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August 30
Student assistants (JS Gericke Library) required for 2017

​Student assistants are required for 2017 to work at the JS Gericke Library's Learning Commons and Information Desks.


For more information: student_assistants.pdf
Closing date for applications: 7 October 2016

August 19
September 2016 Library training

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

Improving your literature search strategy

​Venue: E-Classroom (Learning Commons, JS Gericke Library)
Dates: Tue 13 September

Time: 10:00 -11:30
Target audience: New postgraduate students and new researchers
Booking and more info: (
Library training calendar)

 

Refworks: reference management for beginners

Venue: E-Classroom (Learning Commons, JS Gericke Library)
Dates: Wed 14 September
Time: 10:00-11:30
Target audience: New postgraduate students and new researchers
Booking and more info: (
Library training calendar) 

Managing your unique author iD with ORCiD

Venue: E-Classroom (Learning Commons, JS Gericke Library)
Dates: Thur 15 September
Time: 11:00-12:00
Target audience: New postgraduate students and new researchers
Booking and more info: (
Library training calendar) 

Mendeley for reference management and academic networking

Venue: E-Classroom (Learning Commons, JS Gericke Library)
Dates: Wed 21 September
Time: 11:00-13:00
Target audience: New postgraduate students and new researchers
Booking and more info: (
Library training calendar) 

Your research footprint: tracking and enhancing scholarly and scientific impact

Venue: E-Classroom (Learning Commons, JS Gericke Library)
Dates: Tues 27 September
Time: 11:00-13:00
Target audience: New postgraduate students and new researchers
Booking and more info: (
Library training calendar) 

August 18
Workshop on the benefits of Open Access publication

What are the benefits of Open Access for researchers

Date & Time: Tuesday, August 23, 11:00am - 12:30pm 
Location: E-classroom (JS Gericke Library)

Do you wonder what Open Access is and how you as a researcher can benefit from it? Come and learn more about the philosophy of Open Access and how you can increase citations to your publications. Other aspects of Open Access which will be addressed include: SUNScholar (the University’s digital research repository); Open Access journals in which you can publish; funding opportunities; and Open  Access repositories.

Outcomes:
Participants will learn about:
•    The philosophy and benefits of Open Access publishing
•    SUNScholar (Stellenbosch University’s digital research repository)
•    Finding Open Access journals in which to publish
•    Open Access publishing procedures
•    Open Access Fund
•    How Open Access publishing can increase the citation rate of publications

Please register here.

Enquiries: Marie Roux

August 15
Carpeting: JS Gericke Library upper level computer area, 16-17 August

​Due to the carpeting of a large area of the JS Gericke Library’s upper level, the computer area will be inaccessible from Tuesday morning, 16 August, until Wednesday, 17 August. Please use the computers in the Learning Commons and on the lower level. We apologise for the inconvenience.

August 15
Have YOU completed your LibQUAL survey?

​The clock is ticking… There is only one week left to tell YOUR Library how it can better serve YOU!  To date, 844 users have used THEIR voice and completed the LibQUAL survey. Thank you!  We value your response.  Ensure YOUR voice is heard. Complete the LibQUAL survey now.  In exchange for the 10 minutes of your time, your library is giving you the chance to win a R2,000 voucher, or one of two R500 vouchers, all from Incredible Connection. You cannot loose. Complete LibQUAL now.

For more information about the LibQUAL survey visit the LibQUAL FAQ’s webpage.

August 12
Item availability & renewal of books not available, 12-14 August

​Due to urgent maintenance on the library system, physical items' availability information (e.g. sublibrary and shelf number) and the option to renew your books will not be available from 15:00 on Friday 12 August until Sunday 14 August. We apologise for the inconvenience.

August 05
Libraries closed Tuesday 9 August

​​Please note that the libraries of the Library and Information Service will be CLOSED on Women's Day, Tuesday 9 August.

August 05
Brand new look for your e-Journals A-Z List!

We are glad to announce that finding electronic publications and articles is now much easier and faster with the new-look Full Text Finder from EBSCO. In Full Text Finder you can easily search for a specific electronic journal or browse through a list of discipline-specific titles. FTF will even display e-books in the search results as well. You can then search “within” a journal and click on an article to retrieve the full text.

If you need help in using Full Text Finder, please refer to the short video tutorial, Using Publication Finder (Ebsco’s name for the end-user side of FTF) or contact your Faculty Librarian.

The e-Journals A-Z List link on the Library website will take you to Full Text Finder.




July 28
Win a R2,000 voucher! – Complete YOUR Library’s LibQUAL survey today

​The news is out! Stand a chance to win a R2,000 voucher from Incredible Connection, or one of two R500 vouchers also from Incredible Connection! All you need to do is take ten minutes to complete YOUR Library and Information Service’s LibQUAL survey.

Where can you find the LibQUAL survey? And what is it about?

Access the Library’s LibQUAL survey in English or Afrikaaans.  At the end of the survey, simply enter your email address to be included in the lucky draw.

LibQUAL is the opportunity to use YOUR voice to tell YOUR library how it can better serve YOU!

LibQUAL is a survey tool which more than 1,200 libraries from around the globe have used to obtain, track, understand and act upon users’ opinions of service quality. LibQUAL is provided by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), which is based in the United States. The web-based survey has been rigorously tested.

The Library and Information Service’s LibQUAL survey runs for a four-week period, from Monday 25 July to Monday 22 August 2016. Students and staff on the Stellenbosch, Tygerberg and Bellville Park campuses have been invited to complete the survey in an email invitation distributed on the 25 July. The survey takes 10 minutes to complete. Initial results of the survey will be made available on the library homepage as soon as they become available. In-depth analysis will follow and action plans will be developed by approximately the end of November 2016.

More information about the LibQUAL survey is available on the LibQUAL FAQ’s webpage.

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.

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