Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Building Tomorrow’s Learning Experience: Personalized, Predictive and Connected

Source: 2Elearning, by Wayne Mcculloch and Walter Rogers, 17 October 2014

We’ve arrived at a turning point in history where new technology is profoundly changing our way of life as well as our methods of manufacturing, distributing, selling and consuming goods and services. The changes brought about by this digital revolution are disrupting the way businesses are organized and the way people work. They are creating a “new normal," which will be  personalized, predictive and connected.

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Samsung 'Eye Mouse' Lets Users Control Computer With the Blink of an Eye


Source: ABC News, by Alyssa Newcomb, 25 November 2014

Samsung's eye scrolling technology has been taken to a new level by a volunteer group of engineers who have developed a system that allows a user to surf the Internet, write and edit documents with the blink of an eye.

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Study reveals how much people understand Internet

Source: Phys.org, by Anne Flaherty, 25bNovember 2014

A new Pew Research Center survey released Tuesday found most people can recognize Microsoft founder Bill Gates and know that hashtags belong in tweets, but are confused about whether having a privacy policy means that a company actually keeps consumer information confidential.

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Invited lecture by RD Lankes - The Turning Tide: From Collection Development to Community Facilitation

Abstract: 
Libraries have seen massive and profound changes in their collections over the past half century. It is time to radically change how we view service to our communities as well.

Slides: 
http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2014/SJU.pdf

Audio: 

http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2014/SJU.mp3  

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40 (5), 447-451 available online

Some of the articles published in The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40 (5), 447-451 available online:

- Exner, N. (2014). Research Information Literacy: Addressing Original Researchers' Needs. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40 (5), 460-466.

- Turcios, M. et al (2014). How Much of Library and Information Science Literature Qualifies as Research? The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40 (5), 473-479.

- Drabinski, E. (2014). Toward a Kairos of Library Instruction. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40 (5), 480-485.

- Rodriguez, J. et al (2014). Copyright and You: Copyright Instruction for College Students in the Digital Age. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40 (5), 486-491.

- Al-Shboul, M. and Abrizah, A. (2014). Information Needs: Developing Personas of Humanities Scholars. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40 (5), 500-509.

- Oakleaf, M. (2014) A Roadmap for Assessing Student Learning Using the New Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40 (5), 510-514.

- Dalton, M. and Pan, R. (2014). Snakes or Ladders? Evaluating a LibGuides Pilot at UCD Library. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40 (5), 515-520.

- Brown, R. (2014). A Literature Review of How Videogames Are Assessed in Library and Information Science and Beyond. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40 (5), 447-451.


Website: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00991333   

Great internet age divide is a myth (written by Andrew Denholm)

Denholm, A. (2014, 23 October) Great internet age divide is a myth. Herald.
Available: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/education/great-internet-age-divide-is-a-myth.25672713

CHILDREN growing up in the digital age are no better at using modern technology than their parents, according to an inter­national expert.

47 dead as plague spreads to Madagascar capital


Source: Medical Xpress, by Tsiresena Manjakahery, 24 November 2014

Madagascar said Monday it was trying to contain an outbreak of plague—similar to the Black Death that swept medieval Europe—that has killed 47 people and is spreading to the capital Antananarivo.

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TED TALK Video (2014) Philip Evans: How data will transform business

What does the future of business look like? In an informative talk, Philip Evans gives a quick primer on two long-standing theories in strategy — and explains why he thinks they are essentially invalid.

TED TALK Video (19:00) Hugh Herr: The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance

Hugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature's own designs. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago; now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab's Biomechatronics group, he shows his incredible technology in a talk that's both technical and deeply personal — with the help of ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her left leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and performs again for the first time on the TED stage.

JK Rowling writes 'wonderful' script for Potter spin-off



Source: News24, 25 November 2014

Los Angeles - JK Rowling has written a "wonderful script" for the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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BOOK (2015) Running a Small Library: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians (2nd ed)

Editor: John Moorman
Publisher: ALA Neal-Schuman, 2nd edition, 2015
272 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8389-1273-7

Since running a small library—public, academic, school, or special—often means making do with little or no staff, this challenging task calls for its own set of skills and expertise. That’s where Moorman’s how-to manual comes in, offering guidance on every essential aspect of what it takes to run a small library. Fully revised and updated, including a new chapter on digital library services, the second edition covers such day-to-day issues as
  • Budgeting, from planning to advocacy
  • Developing and implementing policies and procedures
  • Maintaining facilities
  • Acquisition, cataloging, and collection development and management on a shoestring
  • Circulation
  • Programming, outreach, and community partnerships
  • Library technology, from computers and networks to automation systems and beyond

Also featured is an updated resource section listing furniture, automation, book, and periodical vendors; electronic discussion and support groups; professional organizations; and resources for more information. This book is a must-have for any solo librarian or library manager with a small staff.

BOOK (2014) Digital Media Labs in Libraries

Author: Amanda L Goodman
Published: ALA Editions, 2014
44 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8389-5934-3

Families share stories with each other and veterans reconnect with their comrades, while teens edit music videos and then upload them to the web: all this and more can happen in the digital media lab (DML), a gathering of equipment with which people create digital content or convert content that is in analog formats. Enabling community members to create digital content was identified by The Edge Initiative, a national coalition of leading library and local government organizations, as a library technology benchmark. Surveying academic and public libraries in a variety of settings and sharing a range of approaches to creating DMLs, this issue of Library Technology Reports points the way towards meeting that benchmark, showing
  • Funding sources and amounts for 16 DML projects in a range of libraries
  • Links to sample policies and liability forms
  • Information on hardware, software, and websites for sound production, videography, graphic design, and animation
  • How to design a DML, addressing considerations such as power, noise prevention, ventilation, lighting, furniture, and more
  • Configuration and equipment lists for 8 DMLs, ranging from portable to large libraries
  • In-depth profiles of 5 digital media labs compiled from an 11-question survey  

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ursula K. Le Guin: "We will need writers who can remember freedom"

Ursula K. Le Guin accepts the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014.

Regin, new computer spying bug, discovered by Symantec


Source: BBC News, by Rory Cellan-Jones, 23 November 2014

A leading computer security company says it has discovered one of the most sophisticated pieces of malicious software ever seen. 

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Experts say computers in Russia, Saudi Arabia and Ireland have been hit most.

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The Giver (film/movie) - A perfect world without any conflict...ot not? Worth watching!

From Wikipedia:

The Giver is a 2014 American social science fiction film directed by Phillip Noyce and written by Michael Mitnick and Robert B. Weide based on the 1993 novel of same name by Lois Lowry

The film stars Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Cameron Monaghan, Odeya Rush, Alexander Skarsgård, Katie Holmes, and Taylor Swift. 

It was released in the United States on August 15, 2014.

Movie insider describe this movie as follows:
In a perfect world where there is no conflict, racism or sickness, every member of society has a specific role, and 16-year-old Jonas is selected to be the Receiver of Memories. As Jonas uncovers the truth behind his world's past, he discovers that many years earlier his forefathers gave up humanity in order to have a stable society.

To watch the full movie:
http://youtu.be/9C4JX9y1Gro 

Here is the official trailer:

Hitler painting fetches €130 000

“The Old City Hall” that was painted by Adolf Hitler. (Michael Probst, AP)

Source: fin24, 23 November 2014

Frankfurt - A watercolour painted by a young Adolf Hitler a century ago went under the hammer for €130 000 ($161 000) at an auction in the southern German city of Nuremberg.

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Crime-Fighting Robots Go On Patrol In Silicon Valley


Source: San Francisco CBS Local, by Joe Vasquez, 18 November 2014

A new kind of security guard is on patrol in Silicon Valley: crime-fighting robots that look like they’re straight out of a sci-fi movie.

At first glance, the K5 security robot looks like a cartoonish Star Wars character.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

THE DNA of CHANGE: Eight Design Principles for Organizational Transformation


Source: XPLANE, 13 October 2014

Ever wonder how some organizations adapt gracefully – or even thrive – in a changing environment while most others crack and buckle under the same conditions? We did too. And since so many of our clients come to us in times of change, we decided the topic needed some XPLANEing.

Over the last six months we have combed through our client experience for successes and failures, synthesized the best research from change gurus, and found patterns among organizations that navigate change successfully. Here's the result: Change DNA - eight design principles for organizational transformation.

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Google Maps 9.1 for Android now displays local weather, time, and tips about your destination

Source: GreenBot, by Derek Walter, 21 November 2014

Google Maps 9.1 is a rather minor update, compared to the major Material Design oerhaul 9.0.

But it turns out there are some useful features tucked away, especially is you rely on the app for learning about a specific destination you're visiting or scoping our places to go.

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The Future of AI: a Ubiquitous, Invisible, Smart Utility (by Irving Wladawsky-Berger)

Source: Irving Wladawsky-Berger, 19 November 2014

Our increasingly smart machines are now being applied to activities that not long ago were viewed as the exclusive domain of humans.  Cognitive computing, robotics, self-driving cars and AI in general are some of the hottest topics in academia and business these days.

What should we expect from this new generation of AI machines and applications? Are they basically the next generation of sophisticated tools enhancing our human capabilities, as was previously the case with electricity, cars, airplanes, computers and the internet? Or are they radically different from our previous tools because they embody something as fundamentally human as intelligence?

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OER Evidence Report for 2013 - 2014 by OER Research Hub


The Open Educational Resources Research Hub (OER Research Hub) provides a focus for research, designed to give answers to the overall question ‘What is the impact of OER on learning and teaching practices?’ and identify the particular influence of openness. We do this by working in collaboration with projects across four education sectors (K12, college, higher education and informal) extending a network of research with shared methods and shared results.

The project combines:

– Targeted research collaboration with high profile OER projects

– A programme of international fellowship

– Global networking and expertise in OER implementation and evaluation

– A hub for research data and excellence in practice
This report is an interim review of evidence recorded against the key hypotheses that focus the research of the OER Research Hub project.
Suggested citation:de los Arcos, B., Farrow, R., Perryman, L.-A., Pitt, R. & Weller, M. (2014). OER Evidence Report 2013-2014. OER Research Hub. Available:
http://oerresearchhub.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/oerrh-evidence-report-2014.pdf [36 pages]

Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN)

Source: ELEARNSPACE, by George Siemens, 18 November 2014

Higher education is digitizing. All aspects of it, including administration, teaching/learning, and research. The process of becoming digital has important implications for how learning occurs and how research happens and how it is shared. I’m happy to announce the formation of the digital Learning Research Network (dLRN), funded by a $1.6m grant from the Gates Foundation...

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Friday, November 21, 2014

AlphaGalileo - a science research-rich site

AlphaGalileo is designed for science journalists, but anyone with an itch for breaking academic news will enjoy this research-rich site.

Readers may browse by region, including Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America, Oceania, etc.

Website: http://www.alphagalileo.org

ARTICLE (2014) School libraries’ impact on secondary education: a users’ study

Georgios Bikos, Panagiota Papadimitriou, Georgios A. Giannakopoulos, (2014) "School libraries’ impact on secondary education: a users’ study", Library Review, Vol. 63 Iss: 6/7, pp.519 - 530

DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/LR-11-2013-0139

The purpose of this paper is to offer an overview of students’ and teachers’ perceptions of school libraries’ impact on academic performance in secondary education in Greece, using sociological analysis to assess the data and contextualise it in the particular case and social context of Greece after the crisis.
The data which the paper present elucidates, not only the frequency and ways in which pupils of an age up to 14 years use SLs but also their own and their teachers’ assumptions as to the degree in which SLs affect their performance. In this way, the data documents currently dominant perceptions of key categories of users in the Greek context but also reveals, via its critical assessment, the kinds of social factors that enhanced or hindered its impact on learning and academic performance in secondary education in Greece.

ARTICLE (2014) E-ViVa, the national Hellenic fulltext database on Librarianship and Information Science

Filippos Tsimpoglou, Vasiliki V. Koukounidou, Eleni K. Sakka, (2014) "E-ViVa, the national Hellenic fulltext database on Librarianship and Information Science", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 48 Iss: 4, pp.383 - 393

The purpose of this paper is to present E-ViVa (Ellinike Vivliothikonomike Vase), the national Hellenic fulltext database on Librarianship and Information Science, developed by the Library of the University of Cyprus. The objectives of E-ViVa are to identify, locate, gather, organize, index, digitize, preserve and promote the results of the research conducted in Greece and Cyprus in the scientific fields of Archival, Library and Information Sciences. 

ARTICLE (2014) The Albert Einstein archives digitization project: opening hidden treasures

Dalia Mendelsson, Edith Falk, Amalya L. Oliver, (2014) "The Albert Einstein archives digitization project: opening hidden treasures", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 32 Iss: 2, pp.318 - 335

DOI:   http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/LHT-07-2013-0084

The purpose of this paper is to present the organizational and technological processes and strategic choices that led to the successful digitization project of the Albert Einstein Archives.
This is a case study of the major challenges that were associated with the project. These include: the integration of the archives in the academic environment; the management of a project of such magnitude within the university organization and between different stakeholders and the technological aspects of the project and user experience.

ARTICLE (2014) Digitization initiatives and special libraries in India

Paul Shampa, P. Singh Sashi, (2014) "Digitization initiatives and special libraries in India", The Electronic Library, Vol. 32 Iss: 2, pp.221 - 238

DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/EL-02-2012-0022

The purpose of the study is to evaluate the objectives, priorities and criteria of digitization. It also analyses the open access initiatives adopted by the special libraries in National Capital Region of India. The paper further examines the motivating factors of using digital resources.  

Thursday, November 20, 2014

British Museum director rejects Greek efforts to claim Elgin Marbles


Source: Evening Standard, UK, by Louise Jury, 7 November 2014

British Museum director Neil MacGregor has issued a firm rebuff to renewed efforts by the Greeks to claim the Elgin Marbles.

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SA digital economy 'best in Africa'

Source: fin24, 20 November 2014

Johannesburg - South Africa's digital economy is the most developed in Africa and one of the fastest growing in the world, according to an index released on Wednesday.

SA, Egypt, Kenya, and Nigeria were moving toward digital evolution, according to the MasterCard Digital Index.

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Library Books Save Florida State University Student by Standing Up to Bullet

Source: New York Magazine, by Katie Zavadski, 20 November 2014

One lucky Florida State University student escaped unscathed from a Thursday morning shooting rampage in the school's library thanks to his good study habits. Jason Derfuss didn't even notice that he'd been hit until he came home and unloaded his backpack, only to find that a bullet had pierced the sack and several books he had just checked out from the library before finally getting caught in one. Something tells us a Kindle wouldn't have been quite as sturdy.

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Ebola Outbreak 2014: mostly articles published on 19 & 20 November 2014

GENERAL
Ebola's economic cost re-examined, The New York Times, 19 November 2014
Ebola’s economic cost to sub-Saharan Africa may only be a fraction of the worst-case forecast made last month because of progress since then in halting the spread of the disease, a World Bank official said Wednesday, but he warned against relaxation in the containment effort.

Ebola hampers adoptions in West Africa, heightens need for aid to children, Newser, 20 November 2014
The Ebola epidemic has put adoptions in affected West African countries on hold, indefinitely.

Ebola heightens need for aid for orphans, Yahoo!, 20 November 2014
Anglin, who is American but based in Liberia, is in the United States for a month, trying to raise emergency funds for food and supplies, and to keep her organization going.

INDIA
India isolates man with Ebola-infected semen, CNN, 19 november 2014
An Ebola survivor has been quarantined in India after his semen tested positive for the virus, health officials there have announced.


LIBERIA
Ebola crisis in Liberia: 'One in two workers now jobless', BBC News, 19 november 2014
Nearly half of all Liberians who were employed when the Ebola outbreak began are no longer working, a survey by the World Bank has found.

Ebola response in Liberia is hampered by infighting, The New York Times, 19 November 2014
The global response to the Ebola virus in Liberia is being hampered by poor coordination and serious disagreements between Liberian officials and the donors and health agencies fighting the epidemic, according to minutes of top-level meetings and interviews with participants.

Ebola stokes Liberian food shortage as farmers eat seed, Bloomberg, 20 November 2014
The Ebola crisis is exacerbating food shortages in Liberia as a lack of labor hinders production and hungry rice farmers eat the seeds they’d normally hold back for planting next season. 

Liberian couples marry, a sign of less Ebola, ABC News, 18 November 2014
Robert Kollie and his fiancee postponed their October wedding as Ebola ravaged Liberia's capital. The government had warned people to avoid large gatherings. Weddings are full of kissing and hugging and just one unknowingly sick person could infect dozens.

Liberian president hopes to defeat Ebola by Christmas, USA Today, 20 November 2014
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf declared Wednesday that her nation is turning the tide against the deadly Ebola virus, and "we want to have zero cases by Christmas."

MALI
Amid Ebola cases, Mali braces borders and beyond, ABC News, 19 November
On Mali's dusty border with Ebola-stricken Guinea, travelers have a new stop: Inside a white tent, masked medical workers zap incomers with infrared thermometer guns and instruct them to wash their hands in chlorinated water.

Mali nurse endures neighbors' stoning to battle Ebola, Yahoo!, 20 November 2014
"Rita has Ebola!" her neighbors chanted as they gathered at her front door after they learned that two patients at the clinic where she worked in the Malian capital, Bamako, died of the disease. 

SIERRA LEONE
Cuban doctor contracts Ebola in Sierra Leone, Yahoo!, 20 November 2014
Freetown (AFP) - A Cuban doctor infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone became the latest of nearly 600 health workers to have contracted the virus, amid fresh warnings that the fight against the disease is far from over.

Ebola diary: no touching, and a constant stink of chlorine, The Telegraph, 19 november 2014
I reek of chlorine. Chlorine is the first thing I smell when I wake up and when I move I waft swimming pools … I’m beginning to wonder if I’ll ever smell of anything else. And yet it is a comforting smell as no damn filovirus is getting past my 1 in 10 chlorine. Chlorine is now a way of life in Sierra Leone – not only for those working directly with Ebola patients, but at the door of every shop and café, even at road blocks. In fact, pretty much the whole of Freetown now smells of chlorine. 

Ebola spreadng intensely in Sierra Leone as toll rises: WHO, Reuters, 19 November 2014
The toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,420 deaths out of 15,145 cases in eight countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, with transmission of the deadly virus still "intense and widespread" in Sierra Leone.

The Ebola Dance, AFP, 18 November 2014 (inlcudes photos and video)
KENEMA - The town of Kenema, near the borders with Liberia and Guinea, was right in the heart of Sierra Leone’s Ebola outbreak up until September. A 60-bed field hospital was set up by the Red Cross in the middle of nowhere to care for the region’s sick. Since then the epicentre of the epidemic has moved west but the Kenema centre is still standing, caring for Ebola patients from across the west African country.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CDC chief drops worst-case Ebola estimate, Yahoo!, 19 November 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The government's worst-case scenario forecast for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa won't happen, a U.S. health official said Wednesday.

U.S. to allow people from nations hit by Ebola to stay temporarily, Reuters, 20 november 2014
The Department of Homeland Security will grant temporary protected status to people from the three West African countries most affected by Ebola who are currently residing in the United States, department officials said on Thursday. 

Woman's remains being tested for Ebola in New York City, The New York Times, 18 November 2014
A woman who died of an apparent heart attack at a New York City hair salon on Tuesday will be tested for the Ebola virus out of “an abundance of caution” because she had recently been in West Africa, city health officials said.

Researchers name new insect for 'Harry Potter' creature

Thestral incognitus

Source: Phys.org, 20 November 2014

The series of "Harry Potter" fantasy books was the inspiration for the naming of a new insect discovered by NDSU researchers. The species of stink bug was named "Thestral incognitus," after the imaginary thestrals created by author J.K. Rowling.

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BOOK (2014) When Money Destroys Nations

Authors: Philip Haslam and Russell Lamberti
Published: Penguin Books, August 2014
ISBN: 9780143539186

Since the global financial crisis of 2008, the major governments of the world have resorted to printing vast sums of money to pay national debts and bail out banks. The warning signs are clear, and the collapse of the Zimbabwean dollar in 2009 after years of rampant money printing is a frightening example of what lies in store for the world’s economies if painful but necessary reform is not enacted soon.
 
When Money Destroys Nations tells the gripping story of the disintegration of the once-thriving Zimbabwean economy and how ordinary people survived in turbulent circumstances. Analysing this case within a global context, Philip Haslam and Russell Lamberti investigate the causes of hyperinflation and draw ominous parallels between Zimbabwe and the world’s developed economies. The looming currency crises and possible hyperinflation in these major economies, particularly the United States, have the potential to turn the current world order upside down. This story of how money destroys nations holds lessons that cannot be ignored. 

E-Learning and Digital Media (vol 11, no 6, 2014) is now available

Latest issue of E-Learning and Digital Media (volume 11, number 6, 2014) is now available. 

Here are some of the articles to be seen in some issue:
*  Abdulkareem Al-Alwani. Evaluation Criterion for Quality Assessment of e-learning content
*  Owen Barden. Winking at Facebook: capturing digitally mediated classroom learning
*  Catherine Beavis et al. Teachers’ Beliefs about the Possibilities and Limitations of Digital Games in Classrooms
*  Anne Cloonan, Kirsten Hutchison & Louise Paatsch. Innovating from the Inside: teacher influence and the ‘promisingness’ of digital learning environments

*  Greg Diglin. Living the Orwellian Nightmare: new media and digital dystopia
*  Ksenia A. Korobkova & Rebecca W. Black. Contrasting Visions: identity, literacy, and boundary work in a fan community
*  Abel Usoro, Razep Echeng & Grzegorz Majewski. A Model of Acceptance of Web 2.0 in Learning in Higher Education: a case study of two cultures
*  Steven J. Zuiker. Visual Communication in Transition: designing for new media literacies and visual culture art education

The latest issue of Journal of Library Innovation (vol 5, no 2, 2014) is now available online

The latest issue of  Journal of Library Innovation (volume 5, number 2, 2014) is now available online. 

Here are three of the articles:
*  Learning Through Play, the Old School Way: Teaching Information Ethics to Millennials by Lucinda A Rush 

*  Management of E-resources cataloging Workflows at the University of Maryland by beth guay, Rachel Bloch Shapiro, donna King
*  Using Blogs in the Library to Reach Diverse and Non-Traditional Student Groups by Amy Nelson Decker, Monya D. Tomlinson
*  Channeling Passions: Developing a Successful Social Media Strategy by Elizabeth Ramsey, Amy Vecchione 

Virtual Private Library - Gateway to Subject Tracers and KnowledgeDiscoveryBots


http://www.VirtualPrivateLibrary.org

The Virtual Private Library was created in 1994 and maintains a gateway of 54 niched subjects created through it's Subject Tracers and KnowledgeDiscoveryBots actively scouring the Internet for the latest data and information on each subject.  

Linguee - Dictionary and Search Engine for 1,000,000,000 Translations


http://www.linguee.com/

Linguee is a unique translation tool combining an editorial dictionary and a search engine with which you can search hundreds of millions of bilingual texts for words and expressions.  

BOOK (2015) The Coretta Scott King Awards, 1970 - 2014 (5th edition)

Editors: Carole J McCollough and Adelaide Poniatowski Phelps
Publisher: ALA Editions, 5th edition, 2015
192 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-3610-8

Marking the 45th anniversary of the prestigious awards that honor the best in children’s and young adult literature representing the African-American experience, the fifth edition of this unique guide remains an excellent tool for collection development,  readers’ advisory, and classroom use. More than just a bibliography, this resource includes

  • A selection of  biographical profiles introducing the creative artists and illustrators behind the award-winning books
  • Excerpts and color plates from many of the titles
  • A subject index, ideal for curriculum planning


Educators, librarians, and others who work with children will find this one of-a-kind guide invaluable.

SOUTH AFRICA - Cape Town launches public Wi-Fi

Image: Wikitravel

Source: fin24, by Duncan Alfreds, 20 November 2014

Cape Town - The City of Cape Town and Orange announced on Thursday the launch of a Wi-Fi network that would offer limited free internet access in some of the city's poorer suburbs.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Using technology to decrease the knowledge gap between Ugandan men and women

Source: Phys.org, 18 November 2014

If an in-the-flesh Extension specialist isn't available to provide training, is a video of the specialist's presentation or a video of a new agricultural practice a good substitute? The answer, according to a University of Illinois study with farmers in rural Uganda, isn't simple, particularly when gender is factored into the equation.

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