NWU Libraries Celebrate International Literacy Day


Join North-West University Library Services in celebrating International Literacy Day on 8 September 2017. This global annual event aims to highlight the importance of literacy for both young and old. This year’s theme Literacy in a Digital World, emphasises the importance of developing digital literacy skills, so as to enhance the participation of individuals in the digital citizenship. Since 21st-century information is available in multiple formats, it is essential for our society to equip ourselves with the relevant skills that will enable us to navigate the overwhelming amount of information at our disposal.

To celebrate International Literacy Day, we invite you to go on an adventure that will allow you to explore our libraries’ facilities and resources. There are various prizes up for the taking and all you need to do is to join in the fun!





MAIG-Seminar-2017.jpgErika Rood and Louise Vos attended a MAIG Seminar:  Marketing and Advocacy for Librarians, tips of the trade on Friday 18 August at the University of Pretoria.  MAIG (Marketing & Advocay Interest Group) aims to support and unitw library staff interested in marketing and advocating Library and Information Services in South Africa.   In a presentation by Theuns Kotze, lecturer at UP:  Marketing your library on a shoestring, he shared ideas on how the library can market library services with a small budget.  He emphasised that we need to understand users’ needs, tailor library services to assist users in every step of the research process, and effectively communicate our services to them.  Ina Smith, LIASA Librarian of the Year 2016 did a presentation on Digital Marketing tips, Tools & Tricks for Librarians.  René Schoombee, LIASA Librarian of the Year 2007 shared practical examples of next level marketing initiatives.

Theology Librarians Workshop, Kenya

Hester Lombard, Branch Librarian at Theology, attended the NetACT Multi-School Library Resource Project Planning workshop from 2-7 July at Scott Christian University, Machakos, Kenya.  The librarian workshop was held simultaneously with the NetACT annual general meeting.  NetACT (Network for African Congregational Theology) assist their member institutions with developing congregational theology, leadership and governance.  The management of NetACT identified access to information at the African universities as a problem, and arranged this library workshop for 16 Theology librarians.  Six of the attendees were South Africans, and the other librarians were from other countries in Africa.  During the workshop a web portal was developed to provide theology students of universities who are members of NetACT, with information.


Vanderbijlpark Library Community Outreach

SunCrest High School asked Information Services to assist their Grade 11 students with information for the “2017 Environmental sustainability Project Research Paper” for SAIIA (South African Research Institute on Regional and International Issues). They assisted with the format of the paper, as well as the bibliography.  Six learners were chosen to use these information for a debate that will take place later in August.

Martie Esterhuizen visited the school afterwards for a follow-up to ensure that the project was on track.  The staff were thankful for the library’s involvement to empower their learners, because they don’t have a library at school.  During the visit, Louise Harmse presented stationary gift bags to the debate team.  The gift bags were sponsored by Van Schaik Bookstore.

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

Mandela Day: Mafikeng Library contributes to Meal-a-Day Project

The Meal-a-Day project provides a meal to deserving, needy NWU students. The project has made a significant contribution to the physical well-being of students over the past years.  Mafikeng library staff participated in the Mandela Day activities by donating non-perishable food and toiletries to support this Project. The food and toiletries which were collected will be handed over to the co-ordinator at Institutional office (IO) to be distributed to needy university students as part of  NWU’s Meal-a-Day project.

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NWU library staff attended Sabinet Regional Meeting – 25 July 2017

Carine Basson, Katlego Chiya, Glenda Makate, Njabulo Makhathini, Lezelle Snyman, Martie Esterhuizen, Mietsie Harman and Ishe Muzvondiwa

Staff members from the NWU Library Services attended the Annual Regional Meeting of Sabinet held at the scenic Woodmead Country Club on the 25th of July.

Eric van Lubeek of OCLC Netherlands introduced products and services available with special focus on the new WorldShare Interlibrary Loans System that NWU is going to implement soon. This new system is cloud-based and more patron-centered. Sabinet appealed to the stakeholders who need training on the new ILL to ensure that staff are adequately trained.

Pierre Malan (Director Client Services: Sabinet) discussed how they add value to Information Services through Sabinet Legal, SAMedia, Interlending (Worldshare) and SAePublications journal platform.

Some impressions from staff:

“The meeting was informative in seeing what other services are available through Sabinet, a great place to network with fellow librarians.”

“It was good to meet our colleagues and get together as a profession. It is important to be informed and updated with the latest developments on different platforms.”

Investing in Digital Humanities Research


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.