Department of Library Services Newsletter - Issue 1 - 2023

06 January 2023
This newsletter is intended to convey the events and news of the Department of Library Services. Enquiries can be directed to Mrs Elsabé Olivier (email: [email protected])

News and Events

Director's welcome message 2023
Ms Lindiwe Soyizwapi: Director Department of Library Services

Welcome back to the Department of Library Services (DLS) at the beginning of 2023.

Dear members of the UP community

It is my great pleasure to welcome you all on behalf of the Department of Library Services. 

It is so good to see students and staff walking across our campuses. The atmosphere of seeing students rushing to classes, and coming to the library to study, work together, and meet friends is a fulfilling experience.

Our libraries are the place where our community learns and works together in physical and virtual spaces. We are also grateful for raising your voices to tell us about your needs during the survey conducted in the second semester last year. We are working on the solutions and improvements you requested. We also have many resources to help you get your work done.

We invite our students to:

  • Make it a regular habit to study and work in our various libraries. The libraries have spaces where you can study, research, create and relax. This should also be the space for collaborative work with other students. We trust this will be one of those places enabling you to get things done.
  • Discover academic content and information resources (journals, databases, books, videos, films, documentaries) offered by the library that you will find useful for learning and class projects.
  • Know that information specialists and all staff members are here to support you in your academic journey. Information specialists are available to assist you in using information effectively and responsibly for academic success.

We invite academic and professional staff to:

  • Work with an information specialist to embed information literacy learning into your courses on ClickUP.
  • Use our academic content and collections for your teaching, research, and personal development.
  • Work with the library to enhance the information and digital skills of students.

The library is always interested to hear from our students and staff on what you need to get the work done. Please post your suggestions using this link 

We offer a number of workshops and instructional videos, including information literacy, academic integrity, research, and digital skills. Our library guides steer you to important resources for all your subject areas.

You are also encouraged to use any of these platforms for the latest information about the libraries, workshops, services, and events as well as interact & communicating with us:

All of us at the Department of Library Services look forward to seeing and working with you this year.

- Author: Lindiwe Soyizwapi
24-Hour Study Centre launched at the Education Library, Groenkloof campus
Academic Integrity Series
The DLS puts quality first with the Library Life Pulse survey
UP Library Special Collections partners with Golden Shield Heritage Award recipient, South African Heritage Publishers
UP Special Collections adds the first South African history book in isiZulu to Africana Collection
Revisiting the importance of Library Services
The DLS hosts Early Career and Postgraduate workshops
The DLS hosts the 4th Annual Mind-Altering Books 2022
UP 2022 Open Access Colloquium
2023 NRF Rating Call: Briefing Session
The DLS creates value through its Internship Programme
Scopus and SciVal training for the Department of Research and Innovation staff members
Community outreach to Irene Homes
The Department of Library Services emBARKS on animal assisted therapy ahead of stressful examination period
Diversity and Inclusion Seminar: Bridging the Language Gap
DLS hosts session on decolonising the academic library collection
The DLS celebrated Self-Care Awareness Month library-style
Social Media Insights September - December 2022
2020 WINNER of the South African Library Week competition!
The 2022 Circulation Symposium reveals exciting opportunities for academic libraries post COVID-19
The DLS hosts impactful iGaPP information session
Library Technical Service Unit hosts Metadata Training
The DLS equips staff with social media training
LIASA IGBIS hosts Dewey Shelving Workshop


DLS hosts visitors from various institutions

Staff News

New internal appointments
A warm welcome to our new staff members
Congratulations to Moloto Glenda Makate on her graduation!
Farewell to some of our long-serving staff members
The DLS staff members thrive with the wellness experience
The Department of Library Services’ year-end function 2022