Department of Library Services Newsletter - Issue 2 - 2017

03 April 2017
This newsletter is intended to convey the events and news of the Department of Library Services. Enquiries can be directed to Elsabé Olivier (email: [email protected]).

News and Events

South African Library Week celebrated by the Department of Library Services

The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) celebrated SA Library Week

The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) celebrated South African Library Week from 18–26 March 2017 with the theme 'My library, your library' and sub-themes 'My library, my home', 'Mind your library' and 'Tell me about your library'.

The theme 'My library, your library' was chosen to awaken a sense of ownership in each community member. A library nourishes and sustains its community and this is not widely recognised. This theme motivates members of our society to reflect on the role and value of libraries in their lives. It encourages people to take libraries to their hearts and to treat them as their homes so that destroying libraries and burning books becomes unthinkable.

On Thursday, 23 March, between 11:00 and 14:00 the Department of Library Services and the Library MakerSpace took the library to the clients by hosting an exhibition and a number of student activities in the Piazza:

  • The DLS announced a South African Library Week video competition with two drones as prizes. Read more at
  • Students who love to talk joined STUKU and UP Arts & Expressio to 'Tell us about their library in Vernac'. The three best students each received a gift hamper sponsored by Wiley/Bookmark.
  • Students who love to write were encouraged to 'Tell us about their library on one page' and have their photographs taken.
  • Students who love to pose had their photographs taken with the 'I love my library' frame.
  • Creative students were encouraged to 'Have a hand in their library' by leaving their handprint on an artist's canvass, which will be displayed in the Merenky 2 Library.

'My library, your library' is a reminder to everyone that the library is a communal space that caters to their needs, whether educational, social, recreational or informative. The Department of Library Services reminded University of Pretoria students that libraries are an indispensable part of their everyday lives.

- Author: Elsabé Olivier
What’s on in Special Collections
Faculty of Theology presents literary exhibition of the works of Prof Jürgen Moltmann
'Laws of South Africa: Consolidated Legislation' included in United States Library of Congress
Spreading the joy of reading on World Read Aloud Day
Dancing the death drill with Fred Khumalo
UPSpace ranked the top repository in Africa
The Mimi Coertse Collection featured on DSTv Channel 147
Faculty of Veterinary Science annual Open Day on 3 March 2017
Department of Library Services Transformation Committee’s launch
6th Hope-Mandeville Careers Expo 19th and 20th April 2017
The Merensky 2 Library celebrates World Intellectual Property Day
FLY@UP: the Finish Line is Yours
Department of Library Services External Review
The Library Services’ MakerSpace: Empowering Students Through Hands-on Experience with Technology
Supporting Student Entrepreneurship with the University of Pretoria Business Incubator (UPBI) and the Department of Library Services’ (DLS) MakerSpace
Storytelling employed as a tool to challenge stereotypes


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