Tribute to Brenda Nsanzya

Posted on May 29, 2023

Dr Brenda Nsanzya joined the Department of Library Services (DLS) in 2012 as the Theology Faculty Information Specialist, in the Humanities and Theology Faculty Library. From the very beginning, her passion for people and knowledge was evident. She had an extensive understanding of literature and a genuine love for teaching and learning. Her warm and approachable manner made everyone feel special and welcome, and she fostered an environment of exploration and discovery.

Dr Brenda Nsanzya quickly moved up the ranks and was appointed as the Faculty Library Manager of the EMS Library in 2016. She excelled at overseeing the day-to-day operations of the library and drove the strategic objectives of the DLS. Her attention to detail and her commitment are evident even today, as the unit has flourished under her guidance.

Beyond her management responsibilities, Dr Nsanzya served as a pillar of support and a mentor to many colleagues. Her kindness and encouragement created a nurturing environment where personal and professional growth thrived. She served as the first chairperson of the DLS Transformation Committee (2016-2019) and contributed to UP’s transformation, diversity, equity and inclusion strategic intent.

When asked about some of the highlights she remembers, Brenda said: “I had the honour to lead a team of information professionals with whom it was possible to contribute and change the positioning of the DLS. We did this through planning and hosting seminars on topical issues including “Brexit's implications for South Africa and the continent” (September 2018) and in the same year, a seminar on “Positioning UP Libraries for the UN 2030 Agenda”, which was aimed at promoting awareness of SDGs and the role of information professionals”.

Brenda resigned in January 2023 due to family commitments.

Although we will dearly miss our colleague, her legacy will continue to resonate at the DLS. Her departure serves as a reminder of the profound impact a single person can make. She enriched our workplace and the lives of those she touched and we wish her the very best for future endeavours. We are confident that she will make a positive impact wherever she goes.

- Author DLS staff members who remember their colleague fondly

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