Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The SABC Information Library - Did you know?

"The SABC celebrates South African Library Week
from 15-22 March 2014"

During the most recent South African Library Week 2014, the SABC Information Library had an internal awareness campaign running in the SABC about the services that they provide to their corporate clients.

"The information library started using a manual way of cataloguing 
which ended in 1979 and it was called a card system."

"During 1988 the library was computerized and started ordering and 
circulating periodicals on behalf of all SABC staff."

"Dr. Burgers together with Ms Rhoda made a small collection of fiction books 
and organized them to assist radio announcers. 
The collection grew to 10,000 in 1979"

Some more facts about the SABC Information Library:

Did you know? 
  • The information library was established in 1961 and it is situated at Radio Park K2 A1-19.
  • The vision of the library is to be the leading provider for the public broadcaster and it’s stakeholders ad it’s mission is to acquire and make available, at all times, information required by the library’s users-both internal and external and again to provide relevant information upon request.
  • The information library has three sections that comprises of book section, magazine and newspaper section.
  • That the SABC has a fully-fledged and well equipped Information Library with about 30012 Books that can be borrowed and used by staff for free.
  • The book section’s collection comprises of books of different subjects not only limited to broadcasting also include academics.
  • That Thelma Hlapolosa, Abel Thulare and Themba Mtshali are responsible for the newspaper cutting section in the library. This section has a huge collection of newspaper clippings like Mandela collection, TRC, biographies and etc.
  • The magazine section is managed by Nomawethu Mgangxela and consists of more than 35 titles. We have weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual magazines and more than 39081 indexed articles on our system which is good for research. Biographies, finances, personalities, politics and many more form part of the indexed articles.
  • That SABC information library has subscriptions to the online databases that you can search information for work and personal use. You can search African Electronic Journals (SA ePublications), access to SA ePublications, and Law collection via the Sabinet Reference platform.
  • A hard copy version of newspapers online is available at 

Information supplied by the SABC Information Library.

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