö Health Sciences Libraries outreach project

Margaret Law visits us again!
Conserving our heritage in cooperation with SANParks
Lots of activity for postgraduate students
Women's Day tribute to author Nadine Gordimer
Angelique Kearney on inner and outer beauty
Bronwen Basson se amptelike skenking
Copyright workshop
Cathy de Rosa visits the Merensky 2 library
Learning Centre staff get out and about on Campus
Sensory Solutions exhibition in the Merensky 2 Library

SABINET Client Conference

ö Clem Sunter

ö POPI

ö At a tipping point

ö Tech Trends 2014 – Snapshots

Casual Day fun at the Merensky 2 library
Living a Life with books by Leti Kleyn - National Book Week
Spring Day was a fun-filled day!
Re-authoring the World Workshop
We proudly celebrate our food heritage
Tour of the Department of Library Service’s faculty libraries

LIASA Gauteng North Branch update

ö LIASA Conference

Groenkloof book launch
The Library partners with UP Archives and Vega workshops
Heleen Steyn retires
We celebrate with our director his 60th birthday!!
Proactive versus reactive - Which one are you?
New e-books
Special Collections book of the month

 

UP & DLS

Kalender / Calendar

 

 

Oktober / October -

Desember / December

 

 

Oktober / October

 

is

 

Service Delivery / Transport / Marine / Astronomy / International Breast Cancer / Social Development / Eye Care /

Mental Health

 

Awareness 

 Month

 

1   National Inherited Disorders Day

International Day for Older Persons

International Music Day

World Habitat Day

World Vegetarian Day
2 ClickUP/EI /Library meeting

International Day of Non-Violence

World Farm Animal Day
3 World Temperance Day

World Smile Day

4-12 UP Oktober reses / October recess
4 World Animal Day
4-10 UN World Space week 2014
5 World Teacher's Day
5-9 Weedbuster Week
6  UPLS Exco Meeting

World Architecture Day

8 International Day of Disaster Reduction
9   Partnership against AIDS Anniversary

World Sight Day

World Post Day
9-15 National Nutrition Week (SA)
10 World Mental Health Day
11 World Egg Day

World Hospice Palliative Care Day

12  World Arthritis Day

National Bandana Day

12-16 National Marine Week (SA)
12-20 World Bone and Joint Week
13 UPLS Exco Meeting
15 World Rural Women's Day

Global Hand washing Day

International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction 2014

National Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Day

15-19 National Obesity Week
16    Bosses Day

World Food Day (FAO)

International Credit Union Day 2014

World Spine Day

17   UP Dag vir Internasionale Studente / UP International Students Day

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

World Trauma Day
20   World Osteoporosis Day

National Down Syndrome Day

UPLS Exco Meeting
20-26 International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
22   Faculty Library Managers Meeting

International Stuttering Awareness Day 2014

International Stammering Awareness Day 2014
23 National Iodine Deficiency Disorder Day
24    World Polio Day

UN Disarmament Week

United Nations Day

World Development Information Day 2014

25 World Pasta Day
27 UPLS Exco Meeting
28Oct-3Nov Stroke Week
29   World Stroke Day

World Psoriasis Day 2014

International Internet Day
30 Commemoration of African Food and Nutrition Security Day
31 World Savings Day

 

November

is

 

Red Ribbon / Quality

 

Awareness

Month

 

1 World Vegan Day
2 National Children's Day
3 UPLS Exco Meeting
4 UP Lesings sluit af vir kwartaal 4 & semester 2 / UP Lectures end for quarter 4 and semester 2
4 UPLS Staff Meeting / Personeel - vergadering
4-8 SADC Malaria Week
4-10 National Cardiopumonary Resuscitation (CPR) week
6 International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of Environment in War & Armed Conflict
7-27 Eksamens van 3de en 4de kwartaal en 2de semestermodules / Examinatins of 3rd and 4th quarter and 4th quarter and 2nd semester modules
8 World Radiography Day
8 SADC Malaria Day
8 World Town Planning Day
9 World Quality Day
9 International Tongue Twister Day
10 World Science Day for Peace and Development
10 UPLS Exco Meeting
12 World Pneumonia Day
13 Library Management Forum Meeting
13 World Kindness Day
14 World Diabetes Day
16 International Day for Tolerance
17 UPLS Exco Meeting
17 International Students Day
19 World Toilet Day
19 World COPD Day
19 International Men's Day
20 Africa Industrialisation Day
20 Universal Children's Day
20 World Philosophy Day
21 UPLS Year End Function
21 World Fisheries Day
24 UPLS Exco Meeting
21 World Hello Day
21 World Television Day
25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
25/11-10/12 16 Days of Activism on No Violence Against Women and Children
29 Birding Big Day
28Nov - 5Des Hereksamens van 3de en 4de kwartaal en 2de semester modules / Supplementary examinations of 3rd and 4th quarter and 2nd semester modules
30 International Computer Security Day

 

Desember / December

is

Prevention of Injuries /

Skin Cancer Awareness  (SunSmart)

 

Awareness

 Month

 

1 World AIDS Day
1 UPLS Exco Meeting
2 International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
3 International Day of People with Disability
5 International Volunteers Day
5 Academic Year ends / Akademiese jaar sluit af
7 International Civil Aviation Day
9 International Anti-Corruption Day
  World Patient Safety Day
10 Skole sluit / Schools close
10 International Human Rights Day
11 International Mountain Day
13 World Violin Day
16 Versoeningsdag / Day of Reconciliation
18 International Migrants Day
23 Universiteit sluit om 10:00 tot en insluitend 5 Januarie 2015 / University closes at 10:00 until and including January 5th, 2015
25 Kersdag/ Christmas Day
26 Welwillendheidsdag / Day of Goodwill
31 Oujaarsdag / Old Years Day

 

 

If you have any feedback, regarding this newsletter, article ideas or suggestions,

please contact the editorial staff:

 

 

Indien jy enige terugvoer, artikels,

voorstelle het vir of oor hierdie nuusbrief,

kontak asseblief die redaksie:

 

Elsabé Olivier

Articles/

Artikels

elsabe.olivier@up.ac.za

 

of / or

 

Diana Gerritsen

Design and Layout /

Ontwerp en Uitleg

diana.gerritsen@up.ac.za

 

 

 

 

 

Birthdays

 

May this birthday be the beginning

of the best years of your life.

 

 

 

Verjaarsdae

 

Mag hierdie verjaardag die begin

wees van die beste jare in jou lewe.

 

 

Oktober / October

1 Lita Ferguson
  Carike Schoeman
2 Brenda Nsanzya
3 Antoinette Lourens
4 Sello Kgwebane
  Martha de Waal
7 Estelle Grobler
12 Elsabé Olivier
16 Niel de Kock
17 Tebogo Mogakane
10 Kenny Tshukudu
22 Anastasia Ntuli
23 Refiloe Matlatse
26 Susan Marsh
27 Patson Nyalungu

November

1 Samuel Hobyane
2 Mart Muller
  Kataila Ramalibana
5 Sophi Silinda
9 Sonja Delport
11 Jeffrey Mashapa
15 Carin Bezuidenhout
16 Ernest Sefolo
19 Junior Baloyi
20 Diana Gerritsen
22 Annette Ingram
23 Hilda Kriel
25 Patrick Maibelo
26 Abram Maboya
29 David Maseko
  Nomvuyiso Mahleka

Desember / December

2 Maritz Visser
10 Abram Mofokeng
11 Biotumelo Masilo
13 Daan Lessing
18 Heila Pienaar
  Fana Magidi
  Sam Makgalemele
25 Josiah Lebelo
29 Christelle Steyn
  Asia Matlala
31 Julene Vermeulen
  Rachel Phahla

 

 

Staff news

Personeelnuus

Congratulations to ....... /

Baie geluk aan .......

 

Carin Bezuidenhout met die geboorte van haar seuntjie.

 

Carike Schoeman who has won the annual African Pilot  "Picture of the Year" award.

 

Bettie de Kock who has been invited to become a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. This is in recognition of her Masters degree.

 

We bid farewell

to the following staff members /

Ons sê totsiens

aan die volgende personeellede

 

Patrick Maibelo from Pre-Clinical Library who retired end November.

 

Ria Groenewald from the Digitizarion Unit who retired end September
 

Our condolences to ........ /

Ons innige simpatie aan ........

 

Gloria Maripane who's brother passed away.

 

Eldorene Lombard wie se vader oorlede is.

 

Heila Pienaar wie se suster oorlede is.

 

Welcome to the following

new staff members ........ /

Welkom aan die volgende nuwe personeel ........

 

Lucas Mmalefahlo joined our team on the 1st of July to fill the vacancy left by Johannes Moropotli who retired in April.

 

He matriculated in 2006 and since then received a certificate for a short course in “Knowledge management” completed at UNISA in 2010. He is currently enrolled for his BA in Criminology and a Programme in Business Communication at UNISA.

 

Lucas is not new to the University of Pretoria, as he previously worked at the Medical library as an Information Assistant from 2009 to November 2012. In December 2012 he joined the National Library of South Africa where he worked until his appointment at our library.

 

Lucas is married and has two children – a boy of 7 years and a little girl. He loves listening to music, reading and watching television. His other passion is writing and rendering poems. He has recently rendered two poems at the National Library during the National Library Day and at the retirement function of the National Librarian and CEO Mr John Tsebe.

 

He will primarily be responsible for journal and book shelving and photocopying and scanning of library material. Lucas is also the library’s safety and first-aid representative and has already completed a first-aid level 1 & 2 course at Onderstepoort during July.

 

We would like to welcome him to our library and trust that his time with us will be rewarding.

 

 

Lesego Makhafola joined the Merensky library team on the 1st of September to fill the information specialist vacancy on level 5.

 

She matriculated in 2008 from Hendrik Verwoerd high school and has since received an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in Information Science from the University of Pretoria in 2012. In 2013 she obtained an honours degree in Information Science, also from the University of Pretoria.

 

Lesego is not new to the library, she previously worked in the Digitization office from 2013-2014 and also in the faculty library for Economic and management sciences at the information desk in 2014 on a temporary basis. She was working for the department of Architecture as a technical assistant and also as an assistant information specialist in the evenings for the humanities faculty library until her appointment at the library.

 

Lesego has a set passion for photography, graphic design, dressmaking, baking and the arts in general.

 

She will be the information specialist responsible for chemical engineering; electrical, electronic and computer engineering; metallurgical engineering; and mining engineering.

 

 

Tshephisho Kenneth Tshukudu (well-known as Kenny); - born and mostly raised by the Pedi-Ndebele family in the South of the Limpopo province.

 

After completing his matric in the Sekhukhune district, He went to Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape and studied a Bachelor of Social Science degree, majoring in Sociology and African & indigenous languages (isiXhosa).

 

He have a passion for working with people and languages, particularly South-African and indigenous ones. He also love cats - but NOT black ones - even though they cannot speak my fantabulous lingoes!

 

His career path in the Libraries and Information Services field began when he got a ‘no-experience-needed student job’ at Rhodes University library while also volunteering at a local Grahamstown public library for about two years. A hectic year followed, doing Sales & Marketing jobs in Johannesburg and Polokwane, while studying his non-degree purpose courses with UNISA in 2012. He decided to further pursue a postgraduate diploma in Library and Information Science at the University of Cape Town. While studying in Cape Town, he also worked on the National Library of South Africa's (NLSA) Assets Verification project. Coming back to Gauteng, he did book sales at UNISA bookstore, then worked as a campus librarian at Damelin private learning institution (Vaal), before joining TUKS as an Information specialist: General assistant on Level 1 in the Merensky library in September 2014 

 

 

Andile Nokwe joining UP's Department of Library Services, Systems and Technology Unit as Helpdesk Agent on Level 2, in September 2014.

 

 

Katlego Aphane was born and raised in the rural area Ga-Molapo, Zebediela in Limpopo.

 

He completed his matric at Makgwading Seconday School and his Bachelor's degree in Information Studies at the University of Limpopo.  He was fortunate to serve as an Information specialist intern at CSIR and served for a full year until his contract expired.  He then joined ETV as an Audiovisual archivist. 

 

He has now been appointed as an Information specialist in the EBIT/ Natural and Agricultural Science Faculty library on Level 5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

...dat krokodille klippe insluk om hulle

te help om dieper te duik.

 

 

 

...met geboorte is Dalmatians

altyd wit.

 

  • Mars appears red because it's covered in rust

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thought

 

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

 

Steve Jobs

 

Contributed by Diana Gerritsen

  •  lightning strikes it can reach up to 30,000 degrees celsius (54,000 degrees fahrenheit)nuts are toxic to dogs

 

 

 

  • macadamia nuts are toxic to do

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • macadamia nuts are toxic to doMada
  • lemons contain more sugar than strawberries
  • lemons contain more sugar than strawberrie

 

Die Jakarandabome wat nou blom sal jou dadelik van die digter se woorde oortuig:

“Dit is die maand Oktober! Die mooiste, mooiste maand! Dan is die dag so helder, so groen is elke aand,” - C. Louis Leipoldt.

(Voelgoed, October 2013)

Brief van die Redaksie Letter from the Editors

 

Lente is hier! en net soos die studente, begin die Jakarandabome ook om hulle pers somersrokke te wys.

 

Ons is in die laaste pylvak van die jaar. Nog net twee en ‘n halwe maand dan is Kersfees iets van die verlede en lê die jaar op sy rug.

 

Dis gewoonlik ook in hierdie laaste stukkie van die jaar wat mens hard werk om die laaste verpligtinge en projekte af te handel voor die rustyd aanbreek. So kom ons sit almal skouer aan die wiel en kry klaar wat nog nie klaar is nie - die vakansie kom!

 

Lees in hierdie uitgawe oor ons Lentedag vieringe, Loslitdag, Erfenisdag en veel meer. 

 

Onthou asseblief om al julle nuus oor projekte, besoekers, suksesverhale, spesiale geleenthede, kursusse bygewoon, ens. vir ons te stuur, ons plaas dit graag in die Nuusbrief.

 

Baie dankie aan Elsabé Olivier wat help met die redigering van die nuusbrief terwyl Carin Bezuidenhout met kraamverlof is.  

 

Diana Gerritsen

en

Elsabé Oliver

 

Spring is here! and just like the students the Jacaranda trees are starting to show off their lilac summer dresses.

 

We’re in the last stretch of the year. Only two and a half months before Christmas is something of the past and the year is over.

 

It’s usually during this last part of the year when one needs to work hard to finish the last tasks and projects before the time of rest is on us. So let’s all put the shoulder to the wheel and finish what still needs to be finished – the holidays are coming!

 

 Read in this issue about our Spring Day celebrations, Heritage Day, Casual Day and much more.

 

Please remember to send us your news about projects, visitors, success stories, special events, courses attended etc., we would love to put your news in the Newsletter.

 

Thank you to Elsabé Olivier who assist with the editing of the newsletter while Carin Bezuidenhout is on maternity leave.

 

 

Diana Gerritsen

and

Elsabé Oliver  

 

Mandela Day 18 July 2014
University of Pretoria's Learning Centre visit to Huis Silversig: 2 July 2014

 

On the 2nd of July the Learning Centre Staff (Louisa Buys, Gerda Ehlers and Viveka Pillai) accompanied by Ms Henriette Jansen van Vuuren  from the Open  Scholarship Office,  visited Huis Silversig, a home for the aged and disabled, located in the Pretoria suburb of Silverton.

 

The Home is managed by Die Suid Afrikaanse Vroue Federasie (SAVF) who renders welfare and welfare related services to many communities around the country. Their services include child and youth care, statutory work, foster care and care in children’s homes. They also have developmental programmes, job creation and life enhancement programmes and give support to individuals and families to combat poverty.

 

A book donation was arranged, with the help of Dr Leti Kleyn from the University of Pretoria’s  Open Scholarship Office. Staff also arranged fruit as part of the gift to the Home. Ms Riëtte van der Berg the social worker for the home, kindly took them on a tour of the facilities. The home has many areas of interest including a hair dressing salon and a Library. One of the residents is responsible for the administration and circulation of books in the Library and opens it every Friday afternoon. Residents make good use of the collection and it obviously of great importance to all.

 

Staff thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and wish to continue to contribute positively to the home in future.

 

 Kameeldrift: 25 July 2014

 

Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated annually in remembrance of our beloved former president through community service and volunteer projects. This year the Department of Library Services chose the Kameeldrift Nursery school for their community service project. On the 18th of July, the following 13 staff members visited the Kameeldrift Nursery School with donations of books, magazines, balls and refreshments sponsored by generous library staff members: Hilda Kriel, Tebogo Mogakane, Samuel Hobyane, Bongi Letlape, Leti Kleyn, Una Mgwenya, Gloria Maripane, Sonja Delport, Lathola Mchunu, Tlou Mathiba, Wandi Tobosi, Abram Mofokeng and Elsabe Olivier.

 

The morning started with a welcome from the school principal Lilly Ledwaba and songs from the children. This was followed by a Reading Eggs demonstration. Una Mgwenya and Gloria Maripane read stories to the five to six-year olds and Tebogo Mogakane and Bongi Letlape read to the younger children. Our staff members are wonderful readers and the children were spellbound and loved the songs and games that the facilitators sang to them.

 

The day was ended by playing soccer and sharing the eats and drinks that were brought along.

 

This is what Monica Hammes (organizer of the reading school) had to say of the event:  “Thanks to all of you for sharing yourselves with us! Our kids clearly enjoyed the showing off, the reading and singing and playing, the cupcakes and juice, the hugging and all the positive attention. The visit was everything we could hope for and absolutely in the spirit of Nelson Mandela Day. I was very impressed by the two reading teams: you were excellent and I hope you use these talents often.  Hopefully we can repeat this pleasant experience some time in future. Thanks also for the toys and books you brought along. I will go through it over the weekend and report more fully in my blog post.”

 

 

Our team members enjoyed the day as well:

 

Wandi Tobosi: “Today has been one of the most life changing experiences of my entire life... I was able to spend time with the future of my country, the kids of South Africa whom despite being underprivileged sang a song that said "I am Special", such things change a man's perception on life...Who would have thought that hanging with kids would be this awesome?”

 

Samuel Hobyane; “The Kameeldrift project was more of an experience for me I think we should do this more often.”

 

Abram Mofokeng: “It was a wonderful experience, doing it for the good cause. The children were excited and I really enjoy playing with them. Nelson Mandela once said history will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children.”

 

Una Mgwenya:” What an overwhelming morning, a warm welcome clearly in the expression of the children's faces and how they addressed us as sister and mother.  I could see the good work from their teachers in them already.  It was fun.”

 

Tlou Mathiba:” It was indeed a great pleasure to participate in Mandela day Project on this day, I wish we stayed a bit longer but unfortunately because of work we had to come back. I would like to thank everyone who took their precious time to give back to the community. Giving back to the communities is what most of us like; let it not be only on Mandela day but a continuous thing.”

 

Hilda Kriel:” It was a worthwhile experience and I really enjoyed spending time with the children.  The experience reminded me of the starfish story - although we cannot change the world, we can make a difference to one or two person's lives. In the end, I benefitted far more than the children.”

 

Bongi Letlape:” Those children they need to be loved, and there was a lot of unity among us. They did enjoy singing with us. They also participate when we read those stories.  I really enjoy a lot.”

 

Tebogo Mogakane: “This was a life changing experience and it has changed me for the better. I am glad Mandela 's day is not a holiday but a day devoted to make a difference in people’s lives and that we dedicated our time and effort to go out there and put a smile on those kids.”

 

Sonja Delport:”I would like to summaries my experiences of Friday's visit as follow. It was an opportunity to experience beautiful children, typical of that age.  While Gloria was trying her best to read to the children, and show them the pictures in the book, some of the over-excited children were 'fighting' to get to the front, in order to see the pictures. As you can realize, this created frustration amongst the other children. I would also have been frustrated!!!  One little girl with big round eyes looked at me begging to do something. Although I realized it was not the right thing to do, I called her to come and sit next to me. Her small hand on my leg and all the hugs I received the rest of the morning made it for me and hopefully for her!!!”

 

Gloria Maripane:” This was another opportunity for me to have time to read and play with small less fortunate children, but they are a happy group. The story I read to them, one child knew about it and was relating to the other children. I have him double star sticker, he was so happy and proud. Una then put the cherry on top with her story ("Shila Mabele") we all performed, danced and played in circles. What an experience.”

 

Cataloguing and Acquisitions Units Knitting project

 

As their Mandela Day project, the ladies of the Cataloguing and Acquisitions Units, decided to apply their KNITTING skills!

The enthusiasm of those that participated soon escalated to other staff and family members who then also got involved for this good cause.

While some ladies knitted squares for knee blankets (kindly sewn together and finished off with a crocheted border by Ouma Kleintjie, Martha de Waal’s mom) - others contributed by knitting hats of all shapes and sizes, as well as bed socks.

 

The hats (also referred to as ‘beanies’ or ‘musse’ in Afrikaans), were donated to the Chrysalis school for children with special needs. The knee blankets will be donated to the Sonop Retirement Village in Brits, North West Province.

 

This is an ongoing project which will continue until next year. The project is already underway - we already have enough squares for more blankets and four lovely hats which Marieta Buys’ mom kindly knitted. If anyone would like to knit, or crochet, or participate in any other way, e.g. by donating wool, then please do. Squares, hats, scarves and bed socks would all be welcome. Hopefully, by next winter we will have a few more blankets and warm goodies to donate to those in need.

 

Happy knitting!

 

 

 

Submitted by Martha de Waal, Gerna van Veelen, Fay Fabris-Rotelli

 

The Health Sciences Libraries outreach project to the Pretoria School for children affected by cerebral palsy: 29 September 2014

 

The Health Sciences Libraries initiated a partnership with the Pretoria School for children affected by cerebral palsy and commit themselves to adopt the school as their other community engagement project.  This is part of the Mandela day project, but due to the fact that it was school holiday on Mandela Day, the presentation was postponed to a date that was better for the school.

 

The school is close to the Faculty of Health Sciences and less than 2 km away from the Health Sciences campus. To fulfil this project the Health Sciences libraries collaborated with other departments in the Faculty and the Tshwane Department of Health and Social Development, based in the Tshwane District Hospital. We visited the school on the 29th September 2014 and made some contributions to the learners. The following departments were represented and participated in various activities with the learners:

·         Library Services: Donated a variety of books and motivated learners to read and develop their knowledge; 

·         Marketing department: Donated balls, which was a total hit with the kids;

·         Department of Community Dentistry: Donated toothbrushes and offered oral health talks in a very creative way to the learners;

·         Department of Physiotherapy: Brought along tennis balls and played games with the learners;

·         Department of Human Nutrition: Offered guidance on food and nutrition and interacted with the learners in colouring pictures on the topic;

·         Department of Radiography: Did a puppet show on taking X-rays, did some face painting and also played games with the learners;

·         Tshwane Department of Health and Social Development: Mr Meshack Gumede motivated learners on how to keep your heart and body healthy and exercise, even when you are in a wheelchair;

Although we spent only three hours at the school we had a wonderful day with the learners and we were warmly welcomed by both the learners and the teachers. The programme started in attending assembly where the learners, principal and staff members welcomed us. The learners entertained us with wonderful songs. The Health Sciences Libraries Manager, Magriet Lee inspired the learners in the talk about the importance of education supported by information resources. The two librarians Abram Maboya and Sagren Naidoo handed over the donations to the school.  After some other activities, the National Anthem was sung and the learners split into groups and visitors rotated amongst them doing talks, demonstrations, playing games, do face painting and health promotion. 

 

Although we went to the Pretoria School to donate books, the event was a perfect example of cooperation within the Faculty and in the end we learned more of the children: the joy when they sing, their smiles and bright eyes and to live life in spite of their disabilities inspired us to be grateful for everything we have and the opportunity to share the experience with the Faculty members, teachers and learners.

 

 

Contributed by Abram Maboya and Magriet Lee

 

Margaret Law visits us again!: 22 July

 

Dr Margaret Law, Director: External Relations, from the Library of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada visited the Department of Library Services again on 22nd July. She delivered a presentation on benchmarking, rankings and other interesting issues and as previously, many similarities between the two libraries were highlighted. At the same time we could also learn a lot from Margaret's extensive international experience.

 

Staff members also had the opportunity to meet with her individually to discuss relevant matters. At a meeting between her and the Executive staff members of the Library, the parameters regarding the exchange of staff members were finalised. The two staff members that will visit Edmonton during April/May 2015 will be announced soon. Our relationship with the library of the University of Alberta was affirmed when the two Universities signed a Memorandum of Understanding, initiated by the Faculty of Education, on 23 September 2014.

 

 

Contributed by Hilda Kriel

 

Conserving our heritage in cooperation with SANParks

 

The University of Pretoria’s (UP) Department of Library Services, in cooperation with South African National Parks (SANParks), held an insightful workshop in the Merensky 2 Library on 30 July 2014. The purpose was to present some of the valuable research being conducted at UP to assist with rhino and elephant conservation.

 

The event opened with an address by Dr Howard Hendrikcs from SANParks, who presented an overview of the role they play in conserving wildlife in South Africa, especially the rhino. An interesting statistic revealed was that South Africa has 80% of all the rhino in Africa. He pointed out that a very sobering reality to consider was that ‘Nowadays our rangers [receive] more military [training] to cope with the threat to our rhinos, as the reality we face is dealing with poachers who carry hand grenades’.

 

The second speaker was Dr Gerhard Steenkamp, who qualified as a veterinarian at UP’s Onderstepoort Campus in 1994. In 1998 he joined the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences at this campus as a researcher. Further to his vast research in maxillofacial treatment of wildlife, he and his colleague, Dr Johan Marais, are currently conducting pioneer research on the prognostication and treatment of rhinos that have survived a poaching incident.

Displaying vivid, gut-wrenching photos of rhinos with their horns hacked off and left for dead, Dr Steenkamp went on to share how their ground-breaking research and fieldwork are actually saving these hornless rhinos from certain death. 

 

In 2012, Drs Steenkamp and Marais established the project ‘Save the survivors’ (see www.savingthesurvivors.co.za), which focuses on the care of rhinos that have fallen victim to poaching or other traumatic incidents. This care includes treating wounds sustained as a result of gunshot wounds, snares, or horns that were hacked off. The research conducted in the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences at UP also provides support to veterinarians around the country on how to appropriately treat wounded rhino in a bid to save these creatures that are on the verge of extinction.

 

In his address Dr Steenkamp also referred to the dearth of published information on the rhino horn, which, interestingly enough, is made up of the same material as our fingernails, namely keratin.

 

Prof Rudi van Aarde concluded the event. He started his academic career as a junior lecturer in the Department of Zoology at UP in 1974, where he remained until today. Currently he is a professor in this Department and Chair in Conservation Biology. A prolific writer, he is also a pioneer in the development and promotion of conservation and restoration ecology in South Africa. He shared information on his extensive research on elephants in protected areas in Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

 

His research focuses on finding solutions for the causes, rather than the symptoms of so-called elephant problems, for instance the notion that elephants are largely responsible for the destruction of trees and the environment. His research and findings on the culling of elephants were valuable in proving to SANParks that this method of population control was not very effective in the long run. His research highlighted an ecological management approach, which involved the manipulation of available food and water as a more viable and effective means of controlling the elephant population.

 

 

By Myan Subrayan (UP Campus News posted on 04 August 2014)

Lots of activity for postgraduate students: August & September

 

The library was very busy providing in the needs of our postgraduate students the past few weeks.

 

On 1 August we presented the second Postgraduate Forum for 2014.  This was attended by 78 students, mostly from NAS, VET, EBIT and EMS faculties.  At this forum Sunette Steynberg gave a talk on ‘How to identify a journal to publish in’.  Dr Kwezi Mzilikazi spoke about the pros and cons of a career in the Academia.  The aim of these forums is to inspire students to publish scientific articles and to assist them in choosing the most appropriate journals to do so.

 

On 1 September Dr Madeleine Nolte presented a Life Skills workshop for the Postgraduate students.  This was attended by 19 students, mostly from the NAS and EBIT faculties.  This course is a practical seminar on the four fundamental personality types.  It helps students to gain a greater understanding of their professional path and learn to successfully navigate their postgraduate studies and relationships.

 

On 12 September Prof. Bernard Slippers presented a seminar on ‘Writing for publication’.  This presentation was based mainly on a presentation by Monique Lamine of Elsevier, http://repository.up.ac.za/handle/2263/22016.  It covered trends in publishing, a complete overview of how to get published, which included things to do before you start, selecting your audience, tips on language usage and then the article structure.  He covered the review and editorial process and also author ethics.  This was a very comprehensive, but also interactive seminar.

 

All of the above events will be repeated during October.  Instead of ‘Writing for publication’, a seminar on Thesis writing will be presented.

 

Please send any suggestions or comments for training and events for postgraduate students to sunette.steynberg@up.ac.za .

 

 

 

Contributed by Sunette Steynberg

Women's Day tribute to author Nadine Gordimer 6 August 2014

 

 

In celebration of Women’s Day on 9 August, UP’s Department of Library Services, in conjunction with the Department of English, paid tribute to the late Nadine Gordimer, South African author, at an event held in the Merensky 2 Library. In honour of this great writer, Prof David Medalie of the Department of English read a few extracts from her famous works and presented a resumé of her achievements.

He commended the Department of Library Services for commemorating the death of Nadine Gordimer whom he lauded as an asset to literature in South Africa. Gordimer was a celebrated writer and the first South African (and only the seventh woman) to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. She was outspoken in her views about the former apartheid government, as a result of which a number of her books were banned. Born in Springs and living most of her life around Johannesburg, she remained loyal to South Africa. She was known as the “Writer of the Highveld”, because her writing often reflected her surroundings and contained references to the “dorps” and mine dumps.

 

Elsabe Olivier of Library Services said, “It was fitting that we could pay homage to Nadine Gordimer, known as a political activist and revered as a literary giant with this event.”

 

 

By Myan Subrayan (UP Campus News posted on 08 August 2014)

Angelique Kearney on inner and outer beauty: 8 August 2014

 

 

 

For Woman's Day the ladies in the library were treated with a presentation by a motivational speaker, Angelique Kearney, who talked about inner and outer beauty. In her presentation, titled Mirror, Mirror on the wall, she touched on several aspects of beauty. She stressed the importance of making a good first impression and the fact that if you look good, you feel good (and not necessarily the other way round).

 

She left us with a secret password, to unlock happiness. That word is GLAD.

 

·        G stands for get organized. She shared several handy tips on how to organize your wardrobe and life.

·         L stands for little things are more. She illustrated how little things like the right makeup, accessories, healthy food, enough sleep, mouth hygiene and exercise etc can make all the difference.

·         A stands for accept change and work on your attitude.

·         D stands for just do it.

 

Her message left us inspired and the positive feedback from the staff paves the way for similar presentations in future.

 

 

 

Contributed by Hilda Kriel

 

Bronwen Basson se amptelike skenking: 12 Augustus

 

Dit was ‘n voorreg vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Musiekversamelings om  Bronwen Basson se musiekskenking amptelik in ontvangs te neem.

 

Bekende gaste soos Dr. Mimi Coertse, Proff. Wim Viljoen en Gerrit Olivier het op 12 Augustus 2014 die funksie, waartydens die skenking amptelik ontvang is, in die Suid-Afrikaanse musiekversamelings kamer bygewoon. Heerlike eetgoed was die wagwoord terwyl die gaste die Bronwen Basson uitstalling besigtig het. Mev Eridine Roux het die gaste verwelkom en ‘n kort opsomming oor Basson se loopbaan gegee waarna Mnr Robert Moropa  namens die biblioteek ‘n ruiker aan Bronwen oorhandig het.

 

Bronwen was veral nasionaal bekend vir haar liederuitvoerings bv Mahler se Kindertotenlieder  Strauss se Vier Letzte Lieder Dvórak se Bybelliedere en vele meer. Sy het haar ook onderskei as oratoriumsangeres in uitvoerings  van Die Messias, Die Schöpfung, Mattheus- Passie, en vele meer . Kunsliedere wat deur haar uitgevoer was hoofsaaklik met Diane Cotts.

 

Sy het haar internasionale bande verbreed toe sy in 1983 meesterklasse by Elizabeth Schwarzkopf  in Frankfurt  asook in Zürich geneem het.

 

 Bygedra deur Eridine Roux

Copyright workshop: 18 August 2014

 

The Copyright Office of the Department of Library Services hosted their first Copyright workshop in August 2013.  Based on popular demand the Copyright Office decided to host a second Copyright workshop on the 18th of August 2014. The workshop was held in the Auditorium of the Merensky II Library. Lindiwe Soyizwapi, the Deputy Director from the Library Services opened the ceremony by officially welcoming and introducing both teams of Adams and Adams and DALRO.

 

Adams and Adams, a reputable firm of Intellectual Property Lawyers was invited to give a presentation on Copyright Law. DALRO is a South African based agency that represents a worldwide group of publishers in terms of Copyright applications and usage.

 

 

The workshop was attended by lecturers, students, librarians, and general staff members who were interested in the hot topic of Copyright at the University of Pretoria.

 

Adams and Adams was represented by a team of three Copyright Law experts, Professor Esmé du Plessis, Jani Cronje, and Steven Yeates. Prof. Esmé du Plessis focused on the day to day applications, risk and the importance of compliance to Copyright Law at the University of Pretoria. She pointed out that it was the duty of the Copyright Office to ensure that there is Copyright awareness at the University of Pretoria. Jani Cronje focused mostly on case law and litigation. The presentation by Jani Cronje was of great importance as it gave an overview of what normally happens when one is found to have used Copyrighted material without the owner’s permission. Steven Yeates dwelled on the impact of Copyright Law in terms of the online digital applications and the usage and also referred to the dangers associated with using Copyrighted materials from the internet, databases, e-mails etc. It was an interesting and tricky session and participants asked many questions.

 

Of particular interest was the DALRO presentation by Leemisa Molapisi. He explained the role of DALRO and that it was an agency representing a group of publishers with the mandate to monitor the usage of their material by anyone in South Africa. Molapisi gave a brief explanation of the differences between the Blanket license and the Transactional license. The University of Pretoria uses the Transactional License.  It came as a surprise to everyone in the auditorium when he mentioned that the University of Pretoria was one of the leading Universities and the best in terms of how they manage their Transactional License. 

 

The workshop ended with Mr. Nhlangulela from the Copyright Office giving thanks to both teams for their efforts in making sure that the University is made well aware of the importance of Copyright.

 

 

Contributed by Lucas Mahlangu

 

 

Cathy de Rosa visits the Merensky 2 library: 2 September

 

Department of Library Services’ staff members had the priviledge of attending a presentation by Cathy de Rosa, Vice President for the Americas and Global Vice President of Marketing for OCLC the 2 September 2014 in the Merensky auditorium. Cathy discussed the results of the latest report of the OCLC titled “At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning and Libraries” In this report OCLC explores the information consumer's behaviours, beliefs and expectations for online learning.

 

Janice de Wee who attended this event responded as follows:” What was very interesting to me was Cathy’s emphasis on the user's perception of education and learning, how students perceive the library, and the implementation of MOOCS.  I am also fascinated to know whether employers in future will accept MOOCS as a formal qualification in job applications. Just after Cathy's talk I immediately started to search for possible MOOCS that I could register for. Thank you Cathy for your very enlightening talk.”

 

A more detailed description of the content of this presentation can be red in Susan Marsh’s description at the SABINET conference.

 

 

Contributed by Elsabé Olivier

Learning Centre staff get out and about on Campus: 2 September

 

With Spring in the air and a spring in our step, Learning Centre staff went out to encourage students to attend training sessions in the library and view our on-line training tutorial!

 

On 2nd September with a fully decked out golf cart with helium balloons , loaded with Chomp chocolates  and lots of enthusiasm, we embarked on our journey, all over campus!

 

The decorated golf cart, with customised number plated attracted a lot of attention by both staff and students alike. We spoke to students and handed out chomp chocolates which were accompanied by our marketing material, containing links to our training schedule and the online tutorial. Students were pleasantly surprised and wanted to know more about what we were advertising.

 

It was a very successful day, and a huge thank you to our very capable driver Ms Gerda Ehlers. We certainly made a positive impact on campus and look forward to marketing our services in this manner in future.

 

Marketing material attached to Chomp chocolates:                                                                                                                                             

 

Contributed by Louisa Buys and Viveka Pillai

 

Sensory Solutions exhibition in the Merensky 2 Library: 3 September

 

A product demonstration on low vision devices was held on the 3rd September in the Merensky 2 library.  The day was filled with a mixture of interest shown from the general staff of the University, library staff as well as the students in general and students with disability.

 

We had various requests e.g. quotation request from some members of the staff who either has a friend or relative with low vision or blindness challenges and some general information about the low vision and blindness related information. 

 

Most people also requested their names to be put on the mailing list in order to receive regular information regarding the new technology in the visually impaired industry.

 

In short, I would say compared to the previous years, there was more interest shown by everyone and I think the platform has created some form of awareness to many!

 

Contributed by Hope Mlotshwa - Sensory Solutions (Pty) Ltd

 

SABINET Client Conference: 3-5 September
 

Colleagues who attended the 2014 Sabinet 15th Annual Client Conference gave the following feedback:

 

Clem Sunter

 

Hilda Kriel gave feedback regarding the Clem Sunter presentation:

 

Clem Sunter is a futurist and the author of several books on the “fox mind-set.”  He encourages people/organisations to look at the environment like a fox: look for threats and probabilities and respond to the environment with speed.

 

He highlighted six “flags”/trends that organizations need to take into consideration in planning for the future:

 

1.     Flag 1: Religion. There is growing confrontation between the major religions in the world, particularly Christianity, Islam and Judaism. This is already affecting many countries. Borders may disappear, countries like Nigeria might split in two and religious matters might become an issue that separate staff/teams.

 

2.     Flag 2: President Putin from Russia can have a big influence on Europe

 

3.     Flag 3: Climate change. Three trends are already affecting the world:

a.     Rise in temperature. Australia will first be affected. They had the warmest summer in human memory. Because of the intense heat the water evaporate faster and the centre of Australia can depopulate as result of scarcity of water.

b.    Rising sea levels. The islands in the Pacific Ocean will be affected first as well as cities like New Orleans and Miami. Venice might experience escalating problems.

c.     The frequency and intensity of extreme weather events are escalating. There is an extreme draught in California and more twisters and hurricanes.

 

The next summit on climate change might already paint a picture of a different future for the next generation. Many industries will be influenced but it can also open up many opportunities.

 

4.     Flag 4: Populations are aging. Increasing longevity goes hand in hand with rising income levels  The number of people over a 100 years old is set to explode and will be catered for by the economy. The population in Europe and Japan are declining resulting that there are less and less young people active in the economies. China’s one child policy, introduced in 1978, will become a big challenge for them in the next 15 -20 years as they also offer very little in the way of pensions and medical care for the elderly and does not favour immigration. India, Africa, South America and Indonesia have relatively young, growing populations but the challenge is to raise general living standards. Africa is the new target market.

 

5.     Flag 5: Anti-establishment flag. The gap between the superrich and middle class is widening as is the gap between the middle class and the poor. Inequality is escalating worldwide and result in a lot of pent up anger in the world.

 

6.     Flag 6: Ebola. We should be aware of the implications of this outbreak which can affect us very directly.

 

He also highlighted specific flags for libraries:

 

1.     Flag 1: We have moved from the Age of Knowledge to the Age of Intelligence. The internet has increased access to knowledge exponentially. The differentiator is how you use existing knowledge to create new knowledge and how to connect the dots in creative ways. Innovation is essential for any company’s growth. Competition in being original will determine the winners in the new economy. Except for innovation he also recommended that companies/libraries live their brand, guarantee value for money, be the cheaper alternative and be cost effective.

 

2.     Flag 2: Education is out of sync with the job market and the changing nature of work. (Read the article on The Tipping Point) Around the world, youth unemployment has hit a record high, partly because schooling systems are educating pupils for the job market of the middle of the last century. A degree no longer guarantees you a job and this can lead to social unrest.  We must train the youth to become entrepreneurs and start their own businesses.

 

South Africa is still playing in the premier league but if we do not get our act together we shall drift down to the second division. We should not be satisfied with mediocrity and should celebrate pockets of excellence. Politicians, monarchies or the military will not make nations great. What is needed is an entrepreneurial spark and inclusive leadership.

 

 

Contributed by Hilda Kriel

 
POPI

 

Soekie Swanepoel gave feedback regarding the POPI presentation:

 

Nicholas Hall (Michalsons attorneys): Recent Legislation affecting Librarians

 

1.     E-VAT - He did not say much about this. It is a given and should not be a problem.

 

2.     POPI (Protection of Personal Information)

 

This is an Act to set conditions for how to process personal information. It has been signed by the President and is law.

 

POPI affects any organisation that processes personal information and we need to know how it will affect our organisation.

 

If we think of cloud computing and data centers, this act will have a practical impact on us.

 

To apply the POPI act to our activities we can make use of the POPI Mapper. Within this process there are 3 role players, Data Subject, Responsible party and Operator.

 

Data Subject - Person to whom the personal information relates.

 

Responsible Party – Responsible to determine the purpose(Why) and the means(How) for processing personal information

 

Operator – Processes the personal information for the Responsible Party. This is done in terms of contract or mandate. Processing of personal information can only be done with the knowledge or authorisation of the Responsible Party. This info must be treated confidential and the operator must not disclose it.

 

Only info what is needed for the purpose of the Responsible party must be processed and only people who need that information must have access.

 

Get consent from the Data Subject as far as possible.

 

Responsible Parties cannot use info for any other purpose than specified.

 

His closing thoughts:

·         E-VAT should not be a problem

·         POPI should be being dealt with

·         Watch what you say and do online.

 

Contributed by Soekie Swanepoel

 

At a tipping point

 

Susan Marsh gave feedback regarding OCLS’s Recent Research and Market Studies presentation presented by Cathy De Rosa (OCLC):

 

Cathy De Rosa, Vice-President of the OCLC introduced herself on her slides as Library Advocate, MOOC Advocate, Coffee Advocate and Vice-President of the OCLC.

 

She pointed out the role of the OCLC as membership cooperative for libraries in 90 countries to

·         explore the trends that shape libraries’ future

·         share data, work and resources and

·         magnify the impact of libraries

 

She focused her presentation on their recently released report “At a tipping point: education, learning and libraries: a report to the OCLC membership” and wanted to convince the audience that the nature of secondary education was to change rapidly and that the best time to be a librarian in the last 50 years was now!

 

She mentioned that just before the report was about to be published in November 2013 they realised that the impact of MOOCS (Massively Open Online Courses) were not covered sufficiently and the publishing of the report was withheld until 2014.

 

According to Cathy MOOCS are proof that amazing change happens when consumer behaviour, effective technology and economic incentives line up.

 

Consumer behaviour

The Internet enabled massive behavioural change and people of any age, income group or educational level can now network and learn.

 

Economic driver

Rebellion against the cost of education in the USA has led to searching for alternatives. The cost of private education for a four year degree in the USA currently amounts to approximately R2,4 million while at a public institution it will cost half the amount. Education is being regarded as terribly valuable, but unaffordable.

 

Technological enablement

MOOCS came as an answer for the masses. Education can be delivered regardless of age, country or institution.

A survey they did proofed that 8% of college students were already doing MOOCS and 50% across the age spectrum, were already learning online. The satisfaction rates for degree classes were 87% and non-degree classes 93%.

 

The greatest benefit indicated was convenience, followed by knowledge gained, own pace of learning and affordability. Most people learn from home, followed by their work, college classrooms or public/academic libraries.

 

Another aspect that was covered by their survey was whether the “On-campus experience” mattered for students and how they valued the academic library on campus. The association most people had in their mind with the physical library was that it was a place that helped students complete their work. This is where they were to find spaces, tools and expertise. When doing online learning though, the physical library and the online librarian were less used. Many respondents said that they were not using the physical library, as it was too inconvenient.

 

The famous question of “What is the first thing you think of when you think of the library” was answered in the same pattern as in 2005 and 2010: BOOKS!

 

2005: 69%; 2010: 75%; 2014: 75%

 

Her advice to the audience was that a new context and focus on our convenience as an online library or librarian should be embraced. As librarians we should adapt, energise and differentiate our services. Think how users work and support them accordingly.

 

 

Contributed by Susan Marsh

 

Jonathan Houston (Deloitte) Tech Trends 2014 – Snapshots

 

Anette Lessing  gave feedback regarding Tech Trends 2014 – Snapshots presentation presented by Jonathan Houston (Deloitte):

 

Jonathan focussed on technical (Inspiring) Disruptors and Enablers and I herewith highlight some of the trends and impacts mentioned by him during his presentation.

 

Tech Trends as Disruptors

·         The CIO as Venture Capitalist – CIOs should actively manage their IT portfolio in a way that drives enterprise value.  CIOs are spending too much time as an operator of IT services instead of on strategic IT initiatives. “Running” the business often consumes 60% to 70% of all IT spend and thereby starving innovation necessary to grow and transform the business;

·         Industrialized Crowdsourcing –Although crowdsourcing is still in its early stages, it is important that an organization has the ability to embrace new ideas to harness the power of the crowd;

·         Digital Engagement – The web only is not the answer. Engagement refers to higher levels of client satisfaction e.g. ease of access to content, seamless engagement across channels, etc.

(Giving clients what they want – in the format that they want);

·         Wearables – He mentions that hands-free, heads-up technology has the potential to reshape how work gets done, how decisions are made and how you engage with employees and customers.

 

Tech Trends as Enablers

·         Technical Debt Reversal – It is critical to understand that every new project comes with technical debt.  Reversing technical debt is a long-term investment, but if it is left unaddressed, it can bankrupt your ability to build for the future eg. to put in a wrong system or not to implement a system;

·         Social Activation – You are no longer in control of your brand or audience. Active influencing by you is required for your audience to activate and advocate your ideas in their own words through social channels;

·         Cloud Orchestration - CIOs should be making deliberate investments in developing advanced integration and data management capabilities to support cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-core models. Build the components to orchestrate the cloud today, and you’ll be ready to adopt more compelling services tomorrow. Systems need to talk to each other;

·         In memory revolution – Significant gains in speed and large-scale transaction processing now possible with the removal of disc I/O, in-memory;

·         Real-Time DevOps – Development and operations should be shorter to accelerate delivery of business operations.

 

 

Contributed by Anette Lessing

 

Casual Day fun at the Merensky 2 library: 5 September

 

On Friday 5 September library staff members donned themselves in their dazzling outfits and participated in Casual Day fun!

 This year our department joined hands with the Community Engagement Office and identified Chrysalis Preschool as our beneficiary. Tickets were again sold in the library and all the contributions from the Casual Day stickers went towards this preschool which caters for children with special needs aged 3 – 6 years and focuses on bridging children toward formal schooling.

 

This year's Casual Day theme was "Bring out the bling”, and many faculty libraries participated in the in-house competition. The two winning teams were Ditebogo Mogakane’s Reserved Collection team and Suzy Nyakale’s Engineering & Natural Sciences team. Each of the winning teams received a red velvet cake to share!

 

 Thank you to all the colleagues who supported Casual Day with generosity and enthusiasm!

 

 

Contributed by Elsabe Olivier

 

Living a Life with books by Leti Kleyn - National Book Week:  5 September

 

It all started when she was small, the way it started for so many booklovers – with  the Grimm brothers’ Fairy Tales, a book which remains one of the most treasured amongst the thousands of books that fill the shelves of her private library. For Leti Kleyn, her life with books has taken her on even more and stranger paths than usually traveled by book lovers.  Not only did she have the privilege of putting together a new edition of the Grimm fairy tales later in her life, but while working on her book, Briewe uit die Tankwa Karoo she traveled 7000 km of dirt road while recording stories of farmers and farm workers from this beloved part of the Karoo. 

 

There, on the sun-drenched desolate plains of the Tankwa between Ceres and Calvinia, Leti  met the Strots family – father, mother and 5 children, living in an old caravan. Their story is told in Briewe uit die Tankwa.  Anna, the mother, later told Leti that her life has become more bearable, not only because the family now owns a brand new blue and pink caravan with white polka-dots, but also because she knows that their story is shared by the many readers of Briewe.

 

Leti and her life partner, Jan Koster, also a passionate book addict, sometimes disagree about which books are must-reads and which not, yet they agree with what the writer Jorge Luis Borges once wrote: I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.  Such glimpses of paradise are what Leti and remarkable women like Martha Mapete of I.M. Monare School in Mamelodi offer children in the school libraries that have been established through the unsparing efforts of Leti and her helpers. Here, while children listen to the stories read to them by people like Martha, many new windows open up in their lives.

 

Thank you Leti! 

A house without books is like a room without windows.

— Heinrich Mann

 

Contributed by Rianie van der Linde

 

Spring Day was a fun-filled day!: 10 September

Spring Day 2014 was again celebrated at the LC de Villiers Sports Centre on Wednesday 10 September. It is one of the most anticipated fun events of the year and provides a wonderful opportunity for staff members to socialize and spend time together in a relaxed atmosphere.  This year a record number of staff members attended the glorious Spring Day celebration – a total of 51!

 

Although we decided not to participate in the culinary food competition, staff members were invited to contribute a plate of food for the picnic table. The end result was a feast for kings:  Hilda’s vegetable salad, Una’s corn, Magda, Soekie and Diana’s meat platter, Lindiwe’s chicken lasagne, Pfano’s potato salad, Gloria’s hot chakalaka, Anette, Carike and Vuyi’s bread rolls, Sunette’s chicken salad, Elsabé’s meatballs and homemade mustard and Francina’s meat dish to mention but a few of the delicacies!

 

The highlight of the day was the dessert, which was sponsored by Robert. Everyone had a choice between a Caramel crunch, Mint crunch or Classic ice cream.

 

Many staff members also participated in the sports events and our soccer team reached the semi-finals! The soccer team members were: Wanani Sitsula (captain), Timoty Matheba (captain), Abram Mofokeng, Sello Baloyi, Josiah Lebelo, Wanda Tobosi, Tlou Mathiba, Fana Mgidi, Jacob Mothutsi, Lucas Hlangulela, and Katlego Aphane. Congratulations to the coaches David Maseko and Elias Matukane – you made us proud!

 

What did our colleagues think of Spring Day?

 

 

 

Katlego Aphane: “Overall it was a wonderful experience. As a new soccer team member, I loved the support we got from our staff members, they watched every game we played, they chanted and brought us refreshments and beverages during breaks. I truly enjoyed.”   

 

Dennis Mabena: “Thank you for organizing everything for the Library we really enjoyed it.”-

 

Zani Swart: “A big thank you to all whose energy and love for the cause made yesterday's Spring day celebrations such a success. We were blessed with a wonderful blue sky day and it was really pleasant to be away from the air-conditioning and feel the sun on one’s body. The fun walk offered the opportunity for colleagues to chat and laugh while the feet were exercising.  The library 'camp' was beautiful under the trees with mouth-watering food weighing down the tables. Robert was the hero of the day with his gift of spring flavoured ice creams for dessert. When I left, the rhythmic sounds of musical instruments and singing voices filled the air and one could really sense that UP was relaxing!”

 

Josiah Lebelo: “Things that I have observed: we have improved so far viz , team building, cultural diversity, health promotion. The Library Soccer Team rose to the occasion representing UP library as a united team with a unique library unique t-shirt.”

 

More photos of spring day can be viewed and downloaded by following this link:
 

Contributed by Elsabé Olivier

 

Re-authoring the World Workshop:  11-13 September

 

This workshop was presented by Chené Swart, who, inter alia, teaches Narrative practices in the Advanced Course in Personal and Corporate Coaching at the University of Pretoria, and the Post Graduate Diploma in Leadership at the University of Stellenbosch Business School. She is also a consultant at the company Transformations and has worked in SA, the USA, Canada and the Bahamas. Knowledge Resources has published her book, Re-authoring the World: The Narrative lens and practices for organizations, communities and individuals.

 

The narrative approach begins with the idea that humans are story-telling creatures and that a word can open a world. How we speak and the stories we tell, shape who we are and who we can become. This means that we can create an alternative future by re-writing the stories we hold to be true. As a society we are enslaved and trapped by problem stories that we tell ourselves and others. Not only are we used to having these problem stories around, we also have a relationship with them that sets limits on what is possible for us and our organisations. The Narrative approach helps individuals or organisations to co-generate new stories that move the individual/organisation to a common goo and alternative future. http://www.transformations.co.za .

 

During the workshop, participants had the opportunity to share their alternative stories.  One of these stories was from Olivia C Saunders from the College of the Bahamas, who is an economist proposing an alternative future for economics. Economics is by definition the study of the distribution of scarce resources. She asked the question what will change if economics become the study of the allocation of abundant resources in service to humankind while respecting the sanctity of the planet. She builds a case that we should always begin with the assumption that there is enough/abundance. According to her, scarcity-based economics separates and segregates people and set us up against each other in competition for the scarce resources. Self-interest, supported by scarcity-based analytics, motivates us to gain as much control over resources as possible. In the scarcity construct there will never be sufficient jobs and workers will never earn enough to access all the scarce resources they need.  Her book, Shifting the Economics, will be published shortly.

 

I cannot help but to think how the culture of our organization can change if we depart from the assumption of abundance instead of scarcity.

 

 

Contributed by Hilda Kriel

We proudly celebrate our food heritage: 15 September 2014

 

During Heritage Day we celebrate our cultural identity and diversity. The Department of Library Services recognizes the fact that South African culture encompasses many things: cultural dress, music, creative expression, historical inheritance, language and even the food that we eat. This year the Department of Library Services focused on the food that the different cultures love to eat.

 

Our first presenter, Dr Peet du Toit focused on the Afrikaans food and culture and he shared some of the stories from his recently published book “Skottel en Spens Stories, verse en resepte uit die Afrikaans koskultuur”. Dr Du Toit was a recent guest on the TV show Pasella and he also made his book available at a special price of R200 to all the interested parties.

 

Dr Annemarie Viloen and Hennie Fisher from the Department of Consumer Science gave us a historical overview of the different external influences on the South African cuisine. Our rainbow cuisine has roots in Africa, Europe and the Far East. Dr Annemarie Viljoen discussed the dynamics of food practices and shared interesting aspects of her research about the Mmotla tribe. Hennie Fisher continued to discuss the influences of the Cape Malay, white South Africans and the Indian South Africans. Their presentation is available in UPSpace:

 

The Department of Library Services also hosted an exhibition of books on traditional food and proudly displayed the Mapungubwe milling stone which was supplied by the Department of UP Arts. South African cuisine is truly a unique fusion of many different external cultural influences and is again an example of our rich cultural diversity.

 

Some feedback received afterwards stated the following: http://hdl.handle.net/2263/42022

 

“Baie dankie vir 'n lekker praatjies nie net deur Dr Peet nie, maar ook deur Annamarie Viljoen en Hennie Fischer. Dis altyd lekker om die praatjies te kom luister wat jy reël. Dan ook baie dankie vir die baie lekker melktert en vetkoek.” - Tania Jacobs

 

 

“It was an informative session indeed - especially the S.A rainbow cuisine.” - Daniel Mosako

 

 

Contributed by Elsabé Olivier

 
Tour of the Department of Library Service’s faculty libraries: 19 September

 

A number of guided tours have been organized to the different campus libraries during the months of August and September and more are planned for later this year. These tours have been very popular by staff members.  Zani Swart shares her experience of their tour which took place on the 19th September: 

 

A group of ten very happy people met up behind the Merensky on the 19th of September for one of the faculty library tours. Gust of laughter and bantering filled the air as we piled into the minibus with Abram, our expert driver at the wheel.

 

The first stop was Mamelodi campus with its beautiful grounds and library. We had a guided tour of the facility and I particularly noticed the ample study space in the library. The collection contains a lot of novels by popular writers and some of us used the opportunity to quickly borrow books.

 

The Veterinary library gave us a warm welcome and for a while we caught a glimpse of the tightly knit Onderstepoort family and the role that the library plays in the lives and work of the Faculty.

 

The Medical library featured very prominently in our memories of the day as this was where we were served tea, coffee and eats next to a lovely old piano. We viewed a library with extensive facilities recently renovated. Mike and Susan told us that the library had a very interactive relation with the Medical faculty with surgeons sometimes phoning from theatre while operating to get information from the library.

 

The BMS library is small but serves Basic Medical Sciences very effectively. Abraham was a very informative guide.

 

The minibus then turned its nose towards the Groenkloof Campus where the library has a grand view from almost every window. The dam with its wildlife creates a very tranquil atmosphere. We viewed puppets and the large collection of audiovisual material. The star in the crown was the amazing Research Commons which recently completed.

 

I thought the tour a very worthwhile exercise, conducted in a very professional manner. Now, when I talk telephonically to one of my colleagues in a faculty library, I have a clear mental picture of where they are and what they look like. The tour gave valuable context to working with the other libraries – it was a great idea!

 

 

Contributed by Zani Swart

LIASA Gauteng North Branch update

 

The following colleagues from the University of Pretoria Library Services (UPLS) were recently elected to the LIASA Gauteng North Branch Executive Committee for the 2014-2016 term of office: Danie Malan (Branch Chair), Gerda Ehlers (PRO), Cora Bezuidenhout (Additional Member) and Viveka Pillai (Additional Member).

 

Congratulations and best wishes! We are proud to have so many colleagues from the UPLS who are willing to serve the Branch, the Association and the Library and Information Services (LIS) community in Gauteng North.

 

However, during the 16th Annual LIASA Conference, held from 22-26 September 2014 at the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre, Ekurhuleni, Danie Malan was elected to the LIASA Executive Committee (EXCO) as National Treasurer for 2014-2016. Congratulations Danie with this achievement and best wishes with the huge responsibility of taking care of the financial administration and financial reporting of LIASA. Being elected to this portfolio position unfortunately also implies that Danie is no longer available to fill the position as Branch Chair.  A by-election will soon be held within the Gauteng North Branch to elect a new Branch Chair.

 

The University of Pretoria Library Services is an institutional member of LIASA and has 31 individual registered paid-up members.

LIASA strives to unite, develop and empower all people in the library and information field into an organization that will provide dynamic leadership and that will transform, develop and support library and information services for all people in South Africa.

 

Are you a LIASA member? Information on membership benefits and how to register, can be obtained from this link: http://www.liasa.org.za/join

 

‘Let us continue to tell our stories and move the profession forward.’

 

 

 

 

Contributed by Martha de Waal

 

LIASA Conference: 22-26 September 2014

 

16th Annual LIASA Conference

Celebrating Libraries in 20 Years of Democracy: Continuing the Dialogue …

22-26 September 2014, Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre, Ekurhuleni

 

The 2014 LIASA Conference was again one of those professional gatherings which inspired, motivated and challenged those who attended the event.

 

The full programme consisted of plenaries, themed parallel sessions, workshops, poster presentations, business and social meetings and included presentations by national and invited international speakers.

 

Seven staff members, all registered LIASA members, were given the opportunity to attend the Conference, i.e.  Martha de Waal, Gerda Ehlers, Magdeline Gomba, Pfano Makhera, Danie Malan, Josephine Modiba and Viveka Pillai. We are grateful to Library Management, our respective line managers and our colleagues who had to stay behind and take responsibility on our behalf.

 

Impressions and feedback

 

1.     Martha de Waal:

 

The conference started off on a high note with a heart-warming, colourful, interactive and entertaining performance by the Mzansi Youth Choir. Their repertoire included a Justin Bieber song in Zulu, the well-known Afrikaans song Gee jou hart vir Hillbrow (Johannes Kerkorrel) and Circle of life from The Lion King … and the delegates were dancing in the isles! The opening session definitely set the tone for the rest of the Conference: our profession is well and alive and living within our libraries!

 

·         The importance, benefits and impact of Open Access was a ‘hot topic’ throughout the Conference.  It is ‘a new agenda for a new delivery.’ There is an increasing need for access to information on broader interest such as health, environment, politics and other issues.  Greater awareness should be created amongst public librarians for resources such as Open Educational Resources (OERs) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS), with possible guidance from the academic library sector.

·         ‘Librarians should be inspired readers instead of just custodians of knowledge.’

·         ‘The processes of cataloguing and classification cannot be automated for us – our human expertise is still needed’

·         Makerspaces: creativity within the library. ‘Makerspaces’ is an upcoming trend in the library environment amongst all types of libraries. A 3D printing space with additional electronic kits is an example of an academic library makerspace.  The activities involve faculty members, library staff as well as students.  In the public library environment a makerspace may facilitate audio storytelling, computer programming, and more.

 

A makerspace is regarded as a safe environment to try, even when you fail. It is a space where people get together to work on creative projects -- it has to facilitate informal learning by doing -- it is associated with ‘high tech’ such as video cameras -- but also ‘low tech’ such as paper craft and knitting projects -- it should always be hands-on learning and guided by a mentor or instructor -- it is all about sharing, but not competing -- and after mastering what has been learnt, the individual teach others.

 

In a recent report, Lorcan Dempsey from OCLC noted: ‘space is being reconfigured around broader education and research needs, and less around the management of print collection.’ The recent growth of makerspaces within libraries is an indication that ‘space is shifting from infrastructure to engagement.’

 

2.     Danie Malan:

 

The 2014 Annual LIASA Conference provided me with many highlights, networking and learning opportunities. I appreciated the fact that the speakers and presenters at the conference included not only library professionals but also academics from higher education institution library schools.

 

However, I would like to share my experience of the ‘Basic Management Principles for Librarians’ Pre-Conference Workshop which I attended on the Monday before the official start of Conference.

 

The pre-Conference Programme included nine different workshops on various general topics, as well as specific workshops intended for professionals from the different library sectors.

 

The aim of the Basic Management Principles Workshop for Librarians was to equip individuals with practical skills to become confident and competent leaders.  The Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI) was used as self-assessment tool to determine personal thinking style preferences. Although the content was not new to me, I was able to provide input and share my many years of experience in leadership positions.

 

An understanding of one’s individual thinking styles, creates the opportunity for improved teamwork, leadership, creativity, problem solving, and other aspects of personal and interpersonal development.

 

The workshop programme included topics such as the differences between leaders and managers; the responsibilities of an effective leader/manager; how to measure performance, set standards and how to manage underperformance; delegation and giving an employee new responsibilities and authority; coaching and mentoring; and ethical aspects within the working environment.

 

Practical work included case studies with possible solutions.

 

The Workshop was facilitated by Intelligence Transfer Centre (ITC), a regular service provider for LIASA.

 

3.     Viveka Pillai:

 

It was a great opportunity to attend the 16th Annual conference. The conference definitely allowed one who has been contemplating studying, implementing new ideas or even considering robust change to affirm ideas, cement aspirations and begin to dream of grander times to come for the LIS profession. The opportunity to collaborate, reflect and clarify ideas and thoughts was made available by the speakers, exhibitors and fellow colleagues. One was able to learn from professionals in many different fields.

 

There were a few highlights for me being:

·         We are truly able to celebrate libraries in 20 years of democracy in South Africa , especially after listening to Dr Constance Bitso and learning about the Internet Censorship in many African countries

·         The 2012 Top Ten Trends in Academic libraries paper presented by Mr T Constable and Dr S Bopape , encourage one to think of ways to adapt to the changes facing us as academic librarians

·         Mr Richard Higgs with his paper ‘Critiquing the promise of ‘digital’: the tyranny of techno positivism in the library space, certainly made all librarians rethink their role to fit in with the rapid changes in library technology.

·         Ms Phillipa Mitchell, with her presentation on Librarians as inspired readers instead of just custodians of knowledge, was fresh and edgy. She really questioned us as Librarians, and re enlightened us on the positive effects of reading and encouraging others to read.

·         Mr Yusuf Ras, with his fantastic Prezi Presentation on Virtual reference services in academic libraries: Friend of Foe? His question, are we putting librarians behind the curtain concept was brilliant. After listening to his presentation, I definitely believe that we are putting them behind the curtain but at the front of the virtual queue, where our students can find us easily, and from anywhere on a device of their choice!

 

There are many other presentations that can be mentioned, as well as new concepts that were so eloquently explained by speakers during the conference, like Open Access, Open Educational Resources, African Story book, Massive Open Online Courses, and the list goes on …

 

4.     Gerda Ehlers:

 

The LIASA conference is one of the highlights of my year and the 2014 conference was no exception. The conference was full of buzz and vibrancy where a lot of networking took place. The importance of libraries in the community by creating a reading culture in our nation, playing a role in the developmental issues and poverty was emphasized.  I am proud to be part of LIASA and will continue to be an active member where I can share knowledge, network and play a leading role in communities and make a difference in our country.

 

The highlight of the conference was to hear that LIASA might soon be acknowledged as a professional organisation by SAQA. The HELIG (Higher Education Library and Information Group) will again offer webinars during 2015 which will create an opportunity for all of us to develop ourselves further. 

 

I want to encourage each librarian to participate in LIASA activities during 2015, to consider presenting a paper at the next LIASA Conference and to become a proud member who stands up for our profession in South Africa.

 

 

Submitted by Martha de Waal with contributions from Gerda Ehlers, Danie Malan and Viveka Pillai

 

 

Groenkloof book launch – 26 September - The Groenewald donation by Die Erfenisstigting

 

On Friday 26 September 2014 the Education library formally received the Groenewald book collection from Die Erfenisstigting.

 

Prof. Groenewald was a lecturer and later head of the African Languages department until 1987. The donation contains more than 660 books which are mainly African literature. Negotiations between the Faculty of Education and Die Erfenisstigting started earlier this year. Persons involved were Cecilia Kruger, Estelle Pretorius from Die Erfenisstigting with Dr. Surette van Staden and Prof. Irma Eloff from the Faculty of Education.  The library welcomes the donation because of the value added to our collection, and it enables us to support the teaching and learning of our education students. African languages form part of the curriculum for undergraduate students. Guests present were from the Department of Library Services, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Humanities, Die Erfenisstigting and the original donor Prof. Groenewald and his family.

 

 

Contributed by Julene Vermeulen

 

 

The Library partners with UP Archives and Vega workshops

 

The annual UP Archives and Vega workshops were concluded on Thursday 18 September 2014, where a selected group of participants were rewarded at the final prize giving ceremony.  Celeste Mckenzie, professional photographer and lecturer from Vega, judged the final competition and the award ceremony showcased the best photographs capturing all aspects of campus life.

 

For the second time in a row, the Department of Library Services also sponsored a prize for the best photograph representing the library in any fashion and top honors went to Jade Curgenven's photo of the Old Merensky Library. The winning photographs are currently on display in the Merensky 2 foyer.

 

This initiative was launched in 2002 and has grown since then.  The workshops are open to all staff and students from the University and are offered at no cost. 

 

Carike Schoeman, one of the winners conclude: “ I can highly recommend these workshops to any of my colleagues who are interested in photography or only wish to have an opportunity to capture some great moments on the UP campuses.  All photographs are taken with permission from the UP Archives and each workshop requires a submission of 10 photographs on different topics. Celeste varies the content every year and I've attended these workshops in both 2013 and 2014.  I am looking forward to what Celeste has to offer in 2015 and hope to see some of my colleagues at the workshops.”

 

 

Contributed by Carike Schoeman and Elsabé Olivier

 

More than just a systems analyst …

 

Carike Schoeman joined the University of Pretoria Library Services as Systems Analyst in 2013, with a natural flair for technology, social networking and the digital world.

 

However, Carike is also passionate about photography.

 

Her winning ‘Picture of the month’ photograph, entitled ‘Smokin Falconin the August 2014 edition of African Pilot, received the most votes and won the magazine’s annual ‘Picture of the Year Award.’

 

African Pilot is a niche market specialist aviation magazine that has been published uninterrupted for the past fourteen years. It features general and historical aviation news, South African, African and world aviation events, and provides a marketing platform for the organisers of local air shows and aviation events.

 

Carike’s winning photograph was taken during the Swartkops SAAF Museum Air Show in May 2014. The judging of the competition has been taken far and wide, from AirVenture Oshkosh (a gathering of aviation enthusiasts) in Durban and Cape Town, to a number of aviation companies in Gauteng. Five finalists were selected from the 12 monthly winning entries and Carike’s ‘Smokin Falcon’ was declared the overall annual winner with a total of 586 points.

 

Her prize included a magnificent Bose Swiss watch, a cash prize, a bottle of whisky, African Pilot branded clothing, as well as an annual subscription to the magazine.

 

And the cherry on top: Carike’s winning photograph will be included in the well-known African Pilot Executive Aviation Wall Calendar for 2015!

 

Well done and congratulations Carike!

 

 

Contributed by by Martha de Waal

Heleen Steyn retires!

 

 

It was very difficult to say good bye to Heleen Steyn who retired on 30 September 2014. She had been working in the Merensky library for 25 years and she is well loved by everyone. As the Coordinator of Acquisitions, Heleen was respected by colleagues for her knowledge of our system and her unique and priceless working relationships with publishers and vendors in South Africa and all over the world. If a book had been published, Heleen could find it and order it with the speed of lightning! As a Christian, Heleen set a wonderful example of love, positive thinking and calmness. She was always willing to help other people and we will never forget her kindness and sense of humour. During the last month Heleen often sent us e-mails about retirement, some funny like this one: “A retired librarian is a book whisperer! “ or "I've reached an age where my train of thought often leaves the station without me!"

 

One of the highlights of Heleen's career, was when our principle, Prof Cheryl De la Rey, personally came to say goodbye to her in her office. She thanked Heleen for her hard work of 25 years.

 

 

 

Contributed by Lita Ferguson

 

We celebrate with our director his 60th birthday!!

 

On August 6th we celebrate with our director his 60th birthday...

and Robert responded as follows:

 

"I was kept wondering about what was going on in the tearoom since I was forbidden to get into the tearoom since the time I arrived for work that morning. When I was finally allowed to get in at 10:00 I could not decide what to expect. When I finally got in I was welcomed by a room full of excited staff members and with the singing of "happy birthday". It was a memorable occasion. I will cherish this moment for many, many, many years to come. I am grateful to all of you for making this day a special day - a memorable one........"

 

Proactive versus reactive - Which one are you?

Lori Snyder

 

The saying "Act or be acted upon" holds such truth that the importance of being aware and in tune with your life should always be at the forefront of your through processes. Life moves on every day, and you are either actively moving along with it, or you are passively being led by an invisible hand.

 

Funny how one does not realize how habits, whether good or bad seem to set in and stay for years unless you are consciously aware of them. Being proactive in your daily life, as opposed to being reactive and just letting life happen, sets the stage for life satisfaction.

 

It's simple common sense to be aware that there will be a big positive or negative presence in your life, when it comes to choosing whether you will take a leadership role, and create and move towards what you want, or a victim role, where you sit back and watch as things happen to and in your life, because you are reactive instead of proactive.

 

Proactive people are always doing something to create the moments they wish to experience in life. They tend have a positive nature and determined mind set, along with having a good core of confidence. They take steps on a daily basis to be present in the moment and they know what they can do to achieve this. They are aware that they, and only they, have control over their daily way of being and attitude. They also know the importance of not rushing when deciding on something important, and instead taking a step back towards seeing things as a whole before making decisions. They are comfortable with their power of choice.

 

Reactive people tend to shy away from things that may entail work, it order to get them to a better place in any given life situation. They tend to prefer sitting back and waiting. They say they are going to do something, but never get around to it. There is blame and accusation, instead of responsibility. They just let things happen to and around them, instead of taking a proactive role and taking the steps needed to create positive change. They may have also habitually taken on the role of victim.

 

So what steps can be taken to be more proactive instead of reactive? Below are 5 steps to help you become aware of the subtle and not so subtle things you can do today to begin creating positive change.

 

Live in the present moment. Use simple daily exercises such as closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths whenever a moment seems to get stressed or chaotic. Write little affirmations on the importance of always being in the present moment and carry them with you to read throughout your day, until your new thinking on this way of being becomes second nature to you.

 

Know the importance of having a positive attitude. A simple tool to use in becoming more aware of what your daily attitude is, and to begin creating change if need be, is to be mindful of what you say to yourself throughout the day. Is your self-talk positive or negative? Is it helpful or hindering. Is it caring or uncaring to both yourself and others? You can shift your attitude in a positive empowering way.

 

Become knowledgeable on how habits are formed and how they can work for or against you. Habits start rather innocently. Each time an action is repeated, it is strengthened and becomes stronger and stronger, while quietly creating a powerful hold over you, most times without you even realising it.

 

Once you have an awareness of your habits, you can take the necessary steps to change habits that no longer work for you in favour or ones that do. Be aware of people, places and happenings. A simple thing to be mindful of your daily interactions is to not only listen to answer people when they speak, but to really listen and hear what people are expressing, with the intent of understanding.

 

Build your life around an inner core than emanates honesty, respect and care for yourself and others. Take time to make sure you have a nice flow and balance in regard to your daily doings. Know the feeling of gratitude well. Be mindful not to judge others but exercise your right to choose who you allow in to your inner circle. Cultivate the mind set of helper and not helpless.

 

Always remember the importance of honouring the importance of your beliefs, desires and goals. And of course, remember the value of relaxation, laughter and fun.  

 

Contributed by Diana Gerritsen

 

Source:  OPSA, Terrific Tuesday, 8 April 2014

New e-Books
 

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New e-Book available
 

 

 

 

Contributed by Chrissie Boeyens

 

 

Treatise on Process Metallurgy Volume 2: Process Phenomena

Edited by:Seshadri Seetharaman
ISBN: 978-0-08-096984-8

 

Special Collections book of the month
 

A Platteland Pilgrimage : 102 Country Churches of South Africa /

Philippe Menache & Darryl Earl David

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction by the authors :

 

We were very pleased and proud to present our first book 101 Churches of South Africa, which was produced in October 2010.

 

We knew that there were so many beautiful church buildings that we could not accommodate in Book 1 owing to budgetary constraints at the time.  Because we both so enjoyed compiling the labour of love that resulted in Book1 , we simply had to embark on a sequel, so that we could share our new and additional experiences and marvels with you, dear reader.

 

It is with much pomp and circumstance therefore (apologies to Sir Edward Elgar!) that we present our second volume on the rich and beautiful architectural heritage of South African country churches.  Where possible, we have endeavoured to include more detail, such as foundations stories and interiors.

 

We are continuously distressed to witness the degree of degradation and decay in both the architectural and environmental heritages of some of the small towns and, occasionally, some of their church buildings. However, there are some encouraging signs of rehabilitation to come of the church and public buildings by the administrative municipalities.  In Kroonstad, for example, the beautiful sandstone Convent of Notre Dame, which was designed in the early 20th century by architect JF Beardwood, was badly vandalised and almost ruined around the 1980s.  It has now been refurbished and restored as a  wedding and conference centre. 

 

As far as churches are concerned, the big danger lies in the dwindling congregations, resulting in the building being empty and subject to vandalism and destruction. It has been most encouraging therefore, to find that some of these previously abandoned churches have been put to good alternative use.

 

So therin lie the various possibilities for alternative uses for our special and unique churches.

 

 

Contributed by: Katrien Malan

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