LIASA HELIG Communique May 2016

Dear HELIG Colleagues

Your voice counts!

We are constantly on the lookout to identify trends and opportunities to take Higher Education Libraries in our country forward. So many things are happening, and the flavor of the year is probably Big Data/Open Data/Open Science and Research Data Management Planning. Through HELIG we would like to accommodate all divisions within a library – whether you are a cataloguer, working with ILLs, acquisitions, training, IT, as a subject librarian and more. Please tell us what it is you expect from LIASA HELIG, by completing the following very brief anonymous online survey:


We are aware that one can easily feel overwhelmed with lots of emails coming from all over. We would like to try and address this problem by rather adding more items to the newly created LIASA Blog, to which you can subscribe should you want to receive alerts. All the previous LIASA HELIG Communiques were also added to this blog, so that prospective LIASA members can take note of LIASA HELIG activities. Through using the LIASA HELIG Blog as an external marketing tool we would like to attract more librarians to join LIASA and specifically LIASA HELIG.

Visit the LIASA HELIG Blog: The link was also added to the LIASA web page for future reference.

LIASA HELIG on social media

Please also “Like” us on facebook, or follow us on “Twitter” for exciting posts related to the work we do in HE libraries.


Twitter: @HELIGNews

Upcoming HELIG events

The LIASA Theme for this month is: Labour.

Please make sure you are registered for the following upcoming HELIG events:

11 May – Webinar: Goodbye Mindlessness, Hello Mindfulness: The power of Mindfulness for Librarians  (Julia Paris)

24 May – LIASA WC Information Literacy Day

25 May – Africa Day

26 May – LIASA EC ICT Workshop

27 May – LIASA EC Online Journal Management & Publishing Workshop

Click here to view more LIASA Events for the month of May.

The dates for the following webinars will be announced soon:

  • Publishing Tips for Librarians (Dr Jaya Raju, Editor-in-Chief of SAJLIS)
  • IL strategies and tips, based on our experiences at CPUT  (Janine Lockhart, CPUT)
  • Clinical Librarians Pilot Project at UCT Health Sciences Libraries   (Dilshaad Brey and Gillian Morgan, UCT Libraries)
  • Digital Humanities:  Carrying On the Conversation   (Ingrid Thomson, UCT Libraries)
  • Using Other People’s Works – Copyright, Plagiarism and Referencing Issues  (Denise Nicholson, WITS )


Do your researchers have their own unique digital researcher identifiers yet? The ORCID is similar to a National ID, and can be used to uniquely identify a researcher and follow his/her research footprint in the online environment. Researchers can register an ORCID (free of charge) at the following page:

The ORCID replaces a traditional web profile page, and accompanies the researcher throughout his/her career. Encourage researchers to add their ORCIDs to their email signatures, and also to research documents with their name/s on it. ORCIDs also addresses the problem in terms of name ambiguity in the online environment. Also integrate ORCIDs into your Library Management Systems and repository.

Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs)

Any peer-reviewed officially published online document (incl. data sets) should be assigned a digital object identifier (DOI), to track its digital footprint and citations (references). This also applies to a university and the many documents and other online digital objects created by the institution. At the same time a DOI also gives a certain sense of authority to a document, to distinguish it from predatory documents or copy cats and pre-prints. A university and the library specifically, can offer this service to the university community. Register a DOI handle with CrossRef, decide on a structure for your DOIs, and then register the metadata with CrossRef once the digital item has been assigned a web address and is online available.

Information Literacy at Higher Education Institutions

Except for traditional face-to-face training, IL can also be taught using online games, learning management systems, Skype, webinars (e.g. using Big Blue Button), screen dumps, and screen casting. Record the quick steps to accomplish something to demonstrate to your user, and send the screen cast as an attachment via email, or publish online to YouTube for others to also benefit. Open Broadcaster Software is freely available and can be used with great success if you do not have access to proprietary software such as Adobe Captivate. Alternatively record your training using LIASA Webinar – simply present (to yourself) and record all. Then share. All these tools also allow you to share your desktop, and then record it.

Please support the many IL workshops that will be presented in the various Branches, and report on the outcome. It would be great if all can work towards a standard curriculum framework for IL at HEIs. Please help us crowdsource the HELIG Google Docs document. This is open for the workshops, as well as for individual contributions. Much appreciated! We would like to have it completed by end September.

Repository evaluation

Research repositories are internationally evaluated during January and July of each year. Please make sure the Cybermetrics Lab is aware of your repository, by contacting them and providing them with the base URL for your repository. The ranking is then published on the Ranking Web of Repositories.

Which Internet Browser do you prefer?

More and more we find that Internet Explorer is less compatible with tools on the web. Also read the following article: Internet Explorer is no longer king. We would like to encourage you to consider switching to Chrome or Firefox. A change is as good as a holiday!

Gmail and Yahoo accounts hacked ….

Read more: Millions of Gmail and Yahoo emails and passwords hacked and online available

Voters’ Roll

To be eligible to vote and to serve on any LIASA committee, one needs to be a fully paid-up LIASA member. Please check whether your name is listed on the most recent Voters’ Roll by clicking here. The LNO will post the final Voters’ Roll to the LIASA web by end May 2016, when it closes. Please hurry up and pay those outstanding LIASA membership fees J Thank you for being committed and loyal LIASA members!!

Voting this year will be done electronically only, and the electoral officer is once again Laila Vahed. It is great to know that our elections are in experienced hands! All the best Laila!

Click here for a list of important dates related to the LIASA elections.

Items for HELIG annual report & AGM

If you would like to include information in the annual HELIG report, please communicate it to our Secretary, Paulette Talliard. We will gladly include it! The HELIG AGM will be taking place during the Annual LIASA Conference in October, and we hope to see all of you there!

Please register:

Accepted papers for the Annual LIASA Conference

Accepted papers were identified, and the LNO has notified the successful candidates. Thank you to all HELIG members for submitting abstracts! We received an overwhelming number of abstracts from HELIG specifically, and it was a difficult task to select which ones to accept. LNO will soon list the accepted papers on the web page for the conference, so that you can get an idea of what will be presented.

Lastly – please feel free to make contributions to our email/blog HELIG newsletter! Also tell us if you consider to be a webinar presenter, or if you want to suggest a new trend/topic for all to explore. Take care, and have a great weekend! Until next month!


LIASA Exco Convener ICT Development (2014-2016)
LIASA HELIG Chair (2014-2016)


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