We say goodbye to Boitumelo

Ms Boitumelo Masilo has resigned and will leave us at the end of October to take up another position at the Sol Plaatje University.

Boitumelo joined the NWU LIS in October 2017 as Faculty Librarian, Information Services at Mahikeng. In this position she supported students, researchers and academic staff in the faculties of Humanities, Law and Theology. She was active in many projects of the library. She has a passion for reading and was co-founder of the Bokamoso literature club at Mahikeng Campus Library. She was very involved in marketing and outreach initiatives. She co-authored 3 papers which were published in accredited journals, and contributed to the LIASA-In-Touch magazine on a regular basis.

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

Acting Manager: Information Resources

benford-rabatsetaLibrary Management wishes to express sincere gratitude to Ms Carine Basson for her contribution in coordinating work in the sections for Information Resources department in the last three months. This is very much appreciated. Since the contract ended in August, Mr Benford Rabtseta assumes the same responsibilities in acting capacity in the interim.
The recruitment process for the permanent manager is being finalized by People and Culture.

Figshare Awareness Week

This week we are launching an awareness campaign for the NWU Figshare repository, DaYta Ya Rona.


Figshare is a web-based interface designed for academic research data management and research data dissemination. Figshare was originally created as a solution to keep research outputs in one tidy place whilst allowing it to be discovered by like-minded individuals: the academic community. It quickly became apparent that others sought such a resource and Figshare opened its doors. Figshare enables academics to upload, share, cite and importantly discover all manner of research outputs with the security of knowing our hosting options and platform support long term preservation of data. Researchers keep control of what and how they share their research data.

Easy steps to upload research on Figshare:

  1. Log in / register
  2. Create a new item OR drag and drop files from your browser
  3. Insert the title
  4. Add authors
  5. Select a category
  6. Select item
  7. Add keywords (as many as needed)
  8. Write a description, be descriptive as you can
  9. Funding can be added
  10. Select a licence

Tick Publish once all the information has been added

Watch the video for more information https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kld9DRSnRBM&list=PL83jqndLu-uALFbLn62Jp3qdh0lwyPXgw

For more assistance, please contact your faculty librarian http://library.nwu.ac.za/information-services-and-faculty-librarians

Upload your Research Data to DaYta Ya Rona https://dayta.nwu.ac.za/

Gerda Beukman: Faculty Librarian

Staff News

New appointment

maria-leseleMaria Lesele was appointed as Faculty Librarian (Vanderbijlpark) from 1 July 2020.

Maria completed her Honours degree in Information Sciences and started at the University of Pretoria Library in 2011. She was appointed as Information Assistant at the Education Library and then moved to the Law Library as a Senior Information Assistant.

Maria, may you find fulfillment in your new position. We welcome you to the NWU LIS team!

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.