The Department of Library Services (DLS) celebrated South African Library Week between 14-22 March 2022. The LIASA theme for this year was “ReImagine! RePurpose! ReDiscover...Libraries!” In line with this theme, the DLS ran a competition where students and staff were invited to electronically share how they have READiscovered their libraries during the tough times of the COVID-19 lockdown.
We received several responses detailing the creative measures undertaken by our students and staff to continue accessing library resources during the lockdown. The Geek House Eatery sponsored six R100 vouchers for our winners. We are proud to announce our six winners: Jason Webber, Maureen Jacobs, Tanatswa Midzi, Nicolene Pretorius, Nokwazi Nxumalo and Tinotenda Mukiwa. Enjoy reading some snippets from our winners:
Jason Webber wrote:
“COVID was a stressful time for us students. Never mind being able to see people in person. How was I gonna access all my favourite books? UP libraries provided access to all of that through UPspace and Figshare. As well as the ability to ask all my questions to a librarian through the ask a librarian function. However now that we are back on campus, I can go to my favourite study spot on campus, Merensky 2”
Maureen Jacobs expressed:
“It was hard at first more especially during covid when we had to navigate the online library, I remember when I had to search in the database, I did not know where to find it so in most cases I used goggle for books and articles then for citation I went to development search to search for citation and If I do not find it, I had to look for other sources on google that match the citation on the development search. Thanks to the module called aim, it was the one that helped me to navigate and discover the online library. Now I know where to find google scholars, dictionaries and other libraries. And the 2022 library edition is better than last year edition because I do not have to navigate to search to discover the important pages like google scholar as is it on the first page of the library”.
Tanatswa Midzi highlighted:
“I've been able to fully master how to use the online library, making work so much easier for me. And on days where a girl needs a change of scenery, I walk onto campus and into the library where I'm greeted by the comfort of books, my first love. Both ways in which I've been able to READiscover the library have brought me happiness and satisfaction, especially knowing that I can still access resources, no matter where I am!”
Nicolene Pretorius's winning entry was:
“During peak covid times I made use of the online library services to obtain books. In addition, as an education student doing English, I'm also very well acquainted with websites such as Project Gutenburg. Which helped me to obtain books which I really wanted to read but were booked on the library website or unavailable.”
Nokwazi Nxumalo wrote:
"I attended wonderful virtual programs from my campus Groenkloof that tells and explain briefly on how to access library resources then checked out my eBooks from shared links during lecture on ClickUP and found stories and prescribed books online from Bookflix then later went to the library in person to access hard copies of these books, which was easy hence i asked for assistance to the lady working in the library if she can show me on how to find a particular book."
Tinotenda Mukiwa wining entry was:
“The library space is an extraordinary space that allows anybody to maximize their focus levels and ultimately maximize their potential in any field. READiscovering my extraordinary space started out with relative discomfort but things gradually improved. I move with ease in my library space and always ensure that I keep surfaces clean and neat so that I stay safe from COVID 19 and my fellow library citizens are also kept safe.”