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Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Library Orientation for New Users

Jabulile Sibisi–Mshengu


Like most libraries, the University of KwaZulu-Natal Library provides library orientation for new library users. Library orientation is the process by which library users are introduced to the library. During the orientation process, librarians help users to familiarise themselves with the physical library, resources, facilities, and its code of conduct.

This orientation process also helps users to ask questions such as:

  • Where are the resources?
  • What do you need to use the library for?
  • What do I find in the library?
  •  Services in the library
  • Library rules
  • Opening times etc.

Purpose of library orientation

Getting familiar with the library

  • To expose users to various sections and units of the library.
  • To allow users to appreciate and value libraries in their learning.

Introducing the library code of conduct

  • Users will acknowledge the library as a community resource and learn not to violate the rules and regulations of the library e.g. no eating, no smoking, no noise, etc.

Benefits Users can benefit in many ways during this process

  • They will become independent searchers when using library information resources
  • Enhanced academic performance
  • Improve productivity of the user within and outside the institution.

Orientation in 2021

Due to COVID-19, UKZN libraries will be offering library orientation in 2021 through online services like Zoom. During Zoom training sessions, some users may encounter challenges such as connectivity issues, lack of sound, and so forth. To help overcome some of these challenges, users can view informational videos on the front page of the library website, which can be accessed at https://library.ukzn.ac.za/. Short videos covering Orientation training sessions will be available and uploaded onto the library Libguides. Please click on the following URL to view the recorded sessions https://libguides.ukzn.ac.za/?b=g&d=a.

Training in the use of the Library’s website, catalogue, and a range of databases will again be on offer throughout the first semester. These will be advertised on the University notice system and library website. Watch this space!

 

References

https://libguides.ukzn.ac.za/?b=g&d=a

https://library.ukzn.ac.za/

https://nwulibraries.wordpress.com/2018/01/29/first-year-students-library-orientation/

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