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.
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.
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.
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.