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Library and Information Services
A Faculty Librarian helps staff and students of his/her appointed faculty with research and assignments, while Information Librarians make sure that general information matters are attended to.
There is an online form: "Request Information" available to Nelson Mandela University staff and students or a get a paper form from a faculty librarian.
Tasks of faculty librarians:
It is the vision of the Information Services to achieve quality of service in the provision of information, and to foster life-long learning through information literacy education. Innovation is encouraged in both these areas when appropriate.
These principles and values support our vision:
Equity of service to patrons: The information needs of all patrons are considered in earnest and patrons treated with respect and tolerance.
Confidentiality: The content of an information transaction is treated as confidential and should not be discussed outside professional context.
Commitment to excellence: We intend to provide the most efficient information service through the direct provision of information or by teaching the strategies and necessary skills to meet the information needs of patrons. Nevertheless accuracy of information cannot be guaranteed due to limitations of resources and the knowledge of the individual staff member.
Intellectual freedom: Information Services staff will not interpret legal, medical, financial or statistical information. It is the responsibility of the patron to utilize personal judgement in interpreting and/or using information provided.
Mission: It is the mission of the Information Services to serve as a user-centered gateway ensuring optimum access to information resources for the instructional, learning and research purposes of its patrons, and thereby to support the teaching, research and service functions of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
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In our continuous strive to improve the Library and the services it provides, the Information Services and Training Department of the Nelson Mandela University Library and Information Services (Nelson Mandela University LIS) envisions being an active partner in the achievement of the University’s teaching, learning and research goals by providing expert assistance and instruction in the use of an increasing variety of information sources and technologies.
The Nelson Mandela UniversityLIS is therefore pleased to announce the implementation of a Library Liaison Program which partners a Faculty Librarian with a designated Faculty. The purpose of the partnership is to develop and foster two-way communication beneficial to both the LIS and the Faculties.
The services provided by the Faculty Librarian to the Faculty include the following:
To initiate and maintain communication between the Library and the department or division;
To represent the information needs of the academic department or division to the Library;
To notify Faculty about new Library services and materials of potential interest.
To provide support for accreditation review processes;
To assist Faculty in the proposal of new course offerings by determining the adequacy of Library holdings and identifying appropriate resources.
To involve Faculty in the collection development process by selecting Library materials and reviewing Faculty requests for materials in the assigned subject area.
To perform advanced literature searching.
To provide library orientations, tours, presentations, and training sessions.
For help with your research, or to schedule a library training session for your class, please contact one of the following Faculty Librarians:
The Nelson Mandela University LIS looks forward to working with you to enhance the educational experience for our students.
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Tools used to retrieve information:
New information alerts
The purpose of the Current Awareness Service is to help the individual lecturer to keep his/her research up to date. The methods of assistance are a systematic and selective review of recently published literature, electronic information about publications not yet in print and announcements of conferences on offer.
Lecturing staff are informed about new publications via:
International Conference Alerts:
Subscribe at no charge to this Web Site to receive free e-mailed updates of conferences matching your interests, avialable dates and preferred destinations.
Nexus Database System
This database is maintained by the National Research Foundation of SA and provides information on forthcoming conferences nationally and internationally.
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This service of the LIS is available to registered staff and students only.
Orientation and training sessions are offered at all the campus library branches. The aim is to help patrons become self sufficient in the use of the electronic catalogue and online databases and to be made aware of the programmes on offer.
Sessions will be anounced.
General training is provided by Information Librarians at all the campuses.
Campus contact numbers:
Subject database training is provided by specialist information librarians on week days from 8:30 - 16:30.
Campus contact numbers:
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Tel: +27 (0) 41 504 1111
Fax: +27 (0) 41 504 2574 / 2731
PO Box 77000, Nelson Mandela University
Port Elizabeth, 6031, South Africa
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