The changing role of Libraries

On 14 June 2017 Ms Zine Sapula and Mr Louw Venter attended a UniVen eScience benchmarking visit to speak about the role that NWU libraries are playing to support and enable research in eScience enabled institution. Ms Sapula gave a presentation which touched on the trends in the library environment, current practices at the NWU libraries, reskilling of librarians and the library as research enabler and partner in eScience.

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The format of the event was a round table discussion with attendees asking questions during the presentation. Questions of interest were:

  • Where are the overlaps between the Library and the Research Office?
  • What is the work-flow for getting items (ETDs) to the Library (for repository)?
  • How does NWU library support Postgraduate students?
  • How many computers does the library have for Postgraduate students?
  • How does the library provide access to e-resources to off-campus students? Are there any passwords?

Topics which arose from the conversation was:

  • Funders requirements / Open access policies
  • ORCiD

Article written by: Zine Sapula & Louw Venter

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