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Introduction to the library, meet the team, join the library and request training

How The Technical Library makes a difference

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How The Technical Library was established

The Technical Library was originally an in-house library serving the Anglo American Corporation. When Anglo American decided that they no longer wanted to carry the overheads of having a library on its premises, they chose to outsource their library and information management services. As a result of this, The Technical Library was established and our products and services are now available not only to Anglo American, but also the wider mining and engineering communities in South Africa and across the globe.

What makes us different

The collection available to our members has been built up for over 70 years now and new information is added to the collection on a continuous basis. The industry in which we operate is very complex and requires a high level of research. The Technical library consists a of a highly skilled team of professionals that have a combined total of more than fifty years working experience in the technical library industry.  We all believe that we make a difference because our objective is to deliver a quality service utilizing the systems and resources that are available to us.

The Technical Library is a deadline-driven organization and our main priority is making sure that our clients are always happy and satisfied with the services that we provide to them.

Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a member of The Technical Library

This blog is written to promote the products and services of The Technical Library. Your comments and suggestions are most welcome.

Dineo Molebatsi

15th March 2018

The Technical Library : Find us on YouTube!

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We are excited to announce the launch of The Technical Library’s own YouTube Channel.

Realizing the importance of reaching out to clients all over the world, the videos have been produced to promote our products and services to all our clients, both nationally and internationally, using a human touch. It is now possible to put a face to a name (or an email address) and hear us talking about our individual responsibilities, and how we each contribute to delivering a world-class service.

We welcome you to The Technical Library during the virtual walk-through tour of the library collections and there is a video giving details about all the different services available to clients.

Links to the videos can be found on our website under the tab Marketing Videos.

These YouTube videos discuss our services, collections and individual staff responsibilities

Services offered by The Technical Library

Virtual walk through the book and journal collections in the library

Katinka van Straaten  –  Information Research Specialist

Luke Ngubane  –  Publication Requests

Debbie Lievaart  –  Collections Manager

Pam Hutchison  –  Systems Administrator

Let us know what you think! We  welcome all comments and feedback.

Debbie Lievaart

16th October 2015

What can be found on YOUR bookshelves? Proceedings of a conference, perhaps?

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This blog invites all clients to donate conference proceedings to the library.

The last time you returned to your office after a conference, what did you do with the copy of the proceedings and all the brochures and business cards collected during the duration?

Perhaps you are very organized, with everything in its right place, or perhaps everything is very haphazard on overloaded shelves, ready to fall to the floor at the slightest nudge?

Please consider donating these conference proceedings to The Technical Library, where the information can be shared beyond the confines of your office. You can contact Debbie Lievaart if you have anything to donate.

Your books and CDs will be well looked-after here at the library’s premises in the Chamber of Mines building, and you will be able to borrow the proceedings, or receive a copy of any paper by simply contacting Luke Ngubane.

And think how much more space you will have in your office!

Library jargon of the week

Dewey Decimal Classification System

The Technical Library uses this system to classify its collection. DDC is an hierarchical number system that organizes all human knowledge into categories, which are each then broken down into many sub-categories to cover the whole spectrum of knowledge. Each item catalogued is given a shelf mark or number indicating what subject it covers and where it is shelved. This allows books covering the same subject to be found together.

This blog is written promoting the products and services of The Technical Library. Your comments and suggestions are most welcome.

Debbie Lievaart


2nd October 2015

Become a library client

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This blog shows clients the benefits of being able to access the library catalogue and having a user ID.

The services offered by The Technical Library to all members are listed in detail on our website (  What are the benefits of becoming a member and being able to have direct access to The Technical Library catalogue?

One of the main resources is the library catalogue. The interface is called Webview. Clients are able to search for information within this collection, which comprises books, conference proceedings, journal titles and journal articles. However, in order to request any items from the catalogues or submit a research request it will be necessary for you to have a user ID. All members are given a User ID on registration.

When you contact the library to request information, training or an item from our collection, the process will be streamlined as we will have your details on our system.

Library jargon definition of the week

SDI : This stands for Selective Dissemination of Information, a rather archaic term meaning keeping clients informed of new resources on specific topics.  This can be done electronically via alerts on our databases (contact Katinka van Straaten) or manually when we are reading our hard copy journals (contact Katinka van Straaten).

This weekly blog is written promoting the products and services of The Technical Library. Your comments and suggestions are most welcome.

Debbie Lievaart

18th September 2015

Meet the team

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This blog gives clients information about different staff responsibilities and direct contact details for specific information requirements.

The Technical Library is situated on the 7th Floor of the Chamber of Mines Building, 5 Hollard Street Johannesburg.

This is our physical location, but we are ‘open’ to all members worldwide, 24/7 via our Website

The generic email for The Technical Library is which you are welcome to use, but should you wish to contact any member of staff directly, the details are as follows :

Katinka van Straaten – ( 011 498 7535) – literature searches, general enquiries, setting up of alerts and training

Luke Ngubane – ( 011 498 7492) – requests for bulletin, contents page and publication requests, interlibrary loans

Debbie Lievaart – ( 011 498 7648) – cataloguing, indexing, collection management, creation of current awareness SDI profiles

Pam Hutchison – ( 011 498 7534) – Eureka!, subscription database access queries, serials administration

Kgothatso Chuene ( 011 498 7492) – invoices
This weekly blog is written to promote the products and services of The Technical Library. Your comments and suggestions are most welcome.

Debbie Lievaart

11th September 2015

Introducing The Technical Library

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Our vision is to be the preferred and recognized source of authoritative and relevant technical information that will satisfy the changing information needs of the widest possible technical audience.

The Technical Library provides information to all individuals, companies, societies and institutions across the globe who are working in mining and related disciplines like engineering, geosciences, metallurgy, chemistry and safety.

We conduct in-depth research for and supply current awareness services to all our members.

Access to The Technical Library catalogue is available to all members. All members receive a Monthly Bulletin which lists all the journal articles, conference papers, books and conferences added to the catalogue during the previous month. Items in the catalogue as well as those listed in the Bulletin can be requested electronically.

We are located in Johannesburg, South Africa, but geographic location does not limit our ability to help clients all over the world.

Our products and services are available on a membership basis. Please contact Debbie Lievaart about our membership rates and packages.

This weekly blog is written to promote the products and services of The Technical Library. Your comments and suggestions are most welcome.

Debbie Lievaart



4th September 2015