The Library is a place where serendipity rewards one with many unexpected great finds.
“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you will go.” This is a saying by Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel, the well-renowned American cartoonist and children’s book writer commonly known as Dr. Suess.
In this article we will explore the services and products of our UJ libraries – places of knowledge, intellectual stimulation and growth.
Rare Book, Highgrove Florilegium
A library is a place to learn, to research, and to get books that will have a wonderful influence on and enrich our lives. It is a place where people find out answers to complex issues, and where we accumulate knowledge. Libraries are where Serendipity (discovery by accident) happens.
UJ has four libraries, one on each campus. Your staff or student card serves as a membership card and gives you access to the library. Any registered library members can use or borrow library material from all four University libraries. The library has an Inter campus loan service to assist clients to do so.
Undergraduate students can borrow a maximum of 6 items for 14 days. Postgraduate students can borrow a maximum of 16 items for 30 days, whereas, permanent staff members can borrow a maximum of 30 items for 60 days. Items from the Reserve Shelve (short loan) are issued for two hours only and can be taken out of the library after 20h00 until 08h00 the next morning. All borrowers, upon overdue loan periods, must settle fines before they may borrow again. The UJ library has a fully updated database for both under- and postgraduate students. The undergraduate database is multi-disciplinary, caters for a wide range of fields whereas the postgraduate one is more subject-specific for more advanced research.
Each of the four UJ libraries is managed by a Campus Librarian, who is in charge of the daily library operations, assisted by Team Leaders and a team of dedicated staff. The four libraries report into a Director Client Services who in turn reports into the Executive Director of the UJ Library.
The library is open from 07:00am until 22:00 from Monday to Friday and on Saturdays and Sundays from 08:00 until 15:00.
Ask a Librarian (Virtual Help Desk)
The UJ library website http://www.uj.ac.za/Library has an online platform where clients can ask their questions to a librarian who would then answer them. The librarian would, if she or he cannot answer the questions, forward the enquiry to a relevant departmental key person to answer the questions and respond to the client in less than 48 hours.
This platform is created for the convenience of any UJ library user; from under- to post-graduate level. This medium also helps those that are working and cannot visit the library more often.
1Book, 1Library campaign
The library has a campaign known as 1Book 1Library. This campaign serves as a tool to encourage people to read and improve their writing skills. The books selected for each year are books written by local authors for better understanding of the content by local readers.
The 1Book 1Library campaign was launched in 2009 and the first book that was selected was the ‘Three Letter Plaque’ by Jonny Steinberg. Professor Zakes Mda’s Black Diamond was read in 2010. This year, three books; Spud, by John Van Der Riet; The Dark Continent My Black Arse, by Mr. Sakhile Khumalo; and Deon Meyer’s Devil Speak, were shortlisted. Devil’s Peak was selected as the favourite.
Santha Geduld, Mduduzi Madondo and Cornel le Roux -
Key Role Players APB
Janina van der Westhuizen, Hettie Wentzel,
Dr Anette Janse van Vuren -
Key Role Players APK
Moipone Qhomane Goliath, Ivy Segoe, Julia Paris,
and Mlungisi Dlamini - Key Role Players DFC
Charlotte Kunene- Key Role Player SWC