Conference
2021

07-08
Sept

Conversations about the Journey of Change: a “New Normal”

Lessons learnt, ongoing challenges, best practice examples and innovative solutions to the ‘new normal’ we find ourselves in.

About the Conference

University of Johannesburg Library in collaboration with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) invited librarians from across the world to reflect on and share in conversations about lessons learnt, ongoing challenges, best practice examples and innovative solutions to the ‘new normal’ we find ourselves in.

Amid the numerous changes and challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, all spheres of work, learning, and research have been affected and have had to evolve. One of the few things we know about the future is that it will be very different from the world before COVID. During this period, libraries have become fully integrated virtual and physical spaces. How libraries have been building additional capabilities, innovating new services, and offering the support needed by users in these unusual times is an important conversation for librarians to have.

The conference focused on several areas of conversation and we invited papers that address the following questions:

  • The budget cuts and challenges that all libraries are facing. How do libraries make the best choices in order to prioritise the immediate needs of clients, while continuing to develop and maintain resources and services that add the most value and address long-term aims?
  • The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have become a key concern worldwide, particularly for universities who can potentially play a critical role in the research and education needed for societies to achieve these goals. What role could libraries play in helping universities, NGOs and governments reach these goals?
  • COVID has shown that a variety of working models are possible and that some jobs may no longer be needed. How do we ensure that all library jobs are future-fit jobs and staff have the skills and expertise needed in this new world?
  • In the midst of all the innovations and changes that have been taking place, how can libraries remain cutting-edge in the innovations they offer but also be a space of certainty in a world that has become so uncertain?
  • Technology and the online platform has radically changed libraries during the COVID pandemic. What are best practices and lessons learnt from this experience that can be shared among libraries to enable the whole library community to use technology most effectively?
  • The online platform has opened up a variety of new ways for librarians to reach users, but what are the unforeseen problems or benefits of social media and all the other online spaces through which librarians can engage with users?
  • In the era of fake news and conspiracy theories, the role of librarians in helping users understand how to access, critique and use reliable and valid information is more important than ever. How has teaching and learning in information management been affected by the overall changes in higher education?

During the Conference there will were Workshops and Sessions on:

  • Changes and Transitions in Collections Development
  • Technology and Transitions in Libraries
  • Personalisation and the Promise of Artificial Intelligence
  • The Rise of Open Content
  • Continuous Learning and Development: Reflections on Re-imagining Staff Development
  • The Library Website and Social Media as the Virtual Front Door.
  • Higher Education and the SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) Challenge.

This virtual international conference will offer practical advice and lessons learned, exploring a range of key areas in higher education.

Speaker Presentations
Programme

Programme Director: Prof Maria Frahm-Arp, Executive Director: University of
Johannesburg (UJ) Library

07 September 2021 | 09h00 – 15h30
Day 1

Time (SAST)TopicSpeaker 
08h00 – 09h00Technical Dry RunUJ Library Technical Team
09h00 – 09h10Welcome and IntroductionsProf Maria Frahm-Arp, Executive Director, UJ Library
09h10 – 10h00Facilitator introduces Session and Speakers

SESSION 1: Technology and Transitions in Libraries



  • Sean Kruger – Strategic Innovation, Department of Library
    Services, University of Pretoria

  • Trishana Devi Soni – Lecturer Educational Psychology
    and Inclusive Education, University of Johannesburg.

  • Dr Elize du Toit – Information Skilling Library University of
    Johannesburg.


Q&A Session
Facilitated by: Prof Maria Frahm-Arp
10h00 – 10h05PerformanceZOLANI MAHOLA – Freshly Ground
10h10 – 10h30Keynote AddressProf Saurabh Sinha, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research & Internationalisation

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10h30 – 11h00Keynote SpeakerBrian Mhlanga, Leadership/Executive Coach, Strategist & Facilitator – Henley Business School and Johannesburg Business School, South Africa
11h00 – 11h15Q&A SessionFacilitated by: Prof Maria Frahm-Arp
11h15 – 11h25Convenience Break and Sponsors AD Videos
11h25 – 12h15Facilitator introduces Session and Speakers

SESSION 1: Technology and Transitions in Libraries



  • Ayodeji Owojuyigbe – Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Kuruppu Achchige Dulani Daminda Kuruppu – General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Sri Lanka

  • Nomoya Mahlangu – University of Johannesburg Library


Q&A Session
Facilitated by: Dr Jacqueline Batchelor: Programme Manager: Initial Teacher Education, Faculty of Education, UJ
12h20 – 13h15Facilitator introduces Session and Speakers

SESSION 2: Changes and Transitions in Collections Development



  • Phumlani Biyela – Librarian Electronic Services, University of Zululand

  • Faith Zalekile – E-Resources, University of Johannesburg Library


Q&A Session
Facilitated by Janina van der Westhuizen, University of Johannesburg Library
13h15 – 13h20UJ Arts and Culture PerformanceZolani Shangase
13h25 – 14h15Introduction and Brief – SPONSORS BREAKOUT SESSIONS

BREAKOUT ROOMS FOR SPONSORS PRESENTATIONS

1. World Wide Information Services
Topic: Innovation driven by WWIS solution. How various innovative solutions implemented in the information management space have been driven by specific challenges?
Speaker: Veronica Johnston, Sales, WorldWide Information Services
2. ProQuest
Topic: Strategic collection development - Just in time, not just in case.
Speaker: Rebecca Gower, Collection Development & Academic Liaison Librarian, Cambridge University Library and Jessica Porter, Account Manager, ProQuest
3. Springer Nature
Topic: Discovery in Motion
Speaker: Philip de Kock, Licensing Manager, Southern Africa
14h15 – 14h45Chair introduces Session and Speaker

SESSION 3: Personalisation and the Promise of Artificial Intelligence


Speaker: Dr Pieter Myburgh – Institute of Intelligent Systems, UJ
Title of talk: A Randomless (sic) World
Facilitated by Prof Maria Frahm-Arp
14h45 – 15h30Facilitator introduces Session and Speakers

SESSION 4: The Rise of Open Content


Speakers:

  • Dr Tom Olijhoek – Editor-in-Chief, Directory of Open Access Journals

  • Dr Francois van Schalkwyk – Postdoctoral Research Fellow,
    DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science,
    Technology and Innovation Policy (SciSTIP), Stellenbosch
    University, and Trustee, African Minds.

Facilitated by Ivy Segoe – Research Librarian, UJ Library

08 September 2021 | 14h00 – 18h00
Day 2

Time (SAST)TopicSpeaker 
13h00 – 14h00Technical Dry RunUJ Library Technical Team
PerformanceZOLANI MAHOLA – Freshly Ground
14h00 – 14h10Welcome and IntroductionsProf Maria Frahm-Arp, Executive Director, UJ Library
14h10 – 14h30Keynote Speaker:
Launching into the Future: Perspectives on a Changing World
Prof Tshilidzi Marwala Vice Chancellor & Principal, UJ
14h30 – 15h15

BREAKOUT ROOMS FOR SPONSORS PRESENTATIONS

1. APA – American Psychological Association
Topic: American Psychological Association (APA): Research Products Designed to Help Address Society’s Most Pressing Issues
Speaker: Roohana Khan – Academic Solutions Consultant at American Psychological Association
2. EBSCO
Topic: Open Perspectives
Speaker: Tamir Borensztajn – Vice President of Software-as-a-Service and Open Strategy
3. Elsevier
Topic: Connecting the dots with ScienceDirect. A practical example of utilizing eBooks and Journals in the same research session.
Speaker: Daneshree Moodley – Customer Consultant ELSEVIER | EMEA Africa
4. WILEY
Topic: Wiley Digital Archives: Uncovering Hidden Stories
Speaker: Ray Abruzzi
Director,
Wiley Digital Archives
5. NewsBank
Topic: Accessible, vetted, reliable news and information from NewsBank
Speaker: Michelle Leon – Regional Manager: Sub- Saharan Africa
6. JoVESpeaker: Eran Zait – Senior Account Manager South Africa
7. GALE: A Cengage Company
Topic: Gale: Accelerating Digital Scholarship in Humanities & Social Sciences
Speaker: Mark Richardson
15h15 – 16h00Facilitator introduces Speaker

Keynote Speaker: Donna Bourne-Tyson, Canada

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Dean of Libraries at Dalhousie University. She is currently an executive Board member for the International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) and Board member for the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO)

Q & A Session
Facilitated by Prof Maria Frahm-Arp
16h00 – 17h15Facilitator introduces Session and Speakers

SESSION 1: Higher Education and the SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) Challenge


Speakers:

  • Gulmeena Rhoghani - Lahore University of Management Sciences

  • Olawumi Sadare (UJ), Kapil Moothi (UJ), Michael Olawale Daramola (University of Pretoria)

  • Inolofatseng Lekaba – Part-time lecturer and PhD candidate with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, UJ.

  • Khanyisa Maluleke - The Technical Library, South Africa

Facilitator: Prof Loretta Jacobs - Associate Professor Department of Information Science College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa (UNISA)
17h15 – 17h25Convenience Break
Anna Valutkevich and Katie Hammon – Elsevier
Presentation South Africa and Elsevier SDG Goals, and how to use them in your research.
17h25 – 18h10Facilitator introduces Session and Speakers

SESSION 2: The
Library Website and Social Media as the Virtual Front Door


Speakers:

  • Ruth Nalumaga, Helen Byamugisha, Patrick Sekikome, Carol Kobusingye - Makerere University

  • Promise Solani Musandiwa

  • Dr. Milan Khan - Daffodil International University, Bangladesh

Facilitated by Dr
Beate Stiehler- Mulder
- Department of Marketing Management: College of Business and Economics, UJ
18h10 – 18h15UJ ARTS AND CULTURE VIDEOZOLANI SHANGASE
18h15 – 18h45Facilitator introduces Session and Speakers

SESSION 3: Continuous Learning and Development: Reflections on Re imagining Staff Development


Speakers:

  • Blessing Chiparausha - Bindura University of Science Education Library, Zimbabwe. Josiline Chigwada - Chinhoyi University of Technology Library, Zimbabwe and Rosemary Maturure - University Librarian, Africa University Library, Zimbabwe

  • Esther White - Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

  • Prof Maria Frahm-Arp – Executive Director, UJ Library

Facilitated by Alrina De Bruyn, Director Marketing & Events, UJ Library
Q & A Session
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Tshilidzi Marwala

Vice-Chancellor & Principal, University of Johannesburg

Biography

Tshilidzi Marwala is Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg. Previously, he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the same university. He progressively held the positions of Associate Professor, Full Professor, the Carl and Emily Fuchs Chair of Systems and Control Engineering, as well as the SARChI Chair of Systems Engineering at the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand. Before then, he was Executive Assistant to the Technical Director at South African Breweries, and a postdoctoral research associate at the Imperial College (then University of London).

Donna Bourne-Tyson

Dean of Libraries at Dalhousie University

Biography

She leads the Dal Libraries team, responsible for five libraries, two learning commons, the University’s learning management system, copyright and records management programs, research repositories, and classroom technologies. Donna currently serves as Treasurer for the Board of the International Association of University Libraries (IATUL), Board member with the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO), past-chair, Council of Atlantic University Libraries (CAUL), and Steering Committee member, Association of Commonwealth Universities’ Supporting Research Community. She has served in various leadership roles with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), Novanet, Canadiana, the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA), and numerous university and community boards. Areas of interest include Open Scholarship, digital research infrastructure, and research data management. Degrees held: BA Nipissing University, MA Western University, and MLIS Dalhousie University.

Brian Mhlanga

Leadership/Executive Coach, Strategist & Facilitator

Biography

A trained expert in social justice, conflict resolution, design thinking, leadership and personal mastery. Brian is passionate about making a positive contribution to Southern Africa and Africa.

As a leadership Coach, facilitator, and mediator, Brian Facilitates team coaching and leadership development training for management teams, which entails one-on-one coaching, strategy development, leadership training and the implementation of change management processes. He creates nurturing spaces for enquiry and deeper self-understanding. Brian works deeply with issues of diversity, exclusion and marginalization in creating connection, purpose and community.

Saurabh Sinha

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research & Internationalisation, University of Johannesburg

Biography

Prof Saurabh Sinha obtained his B.Eng, M.Eng, and Ph.D. degrees in Electronic Engineering from the University of Pretoria. As an established researcher, rated by the National Research Foundation, he has authored or co-authored over 130 publications in peer-reviewed journals, books and at international conferences. On 1 October 2013, Prof Sinha was appointed as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). As of 1 Dec. 2017, Prof Sinha is the UJ Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Internationalisation. Prof Sinha served the 2014-2015 IEEE Board of Director and as IEEE Vice-President: Educational Activities.

pdf Prof Saurabh Sinha Biography – 24 Nov 2020