Jubrie Oosthuizen will be dearly missed as she leaves the library form 1 March. She started her career in the Ferdinand Postma Library in 1976; promoted to Head: Acquisitions in 1980. Since 2000 she served as the Head: Acquisitions and Processing, and lately as Manager: Information Resources. She is grateful for having seen many changes in the library environment, such as : The development from a card catalogue to the online catalogue that is in use today. Also the various formats in which information was being made available to users: first printed catalogues, then microfiche, CDRom and now the electronic format. For 42 years working in the library has been a very stimulating career and all the wonderful colleagues who shared her life is something that she will always cherish. She wishes everyone the best and a very fulfilling career.
To relieve pressure at the Loans desk and enhance service to library users the Ferdinand Postma Library has acquired a Selfcheck machine which can be found on the ground floor of the library at the new books area. This Selfcheck machine will allow library users to quickly borrow or return books, as well as to check the status of their library record without the need to go to the Loans desk. Library users can also watch the Selfcheck machine for library announcements and news!
To make use of the Selfcheck system registered library users will need their NWU cards and Library PINs (to create/change your PIN you can visit the Loans desk or your Library record online). Instructions on use is displayed on the machine and users are guided through every step with easy to understand animations.
Other self-services offered by the Library include online room bookings, online renewals of Library material and borrowing of eBooks. There are also Selfcheck facilities at both the Vaal Triangle and Mahikeng libraries.
The Research Enablers event took place on 31 January 2018 at the Vanderbijlpark Library. The aim of Research Enablers is to collaborate across disciplines at the NWU and to ask the question on how we are enabling research in our environment today.
Martin Dreyer did a presentation on the platform ONE@NWU – a one stop portal for NWU researchers and users still in process. All available services and resources will be listed alphabetically and will then link to the documents. It is a user friendly way to get what you need easily. A small informal working group were convened to populate the portal with some services. Everybody gave their input – it was a very effective session. Martin also informed us about Nextcloud and how to get access to it.
Research Support Librarian, Zine Sapula did a presentation on Research Data Management: Progress and Lessons Learned at NWU. Figshare and Creative Commons were discussed.
Staff were excited about the changing landscape of research and the role we can play.
Library staff from Mafikeng attended a workshop on the 2nd of February 2018 presented by Zanele Magoba from World Wide Information Services (WWIS). She discussed important issues that affect libraries and librarians worldwide; the fact that librarians need to embrace change as practitioners of this profession. In a surprising turn of events, Zanele pointed out that the ever-changing technology may cause librarians to be demotivated. She pointed out that librarians should change their attitudes, empower themselves with the relevant technology skills as well as finding ways to organise the influx of information to what is mostly relevant to us. Ms Magoba presented a graph of a study that was conducted to determine the reasons behind the reluctance of users to use the library. Librarians need to be more customer focussed in dealing with the users.
Staff were orientated on the various tools on Web of Science as well as EndNote online.
It was an exciting workshop that left staff with a lot to think about in terms of ways to better our profession, as well as our services. A big thank you to Ms Magoba and WWIS for this eye opening session and the “goodie bags” which were received.
Adri Smit was appointed as Assistant Librarian in the Information Commons with effect from 1 February 2018. She has already been in the Ferdinand Postma Library: Administration for 15 years. We welcome her as part of the Information Service team!
The Mafikeng campus is proud to announce the publication of three scholarly articles by the library staff members. It is indeed inspiring and motivating to see the colleagues flying the NWU flag high in the research community.
Details of published articles:
All these journals are accredited by the DHET and indexed by both Scopus and Web-of-Science. The later still appears under its old title: Interlending and Document Supply. Full papers are available on pre-prints of the respective journals.
Congratulations to the colleagues! We certainly look forward to more publications from all NWU library staff members.
The Library and Information Service Vanderbijlpark took part in the R&O Programme for first year students on the 23, 24, 26 and 29 January 2018. The library staff members worked as a team and everybody were involved. The 467 first year students were welcomed, the Undergraduate pamphlets were handed out and afterwards they watched the library video. An introduction was given of all the library services, resources, facilities and Code of Conduct. Students who asked questions received lollipops – just to provide some fun. The groups were then divided into smaller groups. Staff took them to the different sections and informed them how to use the library effectively. The Library calendar was handed out to every first year student who attended the library orientation.
The Mahikeng library had the pleasure to participate in the orientation of first-year students from the 23 – 24 January. The aim of the orientation was to give brief and important information to the new students about the NWU LIS and its code of conduct. It was inspiring to see the library filled to capacity by enthusiastic future leaders. Over 200 students were received. The library staff members did an outstanding job of welcoming the students and introducing them to all the different sections, and how the students will be using the library services throughout their studies at NWU. The tour sessions for students were divided into separate groups. On the first part of orientation, Library Management welcomed and congratulated students for choosing the NWU. They emphasised the importance of the library in the academic and learning process of any student’s journey.
On 17 January, the Library & Information Service Potchefstroom took part in the R&O Programme for first year students. During each session, students were given a short introduction by Dina Mashiyane, Librarian for Undergraduate Support about the library’s resources, services, facilites and code of conduct. This information will assist the students to make use of the library more effectively. A video about the library services https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Vn8Jq2Eka4 was shown and Undergraduate Survival Guides were handed out to the students. There was also an opportunity to show the students how to access the Undergraduate Support Libguide, as this is a tool they need to use for their information needs: http://libguides.nwu.ac.za/information-commons-potch. About 3346 students attended the sessions and positive feedback was received.