Sabinet Company Newsletter
May 2015 

SA ePublications continues to grow

Our objective with the Sabinet African Electronic Publications (SA ePublications) service is to expand and grow the service with as many quality journal titles as possible and to become the world’s largest and most comprehensive electronic journal service focusing on information originating from or pertaining to Africa. We are happy to share that 21 additional new journals were added during the last three months. SA ePublications now offers more than 500 African journals, a number that grows constantly as new journal titles are added.

“This service is the most comprehensive, searchable collection of full text African electronic journals available on one platform. Sabinet acts as the aggregator on behalf of more than 180 journal publishers” says Rosalind Hattingh, MD of Sabinet. “Sabinet has third party agreements with international parties to enhance the discoverability of each journal,” she added further.

The following journal titles were added to the SA ePublications service:

  • Farmlink Africa
  • Journal of African Foreign Affairs
  • Journal of Somali Studies
  • CPEEL Monograph Series
  • Gender Questions
  • Analytical Reporter
  • Coatings SA
  • DIY Trade News
  • Environmental Management
  • Frontshop
  • Laboratory Marketing Spectrum
  • Leading Architecture & Design
  • Medical Chronicle
  • MoneyMarketing
  • PedMed
  • South African Ophthalmology Journal
  • The Specialist Forum
  • Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions
  • FarmBiz
  • Oilseeds Focus
  • Ghanaian Journal of Economics
  • Clients of the SA ePublications service can expect further additions to the journal title list during this year. You are welcome to inform us on email: should there be a journal title which you would like to see included in the service.

    For more information about this service visit our website.

    Where can you find Sabinet next?

    27 - 29 May 2015

    31 May - 01 June 2015
    Accra, Ghana

    11 - 13 June 2015
    Metropole Hilton Hotel, Brighton

    Sabinet will be hosting its ANNUAL REGIONAL MEETINGS in July and August.

     Sabinet announces the launch of its new Governance Platform

    Sabinet in association with Standards & Legal is excited to announce the launch of its new Legal Registers platform. This useful and easy-to-use software will take the hassle out of managing your company’s sustainability and legal compliance.

    The platform is designed to work optimally across devices and also includes access to the latest data, as well as an extensive template library and plain English summaries, which are all searchable and delivered via manageable software. "It’s become increasingly difficult to know what your organisation’s legal and other obligations are, and if you’ve in fact met those obligations," elaborates Peter Flynn, MD of Standards & Legal. "Our market-leading platform combines nearly 25 years of experience, with forward-thinking innovation, to provide a convenient, simple and trusted platform, so that your obligations can be known and met," he concluded.

    This platform conveniently offers one dashboard where you would be able to integrate multiple sites whilst offering precise information about each site. Additionally, all the information is categorised, stored and strategically organised, offering users no less than four ways to search the information, meaning that you can quickly and easily find what you are looking for. Currently, there are over 6,000 plain English summaries, over 2,000 tags and over 38,000 sections available, with new legislation loaded every week.

    This service means that users can stay up-to-date with ever-changing legislation and management requirements. Every morning, users will receive any relevant updates and be notified as to how it affects their organisation.

    Users of the Legal Registers platform can rest assured as this service provides users with the following benefits:

    • Legal Registers and updates
    • Ongoing updates
    • Integrated Risk Assessments
    • Interpretation of environmental, occupational health and safety and quality management (“SHEQ”), Energy and Food Safety legal consultation
    • SANS identification and updating services

    "With the addition of the Legal Registers platform to our portfolio we aim to offer uncomplicated legal compliance for our clients," explains Rosalind Hattingh, MD of Sabinet. "With ever-changing legislation, maintaining legal compliance is a full-time job, unless it is outsourced. Our platform is not only efficient and innovative, but truly essential," she adds.

    About Standards & Legal

    The Environmental Law Consultancy (Pty) Ltd, established in 1991, now trading as Standards and Legal, services various large mining and industrial companies in South Africa and other African nations, providing Legal Registers, Management Systems, Aspects and Impacts Registers, Hazard Risk Identification Assessments, Legal Compliance Audits, Internal Management System Audits, Legal Research Studies and other assistance with the implementation of Management Systems and Legal Compliance.

     Sabinet's Chairperson's Fund supports six South African community libraries

    The Sabinet Chairperson's Fund was established in 2003 to ensure that the social responsibility initiatives undertaken by Sabinet achieved their primary objectives, remained impactful and delivered long-term tangible results.

    To this end, at least 10% of Sabinet's pre-tax profit is donated annually to the Chairperson's Fund.

    The mission of the Chairperson's Fund is to contribute to the educational, social and economic upliftment as well as the development of deserving communities in South Africa. Sabinet strives to undertake projects where a sustainable and discernable difference can be made and in order to achieve success, we partner with other successful organisations.

    In 2010, the Chairperson’s Fund started an initiative called Regional Projects where we invited libraries from all provinces to submit proposals for funding. Annually libraries across South Africa are invited to submit proposals for funding for community-based projects run within the community libraries. There is a strict set of criteria that the proposals must adhere to in order to be awarded funding. The funding must be community-based, make a measurable difference to the community. This year, we extended the regional projects funding to include projects that endeavour to improve library infrastructure through the supply of ICT equipment or services to community libraries in South Africa.

    Over the course of this initiative we have learnt of the many challenges that face South African libraries, be it in urban areas or rural ones. Taking these challenges into consideration we have decided to increase the funding amount to R30 000 for each regional project awarded, as well as to increase the number of projects awarded for the 2015 financial year.

    Every year Sabinet receives many entries of a very high calibre, and this year the Sabinet Chairperson's Fund awarded funding to the following projects:

    • City of Cape Town Library, based in the Western Cape plans to use the funds for their Information Literacy Programme which aims to equip Grade 6 learners with lifelong information skills through the use of comic books.

    • Lintle Community Library, based in Gauteng will continue to support the activities of their Sunshine Team Project.

    • Ocean View Library, based in the Western Cape will purchase educational toys for the children visiting the library, which will aid in the development of various skills such as motor and concentration skills before they have to start preschool.

    • Takalani Children’s Home, based in Nzhelele in Limpopo plans to further develop its library so as to provide a strong literacy foundation for the children in the community and improve their academic performance.

    • The Embassy, based in Durban will utilise their funds to provide an educational, recreational and learning “homework” centre for the youth and children of Bonela.

    • Thulamela Public Library, based in Limpopo will improve the quality of the lives of blind or visually impaired people through enhanced access to library and information services.

    "Congratulations to everyone that submitted a proposal for consideration this year. It is truly rewarding for Sabinet to contribute to the libraries in the various communities in our country", commented Rosalind Hattingh, MD of Sabinet. "We wish all the fund recipients the best of luck in their endeavours and hope this type of funding encourages them to continue with the excellent work. We also want to encourage other libraries in the country to submit their proposals for consideration when the request is sent out" she concluded.

    Over the last five years Sabinet has awarded funding to close to 20 libraries, totaling over R400 000 as part of the Regional Projects initiative.

     Why WorldShare Management Services in your library?

    Recently, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a leading African university implemented OCLC's WorldShare Management Services (WMS) as its library management system. Many libraries today are looking at ways to change the way they operate and save time and money. WMS offers libraries cost savings, workflow efficiencies and the ability to deliver new value to users.

    WMS provides cloud-based library management and discovery applications in an integrated suite, offering librarians a comprehensive and cost-effective way to manage library workflows efficiently and improve end users’ access to library collections and services. The applications include acquisitions, circulation, license management, metadata management, interlibrary loan, analytics and discovery.

    WMS has the WorldCat database as its foundation. This co-operatively created database containing millions of items in all formats allows libraries to benefit from other libraries’ efforts and to discover and share resources internationally. WMS further facilitates the sharing of data such as vendor records, publisher and knowledge base data, serials patterns and more, through a shared platform.

    Almost 300 libraries on four continents - Australia, Europe, North America and Africa - are currently using WMS to gain efficiencies and improve usability in library services and end-user discovery.

    These are the benefits WMS will have for you and your library:

    • Streamline and improve workflows
    • Realise significant cost savings
    • Manage print and electronic resources efficiently
    • Improve discovery for your users and visibility for your library
    • Support and implementation are carried out locally

    More about WorldShare Management Services is on the OCLC website.

    About OCLC

    Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organisation dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. More than 74,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world’s largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search on the Web. For more information, visit the OCLC website.

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