LIS involvement in Campus Open Days

openday-2019-1.pngDuring the campus Open Days in May, LIS (Library and Information Services) had the opportunity to be visible and proudly showcased our spaces and services.  After liaising with the NWU Marketing and Student Recruitment Office, all three campus libraries were an integral part of Open Day activities for the first time.  Online applications could be done in the libraries while Admissions staff assisted, and information stalls with the latest LIS marketing material were placed at strategic points in/near the libraries.

Feedback from Potchefstroom staff

LIS staff welcomed prospective students and their parents to the library on Saturday 11 May.  Tarentaal training room and the Information Commons were available as online registration facilities.  The library was a buzz of activity and guests had the opportunity to relax in Ferdi’s coffee shop.  Besembos training room was used by the Theology Faculty to provide information sessions to prospective Theology students.


Vanderbijlpark Library

The NWU Open Day for prospective undergraduate students at the Vaal Triangle Campus, were held on 18 May 2019. LIS grabbed the opportunity to portray the significant role that the library plays in the successfully completion of students’ studies.

An information stall were set up next to the Library entrance. Upon visiting the stall, prospective students were organised into informal groups, before proceeding on an accompanied tour throughout the Library. LIS pamphlets were handed out to undergraduate students as a supportive aid to the tour.  Crossword games were also on offer for students looking for a bit of fun. Lollipops were handed out to the participating game players as a small gesture of appreciation.

Just over 2 000 students visited the Library on the day.


Open day at Mafikeng campus

The Open Day took place on the 25th of May and the library was a central part of it.  The library stall was decorated beautifully and placed strategically next to the ramp that leads to the library. The training room was used as one of the venues to facilitate applications, which gave librarians an opportunity to facilitate library tours to prospective students. Librarians were very helpful in assisting the learners with the application process as some were computer illiterate. It was a great experience as the library had not previously been involved with the open day for undergraduates.

This also gave an opportunity for the current students to engage with librarians and to know more about the services available to them as most indicated that they hardly visit the library. The planning process for the Open Day also enhanced stakeholder relationships with relevant departments in terms of involving the library to be a part of pertinent events of the university in the future.


Contributions by Boitumelo Masilo, Gloria Ramaboea and Martie Esterhuizen.


NWU Open Days

The LIS participated in the recent NWU Open Days. Prospective students at Vanderbijlpark  had the opportunity to take part in a library tour presented by the Library staff. At the library entrance there were crossword puzzles where learners had to find words regarding the library. The learners enjoyed this activity, and were cheered on while trying to solve the puzzles. An information session was provided by library staff in the the general tent.


Judging by the numbers of prospective students and their parents visiting the library for online applications, the Ferdinand Postma Library also participated with success.  Learners had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the available spaces and facilities. The staff welcomed the visitors to the Information Commons with a brief talk on the services and resources on offer at the library.



The new LIS Undergraduate Survival Guides were available for prospective students at all libraries.

A big thank you to staff who reached out and assisted in this event.



VTC Undergraduate Open Day

The Library took part in the Undergraduate Open Day on Saturday 13 May 2017. Library staff working at a tent did a presentation regarding library services. Other staff members gave prospective students a tour within the library and explained how the library operates. At the library entrance they had some sweets, library pamphlets and lanyards that were given to the learners as token of appreciation.


A big thank you to the following staff who contributed to the success of the day: Glenda Makate, Katlego Chiya, Nthabiseng Maseko, Tiny Moripa, Thoko Tswaile, Siyabonga Sithole and Hendra Pretorius.


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.

Postgraduate Open Day 2016

The Library Services (Potch Campus) took part in the Postgraduate Open Day on Saturday, 13 August. After the formal programme in the Sanlam Auditorium students dispersed all over the campus to the different Faculties. The Library was indicated as a visiting point on the official programme. Prospective postgraduate students visited the Library to see the facilities. Alumni and parents were pleasantly surprised by the new look of the Library, especially the Research Commons. The Librarian for Research Support handled the enquiries about services and training rendered to postgraduates and researchers.


As many postgraduate students are not aware of the Library’s Bindery, an exhibition was held in the foyer of the Library where examples of their work were shown, for instance bound Theses and Dissertations and also books that have been restored.

Ferdi’s Coffee Shop and the Branch Libraries (Music, Education and Theology) were also open to give a complete overview to prospective students about the facilities and services that the Library Services render.