South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science

The latest edition of South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science is now available at

Table of Contents:

Provision of library services to people with disabilities in Malawi

By Aubrey Harvey Chaputula, Patrick Mapulanga

The impact of new information services on teaching, learning and research at the University of Zululand Library

By Lyudmila Ocholla, Grace Mutsvunguma, Zanele Hadebe

Trends and patterns of medical and health research at Moi University, Kenya, between 2002 and 2014: an informetrics study

By Daniel Chebutuk Rotich, Omwoyo Bosire Onyancha

Researchers adapting to open access journal publishing: the case of the University of Cape Town

By Reggie Raju, Jill Classeen, Elizabeth Moll

Using the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy to foster teaching and learning partnerships

By Allison Fullard

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Stellenbosch University joins MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute) Institutional Membership Programme

Stellenbosch University has joined the Institutional Membership Programme of MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute), an academic open-access publisher.

In terms of the membership programme, corresponding authors associated with the University will receive a 10% discount on MDPI’s Article Processing Charges.

SU authors who publish with MDPI will be invoiced directly. Once the invoice has been paid, the author may apply for a refund from the Open Access Publication Fund, in agreement with the policy of the Fund.

If approved, the refund will not be more than 50% of the APCs for SU-authors.


For more information, contact Naomi Visser, E-resources librarian at

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Workshop: Submiting your thesis/dissertation to SUNScholar

Are you ready to submit your thesis, dissertation or article to the Library’s digital research repository? This library training opportunity for postgraduate students or staff is designed to provide practical guidance to those ready to submit their thesis/dissertation into SUNScholar.

Target audience: Masters and doctoral students.


This session will provide you with the necessary guidelines on:

  • Preparing your thesis/dissertation/article for fast and effective submission
  • The process and procedures involved in submission

Date & Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm, Thursday, February 2, 2017  AND Thursday, February 9, 2017
(Please click on the date to book)

Location: E-classroom (JS Gericke Library)

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Library Open Access Publication Fund: important notice

Dear Colleagues


Please take note of the following announcement that was posted on the OAP Fund website this morning:



27 January 2017

A limited amount has been made available for an interim period for the funding of articles to be published in non-BMC (BioMed Central) journals. Applications for funding are therefore accepted again. The Open Access Publication Fund policy will apply to all applications, with the following additional provisions:

  • Only 50% of the APCs for SU-authors will be funded.
  • Invoices should be paid first and refunds may be claimed after payment.
  • All refunds will require funding approval prior to refunds being paid out. Download the pdf form, complete and return to the contact person below. Please allow 5 work days for the assessment of your application.

BMC applications will continue to be dealt with as before.

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Beall’s list of predatory publishers removed

Beall’s list of predatory publishers removed

An academic librarian’s lists of “predatory” journals and publishers vanished from the internet without explanation.

Read more:

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Submission to SUNScholar

* Please share with colleagues/students where applicable.


 Submission to SUNScholar

SUNScholar is now open to receive new nominations for the March 2017 graduation period. Guidelines for submission into SUNScholar is available at Library Help-page and General Yearbook 2017 for policy guidelines. To summarise the process:


  1. The final document has to be submitted in pdf format. This is the copy following examination, and after all corrections have been made.
  2. The supervisor/promoter/admin staff member nominates the candidate via the staff portal.
  3. The thesis/dissertation is uploaded at:
  4. The supervisor/promoter/admin staff member approves the submission via the staff portal.
  5. The thesis/dissertation will be publicly accessible via the Internet following graduation.


The final date for the submission of theses/dissertations for the March 2017 graduation is 22 February 2017.

Publishing books/chapters in books and copyright

All inquiries related to copyright and the publication of books/chapters in books as a result of a thesis/dissertation can be directed to InnovUS.

Frequently asked questions regarding theses/dissertations

Signature on declaration page: Please note that the signature is no longer required, and that the student can simply type his/her name below the declaration. The reason for this is that the whole process is recorded electronically, as proof that all parties adhere to the policy etc.

Crest: If there are students struggling with adding the crest, please submit without the crest, and we will make sure that the crest is added in the end.


With kind regards

The Scholar team

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South African Journal of Higher Education

SAJHE has published its latest issue 2016 30(6) at We invite you to review the Table
of Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles and items of

Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,
Ms Anel de Beer
Managing Editor

Vol 30, No 6 (2016)
Table of Contents

General Articles
Why a contextual approach to professioal development? (1-7)
B.L. Leibowitz, J. Vorster,     C. Ndebele
Against theoretical evangelism: Imagining the possibilities of a critical
approach to theorising in professional academic development (8-23)
K. Naidoo
Conceptualising an epistemically diverse curriculum for a course for
academic developers (24-38)
L. Quinn,       J. Vorster
Scrutinising the role of reflection in a postgraduate diploma in higher
education (39-55)
L. Dison
Enhancing learner achievement through professional development: The
Zimbabwean experience (56-72)
G.N. Shava
Five writing development strategies to help academics flourish as writers
J. Castle,      M. Keane
Coaching interventions for postgraduate supervision courses: Promoting
equity and understanding in the supervisor-student relationship (94-111)
M. Keane
Asserting agency: Navigating time and space for teaching development
J. Jawitz,      T. Perez
Rurality and the professional development of university teachers (127-145)
C. Ndebele,     P. Muhuro,      V. Nkonki
Prompts in lecturer’s learning to teach in private universities in Kenya
M. Omingo
‘It takes a village’: Attaining teaching excellence in a challenging context
C. Winberg,     J. Garraway
A proposed ‘ladder of learning’ for academics’ professional development in
teaching (176-190)
A. Cameron,     C. Woods
Professional academic development – the influence of context on motivation
B.L. Leibowitz
‘I have a chameleon-like existence’: A duoethnographic account of border
crossing by two academic development practitioners (207-223)
S. van Schalkwyk,       W.J. McMillan

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In the past year, Altmetric has tracked over 17 million mentions of 2.7 million different research outputs. These are the top 100 most-discussed journal articles of 2016:


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Library Symposium Shapes Academic Library of the Future

lib-symp-2016-63-ladies950x375Author: Bronwyn Bruton. Translation by Naomi Visser. Photograph by Celeste Reynolds
Published: 22/11/2016

Professor Eugene Cloete (Vice-Rector: Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies) challenged delegates to change the paradigm of how learning happens and asserted that librarians lead the way and not follow. This was in his opening address at the Stellenbosch University 14th Annual Library Symposium which took place on the 3rd and 4th November 2016 at STIAS (Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies).  The theme of the symposium was Shaping the academic library of the future: adapt, empower, partner, engage.

Tanja Hichert’s invigorating keynote How to be ‘future-fit’ and manage complexity and uncertainty, highlighted the tumultuous times in which we live and the need to work a lot differently. “Regime shifts”, “systemic differences” and “stresses” are a part of our ‘vuca’ world of ‘volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity’. Strategies she suggested include ‘crossing the river by feeling for stones underfoot’, and ‘start walking and the road will come to you.’

Dr Andrew Cox from the University of Sheffield ‘tackled’ the topic of Libraries and the wicked challenge of Research Data Management (RDM).  Andrew explained that RDM is ‘wicked’ as the problem is unique, contradictory solutions exist, and it may not be ‘solvable’. He reiterated that librarians have a very positive role to play in the wicked challenge.

Anita Nel, CEO of INNOVUS, the technology transfer company of Stellenbosch University, enlightened delegates about how the Western Cape has significant potential to become a leading knowledge region, with no less than four universities and the MRC. Partnership with the library contributes to this vision.

Kate Robinson, University Librarian from the University of Bath, provoked thought about what is possible for our libraries when institutions forge new connections and in different groupings. Kate enthusiastically shared insights about the Great Western Alliance (GW4) an open, collaborative and resourceful partnership of four research-intensive universities in the South West of England.

A mind shift is needed to understand the evolution of Web 3.0 for the library of the future. This was Prof Riaan Rudman’s message in a mesmerising, thought-challenging presentation.  The user of the future is self-centred, seeks instant gratification, has a short attention span and would rather watch a YouTube clip than read a 30 page journal article. An enormous mind-jolt for librarians is that keyword searches are dying!

In his exciting closing address Professor Mark Swilling informed delegates of a ‘great transformation’ (both an industrial and an agricultural revolution), which will be undergone within 25 to 50 years. ‘Millennials’ will learn through distance learning and e-learning.  Generosity, living for others, ‘relationality’ and open access are core values needed.

The Library Symposium was attended by 133 delegates from approximately 20 institutions. Forty-two library staff members from SU attended the symposium.  The programme was certainly packed with much ‘mind-shifting’ content.

For more information about the symposium and the presentations, visit the symposium website.


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Per Linguam has just published its latest issue

Per Linguam has just published its latest issue at We invite you to review the Table of
Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles and items of

Thank you for the continuing interest in our work.

Prof Christa van der Walt & Dr Nanda Klapwijk

Per Linguam
Vol 32, No 3 (2016)
Table of Contents


Designing linguistically flexible scaffolding for subject-specific academic
literacy interventions (1-12)
Adelia Carstens
Discourse-shifting practices of a teacher and learning facilitator in a
bilingual mathematics classroom (13-27)
Robyn Tyler
A journey towards self-directed writing: a longitudinal study of
undergraduate language students’ writing (28-47)
Jako Olivier
From autopsy to autonomy in writing centres: Postgraduate students’ response
to two forms of feedback in a health professions education module (48-59)
Sharifa Daniels,        Rose Richards
The politics of mother tongue education: The case of Uganda (60-78)
Medadi Erisa Ssentanda, Kate Huddlestone,       Frenette Southwood
Literacy for All?  Using multilingual reading stories for literacy
development in a Grade One classroom in the Western Cape (79-94)
Ancyfrida Prosper,      Vuyokazi Nomlomo

Editor: Per Linguam

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