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July 07
Library Research Week presented 25-29 July 2016

​The Library and Information Service will be presenting its fourth Library Research Week this year from 25 - 29 July 2016. The aim of the event is to develop the skills and knowledge of emerging Stellenbosch University researchers and postgraduate students and to equip them with practical knowledge of the systematic literature review and copyright issues and to make them aware of the importance of their research foortprint and of engaging the public in their research. They will also be introduced to unique research collections.

Some of the highlights of the programme include a talk by Prof Conrad Matthee, Executive Head of the Department of Botany and Zoology. He will talk about the pros and cons of bibliometrics in academia (Wednesday 27 July). A talk by Marina Joubert from CREST on science communication will take place on 28 July. Special Collections will present daily guided tours. Chris Schoeman, well-known writer, will be the guest speaker during the lunch hour session on Friday 29 July. The week will be concluded with a Social Hour at the Music Library where Prof Stephanus Muller will talk about his book Nagmusiek (29 July). 

You are most welcome to attend any of these events. Please see the link to the programme below and register for the sessions you wish to attend.

Library Research Week Programme and Registrations

Enquiries may be directed to Paulette Talliard, tel.: 021-808 9046 or e-mail.

June 27
Vacancy - Metadata Librarian

​A vacancy for METADATA LIBRARIAN is currently available at the JS Gericke Library in the Library and Information Service. Apply online at http://www.sun.ac.za/vacancies.


Closing date: 8 July 2016

June 20
Study area in Law section, JS Gericke Library, closed

​The study area in the Law section of the JS Gericke Library will be closed to students from the 24th June until the 8th July so that the carpets and ceiling boards can be replaced.

June 09
​Stellenbosch University—First South African Customer to Choose Ex Libris Alma for Optimizing Library Services

Stellenbosch University—First South African Customer to Choose Ex Libris Alma for Optimizing Library Services

The choice of Alma will help the university maintain its position as one of the top three universities in Africa

London, UK—June 8, 2016.
Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that South Africa’s Stellenbosch University (SU) has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® resource management service to complement the library’s Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution. This investment will help the university control costs and maintain its ranking as one of the three leading research-intensive academic institutions in Africa.

The SU Library and Information Service has set a strategy based on the principles of collaboration and access to global information resources. To manage its large and growing print and electronic resource collection and fulfill users’ expectations, SU understood that its current library systems needed to be updated.

Alma and Primo are ideally suited to support this strategy through their open, collaborative-oriented system architecture. In light of the Ex Libris reputation for releasing products after conducting thorough research and development and working closely with top academic institutions, the university opted for Alma, the most mature library services platform on the market.

Since 2000, Stellenbosch University has been using the Ex Libris Aleph® integrated library system shared with the regional Cape Library Consortium (CALICO). Subsequently, SU added the Ex Libris SFX® OpenURL link resolver and bX® recommender service.

Library and Information Service Senior Director Ellen Tise explained, “The selection of Primo and Alma represents a strategically important move for Stellenbosch University as it continually seeks to improve its library services offering to students and researchers. Now more than ever, we need systems that support the library’s budgetary, e-resource management, and information-discovery processes. In the current economic climate, best-of-breed systems are required for libraries to optimally manage print and electronic resources and at the same time make full resource discovery possible. We need systems that interact with both open and proprietary information resources and help us manage and share our own institutional research output.”

The move to Alma will enable SU to unify its resource management, including license management, and to gain efficiencies through the workflow support that a modern task-oriented platform offers. Additionally, Ex Libris industry-standard APIs will facilitate the integration of Alma within the larger campus information and communications technology (ICT) ecosystem, while the migration to a cloud system will reduce the demand on local system administrators.

Ex Libris President Matti Shem Tov said, “I am delighted that such an influential institution, ranked as one of the top universities in South Africa, has chosen to move to Alma. As early as 2000, Stellenbosch University became one of our first customers in South Africa and is now leading the way once again. Ex Libris is proud to contribute to South African academic excellence, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the university and its outstanding professional library staff.”

About Ex Libris

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions for higher education. Offering SaaS solutions for the management and discovery of the full spectrum of library and scholarly materials, as well as mobile campus solutions driving student engagement and success, Ex Libris serves thousands of customers in 90 countries. For more information about Ex Libris, see our website, and join us on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter

About Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch University (SU) is a publically funded institution of higher education in South Africa, ranked eleventh among BRICS universities in the Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2016 and third in Africa. The school’s 10 faculties are based on five campuses, with the main campus in Stellenbosch. As a research-focused university, Stellenbosch continuously strives for excellence in research, postgraduate study, and innovation and places a strong emphasis on the development of future generations of academics. The SU Library serves as a research and innovation hub by supporting research focus areas through the acquisition, creation, dissemination, and preservation of the full spectrum of relevant material. The main library and faculty libraries are vibrant, flexible, and technology-rich physical and virtual spaces that promote innovation, collaboration, and easy access to expert library staff, networking opportunities, and quiet study. For more information about Stellenbosch University, see its website and join it on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

For more information or enquiries

Natasja Malherbe                        Wouter Klapwijk
nmalherbe@sun.ac.za                  wklap@sun.ac.za
021 808-2845                            021 808-4378​

June 01
Vacancy - Junior Librarian: Special Collections  Documentation Centre for Music (DOMUS)

​Vacancy - Junior Librarian: Special Collections Documentation Centre for Music (DOMUS)

​A vacancy for JUNIOR LIBRARIAN at the SPECIAL COLLECTIONS DOCUMENTATION CENTRE FOR MUSIC (DOMUS) is currently available. Apply online at http://www.sun.ac.za/english/careers.

Junior Librarian: Special Collections Documentation Centre for Music (DOMUS).pdf

Closing date: 13 June 2016

June 01
​Vacancy - Director: Technical Services & Electronic Resources Management

​A vacancy for DIRECTOR: TECHNICAL SERVICES & ELECTRONIC RESOURCES MANAGEMENT is currently available in the Library and Information Service. Apply online at http://www.sun.ac.za/english/careers.

Director: Technical Services & Electronic Resources Management.pdf

Closing date: 13 June 2016

May 11
Fake library activation e-mail

​An e-mail regarding the reactivation of library accounts is being circulated to staff and students. You will never be asked to reactivate your library access. 

The e-mail contains a malicious link and should you use it and log in, it will harvest your details and abuse it elsewhere. 

Please ignore and delete this e-mail immediately. If you have already responded to the e-mail, please change your campus password immediately at www.sun.ac.za/useradm.

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May 11
JS Gericke Library open on Sundays during exam

​Need a quiet space to study on Sundays?  The JS Gericke Library will be open on Sundays during the exams. Dates: 15 May, 22 May, 29 May and 5 June. Time: 10:00-16:30. Use these opportunities to be well-prepared for your exams!

Please note: The Learning and Research Commons and Information Desks will be closed. 

April 25
Libraries closed Wednesday 27 April & Monday 2 May

​Please note that the libraries of the Library and Information Service will be CLOSED on Freedom Day, Wednesday 27 April and on Monday 2 May due to Workers Day being the Sunday.

April 11
Move of photocopiers, JS Gericke Library

​Please note that on Tuesday 12 April, the library photocopiers will be disconnected and moved to a smaller room in the Photocopy Section, JS Gericke Library, to prepare the current area for refurbishment. Temporary disruption of the service may occur, but will be limited to the minimum.

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