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QQML 2010, Chania, Crete, Greece
1105 days ago
To view the pictures that I took at the conference, click QQML 2010 in Pictures. The video clip I did while on a boat ride on the Mediterranean Sea can be played back by clicking: Circling the old Volcanic Island off Chania, Crete.
The 2nd Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2010) is taking place in Chania, Crete, Greece, 25 - 28 May 2010. I did my presentation on Library research support at Wits yesterday and enjoyed the ensuing discussions around Research Commons, Postgraduate Commons & "do librarians really need subject knowledge?" The conversations today are on international efforts to standarize statistics. Interesting propositions included possibilities of dropping volume counts from the statistics libraries collect and capturing more on preservation, cooperation, open access & services for special user groups.
Scholary communication & new technologies
1141 days ago
This morning started with two very fulfilling engagements in the office (i) helping a senior member of staff to establish the credibity of a publisher offering to publish a thesis in order to widely disseminate the findings, (ii) reading two emails that helped me to answer one question that bothered me since a meeting with the e-Laerning team, i.e. is audio necessary in a webcast and online tutorials? The answers were divergent: (i) you can do without audio because voice does not always come out the way it should ...as long as you keep the cast very short, plus or minus 3 minutes, and (ii) Daniel Gunnarsson, Jönköping’s Business and Economic Development Subject Librarian says "The possibility to embed webcasts and tutorials creates the kind of new picture and sound content I hope will make the guide more modern and attractive for younger users. ... basic things, such as accessing the databases is highly used." This is not necessarily bad ...choose an approach that best addresses your circumstances!
1154 days ago
Now finalising the paper, Library Research Support at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits): Signals from Local and International Performance Measurement Programs that I will be presenting at the QQML international conference, Chania, Greece, 25-28 May 2010. The flight route to Chania is proving to be quite circuitous. The best so far is to go through Dubai.
Research/subject portals meeting, 13 April 2010
1163 days ago
The major decisions today were:
- We will proceed with training in the next two weeks to ease importation of subject portals into LibGuides.
- Janet & Thuli will seek opportunities to incorporate "How tos" into KEWL.
- Jo-Anne will give us revised statistics on ISI usage to help in deciding whether we need additonal licences over the current 8.
SA Library Academy
1163 days ago
I just attended the RLC Academy, Mont Fleur, Stellenbosch, 12 April 2010 where Rose Kuhn (UKZN, Cyrill Walters (UCT) and I shared our experiences over the last two years with the new 20 project participants from UP, Rhodes, Stellenbosch & UJ. It was interesting to reflect on the work we have done in the last two years on WireDspace, InfoLit, Digitization, Research Support and Technology enhancements.My talk was: "The Research Librarian in practice: Applying 2007Academy and 2008 US Internship experiences".
Research Libraries Consortium (RLC)
1197 days ago
...busy with preparations for SALW. My colleaugues have secured two excellent speakers, Prof Bonita Meyersfeld, Human Rights Lawyer and Zukiswa Wanner, best seller African Writer to talk about “ Literacy and Human Rights, Read SA”. The talks will be on 24th March at 13:15-14:15pm, John Moffat Building, East Campus, Wits. This will be podcast...watch this space. Branch libraries are doing displays on the theme "Reading changes life".
Wits South African Library Week
Wits Institutional Repository
1203 days ago
Following the completion of required technical upgrades, the first meeting of the marketing team took place, 4 March 2010, and made important decisions to take WireDSpace to a new level:
- Two training sessions on how to navigate and upload content will take place in April 2010
- A five minute marketing presentation will be released
- All staff will communicate the new developments at different forums.
1462 days ago
This is about what libraries can offer
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