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August 13
Library Research Week Competition Winner

​Library Research Week 2014 ended on a high note last week Friday, especially for Gerhard Roux, lecturer in Music Technology at the Music Department, Stellenbosch University. Gerhard walked away with the grand prize of and Apple iPad, sponsored by Elsevier, for his inspiring and entertaining presentation “Let the Library and the Google Interwebmachine Do Your Homework For You: A Survival guide for the Terminally Lazy”.

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Karen Metcalf, Elsevier, and Gerhard Roux.

Gerhard was one of five finalists who entered the Library Research Week competition which required students and researchers to present the tools and applications they use to manage their research to an audience of peers during the CONTROL IT! session of Library Research Week on Friday 8 August 2014.

The exciting session was opened by seasoned academic Prof Jannie Hofmeyr who shared his own research journey with the audience, focusing on the tools, tips and home truths which have helped him along the way. Thereafter finalists Gerhard Roux (Music Technology), Chané Bain and Monique van Tonder (Human Physiology), Johannes Jonker (Socio-Informatics) and Petro Uys (Management Coaching) each had an opportunity to present to the audience. An electronic voting application in the e-classroom of the Learning Commons enabled the audience to vote for their favourite presentation immediately following the event and Gerhard emerged as the firm favourite.

Well done to all who entered the competition and thank you for sharing your experiences with us. Feedback suggests that the audience, comprising students, lecturers, researchers, administrators and librarians, all benefited greatly from the experience!

Presentations of the finalists will be available on the Library Research Week webpage shortly.

August 08
Libraries closed 9 August

​Please note that the libraries of the Library and Information Service will be CLOSED on Saturday 9 August for Women’s Day.

July 29
August 2014 training & events

MANAGE IT! Mendeley

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

Dates: Mon, 4 Aug

Time: 09:00-11:00

Booking and more info: 4 Aug Training Calendar

 

MANAGE IT! Refworks

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

Dates: Mon, 4 Aug

Time: 14:00-16:00

Booking and more info: 4 Aug Training Calendar

 

MANAGE IT! Endnote

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

Dates: Tues, 5 Aug

Time: 09:00-11:00

Booking and more info: 5 Aug Training Calendar

 

MANAGE IT! Zotero

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

Dates: Tues, 5 Aug

Time: 14:00-16:00

Booking and more info: 5 Aug Training Calendar

 

Copyright issues in theses and dissertation writing

Venue: Research Commons Room 3 (Research Commons, JS Gericke Library)

Dates: Tues, 5 Aug

Time: 12:30-13:30

Booking and more info: 5 Aug Training Calendar                             

 

WRITE IT! Elsevier Author Seminar

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

Dates: Wed, 6 Aug

Time: 09:00-12:00

Booking and more info: 6 Aug Training Calendar


FIND IT! Improving your literature search strategy

FIND IT! Improving your literature search strategy

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

Dates: Thurs, 7 Aug

Time: 09:00-10:30

Booking and more info: 7 Aug Training Calendar

 

FIND IT! Distinguish between trustworthy and untrustworthy information - New!

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

Dates: Thurs, 7 Aug

Time: 14:00-15:00

Booking and more info: 7 Aug Training Calendar

 

Finding full-text easily

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

Dates: Wed, 13 Aug

Time: 14:00-15:30

Booking and more info: 13 Aug Training Calendar

 

Choose the right research method for your project using SAGE Research Methods Online (SRMO)

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

Dates: Thurs, 14 Aug

Time: 11:00-12:30

Booking and more info: 14 Aug Training Calendar

 

Finding government statistics

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

Dates: Wed, 20 Aug

Time: 10:00-13:00

Booking and more info: 20 Aug Training Calendar

 

How can Open Access increase the citation rate of my publications?

Venue: Research Commons (JS Gericke Library)

Dates: Thurs, 21 Aug

Time: 14:00-15:30

Booking and more info: 21 Aug Training Calendar

 

Distinguish between trustworthy and untrustworthy information - New!

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

Dates: Thurs, 28 Aug

Time: 14:00-15:00

Booking and more info: 28 Aug Training Calendar

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

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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

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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.

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