Mandela Day – 18 July 2018


In celebration of Mandela Day, the campus libraries have book exhibitions to celebrate Mandela’s life and legacy.  The NWU Libraries will once again be involved in nearby communities where we will give of our time and share resources and skills.

The LIS will have three projects:

  • Our Mahikeng colleagues will be involved in Mogogoe, where they will assist in setting up a Community Library.
  • Potchefstroom staff will reach out to Bokamoso Intermediate School near Rysmierbult, Potchefstroom to create reading corners in two classrooms.
  • Vanderbijlpark staff will be involved in Suncrest Secondary School Library.  They started to organize this library during Library Week 2018.  They will now take this initiative further.

Feedback and pictures will be provided afterwards.  Thank you to all the colleagues involved!




Staff News

sakhele-magodlaWe say goodbye to a Potchefstroom colleague, Sakhele (Godfrey) Magodla.

Sakhele started as a Clerk in the Potchefstroom Library in December 2015.  He was later appointed as Library Assistant at Information Services in September 2017, where he was a valued member at the Information Desk.

He accepted a position as a Laboratory Technician at Biological Sciences and has already started there on 1 July 2018.  We will miss him and wish him well in his future career path.

Vanderbijlpark colleague passed away

paulinah_morokeIt is with great sadness that we inform you that Ms Paulinah Moroke passed away on Monday morning.  She has not been well for quite some time.  Paulinah started her career in 1987 at Vista Library and moved later on to Vanderbijlpark Library, where she worked for many years at Loan Services.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and colleagues during this difficult time.  She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

The funeral service will be on Saturday 23 June.

Staff News

Goodbye to two Potchefstroom colleagues.

berna_bradleyBerna Bradley started her library career in the Journal Section in 1989.  She was in different sections of the library in permanent or part time positions for 24 years.  She worked in the Information Resources Section for many years and also assisted with projects in this section.  For the past six years she was Assistant Librarian at the Theology Library.  Berna will be leaving the LIS end of June 2018.

wilna_stavast.jpgWilna Stavast worked in the library for just more than five years.  For the past three years she was at Interlibrary Loans where she assisted in a contract position that expired end of May 2018.


We want to thank both of them for their friendly and professional work ethic and dedication that contributed to the quality service level of the LIS.

We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavours.

New appointments

Congratulations to the following three LIS colleagues who were appointed in new positions from 1 June 2018:

dina-mashiyaneDina Mashiyane was appointed in the position of Faculty Librarian at Mahikeng where she will be taking responsibility for Education Sciences. She was Librarian Undergraduate Support at Potchefstroom for the past year.


glenda-makate-news.jpgGlenda Makate was appointed as Senior Librarian, Information Services at Mahikeng, also from 1 June 2018. She was Faculty Librarian at Vanderbijlpark for five years.



marolay_vanderwaltMarolay van der Walt was appointed as Library Assistant in the Cataloguing Section, Potchefstroom. She has been in the Ferdinand Postma Library since 2011 as a Clerk, thereafter as an Administrative Assistant in Loan Services.



May you experience success in your new roles!


Noni Makhathini

New Manager: Information Resources

Ms Noni Makhathini was appointed as the Manager: Information Resources from 1 June 2018. She has extensive experience working in academic institutions. She was Assistant Director: Acquisitions at the University of the Free State Library. Before that, she held managerial portfolios in the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Rhodes University Library in Circulation Services, Information Services and User Services in support of Teaching & Learning.

We welcome her as part of the NWU LIS family, and hope that she will find her career at the NWU most rewarding.

LIS involved in Career Day, Potchefstroom

The NWU Potchefstroom Campus hosted a General Career Day where various companies were present.  The LIS was also visible, and a great number of students participated in learning more about various professions, including the Library and Information Science field. They were particularly interested in the Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Science offered by the University of South African and the University of Cape Town.


Mr Teboho Morajane, Convenor for Governance, Branches and Interest Groups of the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA), visited the career tent where he supplied LIASA marketing material for the event.  He also took the opportunity to engage with students and inform them about the professional body for Library and Information professionals (LIASA).  Students were advised to visit LIASA website for more information about the profession.

Thank you to staff in the Information Commons, especially to Dina Mashiyane who took the lead in the arrangement of this activity, and also to Adri Smit and Malose Langa who assisted during the event.


NWU Open Days

The LIS participated in the recent NWU Open Days. Prospective students at Vanderbijlpark  had the opportunity to take part in a library tour presented by the Library staff. At the library entrance there were crossword puzzles where learners had to find words regarding the library. The learners enjoyed this activity, and were cheered on while trying to solve the puzzles. An information session was provided by library staff in the the general tent.


Judging by the numbers of prospective students and their parents visiting the library for online applications, the Ferdinand Postma Library also participated with success.  Learners had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the available spaces and facilities. The staff welcomed the visitors to the Information Commons with a brief talk on the services and resources on offer at the library.



The new LIS Undergraduate Survival Guides were available for prospective students at all libraries.

A big thank you to staff who reached out and assisted in this event.



Language Awareness Week

The NWU LIS will have a series of Awareness Weeks with focus on issues current in the NWU. First in this series will be Language Awareness week: 28 May – 1 June 2018

All the libraries will have book exhibitions on this topic.

Mr Siviwe Bangani, Manager Information Services (Mafikeng) will do a presentation on “The linguistic-cultural impact of Boloka: are all official NWU languages equal?”, based on a paper that has just been accepted by the African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science.

Presentation date and venue:
Date: Friday, 1 June 2018
Time: 10:00 – 11:00
Venue: Mahikeng Library Conference room
Adobe Connect link:


NWU launches figshare pilot


The NWU Library and Information Service in conjunction with IT services and the Research Office as part of eResearch initiative is running a 6 month pilot of the figshare platform which started at the beginning of April 2018. NWU figshare pilot platform may be accessed here :

figshare – a data repository platform – is being piloted by several universities in South Africa to determine its fit within research workflows and suitability for housing all types of data generated during the research process. Datasets uploaded to figshare is given a persistent DOI and can be made available to anyone or have restricted access. The platform supports in-browser previews of over a thousand filetypes and tracks access metrics of all items loaded onto it.

Participation in the pilot is limited, but interested researchers can contact Zine Sapula for more information.

Potchefstroom Library


Lungile Dlamini was appointed as Temp Librarian in the Cataloguing department in the Potchefstroom Library from 1 April – 30 June 2018.

She has also worked as an Intern in the Cataloguing Department in the Mahikeng Library.  Before joining the NWU LIS, Lungile was a volunteer at Magudu Primary School as an Administrative Officer.