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:

Staff News

Congratulations to the following staff members who were appointed recently:

rouxshane-bosman Rouxshane Bosman
Senior Administrative Assistant from 01 July 2017
benford-rabatseta Benford Rabatseta
Senior Librarian: Information Resources from 01 July 2017
clement-lebeya Clement Lebeya
Temporary Library Assistant from 01 July 2017
nontobeko-welaphi Nontobeko Welaphi
Library Assistant: Loan Services from 01 August 2017
meisi-makauza.jpg Meisi Makauza
Library Assistant: Education Sciences Library from 01 August 2017
jan_mompe Jan Mompe
Library Assistant (Evening shift): Loan Services from 01 August 2017
jonathan-nyebeleza Jonathan Nyebeleza
Assistant Librarian: Education Sciences Library from 01 August 2017
lucas_vandenheever Lucas Van den Heever
Senior Library Assistant: Library Systems from 01 August 2017

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

megan-petersen Megan Petersen
Information Services
isabel_vogel Isabel Vogel
Loan Services