UJ Sciences Librarian Portal

Don’t forget to access the UJ Sciences Librarian Portal for relevant library resources and services

Science Portal


Posters: Dewey Classification System @ UJ Kingsway Campus Library

I have arranged quickly today these posters on a board in the UJ Kingsway Campus Library.

The system is still new, so students need all the support from us.

Consult the UJLink: Library Catalogue for specific shelf number and location.

Need more information about Dewey Classification System?

I have been using this freely available document.

Pavlinka Kovatcheva: Faculty Librarian Sciences

Visit the UJ Sciences Librarian Portal

UJ Sciences Librarian: New Library Books: Sciences (APK) blog

I have started at the end of 2011 a new blog for Sciences newely received library books. So far the academics are satisfied with this new way of current awareness. Direct links are provided for each book from the UJ Library Catalogue

Check out the latest blog posts from the UJ New Library Books: Sciences, APK Campus

UJ Sciences Librarian @ EduLink

These few slides are an example of the Virtual Learning Environment (EduLink) which I provide for the UJ Sciences students. Helping students access directly subject specific information on their student portal.

Picture 1: Usage statistics for Sciences courses on EduLink for the period Feb-March 2012.

I have created direct links only for a few Departments/Courses during semester, Term 1: Biochemistry, Biology 1, Chemistry, Energy, Environmental Management, Geography, Geology & Zoology.


Picture 2: How to access and find the available resources on EduLink (students & staff access). 

Picture 3: Examples of Courses on EduLink

Picture 4: Example of Library Resources for specific courses

If you have any queries, please contact me.

Pavlinka Kovatcheva: Faculty Librarian, Sciences (pkovatcheva@uj.ac.za)

Library Server Maintenance: Monday 29/3/10

The Millennium-Innopac server halted a few times during the past weeks. The problem has been identfied as an Operating System issue (not an Innovative issue). To correct this, a critical Solaris Patch has to be loaded.

Due to maintenance of the server, the Integrated Library System (Millennium-Innopac) will be inaccessible from 08:00 – 16:00 on Monday 29 March 2010Please note that the system may be available sooner.  Services affected are:
UJLink (Online Catalogue)
– Databases 
– Circulation (borrowing and returning of items)
– Inter Campus Loans
The Library apologise for any inconvenience


Additional sitting places for APK Library

The University of Johannesburg  Library & Information Centre has embark on a various projects this year: One Book One Library (read now, discuss in September), organizing a Conference in 2010 – “The Future is NOW: New Roles and relationships for Academic Libraries“, etc.

One of them involve providing more sitting space for students in the Library. At Kingsway Library the first  30 new  tables were added (25/8/09) on Level 2, next to the Sciences, Health Sciences & Engineering Book Collections. Students have  now 81 sitting tables on that  floor.

More sitting spaces will be available in 2010.  

Also coming in early 2010 is the new Library Computer Training room, with 50 seats and 26 computers (currently we have 13 computers). Will keep you posted….




CASE: A to Z Journals List: New upgraded library resource

CASE: A-to-Z Journals

The Library and Information Centre announces the upgrading of the A-Z List, which provides access to the full-text electronic journals. Improvements include:

CASE: A-to-Z Journals features:

  • It is fully customizable; comprehensive hence integrates the journal titles in UJLINK.
  • Case unlike EbscoHost A-Z is less dependent on human factor. CASE integrates with III’s Millennium to provide efficient work flows and system uploads are automatic.
  • CASE will enable UJ LIC to manage our electronic resources as an integrated part of the library system and not as a separate entity.
  • The UJ LIC user will have a choice of printed and electronic journals from the library’s WebOPAC (UJLink). This service will complement the ERM system and Link resolvers (UJLink and Web Bridge) that we are using.
  • CASE provides a complete solution to help UJ LIC to administer, manage, and display their electronic journals, from aggregators and publisher databases they subscribe to.

Other features of CASE include:

  • The list is easily accessible to users.
  • Users can search from titles within a specific database
  • Users can search for a specific title using the search interface
  • CASE Coverage Data Service will enable UJ LIC to supply recent data of their electronic journal subscriptions from aggregator and publisher databases (title, ISBN and holdings).
  •  Coverage Data delivered directly to millennium server. Coverage Data service includes 200 + resources, 1,270,000 + holdings statements and 480,000+ full text holdings statements.
  • MARC Service provides in-depth, pre-catalogued information for any e-serial that UJ LIC offers.
  • Web based profile manager assists the Electronic Resources Librarian to administer the collection with ease and make it accessible to the UJ LIC users.

Please note: If you want the journal to open in a new window, right click on the title.

The CASE: A-to-Z Journals list is available on the UJ Sciences Librarian Portal and all individual Sciences Subject Portals.

The UJLink: Library Catalogue, also provides direct link to CASE: A-to-Z Journal.

NEW features in the UJLink: Library Catalogue:

  • When you search for journal title through the Library Catalogue, additionally to the PRINT, you can have an ELECTRONIC  journals availability.
  • You can also search through the Library Catalogue: Electronic Resources  (links to the databases and its individual journals collections

Please contact me for more information or if you experience any difficulty in accessing or using the list. pkovatcheva@uj.ac.za, 011 559-2621.

Library System (Millenium-Innopac): Server upgrade

Due to a major server upgrade, the Integrated Library System (Millennium-Innopac) will be inaccessible from 16h00 on Thursday 9th July 2009 until 18h00 on Friday 10th July 2009.    

Please note that the system may be available sooner.

Services affected are:

The Library apologises for any inconvenience


The  Sciences Subjects Portal  project has taken nearly a year to emerge, with many ups and downs. Finally the Sciences users will have their own specific portal for library services and resources. Since early January the project (individual subjects portals and  supporting  information) started coming to life with many updates and changes.

The Sciences Librarian Portal and the Sciences subjects portals have been created on a “wiki” software, which allows collaboration between selected  members (currently the collaboration is not yet implemented). This portal was developed and is currently updated by Pavlinka Kovatcheva, Sciences Librarian at the Kingsway Campus of the UJ.  The Portal can be used by all Sciences users across Campuses.

The use of this social software platform serves as a library experiment, which implements various social tools (Web 2.0) into the academic library (wiki, blogs, IM, Taggs, Social Networking, Widgets, etc). In this way the Library tries to enhance its services to  its users and potential users, allowing  easy access to subject specific resources and  interaction with the library by using the Instant Messaging tool and the opportunity to comment on the blogs post.

The Sciences Portal also gives you direct access to the Top Sciences Resources.

Sciences subjects currently available through the Portals are: Apllied Mathematics & Mathematics; Astronomy & Astrophysics; Biochemistry; Biology; Botany & Plant Biotechnology; Chemistry; Information Technology; Energy; Environmental Management; Geography; Geology; Human Anatomy & Physiology; Microbiology; Physics, Statistics and  Zoology. Information currently available on most of the portals includes:

  • Support to Undergraduates and Postgraduates;
  • UJ Library services & resources links;
  • University & Sciences links;
  • Top Research Resources;
  • Top Subject Resources;
  • Electronic Reference works (some also have suggected prints);
  • Electronic books;
  • Useful websites;
  • Subject  specific full-text journals, abbreviations links;
  • Sciences journals;
  • How to find full-text journals, etc.;
  • Associations, Councils, etc. links.

Researchers will find support to their research needs on this portal. It will answer many of their library  and research questions, such as starting with their research proposal, conducting and managing literature review, submitting Theses & Dissertations to the library, finding the best academic journals for publication, etc. New updated information is coming soon.

For their teaching, lecturers will find a special section with relevant information on: how to place books on Reserve, how to obtain copyright, submitting previous exam papers; how postgraduates  submit Theses and Dissertations to  the Library, how to access Education Resources for their teaching needs, etc.

Students will find abundance of subject specific information to assist them with their preparation, study and assignments. The general information should  enhance their understanding of the library and its workings. Although the sections on Support to New Students and Undergraduates are still under development, it is neverthless a relevan source.

Library and Information Literacy skills are important to all users in becoming life-long independent information users. The Sciences portal gives you an opportunity to view various guides and tutorials, to set an appointment for library training with your subject librarian or just to use the services of the general librarians. Go to: Training Guides & Tutorials; Need help: Ask-a-Librarian (APK); Library User Education to Sciences: First year students; Undergraduates; Researchers for more information.

The content of these portals are updated regularly. Your contributions and suggestions are welcome.

To keep you abreast with the latest information about the UJ Library and its resources, you can make use of the Sciences Library News blog. Learn about trials, new and cancelled databases, library hours, library services and much more. To keep you current with the latest in the Sciences & UJ Research, the UJ Sciences Librarian blog will provide this and much more useful information.  These two Current Awareness tools are also embedded into the Sciences portal and soon will be available through the subjects portals.

Additionally the subjects portals have interesting embedded “widgets” or “gadgets”: Sudoku (Appl. Maths & Maths; Statistics), National Geographic News, GIS Search Engine (Geography), Energy Citation Database, Energy Search Engine (Energy & Env. Management portals); Astronomy Picture of the Day & Stars and Planets gadgets (Astronomy) and  many more comming. Why I’m using these tools? Because they visually entice users to participate in them in search for information for research and pleasure.

I hope that the hard work I put into this project  and the new skills I learned by creating and developying these portals will be of help to all of you. For any suggestions and contributions, please contact me: Pavlinka Kovatcheva, Subject Librarian APK,  pkovatcheva@uj.ac.za; tel: 011 559-2621