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!