Friday, January 30, 2015

Welcome back!

Welcome back to all staff and returning students of the Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and  Information Technology. I hope that 2015 will be a very good year for you. This is also my last year at the NMMU as your faculty librarian and I will do my best to give you an excellent service.

A special welcome to new students and first year students at the NMMU! I will soon be posting the link to a library orientation video so that you can learn more about about the library at the North Campus.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Best wishes

The Christmas holiday will start on Friday 19 December when the university will be closing. Wishing staff and students a very happy Christmas and best wishes for a successful and prosperous 2015! Thank you for your support during 2014.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

For students: are you completing your studies at the NMMU this year?

I trust that your examinations have gone well so far and that you have started to look for work. Although the following article is relevant also to students who are returning next year to continue their studies, do read: 9 Tips to Prepare for Jobs and Careers Long Before You Graduate by Theuniversityblog. Another worthwhile read is the advice given by Alyssa Goldman: What I Wish I’d Known Before Beginning the Job Search. For motivation in your job search, Thuy Yau has written: 6 Ways to Open Your Eyes to Opportunities.

Do not forget that completing your studies, is not the end of your learning; have a look at the free resources listed in Don't Let Your Education End at Graduation by Lindsay Gellman. Wishing you all the best in your future careers!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

New look for Faculty Librarian web site homepage

Recently 4th year students in Information Technology evaluated the Faculty Librarian web site from a UX - user experience - point of view and gave me valuable input.Although in certain aspects the web editor restricts me, I have made the site simpler and removed a lot of unnecessary duplication. It was not until I really read through all the notes from the students and then had a good look at the website, that I realized how clumsy and cluttered it had been.  I am really appreciative of the students and have learnt a lot from their insights and knowledge.

The names of the students are: Alan Browne, Daniel Mendelowitz, Ingrid Oliversen, Jason Jarvis, Kayalethu Zengetwa, Khanyisa Gova, Khuthele Manakaza, Kulekani Kukulela, Lee-Ann Johannes, Louise van de Haar, Lwazi Mavume, Nicholas Scharnick, Noluvuyo Fani, Phiwokuhle Nogemane, Ruth Petersen, Shaun Meyer, Sifiso Mfeya, Sinekhaya Mcopela, Sipho Ndandani, Siyakholwa Mbewana, Thato Qhusheka, Thimothy Ratshivhadelo and Unathi Mcube. Thank you to all of you!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Are you looking for an online dictionary?

Explore Oxford Reference which is available online for NMMU staff and students. Oxford Reference provides quality, up-to-date reference content of Oxford’s Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias. Oxford Reference covers 25 different subject areas which can either be browsed or searched. Oxford Reference is regularly updated.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Good news about exporting search results to EndNote Online (formerly EndNote Web)

At last I have been able to add slides on other databases exporting search results. The slides show how to export search results from the following databases:
Other databases of which slides are still available:

Friday, October 3, 2014

For students: Need some advice on creating passwords?

Recently Bruce Herzog in his article Creating better passwords by knowing how they're cracked, summarized a very good article Choosing secure passwords which was written by Bruce Schneier. If you are in a hurry, do read Bruce Herzog's summary as it gives very good advice.


Another article on passwords that I found quite interesting is How a password changed my life which was written by Mauricio Estrella. At his place of work he was forced to change his password every 30 days and he started to apply a method to his passwords that impacted his life in a positive way. This could also help you in your studies!