The quest for a deeper meaning of research support is advanced on the principle that librarians need to make the paradigm shift away from reactive ‘disseminators’ of information to proactive partners in the research and teaching and learning processes. The expansion of the suite of research support services such as bibliometrics, systematic reviews, data management, digital preservation and curation, Open Access and open access publishing have moved the librarian from the periphery to the epicenter of research support. This transition is viewed by many as revolutionary in terms of support for research production at high education, as the librarians engage the principle of being a research partner or collaborator.
The Library and Information Studies Centre (LISC) at the University of Cape Town, at its 75 years Commemoration Conference in November 2014, strategically engaged in a discourse on LIS education and research in the changing information landscape. The discourse was led by respected scholars who were carefully selected to elucidate significant trends in the critical areas of Higher Education; Change and Dynamics; Research Imperatives; and the Information Landscape. These were the four broad themes that framed the proceedings with which LISC intended to advance the LIS discipline on the African continent.
A characteristic of academic writing is that other writers’ words or other forms of creations are acknowledged by citing and referencing all sources of information that were used. Previously known as Harvard UCT: handbook on citation, the UCT Author-date Reference Guide: based on the Harvard referencing style will assist in understanding how to deal with academic sources without resorting to plagiarism. The guide provides examples of different information sources: how to cite these sources within a text and how to include them in reference list.
The Department of Medicine at Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town was established on 20 February 1920 and is the oldest Department of Medicine in Africa. This story is told through the lens of a photographer and this photo-essay – ‘A Week in the Life of the UCT/GSH Department of Medicine – Preparing for the Next 100 Years’ – is the result. It tells the story of what the Department does, what it has achieved, the main challenges of their work, their legacy and their future.
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