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October 20
Student assistants required at the Research Commons

​Masters and Doctoral students are welcome to apply for the positions available for student assistants at the Research Commons, JS Gericke Library. Please see the requirements for the positions here.

The closing date for applications is Monday 17 November 2014.

Enquiries: Marié Roux, tel: 021-8082623

October 17
Open Access: How far has the Library come?

​The 8th International Open Access Week will be celebrated worldwide from 20 to 26 October this year. The event is an opportunity for the academic and research community to learn more about the potential benefits of open access to information, which can be described as the “free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need”, according to the event’s webpage (www.openaccessweek.org).

The Library and Information Service will be celebrating Open Access Week by drawing the attention to our own open access initiatives by means of an exhibition in the foyer of the JS Gericke Library as well as information displayed on plasma screens in the JS Gericke Library and branch libraries, and on our website.

As part of these celebrations we are also asking ourselves how far we have come since signing the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities in 2010. We became the first African university to sign this declaration and by doing this we wanted to encourage our own researchers to deposit their material in SUNScholar, our open access repository, and we have committed ourselves to openly sharing our research output with the rest of the world.

Now, four years on, we have seen our institutional repository, SUNScholar, grow substantially with research output in the form of theses, dissertations and articles being deposited in the repository by Stellenbosch University researchers. We have also expanded the content of the repository by embarking on a project of retrospective digitisation of theses and dissertations done at Stellenbosch University between 2000 and 2005. There are currently around 14000 full text items in SUNScholar with almost 2000 of these being research articles.

We have also since 2010 implemented SUNJournals, a platform to host open access online scholarly journals and currently host 21 journals on the platform. An Open Access Publication Fund with the aim to support SU researchers publishing in open access journals was also initiated and has funded 196 articles to date. SUNConferences, a platform to manage and publish conference proceedings is a third open access service to be offered by the Library and Information Service and has successfully hosted 5 conferences last year.

In asking ourselves that how far we have come since signing the Berlin Declaration, I think it is safe to say that we are meeting the challenge of the Berlin Declaration with regards to encouraging our researchers to deposit in our repository. As far sharing our research with the world, statistics show that downloads from SUNScholar are significant, with, for example, a total of 104 759 in 2013 and growing steadily in 2014. SUNScholar was also recently ranked 2nd in Africa and 146th globally (out of 1 983 repositories) in the July bi-annual ranking of open access institutional repositories performed by “The Ranking Web of World Repositories”. This information confirms that Stellenbosch University research outputs are seen by the world out there through our repository.

In addition to our efforts since 2010, the Library and Information Service has over the last two years embarked on yet another initiative which will promote even wider access to high-quality full-text peer-reviewed research output of Stellenbosch University researchers, namely a policy on self-archiving of research articles. This initiative is still in progress, however, a final decision is expected by the end of this year. In adopting such a policy, Stellenbosch University will be following in the footsteps of acclaimed international universities such as Harvard, and the University of Pretoria locally, who implemented such policies in 2008 and 2009 respectively.

For more information on Open Access Week and Open Access at the Library and Information Service, please visit the Library website.

Please contact Mimi Seyffert for any enquiries.

October 08
Research Commons Social Hour with Prof Jacques du Plessis

Prof Jacques du Plessis: “The Roads of Research”

The Library and Information Service is pleased to announce that a Research Commons Social Hour will take place on Friday 17 October 2014 with Prof Jacques du Plessis as guest speaker. He will share some of the experiences he has gathered along the way of building a successful career as a researcher.

Jacques du Plessis is Extraordinary Professor of Private Law and Head of the Department of Private Law at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. He studied at the University of Stellenbosch, from which he holds the B Comm, LL B and LL M degrees, and Aberdeen University, where he obtained his PhD. His main fields of interest are contract, unjustified enrichment, legal history and comparative law. He received the National Research Foundation’s President Award and was elected an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow. Professor du Plessis is a Vice-President of the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists, a member of the editorial boards of a number of international law journals, and an Associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. He has been Invited Fellow of the Institute for European Private Law in Maastricht, Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign Private and Private International Law in Hamburg, and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of European and Comparative Law in Oxford.

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.

Masters’ and doctoral students and academic staff are welcome to attend. 

Refreshments will be served.

When: Friday, 17 October 2014
Where: Research Commons, JS Gericke Library
Time: 15:30 – 16:30
Register: Please register here by Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Enquiries: Marié Roux, Tel: 021-8082623, e-mail: mr@sun.ac.za

October 07
PLUM Analytics Webinar

​The Library and Information Service invites you to a webinar by Andrea Michalek, Co-Founder and President of Plum Analytics.


You are invited to a one-hour webinar where you will learn about what altmetrics are and how PLUM Analytics (an Ebsco company) approaches them. You will also see a demonstration of PlumX, a research impact dashboard you can use to see and understand altmetrics about your research output, researchers, institutions, publications and grants. There will be time for your questions. You are welcome to either attend in the E-Classroom of the JS Gericke Library or from your office.

PLUM Analytics is building the next generation of research metrics for scholarly research. They categorize metrics into 5 separate types: Usage, Captures, Mentions, Social Media, and Citations. PLUM Analytics tracks more than 20 different types of artifacts, including journal articles, books, videos, presentations, conference proceedings, datasets, source code, cases, and more.

Date:Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Time: 15:00-16:00

Venue: E-Classroom, JS Gericke Library

Please register to attend in E-Classroom

Enquiries: Elna Randall, tel: 021-8084641

Please register directly for the webinar if you wish to attend from your office.

October 06
Book Sale at JS Gericke Library

A book sale will take place next week at the JS Gericke Library. Books from a wide range of subjects will be on sale from R5-00 (cash only).

Date: Tuesday 14 October until 17 October 2014
Venue: JS Gericke Library, lower level

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

September 25
October 2014 training & events

Finding full-text easily

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

Dates: Thurs, 2 October

Time: 14:00-15:30

Booking and more info: 2 October Training Calendar


Storing and sharing large files        

Venue: Research Commons, (JS Gericke Library)

Dates: Thurs, 2 October

Time: 14:00-15:30

Booking and more info: 2 October Training Calendar


Submitting your thesis / dissertation to SUNScholar

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

Dates: Tues, 7 October

Time: 11:00-12:00

Booking and more info: 7 October Training Calendar​

September 23
Libraries closed Wednesday 24 September

​Please note that the libraries of the Library and Information Service will be CLOSED on Wednesday 24 September for Heritage Day.

September 15
Student assistants (JS Gericke Library) required for 2015

​Student assistant are required for 2015 for the JS Gericke Library's Learning Commons and Information Desks.

Closing date for applications: 17 October 2014.

September 04
Vacancy available in the Library & Information Service

​A vacancy for DIGITAL SERVICES LIBRARIAN is currently available in the Library and Information Service.

Digital Services Librarian.pdf
Closing date: 15 September 2014.

September 02
Webinar: ORCID – connecting research and researchers

Academic staff, researchers and postgraduate students are hereby invited to attend a webinar about ORCID at the JS Gericke Library on 10 September, at 15:00.

ORCID, an independent non-profit organization, aims to address the name ambiguity problem in scholarly research by providing a free registry of unique persistent identifiers, and they work with the community to ensure these identifiers are easy to use and embedded in your research.

Please join Dr. Laurel Haak, Executive Director of ORCID, to learn more about how persistent identifiers can enable research and scholarship.

See the full invitation here. Please register if you wish to attend.

Enquiries: Elna Randall, tel: 021 808-4641.

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