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Welcome Note

Posted by gaelicnotes on September 23, 2010

Dear colleagues

The Soccer World Cup has come and gone and what a show we gave them. Well done to all. Now it is back to the grindstone and to work. Keep your eyes out for the various events on offer for the second half of the year and book your seat. Hope to see you there.
Keep warm, keep happy, keep smiling!

Anke, Tanya, Lawson, Lorraine and Carole


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GAELIC Celebrations

Posted by gaelicnotes on September 23, 2010

Congratulations!!  to our GAELIC colleagues who have been selected to be part of the first Carnegie Library Leadership Train-the-Trainer Programme:

Modisa Khosie (University of Limpopo Medunsa Library)

Annah Matodzi (University of Venda Library)

Jacob Mothutsi (University of Pretoria Library Services Mamelodi Branch Library)

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Kays graduation

After giving us a wonderful presentation of her life as a librarian, Kay  Raseroka flew off                      to the Canada to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Alberta                                     Read more about it  >>>

Read her address>>>>


Well done Belinda Boucher (Electronic Content Librarian) of Tshwane University of          Technology for being appointed to assist the Academy of Science of South Africa                    with   their investigation into the electronic information needs of academic staff,                     students and    researchers. The results of this study will inform the Department of                      Science and     Technology   (DST) of relevant databases which may be considered for special licensing  support. Read more >>>>>


Read the Limpopo Leader for information about exciting things happening at the University of                   Limpopo and especially about the Student mentoring programme (p. 19+)

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Library World Notes

Posted by gaelicnotes on September 23, 2010

The International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) has been in existence since 1996.  An informal international group of approximately 200 library consortia in North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa, serving all types and sizes of libraries, it facilitates discussion among consortia on issues of common interest and is dedicated to keeping its members informed about electronic information resources, pricing practices of electronic publishers and vendors, and other issues.  Read their latest statement on the current unique financial crisis that is affecting the worldwide information community

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Futures Thinking for Academic Librarians: Higher Education in 2025

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in the USA has released a new  report to  “prompt academic librarians to consider what trends may impact the  future  of higher education and to take strategic action now”.  The report is available on the ACRL Web site

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IFLA Africa Newsletter (June 2010)

World Library and Information Congress.  76th IFLA General Conference

“Open Access to Knowledge: Promoting Sustainable Progress” August 10-15 2010, Gothenburg, Sweden

Some presentations are available online

IFLA 2011 :theme “Libraries beyond libraries: Integration, Innovation and Information for all”

13-18 August 2011, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Posted by gaelicnotes on September 23, 2010

Vuma! notes

Make use of the new  Bursary Guide which is an easily searchable Guide has been developed to provide information listing a number of organizations that offer bursaries at South African universities in 2011

Disability Notes

If you are asked to complete the survey on Library Services to Users with Disabilities please make sure that you are the right person or please pass it on and ensure that it is returned asap so that we can start to compile the results.

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

Posted by gaelicnotes on September 23, 2010

Lesotho Library Consortium (LELICO) holds workshop to consider resource-sharing : a group of 12 libraries from various organizations (from tertiary institutions to government depts.) held a 2 day workshop at NUL (17 -18  May) to consider the pros and cons of using a common library system.  Read more

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Metadata Decisions for Digital Libraries presents survey results undertaken in 2007 by Marcia Zeng (Kent State University), Jaesun Lee (National Library of Korea), and Allene Hayes (Library of Congress). Identifies major issues & concerns of the metadata community  See the survey >>>> or  Read more from the IFLA working group >>>

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Dan Ackerman andScott Stein comment on the best battery life of laptops in CNET: Crave, June 10 (From the ALA online magazine June 16th).

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There’s an App for That! Libraries and Mobile Technology: An Introduction to Public Policy Considerations (PDF file)

The American Library Association, Office for Information Technology Policy considers how mobile technology alters the traditional relationships between libraries and their users. June 16

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A new WorldCat record use policy, WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities for the OCLC Cooperative developed by a Record Use Policy Council and informed by community input, has been approved by the OCLC Board of Trustees effective August 1

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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 September 23, 2010

Disability Notes

Digital talking books celebrated
200 Library of Congress librarians and staff celebrated the national rollout of the digital talking-book system marking the release of digital talking books and players to special-format libraries that serve a readership of 900,000…. . Read more about this >>> (From the ALA online magazine June 16th)
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8 Gadgets for Disabled Computer Users by Toby Shuster TakePart, May 25  Read more>>>>>

Text-to-speech translation from Google Translate  means you can  hear translations spoken out loud by clicking a speaker icon beside some translations. (Tips : to see this you have to first do a translation) Choices are French, Spanish, Italian, German, Hindi, and Haitian Creole and some service Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Latvian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, etc.

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Capacity Building Note

Posted by gaelicnotes on September 23, 2010

CILIP (the British library association) has some very useful Practical guides on their website incl.  guidance, case studies, examples of best practice and suggestions for further reading. Non-members can view some topics                                  eg the Open Access, Negotiating for Pay and Library Management Systems

Linkedln: It’s who you know : Are you subscribed to LinkedIn the Facebook for professionals? Rob Sharp tells you more and  why you should be >>>> (Independent, p12, 30 June 2010)

High price for the shift away from paper subscriptions – The Bodleian Library is facing a £400,000 bill in penalties from journal publishers as they favour electronic access over prin. Read Nicholas Chan’s report >>>>> 1 July 2010

Andrew Motion attacks ‘catastrophic’ plan for volunteers to run libraries
Motion dismissed suggestions from consultancy firm KPMG that libraries are “not very much used” and should be run by volunteers as “foolhardy, outlandish and potentially catastrophic”.     Guardian, 11 June 2010

The death of library schools?
Will Manley writes: “It’s always wonderful when someone comes along and writes my post better than I ever could. This commenter has basically said it all: Library school students have been sold a bill of goods. Does anyone else cringe at the irony of a school of information studies giving out misinformation? But beyond that rather obvious and regrettable issue is a much larger issue. Why are library schools selling a bill of goods?”…
Will Unwound, June 14 ALA 16 June

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Objective 3 Improve cost efficiency through joint procurement and resources sharing

Posted by gaelicnotes on September 23, 2010

Open access and Institutional Repositories

• SciELO SA is growing. The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) reported 4 more journal titles are being added to the SciELO SA Open Access platform Read more here>>>
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A collection of Scotland’s most valuable cultural treasures from the Edinburgh library is to go on display to the world on a new Unesco website. Theses include the country’s earliest surviving book and 16th Century maps. Read more here>>>>
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Open Access week
Open Access week October 18-24 everywhere. Join the celebrations here >>>>
Support Open Access Week 2010! join the Open Access South Africa group@
We can make a difference … from Ina Smith
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Report on Open Repository Development in Developing and Transition countries
Study conducted with cooperation together with the University of Kansas Libraries, the DRIVER project and Key Perspectives Ltd. It aims to create an inventory of current digital repository activities in developing and transition countries at both the infrastructure and services level.
Download the report: from EIFL website here and the data here, or from KU ScholarWorks:
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Open Library now lending virtual books
A group of libraries – led by nonprofit digital Internet Archive created a 1-stop websitefor e-books incl. access to more than a million scanned public-domain books & a catalogue of contemporary e-book titles available at many public libraries.

Gary Price of ResourceShelf, June 29 offers some analysis….
Wall Street Journal, June 29; Open Library Blog, June 29;
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Google to scan 400,000 Austrian library books (AFP) – Jun 15, 2010

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Posted by gaelicnotes on September 23, 2010

UNESCO-supported training on information literacy for rural teachers from South Africa

June 2010. The Departments of Informatics and Information Science of the University of Pretoria have organized training on information literacy at Kgoro primary school, located in Zithobeni township, South Africa. Funded by UNESCO, the training aims to provide teachers with basic skills in ICT and information literacy. Read about it here

New design of One Laptop per Child – now for older pupils.

Read the article by Jonathan Fildes of BBC News>>>>>

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Blog Notes

Posted by gaelicnotes on September 23, 2010

*Subscribe to the UNISA  Library Research Blog to keep up to date with the sector:

Some highlights include  : *Futures thinking for academic libraries: higher education in 2025 (excellent report!)

*Students, meet your new teacher, Mr Robot

*It’s time to prepare for the end of the web as we know it

*A librarian takes on Google Books (from Blog dot rory)  Rory Cellan-Jones 7 June 2010

*ACRL – College and research libraries news … June 2010

Read the article : 2010 top ten trends in academic libraries: A review of the current literature

Coll. res. libr. news June 2010 71:286-292

*A peer-edited library blog: In the Library With the Lead Pipe. Take a look

*  Google Scholar Blog Read about all the features on the first post of a new blog read how they aim to assist academic users with email alerts related to your query

*Time’s best blogs of 2010
Time makes its annual picks with five essential blogs “we cannot do without” (The Daily, TechCrunch, Gawker, Politico’s Ben Smith, and Boing Boing), and five overrated….Time, June 28

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Take Note

Posted by gaelicnotes on September 23, 2010

Online graduation for online degree: The first virtual graduation took place at the Florida State University on May 1st as the avatars of six students attended their Second Life Graduation Ceremony. These distance education students at the College of Communication and Information not only earned their degrees online but also graduated online. Watch the video of this  virtual graduation (9:09).

A man dubbed the “Tome Raider” after he stole rare books valued at £1m is sent back to jail for taking 13 antique volumes from a London library.  Read more about the theft of valuable horticultural books here>>>>>

Best anti-plagiarism video ever
The University Library of Bergen, Norway, created a Dickensian tale (5:13) about the dangers of copyright violation. Hit the CC button for English subtitles…. YouTube, May 27

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Library Trivia Notes

Posted by gaelicnotes on September 23, 2010

20 things you might not know about Shakespeare
Robert Gore-Langton gives us some insight into Shakespeare the man     Read more >>>>

Things librarians fancy, chapter 2 Travis Jonker presents “Things Librarians                 Fancy, chapter 2 Read more here>>> Read chapter 1 >>>> here).

(100 Scope Notes, June 8) [From American Libraries direct June 9 2010]

The step-by-step guide for digitizing your life
Adam Dachis writes: “Your increasingly digital lifestyle has left your analog media collecting dust. Save it from obsolescence and digitize your life. This guide covers many different kinds of media, so feel free to skip to the section(s) that interest you the most: paper, images, audio, video, and storage and organization.”…. Read how >>>> [Lifehacker, June 8 ]

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Quote of Note

Posted by gaelicnotes on July 20, 2010

Tutu: “Tell it like it is!”

I only see our country as a scintillating success waiting to happen. Help it to  happen.” 8 July 2010

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