Biblioteek

Nuus

 

Library

News

 

 

Departement Biblioteekdienste

Universiteit van Pretoria

 
Department of Library Services

University of Pretoria

 

       Winter/Lente Uitgawe 2014 • Winter/Spring Edition 2014   

 

2014

 

 

Winter

In this issue: / In hierdie uitgawe:

___________________________________________

Birthdays/Verjaarsdae
Julie / July
Augustus / August
September
Staff news / Personeelnuus
Did you know... / Het jy geweet...
 
 
Brief van die Redaksie / Letter of the Editor
The Postgraduate Research Commons at the Groenkloof Campus
Open day 24 May 2014
SUCCESSES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LIBRARY SERVICES AT THE 12TH SAOIM 2014
The implementation of RDA
Information literacy training 2014

LIASA Gauteng North Branch HELIG

Enhancing Information Literacy Skills Workshop

The Carnegie CPD students were impressed by the Merensky 2 library!
UP CORPORATE WELLNESS PROGRAMME: WINTER MINI-OLYMPICS
Bronwen Basson
Display of special books in Special Collections
OverDrive marketing drive
Why are statistics important? – introduction session by Mr Hugo Mouton
Cooking Demonstration
Johannes Moropotli from the Jotella F Soga Library retires
An Ode to one of the finest librarians the UPLS ever had:  Marié Theron
Library staff members are generous givers!
Six Strategies to Increase Job Satisfaction
New e-books
Special Collections book of the month

 

UP DLS

Kalender / Calendar

 

Julie/July - September

 

 

Julie / July

 

is

 

Mental Illness Awareness

 

 Month

 

1 International Joke Day
2 World UFO Day and World Sports Journalists Day
02-20 Juliereses / July recess
6 World Zoonosis Day
7 UPLS Exco Meeting

International Day of Cooperatives

7-18 Winterskool / Winter School
11 World Population Day
14 UPLS Exco Meeting
16 World Snake Day
18 Nelson Mandela Day
21   UPLS Exco Meeting

Lectures commence for quarter 3 & Semester 2 / Aanvang van lesings vir kwartaal 3 en Semester 2

EIH Meeting

Skole heropen / Schools re-open

23 e-Steering Committee Meeting
25 World Youth Day
28  UPLS Exco Meeting

World Hepatitis Day

30 International Day of Friendship
31 Library Management Forum Meeting

 

Augustus / August

is

 

Bone Marrow Stem and Leukaemia

National Women's  / Organ Donar

 

Awareness

Month

 

1-7

World Breastfeeding Week

CANSA Care Week

4-10 Rheumatic Fever Week
4  UPLS Exco Meeting

International Friendship Day

5 UPLS Staff Meeting / Personeel - vergadering
 6-12 Polio Awareness Week
8 Universal & International Infinity Day
9  International Day of the World's Indigenous People

Women's Day / Vrouedag

10 International Biodiesel Day
11 UPLS Exco Meeting
12  International Youth Day

Information Specialist Meeting

13 International Lefthanders Day
14 World Lizard Day

15

Commencement of Bone Marrow Stem and Leukaemia

18 UPLS Exco Meeting
19 World Humanitarian Day
23 International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
25 UPLS Exco Meeting
28 Library Faculty Managers Meeting
26-31 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

 

September

Heritage Month /

Tourism / Arbour /

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

 

 Month

 

1 UPLS Exco Meeting

Arbor Day

1-6 World Water Week
1-7 National Arbor Week
1-8 Pharmacy Week
2 Casual Day
2-6 Kidney Awareness Week
2-6 Back Week
5 Lectures end for quarter 3 / Lesings sluit af vir kwartaal 3
8   UPLS Exco Meeting

UP Lectures commence for quarter 4 / Aanvang van lesings vir kwartaal 4

International Literacy Day
9  International Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Day

Library Technical Services Meeting

10  UP Spring Day / UP Lentedag

International Gynaecological Health Day

11  e-Steering Committee Meeting

World Hospice and palliative Care Day

12 World Oral Health Day
13 International Chocolate Day
14 National Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Day (ADHD)
15 UPLS Exco Meeting

Software Freedom Day

World Lymphoma Awareness Day and International Day of Democracy
16 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
18  UPLS Management Forum meeting

World Water Monitoring Day

19 Talk like a Pirate Day
20 National Recycling Day
21   International Coastal Clean-up Day

World Gratitude Day and International Peace Day

World Alzheimers's Day
21-22 Clean up the World Weekend
22  UPLS Exco Meeting

World Car-Free Day

23-29 World Retina Week
23 Commencement of Eye Care Awareness Month
24 Heritage Day / Erfenisdag
25 World Maritime Day
26 World Environmental Health Day
27  World Heart Day

World Tourism Day

28  World Retina Day

World Rabies Day

29   UPLS Exco Meeting

Inventors Day

World Heart Day

 

 

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

please contact the editorial staff:

 

 

Indien jy enige terugvoer, artikels,

voorstelle het vir of oor hierdie nuusbrief,

kontak asseblief die redaksie:

 

Carin Bezuidenthout

Articles/

Artikels

carin.bezuidenhout@up.ac.za

 

of / or

 

Diana Gerritsen

Design and Layout /

Ontwerp en Uitleg

diana.gerritsen@up.ac.za

 

 

 

 

 

Birthdays

 

May this birthday be the beginning

of the best years of your life.

 

 

 

Verjaarsdae

 

Mag hierdie verjaardag die begin

wees van die beste jare in jou lewe.

 

 

Julie / July

2 Wilna Marais
3 Ria van der Spuy
5 Eldorene Lombard
9 Zani Swart
11 Anna-Marie Young

14

Elliot Matukane

Pfano Makhera

17

Chrissie Boeyens

Gloria Maripane

19 Monica van Schalkwyk
22 Liesl Stieger
30 Gerda Beukes

Augustus / August

1 SunetteSteynberg
3 Rianie van der Linde
4 Riki du Pessis
6 Robert Moropa
8 Fieda Mojela
9 Viveka Pillai
13 Isobel Rycroft
14 Bongi Letlapi
17 Elsa Schaffner
18 Rosina Ramokgola
19 Soekie Swanepoel

25

Rachel Mahlangu

Faan Naudé

27 Emelia Minnaar

September

9 Marquerite Nel
10 Alet Nell
12 Magda Engelbrecht
13 Helmien van den Berg

14

Eridine Roux

Leti Kleyn

15 Maggie Moropane
16 Gcobisa Xalabile
17 Heleen Steyn
24 Vaydin Slaters
25 Jacob Mothutsi
29 Bettie de Kock

 

 

Staff news

Personeelnuus

Congratulations to ....... /

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 level 2.

 

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 members /

Ons sê totsiens

aan die volgende personeellede

 

Tienie Briel met sy aftrede einde Junie.

 

Faan Naudé met sy aftrede einde Augustus.

 

Elsa Schaffner met haar aftrede einde Augustus.

 

Kataila Ramalibana who has resigned  the end of July.

 

Heleen Steyn met haar aftrede einde September.

 

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

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

 

Violet Ntsoane who's daughter passed away.

 

Lita Ferguson wie se vader oorlede is.

 

Riki du Plessis wie se vader oorlede is.

 

Susan Scheepers wie se vader oorlede is.
 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Thought

 

Peak performance in

life isn't about

succeeding all the time

or even being happy

all the time.

It's often about compensating, adjusting, and doing the best

you can with what

you have right now.

 

Ken Ravizza

 

Contributed by Diana Gerritsen

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • macadamia nuts are toxic to do

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Brief van die Redaksie Letter from the Editors

 

Beste Lesers,

 

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.

 

Lekker lees! 

Carin Bezuidenhout

en

Diana Gerritsen

 

Dear Readers,

 

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.

 

Happy reading!

 

Carin Bezuidenhout

and

Diana Gerritsen  

 

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.

 

The 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 year.

 

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.   

 

The building 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 Burton ( Vice-Principal, UP), 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 (document scanner).

 

·         Group Rooms 1 and 2 with 10 seats each.

 

·         A Print Room with 1 photocopying machine, a printer, and scanner.

 

·         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 visualizer.

 

·         A lounge area with water and coffee machines and seating.

 

·         Female/disabled bathrooms, male bathrooms are outside the RC down the corridor.

 

·         WiFi connectivity.

 

·         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.

 

 

 

Contributed by Julene Vermeulen

 

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.


 

Contributed by Gerda Ehlers

 

SUCCESSES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LIBRARY SERVICES AT THE 12TH SAOIM 2014

 

 

This 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 disappoint.

 

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:

 

Poster:

 

Abram Maboya

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.

 

Papers:

 

Ria Groenewald

From analogue to digital: the road to international collaboration

 

Carike Schoeman

 

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 hype?

 

 

The SAOIM hosted:

 

·         Three International speakers:

 

Technical analysis and inspiration points for library futures.

Joe Murphy, Librarian & Innovator (USA)

Enhancing utilization of electronic information resources: the Kenya Library and Information Services.

Consortium (KLISC), Jane Gikandi, Ag University College Librarian, Cooperative University College of Kenya

Understanding the past, being honest about the present, planning for the future.

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 University

 

VAT on e-commerce.

Carmen Holdstock, 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 environment.

Prof Retha de la Harpe, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

 

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.

 

Short overview:

 

A wide range of topics was covered over the 2 days, with 3 excellent hands-on workshops facilitated by our international speakers.

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.

 

 

 

Contributed by Susan Scheepers

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 worldwide, the RDA South African Steering Committee decided in April 2012 to implement RDA as the new cataloguing standard in South Africa through a phased and voluntary approach.

 

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 museum staff.

 

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.

 

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 lifelong learners.           

 

Contributed by Gerda Ehlers

LIASA Gauteng North Branch HELIG

Enhancing Information 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 interactive.

 

Surendra 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 literacy. 

 

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 2 library!

 

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 – 2016. 

 

The first 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

 

The students thoroughly enjoyed the tour and were impressed by what they had seen and heard. Some of the comments received afterwards included:

 

“Thank you for the tour. I would like to know how you do displays on your screens, it is really impressing.”- Daniels Jr.

We are very grateful.” – Richard Lamptey

 

Thanks 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 process.

 

The programme for the day :

 

11:30-12:15 Registration for participants of sports activities.

12:15-12:20 Welcoming by Prof. Antonie de Klerk, Exec Director

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 spectators

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 etc.

 

 

 

 

Contributed by Josiah Lebelo

Bronwen Basson

 

The 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 Grense.

 

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, etc.

 

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).   

 

Contributed by  Eridine Roux

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.

 

Contributed by 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 Pratchett.

 

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 – BIRAP.

 

“Baie 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.

 

“What I 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, BIRAP. 

 

“Hoewel ek nog sukkel met die aflaai van die boeke geniet ek OverDrive geweldig baie”. - Ria Swart, Departmental Administrator, Chemistry Department.

 

“Thank 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.

 

“Ek het een boek klaar gelees – ‘Die app’ werk soos ‘n droom op my selfoon!” - Marna Ferreira, Control Technical Assistant, Department of Zoology and Entomology.

 

The 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.

 

 

 

Contributed by  Elsabé Olivier

Why are statistics important? – introduction session by Mr Hugo Mouton

 

 

On 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 the:

 

·         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.

 

 

Contributed by  Elsabé Olivier

 

Cooking Demonstration

 

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 deli products under the trade mark Sonja’s Foods. Each 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.

 

 

Contributed by Carin Bezuidenhout

Johannes Moropotli from the Jotella F Soga Library retires

 

Johannes 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 Onderstepoort.

 

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 e-environment.

 

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 worldwide.

 

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!

 

Erica Makulu”

 

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 conversations.

 

We will miss Johannes dearly but wish him well and pray that he may have a blessed retirement with his family.

 

 

 

Contributed by Susan Marsh

 

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 Research Commons.

 

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 home.

 

 

Contributed by Sunette Steynberg

Library staff members are generous givers!

 

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 today.”  

 

 

Thank you to all the compassionate colleagues who have made such honourable donations to both these worthwhile causes!

 

 

Contributed by Elsabé Olivier

Six Strategies to Increase Job Satisfaction

 

Even if 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 anxiety.

 

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.

 

Be self-reliant. 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 praise.

 

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

 

Source:  OPSA Terrific Tuesday 27 May 2014

New e-Books
 

For the newest Audio- and e-books 

 

 

 

 

New e-Book available
 

 

 

 

Contributed by Chrissie Boeyens

 

Creative Supervision Across Modalities : Theory and Applications for Therapists, Counsellors and Other Helping Professionals
Chesner, Anna Zografou, Lia
Pages: 226
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

 

Special Collections book of the month

 

My second initiation : the memoir of Vusi Pikoli / Vusi Pikoli & Mandy Wiener.

 

 

 

 

As national director of public prosecutions from 2005 to 2007, advocate Vusi Pikoli pursued criminal charges against the current president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, and the convicted former national police commissioner, Jackie Selebi. It was his dogged determination to bring the country's top cop to account that ultimately saw Pikoli removed from office and the subject of a public inquiry into his suspension..

My second initiation traces Pikoli's journey from his first graduation to manhood in the hills of the Eastern Cape to his second life-shaping experience in the corridors of power in government.

Pikoli has a deeply ingrained loyalty to the Constitution of the country and a keenly developed sense of justice, cultivated on the politically aware streets and rugby fields of New Brighton township. He recounts how he fled with his ANC unit into exile and spent 10 years away from his home and his family, suffering the loss of a child and of a man he considered a brother.

He provides an insider's perspective on cases that have dominated discussion over the past decade from the Arms Deal and the Scoropions to the Brett Kebble murder, Travelgate, the Special Browse Mole Report and the hoax e-mail saga. Pikoli reveals how he grappled with the dilemma of prosecuting friends and comrades, how he navigated through repeated attempts at political interference and how he confronted one of his persecutors in a poignant face-to-face encounter.

 

Contributed by: Katrien Malan


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