Friday, December 19, 2014

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ARTICLES on QR codes

Bruce E. Massis, (2011) "QR codes in the library", New Library World, Vol. 112 Iss: 9/10, pp.466 - 469: The purpose of this column is to examine the use of quick response (QR) codes in libraries and the variety of uses suggest specific uses of this motivating technology for libraries to enhance their own offerings to users with greater potential and possibilities.

Fei Xu, (2014) "QR Codes and library bibliographic records", VINE, Vol. 44 Iss: 3, pp.345 - 356: The purpose of this paper is to explore methods of producing Quick Response (QR) Code, its customization, artistic look and applications and elaborate the technique of generating QR Code for library bibliographic records.

Lo Leo, Coleman Jason, Theiss Danielle, (2013) "Putting QR codes to the test", New Library World, Vol. 114 Iss: 11/12, pp.459 - 477:  The purpose of this paper is to gain insight into patrons' preferences for quick response code (QR code) design as well as data about their potential benefits.

Jenny Lynne Semenza, Regina Koury, Catherine Gray, (2013) "The Zombie Library: books reanimated via QR codes", Collection Building, Vol. 32 Iss: 2, pp.46 - 50: This article aims to provide a comprehensive step by step plan on creating a Zombie Library, a physical collection of e‐books through the use of QR codes. Drawing on the collective authors' experience working with the QR codes creation, this article aims to help librarians interested in promoting e‐book collections and creating QRcoded Zombie books in their libraries.

Annette Haworth, Peter Williams, (2012) "Using QR codes to aid accessibility in a museum", Journal of Assistive Technologies, Vol. 6 Iss: 4, pp.285 - 291: This paper describes visitors' reactions to using an Apple iPad or smartphone to follow trails in a museum by scanning QR codes and draws conclusions on the potential for this technology to help improve accessibility at low‐cost.

Elizabeth Berndt-Morris, Kari Chrenka, (2014) "The plan behind the scan: using QR codes as a service and marketing tool", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 31 Iss: 10, pp.17 - 19: This paper aims to describe the approach of using quick response (QR) codes in a large US research university library. It describes the reasoning behind the numerous decisions that were made throughout the process.

Maria Edith Burke, Simone O'Callaghan, Michael Quigley, (2013) "The business of digital storytelling: Augmenting information systems with QR codes", Journal of Systems and Information Technology, Vol. 15 Iss: 4, pp.347 - 367: The aim of this paper is to present case study findings that explore the implementation and use of a low-cost digital technology platform to collect, process and disseminate information in business-to-consumer practices.

Philip Calvert, (2012) "Location‐Aware Services and QR Codes for Libraries", The Electronic Library, Vol. 30 Iss: 6, pp.873 - 874: Review

Andrew Walsh, (2011) "Blurring the boundaries between our physical and electronic libraries: Location‐aware technologies, QR codes and RFID tags", The Electronic Library, Vol. 29 Iss: 4, pp.429 - 437: This paper aims to consider the use of technologies including GPS, QR codes and RFID tags to personalize the learning environments in academic libraries.

ARTICLE (2014) Onboarding to improve library retention and productivity

Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis, (2014) "Onboarding to improve library retention and productivity", The Bottom Line: Managing library finances, Vol. 27 Iss: 4, pp.138 - 141

The purpose of this column is to examine the onboarding process and its importance for new hires. A well-designed and coordinated onboarding process assimilates new employees into the organization and equips them with the tools and resources needed for professional and personal success.

The column highlights five steps that a library administrator can take to design and implement an effective onboarding process.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

CHAPTER IN BOOK (2014) Creating an ‘Emporium of Wonder’ at Manchester Museum

CITATION: Menaka Munro, Hannah-Lee Chalk (2014), Creating an ‘Emporium of Wonder’ at Manchester Museum, in Patrick Blessinger , John M. Carfora (ed.) Inquiry-based Learning for Faculty and Institutional Development: A Conceptual and Practical Resource for Educators (Innovations in Higher EducationTeaching and Learning, Volume 1) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.243 - 270

ABSTRACT: With over 4.5 million objects and specimens from both the natural and human worlds, Manchester Museum, part of The University of Manchester, is the largest University Museum in the United Kingdom. By virtue of its position within The University of Manchester, learning and research are central to Manchester Museum’s work. The Museum has a track-record of educational work, from the ‘Children’s Museum Club’, a travelling school loans service set up in 1954, to the founding of a dedicated Education Department in 1981. Throughout its long history, the Museum has always held objects and collections at the heart of its popular learning offer. More recently, the growth of the learning team led to the creation of a set of learning principles to underpin its work. These principles – that learning should be object-centred, dialogic, imaginative, personalised, multi-sensory, collaborative and exploratory – are all based on inquiry-based learning and aim to foster a research-based disposition in learners.

As a University Museum with engagement at its heart, Manchester Museum is now looking to transform the third floor of its building into a space themed entirely around ‘research’. This redevelopment, due to open in March 2015, will see the creation of a new visitor research space – ‘The Study’. This unique development will extend the successful inquiry-based learning approach used with schools and colleges, into a public research space for all visitors, with collections at its heart.

CHAPTER IN BOOK (2014) Cyberbullying: The Social Construction of a Moral Panic

Linda M. Waldron (2014), Cyberbullying: The Social Construction of a Moral Panic, in Laura Robinson , Shelia R. Cotten , Jeremy Schulz (ed.) Communication and Information Technologies Annual (Studies in Media and Communications, Volume 8) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.197 - 230

DOI: 10.1108/S2050-206020140000008023

Purpose: To analyze the emergence of cyberbullying in the news and to unveil the extent to which this new social problem is being constructed as a moral panic.

Ethnographic content analysis is conducted on a sample of 477 local and national newspaper articles published from 2004 to 2011. Goode and Ben-Yehuda’s five criteria of a moral panic – consensus, concern, hostility, disproportionality, and volatility – are used as a lens to analyze how this issue emerged in U.S. culture. 

CHAPTER IN BOOK (2014) Bibliographic Analysis and Strategic Management Research in Africa

David B. Zoogah, Julaine S. Rigg (2014), Bibliographic Analysis and Strategic Management Research in Africa, in David B. Zoogah (ed.) Advancing Research Methodology in the African Context: Techniques, Methods, and Designs (Research Methodology in Strategy and Management, Volume 10) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.189 - 213

DOI: 10.1108/S1479-838720140000010009

Purpose: To expose strategic management scholars in Africa, particularly graduate students and new faculty members, to bibliometrics, a fast-growing approach for examining the impact of individual and collective scholarly.

ARTICLE (2014) Copyright, open access and library instruction

Laura Fargo McKinnon, Kris S. Helge, (2014) "Copyright, open access and library instruction", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 31 Iss: 10, pp.13 - 16


The purpose of this article is to provide a general review of the concepts of copyright and open access as they relate to library instruction. The authors provide instructional advice to librarians on these topics.

The authors discuss the basics of copyright law, Creative Commons licenses, open access resources and copyright considerations specific to using music in instruction.

This article includes useful tips and resources for instructional librarians, such as where to find open access or Creative Commons content. It is of value to any librarian that utilizes other entities’ content in the course of instruction. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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Three big threats to South African economy - chamber

Source: fin24, 16 December 2014

Johannesburg - Leadership and expertise is now critical to arrest further deterioration of the South African economy, according the AHi.

The business chamber, therefore, urge government to take the necessary steps, in collaboration with the private sector, to deal effectively with what it regards as the three biggest threats to the economy in 2015.

These are a sustainable electricity supply, quality and efficient service delivery by local governments and despair amongst millions of unemployed people.

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TED Talks - Ideas Worth Spreading

Curator Chris Anderson in 2007
Image: Wikipedia
TED was launched by Richard Saul Wurman and Harry Marks in 1984.

According to Wikipedia TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling foundation, under the slogan "Ideas Worth Spreading." 

The mission statement of TED reads as follows:
We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we're building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world's most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.

Click here to read more (Wikipedia)

The 20 most popular TED talks (as listed on 16 December 2013) are:
  1. Sir Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity (2006): 23,510,221 views
  2. Jill Bolte Taylor‘s stroke of insight (2008): 14,343,197
  3. Simon Sinek on how great leaders inspire action (2010): 14,228,854
  4. Brene Brown talks about the power of vulnerability  (2010): 12,703,623
  5. Amy Cuddy on how your body language shapes who you are (2012): 12,682,694
  6. Pranav Mistry on the thrilling potential of SixthSense (2009): 12,068,105
  7. Tony Robbins asks why we do what we do (2006): 10,425,014
  8. David Gallo‘s underwater astonishments (2007): 10,266,221
  9. Mary Roach on 10 things you didn’t know about orgasm (2009): 9,435,954
  10. Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation (2009): 9.176,053
  11. Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry demo SixthSense (2009): 8, 363,339
  12. Dan Gilbert asks: Why are we happy? (2004): 7,788,151
  13. Hans Rosling shows the best stats you’ve ever seen (2006): 7,685,726
  14. Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing your creative genius (2009): 7,593,076
  15. Steve Jobs on how to live before you die (2005): 7,223,258
  16. Susan Cain shares the power of introverts (2012): 6,807,240
  17. Keith Barry does brain magic (2004): 6,371,778
  18. David Blaine reveals how he held his breath for 17 minutes (2010): 6,359,084
  19. Pamela Meyer on how to spot a liar (2010): 6,256,589
  20. Arthur Benjamin does mathemagic (2005): 4,951,918
Source: TED Blog, 16 December 2013

See also:
WATCH: 6 Insanely Popular TED Talks to Make 2014 the Best Year of Your Life, The Huffington Post, 11 December 2014

Unfortunately TED Talks did not escape criticism. TED Talks were coined as elitist, gender biased, as well as sometimes being censored and some even banned.

Examples of banned TED Talks:
Andre Gross on What FACEBOOK and GOOGLE are hiding from the world (2012)
Nick Hanauer on Rich people don't create jobs (2012)
Graham Hancock on The war on consciousness (2013)

Monday, December 15, 2014

The psychology of conspiracy theories - the latter related to mental illness?

Source: Medical Xpress, 15 December 2014

What makes a person more likely to believe in or create conspiracy theories—and whether that is related to mental illness—is the subject of new research from Victoria University of Wellington.

The study was carried out by Dr Darshani Kumareswaran, who recently completed her training as a Clinical Psychologist and graduated last week with a PhD in Psychology. She wanted to find out which factors make somebody more likely to be a conspiracy theorist, and also to understand public opinion of people who subscribe to those theories.

Read full article in Medical Xpress  

ReferenCite : Academic Referencing Resource

University of Auckland, New Zealand, website with: 

a) QuickCite (tool with drop-down menus for referencing/citing in MLA, APA, Chicago, and ACS formats); 
b) Explanations of referencing, why to reference, and when to reference; tutorials; 
c) Links to style sheets and manuals (Harvard, Chicago, APA, MLA, ACS, University of Aukland, and more); and 
d) Info on evaluating websites and documenting internet sources. 

Edinburgh University has Given a Library Card to a Cat

Source: LISNews: Hawkish On Libraries Since 1999, 14 December 2014

Jordan has turned his back on his Catholic friar owners and adopted Edinburgh University library as his main residence. The feline has his own Facebook page set up by students with over 6,800 “likes”.

And now the black and white pet has been made “official” by getting a card for the library, complete with a photo and 2017 expiry date. The eight-year-old came to the Catholic chaplaincy as a kitten but never took to life as a mouse catcher with men of the cloth.

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BOOK (2012) Managing Electronic Resources: A LITA Guide

Editor: Ryan O Weir
Published: ALA TechSource, 2012
192 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1-55570-767-5

Electronic resource management encompasses much more than turning on and off resources and tracking usage. This guide provides advice on the tools and best practices to help you tackle heavy workloads while saving time, effort, and money. Chapters include:
  • Coping with Economic Issues
  • Acquiring Electronic Resources
  • Negotiating Resource Licensing
  • Reconciling with Payment Systems
  • Making Electronic Resources Accessible
  • Gathering, Evaluating and Communicating Statistical Usage Information
  • Changing Staff to Facilitate the Shift to Electronic
  • Looking Ahead from Now to 2020
Within these chapters, you’ll find a host of innovative ideas to help you, your employees or co-workers, get the job done with ease. You’ll learn how to track and assign staff tasks electronically, accumulate and assimilate information from departmental and interdepartmental meetings, manage email and written correspondence, track renewals, evaluate and negotiate license agreements. 

You’ll also discover how to manage all this information with free applications and software, or with programs already on your office computer. This includes using Excel to keep electronic stats, tracking vendor contact information in Access, and create a database detailing ILL permissions and restrictions. You’ll also find out how to use Google Docs, Forms, and Calendar to track information about renewals, statistics, and problem reporting.

Informative, useful, current, Managing Electronic Resources: A LITA Guide shows how to successfully manage time, resources, and relationships with vendors and staff to ensure personal, professional, and institutional success.  

BOOK (2014) The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Historical Fiction

Author: Jennifer S Baker
Published: ALA Editions, 2014
352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1165-5

Whether set in ancient Egypt, Feudal Japan, the Victorian Age, or Civil War-era America, historical fiction places readers squarely at the center of fascinating times and places, making it one of the most popular genres in contemporary publishing. The definitive resource for librarians and other book professionals, this guide
  • Provides an overview of historical fiction’s roots, highlighting foundational classics, and explores the genre in terms of its scope and style
  • Covers the latest and most popular authors and titles
  • Discusses appeal characteristics and shows how librarians can use a reader's favorite qualities to make suggestions
  • Includes lists of recommendations, with a compendium of print and web-based resources
  • Offers marketing tips for getting the word out to readers
Emphasizing an appreciation of historical fiction in its many forms and focusing on what fans enjoy, this guide provides a fresh take on a durable genre. 

Eye-Tracking Technology Aims to Take Your Unconscious Pizza Order

Image: Wikipedia
Source: Scientific American, by John M Henderson, 9 December 2014

If you prefer to order your pizza without going through all the trouble of actually speaking, Pizza Hut has just the thing for you—“the world’s first subconscious menu.” You sit down, glance through the menu, and before you say anything or even make a conscious decision, the menu has figured out which toppings you’d like on your pizza and places your order. Pizza Hut recently began testing the technology in some of its UK restaurants.

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Rare Medieval Manuscripts On Ancient War Machines Are Now Online

Source: io9, by Mark Strauss, 12 December 2014

The British Library has just added several Greek manuscripts to its online collection, including a lavishly illustrated, 16th century compilation of treatises on warfare, which detail the science and tactics of siegecraft.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

GERMANY - Vast archive of kimono stencils found in Dresden museum

Source: The History Blog, 14 December 2014

The Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts) in Dresden has rediscovered an unparallel archive of Japanese kimono stencils in its storage depot. More than 15,000 katagami stencils, elaborately carved paper stencils used to print patterns on kimono fabric, had slumbered uninterrupted by curatorial interest in 92 neatly stacked and numbered cases for 125 years. This is the largest collection of katagami in the world. The museum is making up for lost time now and has put 140 of the stencils on display along with historic kimonos in the Elbe Wing of the Japanisches Palais.

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BOOK (2014) Everything you need to know about the music business

Author: Donald S Passman

Published: Penguin Books, November 2014, edition 8

ISBN: 9780241001639

All You Need To Know About The Music Business - The new edition of 'the industry bible' (Los Angeles Times) by Donald S. Passman. 

No one understands the music business and the changes it has undergone in recent years better than LA lawyer Donald Passman. For 20 years his book has offered detailed advice to artists and executives, novices and experts alike on how to thrive in these volatile times. 
This completely revised edition sets out recent developments in record deals, copyright, new technologies and film music. It also offers unique advice on how to navigate your way through the ins and outs of songwriting, music publishing, merchandising and performing. 
Whether you're a newcomer or an established professional,  All You Need to Know about the Music Business is an essential companion. It will also be loved by readers of The Music Business and How Music Works by David Byrne. 
'The definitive text on the business of music written by the man the most talented artists in the world look to for advice' Ron Rubin, co-head of Columbia Records. 
'Should be required reading for anyone planning or enduring a career in the biz' Rolling Stone.
Donald Passman is a graduate of the University of Texas and the Harvard Law School. For many years he has practised law with the LA firm of Gang, Tyre, Ramer and Brown, where he specializes in the music and film industries. He represents many famous music clients. He lives in LA with his wife and four children, and plays guitar and five-string banjo.

Friday, December 12, 2014

SOUTH AFRICA: Free ‘Wi-Fi TV’ service launched in Tshwane

Source: fin24, by Gareth van Zyl, 12 December 2014

Johannesburg - The City of Tshwane has officially launched a free internet video-on-demand service for those making use of the city’s open Wi-Fi networks.

The project forms part of non-profit Project Isizwe’s free Wi-Fi services, which are available across the city in areas such as the Pretoria CBD and Mamelodi.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

ARTICLE (2014) Library marketing: moving between traditional and digital strategies

Bruce E. Massis, (2014) "Library marketing: moving between traditional and digital strategies", New Library World, Vol. 115 Iss: 7/8, pp.405 - 408

The purpose of this column is to provide several discussion themes on which to muse regarding the strategy of library marketing in today’s technology-rich environment.

Moving between the traditional model of library marketing to the cutting-edge model is occurring through the numerous digital communication tools used everyday. Not only must the library rely on these modes of marketing they must also recognize that their patrons share that space with them and the many contacts each one of those patrons has as well, thus potentially expanding the library audience and therefore positively expanding its user base.

ARTICLE (2014) Expensing e-books: how much should patron habit influence collection development?

Terrance Luther Cottrell, Brigitte Bell, (2014) "Expensing e-books: how much should patron habit influence collection development?", The Bottom Line: Managing library finances, Vol. 27 Iss: 4, pp.142 - 146

The purpose of this article is explore the difficulties in managing print and e-book expenditures in today’s libraries.

The basis for this article stems from conflicting data showing patrons desiring to read more e-books versus print books at the beginning of the very e-book movement, and more recent studies showing this trend plateauing while e-book reading device purchasing increases.  

CHAPTER IN BOOK (2014) Distributed Leadership and Library Service Innovation

Anne Goulding, J. Graham Walton (2014), Distributed Leadership and Library Service Innovation, in Anne Woodsworth , W. David Penniman (ed.) Advances in Librarianship (Advances in Librarianship, Volume 38) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.37 - 81

The concept of distributed leadership within library services is explored in this chapter. It focuses on how this model of leadership, which devolves leadership functions and practice widely throughout organizations, can lead to intra- and interorganizational collaboration as a catalyst for library service development and innovation. The chapter discusses the distributed leadership approach by presenting selected results of a study of team leaders in public and university library services in the East Midlands region of the United Kingdom. The study employed an online questionnaire and individual interviews with library team leaders to identify the level and nature of collaboration taking place in library services and also to ascertain the skills needed for successful partnership work. The interviews focused primarily on how and why collaborations occurred and it emerged that the team leaders had considerable autonomy to establish and participate in partnerships, fitting well within the distributed leadership paradigm. The chapter adds to, and augments the limited literature on distributed models of leadership in libraries by exploring how this approach works in practice. It also proposes and evidences a link between distributed leadership, collaborative working, and innovation. The authors suggest that distributed leadership can help library services innovate and lead service development by freeing up the creativity of employees through a less formal, hierarchical leadership approach. The chapter ends with propositions for a research agenda to establish the best conditions and most appropriate format of distributed leadership in library services.