Celebration of spaces
The NWU LIS celebrated the completion of a 6-year renovation project of the Ferdinand Postma Library and launched a book about the history of the library recently.
During an event on 14 June 2018 in the Ferdinand Postma Library, Ms Neli Kaunda, LIS Director Shared Services, gave an overview of the refurbishment period. She paid tribute to the LIS staff for their hard work and also conveyed gratitude to PIP for their role and support during this process.
The renovation process started in 2011 under the visionary direction of Dr Tom Larney – previous Director Library Services, Potchefstroom. The 67-year-old building needed a makeover and spaces had to be repurposed according to current user needs. After a long period of consultation, planning and going through a budgetary process, the construction started on 2012. In the years to follow, a research and an honours commons were established in 2014 as dedicated spaces to meet the needs of postgraduates and researchers. In 2015 the groundfloor received a face-lift, accompanied by an information commons to cater for the needs of undergraduates. The 2nd floor was renovated in 2017, adding a quiet study area with 232 extra seats and the 1st floor has just been completed. The role of the library in the research, teaching and learning environment was emphasized by Dr Mathew Moyo, Chief Director Library and Information Service, and valued by Dr Franciska Bothma, Executive Advisor to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning.
A book about the history of the library: Ferdinand Postma Library: Keys to the past, gateway to the future, was also launched. In this book, Dr Tom Larney documented the library’s history from 1869 – 2018. Prof Fika J van Rensburg (DVC Potchefstroom Campus) mentioned in the foreword of the book: “For many years the Ferdinand Postma Library was, and will be for many years to come, a memorable landmark on the campus, symbolising hard word, long hours, learning research and ultimately success. With its architecture (as the first modern, post-war building of the University), it is still today an important beacon and showpiece of growth and academic development of the University. It has positioned itself excellently to not only contribute to the information era, but to pioneer library and information services.”
The book is available as e-book on Boloka, the NWU Institutional Repository in Afrikaans and English.