IUG-SA Conference November 2017

NWU Library staff attended the annual IUG-SA conference at Pretoria with the theme: Library technology trends: Time for innovation.

The papers and discussions touched upon the following matters:

  • Libraries should create value and become valuable, we should be seen as cost centres instead of valuable centres.
  • Generation thumbs (users who always have their  thumbs on their gadgets) are coming into our territory – are we equipped with necessary skills to assist this generation?  Some institutions have these gadgets and put them available on short term loan.
  • Different institutions shared their experience regarding social media, how they reach their users via social media platforms to promote the relationship between the library and users.  Institutions use different types of social media, depending on their target and environment.  Facebook , twitter, youtube and wikis came up to be the most preferred types of social media.   Social media should be used according to university policy.
  • One institution mentioned that they make use of a calendar, it runs on weekly/monthly basis where they have the opportunity to indicate library events and workshops – clearly visible for users.
  •  The population of statistics on the CHELSA database also came to discussion, as some institutions are not co-operative regarding regular provision of their own statistics.  The statistics assist institutions to benchmark and should be shared from regional to national level.
Staff members from Vanderbijlpark Library attended the conference.

IUG Conference in Maryland (USA)

iug-america-2017.jpegThe annual Innovative User Group (IUG) conference was held in Maryland USA from the 2nd to the 5th of April 2017. This conference brings together users of Innovative Interfaces (a vendor for specialist Library Management systems) to share and learn from each other through presentations, Birds of a feather sessions and personal networking. During the conference staff from Innovative also present on what is current and future developments for their Library systems while interacting with users of their systems on ground level.

At this – the 25th IUG conference – as many as 12 concurrent sessions covering different modules and topics related to the Innovative systems were presented, and attendees could choose sessions based on their interests. The systems administrator for the NWU Library Services attended the conference and focused mainly on the areas of system development and administration.

The conference had a total attendance of more than 800 library professionals from 16 countries with more than 160 sessions.

Louw Venter (Ferdinand Postma Library) and Racheal Nabossa (Uganda)