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October 05
Student assistants (Circulation Division, JS Gericke Library) required for 2016

​Student assistants are required for 2016 to work in the JS Gericke Library's Circulation Division.

For more information: Advertisement-StudentAssistant-2016.pdf
Closing date for applications: 15 October 2015.
Enquiries: reinetf@sun.ac.za and tel. 021 808-3722 or lcb@sun.ac.za and tel. 021 808-2275.

September 23
Libraries closed 24 September

Please note that the libraries of the Library and Information Service will be CLOSED on Heritage Day, Thursday 24 September.

September 22
Research Commons Social Hour with Prof Faadiel Essop

​The Library and Information Service cordially invites you to a Social Hour in the Research Commons, JS Gericke Library, on Friday 9 October. The guest speaker will be Professor Faadiel Essop of the department Physiological Sciences. He will reflect on health choices that result in diabetes which leads to heart disease and will discuss his career choices. 

Prof Essop is the Chairperson of the Department of Physiological Sciences at Stellenbosch University and has established Cardio-Metabolic Research Group (CMRG) which has received research grants from the Medical Research Council (MRC), National Research Foundation (NRF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). The CMRG focuses on various research projects, one of which is to document the onset of the metabolic syndrome in a population. They are also examining how high blood sugar levels can lead to diabetes and eventually to heart disease – specifically how high sugar levels mediate damaging effects by triggering certain pathways. Using such insight gained, they also focus on novel therapeutic options to block such processes. One of the compounds that they are testing in cell and animal studies is a vitamin B1 derivative.
Another fascinating project of the CMRG is to research the effects of HIV anti-retroviral treatment on the development of cardio-metabolic diseases. They recently initiated the ‘’Winelands HAART (highly active anti-retroviral treatment) to HEART Study’’ that is investigating cardio-metabolic dysfunction in HIV-positive patients on chronic anti-retroviral treatment – the study starting with patients from the Worcester area. This will hopefully seed a lively discussion after the talk!
The Research Commons Social Hour is an initiative of the Library and Information Service aimed to create and foster a community of researchers and provide an opportunity where emerging researchers can find inspiration, exchange ideas, support each other and socialise.
Refreshments will be served.
When: Friday, 09 October 2015
Where: Research Commons, JS Gericke Library
Time: 15:30 – 17:00
Register: Please register here by Thursday, 08 October
Enquiries: Mymoena Londt, tel: 021-8082125

September 11
Vacancy: Junior Librarian

​A vacancy for JUNIOR LIBRARIAN: Information Literacy & Learning Commons is currently available in the Library and Information Service. 

JuniorLibrarian: Information Literacy & Learning Commons.pdf

Closing date for applications: 27 September 2015

September 10
Student assistants (JS Gericke Library) required for 2016

​Student assistants are required for 2016 to work at the JS Gericke Library's Learning Commons and Information Desks. 

For more information: student_assistants_advert.pdf
Closing date for applications: 14 October 2015.

September 03
SU Library hosts IFLA delegates

Sweden; Denmark; Finland; Switzerland; Austria; Slovenia; United Kingdom; Singapore; Australia; Canada; United States of America; Egypt; Qatar; Zambia; Botswana; Nigeria; Ghana; and South Africa.   These are the home countries of the 36 IFLA delegates who were warmly welcomed to the SU Library and Information Service on Friday 21 August 2015! Read more

August 27
Library training, September 2015

Library training events presented (in the JS Gericke Library) during September 2015 

Improving your literature search strategy

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

Dates: Tues, 15 September

Time: 10:00-11:00

Booking and more info: 15 September Training Calendar

Refworks: reference management for beginners

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

Dates: Wed, 16 September

Time: 10:00-11:30

Booking and more info: 16 September Training Calendar​

August 21
SU Library playing its part at 81st IFLA Congress

​Three-hundred volunteers; 3 300 delegates; over 190 sessions; 750 square metres of exhibition space. These are just some of the statistics for the 81st IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) happening at the Cape Town ICC from the 15 to 21 August 2015. Is the Library and Information Service playing a part? Absolutely!

Senior Director of the Library and Information Service, Ms Ellen Tise, is a former IFLA President (2009-2011) and is a member of the IFLA WLIC 2015 National Committee. She will chair a session of the Congress entitled Strong Libraries, Strong Societies: Access, Development and Transformation. Fourteen staff members of the Library and Information Service will be working as volunteers at the Congress and 26 will be attending as delegates.

What exactly is IFLA? IFLA is the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. The theme of this year’s IFLA WLIC is Dynamic Libraries: Access, Development and Transformation.

This is the second time that an IFLA Congress is being held in South Africa. The previous occasion was in 2007, in Durban. For some staff of the Library and Information Service, this will be the first international conference they will attend or in which they will be involved. It may well be a ‘once in one’s professional lifetime’ opportunity to be assisting at a congress hosted in one’s home country and province!

In addition to staff participating and volunteering, the Library and Information Service is also hosting several events:

•    The IFLA IT Section pre-conference satellite meeting was held on 13-14 August at STIAS. The theme of the satellite meeting was Transforming libraries with open digital technologies.
•    The Library and Information Service will host 47 delegates on Friday 21 August, as one of the conference tours on offer to IFLA delegates.  Delegates will enjoy a presentation about the library, be shown the innovative spaces and services at the central JS Gericke Library, as well as visit the inspirational Engineering and Forestry branch Library.

Staff of the Library and Information Service are excited by the learning opportunity of attending Congress and interacting with their international peers.

August 11
SUNScholar now open for nominations for December 2015 graduation

Submission to SUNScholar

SUNScholar is now open to receive new nominations for the December 2015 graduation period. Guidelines for submission into SUNScholar is available at Help-page and General Yearbook 2015 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/ldap-login  

      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 2015 graduation is 25 November 2015.


Publishing books/chapters in books and copyright

All inquiries related the 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.​

August 06
IFLA-IT 2015 satellite meeting to be hosted by SU

​The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) will be hosting its annual World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Cape Town on 15 – 21 August.  SU is this year host to the IT Section satellite meeting on 31 + 14 August at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS).  The theme of the satellite meeting is Transforming libraries with open digital technologies. Read more

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