LIS outreach on Mandela Day

mandela-day-2019Celebrating Mandela Day is a standing tradition at NWU LIS, and this year was no exception.  The three campus libraries commemorated Mandela Day in different ways in reaching out to nearby communities.

Mafikeng Library donated school shoes at Masutlhe 1 Primary School

Mafikeng library commemorated Mandela Day by buying 10 new pairs of school shoes for selected children at Masutlhe 1 Primary School. The idea of buying shoes came about when the NWU LIS offered all three of its campuses R1000 for Mandela Day activities. Mr Siviwe Bangani, 2018 Librarian of the Year  (LoY) topped the amount given to Mafikeng Campus with R1000 from the LoY award. A primary school was identified with the assistance of Dr Lefenya-Motshegare from the NWU Law Faculty, wife of the chief of the Masutlhe Village, Kgosi Motshegare. The primary school is at Masutlhe 1 – a remote village outside Mafikeng. The school identified 10 children who would benefit greatly from this initiative and provided the shoe sizes of the children. Dr Lefenya-Motshegare also bought a complete school uniform out of her own pocket for a child who lost all his clothes after his house burned a few days before the Mandela Day.

The handing out of the shoes was done in a ceremony organised at the primary school by the royal house to celebrate Mandela Day. This event was a true reflection of the legacy and life lessons of Tata Nelson Mandela. The spirit of ubuntu, selflessness, giving, and promoting educational values espoused by Tata Mandela were at play. There were presentations by speakers from various critical government entities creating an awareness of the issues that affect the community and the services that are available, as well as locations and contact numbers of places of help. The Department of Health, SAPS, NWU Community Law Clinic, Department of Economic Development, NWU LIS and the community were all represented. Councillor T Motshabi who represents the community in Local Government also attended.  It is through initiatives such as these that the NWU LIS is reaching out to communities and demonstrating that librarians are indeed agents of positive social change.


Potchefstroom library decided Charity begins at home

Potchefstroom LIS staff members celebrated a very successful Mandela Day by reaching out to the Campus Protection Services with the theme: Charity begins at home.  Protection Services is one of our main stakeholders as they take care of us on a daily basis by providing protection to both our assets and ourselves.  The staff are always willing and friendly to assist when needed.  They are working night shifts and long hours in the cold.   The LIS donated gloves, scarves and beanies to keep them warm – all items reflected a message that the Library cares  (picture).   Donated items were received by Mr Des Ayob, Director of Protection Services and some of his senior staff members.  Mr Ayob conveyed his appreciation and gratitude.  He mentioned that it’s the first time that colleagues of the NWU reach out to Protection Services in this manner.  It was a privilege for library staff to be involved in this project – it gave us an opportunity to give back to the people who are serving us.


Vanderbijlpark reached out to Kopanong Hospital

Vanderbijlpark library staff decided to reach out to the Outpatient Department and Ithemba Section at Kopanong Hospital in Vereeniging.  Staff members worked together and prepared lunch bags containing sandwiches and fruit.   More than 100 lunch boxes were distributed amongst waiting patients and their family. The patients were very thrilled and thankful for the food, the majority of them indicated that they were there for many hours – not being able nor having anything to eat.  The library staff felt afterwards that it was a fulfilling experience to reach out and to make a difference, especially in the lives of vulnerable people.


Siviwe Bangani, Boitumelo Masilo, Martin Nokoane, Louise Vos and Thoko Tswaile.

Sabinet Regional Meeting 23 July 2019

Three staff members, Martin Nokoane (Loan Services), Thulile Xaba (Cataloguing) and Banele Khoza (Information Services) represented the NWU LIS  at the Annual Sabinet Regional Meeting on 23 July at Gallagher Convention Center in Midrand.

sabinet-2019.pngSabinet invited members of various academic, public and special libraries from the region to participate in their regional meeting.  They discussed their company overview, success of the past year and plans for moving forward, as well as library solutions, new products and services.  Tipasa was introduced as a new product – it’s regarded as the next level ILL which will enable seamless resource sharing.  With everything automated, it is cloud-based and libraries will receive software updates and enhancements automatically. The interface adapts to the ILL workflows that work best for your library, which simplifies your process for managing and fulfilling requests both from your users and from other libraries.  It is currently not available in South Africa, but it is in a testing phase:

There was also a brief discussion about the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR).   Direct poll voting was used to interact with the audience – it gave the audience a chance to give their responses while certain topics were discussed.

Banele Khoza (Assistant Librarian, Information services)

Staff News: New Appointments

We welcome two well known colleagues into new positions at Information Services – Potchefstroom

magrieta_afrikaMagrieta Afrika was appointed as Assistant Librarian in the Information Commons and commenced duties on Monday the 3rd of June. Magrieta has extensive experience working in community libraries and has been working in the Ferdinand Postma Library since 2007.  She worked in different departments gaining experience in the academic library environment.  She completed B Inf in 2016 through UNISA.

katelego-chiyaKatlego Chiya was appointed in the position of Faculty Librarian and will join the Potchefstroom team on 1 July 2019.  After completing his BA in Media Studies at the University of Limpopo, Katlego completed his Higher Diploma in Information Studies at the same institution, where he also gained his first year of experience in an academic library.  He worked as Librarian at the South African Biodiversity Institute before joining the NWU LIS as Assistant Librarian (Information Services) at Vanderbijlpark in February 2015 . Katlego is currently busy with his MA in Information Science via UNISA.

We wish both colleagues all the best in their new positions!

Book exhibitions at Mafikeng

book-exhibition-2.pngEach year the Mafikeng library organises book exhibitions that are aimed at encouraging the involvement of the academic community in the development of the collection. The event grows bigger each year as it is becoming a norm that the academics not only look forward to, but plan on as well. This is also an opportunity for the faculty librarians to engage with the faculty members in terms of identifying their information needs and the gaps in the collection.

To ensure Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA), students, particularly Masters’, Doctoral and Post Docs are also invited to participate in the selection of books related to their areas of study. The vendors who exhibited their collections and supplied books focusing on various disciplines included Van Schaik Bookstores, Vuga, Best Books, RexReg Express and AMS. The book exhibitions continue to demonstrate a true spirit of collaboration within the various units in the library as well as the embodiment of embedded librarianship under the leadership of Ms Molly Kekana. Colleagues really pulled together in organising and participating in this event.

The exhibitions in April and May were a great success despite sharing dates with the Graduation ceremony and Research day. The library is looking forward to many more.


Boitumelo Masilo and Dina Mashiyane
Faculty Librarians: Information Services (Mafikeng)

Staff News – Resignations

We say goodbye to two staff members

We regret to inform you that Mr Njabulo Makhathini and Mr Kabelo Kakole have resigned and will be leaving the LIS end of April.

njabulo-makhathini.jpgNjabulo Makhathini started 1 March 2015 as Manager Loan Services (Potchefstroom). Njabulo guided the Loan and ILL section for four years. He was professional and focused on his work and it was a privilege to work with him. We wish to thank Njabulo for his leadership, contributions, support and kindness.



kabelo-kakole.jpgKabelo Kakole joined the LIS on 1 February 2015 as Institutional Repository (IR) Librarian. During this period the IR (Boloka) has grown significantly. Due to Kabelo’s hard work and good work ethic, the IR are on par with the Repositories of other major SA Institutions. He brought a positive energy into the Information Systems section.

The LIS wishes Njabulo and Kabelo best of luck in their new positions. We know that they will be successful in everything they do.

NWU Libraries Celebrate Library Week : 18 – 22 March 2019

library-week-2019.jpgIn Celebration of Library Week

Library week competition
(Vanderbijlpark and Potchefstroom)

Help us reduce the noise at our libraries.

In a group of 3 students come up with ways that the libraries can curb the noise levels. Your group could win NWU corporate freebies.

To enter the competition, leave your comment on the NWU Libraries Facebook page with the #HelpUsHelpYou

Competition Rules

  • Participants must be registered NWU students.
  • A team must consist of (3) three students.
  • The closing date is 19 March 2019 at 10h00.

Fine free week

In celebration of SA Library Week the LIS promotes a fine free week to all users. Do you have long overdue library books on your study desk or in your office? Return them between 18 and 22 March 2019 – no questions will be asked and no fines will be added to your record.

Mafikeng: activities

  • Tell us what collaborate @ your library means to you and stand a chance of winning NWU corporate freebies. Winners to be announced on the 18th of March 2019.
  • Monday 18/03: Library week launch
    There will be a book launch, and a poetry recital between 10:00-12:00.
  • Tuesday: 19/03: Koi Koi Primary School visit (community engagement project)
    The Mafikeng staff members will set up the library at Koi Koi primary school and donate children’s books as part of Librarian of the Year community engagement initiative.
  • Wednesday: Know your right to information access!
    Tell us what the right to information access means to you and stand a chance of getting yourself a copy of the constitution of the Republic of South Africa.
    NB: The first 96 respondents will get the constitution booklets.
  • Collaborate with your shelves
    The library staff members will partake in shelf reading activities for the month of March.
  • Book Drive (throughout the week)
    There will be a book drive that will run for the week, asking users to donate Setswana books in recognition of the declaration by the UN declaring 2019 as the International year of indigenous languages.

Potchefstroom: actvities

Monday 18 March
  • Van Schaik Gazebo at entrance of library
  • Sorting and shelving books according to DDC
  • Book Exhibition in the library foyer
Tuesday 19 March
  • Van Schaik photo booth
  • #HelpUsHelpYou (FaceBook page)
  • Competition Draw @12h00
Wednesday 20 March
  • Book Exhibition in the library foyer

Vanderbijlpark: activities

  • Exhibition stand in the Library.
  • ALDE/ALDA training from Monday to Wednesday.
  • Cross-word puzzle with Van Schaik.
  • Competition of the Best Group Picture with Van Schaik.
  • “Help us to Help you” on how to minimize the noise level in the Library (FaceBook page).

Staff news: New appointment

porschaPortia Boitumelo Mosetlhi was appointed as Shelf Assistant in Potchefstroom Library.

Portia started in her new role on 1 March 2019. She has previously been employed by Tsebo Cleaning company from 01/07/2014 and was based at the Ferdinand Postma library. She has now joined the Loan Services unit and we are looking forward working with her.

We wish Portia all the best in her new position and welcome her as part of the LIS team!

LIASA Conference 8 – 12 October 2018


The opening of the conference was graced by the presence of Mr Nathi Mthethwa – Minister of Arts and Culture, who expressed his support for libraries. He paid tribute the libraries for their role in information dissemination and community development contributing to the African Union Agenda 2063.   During the conference, there were various inspiring papers that were presented by librarians from different sectors and institutions. The networking opportunities offered by a conference of this nature cannot be overstated. Throughout the LIASA 2018 Conference there was a mixed bag of events.  This word cloud shows the prominent words, nouns, verbs and phrases which dominated the conference.

NWU LIS staff attending the LIASA Conference.  Ishe Muzvondiwa, Danny Moloto, Glenda Makate, Siviwe Bangani (our own Librarian of the Year) and Boitumelo Masilo.


Two LIS staff members made the NWU visible and delivered a presentation and poster at the conference.

Mafikeng colleagues Glenda Makate and Boitumelo Masilo presented a paper and poster.  The title of the presention was  Are some more official than others? Languages represented in the collection of North West University Library and Information Service.  This presentation was part of research that sought to establish and analyze the languages represented by books held by the North-West University libraries and to further establish the strategies used by the libraries to develop, preserve and promote African languages in support of the university’s language policy. The paper revealed that, despite the best efforts of the library, English is absolutely dominant in the collections of NWU LIS followed by Afrikaans.  Afrikaans, however, also showed signs of decline.  Setswana and Sesotho remain marginalised.

The poster was titled: The practical role of LibGuides in collection development: The case of North-West University.  In conducting this study, they identified books listed in all LibGuides in the country and selected titles that we did not have in NWU libraries to be purchased. After receiving books purchased from LibGuides, they analyzed their usage in terms of checkout and the group that uses them the most, as well as publishers that supplied the most.  From this information they designed a poster with the information presented as graphs. This poster and study was well received by academic librarians because they had an understanding of the work that went into compiling it, as well as the implications of the study in collection development methods in the library.  Colleagues were overall impressed with the poster.

Mr Siviwe Bangani assisted with the compilation of the presentation and poster – both were developed into papers and were sent to peer-reviewed DHET approved journals for possible publication.

Librarian of the Year award
siviwe-banganiThere was a feeling of great honour and pride when Siviwe Bangani, Manager for Information Services  (Mafikeng), was announced as LIASA Librarian of the Year for 2018.