Friday, December 3, 2010

Thank you for birthday wishes

Today I have received many kind wishes for my birthday and I want to thank everyone for your birthday wishes. . I was quite touched by the fact that total strangers took the time to note my birthday and send me birthday wishes it means a lot to me… I have always loved birthdays and the fact you get thoroughly spoilt for a day makes them all the more enjoyable… I have been so busy; I haven't had time to do any posting although I have picked up some great tips from many of your posting. I’m not the measure of what I’ve done but more of who I am and those who've I’ve surrounded myself with. Thank you to those who've motivated me and pushed me to greater heights. You are the reason why and who I am today.



Another year older and I realize there should not be anything to be scared of anymore. Just deal with your insecurities, mistakes, and flaws like a grown human being. People accept you for whom you are and love you through the moments you endure and smile like there’s no tomorrow. So with much resilience in your heart, I hope everyone will love life and live passionately.

The economic case for open access in academic publishing

The economic case for open access in academic publishing: By Adam Stevenson

As hyperbolic as it may sound, academic publishing is the curator and guardian of the accumulated scientific knowledge of the human race, 1600 to present. It is also a cornerstone of modern science, preferentially selecting well-executed research through the peer review process. However, academic libraries are facing decreasing budgets, and even highly ranked universities are having to cut back on journal subscriptions. Since these subscriptions account for up to 75 percent of publishers' revenues, the entire system is feeling the pressure of the economic crisis.

http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2010/11/the-economic-case-for-open-access-in-academic-publishing.ars

Visioning Librarianship: From Economic Battlegrounds

Visioning Librarianship: From Economic Battlegrounds to Edutainment Battledecks by Jo Rolfe, MA, MLIS
by Jo Rolfe, MA, MLIS


It is more important than ever for library leaders, at every organizational level, to form, articulate, and communicate a powerful, positive, practical, and above all therapeutic vision for the future of librarianship. A vision is needed that will carry us out of the pervading real and psychological cloud of gloom.


What I do advocate is a gathering of the metaphoric clans; a sharing of institutional memory and resources through state, national and global networking opportunities; an increased reliance on cooperative webs of knowledge, communicated and debated via outlets like the Informed Librarian Online for which today I write. If we are to continue to battle for the glory of an informed democracy then librarians are ideally positioned for proactive, non-violent action, because we have access to the knowledge and tools with which to join forces across our ranks.

http://www.informedlibrarian.com/guestForum.cfm?FILE=gf1012.html

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Let's Revive A Reading Culture In Nigeria: Be My Personal Guest.By President Goodluck Jonathan

In pursuance of my desire to encourage a reading culture in Nigeria which I have been committed to from my days as an active academic, I, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, will be presenting a book of my facebook interactions with Nigerians to the public. A few Nigerians who have also distinguished themselves in the literary field will also be on hand to perform public readings. My guest and I will also take and answer a limited number of questions. I want Nigerians reading again because when they read they know and it is not possible to mislead a people who know. So if you are in Lagos, Kaduna, Enugu or Port Harcourt and are free to spend a few hours talking about books and the social media, please join me and my guests on the 20th of December for the book presentation and reading. Seats are limited, so only friends who write in then RSVP can be accommodated. I will be on ground at the event in Lagos and will be connected to the designated venues in Kaduna, Enugu and Port Harcourt via dedicated viewing centers. To ensure ease of identification and further communication, if you are in Lagos and you have a few hours to interract with me, please email your information details including Full Names, City or Town of Residence, Telephone Number (optional) to: gejfblag@goodluckjonathan.info. If in Kaduna, please email to: gejfbkad@goodluckjonathan.info. If in Enugu, please email to: gejfben@goodluckjonathan.info . And if in Port Harcourt, please email: gejfbph@goodluckjonathan.info. I look forward to a great outing. GEJ


http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/notes/goodluck-jonathan/lets-revive-a-reading-culture-in-nigeria-be-my-personal-guest/175816915779285

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Taylor & Francis Journals triumphs as International Publisher of the Year 2010

Taylor & Francis Journals has been awarded International Publisher of the Year 2010 by the International Printers’ Network (IPN). The award was given to Taylor & Francis in recognition of their pioneering use of digital printing technology to reduce their carbon footprint and improve delivery times to subscribers.


Rather than printing in one location and then shipping issues worldwide, Taylor & Francis has worked with their suppliers on a distributed print-on-demand model, splitting the print run across the Europe, the US and Asia for onward distribution to local subscribers

http://www.informa.com/Media-centre/Press-releases--news/Latest-News/Taylor--Francis-Journals-triumphs-as-International-Publisher-of-the-Year-2010/

Friday, November 19, 2010

Library and a Librarian in Guinness World Records

In 2005, Guinness designated 18th November as International Guinness World Records Day to encourage breaking of world records.


PEOPLE GATHER IN LIBRARY TO TRY TO SET CUP-STACKING RECORD.

No one shushed the children who screamed, shouted and cheered at the Port Orange Public Library on Thursday while a few adults browsed among the book stacks or tried to read newspapers.

The commotion happened during an event aimed at achieving a Guinness world cup stacking record and collecting canned goods for a local food bank in the process.

The goal of the Stack up Guinness World Record Day was to get 300,000 people around the world to participate in a popular pastime of cup stacking. The 2009 record was more than 276,000, said Karen Poulsen, library support service manager.

"Last year, we had 112. This year's goal is 200," she said. By 6 p.m. that goal was exceeded by 12 participants with still another hour to stack.



World's Largest Navel Lint Collection lands Australian librarian Guinness World Record

An Australian librarian has claimed the Guinness World Record for his unprecedented collection of belly button "fluff." That's right. Graham Barker, 45, has dedicated the past 26 years to staring into his own navel, carefully extracting 22.1 grams of multi-colored lint which he stores in clear jars.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2010/10/24/2010-10-24_worlds_largest_navel_lint_collection_lands_australian_librarian_guinness_world_r.html

In Nigeria: Largest Painting by Numbers: The largest painting by numbers measures 3,130.55 m² (33,696 ft² 138.2 in²) and was unveiled by the Ecole de Dessin in Lagos State, Nigeria, on 17 November 2010 in celebration of Guinness World Records Day 2010. The painting measured 63.5 m (208 ft 3.99 in) x 49.3 m (161 ft 8.94 in) and was created by 350 volunteers and represents the map of Nigeria, the logo of 350.org in the middle of the map, the flag of Nigeria (green, white, green) which was painted around the map.

http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/gwrday10/

Thursday, November 18, 2010

21st WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights

The 21st Session of the World Intellectual Property Organisation's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) took place in Geneva between November 8th and 12th 2010.
library groups received the positive news that exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives were confirmed as second place in line, after the print disabled, for focused discussions at WIPO. The meeting conclusions, available here

http://keionline.org/sites/default/files/Conclusions_SCCR_21.doc
http://www.ifla.org/en/news/21-st-wipo-standing-committee-on-copyright-and-related-rights

Monday, November 15, 2010

Adopt a Library: One Young World Nigeria Launches First Project

In line with its focus, One Young World Nigeria is launching its first project “Adopt a Library”. The aim of this project is to facilitate refurbishment and creation of libraries in public secondary school. This is informed by the recognition of the malaise in the Nigerian education system. By liaising with the general public, volunteers and alliance partners, One Young World Nigeria seeks to organise collections of reference books, textbooks, storybooks and all forms of literary works to be donated for use in these school libraries.




One Young World Nigeria (OYWON) is a movement that was birthed from the One Young World global youth summit held in London from February 8 to 10, 2010. The summit, conceived in 2009, brought together young people from over 100 countries around the world to engage in discussions with forerunners from all walks of life, including Mr. Kofi Annan, Bob Geldof, Muhammad Yunus, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu on issues confronted by present and future generations. As an outcome, a consciousness was raised amongst delegates at the summit to play active roles in addressing pressing issues faced globally and within their respective countries.

http://www.bellanaija.com/2010/11/11/adopt-a-library-one-young-world-nigeria-launches-first-project/

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Information Literacy: Roles of Libraries and Librarians

Information literacy is the adoption of appropriate information behaviour to identify, through whatever channel or medium, information well fitted to information needs, leading to wise and ethical use of information in society.


Information literacy is critically important because we are surrounded by a growing ocean of information in all formats. Not all information is created equal: some are authoritative, current, reliable, but some are biased, out of date, misleading, and false. The amount of information available is going to keep increasing. The types of technology used to access, manipulate, and create information will likewise expand.

Information Literacy is the ability to identify what information is needed, understand how the information is organized, identify the best sources of information for a given need, locate those sources, evaluate the sources critically, and share that information.

Roles of libraries and librarians:

• Moving away from librarians – as- expert towards librarians as teachers

• Moving away from the library as a place that provides specific services towards the library as the place that facilitates lifelong learning

• Librarians are the natural in-house experts for teaching its clientele how to find , evaluate and use information effectively

• Moving away from general training toward specific user interest

• Moving away from librarians as the ‘handmaidens to research’ towards librarians as partners with faculty in creating critical thinkers and competent researchers.

• Moving away from basic teaching skills towards information problem-solving skills that may or may not involve technology

• Librarians are often encouraged to research, explore new issues and create new programmes

• Creating information access tools

Since librarians work in a service-oriented organisation, the new roles being played now should also be integrated with total quality service.
Thus libraries and librarians are truly and significant contributors to the success of their organisations or institutions, as well as active partners in information literacy education for lifelong learning

http://dis.shef.ac.uk/literacy/definitions.htm

http://www.slideshare.net/plaistrlc/the-role-of-libraries-and-librarians-in-information-literacy

Friday, November 5, 2010

Mentoring in Librarianship

Mentoring is one form of continuing professional development that has the potential to overcome limitations. Mentoring programmes and activities have the advantage of being immediately responsive to individual learning needs, and their availability to ‘members only’ can be designated as one of the advantages of professional association membership. It could serve as an encouragement to attracting new members and for retaining existing members.


Research has shown that there are at least seven characteristics of mentoring programmes that are critical to the ongoing success of such programmes. These are summarized in the following points:
• Clearly defined purpose and goals,

• Coordinator and/or committee support,

• Mentors with interpersonal skills and an interest in the development of others,

• Training in the skills of mentoring,

• Mentors who are accessible,

• Regular meeting may be a requirement,

• It is what you do rather than personalities involved that is important.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1365-2532.1999.00241.x/full

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Librarian: Trust in Technology

In the rush to embrace new technologies, are we losing our identity as librarians? This is not a question aimed at luddite tendencies which abound in almost all of the professions. Rather, the question is targeted toward tendencies within the profession to place trust in technology as a panacea in all situations, or a misplaced trust in “cutting edge” technologies.


It is a danger to mentally substitute a means for an end in itself. If we do so, we could be doing the patron, the library, and society a disservice. Technology is a means, and a powerful one, and as librarians we have a responsibility to our constituencies to use technology in appropriate ways, to be educated concerning the consequences of inappropriate use, and to imbue our use of technology with the perennial values of librarianship. There will always be “dragons”, but we need to beware of mirages, or the dragon that destroys us could be one of our own design.

Using technology in an appropriate and responsible way, keeping the many needs of our patrons in mind, is not an act of blind faith.

Robert Fox
http://www.informedlibrarian.com/guestForum.cfm?FILE=gf1011.html

Monday, October 25, 2010

Librarians and Search Engines

12 timeless reasons why libraries are good for the country and why librarians cannot be replaced by search engines:


• They inform citizens and help them find not just information but accurate and authoritative information and knowledge.

• They break down social boundaries by being open to all.

• They level the playing field between the haves and the have-nots, the rich and the poor.

• They value the individual and independent thinking and learning beyond the classroom.

• They nourish creativity.

• They open children’s minds to the world around them.

• They return high dividends on a relatively small investment.

• They build communities and can be the intellectual centers of the communities they serve, whether that is a town, a university, a school, an organization, or a business.

• They challenge you to examine controversies, to understand, and to make your own decisions.

• They offer opportunities for lifelong learning.

• They provide a safe haven, a sanctuary.

• They preserve the past, the record of human existence.

http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/10172010/libraries-now-more-ever

Libraries Now More Than Ever

The message of the American Library Association can best be summarized in one word, a word we all understand, a word that holds us together as librarians. That word is “Read.”


“Why do we need libraries when all the information in the world is on the internet?” http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/10172010/libraries-now-more-ever

The “20st-Century Vision for Libraries” conference, October 13-14 in Islamabad, Pakistan, was sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and the Pakistan Library Association. Leonard Kniffel is editor and publisher of American Libraries and attended the conference at the invitation of the U.S. State Department.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Celebrattion of Life

Dearest Family of Prof. L.O. Aina,



I join with so many others who knew Pa (Engr) C. O. Aina in offering our deepest sympathy on his home call. Although it is little consolation at this sad time, it should be of some satisfaction to know that in his home call you can celebrate the end of a very long and productive life.


The measure of a life well-lived is not in how much money one has or what possessions they have accumulated, but rather through the lives they touched and the sorrow they leave behind. If the outpouring of sympathy on his loss is any indication, and it most certainly is, you can proudly and confidently say that Pa (Engr) C. O. Aina indeed was a life well-lived.


May you find peace and comfort in knowing that his loss is felt by all who knew and loved him.


In Sympathy,

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

ISO library and information ebook download

Library Science with a slant to Documentation and Information Studies.




ISO library and information eBook Downloads

ISO library and information free PDF ebook downloads. eBooks and manuals for Business, Education,Finance, Inspirational, Novel, Religion, Social, Sports, Science, Technology, Holiday , Medical ...



http://www.pdfgeni.com/book/ISO-library-...

Two free EBSCOhost resources

More than 100,000 Institutions Benefit from Free Resources Offered via EBSCOhost®


Ipswich, MA (PRWEB) June 22, 2010 -- EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) began providing key database content free of charge in 2008 and more and more users are incorporating these free resources into their daily research routines. Two free EBSCOhost® resources, GreenFILE™, and Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts™ (LISTA), have seen a tremendous amount of usage—a good indicator that EBSCO is providing the types of content users need, when they need it, and that these free resources are adding value to institutions around the globe.

Paul Octopus and NLA Election Prediction

Paul the Octopus became famous during the just concluded 2010 FIFA World Cup with a 100% prediction. He became more famous when he predicted the outcome of the NLA Presidential Election.




Guess you all will ask, when was this prediction made?Don't worry, Paul the Octopus is a Special Guest at the NLA Conference/AGM 'Abuja 2010'...welcome 2 Abuja..the Center of Unity.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Just published: IFLA Directory 2009-2011

IFLA Directory 2009-2011 Available for download in:

PDF (165 pages – 4.71 MB)

The IFLA Directory 2009-2011 is a guide to the organizational structure of IFLA. It contains in one place a listing of the names and contact details of the members of the Governing Boards and its committees and the steering bodies of all the professional units. It lists contact details for the staff of all the IFLA Offices around the world, as well as information about the IFLA website, our various publications series, and the IFLA Voucher scheme.

http://www.ifla.org/files/hq/membership/ifla-directory-2009-2010.pdf

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Librarians

Habit 1: The Highly Effective Librarian is Proactive (The Habit of Personal Vision)


Habit 2: The Highly Effective Librarian Begins with the End in Mind (The Habit of Personal Leadership)

Habit 3: The Highly Effective Librarian Puts First Things First (The Habit of Personal Management)

Habit 4: The Highly Effective Librarian Thinks Win-Win (The Habit of Interpersonal Leadership)

Habit 5: The Highly Effective Librarian Seeks First to Understand, and then to be Understood (The Habit of Empathic Communication)

Habit 6: The Highly Effective Librarian Synergizes (The Habit of Creative Cooperation)

Habit 7: The Highly Effective Librarian Takes Time to Sharpen the Saw (The Habit of Renewal)

www.aallnet.org/sis/allsis/newsletter/.../7habits

Six-Year Old Sends Her Allowance to Keep libraries open

It’s especially lovely to read that a six-year-old gave her entire allowance to help keep open a library.


” Dear Library,

I want to share my allowance money so you can stay open. I am 6 years old. Here is $11. (as dictated to mom, aka scribe)”



Six-Year-Old Sends Her Allowance to Keep Libraries Open

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Out Pouring of the Spirit

Outpouring of the Spirit


By Benny Hinn



With a God who owns the cattle on a thousand hills and has reservoirs larger than all the oil cartels combined, why is it that the church, the body of Christ, is deficient? Why are so many lamps on the verge of losing their flame?



It is time to realize that your fuel is not self-generated. Your intellect, enterprise, and connections are hollow shells and empty in the sight of God. Total reliance on Him is your only salvation.



Isaiah put it this way, "Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD" (Isaiah 31:1).



Poured from on High



We cannot ignore the counsel of the spirit or become dependent on the flesh. It is like adding sin upon sin. "Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin" (Isaiah 30:1).



This is the situation that will remain unless there is a turnaround -- until the curse is transformed into a blessing. For a road map that will guide your steps, follow the directions given by the prophet Isaiah.



He told the people to tremble, shudder, and put on sackcloth, for "upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; yea, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city: Because the palaces shall be forsaken; the multitude of the city shall be left.... Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field" (Isaiah 32:13-15).



Showers from Heaven



The solution is a fresh outpouring of the Spirit. Only the Lord can take a barren, forsaken land and cause it to prosper again. And He will do the same for you. Your heavenly Father won't give you just a bountiful harvest. He will keep showering you with blessings until "the fruitful field be counted for a forest" (Isaiah 32:15).

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Researching Librarian

This site was created for librarians--new or experienced--who find themselves needing to perform research for purposes of publication, promotion, tenure, or other reasons. I hope that it also might be useful for other audiences and needs.


Intended as a supplement to the print and electronic resources available in library collections, this site gathers links to selected web resources useful for research: freely searchable citation and full-text databases, funding information, relevant journals, statistics and statistical methods, useful research tools, current awareness sources, and conference papers and proceedings.

http://www.researchinglibrarian.com/

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Pictorial Exhibition of Nigeria Golden Jubilee Anniversary Celebration

The National Library of Nigeria is mounting a Pictorial Exhibition to commemorate the Golden Anniversary Celebration of Nigeria's Independence.




Venue: Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Centre, One Memorial Drive, Abuja



Date: 27th September - 1st October, 2010



Ti me: 9:00am - 5:00pm



OPENING CEREMONY: 27th September, 2010, by 1:00pm



Highlights of the programme of activities include

e-exhibition - www.nlnig.org/nigeriangoldenjubileexhibition

display of preserved and conserved materials;

documentary on National Library of Nigeria;

media interaction;

presentations, competitions, posters, cartoons, essay writing etc;

celebrating the Nigerian Woman;

awards

Young writers start new chapter in Nigeria's literary history

(CNN) -- A 19-year-old Nigerian undergraduate student has signed a two-novel deal with the British publisher Faber, making her its youngest ever woman author.


Chibundu Onuzo, a history student at King's College London, will have her first novel, "The Spider King's Daughter," published next year.

"I wrote the book in my last year at school," Onuzo told CNN. "I've been writing since I was 10, but this was the first novel I finished, so it was very liberating to be able to write 'The End.'"

Onuzo, who moved to England to go to school five years ago, found an agent before she had even finished writing, and sealed the book deal on her first meeting with a publisher

Her editor at Faber, Sarah Savitt, describes Onuzo as a "very talented writer at the beginning of an exciting writing career."

Nigerian writers past and present

Wole Soyinka, now 76, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986.



Chinua Achebe, 80, whose first novel "Things Fall Apart" (1958) is a modern classic and has been translated into 40 languages. Achebe won the Man Booker International Prize in 2007.



Ben Okri, 51, won the Man Booker Prize in 1991 for "The Famished Road."



Helen Oyeyemi wrote her highly-acclaimed "The Icarus Girl" when she was just 18 and has written two novels since;



Nigerian writers Helon Habila, Segun Afolabi and E.C. Osondu also won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2001, 2005 and 2009 respectively.

Onuzo is the latest of a new generation of talented young Nigerian writers -- many of them female -- who have made their mark in the literary world in the past few years.

They include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who won the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction for "Half of A Yellow Sun;" and Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, published her first novel, "I Do Not Come To You By Chance," last year, which has also garnered several awards, including the Commonwealth Writers Prize.

Nigeria has a rich literary tradition spanning the 50 years since its independence, including one Nobel Prize for Literature, one Man Booker Prize winner, one Man Booker International Prize, one Orange Prize winner, and three winners of the Caine Prize for African Writing, which is often described as the "African Booker."

It is an impressive haul, even for Africa's most populous country with a population of 150 million, but according to those in the know, it is just the beginning.

Publishers and writers say there is an explosion of young Nigerian writers about to gain even more international recognition.

Jeremy Weate, a British man who set up Cassava Republic publishing company in Abuja in 2007 with his Nigerian wife Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, said: "This is a very exciting time and the best of Nigerian writing is still ahead.

"There is some awareness overseas of Nigerian authors and an increasing number of Nigerians winning awards, but we believe this is just the beginning.

"There is still a huge amount of undiscovered and up-and-coming talent in Nigeria."





http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/africa/09/21/nigerian.authors/index.htm?hpt=C2

Monday, September 6, 2010

Blogs for Librarians

Get a first-hand perspective of and read reviews by librarians who have tried out the new tech tools, read the latest books, and more.


Librarians, whether they work small college libraries, large research universities and departments, or elementary schools, need to stay current on the latest in technology innovation, reading lists, the publishing world, eBook trends, special project and lesson ideas, and a lot more. Luckily, you don’t have to think of everything all by yourself. These bloggers serve as excellent reference resources for learning about library technology.



1. Librarian.net: This popular librarian blog is kept up by Jessamyn West who

works in rural Vermont.

2. Peter Scott’s Library Blog: Here you can keep up with library and technology, plus book award finalists and more.

3. A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette: This fun little blog has great tips for keeping your patrons in line.

4. The Shifted Librarian: The Shifted Librarian writes about public library projects, library and technology, and more.

5. Confessions of a Science Librarian: Science librarians will appreciate this blog from the Head of the Steacie Science and Engineering Library at York University.

6. Free Range Librarian: This blog comments on "librarianship" and beyond.

7. Libraryman: "Libraryman" blogs about modern day libraries.

8. The Days and Nights of the Lipstick Librarian!: Read this blog from a "library fashionista" who writes about the library profession, pop culture and libraries, and more.

9. The Travelin’ Librarian: This blogger is the Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission and shares tips for using technology for education and becoming more engaged in the greater discussion.

10. Librarian: This blog tracks "libraries as the future of culture and history."

11. The Ubiquitous Librarian: Brian Mathews writes about tech libraries and more.

12. The Other Librarian: Find valuable tips for keeping up with your students on this blog.

13. Krafty Librarian: School librarians can benefit from this medical librarian blog, too, by checking out the posts about networking, grants, and technology.

14. DIY Librarian: Tara Murray writes about "librarianship for the people," including conferences, evolving librarian systems, and more.

15. Connie Crosby: Connie Crosby is a law librarian from Vancouver who shares ideas for getting online.

16. Annoyed Librarian: The Annoyed Librarian now writes for LibraryJournal.com about workshops, the job culture, the Dewey Decimal system, and more.

17. Musings about librarianship: This blogger is a librarian at the National University of Singapore Libraries.

18. Library Grits: This school and teacher librarian shares tips for staying organized and staying sane.

19. The Inspired Library School Student: This LIS student blogs about library school, the changing landscape of libraries, and more.

20. The Handheld Librarian: Read this blog for ideas on how to make your library more technologically advanced.

21. From the Library Director’s Desk: Julie Milavec is Library Director for the Plainfield Library District.

22. Closed Stacks: Closed Stacks is written by a recent MLIS graduate, a media and technology services librarian and a large research university, a new law librarian, a library student, a librarian in the Midwest, and a YA librarian from Providence.

23. Wired Librarian: Recent posts from this blog include "Why DO We Need Libraries in Schools?" and "New Stragies for Digital Natives."

24. Reading 2.0: Sarah Librarian reviews books on her blog, which can help you generate your own reading lists.

25. Accidentally Curious: Charlotte is a young librarian who blogs to try to make sense of college libraries, technology use in libraries, and more.

http://www.onlinecollege.org/2009/07/07/100-best-blogs-for-school-librarians

Friday, August 27, 2010

Home alone

It has been a tasking but rewarding week.Am home alone this weekend cos my wife and son are on a short holiday missing them greatly already.will be indoor all through watching  live premiership matches particullarly CHELSEA FC. Thank you guys for been there..........

Academic Libraries and the Struggle to Remain Relevant: Why Research is Conducted Elsewhere

Academic libraries are facing a critical challenge to remain relevant in the eyes of


students and faculty members who are engaged in academic research at all levels. The

academic library's brand is impeccable. It is the first choice among students and faculty

members alike when they must locate high quality research materials. In an era when the

library is virtually crammed with an ever-growing mountain of the latest research

materials, student researchers are turning to Google in growing numbers, not because of

it's quality content, but because academic library patrons are often confused and

disappointed by their library search experiences.



John Law Vice President, Discovery Services, ProQuest

www.proquest.com

THE FIRST 50 PROFILE:

Because Nigeria is 50 years, 50 PROFILE SPACES has been reserved for 50 special people inside the Nigeria @50 Special Edition; Nigerians and friends of Nigerians interested to have their photographs and profiles published should email their brief profile and two digital photographs to: admin@nigeriaentertainment.com (DEADLINE IS 30 AUGUST, 2010)


TERMS/CONDITIONS:

Only the first 50 people that registered between 16-31 August, 2010 will be eligible for listing with the following conditions;

• Your Profile and Photograph will be published inside the Nigeria @50 Special Edition

• You’ll get (a VIP Pass) to the Green Carpet Party of your choice

• You’ll get (Free copy) of the Nigeria @50 Special Edition

• Your Profile will be published on the official website of Nigerian Entertainment Industry

You will have unrestricted access to the online database for one year

www.nigeriaentertainment.com

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Grow the Profession: Marketing the Librarian

There are numerous ways for librarians to market themselves, online and offline. While the method above requires the social skills necessary to “talk the talk” with the administration of an organization (in my case, a law firm), there are other ways in which we can present our ideas, project implementations, articles, and awards to the necessary personnel. This article will address three topics. First, I will talk about how the online world is full of resources and tools for librarians to market themselves. Second, I will show examples of how some librarians market themselves well in these online environments. Last, I will discuss the multifaceted reasons why librarians should market themselves.


Steven M. Cohen www.liscareer.com

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Five Laws of Library Science (EBooks edition)

I had a thought about the Five Laws of Library Science by Dr. S.R. Ranganathan. If I might be so bold, I’d like to suggest an eBook version to the Five Laws. So, here it goes.


1. EBooks are for use.

2. Every reader his or her eBook.

3. Every book, any e-reader.

4. Save the time of the e-reader patron.

5. The library is an evolving organism.

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25 Important Legal Issues Every Librarian Should Research

Most people don’t think of librarians as legal entities, but the fact is there are a number of legal issues that are important for librarians to understand. Whether you’re dealing with copyright or disabilities, the best way to protect yourself is to be informed. Be sure that you’ve brushed up on these important issues.


Monday, August 23, 2010

50 Awesome Search Engines

Anil's Information Portal: 50 Awesome Search Engines Every ...




Congoo: For current events and news searches, use Congoo to connect you to the latest in technology, industry, business, world news, finance, politics, Internet trends and more. CataLaw: CataLaw is another law search engine that organizes " all indexes of law and ..... My Network List. LIS Network - Library and Information Science Professionals network

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Library Literature and Information Science

Daily updates to ensure that patrons have access to the most current materials ... Up-to-date subject headings to keep pace with the latest trends in ... Library Literature and Information Science Full Text is a practical tool for study ...This unique working and teaching tool from H. W. Wilson helps library patrons keep pace with all the latest trends in a rapidly evolving field, as well as affording comprehensive coverage of the history of library studies.

 
Developed by librarians with librarians in mind, this flexible and easy-to-search database offers indexing of English and foreign-language periodicals, selected state journals, conference proceedings, pamphlets, library school theses, and over 300 books a year. It also delivers cover-to-cover full-text articles from over a hundred select publications.


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Getting Started With My Blog


Finally getting my blog on, using NgLibrary Info-Tech Ezine tutorial posted by Ayodele Alonge.