Department of Information Science

Prof TB van der Walt

College of Human Sciences
School of Arts
Department: Information Science
Professor
Tel: 012 429 6520
Fax: 012 429 3792
E-mail: vdwaltb@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • B.A. (Potchefstroom University)
  • Higher Diploma in Library and Information Science (Potchefstroom University)
  • B.Bibl. Honours (Potchefstroom University)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Museum Science (University of Pretoria)
  • B.A. Honours: Afrikaans & Dutch Cultural History (University of Pretoria)
  • B.A. Honours: History (University of South Africa)
  • Diploma in Modern Archival Science (Royal Archival School, The Hague, Netherlands)
  • M.Bibl (Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg)
  • D Litt et Phil (Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg)

Currently teaching

  • RMA301A:  Introduction to Records Management and Archival Studies
  • HAI4803: Advanced Aspects Of User Studies And Collection Development (Honours)
  • M&D supervison

Fields of academic interests

  • User studies
  • Archival science, records management and special collections
  • Children's literature and reading

Field of Specialisation

  • Children's literature and children’s reading;
  • children and heritage;
  • nationalism in children's literature;
  • reading in indigenous languages;
  • Storytelling

Journal articles

2006. (With K. McGuirk). Literature for Children, in Indexing for Southern Africa: a celebration of ASIAB's first decade 1994 - 2004. Edited by JA Kalley and E Schoeman. Pretoria: Unisa Press, 257-267.
2006. Southern African children’s literature. In Oxford Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature. New York: Oxford University Press
2007. (With M. Magara). A conceptual framework for the deign of an information management system: a case for higher education in Uganda. Mousaion, 25(1): 21-43.
2009. (With M Ngoepe). An exploration of record management trends in the South African public sector. Mousaion, 27(1):116-136.
2009. (With M Ngoepe). Strategies for the preservation of electronic records in South Africa: implications on access to information. Innovation, 38:1-27.
2009. (With M. Niemann). Vrouejeugboekskrywers oor die Anglo-Boereoorlog: realisme en versoening na dekades van avontuur en realisme. Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe, 49(4):674-687.
2009. (With M Nieman). Die feministiese uitbeelding van die gesin in Marita van der Vyver se boeke vir jong volwassenes (The feminist portrayal of the family in books for young adults by the Afrikaans author, Marita van der Vyver). Mousaion, 28(2) Spes: 150-163.
2009. (With M Hillel). Where is the mother in all this? Representations of mothers and mothering in popular Australian and South African books for young adults. Mousaion, 28(2) Spes: 227-244.
2010. (With M Ngoepe). A Framework for Records Management Programme: Lessons from the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in South Africa. Mousaion, 29(2)

2011. (With J Hatton)The use of South African works of fiction as class readers, Grades 7-. Teaching English Today,  No. 2, 30 January 2011.
2011. Re-thinking and re-positioning archives: taking archives to the children. ESARBICA Journal, 30: 115-134.
2014. (With T Rodrigues and P Ngulube). Towards an archival collecting plan for the records generated by the Portuguese community-based organisations in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. Archives and records, 35(2): 93-109.
2014 Co-editor: Creating books for the young in the new South Africa: essays on authors and illustrators of children’s and young adult literature. Jefferson (NC): Mcfarland & Co, 2014
2015. (with P Dadzie). Access and Use of Digital Resources: A Survey of Value for Faculty in Three Ghanaian Universities. Libri, 65 (1): 57–70.
2015. (With P Dadzie). Planning for Digitization of University Libraries in Ghana: Challenges and Prospects. Accepted for publication in Library Philosophy and Practice
2015. (With I Schellnack-Kelly). Role of public archivists and record managers in governance and local development under a democratic dispensation. Submitted for publication in ESARBICA Journal.
2015. (with P Dadzie). Digitization of university libraries in Ghana: How technology is facilitating access to digital content and services. Submitted for publication in Mousaion.
2015. (with IS Schellnack-Kelly). South Africa’s water heritage and its future preservation: establishing a water research archive for water-related information sources. Accepted for publication in Journal for Contemporary History.

Paper presentations

  • Pilot experiences in the international world: promoting cultural exchange between children. Paper read at the Conference: Les Sciences dans les livres pour enfants, 27 March 2005, Sfax, Tunisia.
  • The feminist approach of the family in the children’s books of the Afrikaans author, Marita van der Vyver. Paper read at the 17th  Biennial Congress of the International Research Society for Children's Literature. 13 August 2005, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Om vir die blote pret te lees: leesbevordering vir kinders in Suid-Afrika. (To read just for the fun: reading promotion for children in South Africa. Paper to be read at the conference: van born to read to literair café: Leesbevordering in Vlaandere, Nederland en Zuid-Afrika. (From born to read to literary café: reading promotion in Flanders, the Netherlands and South Africa) 9 December 2005, Middelburg, The Netherlands.
  • Leesgenote: lees oor grense heen (Reading partners: reading across boundaries. Paper to be read at the conference: van born to read to literair café: Leesbevordering in Vlaandere, Nederland en Zuid-Afrika. (From born to read to literary café: reading promotion in Flanders, the Netherlands and South Africa) 10 December 2005, Ghent, Belgium.
  • Reading promotion and the development of reading habits for children in South Africa. Paper read at the National Conference on Madrasah Librarianship. 9 August 2006, Syarif Hidayatullah University, Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • South African children’s book illustrations. Paper read at the Seminar on Picture Books.10 August 2006, Graphic Centre of Indonesia, Jakarta.
  • Cultural diversity and children: the critical role of children’s literature in building bridges . Paper read at International Conference on Cultural Diversity. 28 April 2007. Tunis, Tunisia.
  • Re-thinking and re-positioning archives: taking archives to the children. Paper read at the 1st Dept of Information Science Archives Conference: Exploring our cultural heritage: managing archives and records for the present and future generations. 4 September 2008, Pretoria
  • Visitor motivation and information seeking behaviour regarding heritage sites: a study of visitors to the Maropeng Interpretation Centre. Paper read with F Fairer-Wessels. 9 March 2009 ASAIB International Triennial Conference: Africa visited and revisited. Maropeng, South Africa.
  • Cultural diversity and children: cross-cultural understanding through children’s literature. Paper read at the 9th International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and nations. 19 June 2009, Riga, Latvia.
  • African culture and heritage and the role that children can play in keeping it sustainable in a globalised world. Paper read at the Conference: “The interaction of African cultures in the age of globalization”. 12 May 2010, Cairo, Egypt.
  • A national South African children’s literature after 15 years of democracy? Paper read at the 8th International Conference on the Book. 8 November 2010, St Gallen, Switzerland.
  • The future of our past: young people and the sustainability of cultural heritage. Paper read at the Conference “Bringing the disciplines together: Heritage, Archives, Records Management and Library Science”. 8 December 2010. Louis Trichardt, South Africa.
  • Children’s literature and reading: the abdication by Departments of Information Science of their role towards creating informed and literate citizens of tomorrow.  Keynote speaker at the Paper read at the 13th Information Studies Annual Conference of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. 14 September 2011. Empangeni, South Africa.
  • African heritage and children: sustainability in a globalised world. Paper read at the Conference of the Social Sciences Research Society. 7 October 2011. Izmir, Turkey
  • Electronic information services at the University of South Africa Library. Paper read at the conference “The modern library in new formats”. 20 November 2011. Ekaterinburg, Russia.
  • Living in a wetland and dying of thirst: children’s perceptions  of climate change in  iSimangaliso Wetland Park (WHS). Paper read at the 2nd Asian Children’s Museum Conference “Children and climate change”3 February 2012. Manila, Philippines.
  • The sustainibility of heritage in a globalised world: children and the awareness of heritage. Paper read at the Conference of the International Journal of Social Science. 16 April 2012. Paris, France.
  • Re-thinking and re-positioning archives: taking archives to the children. Paper read at the Annual Conference of the South African Society for Archivists, 12 July 2012. University of South Africa, Pretoria
  • Climate Change, sustainable development and children: the perceptions of children living on the border of the Isimangaliso Wetlands Park, South Africa. Paper read at the International Conference for Academic Disciplines. 19 June 2012. Florence, Italy.
  • Developing a digital information and record-keeping system for water records in South Africa. Paper read at the Conference on the Security of Water records organized by the University of Northwest. Vanderbiljpark, January 2012.
  • Knowledge sharing through mentorship programmes in an academic environment: a case study of the mentorship programme of the University of South Africa. Paper read (with J Maluleka and S Makhubela) at the 7th Prolissa Conference. 6 March 2013. Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Children: the perceptions of children living on the border of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Paper read (with V Jiyane) at the 7th Prolissa Conference. 7 March 2013. Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Intercultural understanding by children through storytelling. Paper read at the International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities. 17 March 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Papers read at local conferences

  • The future of our past: young people and the sustainability of cultural heritage. Paper read at the Conference “Bringing the disciplines together: Heritage, Archives, Records Management and Library Science”. 8 December 2010. Louis Trichardt, South Africa.

Other papers and talks

  • Wat word vandag vir Suid-Afrikaanse kinders geskryf? (What is being written for today’s South African children?). Talk at St John Vianney Reading Circle, 31 August 2005.
  • South African children’s books on Ancient Egypt. Lecture for the Society for Ancient Egypt and the Near Middle East. University of Pretoria, 10 May 2006.
  • The Global Twins Exchange project, its relevance to the school curriculum and the role that school libraries can play. Talk to school librarians of the Tshwane South District of the Department of Education. Arcadia Primary School, Pretoria, 14 March 2007.
  • Trends in current South African children’s literature. Paper at the Faculty of Journalism, M Sholokhov State Humanitarian University, Moscow, 25 September 2007.
  • The importance of children’s books in the indigenous languages of South Africa.  Lecture for the Toastmasters of Pretoria, 17 April 2008.
  • Roepman van Jan van Tonder: jeugboek of “crossover”teks. Talk to Waverley Reading Leeskring, Pretoria, 23 August 2008.
  • The role of parents in creating a love for reading. Talk at Author’s evening, Laerskool Lynnwood, 15 March 2011
  • Race and South African children’s literature. Paper read at the Department of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin, USA. 2 May 2011.
  • Children’s librarianship in South Africa. Paper read at the Department of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin, USA. 3 May 2011.
  • The abdication of our role towards creating informed and literature citizens of tomorrow: Information Science teaching and children's literature and reading. Inaugural lecture as Profess, 8 November 2011, Pretoria.
  • South African children’s literature on Ancient Egypt. Talk for Society on Near and Middle East Society. University of Pretoria. March 2012.
  • Ten years, 330 World Heritage Sites. Talk for the Orde van de prince 1Society. University of Pretoria, 7 June 2012
  • What does the future holds? Talk held at Makgabeng Secondary School: Career Guidance Function. Bochum, 31 July 2014.
  • Entering aduldhood: does Education prepare students enough. Talk at National Debate Camp, FPT University, Hanoi, Vietnam. 18 October 2014.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

Membership to professional and academic organisations

  • International Board of Books for Young People
  • International Society for Research in Children's Literature
  • South African Society for Archivists
  • South African Society for Cultural History
  • Orde van den Prince

Editorial work

  • Editor: Renewal and change in Children's Literature. Westport, Con: Praeger, 2004.
  • Editor: Mousaion: South African Journal of Information Studies, 2003-2015
  • Editorial Board: Sankofa a Journal of African Children's and Young Adult Literature, (Morgan State University, USA) 2002-
  • Editorial Board: Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe, (South African Journal of Humanities) 2002-2007.
  • Editor: SAILIS Newsletter, 1987-1991.
  • Editor: Book reviews and member of the editorial committee, South African Journal of Cultural History, 1991-1997.
  • Editor of Conference Proceedings, Conference of the S.A. Society for Cultural History (Transvaal Branch), 1993.
  • Editor of Symposium Proceedings, Unisa Symposium on Local History, 1993.
  • Joint-editor of Conference proceedings, Other worlds, other lives: children's literature and reading experiences, published in 3 volumes, by Unisa in 1996.
  • Co-editor: Creating books for the young in the new South Africa: essays on authors and illustrators of children’s and young adult literature. Jefferson (NC), USA,: Mcfarland & Co, 2014.
  • Member of the  Editorial Committee: International Journal of Information Science and Computing. New Delhi, India, 2014 -

Professional experience

Worked as a librarian in the libraries of the University of South Africa; University of Pretoria; South African Embassy, The Hague, The Netherlands and Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg (1980-1989) before being appointed as senior lecturer at the University of South Africa in 1989. Promoted to Associate Professor in 2005 and Full Professor in 2011.

Awards and grants

  • Award from the Dutch Embassy for Best student in Dutch Literature at Potchefstroom University, 1989
  • First receiver of Bekker Trophy for the promotion of the Department of Information Science and the subject field of Library and Information Science, 1995.
  • Carl Lohann Award for the Promotion of Children's Literature in South Africa, 1997.
  • Grant from United States Information Service to visit the USA as part of the USA International Visitors Program in 1997
  • Grant from National Arts Council for exhibition of S.A. children’s books in Canada, November 2000 and Bologna, April 2001
  • SDF Awards for Overseas Conference Participation: 1993 (Australia); 1995 (Sweden), 1999 (Canada), 2001 (Bratislawa), 2003 (Norway), 2005 (Ireland)
  • Grant from Anglo American Chairman’s Fund for Overseas Conference Participation: 1996 (Russia) and 2001 (Germany)
  • Grant from Nederlands Taalunie for Study Visit to Belgium and the Netherlands: 2001
  • Grant from the Department of Arts & Culture for organising workshops in creative writing by Flemish children’s book authors: 2002, 2003
  • Grant from the Government of Iran to visit the Centre for the Development of the Child and Iranian children’s libraries and cultural centres: 2003.
  • Grant from Nederlands Taalunie to organise and participate in a lecture tour for Afrikaans children’s book authors to Belgium: 2003
  • Grant from the Flemish Government to participate in a conference and study tour on reading development for children in Flanders, Belgium and Zeeland, Netherlands: 2005
  • Senior Research Travel Grant from University of South Africa to do research in Australia, 2006
  • Unisa Foreign Conference Attendance Grant: Conference of the Book, St Gallen, Switzerland: 2010
  • Grants from the College of Humanities, University of South Africa to organise the Unisa Storytelling festival: 2009-2014

Involvement with other universities

• Guest lecturer: children's literature and services: Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg, 1992; Potchefstroom University for CHE, 1993; Pretoria Technikon, 1996 and 1997-1999.
• External examinor, graduate studies: Rand Afrikaans University,  1993-1998, and Library & Information Science, 4th Year, Readership: Rand Afrikaans University, 1993-1998.
• External examiner. Information Science Honours & structured masters, Readership: Potchefstroom University for CHE, 1993, 1997; University of the Western Cape: 2002; 2003; 2005; University of Pretoria: 2006.
•  External examiner, all post graduate studies in Library and Information Science: Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.
• External examiner. Children’s literature. Higher Certificate in School Librarianship: University of Western Cape, 2010-2014.
• External examiner. Masters and doctoral coursework and dissertations. University of Ghana, 2011.
• Guest lecturer, Department of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA. 1-5 May 2011.
• External examiner. Children’s literature and school librarianship, Postgraduate Diploma in School Librarianship and BInf Honours. University of Zululand, 2011- 2015.
• External examiner. Archival Science and records management, University of KwaZulu-Natal. Archival administration; 2012-2015.
• External examiner, University of Pretoria. Masters in Information Technology: IT Systems in Libraries. 2013-2015

Executive and other positions on the boards of international, national and provincial professional and scholarly societies

  • Member of the Executive Board: International Research Society for Children’s Literature, 1993-1997, 1999-2001
  • Council and Founding Member, Biblionef South Africa, 1998-2015
  • Council member: South African Institute of Library and Information Science (SAILIS), 1987-1991
  • Member of SAILIS Public Relations Committee, 1987-1991.
  • Member of Children's Book Committee of SAILIS, 1990-1998.
  • Member of the Executive Committee, Society for Archivists and Manuscript Librarians, 1991-1998
  • Member of Executive Committee, South African Children’s Book Forum, 1999-2001, 2005-2007.
  • Vice-chair, Northern Branch of the SA Society for Cultural History, 2002-2004.
  • Member of Executive Committee: Leboa la Lekwa Branch of SA Society for Archivists, 2003-2005
  • Member of Executive Committee, Transvaal Branch of S.A. Society for Cultural History, 1991-1994.
  • Member of Executive Committee, Northern Transvaal Branch of SAILIS, 1990- 1992, 1994-1996.
  • Chairman; Users Committee, Greater Pretoria Community Libraries, 1996-1999.
  • Coordinator: Children’s Literature Research Unit, University of South Africa, 1995-2010.
  • Member of the Book Development Committee: Room to Read South Africa, 2007-2009
  • Chair of Jury for the SATI Prize for Translated Children’s books, 2011-2014
  • Member of the Executive Committee of IBBY South Africa, 2013-2015. Responsible for liaison with African branches.
  • Team Leader, African chapter of the InterPares research project on digital archives, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. 2012-2014.

Academic and professional initiatives

  • Responsible for establishment of Section of Special Collections, including University archives, University Library, Rand Afrikaans University, 1987.
  • Initiated the establishment of the ATKV Kinderboektoekenning, the only children’s choice children's book award in South Africa
  • Served on selection panels for CP Hoogenhout-; Katrine Harries- (1991-2009) – Convenor since 1996); Percy Fitzpatrick Awards for Children's Literature (1991-1998)
  • Convenor of judges for SA Institute of Translators Prize for South African children’s book translations (2009-2013).
  • Judge for the MER Award for Children’s Literature in 2004 - 2006.
  • Advising Biblionef International about the establishment of a depot in South  Africa, 1996-1998.
  • Critical reader for the Noma Awards for African  literature: children’s books in 1999, 2001 -2005.
  • Created and maintaining of the webpage for Children's Literature Research Unit and South African, African and Afrikaans children's literature.
  • Established and organised quarterly guest lectures on Library and Information Science (1990-1995); quarterly lecture series by South African authors (1992-1996) and quarterly interdisciplinary seminars on children’s literature at Unisa since 1998
  • Organised the re-establishment and awarding of the C.P. Hoogenhout Award for Afrikaans children’s books since 2000 and the Katrine Harries Award for South African children’s book illustrations since 2003
  • Establishment and administration of Global Twins Exchange Project – twinning project between South African schools and schools abroad, 2001-2010.
  • Established and organize the Department of Information Science Alumni Group and Alumni of the Year Award.
  • Established and organized the Annual Unisa Storytelling festival since 2009.
  • Radio and television broadcasts
  • Channel 4 of the BBC. Radio interview on SA children’s literature. 20 June 1996.
  • Afrikaans Service of SABC. Radio interview on Afrikaans author, Cor Dirks. 4 September 2000.
  • Punt-Radio. Radio interview on C.P. Hoogenhout  Award. 2 March 2000
  • KYK-Net. Television interview on the future of Afrikaans children’s literature. 9 March 2000.
  • Cuban State Radio. Radio interview with English service of on South African children’s literature. 9 February 2002.
  • RSG (SABC). Radio interview on publishing of South African children’s books. 1 May 2002.
  • RSG (SABC). Radio interview on picture books. 24 July 2002.
  • RSG (SABC). Radio interview on the state of publishing for children in South Africa. 12 June 2003.
  • Luso (Lisbon, Portugal). Newspaper interview on political changes in South Africa in relation to children. 21 April 2004
  • Missiones Regional Television, Wanda, Argentina. TV Interview on exchange programmes between children of South Africa and Argentina. 29 June 2004
  • TV3, Buenos Aires, Argentina. TV Interview on changes in and development of SA children’s literature. 25 June 2004.
  • Radio Sodre CX38, Montevideo, Uruguay. Radio Interview on changes in and development of SA children’s literature. 1 July 2004
  • El Trompo, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Newspaper interview on South African children’s literature. 25 June 2004.
  • TV2, Ottawa, Canada. TV Interview on changes in and development of SA children’s literature. 4 October 2004.
  • Lesotho National Television. TV Interview on the relevance of South African children’s literature for Lesotho. 3 November 2004.
  • 60 Minutes, CRTV, Yaounde, Cameroon. Radio Interview on publishing for children in South Africa. 7 February 2005.
  • BBC World Service, Yaounde, Cameroon. Radio Interview on publishing for children in South Africa. 9 February 2005.
  • Frequence Jeune, CRTV, Yaounde, Cameroon. Radio Interview on the reading interests of South African children. 9 February 2005.
  • Brunch Time Show, CRTV, Yaounde, Cameroon. Radio Interview on South Africa’s new democracy as depicted in children’s books. 10 February 2005.
  • Channel 3, Tunis, Tunisia. TV Interview on South African publishing for children. 30 March 2005.
  • Sfax Local Radio, Sfax, Tunisia. Radio Interview on South African children’s books, 29 March 2005.
  • New Times, Kigali, Rwanda. Newspaper interview on children’s reading in South Africa, 11 September 2006.
  • Contact FM, Kigali, Rwanda. Radio interview on the value of reading for children, 12 September 2006.
  • Rwanda Radio and TV, Kigali, Rwanda. Radio interview on publishing for children in South Africa, 12 September 2006.
  • Imvaho, Kigali, Rwanda. Newspaper interview on cultural exchange project between schools in Rwanda and South Africa, 13 September 2006.
  • Radio 10, Kigali, Rwanda. Radio interview on publishing for children in South Africa, 13 September 2006.
  • SABC, South Africa. Radio interview on South African children’s reading, 15 April 2010.
  • New Age Newspaper. Interview about the value of storytelling, 26 August 2011.

Projects

 Organising of conferences, seminars and exhibitions

  • Organiser of Symposium on Rare books, University of South Africa, 1989.
  • Member of Organising Committee, SAILIS Conference, September 1991
  • Organiser of Symposium on Local history in libraries, archives and museums, University of South Africa, 1993.
  • Chairman of organising committee of international conference in children's literature "Other worlds, other lives: children's literature experiences", University of South Africa, April 1995
  • Organiser of Symposium on the Promotion of Reading and Children's Literature. Pretoria Community Library, July 1996.
  • Member of Organising Committees of ULIS Conference (Unification of Library and Information Science professions in South Africa) in 1997
  • Organiser of seminars on reading by teenagers in Bellville, Sandton, Durban, Centurion and Windhoek, Namibia (May-September 1999)
  • Organiser of international conference on "Tradition and innovation: fairy and folk tales as social and cultural agents" 18 August 2000, University of South Africa
  • Organiser and chair on request of the French Institute of South Africa of a two day meeting between South African and Francophone publishers. Sandton, 8-9 August 2001
  • Organiser of symposium "Your books, our books: picture books from North and South" with participants from all South Africa’s neighbouring countries, Centurion Public Library, February 2001.
  • Chairman of the Organising Committee of the IRSCL Conference (International Research Society for Children’s Literature). Bela-Bela, Limpopo Province, September 2001.
  • Organiser of conference "Once there was a war: the portrayal of the Anglo Boer War in literature", University of South Africa, Pretoria, May 2002.
  • Organiser of the 1st Conference on the Research and Study of Children's Literature in Africa, Gaborone, Botswana, June 2002.
  • Chairman of Organising Committee: Information Science Week, University of South Africa, July 2002
  • Organiser of symposium, "Bridging the digital divide", University of South Africa, July 2002.
  • Organiser of conference, "The language of the picturebook: an international conference on children’s book illustrations", Pretoria, August 2002
  • Organiser of Seminar on Afrikaans-Flemish children’ s literature. Klein Karoo Kunstefees, Oudtshoorn. 3 April 2003.
  • Organiser of conference “Van Patrys-hulle tot Hanna Hoekom”: Conference on Afrikaans children’s and youth literature. Cape Town, 22-23 September 2003.
  • Organiser of Seminar: Religion, literature and the child. University of South Africa, 2 March 2004.
  • Organiser of Seminar on Reading Promotion for Children. Nelspruit, 26 September 2005.
  • Organiser of 1st Unisa Conference on Storytelling and Reading Promotion. 20-21 August 2009. University of South Africa
  • Organiser of 2nd Unisa Conference on Storytelling and Reading Promotion. 6-8 October 2010. University of South Africa
  • Organiser of the IBBY Africa Conference, Polokwane, Limpopo Provine. 1-2 September 2011
  • Organiser of 3rd Unisa Conference on Storytelling and Reading Promotion. University of South Africa.11-12 August 2012
  • Organiser of IBBY/Unisa Symposium on children’s literature and reading in Africa. University of South Africa. 16-17 September 2013.

Workshops

  • Organiser of workshops, in cooperation with Pansalb, on the writing of children’s books in the indigenous languages, Pietersburg, June 2001.
  • Organiser of workshops in applied and pure research in children’s literature. for African delegates at IRSCL Conference 2001, presented by lecturers of Abo Academy, Turku, Finland.
  • Organiser of workshop "The language of the picturebook: workshop on children’s book illustrations" presented by Anthony Browne (UK) and Renate Habinger (Austria), Pretoria, August 2002
  • Organiser of workshops in Creative Writing "Vingeroefeningen" by five Flemish authors in cooperation with Koning Boudewijn Stichting, Belgium. Pretoria, August 2002.
  • Organiser of workshops in Creative Writing “Vingeroefeningen” by five Flemish authors in cooperation with Koning Boudewijn Stichting, Belgium. Bellville, 22-26 September 2003 and Eersterust, Pretoria, 28-29 September 2003
  • Organiser of workshops in Creative Writing “Vingeroefeningen” by five Flemish authors in cooperation with Koning Boudewijn Stichting, Belgium. Bellville, 4-8 August 2004 and Pretoria, 11-13 August 2004
  • Organiser of workshops in Creative Writing “Vingeroefeningen” by five Flemish authors in cooperation with the Flemish Department of Arts and Culture. Upington, Kakamas and Augrabies, Northern Cape, 22-26 August 2006.
  • Organiser of storytelling and writing workshops by presenters from Cameroon; Argentina, Tunisia and Indonesia. University of South Africa, Pretoria. 19-21 August 2009.
  • Organiser of storytelling and writing workshops by presenters from Palestine; Cameroon, Philippines and Senegal. University of South Africa, 6-8 October 2010.
  • Organiser of storytelling and writing workshops by presenters from Greece, Tunisia, Ghana and Cameroon. Polokwane Public Library (Limpopo Province), 29-31 August 2011.
  • Organiser of storytelling and writing workshops by presenters from the USA, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Ghana. Royal Bafokeng, Phokeng, Northwest Province.  12-14 September.
  • Storytelling Workshops presented by storytellers from Greece, Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria. Secondary schools in Bloemfontein. 18-19 September 2013.
  • Creative Writing and Storytelling Empowerment Workshop, presented by Gcina Mhlope. Mfekayi Community Hall, Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal Province. 27-28 August 2014.:

Festivals

  • Organiser of Children’s Book Festival at Aardklop Arts Festival, Potchefstroom, Northwest Province, September 1999
  • Organiser of Children’s Book Festival at Pietersburg Book and Film Festival, May 2000.
  • Organiser of Iranian children’s festival. University of South Africa, 9-13 February 2004.
  • Organiser of Flemish Children’s Book Week. Pretoria, 12-15 October 2005.

Exhibitions:

  • South African children's book illustrations, Pretoria City Library, 1993.
  • South African children's books at the National Library for Foreign Literature, Moscow, 1996.
  • South African children’s book illustrations at Flemish Book Fair, Antwerp, Belgium, 1997.
  • Children's books and children’s book illustrations with the ocean as topic at Musea das Criancas, Lisbon, Portugal, 1998.
  • South African children's books Prague Book Fair, Czech Republic, 1998.
  • South African children's books at British Council, Mumbai, India, 1998.
  • South African children's books at Moscow International Book Fair, Russia, 1998
  • South African children’s book illustrations at Bologna, Bologna, Italy, April 1999
  • South African children's books and children’s book illustrations at Vancouver Public Library, Canada, 1999.
  • South African children's book illustrations, Aardklop Arts Festival, Potchefstroom, 1999.
  • South African children's books and children’s book illustrations at Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Bologna, Italy, April 2000.
  • South African children's books and children’s book illustrations at Toronto Public Library, Canada, 2000.
  • South African children's book illustrations, Pietersburg Book and Film Festival, 2000.
  • South African children's books and children’s book illustrations at State Library for Children, Kyiv, Ukraine, 2000.
  • South African children's books at Tom Mboya College, Kisumu, Kenya, 2000.
  • South African children's books at Taipei International Book Fair, Taipei, Taiwan, 2001.
  • South African children’s books at the Havana International Book Fair, Cuba, February 2002.
  • South African children's books at River Platte College, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2002.
  • South African children’s books at Bookworld 2003, Prague International Book Fair, Prague, Czech Republic, April 2003.
  • South African children's books at the Jerusalem International Book Fair, Israel. June 2003.
  • 10 Year’s democracy in South African children’s books. Children’s Museum, Lisbon, Portugal, April 2004.
  • 10 Year’s democracy in South African children’s books. Borges Institute, Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 2004.
  • 10 Year’s democracy in South African children’s books. Libros del Astillero, Montevideo, Uruguay, July 2004.
  • 10 Year’s democracy in South African children’s books. Espacio Literario, Municipalidad de Providencia, Santiago, Chile, July 2004.
  • 10 Year’s democracy in South African children’s books. UNESCO Library, Maseru, Lesotho, November 2004.
  • South African children’s books at the Sfax International Children’s Book Fair, Sfax, Tunisia, April 2005.
  • South African children's books at the Warsaw International Book Fair, Poland. Warswa, May 2008.

Children’s cultural projects

  • Global Twins project between South African schools and schools in Buenos Aires. Project done for the South African Embassy at the National Library of Argentina, Buenos Aires, September 2003.
  • Global Twins project between South African schools and schools in Hanoi. Project done for the South African Embassy at the Children’s Palace, Hanoi, Viëtnam, September 2004.
  • Global Twins project between South African schools and schools in Ottawa. Project done for the South African High Commission at the National Library of Canada, Ottawa, October 2004.
  • Global Twins project between South African schools and schools in Yaounde. Project done for the South African Embassy at the British Council, Yaounde, Cameroon, February 2005.
  • Global Twins project between South African schools and schools in Buenos Aires and Cordoba. Centre Borges, Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Cordoba Public Library, Cordoba, Argentina, June-July 2006.
  • Global Twins project between South African schools and schools in Kigali. Project done for the South African Embassy at the Novotel, Kigali, Rwanda, 11-13 September 2006
  • Global Twins project between South African schools and schools in Seoul.  Project for the South African Embassy in Seoul, Korea, 3-7 July 2007.
  • Global Twins project between South African schools and schools in Maputo.  Project for the South African High Commission in Mozambique, August 2008.
  • Global Twins project between South African schools and schools in Dar-es-Salaam.  Project for the South African High Commission in Tanzania, September 2008.
  • Global Twins project between South African schools and schools in Taipei.  Project for the South African Representative Office in Taiwan. December 2008.
  • Global Twins project between South African schools and schools in Libreville.  Project for the South African Embassy in Gabon, October 2009.
  • Global Twins project between South African schools and schools in Kingston. Project for the South African High Commission, February 2010.
  • Global Twins project between South African schools and schools in Sao Paulo.  Project for the South African Consulate in Sao Paulo, May 2010.
  • Children’s cultural exchange project for the South African Embassy in Israel. Schools in Tel Aviv, Haifa, Nazareth and Jaffa. 10-14 June 2013.

Storytelling festivals and workshops

  • 1st Unisa Storytelling Festival. University of South Africa, Pretoria. 19-21 August 2009. Storytellers: Mutia (Cameroon); Martin (Argentina); Mezghani (Tunisia); Made (Indonesia)
  • 2nd Unisa Storytelling Festival. 608 October 2010. University of South Africa. Storytellers: Asad (Palestine); Mutia (Cameroon); Gueye (Senegal) and Burman (Australia) and local children storytellers.
  • 3rd Unisa Storytelling Festival. Polokwane Public Library and Protea Hotel, Polokwane. 29-31 August. Storytellers: Mutia (Cameroon) and Vaxivani (Greece) and local Sepedi storytellers
  • 4th Unisa Storytelling Festival. University of South Africa and Royal Bafokeng, Phokeng, Northwest Province.  12-14 September. Storytellers:
  • 5th Unisa Storytelling Festival. University of South Africa, Pretoria and Litereray Museum, Bloemfontein, Free State Province. 17-19 September 2013. Storytellers: Mutia (Cameroon; Asiama (Ghana); Eghafona (Nigeria) and Vaxivani (Greece) and local Sesotho storytellers.
  • 6th Unisa Storytelling Festival . Mfekayi Community Hall, Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal Province. 27-28 August, 1-2 September 2014. Storytellers (Mhlophe (South Africa) and Hu (Vietnam)

Other

Post Graduate supervision

Doctorate: Completed studies
  • E Magara: Framework for an integrated student information management system for higher education in Uganda. 2006
  • N Abdelsadek: The effects of social and political dislocation on Persianate Children's literature: change and continuity. 2011
  • PS Dadzie: Developing and managing digital libraries to support learning and research in selected academic libraries in Ghana. 2013.
  • ADS Rodrigues. Capturing the national heritages of all: establishing an archives that tells the stories of the South African Portuguese communities. 2014.
  • I Schellnack-Kelly, I: Records management and its role in alleviating poverty in South Africa. 2014.
  • O Adjah. Career patterns of female librarians in academic libraries in Ghana. 2015
  • SA Katuu. Managing Records In South African Public Health Care Institutions - A Critical Analysis. 2015.
  • M Cobblah.  The impact of staff development programmes on information provision in some selected University Libraries in Ghana. 2015.
Masters: Completed studies
  • J Mentz. The portrayal of apartheid in South African English youth literature. 1999
  • M Joubert. Reading habits and preferences of Afrikaans children in Pretoria. 2001
  • M Abate. Images of childhood in picturebooks of South Africa. 2007
  • MS Ngoepe. An exploration of records management trends in the South African public sector: a case study of the Department of Provincial and Local Government. 2006
  • PR Coates. Cape Colonial Parliamentary publications, 1854-1910. 2009
  • RJ Holloway. A History of the Kimberley Africana Library and its collections: their origin in the Kimberley Public Library, 1903-200. 2010
  • AG Kanguru. Application of Total Quality Management (TQM) in evaluating the quality of library services at the Aga Khan University Library. 2014.
  • EW Irungu. Regulating the information reaching children through licensed FM radio and television stations in Kenya. 2015
  • S Moyo. Elementary children's acceptance of digital school libraries: an empirical investigation into the determinants of acceptance at Windmill Park Primary School in Gauteng. 2015
  • The portrayal of apartheid in South African English youth literature (J Mentz): 1999
External examiner
  •  Scientific children’s literature in Afrikaans: a comparative-analytical study (J Goossens: Potchefstroom University for CHE, MBibl, 1993)
  • Involving children in the reading of classics as an international social and educational problem (A Lebedeva, Moscow University for Arts and Culture, Ph D, 1999)
  • Some South African journeys: journey as metaphor for self-discovery in children's literature (SG Barreiro: University of the Western Cape, M Bibl, 2003)
  • Filling the gap? A study of some South African teenage readers’ responses to the Siyagruva Series books at the Eersterivier Public Library in Cape Town (PG Mabuza, University of the Western Cape, M Bibl, 2005)
  • Communication media used by government departments in Lesotho: an explorative investigation (L Letsie, University of Pretoria, MA (Dev Com), 2006)
  • Documenting examination malpractices in selected secondary schools in Wakiso District (W Birabwa: Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, MSc Info Sci, 2006)
  • Towards [an] effective management information system for the human resource management in government devolved bodies: a case study of the civil Aviation Authority, Uganda (NV Musoke: Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, MSc Info Sci, 2006)
  • Designing a framework for improving access to legal information in Uganda. (DB Bukhenya: Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, MSc Inf Science, 2007)
  • “It’s stupid being a girl!” The tomboy in children’s series fiction. (CM-L Chew: Murdoch University, Perth, Australia, D Phil, 2007)
  • Documentary analysis of Acoli traditional foods in Uganda. (J Ataro: Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, MSc Inf Science, 2007)
  • Collection management in university libraries in Tanzania: a case study of Bugando University College of Health Sciences. (B Zakayo: Makerere University, Kampala, MSc Inf Science, 2007)
  • Utilisation of information communication technologies in managing urban planning information (P Chebet, Makerere University, Kampala, MSc Inf Science, 2007)
  • Examining the management of grey literature in selected university libraries in Uganda. (J Bukirwa, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, PhD, 2008)
  • Strenghtening records management systems in Uganda Joint Christian Council Member Churces. (S Ndibalekera, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, MSc Inf Science, 2008)
  • The Kwazulu-Natal School Library policy and its feasibility for implementation in the Province. (D Phil, University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2008)
  • Informal modes of communicating development information to the grassroot community in Uganda: a case study of Makindye Division. (NS Alisat, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, MSc Inf Science, 2008)
  • The translation of children’s literature in the South African educational context (Haidee Kruger, University of the Witwatersrand, DPhil, 2009)
  • An evaluation of Library and Information Science curricula in Zimbabwe. (Notice Pasipamire, National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo, 2012)
  • Memes, magic and the making of meaning in re-visioning fantasy for young adults. (MA Brown, D Lit, University of Pretoria, 2012).
  • From broadcasting to archiving: preserving public broadcasting audiovisual archives. (Ilse JJ Assman, M Com (Bus Man), University of Johannesburg, 2013)
  • Collaboration  in the managament and preservation of audio-visual archives: a case study of the national Archives of Zimbabwe..  (Dickson Chigariro, MLIS, University of Western Cape). 2014