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Welcome Notes

Posted by gaelicnotes on October 19, 2010

Welcome notes

Welcome to the lovely weather we are having and the blossoms on the trees. It will soon be time for exams so remember to direct the students to the VUMA! portal for some help in this area

For those who attended LIASA, hope you had a good time networking and learned lots of new things



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GAELIC Celebration

Posted by gaelicnotes on October 19, 2010

*Congratulations to:

Colleagues elected to the incoming LIASA Gauteng North Committee for 2010/11:

Modisa Khosie (Medunsa) – Dep. Chairperson

Harry Nkadimeng (NLSA) – Treasurer

Mmakgoshi Reetseng (UP) – PRO

Patrick Sekhabi (NLSA) – Membership

Elsabe Olivier (UP) Additional members:


*The following candidates from the GAELIC libraries have been selected to attend

Third Carnegie Library Leadership Academy (CLLA)

–  Ms Marieta Buys (North West University – Ferdinand Postma Library)

–  Ms Eunice Lesejane (Unisa)

–  Mr Simon Lesejane (University of the Witwatersrand)

–  Mr Danie Malan (University of Pretoria Library Services – Merensky Library)

–  Ms Mittah Masilela (University of Limpopo – Medunsa Campus Library)

–  Ms Refilwe Matatiele (University of Pretoria Library Services – Merensky Library)

–  Mr Victor Mbuqe (Unisa)

–  Ms Maggie Moropane (University of Pretoria Library Services – Education Library)

–  Ms Rebecca Senyolo (University of the Witwatersrand)

–  Ms Julene Vermeulen (University of Pretoria Library Services – Merensky Library)

Congratulations to all

*Librarian of the Year

Denise Rosemary Nicholson, (Copyright Services Librarian at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg) was voted the LIASA Gauteng South Branch Librarian of the Year and then LIASA LIBRARIAN OF THE YEAR.  Well done Denise

*Elsabe Olivier (UP) has been elected as the South African representative on the Board of Directors of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD).

*Rebecca Senyolo, Librarian at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg for being awarded the first Ellen Tise Leadership Grant by LIASA. This new grant is named after the IFLA president, 2009/11 and recognizes active involvement in LIASA on any level.  Read more>>>>> thanks to Chatter Box

*Matseliso (Tseli) Moshoeshoe-Chadzingwa, Librarian National University of Lesotho was welcomed as a new board member on the eIFL Advisory Board



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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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The GAELIC Strategic Plan

GAELIC Summer Camp 2010– don’t forget to mark this event in your diary (15-19th November) National Library of South Africa auditorium Pretoria.

Day 1 Marketing Fair

Day 2:  Reference staff and subject librarians.

Day 3 : Technical services and the IT services (incl system) staff

Day 4: Support staff and administrative staff

Day 5: “Labour relations”

Details to follow soon

VUMA! Project

VUMA!    for study information and resources including the Study Skills Tutorials.

The UNI Reviews area is a dedicated space for students to access information regarding all 23 public universities in SouthAfrica and share information.  Click here for access >>>

Disability Project

The Ford DMS Project  to investigate disability services in higher education on a national level is progressing well. Disability Management Services (DMS) has been contracted to undertake the research component of the project. As part of this project,benchmarking activities will be conducted by the Project Team members. Anlia Pretorius, Diane Bell and Tanya Healey visited various institutions in the United Kingdom from 2 – 12 October to assess what constitutes best practice at disability units in England.   Read more here>>>>

SALIT Project

The SALIT sponsored GAELIC project investigating library services to users with disabilities and is progressing well and we had responses to our survey from 8 of our members. Results have been recorded and the project is moving into the next phase of benchmarking for evaluation of the local results.

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

Posted by gaelicnotes on October 19, 2010

The Group held a very successful Show and Tell workshop once again at the National Library of south Africa. Presentations can be found on Slideshare at  Slideshare Fotim

IUG-SA 9th Conference on Millennium Maximized! : to maximize the products in Millennium in order to make the most of our integrated library system. Organized by IUG:SA (INNOVATIVE USERS GROUP SOUTHERN AFRICA) from 10-12 November 2010. 10th to 12th November 2010, at the University of Botswana (Botswana)

Maybe we need to consider this option…….No More Library Cards at UK School: Fingerprint Scanning Now Being Used to Checkout Materials (Read the comments From Popular Science June 7th )

Medical students at University given text books on iPhones
Read more by Sean Coughlan of BBC News

American Library Association has published a very useful guide to library space and buildings in the 21st century … The Academic Library Building in the Digital Age: A Study of Construction, Planning, and Design of New Library Space, a research study conducted by Illinois Institute of Technology Dean of Libraries Christopher Stewart.


some good advice here

How to conquer your feed reader
are you “overwhelmed by their Google Reader, so much so that not only are they regularly declaring Reader bankruptcy”?Here are some suggestions for mastering it.”…
From Librarian by Day, Sept. 28

Five tips for keeping track of your passwords
“some great tools and services available to users to not only keep your passwords secure, but to also make them accessible and usable from multiple computers or web browsers” Five favorites
From My Life Scoop, Sept. 20

How to recover broken MP3 files

If a file suddenly has choppy sound or doesn’t play at all, and if a collection of songs can’t be added to iTunes, here are some apps that will help you detect the fault.”

From MakeUseOf, Sept. 21

Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report An  ACRL report  which can be downloaded

Measuring the impact of libraries The Free Library of Philadelphia has partnered with economists at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government to conduct an economic impact study on why people use the library and how it affects their lives.”…
Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug. 19

The future of online socializing
The social benefits of internet use will far outweigh the negatives over the next decade, according to experts consulted in the Pew Research Center’s fourth Future of the Internet survey (PDF file). Read what they have to say about email, social networks, and other online tools
Pew Internet and American Life Project, July 2

Need to edit an MP3 file? ….. With the free Online MP3 Cutter you can extract just a few seconds of audio from a larger file without losing any sound quality in the process.

From Instructify, Aug. 24

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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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Objective 3 Improve cost efficiency through joint procurement and resources sharing African Digital Initiative

Posted by gaelicnotes on October 19, 2010

European Congress on digital libraries
Delegates from more than 27 countries taking part in a September 20–21 meeting in Brussels, Belgium, came to the conclusion that the role of the librarian in Europe will be as a guide to internet resources. The European Congress on E-Inclusion also suggested that public libraries communicate to the public more about the added value they can offer….
From, Sept. 23

Open access and Institutional Repositories

October 18-24, is Open Access Week

Many GAELIC members are using the opportunity to show case the Open Access movement.

EIFL partners and staff will participate in this global event to promote free, immediate, online access to research.  The July/August 2010 issue of EDUCAUSE Review is all about “open” – open content, open courses, open faculty, open technology…anything that’s open is up for analysis in this issue. Read more here >>>

from kept up academic librarian 9 September 2010

Digitization Principles

Association of Research Libraries Board of Directors unanimously voted on July 26 to endorse a set of nine principles (PDF file) to guide vendor/publisher relations in large-scale digitization projects of special collections materials. They advise the ARL member libraries to refrain from signing future agreements with publishers or vendors, either individually or through consortia, that do not adhere to the principles. Read more here >>>>…

Association of Research Libraries, Aug. 4

Top 10 sites to debunk internet hoaxes
by Tim Malone Check out the latest hoax, scam, rumor, or urban legend, on one of these sites
From TechRepublic, Aug. 6


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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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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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South African Journal of Information Management has published its very first full-text article online for 2010  Read more here>>>>

Virtual bookplates : Enhancing donor recognition and library development

By Steven CarricoJason Fleming and Betsy Simpson read more here>>>>

What they don’t teach you in library school
ALA Editions has released What They Don’t Teach You in Library School by Elisabeth Doucett. Teaching the basic skills of being a librarian—how to catalog books, how to clarify a reference request, how to run a story hour. Doucett offers the inside scoop on what else a librarian really needs to know….
ALA Editions, Sept. 20

Read more about Skype adds 10-way video calling
The latest beta release of Skype is now offers 10-way calling facility. To test out this new feature, download the Skype 5.0 beta update.”…
Instructify, Sept. 10

Lorem Ipsum Ever wondered what this means?
Lorem Ipsum is dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. It has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s when an unknown printer took a galley of Latin type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting. The text actually comes from a garbled version of sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of De finibus bonorum et malorum (On the Ends of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 B.C….  Read more here>>>
Lorem Ipsum Generator

Turn your blog into a PDF book
Richard Byrne writes: Blogger users who want to turn the contents of their blogs into e-books. BlogBooker is a free service that allows you to turn the contents of your Blogger blog into a PDF.
Free Technology for Teachers, Aug. 30

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eBook Notes

Posted by gaelicnotes on October 19, 2010

eBook Notes
“It’s a book” – Books have many futures


Read about the Five Laws of Library Science (Ebook edition) as posed by AndyW

1. Ebooks are for use.

2. Every reader his or her ebook.

3. Every book, any ereader.

4. Save the time of the ereader patron.

5. The library is an evolving organism.

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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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Library Trivia Notes

Posted by gaelicnotes on October 19, 2010



Virginia librarians create a YouTube hit
American Librarians make a point on YouTube….(4:44) of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,”  Take a look>>> WRC-TV, Washington, D.C., Sept. 22; YouTube, Sept. 11

Library-scented perfume
Brooklyn perfumery I Hate Perfume has a scent called “In the Library,” a “warm blend of English novel, Russian and M

oroccan leather bindings, worn cloth and a hint of wood polish.” These scents mean excitement, adventure, discovery, enlightenment, and knowledge.”… what next…..
I Hate Perfum

A British pub library
A pub in Hudswell, in the U.K.’s Yorkshire Dales, that doubles as a library may be a glimpse of the future for some communities. Villagers purchased a pub to save it from closing and set up a five-shelf library outlet inside, organized by a volunteer but kept supplied with books from the nearby Richmond library. Residents sign a register to check out a book….
BBC News, Aug. 23    Cheers!!

You know you’re a 21st-century librarian when…
Some fun for us… So how do you know you’re a 21st-century librarian? When: 1. You have to remind kindergarteners to turn off their cell phones before the story starts.” And 19 more indicators….
The Blue Skunk Blog, Aug. 8

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Future Notes

Posted by gaelicnotes on October 19, 2010

Call for papers: 4th Digital Scholarship and Curation Conference 17-19 May 2011

17 -19 May 2011  CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa   Innovation & collaboration in the digital research and learning environments

XIXth Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa Library and Information Associations (SCECSAL) 6th – 9th December 2010, Gaborone, Botswana

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Past Notes

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UNISA Research Seminar

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Quote of Note

Posted by gaelicnotes on October 19, 2010

Quote of Note

I’m of a fearsome mind to throw my arms around every living librarian who crosses my path, on behalf of the souls they never knew they saved.
Barbara Kingsolver

People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.
Saul Bellow


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