For the second semester of 2021, the Digital Library Services (DLS) department of UCT Libraries will continue to live stream their Digital Scholar Series. Presenters from DLS will showcase some of the practices and tools available to enhance your research skills through Digital Scholarship, with a particular focus on managing your research data efficiently. See the full schedule and register.
UCT Libraries has won the LPC Publishing Practice Award for the Constitutional Law for Students textbook. "Their exemplary publishing process advanced their goal of contributing to the deconstruction of legislated inequalities in the system of apartheid." - Library Publishing Coalition.
Two months ago on 18 April 2021, UCT Libraries changed significantly with the devastating loss of the Jagger Reading Room caused by the unexpected Table Mountain fires. As I reflect upon the significance of this moment and the last two months, I would like to share the following observations.
Following the devastating loss of some special collections at the Jagger Library, our vendors have generously provided temporary access to their historical databases spanning multiple subject disciplines. These databases also contain materials relating to Africa and African history. Explore the list of databases and ebooks.
PNA, South Africa’s one-stop stationery shop, has gifted R50 000 to the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Jagger Reading Room. The funds will go towards the rebuilding project to restore the much-loved library to its former glory.
On 18 April 2021 our professional lives were changed so unexpectedly and drastically by the quirkiness of both fire and water. It's been a month of shock and deep-seated pain that witnessed the sad and joyous coming together of friends and colleagues to mourn the loss and celebrate the influence this elegant and splendid library had on many individuals, scholars and librarians; the selflessness and selfishness of human nature during a time of crisis; the generosity of spirit and goodwill to ease the burden of loss; and the commitment of time, effort and expertise to find the best solutions to salvage and recover that which was under threat.
A salvage operation began to retrieve valuable materials from the Jagger Reading Room, which was severely damaged in the runaway Table Mountain fire. Staff, students, and volunteers from outside the university came together in a beautiful expression of community and camaraderie to save what was left of the Special Collections housed there. The university would like to express its sincerest gratitude to all the volunteers for their overwhelming support. Lerato Maduna and Je’nine May were there to catch it all on camera.
Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, visited the University of Cape Town (UCT) after a devastating fire affected the Rondebosch campus on Sunday, 18 April. Dr Nzimande pledged to help UCT digitise and restore its library assets, and assist students whose research had been disrupted by the fire.
Today, a month ago, the Jagger Library, the home of UCT Libraries Special Collections, was gutted by fire. A renowned and well-loved library amongst UCT alumni, academics and scholars, and the training ground for many professional librarians, the shock waves of its destruction by a freak of nature reverberated across the world. From a former active contact library abuzz with students to a more scholarly Reading Room since 2012, this disaster has catapulted it into the annals of library history.