In celebration of South African Library Week, the UKZN Library hosted an event to market its services and create awareness among staff and students of the libraries on the various campuses. Events were held at all campuses with the main event being held at Howard College.
Celebration Co-ordinator Ms Goitsemang Ncongwane said under the theme, “My Library, Your Library”, the event showcased the libraries from the four Colleges serviced by librarians, Circulation Desk, Special Collections and Research Space. Other services included the Research commons available to masters and doctoral students, student discussion rooms and several other facilities.
The aim of the event was to make the students aware of the importance of the library during their studies and all the services available to them.
Cultural and Media Studies Masters student, Mr Sanele Gamede, said he received ‘awesome help from UKZN Library staff members’. Mentioning that several things had improved in the library, he praised it for having the Academic Reserve book section where a book can be borrowed for two hours and the Research Commons. ‘This is especially useful for students unable to afford to buy prescribed books,’ said Gamede.
In her welcome, KZN LIASA Chairperson, Ms Nonhlanhla Ngcobo said the South African Library Week was initiated in 2001 to be a commemorative period recognised by Government. She said libraries across the country used it as an opportunity to market their services in an effort to contribute to the understanding of the role libraries played in society, such as advancing literacy, making the basic human right of freedom of access to information a reality, and the promotion of tolerance and respect among all South Africans.
Guest speaker and Senior Lecturer in the School of Law, Mr Adrian Bellengère, whose parents were both librarians, said the library was the equivalent of the labs other Schools had. Referring to the destruction of the library during unrest, he advised students not to take the libraries for granted. ‘Treat it like a member of your family’ said Bellengère.
UKZN’s Ms Roshini Pather in her talk mentioned refurbishment plans in the pipeline which would include new signage, new furniture, new social spaces to accommodate students, more plug points and sound proof flooring.
The Library also held an amnesty week to encourage staff and students to return outstanding books and library material.
Ncongwane said the Library would soon launch a revised code of conduct.