Parents get oriented to UCT Libraries
Tue, 29 Jan 2019 - 12:00

The main library was a hive of activity this week as parents explored numerous study and information spaces. Parents asked questions during the library tours that uncovered an interesting perspective of their expectations of the library.

Parent Orientation 2019
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 - 13:45

Orientation is a set of programmes designed to introduce first-year students to the different facilities and unique aspects of university life. Parents of new students are also invited to familiarise themselves with the university. Parent orientation will take place on Saturday 26 January 2019 and Monday 28 January 2019. Look our for Libraries Information stalls and Library Tours on these days.

Solving SA’s literacy crisis
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 - 09:00

Lack of access to reading material and textbooks are two of the main reasons that 78% of South African children in grade 3 still can’t read for meaning. And education expert Professor Mary Metcalfe says fixing this national literacy crisis will take time and hard work.

New Databases: NewsBank South African News Archive
Fri, 11 Jan 2019 - 15:45

UCT Libraries has acquired three archive databases which form part of NewsBank’s South African News Archive. Access is available via the Databases list. They are Sowetan 1981-2008Sunday Times 1906-2006 and World Newspaper Archive: African Newspapers Series 2, 1835 -1925.


UCT’s new print solution officially launched
Thu, 10 Jan 2019 - 14:45

Bytes Document Solutions has officially taken over as UCT’s new printing vendor from 1 January 2019. New Xerox printers are currently being installed across campus in student computing labs, libraries, document centres and departments that will support the new printing solution UCT Managed Print Services (MPS).

‘Set your super-power dials to “in service” ’
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 - 14:30

“Set your super-power dials to ‘in service’,” Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng told graduands at a special graduation ceremony on Thursday, 13 December, where she was officially robed as Vice-Chancellor.

DataFirst rescues historical apartheid-era datasets
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 - 13:00

Two valuable historical datasets have been rescued thanks to a partnership between the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) DataFirst research data service, the Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit (NALSU) and Rhodes Library at Rhodes University (RU), UCT Libraries, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).

Resolved: Problems accessing Elsevier Products
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 - 13:15

The problems accessing Elsevier products has now been resolved.

OpenUCT Upgrade: Website temporarily unavailable
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 - 15:15

The OpenUCT upgrade is taking place and therefore the website is currently down. We do apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Turning SA’s children into successful readers and writers
Wed, 05 Dec 2018 - 08:30

What is the best way to teach children to read? This apparently simple question has, in fact, has been the subject of robust and often polarised debate.

UCT Open Access Week 2018 Video Series now available
Wed, 28 Nov 2018 - 14:30

The Digital Open Textbooks for Development (DOT4D) website is now live and with a series of videos from the Open Access Week seminar held in October. These videos document the three thematic threads of the event - open access and social justice, open access and publishing, and voices from the UCT community.

Harvesting storm water from the Liesbeek River
Wed, 28 Nov 2018 - 08:45

Harvesting storm water from the Liesbeek River could offer a viable alternative to supplementing Cape Town’s precarious water supply, three University of Cape Town (UCT) Biological Sciences students have determined in their first-ever publication.