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Departement Biblioteekdienste

Universiteit van Pretoria

 
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University of Pretoria

 

 

        Somer/Herfs Uitgawe 2013 • Summer/Autumn Edition 2013   

 

Voorspoedige wense vir

2014

All of the best for

2014

 

In this issue: / In hierdie uitgawe:

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Birthdays/Verjaarsdae
Januarie/January
Februarie/February
Maart/March
Staff news / Personeelnuus
Did you know? / Het jy geweet?
 
 
Brief van die Redaksie / Letter of the Editor
Director's welcome message for 2014
12th Annual IUG-SA Conference, 13-15 November 2013 with the theme Mastering Millennium: taking ownership of your system modules.
Free Online Legislation Project - Launch
Open Access Week
LIASA Conference - “Libraries in dialogue for Transformation and Innovation”
Besoek aan die Mimi Coertse Versameling
The LibQUAL prize-giving ceremony – a joyous occasion!
UPLS Year-End Function 2013
Goodbye to Elna
My time at UPLS

THE THROWING OF PAPER PLANES - 20 DECEMBER 2013

GUIDE TO A BETTER LIFE - DR RANDY PAUSCH
New e-books
Special Collections book of the month

 

UPLS

Kalender / Calendar

Januarie/January - Maart/March

 

Januarie/January

 

SunSmart Skin Cancer Awareness

 

 Month

 

1 New Years Day / Nuwejaarsdag
4 World Braille Day
6 Academic year commences / Aanvang van akademiese jaar
6-17 UP Somerskool/Summer School
13 UPLS Exco Meeting
15 Wikipedia Day
17-19 Spesiale Oriëntering vir NIe-RSA studente / Special Orientation for Non-RSA Students
18 UP Verwelkomingsdag / Welcoming Day
19 World Religion Day
20-24 Registrasie van eerstejaarstudente / Registration of first-year-students
20 UPLS Exco Meeting
24 Indeling van groot kursusgroepe: nuwe eerstejaarstudente / Grouping op large course groups: new first-year-students
26 World Leprosy Day
27  Aanvang van lesings:  Alle eerstejaarmodules / Lectures commence:  All first-year modules

UPLS Exco Meeting

27-31 Registrasie van senior studente / Registration of senior students
29 World Leprosy Day
   
   

 

Februarie/February

Healthy Lifestyle Awareness / Reproductive Health

 Month

 

1 Jool / Rag
2 World Wetlands Day
3  Aanvang van lesings vir kwartaal 1 en semester 1 / Lectures commence for quarter 1 and semester 1

UPLS Exco Meeting

4 World Cancer Day
5  World Nutella Day

UPLS Staff Meeting (Auditorium)

10-16/01 STI/Condom Week / Pregnancy Awareness Week
10  Anniversary of the University's establishment / Herdenking van die stigting van die Universiteit

UPLS Exco Meeting

15 Healthy Lifestyle Awareness Day
17 UPLS Exco Meeting
20 World Day of Social Justice
21 International Mother Language Day
22 World Thinking Day
24 UPLS Exco Meeting
   
   

 

Maart/March

TB  and Health Awareness

Month

 

1 International Day of the Seal
3 UPLS Exco Meeting
4 World Orphan Week
5 World Spelling Day
8 International Women's Day
9 Commonwealth Day
09-15/01 World Glaucoma Week
10 UPLS Exco Meeting
11-17/01 World Salt  Awareness Week
12 World Maths Day
13

 

Documents Collections Sub-committee Meeting

e-Steering Committee meeting

World Kidney Day

15 World Consumer Rights Day
17 UPLS Exco Meeting
20

 

World Oral Health Day

World Injury Awareness Day

21 Human Rights Day / Menseregtedag

World Forestry Day

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

World Down Syndrome Day

22 World Water Day
23 World Meteorological Day
24 Lectures end for term 1 / Lesings sluit af vir kwartaal 1

World TB Day

UPLS Exco Meeting
25

 

Aanvang van lesings vir kwartaal 2 / Lectures commence for quarter 2

Int. Remembrance Day – Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade

International Waffle Day

29 World Earth Hour
29/03-06/04 Maart-April reses / March-April Recess

 

 

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:

 

Carin Bezuidenthout

Articles/

Artikels

carin.bezuidenhout@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.

 

 

Januarie/January

2

Block Beukes

Timothy Matheba

3

Myleen Oosthuizen

Shirley Shai

6

Amos Lusenga

9

Maria Moselane

10

Wanani Sitsula

16

Calvyn Badenhorst

Sonty Monakhisi

19

Mike Volschenk

20

Hendriëtte Janse van Vuuren

21 Yandisa Makaluza

24

Liana Viljoen

28

Anette Lessing

   
   

Februarie/February

1

Louisa Buys

5

Izak van der Walt

Sagren Naidoo

7

Magriet Lee

Pieter van der Merwe

8

Lidia Swart

9

Johan Swart

11

Fay Fabris-Rotelli

Nolusindiso Skeyi

12

Adam Munonoka

14

Ora Cloete

17

Susan Scheepers

Fundiswa Buthelezi

20

Cora Bezuidenhout

24

January Mokgonoane

25

Monia Johnson

28

Tersia Coetsee

Gertrud Meyer

   
   

Maart/March

3

Leonora Wydeman

4

Francina Laka

Magdeline Gomba

5 Lindiwe Soyizwapi

10

Ephenia Peu

14

Clara Ngobeni

Joël Sefolo

16

Marinda Maritz

17

Richard Mbokane

23

Cindy-Lee Daniels

26

Clarisse Venter

Dennis Mabena

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff news

Personeelnuus

Congratulations to ....... /

Baie geluk aan .......

 

Suzy Nyakale from the Basic Medical Sciences & Dentistry Library, for being selected for the Carnegie M.IT, Stream B, Intake Four, starting February 2014 till December 2015.

 

Suzy graduated from the 3rd Carnegie Library Leadership Academy, held in March 2010 and also participated in the 3rd Carnegie Train-the-Trainer Programme in April 2012.

 

Congratulations Suzy! We wish you all the best!

 

Janice de Wee who was blessed with a daugther.

 

Hilda Kriel wat 'n kleinseun ryker geword het.
 

Leonora Wydeman (van die Mediese biblioteek) wat 'n kleindogter ryker geword het.

 

We bid farewell

to the following staff members /

Ons sê totsiens

aan die volgende personeellede

 

Elna Randall who retired after 27 years at UP Library, to take up a challenging new position as Director of Client Services, at the Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service.

 
 

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

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

 

Maggie Moropane's who's brother passed away.

 

Maria Lesele's who's father passed away .

 

Cindy-Lee Daniels wie se ma oorlede is.

 

Welcome to the following

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

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

 

Nomvuyiso Mahleka. Vuyi is the newly appointed Junior Information Specialist: Electronic Resources.

 

 

 

 

 

Het jy geweet .......

   

 

 

  • all the blinking in one day equates to having your eyes closed for 30 minutes

 

Al die oogknip in een dag is gelykstaande aan met jou oë gesluit vir 30 minute.

 

 

 

Did you know.......

 

 

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

 

Brief van die Redaksie Letter from the Editors

 

2013 is oor en verby! Ons het almal hard gewerk die afgelope jaar, en nou staan ons aan die begin van 'n nuwe jaar. 'n Voorspoedige 2014 vir almal, mag julle baie suksesvol wees in alles wat julle aanpak, by die werk sowel as tuis.

 

Iemand het eenkeer gesê:


"Elke oomblik in die dag het sy eie waarde.

Oggend bring Hoop, middae bring Geloof,

aand bring Liefde en nag bring Rus.

Hoop jy sal almal van hulle elke dag beleef."

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.

 

Carin Bezuidenhout

en

Diana Gerritsen

 

2013 is over and done! We've all worked very hard during the past year, and now stand at the beginning of a new year. All of the best for 2014, may you be very successful in all your endeavors at work as well as at home.

 

Someone once said:

 

"Each moment in the day has its own value. 

Morning brings Hope, afternoon brings Faith,

evening brings Love and night brings Rest

Hope you will experience all of them everyday."


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.

 

Carin Bezuidenhout

and

Diana Gerritsen  

 

Director's welcome message for 2014

 

Dear Colleagues, I welcome all of you back to the UP Library Services at the start of 2014.

 

During my brief vacation I tried hard to switch my mind off from UP business – I hope that you had a chance to switch off too. I must say that this time around I was more successful in switching off than during the previous vacations. I was therefore able to devote more time in catching up on my reading. I focused on books and other resources on personal development. I also read a bit of fiction. While reading I came across the following poem that gave me a new perspective on the concept “prosperity/success”:

 

“I bargained with Life for a penny,

And life would pay no more,

However I begged at evening

When I counted my scanty store.

 

For Life is a just employer,

He gives you what you ask,

But once you have set the wages,

Why, you must bear the task.

 

I worked for a menial’s hire,

Only to learn, dismayed,

That any wage I had asked of Life,

Life would have willingly paid.”

(The emphasis is mine)

 

With this poem in mind, I wish you and your families prosperity and success in 2014.  This poem and other material that I have been reading have taught me that my prosperity and success will never be more than what I have asked for. I determine the limits of prosperity and success that I will attain in 2014 and beyond by the size of my asking. We ended 2013 on a celebratory tone due to the successes that the Library and the University as a whole had attained. My wish for you is that in 2014 you may “ask” for more and bigger prosperity and success both at the organizational and personal levels than you have asked before. If I ask for a penny, Life will give me a penny and if I ask for more than a penny Life will willingly pay me more.

 

Consider this quotation:

“Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers;

powers that would astonish him,

that he never dreamed of possessing;

forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused

and put into action”

(Orison Swett Marden)

 

May you, in 2014 and beyond, pay careful attention to  developing, to the full, your God given potential and the quality of your asking, because in doing so you will enhance the quality and quantity of your prosperity and success.

 

Robert Moropa

Director

12th Annual IUG-SA Conference, 13-15 November 2013 with the theme Mastering Millennium: taking ownership of your system modules.

 

The 12th Annual IUG-SA Conference was held in Bloemfontein from 13-15 November 2013 with the theme Mastering Millennium: taking ownership of your system modules. The purpose of the Conference was to encourage the sharing of ideas and best practices in the optimum use of the Innovative systems, to build relationships and improve communication among the IUG-SA members, to discuss new developments and to provide possible solutions to problems.

 

The Millennium Integrated Library System is one of Innovative Interfaces’ cutting edge products and provides the following modules:

Ø  acquisitions (ordering, receiving, and invoicing materials)

Ø  cataloguing (classifying and indexing materials)

Ø  circulation (lending materials to patrons and receiving them back)

Ø  serials (tracking magazine and newspaper holdings)

Ø  the OPAC (public interface for users)

 

Innovative Interfaces was represented at the conference by Robert Jacobs and Graham Woodruff who shared the latest developments and upgrades with delegates.

 

The University of Pretoria Library Services, one of 25 IUG-SA member libraries, was represented by Martha de Waal and Maritz Visser (Cataloguing), Rosina Ramokgola (Circulation), Ernest Sefolo (Acquisitions) and Carike Schoeman (Systems).

 

Throughout the many interesting and informative papers on various practical functionalities of Millennium, such as creating lists, the use of Millennium in purchasing shelf ready books, the generation of management reports and statistics, etc., it was again realised that the systems librarians, cataloguers and acquisition staff working in Library Technical Services truly form the backbone of our libraries.  Of particular interest to cataloguing staff was the presentation on MarcEdit and the advantages it offers for batch processing of bibliographic records and how the implementation of RDA as the new cataloguing standard would influence catalogue/OPAC searches. The introduction of other related Innovative products such as the discovery tool Encore Synergy, the Electronic Booking System and the new Sierra Services Platform provided valuable insights for future reference in the selection of an appropriate library services platform for our library.

 

Here are the views of some of the UPLS delegates:

 

Ernest Sefolo: ‘The highlight of the conference was the keynote address by the University of the Free State Vice-chancellor Prof Jonathan Jansen, who emphasised how the Library can help with transformation in our various universities, as this is one of the biggest challenges faced by many universities in South Africa. In his view acceptance and tolerance among different races are important and he challenged "we" the older generation to bend and accept that the world has changed and that the new generation have their way of doing things differently.

 

Delegates were also reminded that Millennium has reached its sell by date, and needs to be changed or upgraded by Sierra - the proposed new system in waiting.’

 

Carike Schoeman:  ‘So I've been given the opportunity to attend IUG-SA 2013 and what an experience. Firstly I have to admit that I have attended the first two IUG-SA conferences way back in 2002 & 2003 and it was great to see so many familiar faces, yet surprising to see so many new ones.  My first observation was that so many things have stayed the same, but after listening to the speakers from Innovative, realised that many things have moved along with technology as expected.

From a systems librarian's point of view it is good to know that Innovative have rebuilt their system and Sierra is definitely the way to move forward.  In South Africa the SEALS (South East Academic Libraries System) Consortium has already moved to Sierra and UNISA has indicated that they are preparing to upgrade early 2014.  The open architecture opens a world of possibilities to libraries and will also give the opportunity to integrate with various other management systems for large institutions, for example Oracle, PeopleSoft and many others.

The theme for the 2013 conference was clearly messaged though the 3 days of proceedings.  It was also clear that our library systems have become our libraries and our librarians have become experts in several fields, which we experience as the different modules from our library systems.  Our experts should now take pride in their work and take ownership to enhance future developments to our library systems.’

Maritz Visser: ‘This year’s IUG-SA was held in Bloemfontein. Seeing as this was my first conference out of town, I was a bit nervous and excited at the same time. The conference spanned 3 days and most of the papers were really well presented and I feel like I learned a lot. It was especially interesting to see how other libraries do things differently and how some of these methods could potentially be implemented in our library. The guest house we stayed at was an excellent experience on its own. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to attend IUG-SA 2013 and I look forward to the next opportunity.’

 

Good news is that IUG-SA 2014 will be hosted by Vaal University of Technology and being closer to home, we truly hope that we can have more representatives from the UPLS. Conferences like the IUG-SA not only bring new knowledge, but offer the opportunity to communicate with other institutions and network with professionals who share the same views, experience the same problems and would like to work together towards the best solutions.

 

 

Contributed by Martha de Waal (Coordinator: Cataloguing)

 

Free Online Legislation Project - Launch

 

On Tuesday 26 November this database was officially launched in the Merensky 2 Library auditorium.

 

The idea behind the project was born from an awareness of the need for such a database. South Africans - both the man-in-the-street and the people from the legal profession - require free access to the laws of this country. The project was made possible by seed funds from the UP Library Services and further funding by the Constitutional Court Trust and SAFLII. The database provides free internet access the updated Acts and Regulations of South Africa.


In addition users may also consult the historical versions of these documents - this is also known as point-in-time legislation.

Many aspects of our daily lives involve laws: registration of births and deaths, marriage, divorce, writing of wills, employing and firing employees, living in a sectional title home, paying income tax, and so on. For the man in the street access to up-to-date versions of South African legislation will henceforth be free of charge. This is thanks to the joint venture between the University of Pretoria Law Library and the Southern African Legal Information Institute (SAFLII) which was launched on Tuesday 26 November 2013 by Judge Edwin Cameron of the Constitutional Court.

 

The project was initiated and is managed by Shirley Gilmore, Head Librarian at the Oliver R Tambo Law Library at the University of Pretoria. The project employs two full-time and one half-day people, who produce consolidated versions from original enactments and their various amendment Acts and regulations. Although it is still a work in progress a fair amount of the most important Acts are already available in consolidated form (as of date this number stands at 92 Acts).

 

The Dean of the Faculty of Law at the university, Prof André Boraine, feels that this project aims to make statutory law accessible to both the local and international user audience. “In spite of the fact that it will be a daunting task, the end result will be of great benefit to our country and everyone who needs access to a variety of statutory measures.”

 

Initial seed funds were provided by the University of Pretoria Library Services and then further, more substantial seed funding was obtained from the Rhodes Trust, through monies granted to SAFLII for the legislation consolidation project. The Law Library and SAFLII are hoping to solicit sufficient additional support from both domestic and international sources to continue with the project into the future.

 

The collection, which is to be built up over the next years, will be available for free access on-line through both the SAFLII website www.saflii.org and a new domain registered by the University, namely www.lawsofsouthafrica.up.ac.za.

 

The following article appeared in the Beeld newspaper Wednesday, November 27th, 2013: http://www.beeld.com/nuus/2013-11-27-burgers-kan-sa-wette-aanlyn-bestudeer

 

 

 

Contributed by Shirley Gilmore

Open Access Week

 

The Open Scholarship Office celebrated the international Open Access week this year with a lantern display and an awareness campaign in the general media. By (in Beeld, Die Burger and Volksblad) featured an overview article aimed at the general public; Pretoria News carried an article regarding Open Access-week at UP and Radio702 conducted a short interview with Leti Kleyn.    

Level 2 won the Open Access Display competition. In the Second place was Interlending (level 5) and the Veterinary Sciences
Library.  The judges were impressed by the creativity and originality of ideas displayed by all the exhibitions and all the units that participated.


Most of all, it was wonderful to see and experience the excitement, cooperation of teams and healthy competition between the units.

 

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the participants' hard work.

 

 

Contributed by Leti Kleyn

LIASA Conference - “Libraries in dialogue for Transformation and Innovation”

 

The theme for the LIASA conference this year was “Libraries in dialogue for Transformation and Innovation”. As a first time attendant, I was thrilled at the level of organisation and number of attendees from all over the country representing different institutions, particularly academic and public libraries.  The conference took place over five days, starting with pre-conference sessions on Monday 7th October.  There were over ten parallel sessions every day so it was not possible to attend all of them.

 

Presentations and discussions were within the conference theme, where people shared best practices, trends and developments within the LIS sector.  These are some of the presentations I attended:

·     Open Access (impact on higher education, metrics to measure OA impact, aligning OA to the institutional strategy.

·     The use of twitter as a model of knowledge transfer for scholarly communication

·     Partnerships/collaboration with Faculty and external clients

·     Library orientation practices

·     Research Librarianship

·     Knowledge retention and transfer from retiring experts

·     Bridging the theory-practice gap in LIS education

·     Transformation from open Distance learning (ODL) to Open Distance e-learning (ODeL) environment.

 

The main thread that was common in these presentations was the changing role of librarians in the digital age, particularly in the face of growing research in academic institutions.  With over six hundred participants, the conference was a melting pot of ideas. At the end of the five days, I felt transformed, energised and motivated by the knowledge exchange that the conference offered. It was such a privilege to be part of the 2013 conference.

 

Contributed by Brenda Nsanzya

 

Departing from home on the 6th of October, I was excited but also frightened as this was my first journey by airplane. I met with my colleagues, and I could see they know their way around when we reached OR Tambo International Airport. The experience I had when the plane took off and landed, was unforgettable.

 

We stayed at the Southern Sun hotel where we were treated like kings. The rooms, breakfast and the shuttle taking us from the hotel to the International Convention Centre was amazing. I also felt sea water at the beach for the first time.

 

On Monday I attended a Pre-conference workshop on marketing. The presenter showed us how different social media tools can be used for marketing.

 

The following day, at the International Convention Centre, the President-Elect Ms Segametsi Molawa, welcomed the newcomers, and took us through what was going to happen and expected of all at the conference. It was so nice to meet new and ex-colleagues working in different information sectors. In our ILLIG (Interlending Interest  Group) meeting, Sabinet showed presentations about Worldshare ILL, Article exchange and Mr Maepa of Unisa talked about the characteristics, opportunities and challenges facing the e-book market and e-lending in Africa.

 

The conference emphasized collaboration and sharing in the information world across all LIS sectors (academic, public, school, etc.). However, there were concerns amongst conference participants that in practice, public and school libraries seem to be sidelined by the LIS sector, as the focus is more on academic libraries.

 

 

Contributed by Ms Josephine Modiba

 

Besoek aan die Mimi Coertse Versameling

 

Dit was ‘n heerlike aand met pragtige musiek deur die Bel Canto Ensemble van Mimi Coertse en heerlike kos by die Ritrovo restaurant, toe ek en Mimi Coertse twee baie gawe mense, Gaston en Jane Barban ontmoet het.

 

Ek en Mimi het sommer dadelik met hulle vriende gemaak en ‘n glasie sjampanje daarop gedrink. Teen die einde van die aand het ons visite kaartjies uitgeruil nadat hulle ingelig is oor wie Mimi is asook oor my werksaamhede by UP Biblioteekdiens. Jane het vertel dat sy ook ‘n sopraan is en gereeld uitvoerings gee, maar Gaston se visitekaartjie verklap egter later dat die twee gawe mense die Hoë Kommissaris van Kanada en sy vrou is.

 

Groot was my verbasing toe Sy Eksellensie mnr Gaston Barban my uitnodiging aanvaar, om die Suid-Afrikaanse Musiekversamelings met spesifieke verwysing na die Mimi Coertse kamer, te besoek.

 

‘n Heerlike ondervinding het op my en Mimi gewag om die Hoë Kommissaris van Kanada te ontvang. Sy Eksellensie mnr Gaston Barban stel intens belangstel in die musiek en spesifiek in Coertse se lewe en prestasies. Ons het hom deur die Mimi Coertse kamer begelei wat Coertse se hele lewe weerspiëel met gepaste klank en beeldmateriaal. Mnr Barban se gewaarwording dat Coertse in haar Koningin van die Nag foto na Elisabeth Taylor lyk, het by Coertse groot byval gevind.

 

Ons sien uit na die Barbans se volgende besoek sodat Jane ook die musiekskat van Tukkies kan bewonder. Sy kon nie saam kom nie weens haar betrokkenheid by die International Diplomatic Spouses Association.

 

 

 

Contributed by Eridine Roux

 

 

The LibQUAL prize-giving ceremony – a joyous occasion!

 

The LibQUAL prize-giving ceremony took place on 16 October in the Merensky 2 auditorium. Two faculty libraries walked away as winners - each with R750 prize money! The Veterinary Science Library had the highest percentage of participation in the LibQUAL quality survey, namely 18.64%. The Economic & Management Sciences library won the “Best team spirit” category for displaying initiative and keeping their clients interested in LibQUAL during the survey month in August. Marguerite Nel and Liesl Stieger accepted the prizes on behalf of their faculty libraries.

 

The student prize winners were as follows:

 

·         4 USB 16 GB flash drives sponsored by the library were won by: Carin Strauss, Lizel Potgieter, Bonisile Dhlamini and Mandisa Chardeen Mahlangu;

 

·         The two Canon Pixma MP 230 inkjet printers sponsored by Createk were won by Venice Sedibeng and Christel Raubenheimer;

 

·         Ditiro Madihlaba won the Apple iPod Shuffle which was sponsored by Informer;

 

·         The Canon Powershot A810 camera sponsored by Informer was won by Thapelo Moloto;

 

·         Majid Pattison won the Sony eReader which was sponsored by Elsevier;

 

·         The Nexus 7 Wifi tablet which was spponsored by WWIS was won by Jocelyn Mazarura;

 

·         The elated Mary Katlego Matjiane, an undergraduate in the Biological Sciences, won the Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone sponsored by Informer.

 

After the event, Mandisa Mahlangu posted on facebook: ”The award ceremony was awesome.” The winners all left smiling as all of them received much more than they had bargained for!

 

 

 

UPLS Year-End Function 2013

The Library Year-End Function took place on Friday, November 29th  at the UP Conference Centre.  The library staff all left the library at 12:00 and made their way to the venue.

 

The tables were beautifully set and decorated with lovely flower arrangements and a printed lunch menu.  The event started with Hilda welcoming everybody, and then Danie Malan prayed for the meal, and the starter was served! 

 

Mr Moropa made his speech. He thanked everybody for their hard work during the year, and predicted good things to come in 2014. But it was also a time when we say goodbye to a valued colleague and friend, Elna Randall.

 

After the speeches and farewell the rest of the lunch (which consisted of a three course meal) was delicious and beautifully served.

 

Throughout the afternoon there was a slide show of pictures taken during 2013 of staff participating in the many activities of the past year.

 

The afternoon was very relaxing with good food and good company.

 

Contributed by Carin Bezuidenhout

Goodbye to Elna

 

After 27 years at UP Library Elna Randall retired in December 2013 to take up a challenging new position as Director of Client Services at the Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service.

 

Elna completed her BBibl degree at the University of Free State and started as librarian at the Provincial Library Services in Bloemfontein. Shortly after her new job she moved to Pretoria and continued her library career at the Atomic Energy Corporation.

 

On 1 July 1986 Elna started as an Information Specialist on Level 5. Before she became the Leader for the EBIT and NAS Faculty Libraries, Elna also hold the position as Head of the Counter.  She completed her Masters in 1993. Her research topic focused on budget formulas for the purchasing of information resources by university libraries.

 

Elna steered many projects over the years but her niche was strategic management. Her team on Level 5's job descriptions were always linked to the latest UP Executive Office Strategic Plan, as well as the Library Strategic Plan. Elna's role and impact in UP Library services can be summarized by her words in one of her presentations: "By combining the best technologies with our skilled and competent human resources we will deliver a seamless information services of excellence to meet the diversity of our clients".

 

Elna believed in developing her staff's specialized skills and we will remember her as an action orientated leader and a generator of ideas and a fast thinker.

 

But Elna was (and still is) a friend and confident to many. And many staff will also remember her with much appreciation of the role she played in developing their careers into new positions in the library. 

 

UPLS wishes Elna a well-deserved new career between the beautiful mountains surrounding Stellenbosch.

 

Contributed by Marie Theron

 

My time at UPLS

 

For the past five years I worked as a cataloguer in Merensky Library. I was asked to write about my impressions during those years.

 

Though I am a librarian, I am not going to write bout librarianship (there are enough journals around), but rather about the library and what happened within it.

 

The one thing that made quite an impression on me was the use of flat-screen TVs in the library. Whenever there was an event in South Africa – remember the World Soccer Cup – interesting titbits appeared on these screens. Also the students can clearly see all the library related information. I think it must make the students and staff feel part of the library.

 

Then there were the alterations in the library. The students, and staff for that matter, could have been highly irritated by all this. But then someone came up with a brilliant idea – remember when we were children how tempting it was to draw on walls? Well, the students were given an enormous blank wall and they made use of it! A person often saw people “reading the wall” and who will forget the student who wrote: “Dear Library, get well soon”. These were to my mind ways of embracing the students and the staff and making them aware of the fact that the library is there for them.

 

What was also much appreciated were the emails we as staff received from other staff members about the new trends in libraries, new trends in librarianship and new trends in technology. Then thank you for the training sessions about Kindles, iPads etc to help the staff to understand the new technology. The staff in Merensky was always very willing to share knowledge/information. So there is actually a lot of information sharing taking place in the library.

 

There is a very pleasant and welcoming atmosphere in the library which can only be attributed to the staff and you can all be proud of it.

 

Thanks for the lovely five years!

 

Contributed by Julie Parolis

THE THROWING OF PAPER PLANES - 20 DECEMBER 2013 - LAST DAY FUN!!!

 

About twenty staff members, a number of whom came in especially for the occasion, and a number of children, forgot about the chores and stress of 2013 and enjoyed throwing paper planes from level 5 to level 3 of the Merensky Library on 20 December 2013. Lots of laughter and cries of pleasure could be heard. Afterwards the promised slab of chocolates was handed to the thrower whose plane flew the furthest, and everyone received the consolation prize of Quality Street sweets and Ferrero Rocher chocolates. It was a really good way to end the year!

 

 

Contributor: Anonymous

 

GUIDE TO A BETTER LIFE - DR RANDY PAUSCH

 

This is amazing, he died of pancreatic cancer in 2008, but wrote a book "The last lecture” before then, one of the bestsellers in 2007.


This is from his book:
 

POINTS ON HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR LIFE


Personality:

1. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
2. Don't have negative thoughts of things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
3. Don't overdo; keep your limits.
4. Don't take yourself so seriously; no one else does.
5. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
6. Dream more while you are awake.
7. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
8. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner of his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
9. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
10. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
11. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
12. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn.
13. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
14. Smile and laugh more.
15. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.


Community:

1. Call your family often.
2. Each day give something good to others.
3. Forgive everyone for everything.
4. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
5. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
6. What other people think of you is none of your business.
7. Your job will not take care of you when you are sick. Your family and friends will. Stay in touch.


Life:

1. Put GOD first in anything and everything that you think, say and do.
2. GOD heals everything.
3. Do the right things.
4. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
5. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
6. The best is yet to come.
7. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
8. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
9. If you know GOD you will always be happy. So, be happy.

While you practice all of the above, share this knowledge with the people you love, people you school with, people you play with, people you work with and people you live with.


Not only will it enrich YOUR life, but also that of those around you.


DR RANDY PAUSCH

 

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Contributed by Chrissie Boeyens

Special Collections book of the month

 

Rainbow cuisine / Lannice Snyman, 

photography by Andrzej Sawa

 

 

 

In little more over three hundred years, one of the world's most intriguing and diverse cuisines has evolved at the southern tip of Africa.

The challenge of capturing for posterity this ongoing, ever-changing - and largely undiscovered - culinary evolution has been a fascinating, awe- inspiring task for author Lannice Snyman and photographer Andrzej Sawa, South Africa's foremost food writing, styling and photographic team, who also published the book.  They spent seven years travelling the length and breadth of the country to track down historical and regional delicacies, and studying - and photographing - the multi-cultural lifestyle of the population.

The result is the keenly awaited Rainbow cuisine, a book which, for the first time, encompasses the foods of all the peoples of the country, and sets them against the grand backdrop of South Africa's scenic splendour.

The insightful, informative text explores the human and culinary history of seven geographical regions, and traces the local diet from the days when the land was inhabited by hunter-gatherers and pastoralists, through the arrival of European settlers and folk from eastern lands, and on to modern  times.

Rainbow cuisine takes the reader on a travelogue as well as a gastronomic tour-all in one stunning volume.  It is a book to browse through, to read, to cook from, and to treasure

 

Contributed by: Katrien Malan


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