Ferdinand Postma Library: Second floor renovation

Progress of construction on 2nd floor.

The project is progressing according to plan.  We apologise for the noise in the library! We have liaised with the contractors to do the “noisy work” immediately at the start of the project and not during the final exams in October/November.  Therefore bear with us please.


Progress report:

  • Book shelves were covered with PVC sheeting
  • Cables of electrical, data, telephone, fire and other equipment were removed
  • The large journal counter was dismantled
  • 90% of the dry walls were removed
  • Old carpets and vinyl flooring were removed
  • Wall tiles of 3 bathrooms on the second floor were removed – this created the loud and continuous banging noise…  they will start with the floor tiles today (15/9)
  • All the plumbing was disconnected & removed

International Literacy Day (08 September 2017)

North-West University Library Potchefstroom celebrated International Literacy Day with a fun activity for the students. This gave the students an opportunity to learn about the library’s facilities and resources. A scavenger hunt was planned and QR codes were incorporated to raise awareness of digital literacy in accordance with this year’s theme of International Literacy Day: Literacy in a digital world. Students who participated in the event were very enthusiastic and mentioned that they learnt more about the library as this was not just as fun activity, but one that had a literacy value.


The prizes up for the taking were sponsored by Wiley.    In collaboration with the Faculty of Law, the scavenger hunt was also incorporated to the Amazing Race activity for the 2nd year Criminal law students.


Students taking a selfie with Meisie Makauza in the Education Sciences Library
Dina Mashiyane handing over some Wiley book prizes
Law students taking part in the scavenger hunt

Digital Humanities Conference August 2017


Erika Rood, Manager: Information Services Potchefstroom had the opportunity to attend the Annual Digital Humanities Conference 2017 at the McGill University in Montrèal, Canada. The NWU Research Unit for Languages and Literature in the South African Context provided funding and some of their staff joined her in attending the conference.  The conference was attended by delegates from different disciplines including researchers, lecturers, students, librarians, archivists, computer scientists, statisticians and academic administrators.

DHASA (Digital Humanities Association of Southern Africa) also joined the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) during this conference.

The program included 17 workshops, about 100 sessions, 2 poster sessions with more than 100 posters and during lunch Special Interest Group meetings (eg. DH and Libraries).

Some of the issues discussed were privacy, visualisation software, decolonization and DH methodologies and projects. The closing keynote address delivered by Elizabeth Guffey aptly examined issues of disability and access -Access being the theme of DH2017.

The insight gained from attending this conference will add to the growing interest and knowledge needed to support Digital Humanities Initiatives at the NWU.

Staff News

Congratulations to the following staff members who were appointed recently:

wendy-matlou Wendy Matlou
Temporary Administrative Assistant in Rouxshane Bosman’s position. Rouxshane is on maternity leave.
sakhele-magodla Sakhele Magodla
Library Assistant: Information Services from 01 September 2017

There are currently 4 vacancies at Potchefstroom Library:

  • Shelver: Loan Services (successful candidate to commence duty on 1 October)
  • Assistant Librarian: Information Services (will be advertised shortly)
  • Administrative Officer (Half day position): Loan Services (will be advertised shortly)
  • Administrative Assistant: Administration

All vacancies are advertised on the NWU vacancy web page:

NWU Libraries Celebrate International Literacy Day


Join North-West University Library Services in celebrating International Literacy Day on 8 September 2017. This global annual event aims to highlight the importance of literacy for both young and old. This year’s theme Literacy in a Digital World, emphasises the importance of developing digital literacy skills, so as to enhance the participation of individuals in the digital citizenship. Since 21st-century information is available in multiple formats, it is essential for our society to equip ourselves with the relevant skills that will enable us to navigate the overwhelming amount of information at our disposal.

To celebrate International Literacy Day, we invite you to go on an adventure that will allow you to explore our libraries’ facilities and resources. There are various prizes up for the taking and all you need to do is to join in the fun!




MAIG-Seminar-2017.jpgErika Rood and Louise Vos attended a MAIG Seminar:  Marketing and Advocacy for Librarians, tips of the trade on Friday 18 August at the University of Pretoria.  MAIG (Marketing & Advocay Interest Group) aims to support and unitw library staff interested in marketing and advocating Library and Information Services in South Africa.   In a presentation by Theuns Kotze, lecturer at UP:  Marketing your library on a shoestring, he shared ideas on how the library can market library services with a small budget.  He emphasised that we need to understand users’ needs, tailor library services to assist users in every step of the research process, and effectively communicate our services to them.  Ina Smith, LIASA Librarian of the Year 2016 did a presentation on Digital Marketing tips, Tools & Tricks for Librarians.  René Schoombee, LIASA Librarian of the Year 2007 shared practical examples of next level marketing initiatives.

Theology Librarians Workshop, Kenya

Hester Lombard, Branch Librarian at Theology, attended the NetACT Multi-School Library Resource Project Planning workshop from 2-7 July at Scott Christian University, Machakos, Kenya.  The librarian workshop was held simultaneously with the NetACT annual general meeting.  NetACT (Network for African Congregational Theology) assist their member institutions with developing congregational theology, leadership and governance.  The management of NetACT identified access to information at the African universities as a problem, and arranged this library workshop for 16 Theology librarians.  Six of the attendees were South Africans, and the other librarians were from other countries in Africa.  During the workshop a web portal was developed to provide theology students of universities who are members of NetACT, with information.


Vanderbijlpark Library Community Outreach

SunCrest High School asked Information Services to assist their Grade 11 students with information for the “2017 Environmental sustainability Project Research Paper” for SAIIA (South African Research Institute on Regional and International Issues). They assisted with the format of the paper, as well as the bibliography.  Six learners were chosen to use these information for a debate that will take place later in August.

Martie Esterhuizen visited the school afterwards for a follow-up to ensure that the project was on track.  The staff were thankful for the library’s involvement to empower their learners, because they don’t have a library at school.  During the visit, Louise Harmse presented stationary gift bags to the debate team.  The gift bags were sponsored by Van Schaik Bookstore.