Department of Library Services Newsletter - Issue 2 - 2018

01 May 2018
This Newsletter is intended to convey the events and news of the Department of Library Services.

News and Events

The Department of Library Services’ strategic projects: implementation plans
Top row (from left to right): Suzy Nyakale, Gerda Ehlers, Isak van der Walt and Julene Vermeulen - Bottom row (from left to right): Ephenia Peu, Maguerite Nel, Sean Kruger and Johann van Wyk

Department of Library Services was evaluated by an external panel.

During April 2017, the Department of Library Services (DLS) was evaluated by a panel of national and international members. One of the most important recommendations made by the panel was for the DLS to identify a future search methodologies (or similar) facilitator to host library-wide workshops aimed at identifying an appropriate and relevant future model for the UP libraries.

This recommendation has already been implemented through the identification of nine high-level focus areas, established to achieve the goal of creating a 21st-century library.

These nine strategic projects, along with their project leaders and coaches, comprise the following:

  • Create specialised services for research: Driver: Mrs Suzy Nyakale, Coach: Ms Lindiwe Soyizwapi
  • Create specialised services for teaching and learning: Driver: Mrs Gerda Ehlers, Coach: Ms Lindiwe Soyizwapi
  • Create a digital scholarship centre: Driver: Mr Isak van der Walt, Coach:  Dr Heila Pienaar
  • Create research, learning, innovative and collaborative spaces: Driver: Ms Ephenia Peu, Coach: Ms Hilda Kriel
  • To investigate the library collections: Driver: Julene Vermeulen, Coach: Hilda Kriel
  • Create digital self-services: Driver: Mrs Marguerite Nel, Coach: Ms Lindiwe Soyizwapi
  • Create entrepreneurship and fundraising abilities: Driver: Mr Sean Kruger, Coach: Mr Robert Moropa
  • Enable  the management of research data at the University of Pretoria: Driver: Dr Johann van Wyk, Coach: Dr Heila Pienaar
  • Transform analogue and other formats to digital objects for preservation and ease of use: Driver: Dr Johann van Wyk, Coach: Dr Heila Pienaar

To implement these improvement strategies, strategic project implementation plans were developed, facilitated by Dr Heila Pienaar. The first date for implementation is June 2018. Some examples of these plans are:

  • Development and visualisation of a research roadmap
  • Digital exhibits
  • Training course in Research Data Management fundamentals (initially for Library staff)
  • Digitisation on demand service
  • Report on a self-service model for the Library
  • Conceptual mega space plan
  • Services developed for third stream income
- Author: Dr Heila Pienaar
Library Orientation Week and Beginning-of-the-year 20-minutes sessions
Exhibitions at Groenkloof Campus Library
Library Lovers Month competition during February
Launch of Niq Mhlongo’s new short story collection: Soweto, Under the Apricot Tree
The library celebrates World Read Aloud Day at Floralise Pre-Primary School in Sunnyside
Go Green Exhibition
Addressing Blackness: In Conversation with Achmat Dangor
The Department of Library Services pops up on the Hatfield campus!
SA jazz musician Hugh Masekela remembered in UP libraries exhibitions
Ovuwa Cultural Ensemble flash mob in the Merensky 2 Library
The celebration of World Book Day at Pretoria Secondary School
Turnitin & Endnote: the necessities
The Merensky 2 library pays tribute to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
News from the After hours staff members
Hyper-connection and collaboration of the UP Museums with the Department of Library Services
Special Collections South African Music Collection Exhibition
Donated report on the fees commission


OCLC EMEA Regional Council Meeting and OCLC EMEA WMS Community Event 2018


Central Bank of Kenya visited the Merensky Library
Prof Olivia Pestana from Porto University, Portugal toured the Merensky 2 Library
The External Evaluation Panel of the Applied Social Sciences Cluster in the Faculty of Humanities visited the Merensky 2 Library

Staff News

DLS Staff Birthdays: May - August