Dealing with reference inquiries regarding archival material remained a significant part of my Special Collections work. While lack of access to physical sources poses difficulties for both staff and users, I have found it motivating in the changed circumstances of lockdown to maintain a professional standard in providing prompt responses, information and guidance, and seeking alternative sources from our own digital holdings and elsewhere.
In an age of fake news and solipsistic world views, it is this legacy of the late Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and his commitment to truth as an unfettered doctrine for democracy that we choose to honour on Mandela Day in 2020.
In response to the disruption caused by COVID-19, many publishers have given us temporary access to their resources. Links to these resources are active in Primo, and/or accessible on the Databases A-Z list on the website.
As a result of the global outbreak of COVID-19, many are struggling to adjust to what will be our “new normal” for the foreseeable future: social distancing (or social solidarity), self-isolation, quarantine and, following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent address, a 21-day nationwide lockdown.
An updated edition of the Guide to the Manuscripts in the UCT Libraries has been published and is accessible on the Special Collections website. The Guide provides a synoptic collection-level overview of the manuscript and archival holdings of UCT Libraries’ Special Collections.
Celebrate Open Data Day with UCT Libraries and various guest speakers talking about Open Data! Book your spot for Friday 6th of March 2020, between 8:30 to 13:00 at theLibrary Learning Lounge, Snape Building.
On the anniversary of his birthday, UCT colleagues, family and friends honoured the late Professor Bongani Mayosi with a bibliography, an inaugural lecture and the renaming (and future renovations) of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Health Sciences Library, which will now be known as the Bongani Mayosi Health Sciences Library.
With the start of the new 2020 academic year, UCT will be opening its doors to our new undergraduate students, parents and prospective students and families. UCT Libraries will be hosting library tours for Parent Orientation on Saturday 25 January and Tuesday 28 January 2020.
JoVE Video Journal is the first peer-reviewed, PubMed-indexed video methods journal. JoVE Science Education is an innovative library of video collections that teach key concepts and fundamental techniques in science, medicine, and engineering.