Monday, 18 March marked the launch and celebration of the Library Week at CUT - a celebration of dedicated library staff that provides important library services such as training of our first year and post graduate students including our faculty.
“The Library Week has become an annual global event with a goal of raising the profile of libraries and to recognize their importance in spreading knowledge, literacy, innovation, development and citizen empowerment. Like its international counterpart, South Africa’s Library Week seeks to engender greater national appreciation of the vital roles libraries play in human development. I am pleased to highlight the fact that CUT hosted the launch of the Free State Province’s Library Week on 15 March 2013”, said Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof. Thandwa Mthembu during the launch.
CUT Library celebrated this week by showcasing web-based interactive solutions using the latest technology available for users such as smart phones, tablets and laptops. Mobile technology was also demonstrated to assist students to access e-resources using their mobile phones bringing e-resources beyond library walls.
The launch was also an opportune moment for CUT community including the executives, Deans and students to express their support for the role which our library plays in the life of an institution like CUT. “This is the occasion to critically assess its state and ability to equip young minds and researchers with requisite knowledge to thrive intellectually and professionally. As Members of the constituencies of our library – students, faculty leaders, executives, library leaders and managers, professors and researchers – we are the ones who determine the state and the future of the library”, said Prof. Thandwa Mthembu.
“Our library has been delivering information, technology and resources as part of our efforts toward life-long learning for our students, faculty staff and everyone on campus”, said Ms Nomonde Maqubela, Head of Client Services from Library and Information Services.
“Libraries have always played a role in education. In our case, CUT library is an important resource to educate and enrich users in many ways. Our library serves university community by providing access to electronic resource, post graduate research facilities for our post graduate students who are pursuing BTECHs, MTECHs and doctoral programmes.
Books and magazines were donated to a numbers in the schools in order to exposes school learners to access to information and the use of computers.
Pictured is CUT students’ interacting with mobile technology platforms to enrich their life long learning.