An exhibition called The History of book Illustration : Engraving will run in the William Cullen Foyer to Friday 5th August. For an interesting display of some of the Libraries treasures highlighting the Africana and rare book collections.
The books in this collection have been separated from the main collections for reasons of age, beauty or historical bibliographic significance and include rare and early printed books not related to Africa. Of special interest are the Incunabula (books printed before 1501), including an example of one of the earliest books printed in moveable type in the 15th century; the products of the Private Presses; and the Typography and Bibliography collection.
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LibQual Library Survey 1 August to 26 August 2011.
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A random selection of students and staff will receive a link to a web-based LibQual survey in an e-mail on Monday 1 August. The survey will take place from 1 August to 26 August 2011. It is designed to measure how library users perceive the quality of the library's services. Results will allow us to compare our performance with that of peer institutions, as well as to help us assess how the library services are meeting your expectations and where we may need to improve.
For the survey to be successful, we need your feedback. When you receive the official LibQUAL survey announcement and the survey web link on 1 August, please take the time to respond. Once you've completed the questionnaire you can choose to enter the lucky draw to win an iPad.
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Wits Copyright Services Librarian, Denise Nicholson, is a member of the 'IFLA/eIFL/ICA/Innovarte Workgroup' that has drafted an international Treaty for Libraries and Archives as part of the Development Agenda of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). This project was initiated at a high level meeting of intellectual property experts in London in April 2009 .
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the Electronic Information for Libraries Network (eIFL), the International Council on Archives (ICA) and Innovarte (Chile), collectively proposed this Treaty at the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Matters (SCCR) Meetings in Geneva in June 2011. A flyer on this Draft Treaty was distributed to WIPO members in Geneva - see: http://tinyurl.com/4yqmpcv . The Draft Treaty can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/3wsawgt .
This Workgroup is also working closely with the Africa Group and World Blind Union to ensure the needs of education, libraries, archives and persons with disabilities are addressed in the process.
Postgraduate library workshop: Science
Postgraduate Science Students are invited to join our upcoming library workshops on 27 July (Part 1) and 28 July (Part 2). The workshops will be held in the Electronic Classroom, 1st floor, Wartenweiler Library from 9:30 to 13:00.
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The knowledge and skills to access and use e-resources underpin success in research and publication. Part 1 of the workshops will cover an introduction to research literature in the disciplines, information finding tools such as e-Wits, e-Journal portal, Subject Libguides, and how to access materials that Wits Library does not have. Part 2 will focus on high-level research and publication resources, advanced information finding using discipline specific databases and using RefWorks to manage references.
For enquiries contact Steve Mitchell: Stephen.Mitchell@wits.ac.za and secure your booking with Hildegard Chapman: email@example.com
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THE FIVE DYSFUNCTIONS OF A TEAM: A LEADERSHIP FABLE / [by] Patrick Lencioni. -- San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, Ã?Â©2002. -- 230p. -- MGMT HD 66 LEN
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THE FIVE DYSFUNCTIONS OF A TEAM: ALEADERSHIP FABLE / [by] Patrick Lencioni. -- San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, Â©2002. -- 230p. -- MGMT HD 66 LEN
During the BMS course in April 2011 Thomas recommended the book The five dysfunctions of a team. He also gave us one hand-out based on it. Having read the book I can tell you that it informed the BMS course, but was not plagiarized by them.
Leadership fables are a wonderful new genre. They are true fables, namely stories that teach lessons. They are very easy to read, and the lessons stick.
In The five dysfunctions of a team the author, Lencioni, describes a two-year-old IT company in Silicon Valley, near San Francisco, California. This company has lots of money, good products and star employees. It is not failing, but it is underperforming. It does not have its rightful share of the market. The board decided to offer the CEO a lower job, and he was happy to accept it, as he was not comfortable as CEO. They replaced him with a woman, Kathryn, and she sets about rescuing the company from its underperformance.
Kathryn spends two weeks just watching. The previous CEO Jeff -- continues to run the company. And so we learn about the senior management team. I became completely engrossed in the story. Suddenly I was seeing myself as a supervisor might see me. It was a chastening experience. I warmly recommend this book to you. It is most worthwhile to see the wider picture, and appreciate our roles as middle- managers in it. You do not have to agree with all Lencioni`s theories either, for example, his strong belief in corporate retreats.
The chief technologist, Martin, thinks he is more important than the others. He comes to meetings but always opens his laptop and does his e-mails. He only speaks when someone makes an incorrect statement, or says something he sees as threatening to his division. He is sarcastic and horrible. Kathryn gets him to stop doing other work during meetings. She improves the quality of the meetings. Martin gradually becomes a team player.
The marketing manager, Mickey, is brilliant, but annoys the others by looking smug during meetings. If anyone disagrees with her she rolls her eyes. She says,` I can tell you the problems this company has are not due to marketing`. She resists attending a training session for all sales people. She says, `I don`t need any of you. She clearly has an ego problem. She prints brochures on a new product before the salesmen have finished their customer research. She is very self-satisfied. So Kathryn fires Mickey. Mickey is thunderstruck. She had not seen it coming. She was so full of herself.
These are few of the interesting things on the book.
Thanks for reading
THE FIVE DYSFUNCTIONS OF A TEAM: ALEADERSHIP FABLE library
Wits Library Receives Carnegie Grant
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The University of the Witwatersrand Library has received a grant of $500,000 from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The grant was submitted on behalf of 5 African universities - Makerere University, Uganda, University of Cape Town, University of Ghana, Legon, University of Pretoria and University of the Witwatersrand.
The project, entitled Research Management Tool in Support of Academic Research in South Africa, Ghana and Uganda aims to provide the five universities with essential modern web-based research management tools. These tools will assist African universities in managing research and making strategic decisions at sophisticated new levels of research productivity and the impact of research produced, including the capacity to drill down from institution, faculty and school to the individual level.
The strategic objectives of this project are to:
- .Develop and strengthen institutional research performance.
- Strengthen and improve research management processes.
- Allow the participating universities to identify strengths and weaknesses in specific faculties, schools and disciplines and to determine research priorities.
- Assist the participating universities in targeting regional and international research collaborators, identifying areas of research investment and funding, strategic planning, benchmarking and assessing researchers for tenure and recruitment
The project is thus vital to the strategic missions of the universities as they strive to improve their research productivity. Training on the skills required in creating research metrics for the university, issues related to international competitiveness, collecting and interpretation of indicators, benchmarking, etc. will be provided to librarians, research office personnel, head of schools or departments, research deans and deputy vice chancellors for research. Participating universities will have the skills and knowledge to work with state of the art research management tools and these skills will be used to assist faculties, schools, individual academics and the university management.
The project presents participating institutions with opportunities to collaboratively develop and strengthen their research communities through annual research tool evaluation meetings and workshops. The workshops will be organized in South Africa and Uganda or Ghana covering such topics as pathways to research excellence or South-South research collaborations. The final workshop to be held at Wits will include selected African universities with demonstrated research strengths. This will provide a forum to share project experiences and extend the coverage as well as strengthen research community initiatives among African research universities.
1 HOUR WORKSHOP: ACCESSING GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS
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Learn to navigate the world of government information! Improve your government documents searching skills and ability to find various formats of government publications.
Date: 28 June 2011
Time: 13:15 - 14:15
Venue: Electronic Classroom 1st Floor, Wartenweiler Library
Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org or Thuli.Dhlamini@wits.ac.za or (011) 717-1953/4
ACCESSING GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS
Click on the following link for a summary of the most recent online research resources acquired by the Library. It can be accessed using the links below, or via the Library's electronic resources page at http://www.wits.ac.za/library/researchresources/electronicdatabases/title-listing/595/title_listing.html. For additional information and assistance, please contact your librarian.
ELECTRONIC DATABASE ACQUISITIONS
LibQual Library Survey Coming Soon.
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A random selection of students and staff will receive a link to a web-based LibQual survey in an e-mail on Monday 25 July. The survey will take place between 25 July and 19 August 2011. It is designed to measure how library users perceive the quality of the library's services. Results will allow us to compare our performance with that of peer institutions, as well as to help us assess how the library services are meeting your expectations and where we may need to improve.
For the survey to be successful, we need your feedback. When you receive the official LibQUAL survey announcement and the survey web link on 25 July, please take the time to respond. Once you've completed the questionnaire you can choose to enter the lucky draw to win an iPad.
LIBRARY HOURS, JUNE - JULY 2011
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Study Break & Exams, Monday 6 June - Friday 8 July, 2011
Study break for exams starts on Monday 6 June; exams start on Monday 13 June and end on Friday 8 July 2011.
Wartenweiler, Commerce & Law Libraries will start extending opening hours until 11 pm, Monday-Thursday evenings, from Monday 6 June until Wednesday 6 July.
Public Holiday, Thursday, 16 June 2011
Thursday 16 June is a public holiday and all libraries will be closed. Late-evening Libraries will be open as usual on the evening of Wednesday, 15 June.
Winter Vacation Research Break, Saturday 9 July - Sunday 24 July, 2011
Branches which normally remain open in the evenings will close at 17:00 Monday-Friday from Monday 11 July - Friday 22 July.
Saturdays 9, 16 & 23 July: Wartenweiler & Cullen (& Research Commons), Biophy, Archit, Commerce & Law Libraries will be closed.
Wits Library of Management (WLM) and Witwatersrand Health Sciences Library (WHSL) do not change hours during the July break.
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