Cataloguers at Stellenbosch University love how BookWhere gives them better metadata


Librarian Hannalie Lourens is a long-time BookWhere fan. She reports that the cataloguers use BookWhere all the time; it’s part of their workflow. BookWhere helps to supplement the records that they get from OCLC WorldCat. Catalogers can enhance the metadata by adding extra subject headings and tables of contents. They always check the rating and take the most complete records.

Favourite databases include Australian and British collections, which often have extra – or different – subject headings. Adding the extras to their own catalogue records make it easier for their students and faculty to find the materials they need for research and leisure reading.

Stellenbosch University is recognised as one of the four top research universities in South Africa. It takes pride in the fact that it has one of the country’s highest proportions of postgraduate students of which almost ten percent are international students.

The University lies in the picturesque Jonkershoek Valley in the heart of the Western Cape Winelands in South Africa. The University traces its roots back to the 17th century when a beginning was made with regular school instruction. In 1859 the Theological Seminary was founded and in 1866 the Stellenbosch Gymnasium. In 1881, the “Arts Department” of the Stellenbosch Gymnasium became the Stellenbosch College and was renamed the Victoria College in 1887. In 1918, Victoria College made way for an independent university and Stellenbosch University opened its doors for some 500 students and 39 lecturers. The University has since then grown into the internationally recognised institution of excellence it is today with more than 24 000 students, 800 lecturers and some 50 research and service bodies.


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