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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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Posted by gaelicnotes on December 15, 2010

Bibliotheca Alexandria adopts the use of the Summon web-scale discovery service to modernize access to its expansive collections through an integrated search of all types of content—print, digital and every format in between – from a single search box. Read more

  • Microsoft Windows is 25 years old!!!  

25 years of Microsoft Windows
Preston Gralla takes you through the image gallery highlighting the system’s development.  Computerworld, Nov. 19

Are users customers? The architects of the new library in Almere, The Netherlands designed the library using the appeal of a retail store. Books are arranged in themed zones rather than by call number and are displayed cover out, spine out, or in small piles. The meandering bookcases create an adventurous, textured environment….
Contemporist, Nov. 18   

Booking to the future
The Colorado State Library conducted a survey to check current library professionals’ predictions for the future of the paper book.  From an  American Libraries feature

The Association of College and Research Libraries comes up with the more tools.  Along with other very valuable reports such as  Futures Thinking for Academic Librarians (PDF), the 2010 Top Ten Trends in Academic Libraries, and the Value of Academic Libraries report, the ACRL has now compiled the new ACRL Plan for Excellence (PDF) and invite comment and input.

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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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Library World Notes

Posted by gaelicnotes on October 19, 2010

Newsmaker: Ellen Tise

Ellen Tise the 2009–2011president of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions was interviewed by American Libraries at IFLA, in Gothenburg, Sweden, where she talked about international relations, energizing the profession, and open access to knowledge

Click link to read more  (American Libraries, Oct 2010)

Economics student starts a library in South Africa
Erin Raab a Rotary Exchange student from Apple Valley, Minnesota intending to get a master’s degree in economic development studies and ended up setting up a library as her master’s project  Watch the video (9:26)…. Minneapolis Star Tribune, Aug. 28; YouTube, July 22

The American Libraries latest digital supplement International digital supplement
It includes highlights from the IFLA conference, the  relief efforts in Haiti and Chile, the Campaign for the World’s Libraries, the launch of RDA, and how to become a Sister Library….
(American Libraries, Sept. 14)

Inaugural Penguin Prize for African Writing. Penguin Books South Africa announced the nonfiction and fiction winners of its inaugural Penguin Prize for African Writing. Winner in the nonfiction category is Pius Adesanmi for You’re Not a Country, Africa!; in the fiction category the winner is Ellen Banda-Aaku for Patchwork…. Penguin Books SA, Sept. 6

500 new African libraries in the past five years
Chris Bradshaw of Portola Valley, California, founded the African Library Project in 2005, with the goal of increasing literacy in Africa. The project has created more than 500 small, free-lending libraries in various countries of Africa, such as Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, and Malawi.
Paper Tigers Blog, Aug. 27; YouTube, Dec. 6, 2007

New draft of Library Charter for consideration Read and comment the 6th draft here >>>>>


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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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Library world news

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 18, 2010

Found in an ALA magazine: The  @ your library brand application. LIASA used it to promote South Africa Library Week with a World Cup approach South Africa scores @ your library.  Read more from the Cape Librarian Sept 2009

5 ways the Google Books Settlement will change the future of reading

Annalee Newitz says it could easily be the 21st century’s most important shift in how we deal with copyright in the world of publishing. Read more>>>>

Please consider participating in the first online annual salary survey for the South African library sector being conducted by LIASA. The survey can be accessed at

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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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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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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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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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