Pupils from the Kingsway High School in Amanzimtoti visited UKZN’s Killie Campbell Africana Library as part of Library Week.
The library, which was among those specifically chosen by the Kingsway pupils and teachers for a tour, contains rare Africana books, manuscripts, travel diaries, photograph collections and other Africana material.
During the visit, learners were introduced to various resources in the library and were shown how to use them to find rare Africana collections. The youngsters were very excited to learn how to locate information using inventories to the archival collections, old card catalogue systems, indexes, and the World Share online cataloguing system.
The pupils, in their roles as library monitors and assistants at their school, play an active role in promoting, protecting and preserving Kingsway School library books.
The youngsters asked many questions, including queries on the library collection management, temperature control, user services and digitisation.
Visits by local schools and members of the community show that the Killie Campbell Library is more than just a place where rare collections are kept – rather it is an integral part of the society it serves!
Library staff go out of their way to provide users with information, resources and a connection to the world at large. They are also on hand to offer guidance to students and others doing research on almost any issue.