Celebrating Labour Month through Information and Education

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Many people are not aware of why we observe occasions such as May Day or Labour Month in South Africa. To the majority of workers, it’s simply another holiday where we get to lounge around the house, binge-watch the latest series or visit friends. So in short – we see it as just another holiday. The truth is that these occasions originate from important historical milestones in the struggle to secure workers’ rights. (more…)

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Sabinet signs up to Publishing Technology’s ingentaDrive platform solution

This agreement with Publishing Technology, a world-leading provider of content solutions, will completely enhance the way SA ePublications is delivered, accessed and consumed.Combining essential features of Publishing Technology’s bespoke build platform product with the speed and efficiency of a packaged solution, this out-of-the box product will enable Sabinet to go live with a fully branded, cloud-based, responsive site.
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OCLC Global Council – Election Results

Ms Ellen Tise
From 10 – 12 April 2014 the OCLC Global Council meeting was held in Dublin, Ohio, USA.

This meeting concluded by holding elections for two vacant positions in the Board of Trustees and the position of President – elect and Vice President of the Global Council. These are two important bodies in the governing structure of OCLC.

We are pleased to inform you that the two candidates nominated by the Executive Committee of the EMEA Regional Council for both these positions were elected. These candidates are:

  • Board of Trustees: Ms Ellen Tise (Senior Director: Library and Information Services at Stellenbosch University, South Africa). Her e-mail address is etise@sun.ac.za. (Mr John Szabo who is the City Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library, USA was elected to the other position in the Board of Trustees)
  • President – Elect of the Global Council: Ms Anja Smit (University Librarian at Utrecht University, the Netherlands). Her e-mail address is H.P.A. Smit@uu.nl

Please join us in congratulating these candidates from the EMEA Regional Council, Ellen and Anja for their being elected to these elevated and responsible positions. We wish them success as they carry out their responsibilities entrusted on them by the members of OCLC.

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Addition of proposed amendments to Legislation on the Sabinet Legislation Product (NetLaw)

Sabinet is happy to announce that any proposed amendments to a specific piece of legislation will be made available on its South African Legislation Product (Netlaw). As from 1 April 2014 you will start to notice that any proposed amendments to a piece of Legislation will reflect under that specific Section of an Act and will display as follows:

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Please note that this new addition will not apply retrospectively and will only reflect on the Legislation as and when any new Amendment Acts are published from 1 April 2014 onwards.

When using Sabinet’s Legislation product it is important to note that it remains the responsibility of users to ensure that at all times they are referring to the Sections of an Act which are in force and currently applicable and not the proposed amendments not yet in force.

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WorldCat Discovery is now available in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand

Libraries using FirstSearch will move to a richer discovery experience.

OCLC has launched WorldCat Discovery Services, making it possible for library staff and users currently using FirstSearch to move to a richer discovery experience. WorldCat Discovery has been developed and refined based on input and feedback from a 30-member Advisory Group and more than 650 FirstSearch beta test libraries around the world.

WorldCat Discovery Services comprise the new suite of cloud-based applications that brings the FirstSearch and WorldCat Local services together. The new suite enables staff and users to discover more than 1.5 billion electronic, digital and physical resources in libraries around the world through a single search of both WorldCat and a central index that represents nearly 2,000 e-content collections. The new interface has been built using responsive web design principles and is natively optimized for use across desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

WorldCat Discovery Services are now available to thousands of current FirstSearch subscribers as part of existing subscriptions. FirstSearch will operate in parallel with WorldCat Discovery through December 31, 2015, allowing libraries to choose their transition timing. WorldCat Discovery is available initially to libraries in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. It will be made available to libraries in Asia and Europe, Middle East and Africa later in the year .

FirstSearch libraries can review migration information, and register their intent to transition to the new service. Multiple training sessions, such as online courses and video tutorials, are available to help libraries make a smooth transition to WorldCat Discovery.

Current WorldCat Local and WorldShare Management Services libraries can begin to use WorldCat Discovery Services during a beta period that begins in April. WorldCat Discovery Services can also be tailored to enhance the local discovery experience through additional fee-based options.

Sign up for a Webinar on WorldCat Discovery Services to see how it works.
Start your transition to WorldCat Discovery today!

 

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Appointment of National Librarian

Prof. Rocky Ralebipi-Simela

The Board of the National Library of South Africa announced that Prof Rocky Ralebipi-Simela has been appointed as the National Librarian with effect from 1 May 2014.

She has been the Regional Director of the Limpopo region of the University of South Africa (Unisa) for the past two years. Prof Ralebipi-Simela holds a Masmter’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh (USA) and a PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of Minnesota (USA). She has more than ten years of experience in senior management positions in related fields.

Prof Ralebipi-Simela was a member of the first Board of the National Library of South Africa (2000-2003) and was appointed as Chairperson of the second Board of the NLSA (2003-2006). She was the Chairperson of the National Council of Library and Information services (NCLIS) from 2007-2011. She has served in the business (production and publications of online databases in the USA) and higher education sectors (as a Library and Information professional and academic leader) for 35 years.

Prof Ralebipi-Simela has also served on the Board of Sabinet since 2005. We want to wish her all the very best in her new role and we are looking forward to her contribution to the LIS sector.

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