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January 27
Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service joins OCLC Research Library Partnership

Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service has recently joined the ‘OCLC Research Library Partnership’ (ORLP).  Stellenbosch University is OCLC’s first Research Library Partner in South Africa.

What exactly is the ‘OCLC Research Library Partnership’ (ORLP)?  And what is ‘OCLC’?

The ‘OCLC Research Library Partnership’ (ORLP) is a global alliance of like-minded institutions that focuses on making operational processes more efficient and shapes new scholarly services. The ORLP tagline is: ‘Connecting you to a shared future; cooperative innovation that makes your library more valuable, operating processes more efficient, and shapes new distinctive services’.  Currently, 170 partner institutions from around the world participate in the ORLP.

‘OCLC’ is a worldwide library cooperative, which is owned, governed and sustained by members.  It has been in existence since 1967. OCLC’s purpose is to work together to improve access to the information held in libraries around the globe, and to find ways to reduce costs for libraries through collaboration.

Some of the exciting benefits and opportunities of the ORLP include:

·        ​ ​The opportunity to work with similarly motivated institutions to collaboratively address changing architectural, workflow and service issues.

·         Invitations to working groups that focus on high-priority needs and issues.

·         Invitations to programmes, educational events and symposia.

·         Working on common interests with colleagues across the world—and across sectors.

·         Sharing collections and continuing to build and refine resource-sharing capacities.

·         Improving the management of the cultural and scholarly record.

·         Contributing to the developing practices and economics of research information description.

·         Benefiting from data mining efforts to improve service and inform management of collections.

·         Helping to form community views of best practices in a range of key areas.

·         Active engagement in the collaborative design of a collective future.

 

‘SHARES’, a resource sharing group, gives faculty, students and staff of member institutions on-site access to collections and services at other SHARES institutions. This international sharing partnership will potentially expand and enhance Stellenbosch University’s local collections with materials owned by partners throughout the world.

What will Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service contribute to the partnership? Enthusiastic participation and engagement with colleagues at other institutions will ensure mutual benefit for all in the partnership.  For example, serving on working groups is an excellent way to learn and to establish relationships with colleagues at other institutions. Joining the discussion lists is a good way to learn of these opportunities.  Whilst the geographic distances and time zones that separate SU from most partners are significant, Library staff are certain to rise to the challenge and make use of the opportunity.  Mutual effort will be needed to reach out and engage: the reciprocal benefits are potentially enormous!​

January 26
​SUNScholar maintenance, 27-28 January

Please note that SUNScholar will not be available on Wednesday, 27 January 2016, and Thursday, 28 January 2016, due to the essential migration of the system to a new server.

Please contact scholar@sun.ac.za for any urgent requests or queries in this regard.​

January 19
SUNScholar News, January 2016

Submission to SUNScholar

SUNScholar is now open to receive new nominations for the March 2016 graduation period. Guidelines for submission into SUNScholar is available at Library Help-page and General Yearbook 2016 for policy guidelines. To summarise the process:

      1. The final document has to be submitted in pdf format. This is the copy following examination, and after all corrections have been made.

      2. The supervisor/promoter/admin staff member nominates the candidate via the staff portal.

      3. The thesis/dissertation is uploaded at: https://etd.sun.ac.za/submissions

      4. The supervisor/promoter/admin staff member approves the submission via the staff portal.

      5. The thesis/dissertation will be publicly accessible via the Internet following graduation.

The final date for the submission of theses/dissertations for the March 2016 graduation is 

24 February 2016.


Publishing books/chapters in books and copyright

All inquiries related to copyright and the publication of books/chapters in books as a result of a thesis/dissertation can be directed to InnovUS.


Frequently asked questions regarding theses/dissertations

Signature on declaration page: Please note that the signature is no longer required, and that the student can simply type his/her name below the declaration. The reason for this is that the whole process is recorded electronically, as proof that all parties adhere to the policy etc.

Crest: If there are students struggling with adding the crest, please submit without the crest, and we will make sure that the crest is added in the end.

January 15
Library: training in February

Library training events presented (in the JS Gericke Library) during February 2016


 

GetSmart@URLibrary – Pop in at your convenience & GetSmart

Venue: Near Information Desk on upper level (JS Gericke Library)
Dates: 1 - 5 February
Time: 09:00-15:00
Target audience: All new students new to the University
Booking and more info: (
Library training calendar) 


Submitting your thesis / dissertation to SUNScholar

Venue: E-Classroom (Learning Commons, JS Gericke Library)

Date: Thu, 4 & 11 February

Time: 11:30-12:30

Target audience: New postgraduate students and new researchers
Booking and more info:
4 & 11 Feb (Library training calendar


Library induction to resources, services and training opportunities available to postgraduate students and academic staff

Venue: E-Classroom (Learning Commons, JS Gericke Library)
Dates: Mon, 08 February (09:00-10:15)
            Mon, 15 February (10:30 – 11:45)
Target audience: Postgraduate students and researchers new to the University
Booking and more info: :
08 Feb; 15 Feb (Library training calendar) 


Find books or articles using SUNSearch (Library search engine)

Venue: E-Classroom (Learning Commons, JS Gericke Library)
Date: Mon, 08 February (12:00 – 13:00)
Target audience: New postgraduate students and new researchers
Booking and more info:
08 Feb (Library training calendar)


Improving your literature search strategy

Venue: E-Classroom (Learning Commons, JS Gericke Library)
Dates: Thu 09; 10:00-11:30 & 16 February 09; 30-11:00
Target audience: New postgraduate students and new researchers
Booking and more info:
9 Feb; 16 Feb (Library training calendar)

 

Refworks: reference management for beginners

Venue: E-Classroom (Learning Commons, JS Gericke Library)
Dates: Wed, 10 & 17 February
Time: 10:00-11:30
Target audience: New postgraduate students and new researchers
Booking and more info:
10 Feb; 17 Feb (Library training calendar) 


Distinguish between trustworthy and untrustworthy information

Venue: E-Classroom (Learning Commons, JS Gericke Library)
Dates: Wed, 10 & 17 February
Time: 12:00-13:00
Target audience: New postgraduate students and new researchers
Booking and more info:
10 Feb; 17 Feb (Library training calendar)


Are you using Google/Google Scholar optimally?

 

Venue: E-Classroom (Learning Commons, JS Gericke Library)

Date: Mo, 15 February (12:00-13:00)

Target audience: New postgraduate students and new researchers
Booking and more info:
15 Feb (Library training calendar) 


Mendeley for reference management and academic networking

 

Venue: E-Classroom (Learning Commons, JS Gericke Library)

Date: Wed, 24 February (11:00-13:00)

Target audience: New postgraduate students and new researchers
Booking and more info:
24 Feb (Library training calendar) 


Managing your unique author ID with ORCID

 

Venue: E-Classroom (Learning Commons, JS Gericke Library)

Date: Thu, 25 February (11:00-12:00)

Target audience: New postgraduate students and new researchers
Booking and more info:
25 Feb (Library training calendar) 

 

Please note that all sessions will be conducted in English, unless otherwise indicated, and that basic computer literacy is required.

January 14
Library orientation programme for new students

The Library and Information Service offers an orientation programme for new students in the central library (JS Gericke Library) and branch libraries. The programme in the JS Gericke Library takes place on 25-26 January 2016. Library tours are arranged in accordance to faculty and are aimed at orientating new students with regard to the physical lay-out of the specific library as well as introducing the various services and facilities there-of. Faculty programmes indicate the dates and times of library visits. PLEASE SEE THE PROGRAMME HERE.

 
Participants in the orientation programme also stand a chance to win exciting prizes. Apart from the JS Gericke Library, orientation programmes are also presented at the following branch libraries: Theology, Music, Engineering and Forestry, Medical & Health Sciences as well as the Bellville Park campus library. The orientation programme will be followed up with individual training called GetSmart@URLibrary in the subsequent week.

December 18
Libraries closed 25 December 2015 - 3 January 2016

​The libraries of the Library and Information Service close at 12:00 on Thursday 24 December 2015 and re-open at 8:00 on Monday 4 January 2016.

December 14
Libraries closed 16 & 19 December

Please note that the libraries of the Library and Information Service will be CLOSED on the Day of Goodwill, Wednesday 16 December, and on Saturday, 19 December.


November 09
JS Gericke Library open again

​Due to the NEHAWU mass meeting on the Rooiplein the JS Gericke Library closed at 11:45. The library is now open again.

October 29
Library changes technology behind search function

​The Library and Information Service continues to strive to harness the best in search technology to provide cutting-edge access to our entire collection of information resources.

On Wednesday 28 October the technology behind our search portal was upgraded to WorldCat Discovery Services which provides web access to the world’s richest database for the discovery of materials held in your library, and that of the world.  Additional content are added, and improvements made, to WorldCat Discovery Services on a monthly basis. The new platform employs responsive web design to recognise mobile devices and adapt accordingly.

For more information or queries about WorldCat Discovery Services, contact Natasja Malherbe at 021 808 2845 or e-mail nmalherbe@sun.ac.za

October 29
Sunday hours & extended semester hours

​Need a quiet space to study on Sundays?  The JS Gericke Library will again be open this Sunday, 1 November, from 10:00 to 16:30.  Use this opportunity to be well-prepared for your exams!

Sunday opening hours at the JS Gericke Library have been extended by a week to accommodate the postponement of the start of the exams.  The JS Gericke Library will thus be open on the following Sundays in November: 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd. 

The Library and Information Service wishes students every success in their exams.

With the extension of the academic semester by a week, the Library and Information Service will provide semester hours of service up to and including Tuesday 24 November.

For the hours of service of all libraries please click on the link.


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