Appointment of the Manager: Information Resources

Mr uNtobeko Sikhakhane has been appointed as Manager: Information Resources from 1 August 2021. He holds a Bachelor degree in Information Science (UNISA) obtained in 2010 and enrolled for the Master of Philosophy (Library and Information Studies) at DUT in 2020. Other qualifications include the Certificate in Local Government Administration and Management (UNISA) in 2006, and a Certificate in Management Principles for First-Line Managers (UNISA) obtained in 2015.

His previous work experience includes the following:
He held a position as Senior Librarian and Acting Chief Librarian at Drakenstein Municipality (Paarl) from Dec. 2016 to 31 July 2021.

His main duties were:
•Operations and general management duties
•Financial Management
•Project Management and Implementation
•Quality and Risk Management
•Stakeholder Relations
•People Management (including development and capacity building)

He had an appointment as Librarian, Sol Plaatje Municipality, Kimberley, April 2012 – Nov. 2016 where he provided research and reference services, participated in collection development, people management, manage customer service, cataloguing and classification. He also held a Research Librarian and Archivist position at Engen Petroleum Ltd, Durban where he conducted amongst other duties, maintaining the library and archive collection, classification and digitization of records, handling technical inquiries, subscriptions management, people and financial management. He presented papers at conferences and seminars with the recent paper in 2019 at the Public Libraries Seminar, Cape Town: on “Emerging Technologies: Investigating library user trends with reference to technology”.

We welcome him in the NWU library family and wish him well in his position.

Resignation and Acting Manager

Mr Lindsay Reid resigned as Manager: Library Systems on 30 June 2021. He joined the NWU LIS in November 2018. We wish him the best in his new position at the NMMU.

Mr Lizwi Njani has been appointed as Acting Manager: Library Systems from 1st July 2021. He holds BCom Honours in Information Systems from the University of Fort Hare. He is currently appointed as Business Analyst in NWU IT Academic Support Services and is based in the Library Systems section. His previous experience includes, working as a Developer at IT: Business Systems Development and Support.

We wish him well in the new portfolio.

The LIS commemorates Youth Day

National Youth Day is meant to commemorate the events of the 1976 uprisings and to honor those who fought and lost their lives during the uprisings. But it is also a reminder of the progress our country has made regarding equality and equal opportunity for all our youth.

In the library on Potchefstroom Campus, an exhibition was held to highlight issues that the current youth are facing, and staff engaged with students about the events of June 16. During interaction with students who were interested in the display, students were invited to asked library-related questions. Staff assisted them and used a tablet to do the searches as they watched.

In the library on Mahikeng Campus, staff decided to reflect on two distinct periods in the lives of our young people. They divided the time-lines as: the struggle of 16 June 1976, and the 2021 youth. The students were reminded that each generation has unique challenges to address and a mandate to achieve. This can only be achieved through working together as a community. What the youth of South Africa can do on this day, is to educate one another and learn from the events that took place on June 16. In addition, you can also spend this day helping underprivileged children in schools or orphanages in our country donating resources that will aid their education and improve the lives of our future leaders.

Education is seen as the most viable option to change the destination of our youth. Our friendly library staff is always available to help our youth to achieve their dreams.

Dream on young people! Dream On!

Teboho Morajane – Faculty Librarian (Mahikeng)
Banele Khoza – Librarian Undergraduate Support (Potchefstroom)

LIS Webinar

Research Visibility: Driving Open Access (with Open Research Data) without violating the Copyright law, POPIA, and Code of Ethics

The Library and Information Service hosted a successful webinar titled Research Visibility: Driving Open Access (with Open Research Data) without violating the Copyright law, POPIA, and Code of Ethics, on 12 May 2021. The webinar was facilitated by Prof Jako Olivier (the UNESCO Chair on Multimodal Learning and Open Educational Resources hosted at the NWU), and well attended by a number of NWU staff as well as other and non-members of the North-West University.

Prof Olivier provided a brief background on the concept of Open Access with emphasis on engaged scholarship, by opening research and educational knowledge output to the public. Prof Olivier highlighted the social responsibility of the NWU as institution of higher learning that shares its research outputs with the members of the public through the Institutional Repository (BOLOKA).

The keynote speaker, Prof Caroline B. Ncube (Research Chair in Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development) at the Department of Commercial Law at the University of Cape Town, gave a presentation on how researchers can control and improve their online presence and visibility of their research. A four-step guide was presented that identified points such assessing one’s current online presence, improving output and visibility. Applicable concepts such copyright, POPIA, and research ethics were also discussed.

Prof Ncube ended with encouraging words and confirmed that it is researchers’ social responsibility to ensure that their research work is openly accessible to the society at large, and making social impact.

Mr Tiyani Mabunda
LIS Director: Open Scholarship

New appointment

Mr Teboho Morajane has been appointed as Faculty Librarian: Education and Health Sciences (Mahikeng) with effect from the 1st of June 2021. He served for a few months as temporary Faculty Librarian in the library on Mahikeng campus.

He started his career at Rembrandt van Rijn as a general worker, then moved on to work as a teacher librarian at Mmokeng Secondary School and as a District School Libraries’ Advisor at the Department of Education, Dr K Kaunda District, North-West Province. He holds a Bachelor of Information Science from UNISA, an honours degree in Education from the North-West University, a Primary Teacher’s Diploma, a diploma in Higher Education, and a Certificate in Archives Management and a Business Management Diploma.

He served at LIASA on various levels, in the School Library & Youth Service Interest Group as a Co-ordinator and as a National Chairperson. He was the LIASA North-West branch chairperson and is currently a member of the National Executive Committee.

Teboho, we welcome you to the NWU LIS team. We wish you all the best in your new position!

New appointments

We wish the following two colleagues the best in their new positions at Information Services (Potchefstroom):

Ms Banele Khosa was appointed as Librarian: Undergraduate Support from 1 May 2021. She was appointed as Assistant Librarian, Information Services in 2019 and had a brief appointment as Librarian: Special Collections in 2020. In her new appointment she will provide support to undergraduate students with information services and information literacy training, update the Undergraduate LibGuide and liaise with stakeholders such as the Student Representative Council and Disability Office on the Potchefstroom Campus. A key responsibility of this position is the annual update and development of the Information Literacy component in ALDA/ALDE.

Congratulations to Ms Bulelwa Gcawu who was appointed as Assistant Librarian in the Learning Commons at the library on Potchefstroom campus from 1 May 2021. She joined NWU LIS in January 2019 as a Library Assistant at the general information desk. She will be responsible for supporting undergraduate students in the Commons and market the Library and Information Service to this user group. The compliance to the Library Code of Conduct and Covid-19 protocols in the Information Commons are also part of her responsibilities.
Colleagues, may you both find fulfilment in your new positions!

LIS Annual Report 2020

The Annual Report for 2020 has been completed and is available on the LIS website ( You are welcome to have a look at this report as it reflects the challenges but also opportunities posed by COVID-19. The information is arranged according to the LIS strategic goals, with emphasis on the effect of the pandemic on LIS activities throughout the year.


New appointment

Ms Lungile Dlamini has been appointed as Librarian: Cataloguing from 1 April 2021. She will be based in the library on the Potchefstroom campus.

Lungile completed her Bachelor of Information Studies (BInf) at University of Limpopo. She did voluntary work at the Nelsville Public Library in 2017 and at the NWU Mafikeng Library in 2018 to gain experience in cataloguing. She also did an internship at the NWU Ferdinand Postma Library as a cataloguing librarian during 2018. She worked as an intern at the CSIR Library Technical Services (2019) where she used OCLC Worldshare for cataloguing according to RDA. During 2020, she gained valuable experience while working at Sabinet as a Junior Library Product Specialist, responsible for systems support, system implementation and data manipulation in the library market.

With her work experience, we are glad to have her in our cataloguing team.

Welcome Lungile, may you be find joy and fulfilment in your new position!

New appointment

Mr Sakhile Victor Mngomezulu has been appointed as Librarian: Scholarly Communications from 1 April 2021. He is based in the Research Commons in the library on Mafikeng campus, and will report to the Director Open Scholarship. He will work closely with Faculty Librarians and other staff on research matters. Sakhile holds a Degree NQF 8 from the University of Limpopo in Information Studies. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Information Science with the University of South Africa. He started working as a Library Intern at the University of South Africa (Main Campus). He then moved on to work as a Librarian at the Management College of Southern Africa. He was then appointed as an Information Specialist at the Varsity college(IIE) providing research support to postgraduate students.

Sakhile, welcome to the NWU LIS team – we wish you all the best in your new position!