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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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September 02
Theology Library closed 5-13 September

​The Theology Library closes at 12:00 on Friday 5 September and will only re-open Monday 15 September due to the upgrading of the Faculty of Theology’s electricity network. Enquiries:  Beulah Gericke, tel.: 021 808-3713 or e-mail: bg1@sun.ac.za.

August 26
September 2014 training & events

Mendeley for reference management and academic networking

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

Dates: Thurs, 4 September

Time: 11:00-12:30

Booking and more info: 4 September Training Calendar

 

Improving your literature search strategy        

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

Dates: Tues, 16 September

Time: 9:00-11:00

Booking and more info: 16 September Training Calendar

 

Refworks: reference management for beginners

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

Dates: Wed, 17 September

Time: 9:00-11:00

Booking and more info: 17 September Training Calendar

 

Refworks: reference management for advanced users

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

Dates: Wed, 17 September

Time: 11:30-13:00

Booking and more info: 17 September Training Calendar

 

Use alerts to stay up to date with new information

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

Dates: Tues, 30 September

Time: 14:00-15:30

Booking and more info: 30 September Training Calendar            ​

August 22
Renovations at the JS Gericke Library
The JS Gericke Library will be carrying out renovations as from 25 August 2014. The renovations are scheduled to be completed by mid-October. During this time there may be noise which we will endeavour to keep to the minimum.

We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.

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.


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