Department of Library Services Newsletter - Issue 1 - 2018

01 January 2018
The newsletter is intended to convey the events and news of the Department of Library Services.

News and Events

Director's welcome message 2018
Robert Moropa, Director: Department of Library Services

GO BIG OR GO HOME Dear Colleagues, I welcome all of you back to the DLS at the start of 2018. We are fast entering uncharted territory in which our ability to deal or handle change effectively and efficiently is being tested to the limit.


Dear Colleagues, I welcome all of you back to the DLS at the start of 2018.

We are fast entering unchartered territory in which our ability to deal with or handle change effectively and efficiently is being tested to the limit. It has become clear to me that the times in which we live and the magnitude and the speed of change confronting us cannot adequately be handled by adopting the gradual (bietjie-bietjie) and small steps kind of approach. We are being challenged to THINK and ACT BIG. Anyone not willing, not able, or who finds this THINK and ACT BIG approach daunting is better off getting out of the way or simply “going home”. These are the people who do not want to vacate their comfort zone. This is what I said in my last year welcome message about the comfort zone:

My wish for each one of you in 2017 is that you may vacate, leave or evacuate your comfort zone. Michael Kerrigan in his book entitled “The power of making the right choices” refers to the comfort zone as: settle-for zone or even the boring zone!” He describes it as a place where things are familiar: people, jobs, foods, attitudes etc.

The time for comfort zone is over. So my message to those who are still trapped in it you are better off getting out of the way.


In the business world sustainability is inextricably linked to innovation. Being innovative means creating new ways and methods of taking advantage of opportunities in the market place.  Successful entrepreneurs and business people are those who are preoccupied with being better and more relevant tomorrow. These people have an innovative mindset which makes them future oriented. “If you lack this foresight [of being better and relevant tomorrow]… you are likely to be pushed out of business and rendered irrelevant” (J Maluleke: Entrepreneurship 101; 2017).

An innovative mindset is not an option but an imperative.


We are GOING BIG on this project in 2018. I shall kick the year off with paying visits to the various units/sections of the Library to facilitate and/or check our readiness for implementing this project. The Focus Area Drivers and their respective teams are polishing their presentations to the external stakeholders. A seminar is being organized on the “4th Industrial Revolution” – details about this seminar will soon be landing in your inboxes.

I therefore wish to extend an invitation to you at the beginning of 2018 to GO BIG in being INNOVATIVE and FUTURE-FOCUSED. Remember: YESTERDAY is past, and TODAY is YESTERDAY’S future.

- Author: Robert Moropa
TuksLaw commemorates the legacy and life of Oliver R. Tambo
Library quality survey undertaken in August 2017
Library collaboration with Fly@UP
National Book Week celebrated in collaboration with TuksSport
Information Session on Research Data Management at UP
Information Searching Seminar
UP Libraries app – a move towards student self-service
Meet Your Writers: Lesego Rampolokeng and Ekow Duker
Launch of photo exhibition: “Portugal in the First World War” in Library Auditorium
AOSIS Book launch 2017
First entrepreneurial project for the library: Bibliometrics workshop


Bookbinding Revival Workshop at the University of Cape Town
Preservation and Conservation Conference, UKZN Special Collections, 26-28 September 2017
Resource Description and Discoverability: Trends and Challenges
WMS Global Community + User Group Meeting in Dublin, Ohio 26-29 September 2017
Library Marketing and Communications Conference
UP staff members serve in MAIG at the 18th Annual LIASA Conference


University of Johannesburg Library visited the Merensky 2 Library
Delegates from Jinhua Polytechnic in China visited the Merensky 2 Library
Academic librarians from Sub-Saharan Africa attending the continuing professional development (CPD) programmes

Staff News

DLS Staff Birthdays: January - April
Reminiscing the Year-end function
Our new tearoom: change is in the air!