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Indien jy enige
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May this birthday be
of the best years of your life.
Mag hierdie verjaardag
wees van die beste jare in jou lewe.
Julie / July
Ria van der Spuy
Monica van Schalkwyk
Augustus / August
Rianie van der Linde
Riki du Pessis
Helmien van den Berg
Bettie de Kock
Baie geluk aan .......
Fana Mgidi who was blessed
with a baby girl.
Wanani Sitsula with his new
position at the desk of Reserved Collections.
Sello Kgwebane with his new
position as Assistant Information Specialist on
Suzy Nyakale who has been
appointed from July 1st, to the position of Faculty
Library Manager for EBIT and NAS faculties on level
5 in Merensky II Library.
We bid farewell
to the following staff
Ons sê totsiens
aan die volgende
Tienie Briel met sy aftrede einde
Faan Naudé met sy aftrede
Elsa Schaffner met haar
aftrede einde Augustus.
Ramalibana who has resigned the end of
Heleen Steyn met haar aftrede
Our condolences to
Ons innige simpatie
Violet Ntsoane who's daughter
Lita Ferguson wie se vader
Riki du Plessis wie se vader
Susan Scheepers wie se vader
Adrienne Warricker wie se
vader oorlede is.
Mars appears red because it's
covered in rust.
- Mars appears red
because it's covered in rust
Die skaarste tipe
diamant is groen.
all the time
about compensating, adjusting, and doing the
strikes it can reach up to 30,000 degrees celsius (54,000 degrees fahrenheit)nuts are
toxic to dogs
- macadamia nuts are toxic to do
- macadamia nuts are
toxic to doMada
- lemons contain
more sugar than strawberries
- lemons contain
more sugar than strawberrie
Brief van die Redaksie
Letter from the Editors
Ons hoop dat julle weereens hierdie uitgawe van die
Biblioteek Nuusbrief sal geniet. Soos gewoonlik was die
personeel baie besig gedurende die laaste paar maande.
‘n Mens kan amper nie glo dat die jaar al halfpad is nie
– dit voel soos gister wat ons die eerste nuusbrief vir
die jaar saamgestel het. Ten spyte van die koue het ons
‘n nuusbrief vol warm artikels, soos die een oor die
Woolly Winter Drive, die biblioteek se bydrae aan die
mynwerkers in Rustenburg en die kookdemonstrasie wat in
die biblioteek plaasgevind het.
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.
We hope you will enjoy this edition of the Library
Newsletter. As always we have been busy during the last
few months. One almost can’t believe that the year is
already just over the halfway mark - it feels like
yesterday when we compiled the first newsletter for the
year. Despite the July cold, we have a newsletter full
of warm articles like the one on the Woolly Winter
Drive, our contributions towards the miners in
Rustenburg, the cooking demonstration etc.
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.
The Postgraduate Research
Commons at the Groenkloof Campus
In 2006 the idea emerged to establish a research space
at the Education Library to deal effectively with the
challenges of the 21st century. Motivations and requests
for funding were written and rewritten by various role
players like Johann van Wyk, the previous Head of the
Education Library amongst others.
On 2012 all the necessary funding was granted by the
University and the Department of Higher Education and
Training (DHET) and in January 2013 details of plans for
implementing the project was submitted. DHET granted R
13,049,000 and UP a further R 3,743,000. Meetings with
the faculty of Education, Project manager, UP Finance
etc. were held from February 2013.
building project began in July 2013 and was completed in
December 2013. Once the project started,
we had to relocate Junior Baloyi of ILL and move the
Natural Science and Agriculture journals. The journals
were packed in boxes from 10 June - 5 July 2013 and
stored in the SACTE building, where they will remain
until the building is renovated. We hope that the
journals can be unpacked by the second half of this
As part of this project, air conditioning was installed
in the whole building which also includes the library,
which means new ceilings and lights were fitted in the
offices to conceal the air conditioning ducts. For 6
months we had to put up with noise, dust and
construction workers all over the place and staff had to
park their cars elsewhere. A perk of the building
project was that new carpets were installed on level 3
of the library due to the mess made during the
installation of the air conditioner.
project was completed during December 2013 while the
furniture and all the other trimmings like the nice
coffee machine etc. were installed from January 2014. We
opened the doors for the students on 10 February 2014.
As part of the Education Library the Research Commons
gives postgraduate students the opportunity to
simultaneously work in the Commons and in the Library.
The new modern
Postgraduate Research Commons on Groenkloof Campus was
officially opened on Wednesday, 14 May 2014. Amongst the
distinguish guests were Mrs. Brenda Swart (Director of
University Planning from DHET), Prof. Cheryl de la Rey
(Vice Chancellor and Principal, UP), Prof. Stephanie
Prof. Irma Eloff (Dean
of the Faculty of Education),
Prof. Johan Buitendag (Dean of the Faculty of Theology),
Prof. At Lighthelm (Dean of the School of Dentistry), as
well as Deputy Deans. Directors including Prof Susan
Adendorff (Director of Facilities Management) and Mr
Robert Moropa (Director of the University Libraries)
were also present.
Guest speakers were Mrs. Brenda Swart, Prof. Cheryl Del
la Rey, Prof. Irma Eloff and Mr Robert Moropa.
The Research Commons consists of:
72 Work stations in the Research and Writing Room of
which some are equipped with desktop computers while
others are equipped with power points/network points for
the use of laptops/notebooks. 2 work stations are set
aside for persons in wheel chairs.
The Seminar Room with seating for 20 people, a screen
for presentations and
interactive starboard, Skype and platform visualizer
Group Rooms 1 and 2 with 10 seats each.
A Print Room with 1 photocopying machine, a printer, and
An auditorium with seating for 93 people and 2 spaces
for persons in wheel chairs,
a screen for presentations and
a separate interactive starboard, Skype and platform
A lounge area with water and coffee machines and seating.
Female/disabled bathrooms, male bathrooms are outside
the RC down the corridor.
Reading space with seating for 60 people.
The Research Commons are open to all UP Registered
Master and Doctorate students as well as Academic staff.
Open day 24 May 2014
The Learning Centre staff were once again like busy
bees, while they prepared for Open Day. We got
permission to put up our gazebo on the lawn in front of
the Aula and this worked very well - we had many
enquiries. Lindiwe Soyiswape and Marieta Buys manned
the gazebo. We handed out big red apples to every
person who enquired about the library at the gazebo and
the clients loved it! We also continued our library
tours - Elsabé Olivier welcomed the students and their
parents in the foyer and handed them over to the rest of
us to take them on their tours. The tours were lead by
Gerda Ehlers, Viveka Pillai, Louisa Buys, Constance
Tshiping, Othilia Matjomane and Adam Munonoka. This was
once again a very successful Open Day where we proved
that the Department of Library Services is a valuable
marketing asset for the University of Pretoria. This is
indeed a huge opportunity for the library to market our
services and products and add value to all the other
services and products at the University.
SUCCESSES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LIBRARY SERVICES AT THE
12TH SAOIM 2014
biennial conference provides a forum for the exchange of
information on current developments, applications and
opportunities in the expanding field of online
information. The 2014 conference did indeed not
The Library made a huge contribution to the success of
this conference by being active as organising committee
members, presenters of papers and a poster.
On the organising committee we had Susan Scheepers
(chair), Janice de Wee and Christelle Steyn. Janice and
her team were responsible for the Social Reporting.
Janice and Christelle also arranged a successful Social
Reporting Workshop in the Merensky Library on Monday 2
June 2014. One of the international keynote speakers,
Brian Kelly (UK) also participated in this workshop.
Well represented by members of staff, the following
members presented papers or posters:
The sun is shining at
Tshwane: collaboration of health librarians with
and NPO in training librarians to provide health
information services in the community at Tshwane.
analogue to digital: the road to international
Does Web 2.0
prepare us for Library 3.0?
Johan van Wyk presented by
Isak van der Walt & Heila Pienaar
Shepherding data on the way to long term
stewardship: research data management at the
University of Pretoria, a case study
Janice de Wee
Mobile services in an academic library: findings
from a study.
Heila Pienaar &
Isak van der Walt
‘Markerspaces’: should South Africa join the
The SAOIM hosted:
Three International speakers:
analysis and inspiration points for library futures.
Joe Murphy, Librarian & Innovator (USA)
utilization of electronic information resources: the
Kenya Library and Information Services.
Consortium (KLISC), Jane Gikandi, Ag University College Librarian,
Cooperative University College of Kenya
the past, being honest about the present, planning for
Brian Kelly, Innovation Advocate, Cetis, University of Bolton, UK
Five invited speakers:
Digital self-defence: helping South Africa’s youth to
stay safe online.
Prof. Johan van Niekerk, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan
VAT on e-commerce.
Associate - Tax, Cliffe
Dekker Hofmeyr Inc.
Online information sharing: a changing legal landscape.
Verine Etsebeth, University of the Witswatersrand
The contextual relevancy
of the right information for the right person at the
right time for the right purpose in an online
Prof Retha de la Harpe, Cape Peninsula University of
Keeping your juju on the
roller-coaster of change.
Gareth Cliff reveals his secrets on maintaining his
magic and equilibrium during times of turbulent change.
A wide range of topics was covered over the 2 days, with
3 excellent hands-on workshops facilitated by our
Technology trends for now and future libraries were the
buzz of the conference! Discussions on how to stay safe
online with password changes raised the question whether
we are equipped?
Delegates were intrigued by the talks on staying safe
from predatory publishers, who use deception to appear
legitimate! There is also a drive against predatory
publishers and a name list of these culprits is being
maintained. The initiative is driven by Jeffrey Beall.
Rapping and dancing on stage to Vanilla Ice … got the
delegates joining in with hands in the air and this
transformed into a discussion of collaboration and
storage with SharePoint.
Another relevant topic was the big burden for the future
of libraries in the form of VAT on e-commerce, which
started a discussion on how this will affect our
budgets. Online information sharing and the changing of
the legal landscape were also taken into account.
The use of research data, software and the management of
data captured throughout the research cycle were also
discussed. Discussions on Google Drive, how this tool
can be integrated into your daily workflow, the impact
on resources which are created and shared, and cloud
storage were also discussed.
A very first for the SAOIM was 33 vendors exhibiting
under one roof.
The implementation of RDA
Resource Description and Access (RDA) is the new
cataloguing standard being introduced to replace the
Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules as the
internationally accepted standard for the
description of library materials.
Following in the footsteps of the Library of
Congress, the British Library, the National
Libraries of Australia and Canada, as well as OCLC
WorldCat and several academic institutions
RDA South African Steering Committee decided in
April 2012 to implement RDA as the new cataloguing
standard in South Africa through a phased and
RDA will change how bibliographic data is created
and shared and supports the comprehensive coverage
of all types of content and media.
It recognises that
cataloguing has become an online function.
less original cataloguing is being done.
the nature of library collections has changed.
The University of Pretoria is part of this
challenging and exciting ‘Generation RDA’
cataloguing community and recently hosted the third
in a series of four countrywide RDA Training
Workshops, with more than 200 delegates in
attendance. Workshops were also held in Port
Elizabeth, Bloemfontein and Durban.
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 sector, i.e. archivists and
Eighteen cataloguers from the University of Pretoria
Department of Library Services (UPDLS) attended the
Workshop in Pretoria and are now better informed on
new terminology; authorised access points, creators,
preferred titles and conventional collective titles,
to name but a few. RDA has taken a lot of what we
already know and gave it new names, e.g. works,
expressions, manifestations and items, but also
provides guidelines to enter data through additional
new MARC fields, i.e. content type, media type and
carrier type, which will replace the general
material designation in bibliographic records.
Institutional training will be provided to all
cataloguers to accommodate future implementation of
RDA is all about enhancing the user’s experience and
although it will initially primarily affect
cataloguers, it is important for all library
professionals to understand the purpose of RDA and
its implications for the library catalogue.
Contributed by Martha de Waal
The RDA Workshop 19-20
June 2014, Pretoria
On 19-20 June 2014 a two-day RDA Workshop was held
in the Information Technology Building, University
of Pretoria. Over 200 delegates attended these
cataloguing training sessions.
Trish Gierke of the Durban University of Technology
demonstrated the features of the electronic set of
instructions, the RDA Toolkit. She emphasized the
various “help” functions and many examples and
workflows to be found in the Toolkit.
Suzanne Saunders of the Witwatersrand University
discussed the RDA cataloguing of a print book. She
dealt with the MARC fields in a bibliographic record
and highlighted the differences between AACR2 and
RDA in various fields, as well as new fields like
the 264 publisher/producer/distributor/manufacturer
field and the 336 (content type), 337 (media type)
and 338 (carrier type) fields replacing the general
material designation (GMD) in the 245 #h field.
The last contribution of the first day was a
discussion of the RDA cataloguing of audio-visual
resources, especially DVD-videos and CD sound
recordings, by Trish Gierke.
The second day commenced with a discussion of
electronic books by Mandy Noble of the University of
Cape Town. She was followed by Cynthia Warren of the
Witwatersrand University who told us more about the
RDA cataloguing of journals.
In a humorous manner Hester Marais of UNISA showed
us how RDA name and corporate authorized access
points differ from those of the AACR2. In conclusion
Louise van Heerden from the National Library of
South Africa, discussed series authorized access
points in RDA.
This learning experience contributed to a better
understanding of RDA and the difference between this
set of “instructions” and the traditional AACR2
“rules”. The implementation of RDA cataloguing at
the University of Pretoria Library Services will
follow within a few months.
Contributed by Dr. Annette Ingram
Information literacy training 2014
The Academic Information Management (AIM) module is a
compulsory information literacy module for all first
year students at UP. It is a theoretical information
literacy course that teaches students how to access,
evaluate, organise, synthesize and apply information.
Since one of the main strategic goals of the University
and the Library is teaching and learning - including
information literacy - the Library must be involved with
the information literacy process on campus.
In the light of this, the Learning Center started
discussions and negotiations with the managers of the
AIM module last year already to get a slot during the
AIM module. We requested and negotiated for a session in
which the students can receive library training and
support to become information literate and therefore
also successful students.
Once we got the confirmation the real hard work
started. We had to prepare ourselves with something to
wow the students with. We had very little time to
prepare, so we contracted a firm called Kalleo, to
develop some infographic training material for us. 15
Information specialists from all the faculty libraries
assisted with the process and developed some quizzes as
well as other infographic animated material, and also
did the training.
The training took place from 10-14 and 24-27 February
2014. The students loved the infographics as well as the
training and the majority of the feedback was very
positive. The feedback indicated that the training was
successful in the sense that we reached many students
and made them aware of the library and its services.
AIM will always be a huge opportunity for the library to
give support and contribute to development of UP
students’ information literacy skills to eventually
become excellent post graduate students, researchers and
LIASA Gauteng North Branch HELIG
Literacy Skills Workshop
Gerda Ehlers is the convener of the Higher Education
Library Interest Group (HELIG) of the LIASA Gauteng
North Branch. HELIG held a three day workshop from 23 –
25 June at the Merensky Library on Enhancing Information
Literacy Skills. This workshop focussed on two aspects
of information literacy training: how to develop
Libguides to reach library users, and how to use
PowerPoint 2013 as a trainer. The aim of the
presentations on the Libguides and on PowerPoint was to
enhance information literacy training and make it more
Jugdav (Principal Librarian: Arts & Humanities,
University of The Witwatersrand) was the presenter on
the Libguides and Denyse Knipe (Training Librarian & ID,
TUT) presented on PowerPoint 2013.
Eleven UP staff members and thirty delegates from other
institutions attended the workshop. The programme was
loaded with interesting information and the content was
on a high level which demanded constant concentration
from the attendees. They left tired but positive,
knowing that they learned and developed skills which
they can apply when training students in information
For the UP Library who just purchased the Libguides
software, the workshop happened just at the right time.
The whole Learning Centre team supported Gerda to make
this workshop a huge success.
Contributed by Gerda Ehlers
The Carnegie CPD students were impressed by the Merensky
The Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria, was
awarded a grant by the Carnegie Corporation of New York
to offer eight four-week residential continuing
professional development (CPD) programmes for qualified
librarians from Sub-Saharan Africa, for the period 2014
Carnegie CPD group who attended lectures in the library
requested a tour of the Merensky 2 library. Most of the
students wondered “where the books were” as no books are
visible in the Learning centre. A guided tour was
organized for the 33 students which entailed a visit to
the following units:
Reserved Collection or Study Collection: Tebogo Mogakane
Learning centre: Gerda Ehlers
Research Commons: Sunette Steynberg
Natural & Agricultural Sciences, Engineering, Built
Environment & Information Technology (NAS-EBIT) Library
- level 5 : Sonto Mabena
Special Collections: Katrien Malan
South African Music Collections: Eridine Roux
students thoroughly enjoyed the tour and were impressed
by what they had seen and heard. Some of the comments
received afterwards included:
you for the tour. I would like to know how you do
displays on your screens, it is really impressing.”-
are very grateful.” – Richard Lamptey
very much for the tour, I learnt a lot and I to learnt
more from UP library staff” – Siril Patrick.
Contributed by Elsabé Olivier
UP CORPORATE WELLNESS PROGRAMME: WINTER MINI-OLYMPICS
The purpose of the University’s Corporate Wellness
Programme and its associated events is to make staff
members more aware of their physical and emotional
wellness and to encourage them to enjoy a healthier
lifestyle. As part of the Corporate Wellness Programme
the annual Winter Mini Olympics took place on 20 May
this year at the Groenkloof Campus.
Many staff members from the Library participated in the
Winter Mini Olympics in different capacities, either as
sport participants or as spectators. Josiah Lebelo,
Sello Baloyi, Agnes Mogodu, Randolf Pretorius, Timothy
Matheba, Abram Mofokeng, Tebogo Mogakane, Dennis Mabena,
Bongi Letlape, Wanani Sitsula, Raesibe Kekana, Gloria
Moripane, Clara Ngobeni, Rosina Ramokgola, Danie Malan,
Wilna Marais, Louisa Buys, Helmien van den Berg and
Francina Laka were some of the staff present. (Apologies
if any names were omitted)
We had fun and it was good to build relationships with
other departments. Not only did we look after our
physical wellness but we also achieved team building in
The programme for the day :
11:30-12:15 Registration for participants of
12:15-12:20 Welcoming by Prof. Antonie de Klerk, Exec
12:20-12:30 Participants proceed to activity stations
12:30-15:00 Sports activities: football, volleyball,
team relay, and individual relay. Physical activities
and wellness games e.g. tyre shuffle, musical chairs
and blind man walking.
Everybody participated in the Zumba dance fitness event.
14:00 Food parcels were handed out to participants and
15:30 – 15:40 Performance by Tuks Cheerleaders
16:40- 16:00 Prize giving by Ms Patience Mushungwa, Exec
Director Human Capital and Transformation
Throughout the day there were information stalls on
exercise, nutrition, stress management etc.
Basic health assessments were also done like measurement
of height, weight, body mass index, blood pressure,
glucose levels, eye testing, cardio stress evaluations
South African soprano, Bronwen Basson, donated her
personal collection of CDs, sheet music, books, letters,
photos and articles to the South African Music
Collections, housed in the Old Merensky.
Bronwen’s professional career spanned 25 years, from
1971 to 1996. Some recorded broadcast and concert
performances remastered on CD, are regularly to be heard
on Fine Music Radio in Cape Town and on Radio Sonder
In 1983 Bronwen travelled to Europe to attend Elizabeth
Schwarzkopf’s master classes in Frankfurt. She also
received private tuition from Schwarzkopf in Zurich.
Following her return to South Africa, she became a
regular performer with both the SABC and the National
Symphony Orchestras under the baton of conductors such
as Leo Quayle, Edgar Cree and Richard Cock as well as
that of visiting foreign maestros such as Alberto Erede,
Othmar Maga, John Arnold and BBC’s Stephan. A career
highlight was a concert performance of Richard Straus’
Vier Letzte Lieder under Portman’s baton. She also
regularly performed with PACT and the Johannesburg and
Pretoria Bach Choirs, as soloist.
She is known as one of the finest exponents of Lieder
and excelled as oratorio soloist in performances of The
Messiah, The Creation, St John Passions, Judas
Maccabaeus, Mozart’s Requiem and Exsultate Jubilate,
Bronwen is well known to radio, concert and television
audiences for her Lieder recitals. She created an
important body of work, including song cycles by Mahler
(Kindertoten Lieder), Dvorak (Biblische Lieder), Alban
Berg (Sieben Fruhe Lieder) and local composer S. Le
Roux Marais (New Liedere).
Display of special books in Special Collections
A selection of books, preserved in Special Collections
for their antiquarian value and for their own protection
was recently on display in the foyer of Special
Collections on level 5. They are part of the Reserved
Collection, indicated on UPExplore records by RES in
front of the call number.
Today the RES collection consists of all kinds of rare
and/or valuable books which are not necessarily Africana
or Tukkiana. Before 1994 the collection was also home to
books which were banned or restricted for political
reasons or because of their sexually explicit content.
Among the older items preserved in RES are strikingly
illustrated works on heraldry, costume and architecture.
The collection also includes the Library’s oldest book,
a theological work printed in Strassburg in 1491.
Pieter v d Merwe
OverDrive marketing drive
During May and June 2014, the eBook platform OverDrive
was extensively marketed on ClickUP, Campus News, the
library plasma screens, library web page and the social
media. With OverDrive, readers can either download Adobe
Digital Editions and borrow and enjoy free eBooks, or
download OverDrive Media Console to listen to audiobooks
and more from our library's digital collection.
OverDrive provides access to electronic fiction and
nonfiction books. Some of the latest fiction books
available from OverDrive include authors like Karen
Kingsbury, Kathy Reichs, John Grisham and Terry
Isak van der Walt was responsible for 7 training
sessions – 6 sessions at the Merensky 2 library (8, 14,
23, 27, 29 May and 10 June) and 1 at the Medical Library
at the HW Snyman building (30 May). The training
sessions were attended by academic staff members,
support staff members as well as library staff members –
98 in total. Feedback after the sessions included:
“I have successfully installed Overdrive on my Tablet,
and started to use it. Thank you!!” – Gerliza Vogler
dankie vir hierdie wonderlike geleentheid. Ek is een van
daardie mense wat sommer trane in oë kry as ek sien hoe
die boekwinkels minder en minder boeke inkry (duur
kunsboeke bv is besig om te verdwyn by Exclusives).
Hierdie maak vir mens 'n totale nuwe deur oop. – Didi
Botes, Research Support.
found to be really nice, was that I could sign in on any
device or my laptop and just keep on reading! I really
enjoy borrowing E-books and I am so glad that I attended
the training session”. -
Annemarie de Bruyn,
“Hoewel ek nog sukkel met die aflaai van die boeke
geniet ek OverDrive geweldig baie”. - Ria Swart,
Departmental Administrator, Chemistry Department.
you for a wonderful workshop and the fact that it is so
much easier to access fiction books at the UP library -
it was always so daunting!” - June Petersen,
Coordinator: Academic Structures and Course Catalogue,
Department of Academic Administration.
een boek klaar gelees – ‘Die app’ werk soos ‘n droom op
my selfoon!” - Marna Ferreira, Control Technical
Assistant, Department of Zoology and Entomology.
OverDrive competition will be running until the end of
July which still gives ample opportunity for everybody
to enter – simply read an eBook on OverDrive! Enjoy the
new electronic reading experience.
Why are statistics
important? – introduction session by Mr Hugo Mouton
Tuesday 10 June 2014, Mr Hugo Mouton, head of the Bureau
for Institutional Research and Planning, addressed
library staff members on “Core indicators at UP (…and
related issues)”. In his presentation he focussed on
importance of statistics in the evaluation of library
performance with specific reference to the core
indicators of the University and
performance indicators of the Department of Library
Services and how our score is determined.
Mr Hugo Mouton reminded data capturers that data should
be captured at the point of activity to be accurate.
Quality data should be accurate, valid, reliable,
timely, relevant and complete. Our daily statistics play
a major role in both the planning and reviewing of our
initiatives. Each of us who are responsible for data
should take critical care of the quality of our data.
This session was the first in a series of workshops and
meetings which have been initiated by Mr Robert Moropa
and more discussions on this topic will follow soon.
Sonja de Beer grew up on a farm in the district of the
Karoo town of Middelburg in the Eastern Cape Province of
South Africa and completed a degree in Home Economics at
the University of Stellenbosch. She gave her first
cooking class in
2004 and since then she has grown and expanded the
spectrum of her cooking classes. Today she presents
various cooking classes ranging from classes for
domestic workers to quick dinners and her most popular
annual series, the Christmas cooking classes. She
always attempts to explain difficult concepts in simple
ways. Sonja also developed
a variety of exquisite
under the trade mark
of these products was developed in her home kitchen and
she can vouch for their unique flavours and the fact
that each product contains only the best available
locally produced ingredients.
Sonja was invited to give a quick cooking demonstration
at the Merensky Library and on 11 June she showed up
with all her ingredients, equipment, recipes and lots of
enthusiasm. She set her “class room” up in the tea room
and we took our places with wide eyes and note books.
Sonja brought a folder with a few recipes for each of us
and she prepared most of those recipes right there. To
save time she used partially pre-prepared ingredients
and some dishes were already done at home. We had the
opportunity to taste everything afterwards and it was
delicious! She also brought her range of deli products
with her which is very tasty and versatile. Her Rosemary
& Balsamic Dressing, Strawberry Vinaigrette, Bobotie Mix
and Egyptian Dukkha are just some of the most popular
products in the range.
The cooking class was very inspiring and made us realise
how many different ideas and preparation methods there
are regarding healthy, everyday foods which we are so
used to. We all talked about how easily one gets stuck
in your usual way of cooking, while there is a world of
new flavours and methods to explore.
Sonja inspired us all to follow her motto, which is
simply to cook your own healthy, tasty food in your own
kitchen and celebrate life with friends and family
around the dinner table.
Johannes Moropotli from
the Jotella F Soga Library retires
Moropotli retired at the end of April 2014 after 33
years and one month’s service at the Veterinary Library.
Johannes started working as messenger at the
Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute, Agricultural
Research Council as early as 1970. He joined the
Veterinary Library in April 1981 when it was still
located in the old main faculty building.
At his farewell function attended by colleagues, family
and friends on 16 April, we took a trip down memory lane
reminiscing the highlights of Johannes’ time at
Erica van der Westhuizen, head of the library until
August 2009, had the following to say:
“Johannes and I come a long way. In fact he was part of
my 28 years of OP life from the beginning.
When I started here in Nov 1981 as head of the faculty
library he was already there, an essential part of the 3
person library team.
Johannes’ post in those beginning years was “bode” or
library messenger. With his trusty bicycle (it remained
in more or less working order till quite recently!) he
was a well-known fixture in the OP environment.
Those early years were cosy at the faculty – staff and
students were fewer than today so we got to know our
library clients rather well!
In those pre-computer and pre-internet days lecturers
and researchers got their information in paper format.
It was Johannes as library messenger on his bicycle who
delivered all their articles in brown cardboard files.
Prof le Roux was the Dean in the early 8o’s and he would
complain if his file looked a bit shabby!
Those were the days of Johannes’ sporting achievements,
namely as Comrades marathon runner. With encouragement
and support from Prof Koos Coetzer he was our pride and
joy – there wasn’t another UP library who could boast of
such an achievement! In fact, when a book was published
to celebrate UP’s centenary, the Vet Library was
especially mentioned for its Comrades runner!
Johannes’ fitness was a great help with our move in 1987
from the old library to the Sir Arnold Theiler
building. We were still only 3 staff members and we had
to undertake the relocation of books and equipment on
our own, using the feed trucks kindly provided (and
fortunately driven) by the Faculty.
Those were indeed interesting times!
As the computer age and the role of the internet in
information provision expanded, Johannes’ role took on
extra dimensions - from messenger to electronic
information provider to information creator in the
Today Johannes can look back on his important
contribution in providing an effective information
service. From the electronic distribution of
publications to faculty and students including external
users, some even beyond SA’s borders, to the
digitization of the first research accounts on animal
diseases in Africa as published in the early SA
veterinary journals. It is Johannes’ help in digitizing
the OP Journal of Veterinary Research
which has made this important early research accessible
Johannes, na 44 jaar is dit nou tyd vir die
welverdiende rus. Ons sê baie dankie vir al jou harde
werk, jou volgehoue vriendelikheid en geduld met al die
vrouens van die biblioteek en jou lojaliteit.
Geniet jou aftrede, ons beste wense vergesel jou!
In her speech the library’s Deputy Director: Client
Services, Lindiwe Soyizwapi, referred to recent
interviews for Johannes’ post and the high standards
that were set because it was felt that Johannes was
almost irreplaceable! All the colleagues agreed that
Johannes’ personality made him such a pleasant person to
work with and that his smile and positive attitude will
always be treasured.
It was a proud Johannes who delivered the last speech
before everyone enjoyed refreshments and further
We will miss Johannes dearly but wish him well and pray
that he may have a blessed retirement with his family.
An Ode to one of the finest librarians the UPLS ever
had: Marié Theron
On the 16th of May this year we said goodbye
to one of our most experienced information specialists.
Marié Theron started working as an information
specialist at the Agriculture Library in July 2001. In
the years to follow she worked on level 5 of the
Merensky Library, the Law Library and eventually in the
Marié was known for her dedication, her passion for her
clients, as a caring colleague, her searching skills,
exceptional knowledge of bibliometrics and prior art
searching of patents.
She ended her career at UPLS on a high note, being the
information specialist for the Executive office,
Research Office, Marketing Office, Student affairs,
University Relations, FABI, Zoology, IRT: Genomics and
Co-ordinator of the Research Commons.
Marié will be missed and we wish her all the best at the
University of Stellenbosch, where she found her new
by Sunette Steynberg
Library staff members are
Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “The purpose of life is not to
be happy. It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be
compassionate, to have it make some difference that you
have lived and lived well.”
Staff members of the Department of Library Services are
making a difference in the lives of others. Not only did
they generously contribute to the 2014 TuksFM Woolly
Winter Campaign, they again opened their hearts and
purses for the quest from the union Solidaity/Solidariteit
to support the non-striking workers affected by the Amco
strikes in Rustenburg.
Jolene Heiberg, TUKS FM Administrative Co-ordinator had
this to say about the donations to the TuksFM Winter
Woolly Drive: “From TuksFM’s side we would really like
to thank you for this momentous team effort.”
Jimmy Masombuka, Internal Communications Specialist from
the Department of Corporate Communication & Marketing
also added: “Your
contribution towards the 2014 blanket donation campaign
speaks volumes. This is a significant achievement, and
my thanks to you and a team for your hard working
efforts to achieve the set goal! It is appreciated!”
Linda Senekal from Solidarity also sent an email of
appreciation to the Department of Library Services: “Thank
you once again for the contributions made towards the
non-strikers in Rustenburg. Our collections at your
office yesterday is much appreciated, and just in
time.The people came to collect the deliveries this
morning, and it is being taken straight to Rustenburg
Thank you to all the compassionate colleagues who have
made such honourable donations to both these worthwhile
Six Strategies to Increase Job Satisfaction
you're not in the "perfect job" - and how many of us
are? - there are strategies that can increase your job
satisfaction. And that, in turn, will increase your
satisfaction with your life as a whole.
Do you wake up each morning feeling tired
and stressed out - even before the day has begun? Job
dissatisfaction can ruin not only your day, but your
entire outlook on life. There are, however, ways to
fight back, even if you're not in a job that you love.
Try these six strategies to help you reengage and
reenergize on the job.
Change your attitude.
If you're angry or depressed, you're working against
yourself. Seek the positive in any situation - try to
see problems as challenges and mistakes as learning
opportunities. Try to find humour, even in situations
you don't like or are uncomfortable with. Humour has
been proven to help reduce anger, frustration, and
Shut down negative thoughts.
If you're grousing about your job, either aloud or in
your head, turn off those thoughts. You don't need to
think "happy" thoughts. Just think about something apart
from your current work situation - your plans for the
weekend; a movie you're looking forward to seeing;
spending time with your kids. You mood should improve.
Find purpose in your work.
Even if you feel that your work itself is not
stimulating enough, look for the benefits it provides to
your organization and, through your organization, to
people who are the end users of your organization's
products or services. That can be extremely motivating.
Knowing that you can manage challenges at work will make
you feel more self-confident, and confident people are
more satisfied people. You might even find yourself
successfully taking on tough problems and winning
Stick with it.
Perseverance will take you further than almost any other
attribute. Working on a difficult assignment? Seek out
help. Or, take short breaks. Whatever you do, stay the
course. When you've completed the task, your
satisfaction will increase exponentially.
Develop better relationships.
Having friends on the job can be extremely satisfying.
Exchanging ideas about work and life will add to your
skills and add meaning to your job - and your life.
Additionally, treat co-workers as teammates, not rivals.
You'll feel better about them, and about yourself.
Follow at least some of these strategies
at work today, and you'll feel better and more satisfied
at work tomorrow.
Contributed by Diana Gerritsen
OPSA Terrific Tuesday 27 May 2014
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Collections book of the month
My second initiation : the memoir of Vusi Pikoli / Vusi
Pikoli & Mandy Wiener.
national director of
from 2005 to 2007,
advocate Vusi Pikoli
charges against the
current president of
South Africa, Jacob
Zuma, and the
Selebi. It was his
to bring the
country's top cop to
Pikoli removed from
office and the
subject of a public
inquiry into his
journey from his
first graduation to
manhood in the hills
of the Eastern Cape
to his second
experience in the
corridors of power
Pikoli has a deeply
ingrained loyalty to
the Constitution of
the country and a
sense of justice,
cultivated on the
streets and rugby
fields of New
He recounts how he
fled with his ANC
unit into exile and
spent 10 years away
from his home and
suffering the loss
of a child and of a
man he considered a
perspective on cases
that have dominated
discussion over the
past decade from the
Arms Deal and the
Scoropions to the
Brett Kebble murder,
Special Browse Mole
Report and the hoax
e-mail saga. Pikoli
reveals how he
grappled with the
and comrades, how he
repeated attempts at
interference and how
he confronted one of
his persecutors in a
Contributed by: Katrien Malan