Presentations, Papers and Posters (Library and Information Service)

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    Did we captivate them? Perceptions of second-year students about the library's information literacy online tutorials
    (University of South Africa, Unisa Press, 2013) Visser, Naomi
    At Stellenbosch University the Department of Information Science is responsible for the mandatory Information Skills 172 and 174 programmes for fi rst-year students in four faculties. In 2009 the faculty librarians were asked to create screencast online tutorials on certain library skills, and in 2010 a focus-group discussion was conducted to determine what students’ perceptions were of the infl uence of these tutorials on their ability to fi nd information for assignments. The fi ndings indicate that the tutorials were not as successful as the library had hoped, and that the library should work at not only improving the tutorials, but also bringing them to the attention of the students.
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    Open Access : be seen, be read, be cited, have impact! A Stellenbosch University perspective
    (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-05-15) Smith, Ina
    Presentation delivered at the University of Cape Town Research Week, 12 - 16 May 2014. More info:
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    Making the link : the library's role in facilitating research collaboration
    (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2013-04) Schoombee, Lucia C.; Du Plessis, Pieter G.
    Collaboration is emerging as an important factor in the advancement of science and scientific output. Paying heed to this development, libraries face the challenge of providing services to facilitate collaboration amongst researchers which will ultimately result in increased research output. The purpose of this paper is to describe the opportunity for, and realisation of, library services which facilitate research collaboration as a means of addressing institutional goals to increase research output at Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service (SULIS). Design/methodology/approach—The paper describes services and solutions explored by SULIS to support the growing trend of research collaboration. The paper looks at the three service paradigms (1) spaces and facilities conducive to collaboration (2) creating awareness of collaboration opportunities and (3) bibliometrics, as examples of services which encourage and facilitate research collaboration and networking. Findings—The paper affirms the correlation between research collaboration and research output and shows that opportunities exist for libraries to assist researchers in finding suitable collaborators and for making facilities available for researchers to network, engage and work together. Originality/value—Using concrete examples, this paper demonstrates how libraries are able to respond to new trends in science, address institutional goals and establish a new role for librarians. “Making the link” suggests more than connecting researchers. It also suggests recognising paradigm shifts, embracing the dynamic academic environment, aligning actions with institutional goals and creating services that blend them together.
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    Publishing Open Access journals : new roles and responsibilities for research libraries
    (2012-07) Smith, Ina
    Presentation to members of the University of Cape Town, 17 July 2012.
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    The 'economics’ of research ‘shares ’: what is the return on our open access investments?
    (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2012-06) Smith, Ina; Visser, Naomi
    Presentation delivered during the 11th SAOIM Conference, Sandton, Gauteng, South Africa. URL: