Ms. 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.
Mr. 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.