Department of Information Science

Mrs L Tiemensma

College of Human Sciences
School of Arts
Department: Information Science
Tel: 012 429 6416


  • M.Inf . (UNISA, 2008)
  • Hons. B.Bibl. (UNISA, 1997)
  • Higher Diploma in Library Science (UNISA, 1979)   
  • Higher Education Diploma  (PU for CHE, 1977)
  • B.A. (Afrikaans, German) ( PU for CHE, 1976)     

Currently teaching

  • Information Literacy
  • Children’s literature
  • Quality Assurance

Fields of academic interests

  • Chidren’s literature
  • Information Literacy
  • Children’s reading


Book chapters:

  • 2009. Quality metrics in academic libraries: striving for excellence. In Qualitative and quantitative methods in libraries: theory and practice. Proceedings of the International Conference on QQML2009, edited by Anthi Katsirikou & C.H Skiadas.  New Jersey: World Scientific, p. 219-232.
  • 2012. Information literacy education in Higher Education Institutions in South Africa. In The road to information literacy, edited by Roisin Gwyer, et al. Berlin: De Gruyter Saur, p. 155-168.
  • 2013. Visual literacy and graphic novels as stepping stones to engage in reading. In Striving for excellence. Papers presented at the Second South African Writers Symposium, Centre for the Book, Cape Town, edited by Andre Landman. Cape Town: Centre for the Book, p. 64-74.

Journal articles

  • 2006. School libraries in support of voluntary reading. Innovation, 33, p. 13-20.
  • 2009. Literacy environment in support of the development of literacy skills and voluntary reading.  Mousaion 27(2), p. 58-76.

Paper presentations

  • Presented papers at the First and Third Conference on Children’s Literature in Potchefstroom at the University of North-West (2003; 2007).
  • 2004. Humour in South African children’s literature. IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) International Congress in Cape Town.
  • Presented papers at the Information Science Department at UNISA’s M and D Day in 2003 and 2006 on Research methodology.
  • 2007. The role of the teacher beyond teaching decoding skills in the promotion of voluntary reading. “Reading promotion in Africa” workshop of the Namibia Department of Education and IFLA/ALP, Windhoek.
  • 2009. Quality metrics in academic libraries. “Qualitative and Quantitative measurement in libraries” (QQML 2009) International Conference in Crete, Greece.
  • 2009. Visual literacy - to comics or not to comics. International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Congress, Milan, Italy. This paper was translated into Persian for publication by the Iran Public Libraries Foundation.
  • 2010. Books are windows, books are mirrors: multicultural collections for children and young adults opening new worlds. International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Congress, Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • 2010. Buddy Reading as literacy technique. 2nd UNISA Conference on Reading Promotion. University of South Africa, Pretoria.
  • 2011. Library performance measurement at the Information & Library Management Africa 2011 program, 12-13 May. Southern Sun, Sandton.
  • 2011. Reading across cultures: The ears of the hippo.  1st Biennial IBBY Africa Conference, 31 Aug. - 2 September. Polokwane.
  • 2012. Information Literacy education in Higher Education Institutions in South Africa. Presented at the IFLA pre-conference on The Road to Information Literacy: Librarians as facilitators of learning, in Tampere, Finland, 08-10 August.
  • 2013. Reading is FUNdamental. Paper presented at the Jozi Book Fair, Johannesburg.
  • 2015. Taking the visual route to encourage voluntary reading. Paper presented at IBBY/BIBLIONEF, Cape Town. 1 Dec. 2015.
  • 2012. Building a nation of readers: Visual literacy and graphic novels as stepping stones to engage in reading. Second South African writer’s symposium: Striving for excellence in South African literature, 08-10 March. National Library Centre of the Book, Cape Town.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • 2004. Grant from the Salzburg Seminar Programme (Austria) to participate in the seminar on Libraries in the 21st century.
  • 2007. Grant from IFLA/ALP to participate in the Reading promotion in Africa workshop of the Namibia Department of Education and IFLA/ALP, Windhoek, Namibia.