The Department of Library services is thrilled to announce the historic launch of our new and improved 21st-Century Medical Library, which took place on May 3 and 4, 2023.
This initiative represents a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to redefine the library experience and provide students with extraordinary access to knowledge and innovative learning spaces.
Libraries have undergone a remarkable evolution, transforming from traditional repositories of books and information into vibrant community hubs that foster connection, collaboration, and learning. While books and information remain crucial components of libraries, they now offer a wide range of services and resources that cater to the changing needs and interests of their communities.
The launch of the Medical Library signifies our commitment to embracing these changes and creating a space that meets the needs and aspirations of the diverse community of University of Pretoria students and staff.
During the launch event, Professor de Jager, the Dean of Health Sciences, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, "The opening of this library aligns with our goal to break down the barriers between different disciplines and create a unified mindset, as outlined in the strategic plan for the Faculty of Health Sciences."
Lindiwe Soyizwaphi, the Library Director, also addressed the audience, emphasizing the vision behind the launch. She said, "This event underscores our dedication to library spaces that combine intellectual curiosity with technology, providing hybrid learning environments that cater to various forms of study and serve as a hub for connecting with people, resources, and expert assistance from our library staff."
Kabelo Kgarosi, the Health Sciences Library Manager, added to the celebration by stating, "We are here today to commemorate the transformation of this facility, which has been entirely reimagined."
So, what can you expect from the new Medical Library?
We have harnessed the power of technology to create a truly immersive and interactive environment through a state-of-the-art digital platform. This platform seamlessly integrates augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and other cutting-edge technologies to provide an unparalleled level of immersion, creativity, and interactivity.
Users will be able to overlay digital information onto the real world, enhancing their surroundings with virtual objects. Here are some of the key features:
The 21st-Century Medical Library aims to be a place where individuals from all walks of life can come together, breaking down barriers and forging connections that transcend disciplinary boundaries.