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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
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.
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
Click for the programme and to book your seat.
For any further enquiries, please contact the coordinator, Mimi Seyffert, at firstname.lastname@example.org or +27 21 808 9489.
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 email@example.com,
for further information or queries.
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
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
Naomi Visser at firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 808 4433
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!
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.
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.
workshop - New!
E-classroom (Learning Commons,
JS Gericke Library)
Tue, 22 July
and more info: 22 July Training
Use alerts to stay up to date with new information
Venue: E-classroom (Learning Commons, JS Gericke Library)
Tue, 29 July
Booking and more info: 29 July Training
and sharing large files
Research Commons (JS Gericke
Dates: Thurs, 31 July
and more info: 31 July Training
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
Please note that the libraries of the Library and Information Service will be CLOSED on Monday 16 June for Youth Day.