2016 Year End Awards and Retirees
At the year-end general staff meeting on 7 December 2016, the Library announced the winners of its recognition programme and honoured five retirees who collectively had served the University for 149 years.
Re-imagining the Wits Libraries for the 21st Century - The prize handover function
Prof. J Vellema handing over the prizes
Prize winners with the University Librarian Mr. P Muswazi
In 2014, the Library Triennial Review report recommended the reconceptualization of libraries to suit the needs of the 21st century research-intensive university; assessment and configuration of space to cater for varied uses and needs of clients; revisiting the traditional understanding of the services that a Library should offer in line with the needs of the digital future of the university, to serve the academic enterprise in the university. At the beginning of the year, a representative task team sponsored by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Postgraduate Affairs) and chaired by Professor Jeanine Vellema of the Faculty of Health Sciences was formed to conduct broader consultation to produce a masterplan for a reimagined Library in the next 5 – 10 years.
In addition to site visits, web research and discussions and presentations at eight different meetings since May, the team also carried out an online survey from 17th August to 4th September. In collaboration with the Computer and Network Services Department, two free devices, an external hard drive and a Chromebook, were offered to two lucky survey participants. On 17th November 2016, Professor Vellema announced the two winners, Martin Rafuma who walked away with the Chromebook and Sheena Swemmer who won the external hard drive at a function held in the Wartenweiler Library, East Campus.
The task team is now compiling its report.