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.

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 -

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;


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."

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. 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 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.