NWU Mafikeng campus library taking the world of academic research by storm!!

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.


Vanderbijlpark First Year Introduction

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.



First-Year Students 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.


2018 First Years Library Introduction.

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.



NWU library staff attended Sabinet Regional Meeting – 25 July 2017

Carine Basson, Katlego Chiya, Glenda Makate, Njabulo Makhathini, Lezelle Snyman, Martie Esterhuizen, Mietsie Harman and Ishe Muzvondiwa

Staff members from the NWU Library Services attended the Annual Regional Meeting of Sabinet held at the scenic Woodmead Country Club on the 25th of July.

Eric van Lubeek of OCLC Netherlands introduced products and services available with special focus on the new WorldShare Interlibrary Loans System that NWU is going to implement soon. This new system is cloud-based and more patron-centered. Sabinet appealed to the stakeholders who need training on the new ILL to ensure that staff are adequately trained.

Pierre Malan (Director Client Services: Sabinet) discussed how they add value to Information Services through Sabinet Legal, SAMedia, Interlending (Worldshare) and SAePublications journal platform.

Some impressions from staff:

“The meeting was informative in seeing what other services are available through Sabinet, a great place to network with fellow librarians.”

“It was good to meet our colleagues and get together as a profession. It is important to be informed and updated with the latest developments on different platforms.”

Investing in Digital Humanities Research


Kirchner van Deventer, a Faculty Librarian at Education Sciences recently attended the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School. Part of NWU Library Services strategic agenda is to develop our capacity for Digital Humanities projects and the research potential that can stem from it. With support from the NWU Research Unit for Languages and Literature in the South African Context, Kirchner attended the Summer School’s Introduction to Digital Humanities lecture series. The lectures included:

Digitization for Research: Creating Tools for Active Scholarship
An Introduction to the Text Encoding Initiative
Reborn Digital: text, transmission, technology
Reproducible Research in the Humanities
An Introduction to Databases
Introduction to Visualization for Digital Humanities

The most important things he learned from the Summer School included that Digital Humanities has enormous research potential for a vast range of disciplines and is not just limited to linguistics or literary studies, but can benefit other social and humanities disciplines as well. It is the role of academic librarians to encourage their respective faculties to develop their understanding of what Digital Humanities scholarship entails and to further provide technical support and training in the use of tools that have been developed for Digital Humanities research.

AfLIA President visits North-West University

The North-West University Library and Information Services had the honour of being visited by the African Library and Information Association and Institution (AfLIA) president, Mr John Tsebe, on 11 July 2017. John Kgwale Tsebe became the first black national librarian in South Africa in 2004. In 2013, he was elected the first AfLIA president, a body whose vision is to be “the trusted voice of the African library and information community in Africa’s development”. As the president of AfLIA, John is involved in several projects to promote librarianship in several African countries. John retired as a National Librarian of South Africa in 2014 but is set to continue in the role of president of AfLIA until 2019. Currently, he also teaches at the University of Limpopo.

Some NWU LIS staff members took a group photo with Mr John Tsebe (front row second left) and Senior Director: NWU LIS, Dr Mathew Moyo (front row far left)

During his visit, Mr John Tsebe shared some of his experiences in various roles as a university librarian at the University of Limpopo, National Librarian of South Africa, Professor of Librarianship, and AfLIA president. Through to his character, Mr Tsebe could not miss the chance of touring our library and he was impressed by the level of discipline shown by our users and the NWU LIS facilities.

Siviwe Bangani

VTC Library celebrates Mandela Day

Vanderbijlpark Library participated in the Mandela day celebration by reaching out to Mathwala’s Children’s home in Vanderbijlpark, about 3 to 4 kilometers away from the campus.  Mathwala Children`s home accommodates  32 children, 10 are girls from 9 months to 12 years and 22 boys from 2 years to 21 years.  The library staff has donated non perishable food, toiletries, clothing and 20 liters of paint.  We also painted the room that is going to be used by the children as a study unit because the University promotes academic excellence.  The Mathwala’s orphanage home appreciated our presence in celebrating with them the 67 minutes of the Mandela day, the center was filled with love and joy and we were openly welcomed by the home.


“Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. Those who abuse them tear at the fabric of our society and weaken our nation.” Nelson Mandela

A special gratitude of thanks to all the staff who contributed not only their funds but their time to go make a difference at the orphanage, also those staff who were left behind and continued with their duties of serving students at the library.

Long live the spirit of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela!



Potchefstroom Libraries celebrate Mandela Day

The NWU Libraries (Potchefstroom) reached out to Ons Hulde Old Age Home in honour of Mandela Day.  Ons Hulde is only minutes away from the campus and takes care for about 70 frail and disabled elderly residents with needs on different levels.  They are struggling financially as the cost to take care of residents, is far more than the subsidy they receive.

Due to generous donations from library staff, the library could hand over warm blankets, clothes, wool and toiletries.  Some staff gave their time and knitted blankets and scarves, another staff member baked some high energy biscuits.  On Saturday morning, seven staff members gave new life to a neglected patio by painting cement pots and tables and donating plants.


This outreach provided the staff with the opportunity to give a little of our time and much of our heart to commemorate Mr Mandela’s legacy.

A huge thank you to all the staff who contributed!

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.