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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 December 15, 2010

Disability Notes

EBooks: “DAISY to Epub converter announced by Don Johnston Inc.” Don Johnston Incorporated, announced a new software conversion tool, DAISYtoEPUB. This tool converts DAISY 3 (Digital Accessible Information System) electronic files into EPUB, an XML format to easily navigate through digital books and publications.  Read more>>>

Capacity Building  Notes

“As trainers, we don’t question the value of staff development” But do our managers, directors, and funding agencies agree with us?. Here are two reasons why training is essential and three key efforts for moving it forward.”…  (ALA Learning, Nov. 30)

Stephen Bell writes about our role in higher education and where we fit into the structure of colleges and universities…
(from ACRLog, Dec. 1)

  • Is it our job to teach? Read what Eveline Houtman has to say in “Trying to figure it out”: Academic librarians talk about learning to teach” in Library and Information Research, Vol 34, No 107 (2010) . Full Text: PDF

British Library Chief Executive Lynne Brindley writes: “To continue to play their part in enriching the cultural life of the nation, libraries and archives are going to have to work fast and take the digital lead.

  • Read the British Library’s 10-year strategy plan.

2020 Vision (PDF file)

  • ARL’s 2030 scenarios on the future roles of researcher and collections

Read the guide to scenario planning, which identifies four main areas.  By Lynn Blumenstein

  1. The Research Entrepreneur
  2. Reuse and Recycle .
  3. Disciplines in Charge .
  4. Global Followers .

or Read more about the scenario project here  project’s website.

or the four scenarios

or Read the comments on the  roles of the librarian in the 4 scenarios by Jennifer Howard         Four very different futures imagined for academic libraries (from Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 19; Association of Research Libraries, Oct. 19)

  • The Unknown cataloguer

So, let’s hear it for the Unknown Cataloger playing her or his part in the sublime mission of preserving and transmitting the human record and the more mundane task of enabling the discoveries of Professor Hebden-Snorkel and her many colleagues that will, if all goes well, …..”   Read more>>>


Celebrating National Gaming Day
Read about a National Gaming Day and other gaming resources such as Games and Gaming Resources wiki, especially the Advocacy and Gaming and Literacy sections, the Librarian’s Guide to Gaming.  (from AL: Ask the ALA Librarian, Oct. 26)

Look also at this useful list of links ………..The Connection Between Literacy and Gaming


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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 October 19, 2010

Disability Notes

EBSCO adds text-to-speech

EBSCO Publishing has added text-to-speech support to its EBSCOhost databases, by embedding Texthelp Systems’ SpeechStream toolbar. Users will be able to take advantage of this new feature with any full-text articles available in HTML. Text-to-speech support allows users to read along while a human-sounding voice speaks the text on the screen….
From Library Technology, Aug. 26

Read about the : Unisa Library Services to Clients with Special Needs on the UNISA Library blog

Capacity Building  Notes

Final report: the demand for and supply of skills in library and information services, archival services and records management. This report commissioned by the Dept. of Arts and Culture (DAC) and compiled by the consultants EE Research Focus (Pty) Ltd and Content at Work is available for download at the DAC website (under “What’s new”) or pdf link here

Marketing academic libraries in the 21st century

by Shawn Hartman comments that effective marketing strategies are imperative for survival. Some guidelineson the effectively marketing of library services is discussed

Résumés are on the way out
“Technology is making the résumé obsolete faster than we think” Using LinkedIn profiles in lieu of résumés. The website Unvarnished takes LinkedIn recommendations to another level by making the reviewer anonymous. Other sites such as oDesk and Elance give some ides of the future of résumés
From GigaOM, Sept. 19

No more “library orientations”

by Rob Weir who writes: “After years of frustration, last spring I gave up on the library orientation for my students. Instead, I decided to try making a library specialist an ongoing part of my writing seminar.”
From Inside Higher Ed: Career Advice, July 16

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has released a podcast (4:30) on 21st-century skills by IMLS Acting Director Marsha L. Semmel, who explains what 21st-century skills are, where the movement came from, and where libraries and museums fit in. Read about the Plain-language facts on 21st-century skills
From Institute of Museum and Library Services, Aug. 11

American Library Association has released the 2nd ed of Teaching information literacy to college students with 50 lessons showing how to engage students with electronic and print information resources alike….
ALA Editions, Aug. 6

Building literacy around the world
Room to Read founder and Executive Chairman John Wood talks (4:51) with CNN Money about his organization, which has built more than 10,000 libraries around the world using big-business practices and social networking.
CNN Money, Aug. 6

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Of Note

Posted by gaelicnotes on October 19, 2010

RDA and AACR2 compared: examples
The Library of Congress has posted some examples in Word format that illustrate the differences between the AACR2 and RDA cataloging rules. Take a look  >>>
Library of Congress Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate, May 24

Ever wonder what a QR code is…..

It is a matrix code (or two-dimensional bar code) created by Japanese corporation Denso-Wave in 1994. The “QR” = “Quick Response”, as the creator intended the code to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed. QR Codes store addresses and URLs that may appear in magazines, on signs, buses, business cards, or just about any object that users might need information about and can be read by cell phone cameras that have the correct reader applications. With thanks from Wikipedia

A cataloger’s perspective on coding
The future of library cataloging and metadata is inextricably bound up with technology. Although many predict doom and obsolescence for library metadata, I do believe that bibliographic data still has a role to play in the universe of information.”…  Read more >>>>
Code4Lib Journal, no. 11 (Sept. 21)

The internet needs a Dewey Decimal system
Read what Paul Shapiro has to say on the matter …The more precisely we can describe things, the more precisely people will be able to find what they need.
PC World, Sept. 27

Noteworthy reads

In the Special edition of Library Management which focuses on Africa several articles by GAELIC members are published

Moropa , Robert    Academic libraries in transition: some leadership issues, a viewpoint

Library Management 2010 (31, 6) p381-390

Chiware , Elisha R .T Positioning the technological university library in higher education and human resources development in Africa Library Management 2010 (31, 6) p381-390 p. 391-403
  Henning , Judy C .  Management of open distance libraries with reference to learner support

Library Management 2010 (31, 6) p381-390 p. 440-450

  Moshoeshoe – Chadzingwa , Matšeliso M .  Human resource management in Southern African libraries Library Management 2010 (31, 6) p381-390 p. 451-465
  Mbambo – Thata , Buhle Assessing the impact of new technology on internal operations : With special reference to the introduction of mobile phone services at UNISA Library Library Management 2010 (31, 6) p381-390 p. 466-475


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Take Note

Posted by gaelicnotes on October 19, 2010

WorldCat notes

Mobile scanning apps available that include WorldCat library listings

CampusBooks – find free textbooks, iPhone or Android

BookMinder – create a personalized list of books that interest you, Android

iRecommend – get recommendations based on your current title, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

iBookshelf – create your personal portable book database, iPhone and iPad

MyLibrary – organize your personal media collection, iPhone and iPad

MyBox Office – Keep track of your DVD and VHS movies, iPhone and iPad

DiskTracker – View your CD collection, iPhone and iPad

An experimental version of WorldCat for mobile phones for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), Android and some Blackberry models at .

On Facebook Become a Fan of WorldCat on the new WorldCat Page. .

On Twitter Follow @WorldCatorg’s tweet stream to get the latest news as it happens, or share feedback and stories with the team


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

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 18, 2010

The group held their first meeting of the year and has elected Maria Sibanda (of University of Limpopo) as the incoming Convenor – congratulations. They are busy planning a show and tell workshop for August.

Some new challenges to consider: First non-Latin web addresses go live where Arab nations lead the change to make the world wide web more user friendly. Net regulator Icann has switched on a system that allows full web addresses to contain no Latin characters.    Read more>>>>>>

The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy has published a useful document entitled “Checking out the future: perspectives from the library community on information technology and 21st century libraries” Down load here>>>>>

Need to promote WorldCat? Access here for various promotional materials to download and customization

Stanford Prepares For Its Bookless Science Library Stanford University moves toward the creation of its first “bookless library” as it packs up and empties the physical contents of the two old Physics and Engineering libraries. Read more from the The Kept-Up Academic Librarian

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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 18, 2010

The Team held a very productive strategic planning session and are now well on their    way with planning the Summer Training Camp which will be held over a full week this  year during November. This event will include the Marketing Fair and details will be  sent out soon. Congratulations to Nkisheng Mphahlele of TUT on her selection as the  incoming Operational Manager for this Objective.  The Proposal Writing and Fundraising  workshop held at Wits was a wonderful event with numerous pertinent issues raised.

Many thanks to the Wits Foundation team for their input. .

Presentations will be available on the web soon.

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Capacity building Notes

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 18, 2010

Raising your internal profile as an academic liaison librarian. Read more from Research Information Network

Making the most of your career : advice for new academic librarians by René Tanner.   From College and research libraries news (71 (5) May 2010)

UK site for young professionals. Read about how LLUK and MLA, the Museums, Libraries & Archives councilhave collaborated on a new website to highlight the opportunities for young people in libraries, archives and information services. It showcases real life people profiles and current job roles in libraries, archives and information services settings. Take a look at the site >>>>

Coaching in the Library by Ruth Metz

A professional coach can help leaders and staff up their game in dealing with an ever-changing environment and shrinking resources.  From American Libraries Magazine

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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 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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