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Volume 4, Issue 3, April 2014


Vaal University of Technology

Library news directly to you. Welcome Note Did you know? New e-resources @ your library “Who can I trust” exhibition A must read Photocopying cash loading facility Staff Matters: Employee of the month Welcome new staff member

Library Week: Competition Winners @ your Library: April 2014 Library hours

“The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson” by Tom Bodett WELCOME NOTE: Clients should take note of the following: • The University officially closes on the 17th of April and reopens on the 5th of May 2014. For those who would want to work on assignments during the holiday: you can borrow books for the two weeks you will be away and, should you need to renew them, call the library at 016 950 9280/9659/9660 or log into the library page (this you can do only if you have no outstanding fines). • The library will be operating from 8:00 to 16:30 during recess, and will be closed on the 18th and 21st April 2014. Please see library hours at the bottom. DID YOU KNOW? NEW E-RESOURCES AT THE LIBRARY!!!!! How do you find it?

sonal circumstances? The authors explore the realities of their lives and also tells the story of “the man in the green blanket”, who became a symbol of the strike. The broader context is investigated: what was the role of the mines – Lonmin in particular – and the competing unions, NUM and Amcu? What role did traditional beliefs play – did a witch doctor aggravate the situation? A striking photo section of mostly unpublished photos also chronicles the events from a different angle. Through incisive investigative journalism the events and parties involved are identified and their role analysed. The findings of the Marikana commission will also be included. This book is available at your library at shelf number 331:892968 JIK EXHIBITION:

GeoRef, produced by the American Geological Institute, is a comprehensive geosciences database containing over 2.8 million bibliographic records to the geoscience literature of the world. Over 3,500 journals are reviewed for indexing in the GeoRef database as well as books, maps, government reports, conference papers, and theses and dissertations.

The library, in collaboration with Prof Sebastiani and the French South Africa initiative, is hosting an exhibition called: “In Whom Can I Still Trust”. It is an exhibition on gender discrimination during the holocaust during the 2nd World War and in Rwanda, and discrimination in general against homosexuals/lesbians. This is very topical at the moment with certain African countries passing legislation that discriminates severely against this particular group, e.g. punishment by life imprisonment. The exhibition is in the foyer of the library from 14th March– 30th April 2014

GeoScienceWorld (GSW)


Go to: >Library>E-Resources>Databases or e-Books GeoRef

GeoScienceWorld (GSW) is a collaborative and comprehensive Internet resource for research and communications in the earth sciences, which is built on a core database of peerreviewed journals and is integrated with the GeoRef index. The organization gives global researchers a single point of access to 45 full-text scholarly journals plus specialized searching capabilities and links to millions of relevant resources hosted elsewhere on the Web. For more information on how to get access to these resources consult the Reference Librarian at the ground floor next to the library’s main entrance. New Book: We are Going to Kill Each Other Today: The Marikana Story: Current Affairs & Issues. By Thanduxolo Jika, Sebabatso Mosamo, Leon Sadiki, Athandiwe Saba, Felix Dlangamandla, Lucas Ledwaba On 16 August 2012 the most shocking carnage in South Africa’s recent history occurred in the platinum mining town of Rustenburg: the Marikana shooting that left 34 striking miners dead. This book tells the story behind the newspaper headlines. Who was involved? Where did the miners, mostly migrant workers, come from and what were their per-

What’s Gone Wrong? By Alex Boraine Date Published: March 2014 ‘What’s gone wrong?’ This is a question posed by Alex Boraine. A question on the lips of millions of South Africans. Boraine attempts to answer this urgent question from the vantage point of wide experience as churchman, parliamentarian and the co-founder of IDASA. He digs deep into the history of the ANC in exile and as the governing party for two decades and concludes that in exile and today the ANC is slavishly committed to the party as the dominant factor. All else - the Executive, Parliament, the Judiciary, civil society and the media - take second and third place. The ANC seeks to control every institution. ‘Seizure of Power’ was the ANC’s watchword and battle cry in exile and it remains the aim of most of the leadership of the ANC. Boraine goes beyond strong criticism and offers a number of proposals, including the re-alignment of politics as a way of preventing South Africa becoming a failed state.

on the above-mentioned events. Gold Fields Library and Information Services, your information partner of choice. LIBRARY HOURS: Monday to Friday Saturdays

: 07:00 to 23:00 : 08:00 to 16:00

During Easter Holidays, i.e. 18th April to 04th May 2014 Please note the following changes to our operating hours during recess: Monday to Friday Saturdays

: 08:00 to 16:30 : Closed

Public holidays (18th and 21st April 2014) Public holidays (28th April, 1st and 2nd May)

: Closed : 08:00 to 16:00

PHOTOCOPYING CASH LOADING FACILITY: VUT library is committed to rendering its clients the best library experience. The cash loaders are now available in the library as requested by clients. Cash loaders are in the foyer on the ground floor and are operational during library business hours. STAFF MATTERS: Employee of the month: Congratulations to Mr Elvis Kganisto Kokozela, our February winner of Employee of the Month award at VUT Library.

Welcome new member of staff: The library is delighted to welcome Ms Sarah Kibirige as HoD: Technical Services to the library team. Sarah joined the library on the 1st March 2014.



016 950 9621 LIBRARY WEEK COMPETITION WINNERS: The library would like to congratulate the following students who each won a Samsung Galaxy Fame cellphone for participating in the VUT’s Library Quiz and the Human Rights poetry competitions. Lettie Moyan and Thinavhuyo Ramugondo for the Library Quiz competition, and Elizabeth Vimba and Thando Simelani for the Human Rights Poetry competition. The library would like to thank you for attending these events. Please keep an eye on the events calendar to see what is happening @ your library; who knows you may well find yourself counted amongst the winners. Check the May issue of LIBNews when the winners will be presented with their prizes. @YOUR LIBRARY: APRIL 2014 The library will be commemorating/celebrating the following this month: • World Book Day 23rd April 2014 • Safety and Health Awareness Week – 21st to 26th April 2014 Visit the library’s Facebook page and/or follow the library on twitter to get updates


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