LIS year-end function 30 November 2018

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For the first time, staff of all three campus libraries had the opportunity to come together for a joint year-end function. The function was held at the Fanie du Toit Sports Grounds, Potchefstroom, and gave opportunity for informal, relaxed interaction. There was a picnic atmosphere with balloons, chinese lanterns and bunting flags under the willow trees.

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Dr Mathew Moyo, Chief Director of the LIS, reflected on the highlights of 2018 and gave credit to all staff for a year well accomplished. Our DVC for Teaching and Learning, Prof Robert Balfour also attended the function and in his address to staff, he shared fond memories of the library throughout his life, especially during his childhood. He portrayed the library as a refuge, a place to experience and build an understanding of the world, people and human relations, a place where you learn to appreciate and take care of books from an early age. There was an opportunity to celebrate Siviwe Bangani’s National Librarian of the Year award. Ten staff members who had completed the UKS Certificate in Library and Information Services, received certificates from their mentors, Martin Nokoane, Benford Rabatseta and also Prof Balfour and Dr Moyo.

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After an intense volleyball game between Loan Services and Information Services (game rules were absent…), the team from Loan Services were announced as the winners. A number of guys displayed their soccer skills, and about 28 staff members joined in a tug of war – Vukosi’s team took the honours.

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LIS staff are looking forward to 2019, and believe that the communal spirit will grow stronger – taking the LIS to even greater heights.

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Staff News

We say goodbye to Sylvia Letšosa

sylvia_letsosaSylvia Letšosa has resigned and will have her last working day on Friday 30 November 2018.  Sylvia started working in the Journal Section of the Ferdinand Postma Library in 2006 and was transferred to Information Services in 2007 where she worked at the Information Desk.  She obtained her BInf degree via UNISA and was appointed as a Faculty Librarian in May 2015.  She supported academics, researchers and post graduate students in the following subjects: History, Development Studies, Public Management, Disaster Studies, Social Anthropology and Sociology.

We will miss her very much, but wish her and Prof. Rantoa a happy and prosperous future in their new hometown, Bloemfontein.

Staff News

New appointment

malose-langaCongratulations to Malose Langa  – he was appointed as Faculty Librarian at Vanderbijlpark Library.   He will start in this position on 1 November 2018.  Malose has been supporting the  undergraduate students in the Information Commons, Potchefstroom since February 2016.  He obtained his Honours degree in Library and Information Science at UNISA during this time.

We wish him all the best in his new position.

Staff News

New appointments
 
Manager: Library Systems

lindsay-reidMr Lindsay Reid was appointed as Manager: Library Systems from 1 November 2018.   Lindsay’s career in various libraries has led to considerable experience in librarianship, customer services, management and administration of libraries, as well as a passion for new trends and developments in information and communication technology.  His previous employment as Systems Operator was with several companies, such as Volkswagen Group SA and SPAR Eastern Cape .  He also worked as Library Systems Manager at the University of Fort Hare Library.  His last position was with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University as Branch Librarian (Missionvale Campus Library) since 2014 – 31 October 2018.   He has recently obtained a Masters in Library and Information Science at the University of Fort Hare.

We welcome Lindsay to the LIS team, and wish him success in his new role!

Library Assistant: Journal Section (Potchefstroom)

nkosana_mofokengMr Nkosana Mofokeng was appointed as Library Assistant: Journal section in the Potchefstroom Library from 1 October 2018.  He has already been in the library for 7 years, working as a Shelving Assistant.
We congratulate Nkosana in his new position and wish him all the best.

Staff News

New appointment
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We welcome Gloria Ramaboea to the NWU LIS team.

Gloria was appointed as Librarian: Undergraduate Support in the Information Commons, Potchefstroom from 1 October 2018.   She obtained her BInf ED degree in 2000, and  BInf Hons in 2014 from UNISA.   She gained experience in several types of libraries, mostly academic libraries.  For the past five years she has worked as a Subject Librarian at the University of Limpopo.

We wish her the best in her new position!

Staff News

New appointments

Congratulations to the following two colleagues who were appointed in new positions from 1 August 2018:

thuli-xabaThuli Xaba was appointed in the position of Librarian: Cataloguing at Potchefstroom.  Thuli obtained her BTech and a National Diploma in Library and Information Studies at Durban University of Technology.  Since her graduation she worked at Dassenhoek Library, Edminson Library, SASRI (South African Sugarcane Research Institute Library) and the Workers College.  She left a cataloguing position at the EThekwini Municipal Library where she worked since September 2014 to join the NWU LIS.

asha-hembly.pngAsha Hembly was appointed as Administrative Assistant in Potchefstroom Library.  She worked as Cashier in the Financial Administrative Section on the Potchefstroom Campus since 2013.

We welcome Thuli and Asha as part of the LIS family, may you experience success and fulfillment in your new roles!

Staff News

sakhele-magodlaWe say goodbye to a Potchefstroom colleague, Sakhele (Godfrey) Magodla.

Sakhele started as a Clerk in the Potchefstroom Library in December 2015.  He was later appointed as Library Assistant at Information Services in September 2017, where he was a valued member at the Information Desk.

He accepted a position as a Laboratory Technician at Biological Sciences and has already started there on 1 July 2018.  We will miss him and wish him well in his future career path.

Vanderbijlpark colleague passed away

paulinah_morokeIt is with great sadness that we inform you that Ms Paulinah Moroke passed away on Monday morning.  She has not been well for quite some time.  Paulinah started her career in 1987 at Vista Library and moved later on to Vanderbijlpark Library, where she worked for many years at Loan Services.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and colleagues during this difficult time.  She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

The funeral service will be on Saturday 23 June.