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Service Interruptions

- Janet Zambri

William Cullen Closed from 12 noon tomorrow

The Cullen library is going to be fumigated tomorrow to eradicate a cockroach infestation. To ensure patron and staff safety during this process the Cullen Library will be closed from 12 o clock Friday 16 March until Monday Morning 19 March to allow the  fumigation process to take place. 

Did you know that not only do cockroaches destroy paper and eat book bindings but the cockroach can spread a range of bacteria and disease-producing organisms to humans?

We would like to create a cleaner and healthier environment in which our staff and students can work and study and would like to apologise for any temporary inconvenience that this may cause. The building will re-open for normal services on Monday 19 March when it will be business as usual.

Study Break / Public Holiday Period

- Paiki Muswazi

Study Break / Public Holiday Period: 21 March – 1 May 2018 and Easter Weekend: 30 March – 2 April 2018


Wednesday 21 March 2018 is a public holiday and all Libraries will be closed.


The Witwatersrand Health Sciences Library will close at 23:00 on Thursday 29 March and reopen from Tuesday 3 April onwards at 08:30 as usual.

The Wits Library of Management will close at 23:00 on Thursday 29 March and reopen from Tuesday 3 April onwards at 08:00 – 23:00 as usual.

The Law library will close at 23:00 as usual on Thursday 29 March and reopen on Tuesday 3 April at 08:00.

ALL OTHER LIBRARIES will close at 17:00 on Thursday 29 March and reopen on Tuesday 3 April at 08:00.

Please note that the Mid-term Vacation/Study/Research break starts on Saturday 24 March and ends on Monday 2 April 2018 and all libraries will remain open as for term time. Friday 27 April and Tuesday 1 May 2018 are Public Holidays. All libraries will be closed.

Library Week Celebrations

- Thuli Dhlamini

The Wits Library is joining all other libraries in the country in celebrating this annual event.

The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) is celebrating South African Library Week from 16-23 March 2018 with the theme

“Libraries: heart of the Community”

The Wits Library is joining all other libraries in the country in celebrating this annual event. As part of these celebrations, come and listen to our dynamic speakers.

About the Author

Leyla Tavernaro-Haidarian, PhD is a media professional and communication specialist. She has produced and presented for a variety of media outlets, including Warner Brothers/KTLA5, the Austrian and South African Broadcasting Corporations, HBO and the Africa Channel USA. She is also a published writer and academic with a particular interest in the normative moral theory of Ubuntu and its implications for communication, education and governance. She has written and piloted a collaborative reality television program and rolled out an educational curriculum, both of which involve relational communication strategies and inform her approach as a consultant in these fields. Leyla has received awards and acclaim for her contributions and regularly coaches, teaches and speaks at international fora such as TEDx, The US State Department, The Unique Speaker Bureau and Ethical Business Building the Future. She is a GES postdoctoral research fellow and a member of the South African Communication Association. 

Date: 22 March 2018

Time : 12:15- 13:00

Venue : Wartenweiler Library, Conference Room, 4th Floor, East Campus

‘No Chains Around My Feet’ examines how running emulates life’s ‘key’ aspects

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – In her new self-help book, “No Chains Around My Feet: Running as a Metaphor for Life” (published by AuthorHouse UK), Nomoya M Mahlangu demonstrates how personal mastery, organizational effectiveness and continuous improvement can be derived from running.

About the Author

Nomoya M Mahlangu has a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Cape Town and works as a director in library services at the University of Johannesburg in Gauteng Province, South Africa. She has worked in numerous academic university libraries in South Africa and in some private corporate libraries. Apart from her professional interests, she has a keen curiosity about kinetics and sports science. She loves, enjoys, and endures running, both as a hobby and a sport, and has taken part in road-running events for more than 20 years.

Date: 22 March 2018

Time : 13:10-14:00

Venue : Wartenweiler Library, Conference Room, 4th Floor, East Campus

For more information please contact :


- M van den Heever / P Matai

The knowledge and skills to access and use library services and e-resources underpin success in research and publication.

The knowledge and skills to access and use library services and 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 the e-Wits catalogue, electronic resources, LibGuides, and how to access materials that Wits Library does not have. Part 2: Zotero:  a free bibliographic reference manager tool. This workshop will introduce some of the key functions of Zotero such as: installing Zotero, adding citations to your Zotero library, organizing and managing your citations, creating a bibliography, and using the Microsoft Word plug-in to easily insert citations from Zotero into your documents.

EBE PG March 2018 Workshop Programme


- Salomé Potgieter


Part 1: Thursday 15 March (Time: 9.30 -13.00); Part 2: Friday 16 March (9.30-13.00)

Venue: Electronic Classroom 1 (Floor 1, Wartenweiler Library, East Campus)

 Part 1 of the above workshop is a hands-on session that will cover library services & electronic resources for postgraduate students. Part 2 will focus on the management of your references via Zotero, an open-source ( reference management software ( . For Bookings: Contact Lucille Mooragan Tel: (011) 717-1156; e-mail:

Wits Library staff shine bright

- Wits University

The Library Division recognises staff members for their sterling service during the Staff Achievement and Recognition (STAR) Awards.

The STAR Awards were launched in January 2013 at Wits University with the main objective to celebrate excellent service from the employees and to motivate them to further perform better.

Caddie Hart, a Human Resources Officer at the Wartenweiler Library initiated the STAR programme. Her vision is “to ensure that Library employees are recognised for their work, and in turn, happy and motivated to support Wits mission and values.”

Hart firmly believes that highly motivated staff are vital, especially in today’s environment of in 21st Century Libraries and rapid technological change.

Wits Library staff members, Sophie Motsewabone, Gugu Mamiane and Thuli Dhlamini were worthy winners of the 2017 Wits Libraries’ STAR Awards which were presented to them at an awards ceremony.

Margaret Atsango (Senior Librarian), Caddie Hart (Library Human Resources Officer), Sophie Motsewabone (Senior Library Assistant) and Paiki Muswazi (University Librarian)

Dhlamini from the Library Education and Training won the Rock Solid Award which recognises consistent high quality, reliable and critical work which, if undone, would halt highly visible operations.

“She was nominated for being exceptionally reliable and for her ability to execute her duties successfully even under tight deadlines. This nominee’s friendly and welcoming attitude has made her popular among colleagues across campus,” says her manager Janet Zambri.

Dhlamini who is passionate about education is continuously striving to advance herself. Last year, she graduated from Wits University with a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education.

Motsewabone, a Senior Library Assistant from the Africana Library who has been employed by the University since 1988 won the Library Employee of the Year Award which recognises unparalleled performance and commitment to excellence. Ecstatic and surprised is how she describes the emotions at the news.

“It took me a while to believe that I have won the award. I enjoyed my moment of glory. Winning this award meant a lot to me. All along I thought the management did not appreciate my hard work but I was proved wrong,” she said.

The STAR Achiever Award was awarded to Mamiane, a Library Assistant also from Africana Library. The award recognises outstanding dedication and service beyond the call of duty.

For Mamiane, presentation is essential to improve user–experience. Maine initiated a new system for organising pamphlet size books ino rder to improve retrieval. This saved time and enabled users to find relevant books quicker. She has also been instrumental in creating more shelf space for ground floor books in the library.

Mamiane, whose golden voice when alerting library users of closing times has made her the face of the Africana Library, says she takes great pride in her work and always goes the extra mile to serve her clients.

“I have to make the library books and shelf look good at all times. Books must be shelved accordingly so that users are able to locate them in an effective and efficient way.”

Wits libraries seek to support University’s teaching and learning, research and outreach, by facilitating access to high quality scholarly information resources and services through a team of skilled and knowledgeable library staff and welcoming physical environments. The annual awards are one of the programmes that ensure that the workforce are aligned with this vision.