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Welcome April 2010

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 7, 2010

Dear colleagues

There is such excitement in the air – perhaps caused by those lucky enough to have tickets for the World Cup or perhaps it is because the leaves are falling and the weather is changing.

Let us celebrate and show our allegiance by wearing our supporter colours on Football Fridays!

We bid farewell to Dr. Zodwa Magwenzi (the FOTIM Director) who left us last month for greener pastures and wish her lots of happiness and success in her new position.

In the meantime, GAELIC continues to receive much support from FOTIM colleagues.

Thanks Anke, Tanya, Lawson and Lorraine


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The Library Scene

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 7, 2010

GAELIC attended the opening of the LIASA Library Week at the National Library on the 20 March. This was an inspiring event especially with the “Every child a book” campaign. Please consider donating a new book to this campaign. Details from the LIASA National Office @ 012 324 6096 or email

“Van Schaik calls on the state to scrap VAT on books” … article by Sue Blain Business Day 16 Feb 2010   Read More>>

IFLA Presidential meeting at Stellenbosch 2010 Presentations and some Photos

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GAELIC Celebrations

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 7, 2010

Congratulations go to Kay Raseroka, the Library Director of a GAELIC member institution, the University of Botswana who is to receive honorary degree from the University of Alberta. Read more >>>
Kay served as the first African president of IFLA. She founded Botswana’s Children’s Information Trust, and she has devoted more than 35 years to promoting the importance of oral learning in indigenous communities.

The University of South Africa’s (Unisa) Department of Information Science hosted an alumni    lunch in Pretoria on Thursday 25 March 2010 to honour the Department’s Alumnus of the Year     for 2009 – Mrs Denise Nicholson, Wits Copyright Services Librarian, who obtained her      HDipLIS at Unisa and a BA with two WIPO/UNISA Copyright modules.

Congratulations to the staff of the GAELIC Libraries who were selected to attend the 2nd Carnegie Library Leadership Academy (CLLA). David Mahlangu (UP: Merensky Library), Khomotso Maphopha (UniLim), Annah Matodzi (UniVen),  Tebogo Mogakane (UP: Merensky Library), Mercy Mokgele (Unisa: Polokwane),  Jacob Mothutsi (UP:  Mamelodi Branch Library), Nkisheng Mphahlele (TUT) Violet Nemalili (UniVen), and Suzy Nyakale (UP:  Medical Library).  Well done to all!

Wits University – Wits Portal on Open Access, Access to Knowledge (A2K) and Scholarly Communication Read about it>>>

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Posted by gaelicnotes on June 7, 2010

The Vuma! portal steams ahead with many new developments and enhancements. Through the sterling efforts of Lawson and Anke and their visits to the members, registrations on the site are growing daily and the target of 10 000 will soon be reached. Mon 26 April, 2010:  April Total – 9,649 and counting……

Look out for the Campus Champions and give them your support. 10 students were selected across the 9 FOTIM member institutions to serve as Campus Champions and have been trained and equipped with information and materials to serve as VUMA! student ambassadors Read more>>>

Disability Programme: GAELIC members attended the FOTIM Disability group meeting and held discussions with members on how the library and disability units can work together to provide better services to users with disabilities. This is the initial discussion to set the scene for the library investigation into best practices for users with disabilities investigation that has been sponsored by the SALI Trust. We thank all who participated and ask you to keep your eyes out for our questionnaires and to volunteer if this is an area of specific interest to you too. Contact Carole at the GAELIC Office.   

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Objective 1: Promote Optimal Use of the Millennium System in GAELIC member libraries

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 7, 2010

Librarians use text messages to answer reference questions Read the article by Mary Helen Miller   Read Wired Campus – More posts by her

Visualising the internet.  A wonderful resource can be found here “SuperPower: Visualising the internet” as a visual aide to describe the Internet and all its components. Some statistics from the site

Internet users in the world : 1,744,289,151; E-mail messages sent today: 123,433,647,589 : Blog posts today 262,676 ; Google searches today 1,317,585,419

Fining students for late returns just isn’t working by Henry ProcterRead his comments in The Independent, 22 April

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IUG:SA Conference

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 7, 2010

Conferences, meetings

Don’t forget the IUG:SA conference and call for presentations to be held in Botswana this    year  10-12 November at University of Botswana

Contact:  Reason B. Nfila, : Tel: 267 355 2300; Fax: 267 395 7291

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Objective 2 Build capacity through identification and provision of training needs and services for the optimal utilization of resources

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 7, 2010

Disability Notes

New technology gives deaf and blind people greater ability to communicate.

Watch the video >>>

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Capacity Building Notes

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 7, 2010

Call for better use of technology such as Facebook, Twitter, Bebo, i-Phones and i-Pads to enhance student experience and improve competitiveness of UK higher education in the 21st century.   Read about some suggested solutions>>>>

A Brief Critical Dictionary of Education compiled by Donald Gillies helps to unlock the mysteries of “edubabble” From the Times online 5 March 2010

What your web browser says about you : technology’s biggest names are fighting for supremacy of your screen By Tim Walker. Read about this and the top five “web warriors”  Internet Explorer ; Mozilla Firefox ; Google Chrome ; Opera ; Safari The Independent 31st March

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Objective 3 Improve cost efficiency through joint procurement and resources sharing

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 7, 2010

Cost efficiency issues

Challenges for academic libraries in difficult economic times is a report based upon data gathered in the UK and internationally during late 2009 by the UK’s RIN (Research Information NetworkDownload the guide or Read the briefing

Results of the survey of the Global survey of the world’s libraries in challenging times:  “The economic downturn and libraries”  by the University College of London December 2009. Read the report>>>

Blurring of the lines? Campus books shops loan out books.  Tim Goral tells us about a rental program is helping to make textbooks more affordable. Read more >>>>>

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Open Access

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 7, 2010

Digital preservation:

The British Library creates a UK websites archive Read about its contents and the launch and the challenges faced in getting permission to archive sites here >>>>>

E-books issues: 7 things you should know about e-readers / Educause  Read more >>>>>

21 Japanese publishing companies collaborate to negotiate copyright laws related to e-  books. Read more>>>>

Know your digital books rights:  a checklist for readers Read more>>>

A quality-controlled academic repository for all disciplines… Michael Wood comments on this    “journal of everything” in the Times Higher Education 22 April 2010

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Blog Notes

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 7, 2010

Heather Davis asks some important questions about information Literacy and today’s student Read more>>>

For those of us who could not attend the event, visit the SAOUG blog to read about what Hennie Swanepoel had to say about Social networking tools and other exciting events planned.    SAOUG Blog

Some tips on How to build a more beautiful blog. Matt Silverman shows how to make your blog more visible by beautifying and streamlining it.        

Still not sure how to define Web 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 Read the simple explanation given by Heather Mansfield (Nonprofit Tech 2.0, Jan. 28)

Marketing your library using Social media cards as business cards Read more>>>>>

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Posted by gaelicnotes on June 7, 2010

  • Learn how to add a caption to your YouTube video. Read how >>>>
  • How to do almost anything online in 2010” from how to guides. For example: HOW TO guides to : measure social media ROI; plan and promote events with social media ; use wikis for business projects ; retain customers; write a novel using the web and more
  • Need help with editing and managing your digital photos? Read about 10 downloads that could make your life easier [PC World, Feb. 2]
  • Phil Bradley provides tool for working with RSS: Creating & submitting feeds, readers, news  aggregators, tags, tagging.  Read more>>>>

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Take Note

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 7, 2010

Information surfing of another kind!  Bondi beach bookshelves offer sunbathers    and surfers the ultimate in holiday reading. Read more: (with thanks to Cilip)

Phishing problems? : takes a humorous look at How to outsmart the Phishers Read the article>>>

    Costly mistakes

    Penguin Group Australia had to pulp and reprint 7000 copies of its pasta cook-book when it listed an ingredient as “salt and freshly ground black people” instead of black pepper. Oops! Read more

    • George Washington owes $300 000 on library books which are 220 years overdue. Read more

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    Library Trivia Notes

    Posted by gaelicnotes on June 7, 2010

    10 best songs about libraries and librarians & Top 10 books written by librarians

    The most amazing libraries in the world (With thanks American Libraries ( 21) Jan 2010)

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    Future Notes

    Posted by gaelicnotes on June 7, 2010

    “The Future is now: new roles and relationships for academic libraries” 17-18 May 2010 – University of Johannesburg’s Kingsway Campus, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.  Website

    Archival Conference on Records and Archives in Support of Good Governance and Service Delivery 13-14 July 2010, at the University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa E-mail: Website

    Please note the new dates: “Towards the 2020 African library and beyond” the Annual LIS Research Symposium of the University of South Africa (UNISA) Library Services and Department of Information Science 29 and 30 July 2010. Unisa School for Business Leadership (SBL), Midrand. Email Website

    10th Southern African Online Information Meeting: Past, Present and Future : CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria : 4th – 5th August 2010  Website

    World Library and Information Congress: 76th IFLA General Conference and Assembly “Open access to knowledge – promoting sustainable progress” 10-15 August 2010, Gothenburg, Sweden Website

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    Quote of Note

    Posted by gaelicnotes on June 7, 2010

    Librarians make up one of the most connected professions  Reference

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