Trial database OECD iLibrary
1064 days ago
The trial database OECD iLibrary can be accessed via the URL: www.oecdilibrary.org. The trial will run for 3 months until 12 September. Below please find information about the product:
OECD iLibrary is the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's Online Library for Books, Papers and Statistics and the gateway to OECD's analysis and data. Access is available for titles published from January 1998 onwards.
The OECD iLibrary includes the following:
OECD iLibrary Books, Papers and Statistics
o 500 journal Issues
o 2500 Working Papers
o 5000 ebooks
o 22 statistical databases
LIBRARY CLOSURE: PUBLIC HOLIDAY
1070 days ago
WEDNESDAY 16 JUNE 2010
All Libraries will be closed on Youth Day, Wednesday 16 June 2010.
Self Checkout at the Architecture Library, East Campus
1078 days ago
Similar to other experiences in Libraries across the globe, users were initially reluctant to use the self service machine to take out books from the Wartenweiler Library. After a year, the machine was moved to the Architecture Library in February 2010. At this new location, library staff members embarked on an intensive training programme to familiarize users with the self checkout procedures. The statistics increased from the previous 444 per annum at Wartenweiler Library to more than 3 800 items at Architecture Library for the period February to mid- May 2010.
The reasons for the successful implementation at the Architecture Library were:
(i) Unlike Wartenweiler Library, the Architecture Library works with a closely knit user community which made it possible to extend training to many of them on an ongoing basis, and
(ii) Training covered not only operating the self checkout machine but also the creation and use of the Library PIN used to identify all users of the Library system.
Without the PIN, users cannot optimally access Library resources nor can they use the self checkout system. The success story at the Architecture Library will be used to inform future technology interventions in the Library. As Louis Armstrong said: "One small step for man. A huge step for mankind!"
Celebrating African Librarianship
1095 days ago
The Gauteng and Environs Library Consortium (GAELIC) with assistance from the Wits Library will be hosting a talk by the retiring Director of the Library at the University of Botswana, Kay Raseroka, in Senate House Basement 3, East Campus on Monday, 24 May 2010, 14:00 - 15:30. The title of her talk is "Kay remembers".
After 39 years as a librarian, Kay Raseroka is retiring from her post as Director of the Library at the University of Botswana in June 2010. In honour of a life dedicated to African Librarianship and the specific challenges of preserving oral resources, GAELIC has invited Kay to give a presentation on her memories and experiences. This is a not to be missed experience.
Kay was elected as the first International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) President from Africa in 2003, a position she held until 2005. Among some of Kay's numerous achievements, she founded the Botswana Children's Information Trust and she has devoted more than 35 years to promoting the importance of oral learning in indigenous communities. In recognition of her achievements, she will be receiving the title of Honorary Doctor of Laws of the University of Alberta (USA) on 7 June 2010. In announcing the award, Linda Hughes, Chancellor of the University of Alberta, said: "On behalf of the university senate, it gives me great pleasure to announce an outstanding slate of leading minds and talented people whose service to society inspires our community." Kay will be one of the 12 recipients of the University of Alberta's highest honor. Among these are two other librarians, Hugh Anson-Cartwright from Canada and James Neal from the USA.
Source: LIASA Representative Council and the Executive Committee (29/04/2010)
About the Digital World
1099 days ago
Prof Hilton Judin from Architecture will share his views and experience in the digital world with RUSH (Read Understand SHare) - a reading circle for Wits professional and candidate librarians.
Date: 21 May 2010 Friday
Venue: WWL Conference Room
Topic: The changing world of the library in the 21st Century; digital publication and reading.
Information Literacy Conversations
1106 days ago
The Library Education and Training unit will be hosting Julie Brittain (Head of the British Library of Development Studies, Sussex University) and Siobhan Duvigneau(Information Literacy Co-ordinator)tomorrow, 11 May 2010 in the ECR, Wartenweiler Library at 14:30 pm. The discussion will focus on the information literacy programme at Wits. The two read about the programme and wish to find out more about it and discuss the approaches / practices Wits has adopted. The Education and Training team is looking forward to this exciting meeting.
The Importance of the Literature Review - in research
1110 days ago
Prof. Elly Grossman will present a session entitled The Importance of the Literature Review - in research where she will share her insights into the Literature Review process, as a researcher and postgraduate supervisor.
Date: Thursday, 27 May 2010
Time: 9:00 - 11:00
Venue: Electronic Classroom, 1st floor, Wartenweiler Library, East Campus
RSVP: Thuli Dhalmini on Thuli.Dhlamini@wits.ac.za or (011) 717-1954 or Janet Zambri on Janet.Zambri@wits.ac.za or (011) 717-1953