Are you not yet a member of the SAOUG (Southern African Online User Group)? The SAOUG aims to facilitate a collaborative learning and networking platform for the personal and professional development of information professionals in the Southern African region.
The following are the benefits of becoming a member:
Group picture from the Valentine’s Day workshop on 13 February 2015:
- Date: Wednesday, 13 May 2015
- Time: 08:00 – 12:45
- Venue: Merensky II Library, Auditorium, University of Pretoria
- Cost: R140 for paid-up members; R220 for non-members
08:00 – 08:30 Registration and Refreshments
08:30 – 08:45 Welcome and announcements by SAOUG Chair, Susan Scheepers
08:45 – 09:30 What is a MakerSpace? – Presentation (Auditorium)
09:30 – 10:00 Introduction to the Library MakerSpace – Live demo of MakerSpace (MakerSpace)
10:00 – 11:00 Creative thinking session – Hands on session (MakerSpace)
11:00 – 11:30 Tea Break
11:30 – 12:30 Create your own MakerSpace / Review – Hands on session (MakerSpace)
12:30 – 12:45 Closure & Lucky draw
About the talk: The MakerSpace workshop will give people a introduction into what a MakerSpace is and all the relevant information surrounding it. Included in the workshop will be a tour and intro to the UP Library MakerSpace, to showcase real life examples to delegates. The workshop will also include two hands on sessions where delegates will collaborate and work together to showcase their creative ideas and also “create” a MakerSpace of their own.
After the workshop delegates should be able to understand and explain what a MakerSpace is and have the basic ideas on how to start, maintain or enhance MakerSpaces. Materials will be provided.
TO RSVP: Please complete the REGISTRATION FORM by Wednesday, 6 May 2015
Alternatively contact Christelle / Cindy-Lee at: email@example.com
Cancellation fee: Please take note: In case of “no-show” or cancellation of less than 7 days before the meeting, you will have to pay the full non-member price
Keep the date and time open…..
The next SAOUG workshop will take place on the 13 May 2015
Time: Registration: 8.00-8.30
The topic: Makerspaces – Isak van der Walt (LinkedIn profile)
Place: UP Merensky II Auditorium, Hatfield Campus
More information and registration will be available soon
You are cordially invited to the Southern African Online User Group’s Year End Function and Annual General Meeting.
||Friday, 7 November 2014
||Glenburn Lodge: situated in the tranquility of the Zwartkops Mountains, on the banks of the Blaauwbank and Crocodile Rivers
||R140 for paid-up members; R220 for non-members
|09:30 – 10:30
|10:30 – 11:00
|11:00 – 12:00
||TALK by Brian Currin: How ordinary people can do extraordinary things
About the talk: Through the effective use of the right social media like websites/blogs and the syndication of marketing messages, amazing results can be achieved. The case study of Searching for Sugar Man will be discussed as an example. (SugarMan.org – The Official Rodriguez website; MusicExchange.co.za)
In the picture: Rodriguez and Brian Currin
||Please take note: In case of “no-show” or cancellation of less than 7 days before the meeting, you will have to pay the full non-member price
On the 8th of September the SAOUG Eastern Cape branch hosted at NMMU a talk on “Why User Experience is a sexy topic in the Library of Today” – Prof Darelle van Greunen. Pictures from the event are available on the SAOUG Facebook page.
After defining user experience, Prof van Greunen spoke about designing library experiences. This was followed by comparing the past with the present w.r.t. changes in information acquisition and the convenience of digital information. She also referred to “new digital students” and explained their information-seeking behaviour; students may sometimes find the library web site hard to navigate and be frustrated. She spoke briefly about the tools that are used by students and researchers. She presented us with numerous ideas for improving library user experiences, for example, improving OPAC’s (library catalogues), making full text of information accessible online and providing seamless discovery to delivery of information resources. In closing, Prof van Greunen emphasized the importance of relationship building instead of service excellence and that organizations can uncover new needs of users to satisfy and be in a position to make a stronger impact.
On 28th August the SAOUG hosted at UP Library, a talk on “VAT on e-commerce – current position and the way forward” by Ruaan van Eeden. The presentation is now available. More pictures from the talk are available on the SAOUG Facebook page