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Getting the information

Monthly Book Review

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This blog reviews books purchased by The Technical Library. All books are available for loan to library clients.

ICE manual of geotechnical engineering

Burland, John; Chapman, Tim; Skinner, Hilary; Brown Michael (Eds.)

London : Institution of Civil Engineers, 2012

Many civil engineers leave university with some knowledge of applied mechanics, geology and some soil and rock mechanics but often a limited grounding in geotechnical engineering. A good geotechnical engineer needs to appreciate the balance between theoretical principles, practical experience and the uncertainties present when dealing with the ground in its natural state. `The ICE Manual of Geotechnical Engineering` is intended to address this need by delivering an authoritative and comprehensive reference providing the core geotechnical engineering principles, practical techniques, and the major questions engineers should keep in mind when dealing with real-world engineering challenges – all within a consistently coherent framework.

Contact Luke Ngubane  at The Technical Library should you wish to take this book out on loan.

28th March 2018

A day in the life of … Luke Ngubane

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Luke’s day is varied and he divides his time between several different responsibilities.

Luke is the ‘go to’ person to request any books, journal articles, conferences or conference papers from The Technical Library collection. There are several ways that library clients are able to request items from the library.

  • Via the catalogue. When clients ‘submit’ to reserve the items they have selected, the request is automatically sent to Luke’s email.
  • Directly via email. Should you want to find out if the library has an article, conference paper or book, Luke can be contacted on Luke knows that many of his clients are based in different time zones globally and checks his mail box as late as 22h00!
  • Directly via phone. Luke can be contacted during office hours on 011 498 7492.

Luke manages the Interlibrary Loan service. Should an item that is requested not be in the library collection, Luke will get back to a client and ask if they would like him to try and obtain it from another library in South Africa.

The Technical Library has a large collection of paper copy journals. Luke is responsible for arranging the binding of this collection. Journals are sent off-site and are bound in either annual or biannual volumes. This helps preserve the collection for the future and ensures that holdings are complete.

Watch this YouTube video where Luke explains the importance of his role in the supply of information to clients of The Technical Library, and the passion he has for the work that he does.

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

Debbie Lievaart

15th February 2017