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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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



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.


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