UCT’s Open Access Policy has been revised, with amendments approved by the Board for Graduate Studies and the University Research Committee. The amendments occur in Section 5.3: Students Theses and Dissertations.
All research findings should be in the public domain; that is, all of UCT’s theses and dissertations should be available in the OpenUCT repository. There are, however, exceptions to this default position. Dissertations or research reports that earn less than sixty credits, or research reports submitted for professional master’s degrees, are not uploaded to OpenUCT. There is also the option to delay public access to theses and dissertations in OpenUCT. However, in these cases, the metadata and abstracts of the theses and dissertations will be available through open access immediately after the conferment of the degree.
UCT Libraries Special Collections has launched a valuable digital archive on the ‡Khomani San of the southern Kalahari, which is made up of much of the material gathered for their successful land claim in 1999. It includes irreplaceable audio material of the N|uu language, once thought lost.
Hlanganani level 6 will open at 9:30 on Friday 11 March 2016.Please make use of other areas of the library. We apologise for any inconvenience.
We would like to remind our users to carry your UCT ID card with you at all times. All library patrons are required to carry their UCT ID cards as the Libraries' regulations might require you to present it. Please help us to ensure our Libraries are used in a responsible manner.
UCT Libraries has been invited to join the Network of Data and Information Curation Communities (NeDICC).
From January 2016, UCT Libraries has decided to go cashless, and the reasons are three-fold:
to reduce the costs of handling cash across all the libraries (money will be saved on cash collection fees, bank charges and staff resources); to reduce the infrastructure requirements for cash handling and storage and; to reduce the potential physical risk to staff and students.
The move to a cashless environment will make our financial operations more efficient and cost effective.
From 27 November 2015 - 12 February 2016 we will be carrying out major renovation work in the area next to the Research Commons and postgraduate areas of the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library.
During this time noise and disruption will make studying in these areas difficult so we would encourage you to find an alternative space in the library.
The Library Learning Lounge will be closed from Friday 20 November 2015 until 15 February 2016. Students are invited to use the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library. Group study rooms can be booked in the Knowledge Commons.
On Monday 2 November 2015, Springer will be hosting an Author Workshop at UCT Libraries entitled: Publishing Scientific Research. This workshop is specifically aimed at, but not limited to, academic staff, researchers and postgraduate students in the Physics and Astronomy departments interested in publishing.
History not only tells us where we come from, it also contains valuable lessons. Thus, the process of preserving history through the archive is vitally important. Recognising this, UCT recently launched Humanitec, which saw the digitisation of more than 14 000 objects from the 14 archival collections housed at UCT Libraries. Here is a snapshot of what is available through Humanitec, and in some of these collections.
Strategies for effective entrepreneurship was the name of the game at UCT's recent FLUX business challenge that took place at the UCT Library Learning Lounge.
by Natalie Kammies