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July 22
SUNScholar International Ranking

​SUNScholar was ranked as 2nd in Africa, and 146 globally (out of a total of 1 983) during the bi-annual July ranking of open access institutional repositories. This is an improvement from our 3rd place at the beginning of this year. We use this ranking as a benchmarking tool, and as one of many pointers to guide us in our effort to apply best practice.

Visibility of research output is one of the most important variables measured. Approximately 13 000 items on SUNScholar have full text attached, while the rest are bibliographic records imported from the SU Research Reports from previous years. Hopefully – with time – we will be able to retrospectively attach the full text to these articles. SUNScholar was officially implemented at the beginning of 2010, and we would not have done this well if it wasn’t for your cooperation and support. Thank you so much. 

More info at http://repositories.webometrics.info/en/Ranking_africa.

July 21
Library Research Week, 4-8 August


The Library and Information Service will be presenting its second Library Research Week this year from 4 – 8 August 2014. The aim of the event is to develop skills and knowledge of emerging Stellenbosch University researchers and students and to equip them with the necessary SMARTs to guide them on their research path.

THEME? Be Research SMART @ your Library

WHEN? 4-8 August 2014

WHERE? JS Gericke Library

Click for the programme and to book your seat.

For any further enquiries, please contact the coordinator, Mimi Seyffert, at mseyf@sun.ac.za or +27 21 808 9489.

July 11
Book Sale

It is time again for a book sale at the Library and Information Service. Books from a wide range of subjects will be on sale from R5-00 (cash only).

Date: Tuesday 22 July – Friday 25 July
Venue: JS Gericke Library, lower level.

Please contact Niel Hendriksz, 021 808 4401 or nh@sun.ac.za, for further information or queries.

July 11
Library Digital Fair


The Library and Information Service takes great pleasure in inviting students and staff to a Library Digital Fair in the JS Gericke Library on Friday 25 July 2014.

The aim of the Fair is to introduce Stellenbosch University students and staff to the cutting-edge electronic resources that are available to them via the Library - on and off campus.

There will be kiosks with displays and demonstrations which anyone can visit throughout the day. Vendors such as Elsevier (Science Direct, Scopus, Mendeley), Thomson Reuters (Web of Science), InetBFA, Ebsco, LexisNexis and Juta will be here to show users how to access and optimally use their databases, e-journals and e-books on mobile devices, and to answer any questions you may have about their products.

And of course there will be PRIZES TO BE WON!

Visit any of the stalls, take part in our mobile website survey and get a voucher for free coffee or tea and a doughnut from DCM! There will also be a lucky draw with a number of great prizes.

Date: Friday 25 July 2014

Time: 9:00 – 16:00

Venue: JS Gericke Library

Enquiries: Naomi Visser at nrv@sun.ac.za or 021 808 4433

July 10
BibNews July edition

​The July edition of BibNews is now available. You can read about two important events which will be presented by the Library in the second semester: the Library Digital Fair on 25 July and Library Research Week during the week of 4-8 August.

Read the July edition here!

July 02
December 2014 Thesis/Dissertation submissions

SUNScholar is now open to receive new nominations for the December 2014 graduation period. Guidelines for submission into SUNScholar is available at http://slidesha.re/1lvTqZe . 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: http://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 December 2014 graduation is 27 November 2014.

July 02
Service interruptions for subscription e-resources expected Wed 2 July 12:00-17:00

​Please note that urgent maintenance on the EZproxy server will be conducted Wednesday 2 July from 12:00 to 17:00. Service interruptions for subscription e-resources can be expected.

Enquiries: nmalherbe@sun.ac.za.

June 24
July 2014 training & events

E-books workshop - New!

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

Dates: Tue, 22 July

Time: 11:30-12:30

Booking and more info: 22 July Training Calendar


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

Dates: Tue, 29 July

Time: 14:00-15:30

Booking and more info: 29 July Training Calendar


Storing and sharing large files

Venue: Research Commons (JS Gericke Library)

Dates: Thurs, 31 July

Time: 11:00-12:30

Booking and more info: 31 July Training Calendar


June 17
Library Research Week competition: Control IT! - tools & apps to manage your research

​The Library and Information Service will be presenting its second Library Research Week this year from 4 – 8 August 2014. The aim of the event is to develop skills and knowledge of emerging Stellenbosch University researchers and students and to equip them with the necessary SMARTs to guide them on their research path.

The focus of the final day of Library Research Week 2014 will be CONTROL IT!: tools and applications to manage your research. We invite all students and researchers to share with us innovative tools and applications they use to manage any aspect or aspects of their research by submitting a short description or presentation on their tool(s) or application(s) of choice and how it benefits research management.

The top five submissions will be selected to be shared with peers in the form of short presentations on 8 August 2014 at 10:30 in the Learning Commons, JS Gericke Library. The presenter with the best presentation voted for on the day will receive the grand prize of an Apple iPad, sponsored by Elsevier. The remaining four presenters will also receive a prize each for participation.

Competition rules and conditions:

  • Please submit a short description (text) or presentation (PPT) of the tool(s) or app(s) you use, providing appropriate links to the tool(s) and demonstrating clearly which aspect of your research the tool assists you with. These aspects can include identifying research problems, literature review, conceptualising, planning and design, data collection, data analysis, data storing and data sharing.
  • Tools and applications for use on mobile devices and personal computers will be considered.
  • The competition is open for all researchers and students from all faculties at Stellenbosch University.
  • Submissions will be judged by a panel appointed by the Library Research Week Steering Committee and will include post-graduate students and researchers.
  • All participants must be willing to do a short presentation before an audience of peers if selected as one of the top five. These presentations will be made available on the Library’s website.
  • The winner and the other four presenters must be willing to accept their prizes at the ‘coffee expressions’ closing event at 12:00 on 8 August 2014 in the auditorium, JS Gericke Library.
  • The winner must be willing to be photographed and appear in an article posted by the sponsors.
  • Deadline for submissions: 25 July 2014

June 13
 Libraries closed 16 June

​Please note that the libraries of the Library and Information Service will be CLOSED on Monday 16 June for Youth Day.

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