Vanderbijlpark First Year Introduction

The Library and Information Service Vanderbijlpark took part in the R&O Programme for first year students on the 23, 24, 26 and 29 January 2018. The library staff members worked as a team and everybody were involved. The 467 first year students were welcomed, the Undergraduate pamphlets were handed out and afterwards they watched the library video. An introduction was given of all the library services, resources, facilities and Code of Conduct. Students who asked questions received lollipops – just to provide some fun. The groups were then divided into smaller groups. Staff took them to the different sections and informed them how to use the library effectively. The Library calendar was handed out to every first year student who attended the library orientation.

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First-Year Students Library Orientation

The Mahikeng library had the pleasure to participate in the orientation of first-year students from the 23 – 24 January.  The aim of the orientation was to give brief and important information to the new students about the NWU LIS and its code of conduct. It was inspiring to see the library filled to capacity by enthusiastic future leaders.  Over 200 students were received.  The library staff members did an outstanding job of welcoming the students and introducing them to all the different sections, and how the students will be using the library services throughout their studies at NWU.  The tour sessions for students were divided into separate groups.  On the first part of orientation, Library Management welcomed and congratulated students for choosing the NWU.  They emphasised the importance of the library in the academic and learning process of any student’s journey.

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2018 First Years Library Introduction.

On 17 January, the Library & Information Service Potchefstroom took part in the R&O Programme for first year students.  During each session, students were given a short introduction by Dina Mashiyane, Librarian for Undergraduate Support about the library’s resources, services, facilites and code of conduct. This information will assist the students to make use of the library more effectively.  A video about the library services  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Vn8Jq2Eka4 was shown and Undergraduate Survival Guides were handed out to the students. There was also an opportunity to show the students how to access the Undergraduate Support Libguide, as this is a tool they need to use for their information needs:  http://libguides.nwu.ac.za/information-commons-potch.  About 3346 students attended the sessions and positive feedback was received.

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Investing in Digital Humanities Research

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Kirchner van Deventer, a Faculty Librarian at Education Sciences recently attended the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School. Part of NWU Library Services strategic agenda is to develop our capacity for Digital Humanities projects and the research potential that can stem from it. With support from the NWU Research Unit for Languages and Literature in the South African Context, Kirchner attended the Summer School’s Introduction to Digital Humanities lecture series. The lectures included:

Digitization for Research: Creating Tools for Active Scholarship
An Introduction to the Text Encoding Initiative
Reborn Digital: text, transmission, technology
Reproducible Research in the Humanities
An Introduction to Databases
Introduction to Visualization for Digital Humanities

The most important things he learned from the Summer School included that Digital Humanities has enormous research potential for a vast range of disciplines and is not just limited to linguistics or literary studies, but can benefit other social and humanities disciplines as well. It is the role of academic librarians to encourage their respective faculties to develop their understanding of what Digital Humanities scholarship entails and to further provide technical support and training in the use of tools that have been developed for Digital Humanities research.

Library Research Week 15-19 August 2016

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The Library Services (Potch Campus) will host a Library Research Week from 15 – 19 August 2016.

The program includes, training opportunities and research workshops. These sessions are aimed at building researcher’s capacity throughout his research.

Venue: Ferdinand Postma Library, Research Commons: Conference room

Please view SCHEDULE and REGISTER to attend: http://nwu.libcal.com/calendar/potch-library-training-calendar