Library Systems

About

The Northwest University (NWU) Library Systems Department in Potchefstroom supports the technical requirements of all the NWU libraries in both Potchefstroom, Mafikeng and Vanderbijlpark. The department provides systems and services that advance the mission of the libraries. Among these are desktop support, technical functionalities, and enhancements to the library system. The purpose of the Systems Department is to implement and support technologies that will simplify processes for the library staff, enhance the user experience, and spur academic and educational success.

Manager Library Systems

Cecil Gasa

Cecil Gasa
+27 (0)18 299 2801

 

Upcoming projects

  • A physical Bot will be available at the Ferdinand Postma Library by the end of 2023. Read more...
  • The old Library System, Sierra, will be replaced by a new cloud-based system, OCLC WMS, at the end of 2022. Read more about the system.

Service Catalogue

Library IT Support

This department forms the backbone or engine of the library. It is not only the department that supports all the other library departments but also directs the library's e-strategy as the driving force towards becoming a virtual, digital and multimedia library. Library IT support involves managing the information technology used in the library through knowledge of computer applications used in a library setting.

Meet our STAFF

 

James Kolodi

James Kolodi
Mahikeng
+27 (0)18 389 2419

Lucas van den Heever

Lucas van den Heever
Potchefstroom
+27 (0)18 299 2812

Yvonne Engelbrecht

Yvonne Engelbrecht
Vanderbijlpark
+27 (0)16 910 3175

Sierra - Library Management System

Sierra is a library system that provides workflows, integrated resource management, and open access to data. It allows patrons to use library resources, place holds, and check out digital items. Sierra ILS platform can integrate with multiple workflows such as e-Resource Management, Circulation, Cataloguing and Acquisitions.

A new cloud-based system, OCLC WMS, will replace Sierra at the end of 2022. Read more about the system.

Meet our STAFF

 

Vacant
Vacant
System Administrator

Lizwi Njani
Lizwi Njani
IT-Consultant
+27 (0)18 299 4673

Cecil Gasa
Cecil Gasa
Manager
+27 (0)18 299 2801
 

Boloka - Institutional Repository

It is the open-access Institutional Repository of the North West University (NWU-IR). This digital archive collects, preserves and distributes research material created by members of the NWU. The NWU-IR aims to increase the visibility, availability, and impact of the research output of the North-West University through Open Access, search engine indexing, and harvesting by several initiatives.

Meet our STAFF

 

Lizwi Njani
Lizwi Njani
IT-Consultant: System Administrator
+27 (0)18 299 4673

Robot

NWU LIS is embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) by introducing the library's Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems. The physical library robot will take over mundane tasks and respond instantly to our library clients. The primary mission of library employees can be performed with greater accuracy and reliability. It will also help reduce labour requirements, time consumption and cost of library management.

Meet our STAFF

 

Cecil Gasa
Cecil Gasa
+27 (0)18 299 2801

Lizwi Njani

Lizwi Njani
+27 (0)18 299 4673

Elize van Eldik

Elize van Eldik
+27 (0)18 285 2441

OJS - Open Journal Systems

OJS is an open-source software application used to manage and publish scholarly journals. It is a comprehensive tool for managing submissions, editorial workflow, and publishing articles and issues online.

Meet our STAFF

 

Lizwi Njani
Lizwi Njani
IT-Consultant: System Administrator
+27 (0)18 299 4673

EZproxy - Password Management

EZproxy allows the library to deliver e-resources to NWU students and staff simply and securely, no matter where or when they're searching. This includes access to our subscription databases, e-journals and ebooks. It protects our patron's privacy and influences learning outcomes, making it a trusted tool in e-resource access and authentication. EZproxy provides the library with advanced analytics capabilities making it easy to understand better and communicate e-resource ROI.

Meet our STAFF

 

Lizwi Njani
Lizwi Njani
IT-Consultant: System Administrator
+27 (0)18 299 4673

Cecil Gasa

Cecil Gasa
Manager
+27 (0)18 299 2801

Web Services

The department is responsible for expanding and maintaining the following web services:

Meet our STAFF

 

Elize van Eldik
Elize van Eldik
+27 (0)18 285 2441