Departement Biblioteekdienste

Universiteit van Pretoria

Department of Library Services

University of Pretoria



       Winter/Lente Uitgawe 2013 • Winter/Spring Edition 2013   









In this issue: / In hierdie uitgawe:


UPLS Calendar / Kalender







Staff news / Personeelnuus

Congratulation / Gelukwensing

Farewell / Totsiens

Condolences / Innige simpatie

Welcoming / Verwelkoming


Did you know? / Het jy geweet?
Educate yourself @ the University of Pretoria library - 18-20 March 2013!
1st Postgraduate Forum
Review of African Electronic Journals published in The Charleston Advisor
Open Day 18 May 2013
3rd International Conference on African Digital Libraries and Archives, 30-31 MAY 2013
2nd Life Skills Course
World Book Day 23 April 2013 & the donation ceremony at Pfunzo Ndi Tshedza Primary School
Panel discussion: How to deal with angry customers
Visit from the University of Johannesburg Library
The 5th African Conference for Digital Scholarship and Curation

7th International Conference of Animal Health Information Specialists (ICAHIS), 3-8 May 2013

Generation RDA
My long walk through 20 years of service - Danie Malan
TUKS FM Woolly Winter
Hettie Groenewald retires
Farewell message - Salomie Stolz
New e-books
Special Collections book of the month



Kalender / Calendar

Julie/July - September


Julie / July




Mental Illness Awareness




1 UPLS Exco Meeting
1 Search Meeting
04-21 Juliereses / July recess
8 UPLS Exco Meeting
8-19 Winterskool / Winter School
11 World Population Day
15 UPLS Exco Meeting
18 Nelson Mandela Day
22 Lectures commence for quarter 3 & Semester 2 / Aanvang van lesings vir kwartaal 3 en Semester 2
22 UPLS Exco Meeting
22 EIH Meeting
24 e-Steering Committee Meeting
28 World Hepatitis Day
29 UPLS Exco Meeting
30 International Day of Friendship
31 Library Management Forum Meeting


Augustus / August




National Women's  / Organ Donar




1-7 World Breastfeeding Week
1-5 Rheumatic Fever Week
 6-12 Polio Awareness Week
5 UPLS Exco Meeting
6 UPLS Staff Meeting / Personeel - vergadering
9 International Day of the World's Indigenous People
9 Women's Day / Vrouedag
12 UPLS Exco Meeting
12 International Youth Day
13 Information Specialist Meeting
19 UPLS Exco Meeting
19 World Humanitarian Day
21 e-Steering Committee Meeting
26 UPLS Exco Meeting
28 Library Faculty Managers Meeting
28-31 African Traditional Medicine Week
30 Lectures end for quarter 2 & semester 1 / Lesings sluit af vir kwartaal 2 en semester 1
31 African Traditional Medicine Day






Heritage Month /

Tourism /

Public Service & Administration on Public Service /

National Heart Awareness /

National Oral Health /

Albinism Awareness /

Muscular Dystrophy Awareness /

National Month of Death People /

Childwood Cancer Awareness /

Eye Care Awareness




1-7 Arbor Week
2 UPLS Exco Meeting
8 International Literacy Day
8 International Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Day
9 UPLS Exco Meeting
9 Lectures end for quarter 3 / Lesings sluit af vir kwartaal 3
10 UP Lectures commence for quarter 4 / Aanvang van lesings vir kwartaal 4
11 e-Steering Committee Meeting
12 World Oral Health Day
16 UPLS Exco Meeting
16 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
17 Lectures end for September recess / Lesings sluit af vir Septemberreses
18 UP Spring Day / UP Lentedag
18 UPLS Management Forum meeting
19-29 September recess / Septemberresess
21 International Day of Peace
21 World Alzheimers's Day
23 UPLS Exco Meeting
24 Heritage Day / Erfenisdag
26 World Environmental Health Day
28 World Rabies Day
27 World Heart Day
30 UPLS Exco Meeting
30 Lectures resume / Lesings hervat



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




of / or


Diana Gerritsen

Design and Layout /

Ontwerp en Uitleg







May this birthday be the beginning of the best years of your life.







Mag hierdie verjaardag die begin wees van die beste jare in jou lewe.


Julie / July

2 Wilna Marais
3 Marie Theron
4 Isaac Makhetha
5 Eldorene Lombard
9 Zani Swart
11 Anna-Marie Young
14 Refilwe Matatiele
  Elliot Matukane
  Pfano Makhero
15 Caroline Masemola
17 Chrissie Boeyens
  Gloria Maripane
19 Monica van Schalkwyk
22 Liesl Stieger
30 Gerda Beukes

Augustus / August

1 Sunette Steynberg
3 Rianie van der Linde
4 Riekie du Plessis
6 Robert Moropa
  Elna Randall
8 Friedah Mojela
13 Isobel Rycroft
14 Bongi Letlape
17 Elsa Schaffner
18 Rosina Ramokgola
19 Soekie Swanepoel
25 Rachel Mahlangu
  Faan Naudé
27 Emelia Minnaar


9 Marquerite Nel
10 Alet Nell
11 Heidi Visser
12 Magda Engelbrecht
13 Helmien van den Berg
14 Eridine Roux
15 Maggie Moropane
16 G F Mziba
17 Heleen Steyn
24 Vaydin Slaters
25 Jacob Mothutsi
29 Bettie de Kock



Staff news


Congratulations to ....... /

Baie geluk aan .......


Elsabé Olivier who was appointed Assistant Director: Marketing & Quality Assurance in the UPLS, following Monica Hammes's retirement.


Janice de Wee who was appointed Head of the Faculty Library Economic & Management Sciences in the UPLS, following Maureen du Pisanie's retirement.


Lindiwe Soyizwapi along with two other senior UP staff members, who has been selected to attend the 2013 HERS-SA ACADEMY which will be held in Cape Town in September.


Leonard en Cindy-Lee Daniels wat 'n dogter ryker geword het.


Ria Groenewald and her team at the Digitisation Office that  received an award/prize from the Department of Afrikaans for the excellent work that they are doing.


We bid farewell

to the following staff members /

Ons sê totsiens

aan die volgende personeellede


Hettie Groenwald wat einde Junie afgetree het.


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

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


Randolf Pretorius (Uurlikse personeel GV) wie se eggenote oorlede is.


Welcome to the following new staff members ........ /

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


Carike Schoeman was born on 1 October 1973, in Johannesburg. At the age of 5 her parents decided to move to Pretoria and this is where she is still residing. She matriculated in 1991 and started her career at Vista University. In 1997 she joined the Department of Library Services as an administrative assistant, but her keen interest in computers and technology opened the door to the title of Library Assistant: IT & Resources. After the Vista merger, Carike found herself in several different positions that ranged from receptionist to teacher. She always kept herself informed with what is happening in the Library world and after several unsuccessful applications in various departments at UP, couldn't believe when she got the call in November 2012. As already mentioned, Carike has a keen interest in technology, loves photography and always find reasons to join fun expeditions to places that requires a passport and visa.
Carike joined the e-Service Unit in January 2013 and works with Library Systems and e-Resources as an administrator to the WebPAC and access management.

Refiloe Matlatse  was born in Springs and matriculated from Sunward Park High School in 2008. She moved to Pretoria in 2009 to pursue her degree in Information Science. During her last year of studying, Refiloe worked as a tutor for the Department of Information Science. Upon the completion of her degree, Refiloe enrolled for the honours programme in 2012. During this year, she started her career at the UPLS in the Digitisation Office. Whilst there, she worked on the Hans Merensky project, digitising thousands of documents. During that same year, Refiloe completed her honours degree in Information Science.

Refiloe is currently working as an Assistant Information Specialist for the Faculty of Theology.


Nomonde Mtima

was born and raised in East London in 1975. She matriculated at the Solomon Mahlangu High School in Mdantsane.  She studied Library and Information Science at the University of the Western Cape and received her Diploma in 2000. While studying she worked as a student assistant at the Reserve Section of the university from 1997 – 2000. After her studies Nomonde took a position at the City of Tshwane Municipality as a Library Assistant from 2001 – 2005, while working at the UPLS circulation desk after hours in 2005.

In August 2005, she was employed by University of Johannesburg (former Vista Campus in Benoni) as an Information Specialist.

In July 2006 Nomonde joined the City of Johannesburg Municipality as a Senior Librarian until the end of February 2013, when she started working (March 1st, 2013)here at UPLS as an assistant Information Specialist (General Enquiries) at Level 2 Merensky Library.

She is married, has three boys and is currently staying in Johannesburg (Sophiatown).

Nomonde is in her final year of studying for the Information Science degree at UNISA.


Benedict Mofosi was born and raised in Kuruman, a small town in Northern Cape. He completed his matric in Kuruman and moved to Pretoria where he obtained his diploma in IT at College Campus.  In 2009 Benedict started his first job at North-West University. From there he took a position at the University of Witwatersrand. Benedict is now working at UPLS as an IT Helpdesk agent in library IT services. He is continuing his studies at UNISA.


Kataila Ramalibana  was raised in Polokwane. She is one of  four sisters and is the second youngest. She has one daughter Karabo and they both reside in Centurion. Enjoys spending time with family and friends, loves gardening and music. She is a warm hearted, accommodative and composed person. Kataila is working as Institutional Repository Manager in the Merensky Library on Level 2.


Marieta Buys was born in the winter of 1964 in the Eastern Cape and raised in the Vaal Triangle and the Free State.  She studied at the North-West University, Potchefstroom and completed her BA degree and Higher Diploma in Education in 1985.  After teaching at Elspark Tech she started working at the Ferdinand Postma Library, North-West University in Potchefstroom and have been working in academic libraries ever since.  While working in University Libraries she became a lifelong student and is hooked on movies.

From  1994 – 2008 she worked at UPLS in various positions and various units: the Law library, Information Specialist at Special Collections, Information Specialist for Political Science, Anthropology & Archaeology and History.

After 2008 she was appointed by the Ferdinand Postma Library, North-West University again where she worked in the Interlending Department, and as Information Specialist for different faculties. 

In May 2013 she joined the UPLS as the Head of the Faculty Library: Humanities and Theology.


Abram Mofokeng

was born in Hammanskraal on the 10th of December 1975.
Abram matriculated in 1993 at Thuto-Lesedi Secondary School. In 1994 he enrolled for Mechanical Engineering at the Technikon Northern Transvaal (now Tshwane University of Technology) in Soshanguve. He started working at Ernest Sevenster Hydraulics, from there he went to the Department of Public Works in Mpumalanga and from there was appointed at SAPS Forensic Science Laboratory (Biology Unit). In 2010 he became Assistant Director (Facilities) at Weskoppies Hospital. During the same year he completed N4 in Engineering Studies at Tshwane South, FET College and in 2011 he completed a course in Project Management. He currently lives in Stinkwater (Hammanskraal) with his wife (Salome) and two children (Keabetwe and Tebogo).
He is from July 1st, 2013 permanently appointed as Manager: Facilities in the UPLS, following Salomie Stolz's retirement.

Maritz Visser

was born in Pretoria on the 2nd of December 1988. He matriculated from Hoërskool Eldoraigne in 2006 and studied at the University of Pretoria where he got his degree in BIS Information Science in 2010. He started working for the UPLS in 2011, in the Digitisation office as an hourly staff member. 

He is from July 1st, 2013 permanently appointed as a Cataloguer in the Cataloguing Unit for LTS in the UPLS.

He is currently working as a Cataloguer on level 5.


Yandisa Makaluza was born on 21 January 1981 and also raised in Port Elizabeth . She matriculated from Masiphathisane Secondary School in 1997. She studied at P.E. Technikon now know as Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University where she obtained her Diploma in Library and Information Studies in 2001. During June 2002 - May 2008 she started working as a Library Assistant and later became a Children’s librarian in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. From June 2008 to July 2009 she worked for the department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture in King Williams Town as a Cataloguing Librarian. In August 2009 she got a position as Cataloguing Librarian in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Library. In 2011 she furthered her studies through UNISA and she now holds a Bachelor of Honours in Information Science. She is the mother of two daughters Sinovuyo and Inam, and she is staying in Montana, Pretoria North. Yandisa joined UPLS from July 1st, she was appointed as Cataloguer on level 5.








Het jy geweet .......



  • a lobsters blood is colorless but when exposed to oxygen it turns blue


Wanneer seekoeie ontsteld is,      word hulle sweet rooi





Did you know.......




  Google is actually

the common name for a

number with a million zeros












































  • Coca-Cola originally contained cocaine
    • Coca-Cola originally contained cocaine
  • Coca-Cola originally contained cocain
  • 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\






















































































































Brief van die Redaksie Letter from the Editors


Ons is net verby die halfpadmerk van 2013 en lente is om die draai! Lees in hierdie uitgawe van alles wat in die Biblioteek gebeur het gedurende die tweede kwartaal van die jaar. Ons was baie besig met projekte, konferensies, verwelkoming van nuwe personeel asook afskeid neem van ander.


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



We have just passed the halfway mark for 2013 and spring is around the corner! Read in this issue about everything that happened in the Library during the second quarter of the year. We were very busy with projects, events, conferences, welcoming new staff and saying goodbye to others.


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


Diana Gerritsen  


Educate yourself @ the University of Pretoria library - 18-20 March 2013!



The Department of Library Services proudly participated in the annual LIASA South African Library Week celebrations! The eye-catching poster prompted a competition for all entrants to identify their favourite character and share why they found this particular reader in the poster entertaining. Bookmark, the official bookstore at the University of Pretoria, sponsored the prizes of the three lucky winners, to the total value of R1200.



The three winners and their comments of the humorous characters on the poster were:

1.   Mrs Rianie van der Linde - R600 Bookmark voucher: "My favourite characters in the poster are the dog and the cat. While guys and girls do the Google, kitties and doggies do the LIBBOOBLE, barking "out of the book", tailing new tales, loving their masters groomed taste! Libraries bring them together: pets and their masters!"


2.   Mrs Leushantha Mudaly - R400 Bookmark voucher: "My favourite character in the poster is the intellectual looking dog with the glasses in the second row from the back at the end of the table. We all know a dog is man's best friend so it's interesting to see we can share a common hobby:) Theimage reminds me of a quote from the book "The Essential Groucho: Writing by, for and about Groucho Marx" by Stefan Kanfer. The quote is, "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."


3.   Prof Ansie Harding - R200 Bookmark voucher: "My favourite character is the little grey haired tannie with the thick glasses in the front row because reading gives her the chance to live twice (at least) – this time round she is a gorgeous James Bond girl speeding off in an Aston Martin, hair blowing in the wind. Life for her is about living dangerously and she is loving every minute of it."


During South African Library week the exhibition showcased the library’s variety of “Dummies” books – linking up with the appropriate theme: Educate Yourself @ Your Library. After an internal training needs assessment survey, three free, hand-on workshops were also presented by our knowledgeable staff members to all interested UP staff members on campus:

·         Do you want to know more about Skype and its functionalities? Presented by Leonard Daniels.

·         How to use a tablet and its applications – In-house workshop presented by Janice de wee and Christelle Steyn.

·         Are you interested in reading ebooks on your mobile device? Overdrive training presented by Isak van der Walt.


Some of the comments in the evaluation forms received afterwards indicate that the participants really enjoyed these practical sessions:


 ·         “Now I know how to enter and use skype for various purposes.”

·         “I was clueless about skype and now I will use it.”

·         “Everything was useful. I downloaded skype on the home computer over a year ago and i did not know what to do next. Thank you so so so much. Keep up the good work. Thank you for empowering us.”

·         “I can now order ebooks from our library and read from home and not worry about returning them.”

·         “A Fantastic new world has opened [for me]. [I] wasn't aware that we have access to so much fiction. Time well spent.”

·         “As I am not active on Facebook,etc. it was good to make me aware of all the e-possibilities. I haven't handled a tablet before, so that was also a fine experience.”

During South African Library Week, the Department of Library Services not only focussed on how our collection can educate our clients, but also provided useful training opportunities to them – proving our value to the academic community that we serve.



Contributed by Elsabe Olivier



Collection development has always been a core task of libraries. Over the years, many changes have forced librarians to rethink how and why they are doing collection building. Library collections no longer only consist of the physical information sources between the four walls of the library. Technology enlarged library collections to also include information sources electronically accessible outside the library. This leads to some questions: what should a library buy and what should they borrow?  Will what the library “owns” today, be accessible tomorrow? In what format should the library store its collections? That is some of the thorny questions libraries need to address in the 21st century. It is clear that collection building has become very complex and challenging.




To start a conversation on the topic - knowing that only the surface will be scratched - a dedicated team organised a successful event on collection development.




The team was convened by Hilda Kriel and consisted of Soekie Swanepoel, Lita Ferguson, Chrissie Boeyens, Gcobisa Xalabile, Refilwe Matatiele, Julene Vermeulen, Suzy Nyakale, Martha de Waal, Wilna Marais, Lindiwe Soyizwape and Elsabe Olivier.





Four external speakers joined the internal experts. Busi Mbiyo from the University of Fort Hare shared her experience in collection building inter alia at the South African Library for the Blind as well as at the University of Fort Hare, while Marie Botha explained how the Collection Development Unit at UNISA has been organised and how they achieve their successes. Valuable information was shared.  Yvonne Halland, SANLIC Manager, explained how SANLIC can assist libraries in getting value for their capital budget. Mr Theuns Kotze, Senior lecturer at the Department of Marketing Management held the audience captive with his inspiring lecture on how to market the library collection to lecturers and post graduate students. He was/is a favourite of the staff as he coined the term “Super Service Heroes” to describe the library staff.



A team of internal experts highlighted the role of all the stakeholders in the collection building value chain. Kabelo Nzima explained the role of the Information specialists while Heleen Steyn described the role of the Acquisitions staff. Martha de Waal and Zani Swart illuminated the part that the cataloguers and circulation staff play respectively. Samuel Hobyane’s contribution clearly illustrated that the shelvers in the organisation are aware of the important role they play in the whole process while Tebogo Mogakane (Reserved collection) Josephine Modiba (Interlending) and Soekie Swanepoel (Bindery) completed that session. Refilwe Matatiele gave a lively summary of tools available for collection building. The complex issue of weeding was addressed by Lita Ferguson, Tertia Coetsee and Marieta Buys.

The conversation which was started at the workshop, has been followed up by a wrap-up meeting by the organising committee as well as a meeting between Lindiwe Soyizwape (Deputy Director: Client Services), Hilda Kriel (Deputy Director: Staff Development and Resources) and Soekie Swanepoel (Manager: Technical Services). From these discussions an action plan was developed to take collection building to the next level.



Contributed by Hilda Kriel

1st Postgraduate Forum


The Library Research Commons and the Graduate Research Hub hosted a very successful 1st Postgraduate Forum on 15 April 2013 in the Library Auditorium. The Forum was attended by 108 Masters and Doctoral students across all faculties.


Sunette Steynberg's presentation titled " Finding your journal to publish in: a discussion about accredited journals and the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports" emphasized the importance of publishing in the right journal according to the UP Strategic Plan 2025.










Dr Kwezi Mzilikazi, the Co-ordinator of the Graduate Research Hub captured her audience with her presentation: "Dissertation: traditional thesis versus published paper compilation - exploring the importance of publishing as a Masters and PhD requirement for graduation".  She added a personal touch to her presentation by including examples of her own academic career path and students whom she supervised.



Dr Mzilikazi received the following feedback about the Forum – it provides a good summary of the success and need for future Postgraduate Forums:


"I would like to seize this opportunity to thank you for the inspiring presentation which you gave on Friday @ the PG forum. It was indeed invaluable. While you must be wondering who this is, I would like to introduce myself briefly.


I am a PhD student at the Physics Department who just arrived SA in less than a month now. I started my PhD back at my home country in Nigeria but decided to leave to do another phase of my research work which is "Graphene Research for Electronic devices".


I got to this campus and have really been asking myself if I made the right choice as I couldn't seem to phantom[sic] anything and the culture and weather is so different.

However, after listening to your talk, I was indeed motivated and started off this week on a lighter note."


The 1st Postgraduate Forum was also presented at the Veterinary Faculty on 25 April and will be repeated as a result of the amount of interest by postgraduates.




Contributed by Marie Theron

Review of African Electronic Journals published in The Charleston Advisor


Elsabé Olivier and Prof Ina Fourie co-authored a review on African Electronic Journals or SA ePublications as it is still generally known. This review was published in The Charleston Advisor, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 33-38 (April 2013). The Charleston Advisor publishes critical reviews of online resources for libraries, authored and peer-reviewed by experienced librarians.


The review critically examined the African Electronic Journals (SA ePublications) database which was developed by Sabinet with the intention to provide easy access to full text articles published in South Africa as well as southern Africa. Sabinet has been in operation since 1983, running as a non-profit organisation for the first 17 years. Sabinet is an aggregator of premier southern African electronic publications serving a diverse client base which includes libraries, research organisations, law firms and individual subscriptions. Apart from African Electronic Journals (SA ePublications), Sabinet also provides access to South African Union Catalog (SACat), the South African National Bibliography (SANB), Index to South African Periodicals (ISAP), the Union Catalogue for Theses and Dissertations (UCTD) and African Digital Repository, amongst others. Information on the other databases available through Sabinet can be found on the Sabinet Web site. African Electronic Journals’ (SA ePublications) major strength lies in the fact that it is the only database which provides convenient, organised access to a collection of full text journal articles from a specific geographic area that is not covered as extensively by other international databases.


African Electronic Journals consists of a full collection of more than 300 journal titles and more than 120 000 full text articles. Tables of content of all the journals are also available. To streamline access and to allow for individual needs, the database content is grouped into seven subject collections: Business and Finance, Law, Medical and Health, Religion, Science, Technology and Agriculture, and Social Science and Humanities. According to the authors

African Electronic Journals certainly meets with its claim to be the most comprehensive database in the world on full text electronic journals published in South Africa as well as southern Africa. Apart from being an essential source of information for any researcher from southern Africa, it is also an essential resource for any research related to southern Africa.


The full text of the review can be read in UPSpace: 



Contributed by  Elsabé Olivier

Open Day 18 May 2013


The hustle and bustle started early on the very cold and windy Saturday morning. Adam started early to get the gazebo and table ready.  This time we decided to spoil the visitors with chocolates, which they enjoyed very much. The flowers were placed strategically on the table. What a privilege to have had Elsabé -  who was involved for the first time in her capacity as Assistant Director for Marketing and Quality Control - as well as  Lindiwe with us.  Lindiwe and Elsabé gave lots of moral support and assisted us wherever they could.  


The cold weather definitely did not prevent the public from attending the Open Day - there were between 18 000 and 25 000 visitors on our campus during that day. We were amazed to see how many people were interested in seeing the library.  We scheduled library tours for every 30 minutes from 9:00-12:30. The tour guides were Ephenia Peu, Clara Ngobeni, Louisa Buys, Refiloe Matlatse and Gerda Ehlers. Occasionally the visitors were not willing to wait for the next tour, which kept the tour guides very busy. Consequently we will need more tour guides for more frequent tours in the future.   The visitors were amazed when they entered the third level and wanted to know where our books were.  They were impressed and stunned to hear about our facilities, services, resources and the fact that we are a virtual library with many e-resources.  


The library is a huge asset for the University and remains a key marketing tool for the University, whether it’s Open Day or any other occasion.   The library will continue to add value to Open Day and we are already thinking about next year’s event.


Contributed by Gerda Ehlers

3rd International Conference on African Digital Libraries and Archives, 30-31 MAY 2013


On 26 May 2013 I departed for my first international conference to Morocco.  I flew via Paris, with Air France, and decided to make a stop-over for two days and do some sight-seeing in the city.  As I sat there at the airport after checking in, I suddenly realised that this day had finally come, all the planning, emails sent, research done, and the day for this trip is here!  After my two-day holiday in Paris, I departed for Morocco. The drive to Ifrane was 5 hours, and we then had the most welcoming arrival at Al Akhaywayn University.



The ICADLA-3 conference:

There was an interesting panel discussion about creating a global Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL).  The University of Pretoria signed a Memorandum of Agreement on 12 April 2013, together with 24 other African Institutions, creating the start of BHL Africa. 

The speakers of this session included Martin Kalfatovic, Associate Director, Smithsonian Libraries/Program Director, Biodiversity Heritage Library, Ely Wallis (Museum Victoria/BHL Australia), Anne-Lise Fourie (South African National Biodiversity Institute/BHL Africa), Dr. Nancy Gwinn (Smithsonian Libraries/BHL), William Ulate (Missouri Botanical Garden/BHL), and Dr. Magdy H. Nagi (Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Senior Consultant, ICT Sector).  Some interesting points out of this session:

·         BHL (US) has 15 affiliated members

·         The goal of BHL is to digitise all literature that concerns biodiversity.

·         Smithsonian museum provides a large amount of support towards funding

·         The 17 million page collection of BHL Australia was built up by volunteers who love to digitise books.

·         Copyright issues are respected

·         The use of social tools is a key marketing element

·         Please go and like our BHLA Facebook page!  As soon as we are up and running with biodiversity material, the other social media tools will follow


Other interesting facts mentioned in the conference included:

·         Conference on Digital Heritage:

·         Majority of manuscripts in Morocco are held in private hands.

·         Most manuscripts are written in Arabic.

·         The two main manuscript collections in Morocco are hosted at the National Library of Morocco (Bibliothèque nationale du royaume du Maroc, or BNRM, formerly General Library and Archive) in Rabat (12,140 titles), and the Qarawiyyin Library in Fez (5,600 titles, 3,157 of which in several volumes).

·         The first evidence of a paper (kaghad or kaghid) industry in Morocco dates to the Almoravid period (1073-1147 C.E.), when Fez had no less than 104 paper-mills.

·         The most important initiative in the last ten years to use ICT for the preservation and valorization of manuscript collections in Morocco is The Manuscript Treasures in the Kingdom of Morocco (Dhakha’ir al-Makhtutat bi al-Mamlaka al-Maghribiyya), a collaboration between the Moroccan Ministry of Cultural Affairs, UNESCO and the Centre National du Patrimoine Manuscrit (CNPM) at the BNRM in Rabat.

·         The digitization of the manuscript collections in Fez, Meknès and Marrakech was conducted using a conventional “off-the-shelf” scanner, which explains the low quality of some of the images especially in the case of tightly bound or damaged manuscripts.

·         Digitization represents the best solution today to preserve manuscript collections and to make them available to researchers and institutions (both on CD-ROM and through on-line access).

·         The African Library Support Network provides a list of existing and ongoing digitization projects in Nigeria on its website at

·         In Kenya, the scarcity of community stories and information on the web undermines the role of librarians and other information workers, denying local communities opportunity to participate in the development of local content about their communities and encourage them to use and appreciate local library services.

·         ‘Elimu Asilia’, is a participatory platform for developing local content where National Museums of Kenya librarians working with researchers and volunteers interact with local communities including children in the collection, preparation, preservation, sharing, exchange and dissemination of indigenous knowledge on culture, environment and history for memory, national sustainability and eco-social development using information communication technologies.

·         The Egyptian National Documents Archive (Dar El-Mahfouzat) dates back to 1805, to Mohamed Ali’s era. This renders the archive a crucial and valuable aspect of Egyptian heritage. Dar El-Mahfouzat has partnered with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) for creating a digital archive for a collection of documents comprising more than six million pages physically pertaining to the Archive for digital preservation and access.


For more information on all papers presented, please visit the following website:


The excursion to Fés, The Old Medina


After the two-day conference, we had the pleasure of attending an excursion to Fés, the Old Medina.  The outskirts of the city looks like any average city. But the Old Medina (city) was much different. We had 5 minutes to look at the palace from the outside – no tourists are allowed inside.  After that, the bus took us into the city – it looks very ancient from the outside.  The tour guide explained to us that there are over 400 000 people living in the city, and the city consists of 9 000 different streets, so you can easily get lost.  We were taken to a shop that sold scarves and table cloths, and there they gave us a short demonstration on how they make them.  From there we went to Palais de Fes, where we had dinner overlooking the old Medina in Fés!  Simply beautiful!




Contributed by Lidia Swart


2nd Life Skills Course



The Library Research Commons in co-operation with the Graduate Support Hub hosted a very successful 2nd Life Skills Course on 7 June for Masters and Doctoral students in the Library Auditorium. The course was attended by 52 postgraduate students.



Dr Madeleine Nolte, Head of Student Support, captured her audience with a practical seminar on the fourteen relationship components and how to experience fulfilled relationships.

The postgraduate students requested this topic after the first Life Skills Workshop in March 2013.



The Research Commons is planning more Life Skills seminars on several topics identified by our postgraduates.






Contributed by Marie Theron


World Book Day 23 April 2013 & the donation ceremony at Pfunzo Ndi Tshedza Primary School


World Book Day is an internationally recognised event which celebrates books and the love for reading. The South African theme for 2013 was “In books I find…” The clients and staff of the Department of Library Services participated enthusiastically on the library web and shared as such what they found in books:


·         “A new world where everything is thinkable, doable and imaginable... the future!” - Carike Schoeman

·         “Things I never knew: new ideas for old hobbies, inspiration to try new things, useful information I desperately need, useless information I always wondered about, shocking things that make me cry, wonderful things that surprise me. If I was a poet I'd write an ode to the book.” - Carin Bezuidenhout

·         “Inspiring, uplifting adventure (often) confirming and empowering thoughts to sustain my life's beliefs, endeavours and joy!” - Maggie Naude (UP researcher)

·         “A world, a life, a dream that is so unlike my own that every page is a new experience, a new emotion, a new adventure.” - Catherine Savage

·         “In books I find sanctuary, realise I am not alone, that things will be better and I am strong. In books I find happiness.” - Nqobile Ntombela

·         “I find inspiration, a ladder to escape the hustle and bustle of my daily life. From the first moment that I open the book, my mind, body and soul is transported to a distant land. A land of fiction, fantasy, and mid 1990's Europe. It makes me relive history, witness Cesar's rule or experience the tyranny of Napoleon. I become a world war 2 refugee, surviving on food rations and hope.” - Nabeelah Ismail


In celebration of international World Book Day, the Department of Library Services in partnership with Bookmark, the official campus bookstore, requested book donations for grade R to grade 7 learners of Pfunzo Ndi Tshedza Primary School. 145 books were received from library patrons and 37 books were sponsored by Bookmark patrons. On 18 June a delegate of Library staff members who included Elsabe Olivier, Una Mgwenya, Sam Makgalemele, Rachel Phahla, Daniel Modiba and Bookmark representative Constance Khoza visited Pfunzo Ndi Tshedza Primary School, situated in Mamelodi-East for the official donation ceremony. The school was in need of fiction, non-fiction and encyclopedias and was very appreciative of the 182 books and set of encyclopedias donated. The books were received by Mrs J Ndhlovu (school principal), Mrs DS Mampuru (Media centre coordinator) and other school staff members and school Governing Board members.





Contributed by Elsabé Olivier


Panel discussion: How to deal with angry customers


On May 28, a panel discussion on how to deal with angry customers took place in the Auditorium. The panel which consisted of Tebogo Mogakane, Gerda Ehlers, Marietjie van der Westhuizen, Magriet Lee and Shirley Gilmore, met with 51 staff members to discuss the challenge of how to deal with difficult patrons. The session was facilitated by Hilda Kriel and the experts on the panel started by sharing best practice ideas as well as general advice on the matter. 






The attendees took part in the discussion, sometimes agreeing or disagreeing with the panel. On the matter whether staff should wear name tags, no consensus was reached. Another matter that needs attention is the suggestion of a code of conduct for staff and an update of the existing code of conduct for students. The challenge posed by the different languages on campus was discussed, as international students are on the increase.


The following suggestions on how to deal with difficult customers and for good client service in general, were shared:


1.     ALWAYS stay polite, calm and professional.

2.     Show respect but be assertive.

3.     Put yourself in the client’s shoes and acknowledge his/her emotions.

4.     Apologize for mistakes, even if you did not make them personally.

5.     Sharpen your listening skills.

6.     Know the system, policies and procedures.

7.     Be consistent. If you bend a rule to satisfy a client, you put your colleagues in a difficult situation.

8.     Never over promise and under deliver.

9.     Sometimes it is necessary to solve the problem later, when emotions have settled down.

10.  Communicate. Communicate. Communicate.

11.  Take a break after a nasty encounter.

12.  Acknowledge the fact that the customer’s frustration might have been caused somewhere else and that he/she is unfortunately venting it in the library. Do not take it personally.

13.  If verbally and personally harassed by a customer, put some emotional distance between yourself and the customer. Do not argue. Stop the conversation and refer the matter to the supervisor and/or Executive.


From the feedback after the event it was clear that most attendees found it very useful to hear what their colleagues in other units experience regarding difficult patrons and how they handle it. 



Contributed by Hilda Kriel

Visit from the University of Johannesburg Library


The Library of the University of Johannesburg sent a delegation on 10 July 2013 to visit the UPLS and the Oliver Tambo Law Library.


The UJ librarians wanted to see our new facilities, specifically the Learning Centre, Research Commons and Study Collection. Gerda Ehlers, Marié Theron, Tebogo Mogakane, and Shirley Gilmore received the guests, showed them around and shared their expertise with them.


Monica Hammes was invited to answer their questions regarding the renovations project at the Merensky 2 library.

The visitors were impressed by our facilities and expressed their appreciation towards our staff members for their time and for sharing their valuable knowledge with them.


The visitors were: Charlotte Kunene (Acting Director: Client Services), Brenda van Wyk (Director: Technical Services), Santha Geduld (Campus Librarian: Auckland Park Campus), Moipone Qhomane-Goliath (Acting Campus Librarian: Soweto Campus), Lizette van Zyl (Faculty Librarian: Law), Mirriam Mabalane (Faculty Librarian: Education), Lucas Dlamini (Team Leader), Janina van der Westhuizen (Manager: Acquisitions, Cataloguing, Processing & Copyright),  Catrin ver Loren van Themaat (Information Librarian: Law), Cornel le Roux (Faculty Librarian: Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA)), Ivy Segoe (Faculty Librarian: Health Sciences) and NoNobathembu Letsoenyo (Faculty Librarian: Engineering & the Built Environment).By Elsabe Olivier


Contributed by Elsabé Olivier

The 5th African Conference for Digital Scholarship and Curation


Three students working in temporary positions in the Digitisation Office attended the 5th African Conference for Digital Scholarship and Curation in Durban from 26-28 July 2013. They were awarded grants by the National Research Foundation (NRF) – the grants covered the students’ entire expenses, from flights, accommodation, meals, transport and the conference registration.


The students were immensely fortunate to attend the conference seeing that all three of them are currently studying towards their honours degrees, while most of the other grant recipients were masters or doctoral students. The conference attracted local and international researchers, research policy makers, librarians, computer scientists, repository managers, data managers and data centre managers. Three staff members from University of Pretoria participated in the conference by either presenting papers or facilitating workshops. Dr Gudmund Høst, the Director of Nordic eInfrastructure Collaboration (NeIC), was the keynote speaker and provided a fascinating overview of responses with regards to global, regional and national initiatives in research data infrastructures. Other international speakers were from countries like the Netherlands and the USA, while the African contingent included countries like Botswana, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe.


Amongst the South African universities who sent representatives to the conference were the University of Cape Town, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Limpopo, University of Pretoria, University of South Africa and the University of Witwatersrand. The students agreed that Dr Dale Peters’ demonstration of the UKZNTube, a pilot project focusing on interactive virtual learning through the use of cameras in classrooms, was the most gripping presentation of the conference.  


We found the conference highly beneficial and most certainly aided to our professional development. We gained a great deal of knowledge and learnt some surprising new facts. The importance of data citation was one of the most significant lessons. Meticulous data citation enables the impact of data to be tracked, ensures the trouble-free reuse and verification of data, and facilitates the development of a scholarly platform that acknowledges and rewards data creators. Moreover, we learnt that effective data curation should be a dual role between researchers and institutions ­– it should be a collaborative effort that draws on the expertise of both role-players. Finally, Dr Høst’s comparison between efficient data tools and the Porto-Vecchio Bridge in Corsica was one of the most memorable statements of the week. The Porto-Vecchio Bridge is a stellar example of multi-purpose design – houses are built on it, people and vehicles move across it, and boats pass under it. And just like the bridge, data tools must possess several essential purposes to function effectively.


Photos of the conference can be viewed at



Contributed by Albrecht Geyer, Lathola Mchunu, Lesego Makhafola



7th International Conference of Animal Health Information Specialists (ICAHIS), 3-8 May 2013


We had the privilege to attend the 7th ICAHIS conference held during May in Boston, Massachusetts.  Attending an ICAHIS conference is an event in the life of a veterinary librarian not to be missed, and therefore we were joined by Erica van der Westhuizen, retired head of our library.  The conference was part of a bigger health sciences information meeting which also incorporated the Medical Library Association’s 2013 Annual Meeting, the 11th International Congress on Medical Librarianship and the 6th International Clinical Librarian Conference. The theme of the conference was “One health: information in an interdependent world”.


The program included presenters from 30 countries who delivered over 180 papers and almost 300 posters.  Apart from the usual plenary and concurrent sessions for the various interest groups, sunrise seminars, vendor presentations and technology showcases formed part of the program. Exhibitors introduced us to new technology, publications and services and there were lots of opportunities to expand and strengthen our international partnerships by networking with colleagues in the veterinary as well as related biomedical fields.


Conference sponsors were categorised into Platinum, Gold and Silver Partners and included companies such as EBSCO Information Services, Elsevier, Wolters Kluwer Health/OVID, Swets Information Services, McGraw Hill Medical and Thomson Reuters.


Antoinette Lourens delivered a presentation during one of the ICAHIS sessions, titled ‘Toward the One Health Philosophy: The Hans Hoheisen Story’. Her paper focused on the history of the establishment of the University of Pretoria Faculty of Veterinary Science’s Hans Hoheisen Wildlife Research Station (HHWRS) and how a project to combine the HHWRS library collection with the UP Libraries’ collection gave researchers and students at the HHWRS, the Hluvukani Animal Clinic and the Mnisi Community Programme access to a wide selection of information sources. She emphasised the result of strengthening research and training within the one-health philosophy context.


Our attendance gave us the opportunity to compare our own information practices with those of the international community of veterinary librarians. We realised that we are part of an institution that is on par with excellent international institutions.  Our impression was that our international veterinary colleagues focused mainly on:

·         integration with their various Faculties

·         collaboration in the area of collection building, library instruction and veterinary literature preservation

·         off-site storage of paper collections and conversion of library spaces into study, learning and collaboration areas


Washington State University visit


After the conference we undertook a private visit to a veterinary library colleague, Vicki Croft, who lives in Clarkston, Washington State. Vicki is Head of the Washington State University’s Animal Health Library in Pullman. She arranged visits to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, the Paul G Allen School of Global Animal Health Center, the Bear Research, Education and Conservation Center, the Animal Health Library, the Holland and Terrell Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections section as well as the Owen Science and Engineering Library.


Charlie Powell, the public relations and information officer of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, took us on a narrated tour through the facilities which included a spacious reception area, facilities for small and large animals, equine and exotic animals, clinical pathology labs, a diagnostic area, a pharmacy, seminar rooms and an administrative area. 


During our visit to the Paul G Allen School for Global Animal Health, virologist and assistant Professor Hector Aguilar-Carreno, welcomed us, showed us the facilities and gave an overview of the School’s history and research done on global infectious diseases. We also had a brief discussion with Assistant Director Dr. Gretchen Kaufman.


The Bear Research, Education and Conservation Center was the highlight, where doctoral student Heidi Keen informed us of their current research and we had the privilege of coming into close contact with the (sedated) bears under the watchful eyes of professors Charlie Robbins and Heike Jansen.


Prof Steve Hines, the Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning and Director of the Teaching Academy, met with us in the Animal Health Library to share his library experience with us. It was clear that the library plays an important role in their daily activities and that it is regarded as an essential resource in the faculty. 


Our conference attendance and visit to the WSU was truly an enriching experience and we are grateful towards the library Executive and the Dept. of Production Animal Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Science, for sponsoring our conference attendance.




Contributed by Antoinette Lourens and Susan Marsh

Generation RDA



On 6 and 7 July 2013 the UPLS cataloguers attended the LIASA Interest Group for Bibliographic Standards ‘Generation RDA’ workshop at Unisa.  This was the first Resource Description and Access training opportunity since the RDA lecture series was offered by the National Library of South Africa in 2009.


The 2-day event was attended by approximately 200 cataloguers from all over the country.  Knowledgeable speakers provided valuable theoretical background to the new cataloguing standard, explained why the South African cataloguing community should change to the new content standard and provided a useful introduction to the more practical aspects of RDA cataloguing. 


Why RDA?

The Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR) has become outdated.  It was primarily focused on books with not much scope for new formats, cataloguing has become an online function, less original cataloguing is being done and the nature of library collections has changed.


What is RDA?

The new standard provides ‘guidelines’ for the description of all types of information resources regardless of format.  It is user-focused (find, identify, select and obtain) and is also applicable to non-cataloguers and communities outside of the traditional library, e.g. archivists and museum staff.  It is a fresh start to the AACR cataloguing rules that has become too rigid and cumbersome.


So what is new?

The basic message from the presenters at the workshop was: ‘don’t panic, the transition form AACR2 to RDA may be practically invisible.’  The RDA Toolkit is an integrated browser-based online product which is essential for providing instructions for the recording of data and replaces the well-known AACR cataloguing manual.  Terminology will change, there are new data elements (content type, media type and carrier type) to get use to, transcription from the ‘chief source of information’ is no longer required, information is transcribed as found – overall cataloguing with RDA would be simpler and more streamlined with the efficient reuse of metadata.


The way forward

The South African RDA Steering Committee is working on a set of minimum requirements and core options for both South African bibliographic and authority records.  The Steering Committee will also assist with training workshops (starting in 2014) and making training material available on the RDA-SA Website (  The implementation of RDA in South Africa (to be concluded on April 1, 2016) is being leaded by the National Library of South Africa with funding provided by the Department of Arts and Culture.


The change from AACR to RDA will indeed be a huge learning curve … an exciting and challenging one!


Contributed by Martha de Waal

UPLS Cataloguing Co-ordinator

(Convenor: RDA-SA Steering Committee, Communication Subcommittee)


My long walk through 20 years of service - Danie Malan


Early in 1989 on a Saturday afternoon at 13:00, a young shy student reported for hourly duty at the Reserved Section on level 3 of the Merensky Library (where the new discussion rooms are currently situated).  Being a fulltime student it was expected of him to know how the Library and the Reserved Section work.  Unfortunately, the truth was that he was not such a dedicated library user at the time.  But he had to learn fast – and not only was he turned into a loyal library user for life, but it was also the start of an exciting career in librarianship.


During July 1989 I was asked to consider a part time position in the photocopying section of the Library, which I accepted. In 990 I was offered a full time position in the section and worked in that capacity until the end of 1993.  In 1994 I moved to the circulation counter on level 3, worked as Assistant in the Department of Facilities and Equipment for a while and was then appointed permanently in October 1995 as Head: Department of Facilities and Equipment, where I worked until June 2003.


After obtaining my Bachelor of Arts, a Theology Degree, a Bachelor degree of Library and Information Science and a Higher Diploma in Education, I finally received my Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in 2003.


On the 1st of July 2003 I started my “new” career as Information Specialist in the Service Unit: Natural Science, Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology (EBIT).  In January 2011 I moved to the Library for the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences, where I am currently still working.


In 2011 I officially became part of the furniture of the Merensky Library and was awarded a Long Service Award for twenty years of service, in 2013.


During my time here at UPLS I witnessed a lot of changes within the Library.  The first big change was the building of the Study Centre in approximately 1995 which necessitated the building of the new (current) entrance to the Library (the old entrance was on the northern side of the library, just behind the current Information Desk).  Since then level 3 has undergone several changes.  The most recent change included the move of the Study Collection (Reserved Section) to the Study Centre and the addition of the Carnegie Centre for Library Leadership and Training, consisting of the Auditorium, 2 state of the art training rooms and 3 discussion rooms, in 2011.  This refurbishment project also included the addition of the Research Commons on level 4.  Other changes within the Library included the refurbishment of level 1 in 1991 after it was flooded; the current different look of Level 2 since it was once a big open space where the cataloguers, the finance section and some of the IT staff had their work stations; and the current e-services space on Level 2 which originally housed the bindery.  


A personal highlight was when I had the opportunity to coach the Library’s ladies soccer team for spring day, 4 years in a row.  Since I knew nothing about soccer it was quite an achievement to have a 50% success rate (our team won 2 of the 4 years).  Other highlights included being part of the University’s 100 year celebration in 2008 and the Merensky Library’s centenary in 2012.  My biggest highlight however, was when the Library presented the former President, Mr Nelson Mandela, with a copy of the Revonia Trials in the late 1990’s, and I was one of the privileged staff members who could meet him in person.  What a feeling it was to shake the hand of such a great man!


I am thankful for the many opportunities I had for professional development during my years at the Library: In 2008 I was privileged to attend and present a paper on ‘The changing role of librarians in Lifelong and Distance Learning’ at a conference in the USA;  participated in the Carnegie Research Academy in April 2010; was selected for participation in the Carnegie Library Leadership Academy in November 2010 (and graduated with distinction); participated in the Carnegie Train-the-Trainer Programme in July 2011; presented a paper at the Annual LIASA Conference in 2011 on cultural diversity in the workplace; was invited to present papers on cloud computing at corporate institutions during 2012; and was elected Chair-Elect for the LIASA Gauteng North Branch for the 2012-2014 term of office, as well as National Treasurer for the LIASA Research, Education and Training Interest Group (RETIG) for the 2012-2014 term.


During the 20 years I had the opportunity to work under the Directorship of Prof Egbert Gerryts and Mr Robert Moropa, as well as with many other outstanding library professionals; I made many friends and witnessed the coming and going of many colleagues.  The good times at the Library outweighs the not so good times.  The one thing that stood out over many years is the genuine support, care and friendliness of my fellow library colleagues who enriched my life in many ways.  That makes me grateful and proud to be a librarian and part of the Merensky family.



Contributed by Danie Malan


 TUKS FM Woolly Winter


On 31 May TUKS FM visited the Merensky 2 library to collect the 48 blankets which library staff members donated to the TUKS FM "Woolly Winter" blanket campaign. Staff members were encouraged to make any donation at the cashier on level 3 at the Merensky 2 Circulation counter. A total of R 2400 were donated by kind-hearted staff members.


According to TUKS FM, this year's Woolly Winter campaign was a huge success and 750 blankets and other goods were distributed to the following charity organisations: Child Welfare Tshwane, The Old Age Home in Ikageng, Dipalesa Day Care in Mamelodi, and Reneilwe Day care in Mamelodi.


Prof Cheryl de la Rey said the University of Pretoria was trying to get more students involved in more community engagement projects making a difference in local communities. 'I am very pleased that Tuks FM chose a project that will make a difference to the elderly, who are often a much neglected group.’

TUKS FM’s Jolene Heiberg thanked the Department of Library Services’ staff members for their contribution in making this year’s drive such a success.

 Thank you colleagues, for caring and making a difference in the lives of our local communities! 



Contributed by Elsabé Olivier

Hettie Groenewald retires


Hettie Groenewald retired on 21 June 2013 after 20 years’ service at the Department of Library Services, University of Pretoria.


Hettie was born on 26 March 1948 in Pretoria, started her schooling at Menlopark Primary, and wrote her matric in 1965 at Hoërskool Menlopark.


In 1968 she received a BA degree at the University of Pretoria, followed by a THOD at Pretoria College of Education in 1969. She completed her B.Bibl. degree at the University of Pretoria in 1992, and followed this up with a B.Bibl (Hons) degree in 1996, also at the University of Pretoria.


She started working as a library assistant at the Government Department of Forestry in 1966, then moved to the Department of Commerce and Industry in 1967, followed by a time at the Weather Bureau Library from 1969-1970

In 1971 she changed careers, and worked as a teacher at the Pro Arte School in Pretoria, where she taught German.

In 1978 she started working at Paradigm Technology Systems, doing computer training.


Hettie embarked on her career at the UPLS in June 1993, working first in the service unit Natural- and Agricultural Sciences, Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology, as information assistant and cataloguer, and from 1995 as information specialist, followed by a position as e-information specialist from August 2009.


In May 2010 Hettie was appointed as UPSpace Manager, where she undertook the daunting task of expanding, managing and developing the UP Digital Repository, UPSpace. She held this position till her retirement in June 2013.

Over the years Hettie represented the University at various forums and conferences and delivered various papers, on topics like digitisation, digital repositories, e-archiving, knowledge management etc.


Hettie really laid a solid foundation with regards to the UP Institutional Research Repository, which will benefit generations to come!


Thank you for all your hard work and effort over the years Hettie. We will surely miss you. We wish you a wonderful time of rest, fulfilment and joy in this new phase of your life!



Contributed by Johann van Wyk


Farewell message - Salomie Stolz

Afskeidsboodskap - Salomie Stoz

There is a time to come and a time to go for everyone, and it’s now my time to say goodbye after 26 years in  the Library.


I’ve made wonderful friends and we shared a lot of joys and sorrows. I am taking many pleasant memories with me.


Thank you to everyone for all the years that I could work with you, and want to share the following with you:


“We don’t choose our own roles in life

And have nothing to do with the roll assignment

Our duty is to play the role which was assigned to us, well” ~ Epicetus


My best wishes accompany you


Salomie Stolz

Daar is ‘n tyd vir elkeen van ons om te kom en te gaan en dit is nou my tyd om totsiens te sê na 26 jaar by die Biblioteek.


Ek het wonderlike vriende gemaak, daar is baie lief en leed gedeel. Ek neem ook baie aangename herinneringe met my saam. 


Ek wil graag vir elkeen van julle sê, baie dankie vir die jare wat ek saam met julle kon werk en graag die volgende met julle deel:


Ons kies nie ons eie rol in die lewe nie

En het met die rolverdeling niks te doen nie.

Ons plig is om die rol wat aan ons toegesê is,

goed te speel”  ~ Epicetus


My beste wense vergesel julle.


Salomie Stolz


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Special Collections book of the month


Mandela the authorized portrait © 2006 / editor, Kate Parkin






On February 11, 1990, a dignified elderly man walked hand-in-hand with the wife from whom he had been forced to live apart for twenty-seven years out of prison and into history. It is a date and an image the world will never forget: the day Nelson Mandela was freed.


From that day on, Nelson Mandela's immense courage and personal moral authority moved out of the shadows of his prison cell to stand as beacons of hope first to a bittterly divided nation and then to the whole world. Other images have followed: a smiling Mandela casting his vote in his country's first general election, a solemn Mandela at his inauguration as the first president of a democratic South Africa. Mandela with world leaders, with celebrities, with his wife Graca Machel and his family, in the midst of the crowds of children who are drawn to him wherever he goes.


Nelson Mandela occupies a unique place in our world. In Mandela: The Authorized Portrait the narrative of his epic journey to freedom is accompanied by the most complete collection of images ever assembled and by more than sixty specially commissioned interviews. World leaders, friends, and associates ranging from President Bill Clinton to Tony Blair, from Bono to President Thabo Mbeki, from his comrades in the South African struggle against apartheid to Muhammad Ali have all contributed their individual stories to build a compelling picture of this inspirational man through the eyes of those closest to him.



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