City, UNISA in li­brary part­ner­ship

Inner City Gazette - - News - By Staff Re­porter news@in­ner-city-gazette.co.za

The City of Johannesburg’s Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices, in part­ner­ship with the Univer­sity of South Africa (Unisa), launched a li­brary part­ner­ship at Em­n­deni Pub­lic Li­brary in Soweto.

This col­lab­o­ra­tion is to en­sure that the City sup­ports to Unisa’s 20 000 stu­dents within Johannesburg.

This will also in­crease the foot­fall to the City’s Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice fa­cil­i­ties as well as make ac­ces­si­ble the in­for­ma­tion re­sources avail­able to all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

Many of our res­i­dents, es­pe­cially in the town­ships, can­not af­ford the high costs of full-time study and rely on dis­tance learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions such as Unisa.

The part­ner­ship will en­sure that those in need of a safe and con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment to study must not only find our li­braries open to their needs, but well ca­pac­i­tated to en­able those study­ing to com­plete their as­sign­ments and pre­pare for tests with ease.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing li­braries in­clude Diep­kloof, and Western Jabavu, as well as Or­ange Farm Ex­ten­sion 4. This part­ner­ship will en­sure that Unisa stu­dents can now ac­cess the fol­low­ing ser­vices at these li­braries:

• Re­quest items from Unisa li­brary to be couri­ered to the above li­braries for col­lec­tion;

• Re­turn re­quested items to the above li­braries to be couri­ered to Unisa li­brary;

• Pro­vi­sion of in­for­ma­tion lit­er­acy train­ing;

• In­ter­net ac­cess and us­age in re­la­tion to data­bases, elec­tronic re­serves, elec­tronic jour­nals and elec­tronic books; and

• Pro­vi­sion of study space.

The ser­vices were made pos­si­ble through a three-year Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MOU) that the City and Unisa signed ear­lier this year. The im­ple­men­ta­tion of the MOU will be driven by Unisa’s Gaut­eng Re­gion Li­braries as well as the City of Johannesburg’s Li­brary In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices.

“Build­ing pos­i­tive en­gage­ments with stake­hold­ers and forg­ing part­ner­ships such as this li­brary part­ner­ship is in line with the univer­sity’s strate­gic thrust of be­com­ing a lead­ing ODeL, com­pre­hen­sive univer­sity in teach­ing, learn­ing, re­search, in­no­va­tion and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment based on schol­ar­ship,” said Moipone Masalesa, Di­rec­tor: Gaut­eng Re­gion, Unisa.

MMC for Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Cllr Nonhlanhla Si­fumba said: “With­out de­lib­er­ate ac­tion, this City’s poor­est and most vul­ner­a­ble will con­tinue to live be­low their po­ten­tial. Our pro-poor agenda con­tin­ues to en­sure that we ad­dress our peo­ple’s most press­ing needs and en­sure that ev­ery­one has ac­cess to qual­ity ser­vices. Ours is a gov­ern­ment that works for the peo­ple and not the other way round.”

“The col­lab­o­ra­tion will as­sist stu­dents in gain­ing easy ac­cess to the Unisa re­sources and will re­duce their trav­el­ling costs as they will not need to travel long dis­tances to Unisa li­braries. This is yet an­other way we’re bring­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties closer to our peo­ple – as well as en­sur­ing that prox­im­ity means ac­cess. We, as a re­spon­sive and caring lo­cal gov­ern­ment, want to en­sure that we cre­ate a cli­mate for healthy de­lib­er­a­tion and en­gage­ment, and bridge the gap of in­for­ma­tion poverty as well as the cre­ate room for aca­demic suc­cess and ex­cel­lence,” she added.

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