In this issue:

In hierdie uitgawe:



Staff news / Personeelnuus
Did you know? / Het jy geweet?
Brief van die Redaksie / Letter of the Editor
Rocket-car Bloodhound featured at the Merensky 2 library
South Africa's first Library MakerSpace opens at the University of Pretoria Library
Visual Arts students’ poster interpretations of World Book & Copyright Day
Austrian Embassy makes generous donation to Department of Library Services
World Book Day event presents the future of publishing now
World Book and Copyright Day exhibition
Africa Day 25 May 2015
iPhonenography & Mobile Photography Workshop
Open Day - 23 May 2015
SANLiC Conference: SMART e-resources, maximising your e-resources
The Merensky 2 Research Commons hosts Advanced Word Editing workshops
Proud of our PhD graduates
First Postgraduate Forum for 2015
Youth Day event: ‘Being young, successful and staying ahead of the curve’ by Benjamin Mbana
How to become the best YOU you can be and reach your full potential
Visitors to the Merensky II Library
Taut versus taught
New e-books
Special Collections book of the month



Kalender / Calendar

July/Julie - September



July / Julie


  Mental Illness Awareness




1 International Joke Day
2 World UFO Day and World Sports Journalists Day
02-19 Juliereses / July recess
6 World Zoonosis Day
6 UP DLS Exco Meeting

International Day of Cooperatives

6-18 Winterskool / Winter School
7 Special Staff Meeting / Spesiale Personeelvergadering
11 World Population Day
13 UP DLS Exco Meeting
16 World Snake Day
18 Nelson Mandela Day
20   UP DLS Exco Meeting

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

Skole heropen / Schools re-open

25 World Youth Day
27  UP DLS Strategic Session / UP DBD Strategiese Sessie

World Hepatitis Day

30 Library Strategic Forum Meeting / Biblioteek Strategiese Forum Vergadering

International Day of Friendship


August / Augustus

Bone Marrow Stem and Leukaemia

National Women's  / Organ Donar




World Breastfeeding Week

CANSA Care Week

4-10 Rheumatic Fever Week
3  UP DLS Exco Meeting

Sluitingsdatum:  Wysigings of staking van modules / Closing date:  Amendments of cancellation of modules

International Friendship Day

 6-12 Polio Awareness Week
8 Universal & International Infinity Day
9  International Day of the World's Indigenous People

Women's Day / Vrouedag

10 Public Holiday in terms of legislation / Openbare vakansiedag ingevolge wetgewing

International Biodiesel Day

11 UP DLS Staff Meeting / Personeel - vergadering
12  International Youth Day

Information Specialist Meeting

13 International Lefthanders Day
14 World Lizard Day


Commencement of Bone Marrow Stem and Leukaemia



UP DLS Exco Meeting


19 World Humanitarian Day
23 International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
24 UP DLS Exco Meeting
25 Information Spesialists Meeting



Faculty Library Managers Meeting

African Traditional Medicine Week

28 UP DLS Exco Strategic Session
31 DLS Exco Meeting

African Traditional Medicine Day



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




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
7 Lectures end for quarter 3 / Lesings sluit af vir kwartaal 3
7   UP DLS Exco Meeting

International Literacy Day

8 UP Lectures commence for quarter 4 / Aanvang van lesings vir kwartaal 4
9  International Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Day

Library Technical Services Meeting


International Gynaecological Health Day


World Hospice and palliative Care Day

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


UP DLS 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  UP DLS Management Forum meeting

World Water Monitoring Day

19 Talk like a Pirate Day
20 National Recycling Day
21 UP DLS Strategic Session

International Coastal Clean-up Day

World Gratitude Day and International Peace Day

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

World Car-Free Day

23-29 World Retina Week
23 Library Strategic Forum Meeting

UP Spring Day / UP Lentedag

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

28  UP DLS 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:


Elsabé Olivier





of / or


Diana Gerritsen

Design and Layout /

Ontwerp en Uitleg







May your birthday be filled with many happy hours and your life with many happy birthdays.





Mag jou verjaardag gevul word met baie gelukkige ure en jou lewe met baie gelukkig verjaarsdae.


July / Julie

2 Wilna Marais
5 Eldorene Lombard
9 Zani Swart
10 Samuel Mudau
11 Anna-Marie Young


Elliot Matukane

Pfano Makhera


Chrissie Boeyens

Gloria Maripane

Andile Nokwe

19 Monica van Schalkwyk
22 Liesl Stieger
30 Gerda Beukes

August / Augustus

1 Sunette Steynberg
3 Rianie van der Linde
4 Riki du Plessis
6 Robert Moropa
8 Frieda Mojela
9 Viveka Pillai
13 Isobel Rycroft
14 Bongi Letlape
18 Rosina Ramokgola
19 Soekie Swanepoel
25 Rachel Mahlangu
27 Emelia Minnaar


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


Eridene Roux

Leti Kleyn


Maggie Moropane

Zebelon Malatsi

16 Gcobisa Xalabile
24 Vaydin Slaters
25 Jocob Mothutsi
29 Bettie de Kock



Staff news


Congratulations to ....... /

Baie geluk aan .......


Shirley Shai with the birth of her daughter.


Zebelon Matlatsi and his wife on the birth of their daughter.


Hilda Kriel wat 'n kleinseun ryker geword het.


We bid farewell

to the following staff members /

Ons sê totsiens

aan die volgende personeellede


Katrien Malan wat einde Mei afgetree het.


Anna-Marie Young wat einde Julie aftree.


Pieter van der Merwe wat einde Augustus aftree.


Welcome to the following

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

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

Mr Samuel Mudau started May 1st, at the DLS. He is part of the EBIT team on level 5 in Merensky.


Here are a few questions we asked Samuel to know him better ....


1.     Where are you from and what is home to you?

      I was born in Sibasa, Limpopo. To me home is anywhere I can settle with my family.


2.     Where did you work previously and for how long?

University of Venda – 12 years, Tshwane University of Technology – 2.5 years, Department of Home Affairs – 1.25 years, Vaal University of Technology – 7.5 years.


3.     What would you be doing if you weren’t at your current job?

A researcher in either a Medical Laboratory or in Animal Production


4.     What would you most regret not having done by the end of your life?

Not enabling my kids to obtain the best education possible.


5.     What characteristic do you most admire in others?

The audacity to take business risks.



Ms Bulelwa Mandubu started as a Information Specialist on June 1st, at the DLS NAS & EBIT Faculty Library.

Here are a few questions we asked Bulelwa to know her better ....

1.     Where are you from (where were you born) and what is home to you?

I was born in Matatiele, in the Eastern Cape which is my home town. My parents’ house is home to me.


2.     Where did you work previously and for how long?

I worked as a Faculty Librarian for Education for three years and as Faculty Librarian for Science for ten years at University of the Western Cape Library. Before accepting a job at the University of the Western Cape, I was an Information Assistant at NMMU (former Port Elizabeth Technikon) Library for five years, and prior to that I was a Library Assistant on contract at Walter Sisulu University (former University of Transkei) Library for two years.


3.     What is one word you would use to describe yourself as a child?



4.     If you were to tell one person "Thank You" for helping you to become the person you are today, who would it be and what did they do?

Mrs Jean Thomas trained me at providing information services in various faculties. I still think of her when I am performing some functions.


5.     What's the most important lesson you've learned in the last year?

Appreciate every moment you spend with loved ones.


Getting to know your colleagues /

Leer jou kollegas ken


Sonto Mabena: Special Collections


1.     What would you be doing if you weren't at your current job?

I would be writing, but I have not had the time of doing it and I believe I will do it.


2.     What is one word you would use to describe yourself as a child?

A happy,but reserved child.


3.     How do you recharge?

Reading, watching movies and listening to music.


4.     If you were to tell one person "Thank You" for helping me become the person I am today, who would it be and what did they do?

My mother of course for all the sacrifices she made for me.


5.     When are you the happiest?

I’m the happiest after completing any work. I’m the person who does not like to do things by halves.


6.     What characteristic do you most admire in others?

Honesty and caring.



Magriet Lee:  Medical Library


1.     What would you be doing if you weren't at your current job?

I would love to have a place where I can have a garden to grow herbs, vegetables and flowers, and combine that with a spa and have a shop with all the possible cartoon and comic books and DVD’s available, where people can come and enjoy the environment, feel positive, and face life a bit better. I even have a name for the place – Comic Relief.


2.     What movie or novel character do you most identify with?

Charlie Brown from Snoopy. Snoopy, Asterix, and Madam and Eve are the most-read books on my bookshelf. Apart from me going back to them after some heavy reading matter, they keep at least two generations in my family busy. I can relate to Charlie Brown’s doubts and mishaps, but Snoopy is always there for comfort and understanding.


3.     What characteristic do you most admire in others?

Integrity and honesty. I know it is actually two, but they are both related to trust, which is the cornerstone of every relationship and especially in a work environment. The quote: “When you start to wonder if you can trust someone that is when you know you already don't” says it all.


4.     What one memory do you most treasure?

When we moved into the Medical Library 20 years ago, I mentioned that I would love to enter the library at least once in my life on a Harley Davidson. My colleagues organised a surprise trip for me for my birthday in 2014. The manager of the Harley Davidson shop took me on a trip around the Health Sciences campus, into the HW Snyman Building and dropped me off right in front of the Circulation Desk. I will treasure the experience for the rest of my life.


5.     If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1?

I will start to clean up. My colleagues know me as a pathological cleaner, and contrary to a librarian’s personality, I can get rid of stuff easily. We will create many jobs, recycle a lot more stuff, and have a better environment and living conditions.  The first people that will receive a pair of gloves, a broom and a brush are all the politicians and bosses that don’t do their jobs and receive huge salaries. After that I will create more “Comic Relief” places for all the citizens in the country to enjoy.


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

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


Fana Mgidi whose mother passed away.


Gloria Maripane whose father-in law passed away.


Pieter van der Merwe wie se moeder oorlede is.


In Memoriam to /

In Herinnering aan


Francina Laka


Born: 04 March 1967 l Died: 28 April 2015

Buried: 02 May 2015


A memorial service was held at the Merensky 2 library for staff member Francina Laka. Photographs of the late Ms Francina Laka were displayed on the screen and library director, Mr Robert Moropa, welcomed the attendees with comforting words. Ms Bongi Letlape, a colleague, followed with a prayer.

Ms Josephine Modiba, ILL coordinator, described her relationship with Francina as follows: “I met the late Francina in 2009 after Vista Mamelodi campus merged with the University of Pretoria in 2004. She became a team member, a sister, and a friend to all. She brought life to the Inter-library loans section (ILL) with her loud voice, her smile, and her beautiful colorful clothing. She loved her job and was willing to help the clients, even in difficult conditions. She cared so much about the clients and in return the clients loved and respect her because of the good service she provided. ILL lost a trusted and loved colleague. I encourage you, Francina’s children and family, to follow her path and hold each other’s hand just like when she was still alive. She was really a strong woman who was not afraid to confront life challenges. She will always be in our hearts.”

The family member, Mr Kaizer Laka, thanked the University of Pretoria staff members who supported them from the time they heard about Francina’s passing until the burial. He especially thanked Una Mgwenya, a true family friend, who supported them during this sad time. He briefly told those present how lively Francina was in the family and that she would be greatly missed.

The scripture from the book of 2 Corinthians, chapter 1 verses 3 – 9, was read by a colleague, Rev. Danie Malan. The passage is as follows: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God”. The message comforted the family and all present. Reverend Malan closed with a prayer.


Contributed by Ms Josephine Modiba














Het jy geweet .......







Leonardo Da Vinci was die uitvinder

van die skêr.


Did you know.......





... most spiders have transparent blood. 


  • aper originated from China









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



Contributed by Diana Gerritsen


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





























































































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

Brief van die Redaksie / Letter from the Editors


Welcome to the second newsletter of the year which heralds a new beginning for me as the editor. You’ll find it filled with events and news of what has been happening the past three months. We hope you will enjoy our new feature: Getting to know your colleague.


‘n Spesiale dankie aan Carin Bezuidenhout wat sedert 2012 aan die stuur was van die nuusbrief saam Diana Gerritsen. Hierdie is ‘n tydrowende werkie en ons besef hoeveel moeite daarin gaan – baie dankie vir jou spesiale bydraes in die verlede.


Welcome to Margaux Mouton who has joined the editorial team for language editing.


We will appreciate your feedback and suggestions for improvement! Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts about the newsletter by completing this short survey.


Elsabé Olivier


Rocket-car Bloodhound featured at the Merensky 2 library


From 13 to 29 April 2015 the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Merensky 2 library, in collaboration with Sci-Enza, was home to the Bloodhound SSC, a supersonic, jet-powered car designed to reach record speeds of up to 1,600km/hr. The Bloodhound, a project seven years in the making, was prominently displayed on level three of the library where it received a lot of attention from passers-by. The display included facts and figures about the modular car, which is set to be tested later this year, and tours could be organized for a more in-depth understanding of the project and vehicle for the real enthusiasts.


The purpose of the Bloodhound and the display is to incite an interest in engineering, mathematics, science and technology. Based on responses from students, the exhibition did just that. One student wrote “what an engineering and scientific marvel”, whilst another student enthused that “[t]his is how you make engineering exciting for everyone!” The guestbook for the exhibition, in fact, is littered with exclamation marks, with one writing that it was “one of the coolest things that I’ve seen in a while!!”.


There were many compliments regarding the exhibition and the level of detail offered for those who were interested in the science behind the project. A great number, in fact, professed a determination to attend the actual test drive, fuelled as they were by the excitement of seeing the size of the car, which was much bigger than expected. The Bloodhound exhibition undoubtedly made a big impact on those who entered the library, and no doubt serves as one of many highlights users can expect from a library which makes innovation and technology a priority.

Read more:



Contributed by Ansa Heyl and Margaux Mouton


South Africa's first Library MakerSpace opens at the University of Pretoria Library


On 31 March 2015 the Department of Library Services at the University of Pretoria (UP) became the first library in South Africa to open a Library MakerSpace – a creative laboratory where people with ideas can get together with people who have the technical ability to make these ideas become a reality. The MakerSpace is part of the Maker Movement, a trend to use 'do-it-yourself' and 'do-it-with-others' techniques and processes to develop unique products which often associated with fields such as engineering, computer science, graphic design and digital art. Although the physical space is important, it is the collaboration between individuals with various and distinct areas of knowledge that is fundamental to fostering this creative environment.


The official opening of the Makerspace was attended by approximately 50 guests, including UP Vice Chancellor and Principal, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, members of the library advisory committee, and various heads of support services. The event and Makerspace were well received, with Prof Norman Duncan, Vice Principal, stating that it was an “incredible experience. 10/10 for creativity and innovation”. Prof Wendy Kilfoil, Director of Education Innovation, said that it was “great to see [that] the library’s tradition of innovation is alive and well”.


Students who have visited and made use of the space are equally enthusiastic about its potential as it features soldering benches, 3D printers, and computers on which to design and render models. On Welcoming Day one student wrote “[The Makerspace] is amazing! I am very impressed with the 3D printers! I cannot wait to study here!”, and another wrote that it was “mind blowing!”. Students have not only commented positively on the facilities but also the support they receive, as the Makerspace also features classes which will be taught by experts at entry level so that novices can learn new skills.


Clearly one must watch this space!


For more information about the Library MakerSpace, class schedules, or to make bookings, please email



Contributed by Ansa Heyl and Margaux Mouton

Visual Arts students’ poster interpretations of World Book & Copyright Day


The Department of Library Services, in collaboration with the Department of Visual Arts, hosted a poster exhibition from Monday 13 April to Friday 8 May 2015 in the Merensky 2 library. The posters were designed by the third-year Visual Arts students with interpretations of the theme World Book & Copyright Day. All library patrons were encouraged to vote electronically for their favourite library poster and were enticed by vouchers sponsored by Fego Café and Coffee Buzz, as well as USB flash drives sponsored by the Department of Library Services. Xerox sponsored the winning poster’s designer with a cash prize worth R750.  


Cézanne Moolman was the overall winner with her poster titled “Be the book you pick up.” One of the voters commented as follows about this poster: “I am not an artist but I am a reader. The slogan ’Be the book you pick up’ resonated with me immediately. When you read you immerse yourself in the world the author created. For that brief moment you forget yourself and become the characters. The many faces on the spines of the books are a symbol of how a reader becomes different people. You get insight and understanding into different cultures. In this picture there are old hardcover books and newer paperback books. As a reader you don't judge a book by the cover or its publication date but by its content”.


Jeanmari Blignaut was the runner-up with her poster titled “Libraries fuel imagination.” The following comment was made about this poster: “Libraries fuel innovation is my favourite, with the electricity pylons in the background of the Merensky 2 lighting it up, and South Africa experiencing load shedding is a very current (excuse the pun) and topical subject.”


Lindie Botes’s poster was third and elicited the following response from one of the voters: “Clear description of the library services and cute illustrations. It makes me see the library in a positive light”.


The following voters were the fortunate recipients of the sponsored prizes:

·         R50 Fego Café voucher winners: Estee Liebenberg (undergraduate student), Warren Gertzen (undergraduate student), Mmamotshwana Rakgase (undergraduate student), Sumien Deetlefs (postgraduate student), and Viveka Pillai (library staff member).

·         R50 Coffee Buzz voucher winners: Joshua Pretorius (postgraduate student), Lethabo Mathe (undergraduate student), and Shannah van Zyl (undergraduate student).

·         8GB USB winners: Noemia Manuel (undergraduate student), Keri Wilson (postgraduate student), Leandri Karastamatis (undergraduate student), Dineo Letsoko (undergraduate student), Omphemetse Mataboge (undergraduate student), and Chibuya Gababotse (postgraduate student).


The Department of Library Services wishes to thank the sponsors (Fego Café, Coffee Buzz, and Xerox) for their loyal support, as well as the Department of Visual Arts for undertaking this innovative project! Some more posters will be on display later this year during National Book Week.



Contributed by Elsabé Olivier

Austrian Embassy makes generous donation to Department of Library Services


On 30 April 2015, 65 brand new German books were handed over to Mr Robert Moropa, Director of the Department of Library Services, by Mr Matthias Radosztics, Deputy Head of Mission at the Austrian Embassy. The ceremony took place in the Merensky 2 Library and was attended by library staff and academic staff from the Department of Modern European Languages. All were delighted with this considerable contribution to the library’s collection.


The Department of Library Services attaches great value to partnerships such as the one with the Austrian Embassy since these assist the Library in improving its service to the academic community.


Contributed by Adrienne Warricker

World Book Day event presents the future of publishing now


To commemorate World Book Day, the Department of Library Services hosted a presentation by Prof Tahir Pillay on the ground-breaking publication of South Africa’s first digital interactive science textbook.


When asked about the possible revolution in the book publishing world that he spearheaded, Prof Pillay replied that although he believes that traditional, printed books will still be around for a long time, our world has become highly mobile and instant access to information the norm. Against this background, the digital textbook with its "four-dimensional" potential will become increasingly commonplace as the world makes the transition to an increasingly paperless society.


Prof Pillay’s talk highlighted the following interactive features of the digital textbook:

·         Multiple audio and video dimensions

·         Three-dimensional interactivity

·         Access to streaming media

·         Self-paced learning


In an information-laden world where portability and convenience will be sought increasingly over the voluminous, heavy printed textbooks, the digital option has the potential to capture the market. Prof Pillay believes that “UP should invest in resources to facilitate digital publishing and delivery to enhance its position as a leader in higher education”. In so doing, UP will also modernise its teaching delivery to the student population in the era of blended learning.




Contributed by Myan Subrayan

World Book and Copyright Day exhibition


23 April is a symbolic date for world literature. On this date in 1616 Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died (South African Government, 2015). World Book and Copyright Day was created by UNESCO in 1995 to honour these authors and many more.


The copyright office was responsible for the World Book and Copyright Day exhibition from 4 to 22 May. The office decided to combine anti-plagiarism awareness and copyright awareness during the exhibition. The circulation counter served as a good “paper wall”. Paper and crayons were provided in order for the students to give comments about plagiarism versus copy-and-paste options. The best way to describe that day is to quote the students’ comments. The comments of the students were priceless!:

·         Let’s do our best and become OG’s in this life! (Originals)

·         It seems that paper is still in fashion and can even be combined with technology.

·         Answer to the above:  The University is not for people like you.  [Perhaps just leave].

·         You will never know the depth of your brains’ creativity: stop copying others

·         You should use others’ work for inspiration only

·         To get good marks – it is Tukkies after all

·         Good artists copy and great artists steal – Pablo Picasso

·         Ctrl + C and Ctrl +V = the formula for success

·         Unfair because someone else spen[t] sleepless nights with that work.

·         Well I must admit I used to copy in High School, but it did me more harm than good. Now that I have stopped I am actually getting good marks for my assignments.

·         Don’t be a sponge and absorb everything that is not yours

·         You were born an original why die as a copy?

·         Dear God, I need my degree next year!

·         Comment from a Lecturer: They implemented an educational system that only offers conformity to students that do not understand what education is for. Currently it is viewed as a method of getting a job and not creating something by their own will. Enlighten them and do not ask them to conform.


It was quite an extraordinary survey but it worked like clockworkThe large amount of comments from the students indicated that “paper is still cool”. The importance of copyright was emphasised with copyright books and posters.



Contributed by Bettie de Kock

 Africa Day 25 May 2015




African decolonization started after the end of the Second World War with a significant number of African countries gaining independence from European colonial powers. The independence of Ghana under the leadership of Kwame Nkrumah in 1957 served as inspiration for other African countries to follow suit. During the Conference of Independent African States in April 1958 in Ghana, it was decided to celebrate African Liberation Day. On 25 May 1963, leaders of 32 African nations converged in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, to form the Organization of African Unity (OAU). African Liberation Day became known as Africa Day. In 2001 the OAU was replaced by the African Union (AU). South Africa became a republic on 31 May 1961.




African literature


African writers have been noticeable in the fight to shape modern democratic societies based on the remnants of the colonial state and against the callousness of a variety of dictatorial post-independence regimes on the continent. Many African writers had their works banned by these regimes and were jailed for long periods. Among the prominent writers who have suffered detention or been forced into exile are Wole Soyinka, Nurrudin Farah, Breyten Breytenbach, Festus Iyayi, Maina wa Kinyati, Nawal El Saadawi, and Bessie Head. South Africa, Uganda, Malawi and Kenya were the worst hit, in terms of suppression of the arts. Post-colonial African literature is thus profoundly political in nature. Forms such as protest, agitprop, satirical sketches in street theatre, prison notes and journals, pamphlets and manifestos have been used to defy post-independence African dictatorial regimes.


Source: Biodun J. 1992. Literature in postcolonial Africa. Dissent, Summer 353.


The Africa Day exhibition on in the Merensky 2 library focused on two prominent African authors: Chinua Achebe (1930-2013) and Wole Soyinka (1934-).


“The publication of Achebe’s first novel, Things Fall Apart, in 1958 was a landmark literary and cultural event not because it was the first novel published by a Nigerian […] a West African or an African writer, but because it came in the tumultuous throes of decolonization” (Zeleza, 125). His following novels, No Longer at Ease, Arrow of God, A Man of the People, and Anthills of the Savannah were also noteworthy – like his essays and monographs. He was awarded the Man Booker International Prize in 2007.


Wole Soyinka, Nigerian playwright, academic, poet and political activist, is the first black African to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature (1986). He also received honorary doctorates from various universities, as well as lifetime awards. Soyinka also wrote novels - The Interpreters (1965) and Season of Anomy (1973) - and several volumes of poetry. The latter include ldanre, and Other Poems (1967) and Mandela's Earth and Other Poems (1988), while his critical works include Myth, Literature and the African World published by Oxford University Press.


The exhibition on Level 6 expanded on the theme of post-colonial African literature by showcasing some more African authors, as well as works covering African Literature and the Arts in Africa.




Currey, J. 2003. The African Writers Series and the Establishment of African Literature. African Affairs, 102(409): 575–85.

Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Gikandi, S. 2001. Chinua Achebe and the Invention of African Culture. Research in African Literatures, 32(3): 3–8.

Oxford Reference Online.

Zeleza PT. 2014. Africa’s Struggles for Decolonization: From Achebe to Mandela. Research in African Literatures, 45(4): 121-139.


Contributed by Adrienne Warricker

iPhonenography & Mobile Photography Workshop


The presentation iPhonenography and mobile photography tips by Carike Schoeman on the 14th of May 2015 instantly turned all those who attended into amateur photographers. Her enthusiasm for photography was infectious, and the auditorium was soon filled with the sound of attendees clicking away on their mobile devices. Carike simplified the concepts of sensor size and megapixels, enabling one to make an informed choice in future when choosing a device.


She kindly included her top tips and explanation of device features, inevitably improving the quality of our photographs. Carike also shared the 4th annual Mobile Photography award winners’ photographs in her presentation. It was astounding that the winners in the different categories could do so much with a mobile device. Her advice is “Keep shooting, practice makes perfect!” and “You zoom in with your legs!”


Contributed by Viveka Pillai

Open Day - 23 May 2015

On 23 May 2015 the library contributed to a successful Open Day on campus by providing guided tours through the library. The library adds value to the University as a whole and is an asset that plays a role in the final decision for parents and students as to whether to become a UP student of not.


Lindiwe Soyizwapi and Marieta Buys were our ambassadors on the lawn in front of the Aula and ensured that all the parents and prospective students were aware of the value and importance of the library. Elsabé Olivier welcomed guests in the Merensky 2 foyer and Louisa Buys, Katlego Aphane, Adam Munonoka, Refiloe Matlatse, Viveka  Pillay, and Gerda Ehlers were the friendly tour guides. For the first time ever Isak vander Walt and Jaco Bezuidenhout introduced the prospective students and their parents to the wonders of 3D printing in the Library Makerspace.


Parents and prospective students are always impressed with what the library offers and how much information we make accessible to our students.


These are some of the comments received:

·         "Loved the tour - very informative!"

·         "This is an awesome library, very beautiful. I cannot wait for next year!"

·         "Baie beïndruk met ongelooflike vriendelike diens en inligting. Ek hoop ons studente waardeer hierdie ongelooflike fasiliteit."

·         "I was really impressed by the welcome, video and facilities! I think the other universities need to up their game!


Thank you to the Learning centre staff members and other contributors in making Open Day such a success!

Contributed by Gerda Ehlers




On the 22nd and 23rd of May 2015 the Department of Library Services hosted the first Intel / Rectron hackathon. During a hackathon participants receive problem scenarios and then have a specific time frame in which they need to solve these problems. The library hosted 5 groups of 6 students that received 5 real world problem scenarios.


 They were given only 48 hours to "hack" away at the problem. In solving the problems they had to use some of the latest hardware and software provided by Intel and Rectron. The Hackathon turned out to be a huge success with amazing solutions ranging from solar irrigation systems to solar heating solutions for homes and many more.


The idea behind hackathons is to bring like-minded people together to work on a problem and come up with a more complete solution. Intel has since indicated that they would like to continue hosting Hackathons via the MakerSpace and by June next year have an attendance of 400+ participants.





Contributed by Isak van der Walt



SANLiC Conference: SMART e-resources, maximising your e-resources


This conference took place on 19-20 May 2015 and focused on the transition of the concept of SMART Goals to our world of e-resources. SMART means that goals must be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Based. The impact of the exchange rate, changes in the VAT regulations and other challenges force librarians to adapt and work smarter, and to do more with less.


Ms Lorraine Estelle delivered the keynote address on SMART goals for Library Consortia. She shared her experiences in the UK and explored the nature of the journal market and how library consortia can achieve their SMART goals. Open Access was a big issue and Leti Kleyn delivered an excellent presentation on our experience with Author Processing Charges. Researchers’ needs and expectations regarding Research Data Management and Data Curation were discussed by Heila Pienaar and Isak van der Walt, and they used UP as an example of what is done and can be done in our current situation.


e-Books and especially textbooks were discussed from different viewpoints, and Prof Melanie Wiese and Ms Giselle du Plessis illustrated the experiment they did with the 2nd year Marketing students at UP. Students have access to a print and e-version of a textbook, and although they feel positive about e-books, they still prefer the print copy for study purposes. This observation creates a challenge for academics and librarians to make students aware of and to encourage them to use e-books.


The sessions on the second day focused on the e-Resources toolkit, Scholarly Publishing, and the Discovery of e-Resources. Practical examples illustrated these developments – there was even a session on “The catalogue is dead! Long live the catalogue!”


The exhibitors presented their products at short breakaway sessions, and we had the opportunity to choose three that we think will be the most relevant to our situation. The lucky draw at the end of the conference (where a lot of the UP staff won vouchers) was a good incentive to attend these sessions.



Contributed by


The Merensky 2 Research Commons hosts Advanced Word Editing workshops


In response to the many queries from researchers on how to use Word more efficiently for the purpose of their theses, the Merensky Research Commons staff, in collaboration with Training Coordinator Elize Nagel, started an initiative to train researchers through a series of two-day courses. The Advanced Word Editing course focuses on learning skills such as formatting, using Track Changes, merging documents, and other vital steps for success. Researchers spend the two days learning and practising the skills, after which they receive a certificate of attendance.

Thus far the Merensky Research Commons has hosted three courses between March and May, each of which has been well-attended, much sought after, and has garnered extremely positive reviews. Researchers are essentially empowered to take control of their work and be able to be an active part of the process of writing as a whole, rather than simply focusing on content alone. The initiative is set to continue into the second semester and become an annual feature on the list of events hosted by the Research Commons, with many researchers already enquiring as to the dates for the next sessions!

Some recent feedback includes the following:

·         “You really made the course more than worthwhile!”

·         “Thank you for hosting such an excellent course and for making it fun and so easy! There are a lot of tricks that can make the writing so much effortless.”

·         “Thanks for the very informative course that you presented”


Contributed by Sunette Steynberg and Margaux Mouton

Proud of our PhD graduates



To help celebrate their achievements and to inspire others to work hard on their own studies, the Merensky Research Commons has, as of this year, begun to present PhD graduates with a gift each and the opportunity to address their fellow researchers in the venue with words of inspiration. Richard Iroyane and Celestin Mayombe, two of our April 2015 graduates, were presented with a UP alumni tie by Research Commons Coordinator, Sunette Steynberg and Deputy Director, Lindiwe Soyizwapi.


Both researchers were regulars in the Merensky 2 Research Commons and offered encouragement to those with whom they had formed friendships over the past few years. The Merensky 2 Research Commons plans to continue the initiative to not only reward diligence and the furthering of UP’s goal to increase research output, but also to help build relationships with those who frequent the space and view the Research Commons as a “home away from home”.



Contributed by Margaux Mouton

First Postgraduate Forum for 2015


The first Postgraduate Forum for 2015 was held on 1 April in the Auditorium of the Merensky 2 library. It was decided to have it at 16:30 in order for working students to also attend. This decision seemed to have the necessary effect and the Forum was attended by 90 students from almost all the faculties.


The programme included two speakers: Prof. Stephanie Burton, Vice Principal: Research and Postgraduate studies, and Mrs Sunette Steynberg, Research Librarian. Prof. Burton gave an inspirational speech on how to succeed in postgraduate studies. Sunette Steynberg talked about ‘Publishing your research’. The latter presentation is available on the Library Research support page at

Refreshments were served between the two talks which gave the students an opportunity to network and build relationships - one of the goals of the Research Commons staff. 



Contributed by Margaux Mouton and Sunette Steynberg


Youth Day event: ‘Being young, successful and staying ahead of the curve’ by Benjamin Mbana


In celebration of Youth Day the Department of Library Services hosted alumni Benjamin Mbana to inspire UP students and staff.


Mbana, who graduated with a degree in BCom Hons (Taxation) from the University of Pretoria in 2012, was named winner of the International Ernst & Young (EY) Young Tax Professional of the Year 2014 in Amsterdam in December 2014. He also received the South African Ernst & Young (EY) Young Tax Professional of the Year (YTPY) 2014 award.


He started off telling the audience that he was not a motivational speaker, but boy, did he motivate us (young and old…)! Although experiencing many setbacks from a very young age, he managed to reach his goals with the following three mottos:


1.     Success is not a destination; it’s a journey (you are a culmination of your decisions. You can’t blame someone else for your circumstances).

2.     Have a passion for what you do.

3.     Never stop learning – always challenge yourself!


The audience was asked to complete evaluation forms after the event and all of them concluded that Benjamin’s talk was very inspirational. They also suggested that more of these events should take place.


Some of the comments are listed below:


“Awesome! Very motivating and encouraging. It’s always great to see one of our own (Tuks student) coming back to show and tell that it can be done.”


“Really good that library is exposing young achievers from UP to UP. Great initiative.”


“It is a good idea to have peers and young alumni of the university coming to motivate students and remind them that all successful individuals started at the same point as all of us. It should not be limited to Youth month. It would be effective all year round.”

Contributed by Cora Bezuidenhout

How to become the best YOU you can be and reach your full potential!


On Monday 11 May and Tuesday 12 May 2015 Dr Madeleine Nolte, Head of Student Support, addressed postgraduate students and staff members, respectively, on the topic ‘How to become the best YOU you can be and reach your full potential’.


In order to better understand self-worth, Dr Nolte guided attendees to evaluate their self-esteem by completing a questionnaire indicating their own perception of body image (or physical self), interpersonal relationships, feelings of self-worth, and lastly confidence. Self-esteem is defined as a reflection of a person's overall self-appraisal and own worth, and impacts on one’s personal and professional life. Through a process of positive reframing Dr Nolte guided attendees to view themselves in a more positive light and to transform negative thinking in a powerful way.

Attendees overwhelmingly responded positively to the workshops:


“This has been very fantastic and very educational. This cannot leave the person the same way they came in.”


“Very well articulated and approachable. Very relaxed environment.”


“The course was done in a unique way – not the typical self-esteem course. [It] was good to listen to someone with lots of experience.”


“Great workshop. Did not know what to expect at first but was pleasantly surprised. [Madeleine] is very inspirational!”


“Dr Madeleine is an ANGEL, a builder and an instructor.”


“This workshop is interesting and life-changing.”



Contributed by Elsabé Olivier and Margaux Mouton


Visitors to the Merensky II Library


Cara Pieterse and students from Tiger Kloof Combined School

13 Children and their teacher Cara Pieterse from Tiger Kloof Combined School (situated in Vryburg), visited the Merensky 2 library on Saturday, April 25th.


 Guests from Leiden University, the Netherlands


The Merensky 2 library received two guests from Leiden University, the Netherlands on Wednesday, April 29th. Mr Jeroen 't Hart, Director of Student and Educational Affairs and Ms Marieke te Booij, Assistant Director International Relations, Student and Educational Affairs, requested a tour of the library and met with the library director, Mr Robert Moropa.


 Guests from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology


The Department of Library Services received 8 guests from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LCUT) on Tuesday, June 2nd. Being a fairly new university (LCUT was established in 2008), the delegation was also interested in learning more about our student facilities, including the Library. Ntlaloe Daniel Ntlaloe (lecturer) commented afterwards: “We really enjoyed ourselves and the knowledge we have acquired will help our University in Lesotho to grow bigger. Thank you very much for your hospitality.”


 Staff members of the University of Botswana Library in Gaborone

Goitse G. Isaac (featured left), Co-ordinator of the Learning Commons at the University of Botswana Library in Gaborone, Botswana, together with her 3 colleagues Albertina Monica Motlogi, Blessing Ketlhoilwe and Spando Molatedi, visited the Merensky 2 and the Groenkloof Libraries today.

Spando Molatedi (senior librarian) responded afterwards: “Thank you so much to your colleagues for the hospitality and sharing with us. I was very much impressed by the progress that UP has made. You are so organized and you really make library work look so simple and enjoyable. The information we acquired will go a long way in helping us improve our services.”


Contributed by  Elsabé Olivier


Watch this space for upcoming news from Julene Vermeulen and Martha de Waal on the 'Libraies Linked:  Professional Library Immersion Program' - following their visit to the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, during April and May this year.

Taut versus taught


A reader found the following sentence in an online page of a South African newspaper and wanted to know if the spelling of taught is incorrect: The Bulls and Lions battled each other in a taught, exciting game that finally unravelled when the Lions scored in the last minute of the game.


Our reader's hunch was right. The newspaper got it wrong: taught is a verb related to teaching, and taut means "strained or tense."


·         Mrs Carpenter taught the girls a song.


·         Their nerves were taut after waiting all day for results.


I found it interesting though that the history of taut is obscure according to the Oxford English Dictionary, and that it was also spelled taught as recently as the 1600s. So although this is a simple spelling error today, it could be right if the paper were transported back in time.


Contributed by Diana Gerritsen

Source:  OPSA Terrific Tuesday, 21 April 2015

New e-Books


Editors: Javier Garcia-Martinez and Elena Serrano-Torregrosa




Contributed by Chrissie Boeyens

Special Collections book of the month

The beauty of the line : life and times of Dumile Feni by Chabani Manganyi


Preface :

With the family, genus and species all rolled into one, Welwitschia mirabilis is truly one of a kind. A rarity among rarities, it is found only in the Namib Desert, extending from Namibia to Angola. Throughout the biological world and since the discovery of this bizarre Namib endemic in 1859, no other single plant has aroused the curiosity and attention of so many scientists.

Welwitschia is the national plant of Namibia. It is a true flagship species of the Namib Desert and although not the prettiest, it is the most peculiar and advanced due to its amazing botanically engineered life form with an incredible capacity to survive the Namib Desert environment. It is no small wonder that Welwitschia is one of the most researched desert plant in the world.

What makes this plant so unique, apart from being highly adapted to the Namib climate, is that its a remnant of the past, representing a group of plants which flourished on earth some 125 million years ago. Welwitschia is a true living fossil! Welwitschia is estimated to grow to about 500 to 1500 years old.

Welwitschia attracts botanist and naturalists from all over the world who come to observe it in its native habitat. It grows in a rugged, harsh and starkly beautiful environment that leaves man spellbound!

About the authors :

Ernst van Jaarsveld. Horticulturist and Botanist with a keen interest in Welwitschia for a long time, having cultivated and cared for these plant for the past 36 years at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Cape Town. He has also travelled widely and studied the plant in its habitat throughout most of its distribution range. Ernst's interest lies in plants from arid and semi-arid regions of southern Africa, especially succulent plants. He holds a PhD from the University of Pretoria, based on his work on cliff dwelling succulent plants in southern Africa and their adaptations.

Uschi Pond. Namibian born and raised - the vast landscapes and open spaces deeply rooted within her. Ecologist, artist and traveller with a particular interest in desert and wetland environs. Uschi qualified in Nature Conservation and Landscape Architecture - is involved in courtyard-garden design, botanical collections and preservations, graphic design and art. She has travelled extensively on the African continent. This book has crystallised from her passion for botany with graphic art, photography and a fascination for this peculiar and unique plant 'Welwitschia'.

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