Sabinet signs up to Publishing Technology’s ingentaDrive platform solution

Sabinet prides itself in building an inclusive environment where every user and publisher knows their experience and expectations are valued and respected. To this end, following thorough investigation and consultation with our patrons, we are proud to be at the forefront of online content solutions.

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.

The new portal that is anticipated to go live in the third quarter of 2016, will provide consistent user experience across multiple devices while enabling Sabinet to control its online content with ease by using powerful and extensive content management tools.

Marco McKenzie, Systems Development Manager at Sabinet, commented:

“With such an important online resource at our fingertips it is vital that we have the best possible technology and systems in place to fully support it. Partnering with Publishing Technology and implementing ingentaDrive will improve access, discoverability and user experience for our users, while supporting our publishing partners.

In turn, it will allow us to have more autonomy over the collection’s content and to experiment with a range of third party integrations that will improve our overall offering.”

Provincial Legislation just got better!

Our Provincial NetLaw product now consists of all Acts, Ordinances and Regulations in force. During the last quarter of 2014 we completed and added all Regulations in terms of Acts and Ordinances currently in force, making it the most up-to-date, reliable and comprehensive collection of Provincial Legislation.

Sabinet’s Provincial NetLaw product is the only one of its kind available on the market. It allows you to see the Legislation as it is applicable today but also as it was at a particular point throughout history. Every version of Legislation across the current 9 provinces is available as well as Legislation for older provinces before 1994.

Provincial NetLaw has over time become one of Sabinet’s most successful products and today it is even better. It offers a variety of benefits to you and your organisation and keeps you abreast of new developments in South African Legislation. This complete Legislation product now also includes all Regulations in terms of Acts and Ordinances currently still in force and if you need, you can access an historical view of older versions of all Acts, Ordinances and Regulations in force from 1910.

For more information contact our client services on 012 643 9500 or email info@sabinet.co.za

The University of KwaZulu-Natal is now live with OCLC WorldShare Management Services

Pretoria, South Africa

University becomes first African institution to implement OCLC’s cloud based library management services

LEIDEN, Netherlands, February 10, 2015—The University of Kwazulu-Natal, a leading African university, is now using OCLC WorldShare Management Services (WMS) as its library management system.

WMS provide cloud-based library management and discovery applications in an integrated suite, offering librarians a comprehensive and cost-effective way to manage library workflows efficiently, and improve end users’ access to library collections and services.

The implementation of WMS helps bring the university closer to its mission of achieving academic excellence and innovation in research. Joyce Myeza, Library Director, University Kwazulu-Natal explains: “WMS is a global knowledge system, it helps us widen access to learning research, and innovation, to both our local and global scholars. WMS enables us to deliver infrastructure and support services designed around their learning needs.” Speaking of the reasons for selecting WMS Joyce says: “The costs of maintaining our legacy systems was becoming unsustainable. This combined with a desire to provide consolidated access to all of our resources and make better use of our collections budget were instrumental in our decision to implement WMS.”

The University of KwaZulu-Natal was formed on 1 January 2004 as a result of the merger between the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal. The new university brings together the rich histories of both the former Universities.

“OCLC are excited to welcome the University of KwaZulu-Natal to the WMS community,” said Eric van Lubeek, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA. “One of the institution’s strategic objectives is to establish efficient, effective management systems for students, which meet their requirements in a pragmatic and flexible way. We are delighted that the university saw WMS as way to achieve this for its many library users”.

OCLC works in conjunction with its local partner, Sabinet, in the African region. Sabinet provided on-the-ground implementation support and training for the University of KwaZulu-Natal and will be providing ongoing support for WMS in Africa.

“We are pleased to have played a significant role during course of this implementation,” stated Ros Hattingh MD of Sabinet. “Sabinet has worked with OCLC for a number of years and the successful implementation of WMS at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is as a result of this successful partnership.”

Almost 300 libraries on four continents—Australia, Europe, North America and Africa—are currently using OCLC WorldShare Management Services to gain efficiencies and improve usability in library services and end-user discovery.

More about WorldShare Management Services is on the OCLC website.

About The University of KwaZulu-Natal

The new University of KwaZulu-Natal unites two major educational institutions in KwaZulu-Natal the University of Natal and the University of Durban-Westville. The University of KwaZulu-Natal aims to be a truly South African university that reflects the society in which it is situated not only in terms of race, gender and class but in terms of how it structures its values and priorities and how it responds to social needs.

As an institution of higher learning, it is committed to academic excellence, innovation in research and critical engagement with society. With its vision to be the Premier University of African Scholarship, the University of KwaZulu-Natal draws inspiration from an African identity and takes seriously its responsibilities to the development of the African continent.

About OCLC

Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. More than 74,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world’s largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat.org on the Web. For more information, visit the OCLC website.

About Sabinet

With a sound track record of 31 years, Sabinet has firmly established itself as a leader in facilitating access to a wide spectrum of high quality and credible information sources. Over the course of the last three decades, Sabinet has managed to build a strong local and international reputation for providing Africa’s information to the world and the world’s information to Africa.

Sabinet’s mission to support library technical process, promote resource sharing and enable access to information sources is underpinned by its dedication to the values of commitment, partnerships, understanding and support.

Sabinet’s roots are in library support services, where it is recognised for providing central platforms for collaboration and resource sharing among libraries. For more information, visit the Sabinet website.

For more information contact
Cathy Naidoo
Corporate Marketing Manager
cathy@sabinet.co.za

Sabinet’s Annual Paper and Pizza day

“The hardest thing about recycling is changing our attitudes, we at Sabinet believe in a greener, cleaner and better world for future generations, remember, it only takes one person to start recycling.”

Regardless of how hectic our schedules are, each year we set aside one day to clean house! On this day, the Sabi-staff clean out the clutter from their offices, do their filling or get rid of all the items that were seemingly of use, they amassed during the course of the year. More importantly all the paper we no longer have a use for, is recycled. Check out our pictures on Facebook

Recycling paper saves trees, water and the energy needed to cut down and transport the trees, then grind them into paper pulp. Recycling all our paper can have a big impact on reducing the amount of raw materials and energy needed to produce fresh paper. Paper is often the major contributor to waste in the office, and it’s easy to recycle. In our office, we have boxes which are clearly assigned in areas where people can deposit their paper, including one next to the printers and copiers. Source: http://www.greenworks.co.za/recyclepage.html

We are responsible for preserving and protecting our resources for ourselves and for future generations, it is for this reason why we are involved in recycling projects. Materials which are not recycled are filling up our landfill sites.

The hardest thing about recycling is changing our attitudes, we at Sabinet believe in a greener, cleaner and better world for future generations, remember, it only takes each one of us to be more conscious about how we regard waste for the impact to be felt the world over.

Recyclable paper products:
• White office and typing paper
• Envelopes
• Faxes
• Printouts
• Accounts
• Junk mail
• Newspapers
• Cereal boxes
• Medicine boxes
• Tissue boxes
• Clothing tags
• Cardboard boxes
• Cards
• Magazines
• Flyers
• Pamphlets
• Brochures
• Catalogues
• Calendars
• Phonebooks
• Egg cartons
• Toilet paper inners
• Roller towel inners
• Notes
• Till slips
• Wrapping paper

SABINET CHAIRPERSON’S FUND TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The Sabinet Chairperson’s Fund supports several projects in Tshwane such as ABET classes, maths tuition, school funding and Enterprise Development. Over the past few years we have also sponsored a number of regional projects.

This year we have decided to increase the funding amount to R30 000 for each regional project awarded. We encourage all libraries country-wide to submit their proposal for consideration. The Sabinet Chairperson Fund committee members will, at their discretion, decide on the amount of projects that will receive funding for the 2014/2015 period.

The basic guidelines of this funding are:

  • A single project should not exceed R30 000;
  • The project must be community based;
  • The project should make a measurable difference to the community;
  • The project must be able to stand alone (i.e. the funding cannot be used for an existing or larger project);
  • The project may also be one that endeavors to improve library infrastructure through the supply of ICT equipment or services to community libraries in South Africa;
  • The closing date for project proposals is 9 January 2015.

The following information should be provided in the project proposal and should not exceed 10 pages:

  • Name of the Project Coordinator;
  • A brief description of the library;
  • Information on existing outreach projects initiated by the library including outcomes of projects (statistics, news clips, pamphlets, photos, etc. can be used);
  • A description of the involvement of the friends of the library or user-committee in the library;
  • Information on the marketing strategies for the library;
  • A detailed motivation for funding of the proposed project including;
    • a project overview;
    • a budget of how the funding will be spent and
    • benefits of the project to the community
  • Project proposals should be clearly marked as follows; Sabinet Chairperson’s Fund Regional Project 2015 and be sent to cpf@sabinet.co.za;
  • The closing date for project proposals is 09 January 2015. Project coordinators will be notified no later than 16 February 2015 if their project proposal was selected for funding.

Once the sponsorship has been awarded, the project coordinator will be responsible to provide a full report, news clips, photos etc. in order for the Chairpersons Fund Committee to report back to the Sabinet shareholders.

Sabinet participated in the National Business Challenge Relay for 12 years running

Our staff participated in the National Business Challenge Relay for the 12th time this year. This event is held every October and every year, we look forward to it with the same, if not more enthusiasm.

We all know the benefits of exercise, and there are indeed many but this event provides a relaxing and social environment in which organisations can compete in other ways outside the strenuous business environment.

What makes the National Business relay great is that it is open to full-time employees of corporations, government departments, private companies or any other employment organisation where people work together. Each company may enter an unlimited number of teams and everyone is encouraged to participate. This type of event encourages teamwork and participation from people of all walks of life; everyone is equal on the track, from the CEO to the driver, competing for their company’s honour.

This year, we entered a total of 7 teams who competed in the two categories of walkers and runners, even though we came to compete, the main focus of the day was to have fun, and that’s exactly what we did. The Sabinet team didn’t disappoint with their team spirit.

This event is organised to promote company involvement and teamwork in the best spirit of competition. All participants are encouraged to wear their company regalia and rally non-competing co-workers to the race site to cheer their team to victory. Thank you to the Sabinet Cheerleaders who cheered our athletes on to the finish line and to everyone involved in making the day the huge success that it was! A special thanks to the sponsors, who even through this tough economic climate still sponsor events like these, thank you @Avis, @Sportsman’s Warehouse, @Athletics Gauteng North and @Magnolia Road Runners.

See you again next year!

Check out our Facebook pages for pictures of the Sabineters doing us proud! Go Team!

Sabinet is awarded “outstanding distributor partner” by OCLC EMEA

Sabinet was presented with an award for “outstanding distributor partner” by OCLC EMEA earlier this month.

Over the last 31 years, Sabinet has managed to build a strong local and international reputation for providing Africa’s information to the world and the world’s information to Africa.

None of which could have been possible without our partnership with OCLC, a non-profit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing information costs.

The result of this enduring partnership of 19 years, is what allows us at Sabinet to continue in pursuing our mission of bringing world class products to South Africa.

“To a distributor who does not act like a distributor, but like a true OCLC team member. Sometimes they do a better job than we do and while today they learn from us, on many occasions we have learned from them, we would like to thank them for their outstanding performance with this award.” Dénelise l’Ecluse, Director of Sales and Marketing OCLC EMEA

We are delighted to be recognised as the Outstanding Distributor partner by OCLC and hope we can continue to win such awards every year! Thank you to our staff who continuously endeavour to make Sabinet a company to be proud of, and also to all our clients who continue to support us year after year.

Sabinet, still your trusted partner in library support services.

SABINET PROVIDES SUPPORT FOR SMALL LAW FIRMS AND TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Exorbitant operating costs are one of the biggest barriers in starting a small or medium enterprise in South Africa today. Many law firms and tertiary institutions in South Africa have felt this financial pressure, it is impossible for businesses and institutions everywhere to ignore these economic times

Sabinet has been facilitating access to information for more than 30 years. Since 2005, 21 tertiary institutions have been receiving free access to Sabinet’s South African Legislation product (NetLaw) and in 2011, 287 small, less advantaged South African law firms received the same. To date, this sponsorship amounts to nearly R9, 2 million.

“Access to information is our core business“ says Sabinet Managing Director, Rosalind Hattingh, “but more importantly, we understand that costs and reliability can be big factors when choosing a service provider and as an information provider we assure timeous and accurate information to law firms and tertiary institutions in South Africa.”  Sabinet, as a company that cares for its community and its people believes that this initiative will contribute to the development and education of South Africans on how to use online legal resources as a simple, valuable and credible source. This initiative, funded by Sabinet, was designed to assist tertiary libraries and small law firms not only with legal information but also to uplift and support legal professionals or prospective law students.

Sabinet’s South African Legislation product (NetLaw) offers updated and consolidated South African principal Acts, Rules and Regulations from 1910 to date. All amendments as published in the Government Gazette are updated as soon as possible. Only the latest version of the Act currently in force is made available to eliminate any potential confusion.

To ensure easy access to the Acts and its Amendments, full-text copies with references are available in HTML format and Amendments in PDF format for easy printing and emailing. Sabinet also offers support to users on how to do searches and use the system effectively.