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Library World Notes

Posted by gaelicnotes on December 15, 2010

The launch of the Unisa’s Mobile Library …

The Unisa Library is the first academic library in Africa to introduce this service on wheels which allows then the  opportunity to take library material, resources and training to remote clients.

Congratulations to the President, Ms Naomi Haasbroek and the President-elect, Ms Ujala Satgoor We wish you and the Representative Council much success.

12th LIASA Annual Conference opening speech by Ms Lulu Xingwana is now available on the LIASA website Take a look >>>

SA Library week– 19-26 March2011

The theme for the 2011 SA Library week is  “Read in Your Language @ Your Library”. One of the aims is to get the slogan translated into all 11 official languages. The lack of a reading culture is of great concern and greater awareness should be raised.  While reading is high on the agenda from various sectors, the Library Week theme speaks to this issue, stresses the importance of mother tongue instruction while at the same time promotes the use of libraries.  Read more here>>>>

A new revamped Rhodes University Library ….

Take a look at the new library Photos

Read about the project here >>>>

The Bodleian Library expands
The official opening of the library’s new £26-million ($41-million U.S.) book storage facility in South Marston, Wiltshire. Over the next year, nearly six million books will be moved there this is the biggest book move since the Bodleian first opened its doors to scholars in 1602…. (from BBC News, Oct. 7)

  • African Portal: an Open Access repository on Public Policy The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) announced the launch of the Africa Portal, an tool to share insights on Africa and publish work on policy issues.  A collaboration between CIGI, Makerere University in Kampala, and the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg it features an online library collection, issues section, experts directory, and international events calendar  Being open access the information is free for full-text download.

The NLSA joins the World Digital Library Project : John Tsebe signed a partnership agreement with the World Digital Library Project (WDLP), a joint project of the Library of Congress and UNESCO, which makes significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world available on the internet   From a U.S. Embassy (South Africa Announcement):


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Blog Note

Posted by gaelicnotes on December 15, 2010

From the UNISA Library Research Blog…..

Quality metrics in academic libraries: Striving for excellence

Article by   Leoné Tiemensma of the Midrand Graduate Institute presented at  QQML2009: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries, International Conference, Chania Crete Greece, 26-29 May 2009

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Blog Notes

Posted by gaelicnotes on October 19, 2010

4 Thought provoking issues from  The Kept-Up Academic Librarian blog : ~~~~~~

1. The average book in an academic research library is only checked out once every 50 years. Read about how a library dean is using these statistics to cut his collection in half.  Read more here>>>

2.  For Many Students the Academic Library Is Not About the Books The future of printed books may be in doubt, but students still flock to the buildings created to hold those books. “It’s where I come to get away from all that.”

3.  The library is the most heavily used building on the Tampa campus, with 2 million visits each year but they are not here for the books….Read more>>>

4. Rental Textbooks are the hottest thing on campus

US college students scavenging for affordable textbooks soon realize that some people pay full price, and some find bargains. Now thousands are benefiting from a convergence of new legislation encouraging professors to be aware of costs and a market-driven explosion in rental offerings. Renting is among the cheapest of several options. Read more here >>>

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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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Blog Notes

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 18, 2010

Need to find a conference? Take a look at the UNISA blog featuring upcoming events & conferences.  Read more here>>>>

The Library History Buff Blog by Larry Nix has some wonderful items to read about “Promoting the appreciation, enjoyment, and preservation of our library heritageRead about the Oldest overdue notice (Tues Feb 16 2010)    

Remember Lux Radio Theater? Well you can access and download 108 programmes to assist you remember. Visit the site here >>>> Lux Radio Theater was a radio anthology series, running 1 hour versions of popular Hollywood films from 1934 -1955. Though a bit atmospheric, with pops and crackles, audience laughter and applause this is an fascinating collection.

Thanks to the Cilip blog.

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Blog Notes

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 11, 2010

How to produce Video Interviews for your blog using Skype. Read more>>>

Best blogs 2009 ®     PC Mag publishes its favourite blogs of 2009 Read more>>>>

®     From Edublog – the awards for best blogs 2009 top 10

Best librarian / library blog Never Ending Search ;  Bright IdeasLibrary Tech Musings

Best educational tech support blogiLearn Technology ;   LangwitchesLife Feast

Best elearning / corporate education blogMPB Reflections — 21st Century Teaching and Learning ;  Angela Maiers ; e-learning, conocimiento en red y web colectiva

Best educational use of audioXyleme Voices Podcasts ;  Musical Blogies ;  My Audio School

Best educational use of video / visualBitácora de Aníbal de la TorreThe Longfellow Ten ;  Inanimate Alice

Best educational wikiGreetings From The World ;  Soar 2 New Heights ;  HUMS3001: Censorship and Responsibility

Best educational use of a social networking serviceEnglish Companion Ning ;  EFL Classroom 2.0 ;  RSC Access and Inclusion Ning

Best educational use of a virtual worldVirtual Graduation at the University of Edinburgh–  ;  Virtual Round Table Conference ;  ISTE’s Second Life island and SecondLife Education New Zealand

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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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