Undergraduate Open Day 2017

The Library was part of the NWU Open Day activities on Saturday 6th May 2017.

Librarian for undergraduate support, Dina Mashiyane welcomes visitors to the Information Commons.

Prospective students had the opportunity to do online registrations in the Library. As this was the only registration facility on campus, it was a very busy morning for staff members of Information Services in the library. Prospective first years and their parents had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the library services offered to undergraduates. They were very impressed with the library and available facilities.

Prospective students, Carol Mohibidu, Siobhan Titus and Latifa Filander busy with online registration. They are from Vryburg.

Career Day (Potchefstroom)

The NWU (PC) had a General Career Day on 10 May.  The Library took part in raising awareness of different career paths in the field of Library & Information Sciences.   A number of students showed interest in the Postgraduate Diploma in Library & Information Science as offered by Unisa.


This was also an opportunity to reach out to the students in terms of informing them of the services and facilities offered by the Library Services.


DHASA 2017

Two staff members of the Library Services, Potchefstroom Campus attended the Inaugural Conference of the Digital Humanities Association of Southern Africa (DHASA) in Stellenbosch from 17 – 20 January 2017.


Ziné Sapula and Anneke Coetzee attended the two-day pre-conference workshops and tutorials (17 & 18 Jan), and two days of peer-reviewed oral and poster presentations (19 & 20 Jan).

The pre-conference workshops included a workshop on how to create a digital edition, with an introduction to markup, XML and TEI guidelines. Another workshop introduced ways to improve the user experience in DH interfaces using Google Analytics. Workshop no. 3 gave an introduction to CATMA (Computer Aided Text Markup and Analysis), a tool developed at the University of Hamburg and currently used by over 60 research projects worldwide.

Topics included in the oral and poster presentations included Language, Literature, Visual Arts, Theatre Studies, Language Technologies, Library Studies, Philosophy, Software / Computation.

Anneke delivered a presentation with the title: Digital special collections in the Ferdinand Postma Library (North-West University).

Firstcoast donates scanning voucher

During the 2016 EduWeek the Library Services (PC) received a voucher for the scanning of historical documents from Firstcoast Technologies, a company specialising in office optimisation and electronic document technologies.

The Library decided to use the opportunity to enhance a current project, namely the digitisation of Die Wapad, a local student newspaper . Due to the large format of the bound volumes digitisation thereof is not an easy task. Die Wapad is one of a number of digitisation projects being done in-house at the library.

Firstcoast has just delivered the digitised copies in pdf format, and the Library is grateful for their contribution to the project.

Marius de Beer (Academic Support Services) and Mark Gamanya (Firstcoast)

Amazing Race in the Library


On 22 September the 2nd year Criminal Law students competed in an Amazing Race.  Students were given a scenario where they had to identify the charge and find and answer.  They had to check in at different places in a short period of time to find information.


One of the places they checked in was the Tarentaal training room in the Ferdinand Postma Library where they searched for sources to motivate their answer.   They were divided in 10 groups and 2 students per group were nominated to visit the library.  The team spirit was very high and the race was great fun for everyone.


Article written by Christine Bronkhorst

“Know your library” campaign in Mafikeng Campus

Mafikeng Campus Library held a second “Know your library” campaign on 4 August 2016. The aim of the campaign is to market library services and resources to the users through face-to-face communication. The campaign is focused on information services. As part of this campaign the library set-up an exhibition in the Library foyer and students were approached as they view the exhibition and asked if they know their faculty librarian and how she/he can assist them. Surprisingly, the majority of students don’t know their faculty librarian which was the reason for the campaign in the first place. Also marketed during this campaign are the Special Collections and ILL services.


This time around the “Know your library” campaign was also used to inform the library users about the Library e-resource fair event that will take place on 11 August 2016. The invitation received a positive response as users were told about prizes such as a Samsung tablet and many more, which will be won at the event.


Article written by Dikeledi Teffo and Gladwin Mojapelo



NWU Mafikeng Library eResources Fair

Do you think the NWU Library does not have resources for your research?
Struggling to find information resources?
Want guidance on how to publish?
The Library eResources Fair could be the answer for you.


Date: 11 August 2016
Time: 09h30-15h30
Venue: Mafikeng Campus Library

Attend two presentations and visit all exhibition stalls to stand a chance of winning some fantastic prizes including tablets !!!

Contact: Sabelo Chizwina

4 Reasons why you should attend the Library’s eResources fair

  • Learn about scholarly electronic resources available for research at NWU Libraries
  • Learn about electronic books that the library subscribes to.
  • Meet and talk to the database vendors.
  • Meet and talk to librarians responsible for your faculties.

Mandela Day: Vaal Triangle Campus Library

The message behind Mandela Day is simple – each individual has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better (Anonymous).

Nelson Mandela devoted 67 years of his life promoting peace and reconciliation. The day is celebrated annually honoring his legacy. 67 VTC Library patrons, were encouraged by Louise Harmse to write a note of kindness to be pinned on a wall of remembrance.


Two of the library staff also visited the Viljoensdrift Police Station.  Cheese and ham buns, tjips and a pen were given to all the Police staff.


We also spent our 67 minutes to clean their store room.  It was a lot of FUN!


Mandela Day – Potchefstroom Libraries

Mandela Day – The Library cares

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived.  It is what difference we have made to the lives of others…” and “It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it”: 2 Famous quotes by Nelson Mandela


In honour of Mandela’s legacy, the Library decided to make the paediatric ward in the Potchefstroom Hospital a better place.  Some staff members gave their time and painted a mural in a baby room and provided new curtains.



Soft toys and blankets were also donated to children and educational toys were provided for the learning room.  Twenty gift bags with toiletries and a warm scarf were given to the mothers of the sick children.  With a caring gesture, one staff member crocheted all the face cloths and by doing this, gave 20 hours of her time.


The donations by library staff were so generous, that the Library was able to visit two crèches in Promosa and also donate some toys and toiletries.


Library Staff Attends LIASA Seminar

North West University Mafikeng Campus Library staff attended LIASA North West seminar at Rustenburg Primary School on 08 June 2016.


THEME: ”The Library Ecosystem: Maximising the collaboration and access to information for the marginalised LIS sub-sectors”.

The purpose of the seminar :

-To raise awareness for the Library and Information Services (LIS) Transformation Charter
– To explore strategies for the implementation of the proposed ecosystem in the Charter, and
– To ensure implementation of recommendations from the Charter.

Ms Ina Smith presentation focused on Exploring the role of technology in support of the ecosystem approach: Use of technology towards an equal, a reading, an informed and a literate nation. Ms Smith informed the members that libraries must market their initiatives and take the services to the people. She also highlighted that librarians must contribute to the nation by making information available to people and encourage collaborative approach among various types of libraries to focus on access to information for all users.

Article written by Benford Rabatseta