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Welcome Note

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 11, 2010

Welcome to the Class of 2010

Welcome back colleagues

It’s back to the grindstone with many of us already up and running, having dealt with the first intake of students and presented the introductory library orientation sessions. 2010 promises to be a busy and exciting year and all of us at the FOTIM Office wish you success and strength as you face the challenges.

Zodwa, Anke, Tanya, Lawson & Carole

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GAELIC Strategic Plan

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 11, 2010

We have several new ideas for GAELIC projects and in support of the general excitement around the World Cup, we are hoping to adopting a 2010 theme of      Think global ~act local

The overall focus will be on challenges facing academic libraries globally but adapted to a local approach.  l encourage all of you to work together within GAELIC to make this a reality.

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GAELIC Celebrations

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 11, 2010

  • Targeting Talent programme at Wits received a much-welcomed boost when international literacy organisation Room to Read donated 636 books to its cause.
  • Adam Habib of UJ comments about the challenge of journal costs to the universities.  Nov 2009
  • Read the UP library newsletter for an overview of all the exciting things happening at the University of Pretoria library

(Please let us know of other member newsletters which we can highlight)

  • Congratulations to Erika Rood who is to be the Assistant to the current IFLA President Ms Ellen Tise for the duration of her term until 2011. Erika’s is the Training Librarian at North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) and a member of one of the GAELIC strategic Teams

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Disability Notes

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 11, 2010

GAELIC is working with the FOTIM Disability Group on a proposal to investigate services to library users with disabilities. Please contact the GAELIC Office if you have any interest in this area.

IFLA and DISABILITY

Read about the update on copyright developments within WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) discussed at the 19th Session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights. Topics included: educational exceptions; visually impaired readers; audio-visual issues and broadcasting rights.
JISC TechDis launches a tool to improve internet accessibility: an internet browser tool making information on the web more accessible for everyone, especially disabled users. (from IWR News Desk, Information World Review 20 Jan 2010)

The president of the National Federation of the Blind, (the oldest and largest organization of blind people in the US,) addressed staff at the Library of Congress on the 21st January, 2010 on the need for digital information, including electronic books, to be made available to the blind

Students with print disabilities will soon have access to a larger library of web-based college textbooks. (by Dennis Carter, Dec 15th, 2009) Read more>>>>

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VUMA! Notes

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 11, 2010

The VUMA! video is available on YouTube – please encourage the students to use VUMA! as a support resources and consider using it as a way to create your blog or as a means to communicate with them.

There are a lot of new and exciting options on the portal for 2010. Take a look at the TOP Ten survival tools for the beginning of this year…. 10. News and Events happening on the campuses.  9. Career profiles to find out more about study options & requirements 8. Keep an online journal at Blog-it!!! 7. Find articles and online information Library 6. Get a daily inspiration ‘Quote of the Day’ 5. Find friends – new and old. 4. Join in online discussions about university life, relationships, and lecturers – Say-it!!! 3.  Locate health centres, financial services, & important offices on your campus – UNI Contacts 2. find part-time work at your university.  1. Relax and have some fun

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Objective 1

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 11, 2010

IUG:SA 09 read the report from staff at the University of Pretoria who attended the event

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Objective 2

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 11, 2010

The Library Journal Directors’ Summit, “Successful Fundraising in a Tough Economy,” held in November 09 produced some useful sources for contemplating. See the “7 Key ingredients for a successful capital campaign” produced by The Friends of San Francisco Public Library and others.

The Objective 2 Team are planning the training and workshop timetable for 2010 and despite the interruption of the World Cup we will endeavor to provide something for everyone.. –  keep an eye out for notices and call for participations.

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Objective 3

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 11, 2010

The debate around a tax on books becomes active once again. Read about>>.   “ a tax on books is a tax on learning”

Kenya calls for a policy for Africa:  the Continent Needs Strong ICT Policies Read more>>>>

Another exciting project is under discussion for GAELIC focused on an African digital library initiative. Watch this space.

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Open Access Notes

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 11, 2010

New works in the South African Public Domain [by Andrew Rens ]  Find out more>>>>

Google publishes Stanford dissertations online Read more>>>

OpenThesis is a free repository of theses, dissertations, and other academic documents Read more>>>>

Open Access journal : Codex: the journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRLA peer-reviewed journal examining academic libraries and librarianship

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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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Noteworthy

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 11, 2010

Library Transformation Charter: The 6th Draft of the Library Transformation Charter can be found on the National Library site. Read Chapter 4 section c  (Page 27) about University Libraries.

Download the full 2010 Horizon report . Read about the Key Trends ; a comprehensive look at Electronic Books and the academic environment ; and Six new technologies to watch are just a few fascinating subject covered.

Longshots Library Podcast Celebrates its 200th Episode with an interview

of Dr. Peter Lor on how February 11, 1990, the day Nelson Mandela walked out of prison, was a turning point. He also relates how libraries have strived to play a part in the educational and cultural development of the country after apartheid.

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Musical Notes

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 11, 2010

DeweyMusic is a new public domain music library, where you can listen to, download, remix, and share anything you see on this site legally free.

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Take Note

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 11, 2010

69 of the best web applications from 2009. See how many you know

SCONUL (Society of College, National and University Libraries). Read the latest Focus newsletter online. No 45 is a special Subject Librarians issue

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Support Notes

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 11, 2010

More about the eBook revolution from the Horizon report

Things you need to know about Sony Readers in a Higher Education Environment    Read more>>>>

Devices to take textbooks beyond text :Read about the new e-book readers >>>>

E-Book fans are proving to be enthusiastic readers Read how they may be creating a greater interest in books

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Security Notes

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 11, 2010

Check your Facebook – advice from the New York Times..

3 Facebook Settings Every User Should Check Now Read about them>>>

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Library Trivia Notes

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 11, 2010

Many of the words we use have become so familiar that we don’t think that their usage became popular in the last 10 years. Read “words of the decade” from Portrait of the Decade Part 1

Did you know that Wikipedia is 9 years old this year Read about it >>>>Happy Birthday!!!!!

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Future Note

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 11, 2010

South Africa National Library week runs from the 20th to 26th of March this year with the theme “Reading Changes Lives”.

The 10th Southern African Online Information Meeting: Past, Present and Future will be held at the CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria from 4th – 5th August 2010. Run by SAOUG (Southern African Online User Group), SLIS (Special Library Information Specialists) and OSALL (Organisation of SA Law Librarians) the call for papers is open until 3 May. Contact: glenda.myers@wits.ac.za

International Conference on Digital Scholarship and Emerging Technologies. 25-27 May 2010. University of Botswana New Conference Complex. Organized jointly by the University of Botswana, the University of Pretoria and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

The Future is Now: new roles and relationships for academic libraries. 16 – 18 May 2010. University of Johannesburg, Council Chambers, Kingsway campus. For more information >>>

2010 Annual LIS Research Symposium – University of South Africa (UNISA) Library Services and Department of Information Science. 22 to 23 July 2010. UNISA School for Business Leadership (SBL) in Midrand, Call for papers/poster presentations now open. For more information >>>

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Quote of note

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 11, 2010

“I am a part of all I have read” (Theodore Rubin)

“The library is not only a diary of the human race, but marks an act of faith in the continuity of humanity”  Vartan Gregorian (Carnegie Corporation)

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