Posted on May 01, 2018

Congratulations to the following staff members....

Dr Johann van Wyk...

... with the completion of his Doctoral studies in Philosophy in Information Science. He received his PhD on  May 2, 2018.  

Mrs Lidia Swart

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global “biodiversity commons.” The BHL consortium works with the international taxonomic community, rights holders, and other interested parties to ensure that this biodiversity heritage is made available to a global audience through open access principles. In partnership with the Internet Archive and through local digitization efforts, the BHL has digitized millions of pages of taxonomic literature, representing over 120,000 titles and over 200,000 volumes.

In February 2018, BHLA hosted a workshop and meeting to discuss a new Memorandum of Understanding. Training was given to participants from all over Africa.

BHL Africa Participating Institutions include the following:


1.  African Conservation Centre

2.  International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology

3.  Kenya Wildlife Service

4.  National Museums of Kenya

5.  University of Nairobi

6.  Kenya Forest Research Institute

7.  Kenya Medical Research Institute


1.  South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity

2.  South African National Biodiversity Institute

3.  University of Pretoria


1.  Uganda National Council for Science and Technology

2.  The Uganda Society

During the meeting and workshop, a new steering committee was appointed. The following members were appointed:


•  Ashah Owano

•  Lawrence Monda (Technical Director)


•  Anne-Lise Fourie (Chair)

•  Lidia Swart (Secretary)


•  Loi Namugenyi

•  Wartson Atukwatse


Steering committee of the Biodiversity Heritage Library

Mr Wanani Sitsula...

... and his wife with the birth of their daughter on 11 April 2018.  

Mr Arthur Molefe...

... and his wife with the birth of their twin daughters on 6 February 2018.

Ms Alett Nell...

...  and her family on the birth of her granddaughter.


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