Potchefstroom Library

alta_vandenbergWe wish to congratulate Alta van den Berg for being appointed as Senior Librarian: Cataloguing with immediate effect.  She has already been in the Cataloguing department for 7 years.  Before joining the NWU, Alta worked at the Potchefstroom Community Library for 20 years.   On behalf of LIS Management, we wish her success in this new role.

Farewell to Jubrie

jubrie-oosthuizenJubrie Oosthuizen will be dearly missed as she leaves the library form 1 March. She started her career in the Ferdinand Postma Library in 1976;  promoted to Head: Acquisitions in 1980. Since 2000 she served as the Head: Acquisitions and Processing, and lately as Manager: Information Resources. She is grateful for having seen many changes in the library environment, such as : The development from a card catalogue to the online catalogue that is in use today. Also the various formats in which information was being made available to users: first printed catalogues, then microfiche, CDRom and now the electronic format.  For 42 years working in the library has been a very stimulating career and all the wonderful colleagues who shared her life is something that she will always cherish. She wishes everyone the best and a very fulfilling career.

Staff News

Congratulations to the following staff members who were appointed recently:

clement-lebeya-2 Clement Monyai Lebeya has been appointed as Librarian in the Cataloguing Department.

Clement was previously a Library Assistant in the Acquisition Department at NWU LIS Mafikeng on a temporary basis.

mahlatse-tema Mahlatse Emanuel Tema has been appointed as Library Assistant in the Acquisition Department.

Before joining the NWU LIS family, Mahlatse was a Librarian at the City of Johannesburg Library.

lungile-dlamini Lungile Dlamini has been appointed as an Intern in the Cataloguing Department.

Before joining the NWU LIS, Lungile was a volunteer at Magudu Primary School as an Administrative Officer.

helah_vander_walt Helah van der Waldt was appointed as Administrative Officer at Loan Services and will start on 1 February.  Helah is a familiar face in the library.  She started at Information Services in 2004 and worked for many years in different sections on a temporary basis.


The following positions are vacant and recruitment is in progress – Manager: Library Systems, Manager: Information Resources, Senior Librarian (Cataloguing) and Library Assistant (Cataloguing).

We say goodbye to 2 Potchefstroom colleagues:

Corrie Breitenbach

Corrie started her career in the Ferdinand Postma Library at the Reference Section and worked in the library for 34 years.  Her interest and self-education with the operation and management of computers and programs secured her a position in the Research and Development Section in 1993.  She became the manager of the section in 2003, now called Library Systems.  The highlights of her career were the implementation of the Innopac Library System – later called Millennium and today the Sierra System, also the development of the online exam paper database in 1979 and the ETD’s which later resulted in the establishment of the Institutional Repository (Boloka) in 2009.

Corrie’s main goal was to empower staff to be computer literate, and was very pro-active to assist and solve any IT related problems.  She has managed to lead a formidable team in Library Systems.  It was a privilege to work with her.

Mariana Lourens

After 43 years in the library, Mariana is retiring today.  She started working as assistant librarian in the Cataloguing Department at the beginning of 1975.  In 1988 she was promoted to head of the Cataloguing Department.  Mariana played an instrumental role in the computerisation of the library’s card catalogue, and more recently she was project leader of the reclamation project.  Since the start of the project in 2012, more than 90 000 records were updated and upgraded.

Mariana will be remembered for her calmness, knowledge and insight in solving intricate cataloging matters.

We wish them both all the best for the next phase in their life, they will be sorely missed by all.

Corrie and Mariana at the farewell dinner last week.


Potchefstroom colleague passed away

Dear Colleagues
antoinette-coetseeIt is with sadness that we inform you that Antoinette Coetsee passed away early this morning after a long battle with cancer.
For 30 years she was part of the “library family” in the Cataloguing Department.  We will remember her as someone who always had a big smile for everyone – even during times when she really suffered, she did not talk about her illness, but rather reached out to others.  She had utmost dedication to her work, despite not being well.  She will be dearly missed.
Our sincere condolences to her family, especially to her husband Jaco and 2 children, Anika and Phillip.

Staff News

Congratulations to the following staff members who were appointed recently. We welcome them as part of the Library and Information Service team:

boitumelo-masilo Boitumelo Masilo was appointed as Faculty Librarian: Humanities and Theology from 1 October 2017.
james-kolodi James Kolodi was appointed as Shelver: Loan Services from 1 October 2017.
helah_vander_walt Helah van der Waldt was recently appointed on temporary basis at the Theology Library due to operational requirements (from mid September – 31 October 2017).

The following staff member resigned, we are going to miss you!

sabelo-chizwina.jpg Mahikeng Library bid farewell to Sabelo Chizwina end of September 2017. With his extensive experience he has been an invaluable asset to Information Services. His desire to assist library users and fellow staff members has made him well admired and respected by all. The NWU LIS wishes him well in his future plans.


Staff News

Congratulations to the following staff members who were appointed recently:

wendy-matlou Windy Matlou
Temporary Administrative Assistant in Rouxshane Bosman’s position. Rouxshane is on maternity leave.
sakhele-magodla Sakhele Magodla
Library Assistant: Information Services from 01 September 2017

There are currently 4 vacancies at Potchefstroom Library:

  • Shelver: Loan Services (successful candidate to commence duty on 1 October)
  • Assistant Librarian: Information Services (will be advertised shortly)
  • Administrative Officer (Half day position): Loan Services (will be advertised shortly)
  • Administrative Assistant: Administration

All vacancies are advertised on the NWU vacancy web page: