Meet our new UP Library Services director

Posted on February 14, 2020

Share your background with our colleagues.

Growing up, librarianship was unknown to me as no public libraries were available in African areas. I discovered the library in high school when I was at boarding school at Inanda Seminary. Post 1990, after the unbanning of political parties and shifts in society, working in a library became a possibility for me for the first time.

I have worked in academic libraries for over 20 years in various roles and enjoy contributing to the success of the academic and research programmes of the institutions. My hometown is Pietermaritzburg and I started my career at the then University of Natal as a subject librarian. Following the merger of the universities of Natal and Durban-Westville and a college of education, I was appointed as Campus Librarian for the Westville campus. During that time, I used to commute between Durban and Pietermaritzburg and I think that prepared me for the peak-hour traffic in Pretoria!

What attracted you to UP?

My decision to come to UP in 2012 was made easier by the reputation of the University and the opportunity to contribute at a deputy director level. It appeared to be a great career move. I was also excited to work with Mr Robert Moropa, who was a past president of our library association (LIASA). I saw it as a wonderful opportunity to be mentored by him.

What are some of the areas you would like to work on as a priority at UP Library Services?

 I believe the library should enhance the following:

  • We should ensure that all our libraries are inclusive spaces for our staff and the University community.
  • We should ensure equity of access to all our resources and services.
  • What we do and offer should be informed by the user experience of our community.

What are your personal likes and dislikes?

I work with different people. For this reason, ubuntu, respect and integrity are critical aspects of my daily routines.
I dislike bullies and dishonesty.

Quick quiz: Lindiwe’s favourites

Pastime: Singing

Sport: As a parent I was a serious fan of school sport when my kids played. I watch some tennis and I only watch when SA is in the World Cup.

Food: My son is a chef, so the best meals are prepared by him when he visits home. I mostly enjoy traditional food.

Travel destinations: Currently I do sho’t left. My mum is elderly and based in Pietermaritzburg, so the best time is spent with her.

Musician: I love crooners, for me its Ringo (SA) and Michael Bublé.

Books: I enjoy Beaten but not Broken by Vanessa Govender and Becoming by Michelle Obama.  


- Author Jimmy Masombuka

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