About Denise

I am Denise Rosemary Nicholson, a specialist librarian in copyright and scholarly communication. I have a BA degree and Higher Diploma in Library and Information Science from the University of South Africa (UNISA) and a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.  I also passed two WIPO/UNISA Modules – “Essential Copyright Law (with distinction) and “Internet Aspects of Copyright and Trademarks” (with distinction).  I have 48 years’ working experience, including 38 years’ experience in library and information services, of which 24 years were specialist experience in copyright, open access, and scholarly communication. I am the recipient of several prestigious academic and library awards, the most recent ones being the SALI Trust – LIASA Lifetime Achievement Award 2021, on 29 September 2021, and the UNISA Chancellor’s Calabash Award for Outstanding Educator Award 2021, on 26 November 2021.

Douglas Scott from Wikimedia SA, interviewed me on the 1st Birthday for Scholarly Horizons.

Awards / Honours

    • 2001 – Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) Academic Librarian Award.
    • 2002 – WIPOUT International Copyright Essay Competition winner.
    • 2009 – Alumnus of the Year Award – University of South Africa, Department of Information Science.
    • 2010 – LIASA Gauteng South Branch Librarian of the Year Award.
    • 2010 – National LIASA Librarian of the Year Award.
    • 2014 – Invited to become a member of Golden Key International Honour Society.
    • 2014 – University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Library Star Award.
    • 2015 – Wits Vice-Chancellor’s Academic Citizenship Award (Individual).
    • 2017 – LIASA Certificate for Service and Recognition.
    • 2021 – SALI Trust and LIASA Lifetime Achievement Award
    • 2021 – UNISA Chancellor’s Calabash Award for Outstanding Educator Award


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