IGBIS Workshop 2018


Six members of the NWU LIS Information Resources (cataloguing and periodical staff) attended an IGBIS workshop at the Centurion Lake Hotel on 16 and 17 August 2018. IGBIS is the LIASA Interest Group for Bibliographic Standards.

The theme of the workshop was: Resource description: unlocking developing trends and smart technologies.

The two-day workshop provided valuable networking and problem-solving opportunities for professionals from academic, public and special libraries.  Topics that were discussed:

  • An introduction to NACO and Authority control;
  • Training in new ISBD punctuation in MARC records;
  • Creating NACO authority records;
  • The use of relator codes in cataloguing;
  • What MarcEdit can do for you;
  • WorldShare Record Manager and Collection Manager;
  • Quality assurance;
  • Metadata futures;
  • Why relator codes are important in bibliographic records.

The committee assured IGBIS members that they will continue to provide training to the cataloguing community. Young cataloguers and first time presenters were also encouraged to present papers at the coming workshop. The cataloguers who attended, describe the opportunity as two days out of the office to sharpen their cataloguing skills, and an investment in their careers.


LIS involvement in Gender Awareness Week 2-8 August 2018


The NWU Mahikeng Library participated in Gender Awareness Week with the aim of recognizing women who have played a role in liberating themselves and those around them.  An on-screen display was used to identify women from various spheres such as Education, Politics, Business, Sports, Entertainment, Literature and Royalty. This was accompanied by a book display to showcase female authors and other prominent figures. The display board was populated with female inventors, past and present.

An interactive activity for the patrons was developed to ensure engagement with the display.  The feedback was positive as they identified prominent women of their choice. The display will continue until the end of women’s month (August).

‘Wathint’ Abafazi, Wathint’ Imbokodo’  – You strike a woman, you strike a rock



Potchefstroom library participated in Gender Awareness Week and involved the users in some activities.  A book exhibition on gender related resources were on display for the week as well as an on-screen display of the Gender Awareness Week program and posters.

On Friday 3 August, students had fun completing a word puzzle of inspirational South African women and popped a balloon for a surprise Coffee in a Cone voucher at Ferdi’s.



During Gender Awareness Week the Vanderbijlpark Library had an exhibition depicting the theme of the week.  Students were asked to take pictures or selfies with books of their idols and share it with library staff.


The Library also hosted a discussion organized by Nthabiseng Maseko (LIS). Both male and female students had the opportunity to engage with each other on the topic of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV).

The programme started with a short video explaining what intimate partner violence is.  The facilitator, Ms Retlotlilwe Pooe (Student Counseling and Development), explained how intimate partner violence unfolds to a point where it escalates to assault and even murder.  When asking the students what they thought the causes of IPV were, some mentioned societal beliefs and how people were raised.  Others blamed feminism and said that it causes women to compete with men, but then they still expect of men to provide for them when they are in a relationship.

Students were then asked to come up with solutions.  They agreed that education and disclosure is very important.  People need to become aware of such destructive behavior. One female student said:  “We need to unlearn certain behaviours in order to respect our significant other and to value each other’s lives.”

Students then decided to start a hashtag #itaffectsusall on Facebook. Some felt it was not enough – they decided to form groups in their respective residences where they will have similar discussions on a monthly basis. At the end of the programme, members were elected to serve on a committee to take the message further.


Author workshop for researchers

The NWU Mafikeng Library hosted an author workshop for researchers on 14 August 2018. The workshop was hosted in the library conference room and was also accessible from Potchefstroom and Vanderbijlpark campus via Adobe Connect. The workshop was facilitated by Emerald Group Publishing and WWIS (on behalf of Web of Science).  The speakers were Mr Sibu Zondi (Emerald) and Ms Zanele Magoba (WWIS).

The purpose of the workshop was to share knowledge of publishing to emerging researchers.  Among the areas covered were the publishing process, ethics of publishing, choosing a journal to publish, the importance of publishing in quality journals as well as the impact of research. The workshop was well attended and interaction of NWU researchers were quiet impressive. The researchers commended the library for hosting this workshop and requested more workshops of this nature in the future.


Mahikeng Library book exhibition

On the 27-31 July the NWU LIS Mahikeng had the pleasure of hosting the 2018 book exhibition.


This exhibition demonstrated a true example of embedded librarianship by taking the library to the faculties.  All the activities were organised in each faculty building which meant that the academics and library staff as well as book suppliers had a chance to interact throughout the day for 3 days.  The following suppliers accepted the invitation and took part in the exhibition:  Vuga Book Supplies, Van Schaik, AMS and Best Books. The participation from academics and students was positive throughout the three days, the DVC also paid a visit.  This initiative enhanced patron driven acquisition as not only academics could select books, but an opportunity was provided to students as well.  The overall turnout was impressive.   Feedback was taken from faculty members as well as students, which would be incorporated in future book exhibitions.

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Staff News

New appointments

Congratulations to the following two colleagues who were appointed in new positions from 1 August 2018:

thuli-xabaThuli Xaba was appointed in the position of Librarian: Cataloguing at Potchefstroom.  Thuli obtained her BTech and a National Diploma in Library and Information Studies at Durban University of Technology.  Since her graduation she worked at Dassenhoek Library, Edminson Library, SASRI (South African Sugarcane Research Institute Library) and the Workers College.  She left a cataloguing position at the EThekwini Municipal Library where she worked since September 2014 to join the NWU LIS.

asha-hembly.pngAsha Hembly was appointed as Administrative Assistant in Potchefstroom Library.  She worked as Cashier in the Financial Administrative Section on the Potchefstroom Campus since 2013.

We welcome Thuli and Asha as part of the LIS family, may you experience success and fulfillment in your new roles!

Ferdinand Postma Library book launch and celebration of spaces

Celebration of spaces

The NWU LIS celebrated the completion of a 6-year renovation project of the Ferdinand Postma Library and launched a book about the history of the library recently.

During an event on 14 June 2018 in the Ferdinand Postma Library, Ms Neli Kaunda, LIS Director Shared Services, gave an overview of the refurbishment period.  She paid tribute to the LIS staff for their hard work and also conveyed gratitude to PIP for their role and support during this process.

The renovation process started in 2011 under the visionary direction of Dr Tom Larney – previous Director Library Services, Potchefstroom.  The 67-year-old building needed a makeover and spaces had to be repurposed according to current user needs.   After a long period of consultation, planning and going through a budgetary process, the construction started on 2012.  In the years to follow, a research and an honours commons were established in 2014 as dedicated spaces to meet the needs of postgraduates and researchers.  In 2015 the groundfloor received a face-lift, accompanied by an information commons to cater for the needs of undergraduates.  The 2nd floor was renovated in 2017, adding a quiet study area with 232 extra seats and the 1st floor has just been completed.  The role of the library in the research, teaching and learning environment was emphasized by Dr Mathew Moyo, Chief Director Library and Information Service, and valued by Dr Franciska Bothma, Executive Advisor to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning.

Book launch

Ferdinand Postma Library HistoryA book about the history of the library:  Ferdinand Postma Library: Keys to the past, gateway to the future, was also launched.  In this book,  Dr Tom Larney documented the library’s history from 1869 – 2018.  Prof Fika J van Rensburg (DVC Potchefstroom Campus) mentioned in the foreword of the book:  “For many years the Ferdinand Postma Library was, and will be for many years to come, a memorable landmark on the campus, symbolising hard word, long hours, learning research and ultimately success.  With its architecture (as the first modern, post-war building of the University), it is still today an important beacon and showpiece of growth and academic development of the University.  It has positioned itself excellently to not only contribute to the information era, but to pioneer library and information services.”

The book is available as e-book on Boloka, the NWU Institutional Repository in Afrikaans and English.

Afr: http://hdl.handle.net/10394/28122
Eng: http://hdl.handle.net/10394/28121

NWU Library Book Launch
Attending the event are Ms Elsa Esterhuizen (former LIS Director Potchefstroom), Dr Mathew Moyo (Chief Director Library and Information Service), Dr Tom Larney (former LIS Director Potchefstroom), Ms Neli Kaunda (LIS Director Shared Services) and Dr Franciska Bothma (Executive Advisor to the DVC for Teaching and Learning).

Gender Awareness Week 2-8 August 2018


The LIS will take part in the Gender Awareness Week, currently hosted by the NWU http://www.nwu.ac.za/gender-awareness-week

The libraries will be running exhibitions of gender resources throughout the week.  Further activities will be presented to create awareness amongst library users:

In Mafikeng Library will be a LCD Screen display of the greatest women in South Africa and another one on the most powerful women in higher education.  They are also arranging an interactive fun activity where users can indicate their top 10 most powerful women of all time in South Africa.  Then they will do a display of the top ten women selected by the users for the whole Women’s Month.

Potchefstroom library will have a word puzzle on a white board near the Book exhibition on Friday 3 August from 8:00 – 12:00.   Users will have to find the names of inspirational SA women.

Vanderbijlpark library will have an exhibition and also ask students to take a photo of themselves with their favourite women of all times.  The photo’s will be displayed afterwards.

Pictures of the activities will be posted on our Blog.

Do take note of the presentations on all the campuses and support those activities in your vicinity.

Mandela Day – Feedback from our libraries

In celebration of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela on 18 July, the NWU LIS reached out to nearby communities in different ways.  All libraries also had book exhibitions to commemorate Mandela’s legacy.

Mafikeng Library

The Mafikeng library took on two projects in celebrating Mandela day. These projects are as a result of a request from the community of Magogoe through Mr Tuny Molwaesa who is the coordinator of the Magogoe Community Library initiative. Because the community library is in close proximity to Phetlhu Secondary School, it was decided to extend the project to establish a school library as well. The LIS staff members assembled the shelves, unpacked books from the boxes and arranged them on the shelves according to faculties. There were various informative posters that were donated by the NWU LIS that were used to decorate the newly established libraries. These activities were motivational and they did a lot to boost staff morale.

A big thank you to the following staff members who made a huge difference with this initiative:  Siviwe Bangani, Benford Rabatseta, Boitumelo Masilo, Clement Lebeya, Dina Mashiyane, Edward Mogwasi, Mahlatse Tema, Sebo Sebolai and Vuyo Ngayeka.


Potchefstroom Library

Potchefstroom Library reached out to Bokamoso Intermediate School at Rysmierbult near Potchefstroom.  There is no library or any fiction material to read.  The aim was to create two reading corners, one for juniors and the other one for seniors in two classrooms.  Staff restored and painted 2 dilapidated bookshelves, wall areas for the reading corners and a merry-go-round on Saturday, 14 July.  Information Resources staff spray-painted old pamphlet holders beforehand.  Staff donated paint brushes, rollers, floor puzzle rubber mats, books and soft toys.  Cushions and books were provided by the library.  Thank you to the following staff who worked very hard on this project:  Martin Nokoane, Alta van den Berg, Janie Lamprecht, Lungile Dlamini, Marolay van der Walt, James Kolodi, Suzette Janse van Rensburg and Mietsie Harman.


Vanderbijlpark Library

Vanderbijlpark library staff dedicated their 67 minutes at a local school, namely Suncrest High School. Librarians value the fact that they don’t know everything, but they have skills to find anything in the library. The staff had no donations this year, but that never held them back to make a difference in the library.  They took it upon themselves to rearrange the library and to make it easier for leaners to navigate the books they wish to use for their school work. A big thank you to Tiny Moripa, Thoko Tswaile, Katleho Chiya and Thandi Motsoari.

Staff also took part in the Vanderbijlpark Student Counselling and Development campus campaign – Charity Begins At Home.  This initiative – Mandela Day 67 item donation, provided an opportunity for staff to donate items for students in need.


SAOIM Conference 2018


NWU LIS staff attended the bi-annual SAOIM Conference at the CSIR from 20 – 22 June 2018.

The theme of the conference focused on the future and trends in Library and Information Science field and practice. This was an informative conference with very diverse topics, from collection building, applying library skills in the corporate world, using social media platforms in library service delivery, authorship ethics (which was very interesting to me), MakerSpace in libraries, knowledge sharing in libraries, to artificial intelligence (which is awesome but also a little bit frightening). In between all these interesting presentations was product reviews from all the different vendors (which was like ad-breaks) who also had stalls for their products.  The closing speaker, Siphiwe Moyo was the highlight of the conference with a very lively, funny and inspiring presentation about you as individual are the maker of your own destiny – you have to go out there and make things happen for you.

There were also sessions on Information security (When more devices are connected into the net, the more opportunities for cyber-crime), Disruptive innovations, Information fluency, the Robot librarian and MOOCs

Further highlights:

  • What is the Future of Academic Library Collection Development?
  • “Social Media” or “Seriously Maligned”: why don’t people like Twitter and Facebook (and why they should)
  • Connect, collaborate and communicate – marketing an academic library – the UP perspective
  • Existence of academic libraries- Why are we here? Do we know what our values is? Is Library no longer a primary place to find Information?
  • If we all stay on top of things we will still be viable as a library
  • There is always fear when information becomes digital, the same goes to information fluency, we just need to be prepared, get training and move with things
  • We need to focus on our customers not our job description

“I am very thankful for the opportunity to have attended this well organised conference.” – Anneke Coetzee

“The overall conference was very informative, very well organised, the venue, the food was just on par.” – Tiny Moripa

“This conference provided us with opportunities to network with colleagues from different libraries in South Africa. This was also an opportunity to benchmark NWU LIS services with other academic libraries. There are two initiatives at the Mafikeng Campus that will come about as a result of this conference. We would like to thank the North West University LIS for affording us the opportunity to attend this conference.” – Siviwe Bangani and Dina Mashiyane