Feedback – SA Library Week: 18 – 22 March 2019

The LIS celebrated National Library Week from 18 – 22 March 2019 with the theme collaborate @ your library.  The libraries organised a number of activities with the aim of promoting library week and portray the importance of collaboration to develop better relationships and partnerships.

2.  Library activities
As part of the celebrations, all libraries had a fine-free week, giving amnesty to those with overdue library materials. During the week, library materials could be returned without fines and no questioned asked.   The library partnered with Van Schaik Bookstore who promoted their new App to library users throughout the week, and also gave away freebies to participants.  The libraries had different activities according to their capacity and user needs.

2.1.  Mahikeng

The library hosted an event to launch the annual SALW.  To align the launch with theme “collaborate @ your library”, various stakeholders have been invited to celebrate with them. The topic of the day revolved around the preservation of indigenous languages in alignment with the International year of Indigenous Languages as declared by the United Nations. A guest speaker from the Faculty of Education (Setswana Department) Mrs Nkwe gave a presentation on the importance of preserving and raising awareness of indigenous languages. A Setswana poem was also recited by one the members from Bokamoso Literature Club which is an initiative to enhance the culture of reading in the university community in collaboration with the SCC.

Mahikeng campus library celebrated day two of Library Week at Koi-Koi Primary School where they assisted in setting up a school library and donated shelves,  educational materials and books to the school.  Van Schaik bookstores also participated in this initiative. The National Librarian of the Year, Mr Siviwe Bangani used proceeds from his 2018 award to purchase the donated resources as part of his community engagement initiative.


In celebration of Human Rights month, the library gave away copies of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. Recipients had to reflect on what the right to information access means to them as stipulated in the Bill of Rights, to get copies of the constitutions. The feedback was very positive.


2.2. Potchefstroom

The Information Commons ran a competition where students were invited to give their ideas on how the library could curb noise in its spaces. The winners were awarded with some prizes, other students got prizes hidden underneath their tables.


The Information Resources section assisted on Tuesday 23 April and launched an activity in showing students how to arrange books according to the Dewey system.  Students then had to sort an unorganised bookshelf.  Suzette Janse van Rensburg and Mietsie Harman took the lead and they reported that the students learned, while having fun.


2.3.  Vanderbijlpark

As part of the launch of Library Week in Vanderbijlpark,  Ishe Muzvondiwa (Faculty Librarian) went to River FM, NWU Vaal Radio station to market the library services and activities.



Students were asked to give suggestions on how the library can minimize the noise level in the library.  There also had word puzzles where students had to identify words relating to the theme of the library week – relationships, collaboration, library week, teamwork.  Students worked in teams to search for the words.  Whoever finds the words the quickest was entered into a daily draw where they won prizes at the end of the day.

ALDE/ALDA training sessions were provided from Monday to Wednesday, during this time 1290 students received training.  The aim of the training was to share knowledge, get groups to visit the library and to empower the students with long life skills.  An exhibition was also prominent in the library with a book display on the theme of Library Week.



NWU Libraries Celebrate Library Week : 18 – 22 March 2019

library-week-2019.jpgIn Celebration of Library Week

Library week competition
(Vanderbijlpark and Potchefstroom)

Help us reduce the noise at our libraries.

In a group of 3 students come up with ways that the libraries can curb the noise levels. Your group could win NWU corporate freebies.

To enter the competition, leave your comment on the NWU Libraries Facebook page with the #HelpUsHelpYou

Competition Rules

  • Participants must be registered NWU students.
  • A team must consist of (3) three students.
  • The closing date is 19 March 2019 at 10h00.

Fine free week

In celebration of SA Library Week the LIS promotes a fine free week to all users. Do you have long overdue library books on your study desk or in your office? Return them between 18 and 22 March 2019 – no questions will be asked and no fines will be added to your record.

Mafikeng: activities

  • Tell us what collaborate @ your library means to you and stand a chance of winning NWU corporate freebies. Winners to be announced on the 18th of March 2019.
  • Monday 18/03: Library week launch
    There will be a book launch, and a poetry recital between 10:00-12:00.
  • Tuesday: 19/03: Koi Koi Primary School visit (community engagement project)
    The Mafikeng staff members will set up the library at Koi Koi primary school and donate children’s books as part of Librarian of the Year community engagement initiative.
  • Wednesday: Know your right to information access!
    Tell us what the right to information access means to you and stand a chance of getting yourself a copy of the constitution of the Republic of South Africa.
    NB: The first 96 respondents will get the constitution booklets.
  • Collaborate with your shelves
    The library staff members will partake in shelf reading activities for the month of March.
  • Book Drive (throughout the week)
    There will be a book drive that will run for the week, asking users to donate Setswana books in recognition of the declaration by the UN declaring 2019 as the International year of indigenous languages.

Potchefstroom: actvities

Monday 18 March
  • Van Schaik Gazebo at entrance of library
  • Sorting and shelving books according to DDC
  • Book Exhibition in the library foyer
Tuesday 19 March
  • Van Schaik photo booth
  • #HelpUsHelpYou (FaceBook page)
  • Competition Draw @12h00
Wednesday 20 March
  • Book Exhibition in the library foyer

Vanderbijlpark: activities

  • Exhibition stand in the Library.
  • ALDE/ALDA training from Monday to Wednesday.
  • Cross-word puzzle with Van Schaik.
  • Competition of the Best Group Picture with Van Schaik.
  • “Help us to Help you” on how to minimize the noise level in the Library (FaceBook page).

NWU LIS celebrated South African Library Week


The Ferdinand Postma library celebrated the annual South African library week from 19-24 March 2018 with the theme “Libraries: heart of the community. This national celebration was sponsored by the Library and Information Association of South Africa(LIASA) and observed in libraries across the country.  A number of activities were organised with the very essence of promoting the library’s role as the heart of the university and raising awareness of the facilities, resources and spaces available to the university community as a whole.

As part of the celebrations, all NWU libraries had a “fine-free week” during which all overdue library materials could be returned without fines being imposed.  Coloring posters gave both students and staff the opportunity to add color to Library Week in creating colorful art-pieces.

All libraries also used the opportunity to market their self-check machines.  The idea was to engage the students in using the machine and create their library pins which are essential in facilitating the management of their lending activities and privileges.  Users participated eagerly as they could win prizes.

At Mafikeng Library they had a contest to guess a book title.  They used images that suggest book titles and displayed them at the foyer for users to guess the book titles. The initial plan was to do it for one day, but it was so popular that it was repeated for a second day. Users  suggested that they would like to see more of this activity.  Mafika, the campus mascot stop by, participated and took some pictures with the participants at the foyer.

At Potchefstroom, Van Schaik’s bookstore had a book exhibition of the “Dummy Collection” and a photo booth.  This activity generated a great deal of fun, buzz and excitement with students winning prizes.   There was a week-long book display on human rights in celebration of “Human Rights Day”.

Vanderbijlpark staff gave training sessions in the use of the library catalogue as well as databases.  Attendees received notepads, pens and rulers.  Staff members also went to Suncrest High School to arrange the quite disorganized library.  They managed to create a reference collection and to establish one section functioning as library,  and the other section to keep the school textbooks.   They further assist in cleaning up the library.  A big thank you to Glenda, Katlego, Tiny, Thandi, Nthabiseng and Siyabonga – they really walked the extra mile!