News on LIS infrastructure projects

As with most other matters, the LIS infrastructure projects were hugely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The renovation at Mafikeng Library was almost completed when construction came to a halt end of March. It seems however that construction will resume any day now. After project completion, the library will boast with a renovated Law Library and 24hr study area, as well as a brand new Information Commons for undergraduate students. We are looking forward to the completion of this project!

The planning process to extend and renovate the Education Library (Potchefstroom) gained momentum. The architectural plans have been approved and the intended start of the project will be in the last quarter of 2020.

The spaces of the current Education Library will be repurposed and the EduLab space will be converted into a quiet study area. Additional workspaces and power plugs will be added throughout the library.

A double-story extension will be added to the front of the library.


Ground floor:
The ground floor will host a copy shop and also the new EduLab, with a collaborative and connected working space for 104 students.

Modern ‘Wimpy-like” benches will be installed and throughout the area will be ample plugs for laptops and other devices.

Six group study rooms will be equipped with LED screens, whiteboards and power points on the tables.

First floor:

The first floor will have at least 54 computer workstations and 17 individual study cubicles, also equipped with power points.

A lift will be installed for users with disabilities.

More news and architectural plans on infrastructure projects.

Staff News

New appointment

lizwi-njaniMr. Lizwi Njani was appointed as Business Analyst in the Library Systems section. He has already started on 1 April 2020. Lizwi is not new to the NWU, as he has been working as a Developer at IT Business Systems Development and Support since 2018.

He has obtained a BCom Honours in Information Systems from the University of Fort Hare.

Lizwi, we welcome you to the LIS team. We wish you all the best in your new role!

Staff News

Acting Manager: Information Resources
The appointment of the new Manager Information Resources is still pending and in progress. The lockdown has an impact on the delayed process.

We would like to extend our gratitude to Ms Molly Kekana for holding the fort for a considerable period of time as acting Manager: Information Resources. The LIS Senior Management extended their appreciation for her contribution and support during a recent EXCO meeting.


carine_bassonCarine Basson takes over the reigns to act as Manager: Information Resources from 1 June 2020 until the position is permanently filled. We are grateful that Carine will keep operations going. She is currently based at Potchefstroom campus. As Senior Librarian: Electronic Resource Management and Periodicals her role cuts across the 3 campuses, particularly in e-Resources. We wish Carine success during this period.

Staff News

We say goodbye to Manare

manare-tshenyeMs. Manare Tshenye has resigned on 31 May 2020 after she has served the NWU LIS for almost 30 years. She started her career at Mafikeng Campus Library in 1990 as Cataloguing Librarian. Over the years she has served in the positions of Head of Periodicals, Head of Cataloguing, Manager Information Resources and acting Director, Mafikeng Campus Library. After the restructuring in 2017, she was appointed as Senior Manager Campus Operations at Mafikeng Library. During this period she was part of the Executive Committee of the LIS.

Over the years, Manare had the opportunity to represent the LIS on various Committees at the Mafikeng Campus: the Deans Committee, Extended Management Committee, Senate Committee, OHS, Bookshop Committee and CHELSA.

As a professional librarian, Manare showed her expertise when she lectured Librarianship to BEd 4th year students in 2003 – 2004 and tutored 1st year students on Information Literacy.

Additionally, Ms. Tshenye served in various library related task teams, especially in the area of Bibliographic Management and Library Systems where she acquitted herself very well.

Manare, we are going to miss you! We wish you joy and fulfillment in your new journey.

Staff News

We say goodbye to Katlego

katelego-chiyaMr Katlego Chiya has resigned and will leave us at the end of May to take up another position at the University of the Western Cape. Katlego joined the NWU LIS in February 2015 as Assistant Librarian, Information Services at Vanderbijlpark. In June 2019 he was appointed as Faculty Librarian in Potchefstroom. In this position he supported students, researchers and academic staff in the subject areas of History & Ancient Culture, Political studies, Public Management & Governance, Social Anthropology and Sociology. He supported with EndNote queries and training sessions and also assisted in downloading the revised NWU Harvard style into EndNote.

Katlego, your presence and contributions will be missed – we wish you all the best in your new position!

Staff News

We say goodbye

patience-maniza-ndwandweMs Maniza Ndwande retired on 30 April after she has served the LIS for 39 years. Maniza was a qualified Librarian and Archivist with a B Tech (Archival Studies), an Honours in Information Science (Unisa) as well as an MBA (UNW).

She started in 1981 as a Cataloguer at Mafikeng Library. She functioned in the positions of Head of Acquisitions, Head of Serials, Head of the Lending and Inter-library Loans, Head of Special Collections and retired as Senior Librarian: ERM & Periodicals.

The highlights of her career involved the following, which were firsts at the LIS:

  • writing the Periodicals Section procedure manual
  • implementing the cash box and receipt book for the Lending section
  • introducing the clearance form which has been adopted by the whole NWU
    writing a procedure manual for the Lending Section
  • developing of Government Publications section into Special Collections and writing a procedure manual thereof
  • cataloguing of non-book materials and periodicals
  • was part of the team that put together the LIS strategy led by Dr Moyo after his appointment as Director: LIS on the Mafikeng Campus in 2014.

Maniza, we will miss you! May you find joy in your new journey.

Staff News

banele-khozaCongratulations to our colleague, Banele Khoza who has been appointed as Faculty Librarian (PC) with specific responsibility for Special Collections and support to Branch Libraries.

She started in her new position on 1 May 2020 and will liaise with all relevant role players to get to know our special collections in order to develop, preserve and manage our existing collections, also to identify collections to digitise and render support at our Branch Libraries.

Banele, we wish you all the best in your new role.

Communication to Academic Staff

Library and Information Service (LIS)

Online support for teaching, learning and research

  • Library users are advised to make use of our virtual library as much as possible.
  • The LIS continues to support teaching, learning and research by providing access to Journal articles, Databases, eBooks (including e-textbooks) where possible.
  • We would like to remind you of our eBook Collection.
  • All books (including ILL books), with a due date that falls within the lockdown period, will be renewed until further notice.
  • There shall be limited support to requests regarding printed material, scanning of documents and interlibrary loans until further notice.
  • For more information about our virtual library services, consult the Library web page, use our WhatsApp line (066 028 7119), make use of Ask Us or contact your Faculty Librarian.

Prescribed Books & DALRO

The LIS would like to assist academics with prescribed material within the guidelines from the Publishers’ Association of South Africa (PASA) and the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO).

  • Lectures can send their lists of urgently needed prescribed books to the relevant Faculty Librarian who will provide feedback on the electronic availability of books. Some textbooks are currently made available by publishers during COVID-19 for a limited period.
  • All request for digitisation of material and eBooks need to be checked against the guidelines as mentioned above. We need to handle requests with the guidelines and copyright in mind and operate within the ethical boundaries.
  • The Library can make copies for you to load on to eFundi on request,  contact (MC), (PC) or (VC).  The 10% or one chapter requirement still applies, anything more than that the transactional license rule applies. Remember not to apply for the 10% or one chapter as it is, you only complete the application form for anything more than that.
  • Corporate and Information Governance Services will assist with the transactional license application.  The lecturer needs to complete the application, submit it to the Corporate and Information Governance Service which will sent the application to DALRO requesting for an invoice.  As soon as the faculty pay the invoice, they will send confirmation of approval of the license. Please indicate how many students will be using the pages, even if it is only 20. The cost is determined by how many students get the information. The cost framework is R1.07 per page times per student. Mpho Mhonyera will assist with the process of applying for any transactional licenses.

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Virtual Services for Teaching, Learning and Research

The NWU Libraries continue to assist teaching, learning and research in the provision of full virtual support.

We support online access to journal articles, databases, eBooks and text e-books where possible. All library users are advised to make use of these online resources. We would like to remind you of our eBook Collection.

We will unfortunately not be able to handle requests with regard to printed material, scanning of documents and interlibrary loans.

All books (including ILL books), with a due date that falls within the lockdown period, have been automatically renewed until further notice. 

For more information about our virtual library services, consult the library web page, make use of Ask Us or contact your Faculty Librarian.

Take care!

We say goodbye to 2 colleagues

gloria-ramaboeaMs. Gloria Ramaboea joined our team in October 2018 as Librarian Undergraduate Support to coordinate services to undergraduate students in the Information Commons (Potchefstroom). The Information Commons team is responsible for the marketing of library services and resources to undergraduate students. She was responsible for the update of the online information literacy modules and teaching Information Literacy classes to ALDA/ALDE. Also to liaise with role players dealing with undergraduates, like the Academic Student Council and Disability Rights Office. Gloria, we thank you for your time and effort spent with Information Services – we wish you all the best in your new position at the University of Venda.

siviwe-banganiMr. Siviwe Bangani was appointed as Manager of Information Services and Loan Services (Mafikeng) in November 2014 and after the NWU restructuring in 2017, he held the position of Manager Information Services. Over the years he has been involved in several activities, that include the mentoring of up-and-coming young librarians, community engagement as well as writing and publishing.

He coordinated activities that sought to alleviate the problem of shortage of libraries in the communities and schools. As a result, the NWU has set-up nine libraries in nearby schools and communities.

He was involved in the publication of 16 articles in DHET accredited journals, of which four were single-authored and the rest co-authored. He also has presented at LIASA, IATUL, and SCECSAL conferences.

In 2018, Siviwe was nominated as LIASA North West Librarian of the Year. At the 2018 LIASA Conference, he was crowned as SA Librarian of the year. The Librarian of the Year is granted annually to a real model for the library and information service community. This accolade is awarded by peers in recognition of the achievements and accomplishment of inspiring and exceptional librarians. He donated his proceeds as the Librarian of the Year to community engagement projects during 2019.

He was an asset to the LIS as department and his passion for the profession was contagious. We will miss his positive attitude and leadership.

Siviwe, thank you for your time and dedication! As you embark on a new path at Stellenbosch University Library, we wish you nothing but success for the future ahead.