From 09600521<Hilbre.Revington@wits.ac.za> Tue Nov 17 11:24:45 2009 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="ISO-8859-15" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain From: "09600521<Hilbre.Revington@wits.ac.za>" Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2009 09:24:45 +0200 Subject: INFORMATION LITERACY IN THE AGE OF AMATEURS
=09A link to an interesting article from Jenny Croll as a follow up to our = first RUSH meeting about the Google generation...From 09600521<Hilbre.Revington@wits.ac.za> Fri Nov 13 15:32:40 2009 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="ISO-8859-15" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain From: "09600521<Hilbre.Revington@wits.ac.za>" Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 13:32:40 +0200 Subject: For those of us who could not make the RUSH meeting this morning!
=09 A copy of Di Hillman's presentation ..= ..
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=09 I doubt whether any of us has mana= ged to read the actual ASSAF report, but I did think that the second artic le distributed to everyone to r= ead for today’s meeting does = a good job of summarizing the con tents of the report, so that is the= one that I will focus on here.
=09According to this article, the ASSAF report recommends a more focu sed appr= oach to the production and promotion of scholarly books published in South = Africa. (These are to be differentiated from other academic boo ks such as t= extbooks)
=09It recommends the establishment of a National Scholarly Book Publishing Forum , as well as a sustainable = book publishing support system= .
=09It further recommends that there should be more of an effort made to promo= te the increased use of these scholarl y books in undergraduate and postgrad= uate teaching, in order to make them more visible to the public.
=09The report also recommends the extension o f open access publis hing to the book publishing indust= ry.
=09It goes on to mention some of the questions which need to be considered :<= /font>
=091.   ; = Whether there is any= duplication of research in bo th forms of publishing.<= /p>
=09 2. &n bsp; = The difference in th= e peer review process in both forms of publishing.
=093. = T he difference in ti= me delays in both forms of publishing. font>
=094. = Whether all fields o= f sch olarly enquiry make equal use of scholarly books as a means of dissemi= nat ing research.
=095. span>= Whether it would be = possible to encourage publication of research in sch olarly books through a = different form of “weighting”, which i s traditionally used to c= alculate research output subsidies.
=09“The rise and success of Open Access journa ls in scientific and biom= edical < /span>fields has spread to = the Humanities and Social Sciences, promising similar benefits in access an= d outreach for Open Access Books …mos t important is the increasing r= ealization that the traditional book publi shing model is no longer sustaina= ble. A new approach is needed to ensure the publication of academic books a= nd to improve their accessibility and dissemination.”= p>
=09https= ://www.lib.uwo.ca/blogs/digitalscholarly/2009/10 /open-access-boo.html
=09Finally, I would like to take a quote from an article which reports on the= main findings of a new study soon to be mad e available OAPEN’s websi= te: (OAPEN =3D Open Access Publishing in E uropean Networks)= p>
=09“Print remains important……&hellip ;……&hel= lip;…” (See link below) p>
=09Thanks very much.
=09 Thank you, Di, for sending this to be published on the blog!
Thank you, Di, for sending this to be published on the blog! &= nbsp;
From Mark .
Stuck with ideas about what to research - the li nk below may help and gi= ve you a giggle at the same time...! Who knows - you maybe the next Ig Nobe= l prize winner!
Improbable Research-Res earch that makes people LAUGH and then THINK
http://improbable.com/about/From 09600521<Hilbre.Revington@wits.ac.za> Wed Nov 04 16:06:17 2009 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="ISO-8859-15" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain From: "09600521<Hilbre.Revington@wits.ac.za>" Date: Wed, 04 Nov 2009 14:06:17 +0200 Subject: Want to try out the Library's Kindle?
Jo -Anne has a Kindle that she has offered to lend out to anyone that is = int erested in experimenting with this new technology. It is a wireless= device that allows one to read e-books and other digital media anywhere, a= nytime.
All that is required is feedback. The more people who try i t out, the be= tter.
Will it become the next format librarians will have to embrace?!!From 09600521<Hilbre.Revington@wits.ac.za> Tue Oct 27 14:34:29 2009 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="ISO-8859-15" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain From: "09600521<Hilbre.Revington@wits.ac.za>" Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2009 12:34:29 +0200 Subject: Comments received to Janie on our second meeting
The Blog allows comments but they are not as visible as the posts so I h= ave decided to make a seperate post of them so everyone will be able to vi e= w them - even those who are unfamiliar with blogs
The debate is open.... where do we go with our RUSH Journal Club for Wit= s Librarians? p>
=20 After yesterday's RUSH gathering, there were comments lik e:
=20 * Yet another stimulating discussion!
=20 *My impression is it was a bit like a tea party (this was from a l= at ecomer who missed Cathy's great presentation...)
=20 *We need set que stions beforehand to stimulate thinking and be able to go i= n there, ready and prepared so we can come away with a practical way in whi= ch to put it to parctice in the workplace.
=20 *We wondered off the main theme by moving into a different discussion which= rather belonged in the November gathering.
=20 Keep in mind that although we all share our librarian profession, we are st= ill individuals with different opinions: s ome of us like a more formal stru= cture, whereas others would like it to b e totally informal, open and free.<= /p>
Whilst taking these first baby
steps in our RUSH existance we may not al=
ways suit everyone's taste, but
the whole is bigger than its parts. RUSH ne=
eds you all, dear librarians.
Our turnout has been good thus far,=
20;with 10 apologies first
time round, and 15 with 5 apologies 2nd time ro=
und. Keep it, guys! It wi
ll only get better.
Next RUSH Meeting: 13 November 2009
Try to read the following articl= e by Nicholas Carr before you come:
IS GOOGLE MAKING US STUPID
As libraria= ns we all know that ma ny of our users would rather ask Google than 'ask a l= ibrarian'. New techn ology has impacted on the way we work, the way we think= , who we are. Have we embraced it or fought against what our users will tur= n to before they turn to us?
What do you= think? We can't wait to hear your ideas! See you tomorrow....From 09600521<Hilbre.Revington@wits.ac.za> Thu Sep 10 13:06:19 2009 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="ISO-8859-15" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain From: "09600521<Hilbre.Revington@wits.ac.za>" Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 11:06:19 +0200 Subject: Why we started the Club