Botswana International University of Science & Technology - BIUST

About the BIUST Library

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The BIUST library is a vibrant centre designed to support teaching and learning by providing services and products; that enhance critical thinking and research skills. Our dedicated library staff is trained in information management and retrieval. Library staff is on hand to provide orientation, assist with advice and skill building. They are service-oriented and give assistance through our service desk, telephone, and e-mail responses. They offer training sessions on information seeking and management strategies for classes/groups and individuals. The BIUST Library offers an environment that is both stimulating and relaxing. This ensures that your BIUST library experience contributes to lifelong learning.

Vision:

Attain national recognition as the top research Library; the intellectual centre of Botswana International University of Science & Technology (BIUST); and a key academic partner and catalyst for learning, research and knowledge creation.

Mission:

To provide resources and services that is responsive and aligned to the educational, research and outreach activities of staff and students of BIUST.

Core Values:

Collaboration: we shall promote communication with the academics, foster teamwork and share information with each other.

Collegiality: we shall be open and create a collegial work place.

Ethics: we shall promote the best use of information and work practices.

Scholarship: we shall promote teaching, learning, research and application of results.

Service: we shall serve all who enter the Library.

Resources & Facilities

  • Research collection:- books, periodicals, multi-media, e-books, electronic journals and databases
  • Dedicated quiet study areas
  • Group study areas
  • Inter Library Loans
  • Course reserves
  • Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC)
  • Research help: Library staff will help you find the best resources for assignments, projects and research papers

Our Commitment to BIUST Students

The Library will

  • For all courses taught. hold at least one copy of all prescribed texts and available recommended readings as advised by academic staff
  • Provide eligible clients with access to an appropriate range of electronic information resources and equipment
  • provide a staffed Service Desk throughout advertised opening hours
  • maintain courteous and cooperative relationships with students
  • provide a current and accurate catalogue of Library holdings
  • make complaints procedures known at our Service Desks and on our website, and deal promptly with complaints
  • provide printing and photocopying services
  • provide reservation services for items which are on loan
  • re-shelve returned materials within 24 hours of receipt
  • maintain confidentiality of student information used by the Library
  • provide guidance on the use of Library and information resources and information literacy training in consultation with the academic community
  • offer to eligible clients, a document delivery service to supplement the Library's holdings

We ask that you

  • treat other clients and Library staff with courtesy and consideration
  • be responsible for all material borrowed against your Library record and for ensuring material is returned or renewed on time
  • notify the Library immediately of any change of address, or loss of your ID card
  • do not lend your ID card to another client, nor borrow on behalf of others
  • observe noise and mobile phone restrictions
  • observe copyright legislation and the IT Acceptable Use of Resources Policy
  • abide by the Library Regulations

Our Commitment to Academic Staff

The Library will

  • assign professional staff to liaise with each College to offer cost-effective library services and efficient response to College initiatives
  • ensure available material is placed in the Reserve Collection within two working days of receipt of request
  • order requested materials within seven working days of receipt of order and/or report back to the requestor within that time if there is a query relating to the request.
  • have materials processed and shelf ready within 21 days of receipt of materials in the Library
  • provide a staffed Service Desk throughout advertised opening hours
  • maintain courteous, cooperative, and professional relationships with academic staff
  • work collaboratively with the academic community in supporting the scholarly endeavours of BIUST
  • report widely on service initiatives, policies and developments through the Library web site, correspondence, liaison and publications

We ask that you

  • ensure the Library is notified of all prescribed texts, recommended and supplementary readings four weeks before needed to allow ordering and processing
  • liaise with the Library in relation to resource implications of new or amended courses at concept proposal stage
  • ensure that all unit outlines distributed to students contain full and accurate bibliographic details of cited materials
  • ensure that Reserve requests are supplied to the Library with at least three working days’ notice for processing
  • are responsible for all material borrowed against your Library record, and for ensuring material is returned or renewed on time
  • work with Library staff in ensuring adequate scholarly resource support for academic programs of the University
  • maintain courteous, cooperative, and professional relationships with Library staff
  • observe copyright legislation and the IT Acceptable Use of Resources Policy
  • abide by the Library Regulations

 

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