Saturday, 11 May 2013

My last blog , my wonderful experience

Before the course I knew nothing about blogging , I have discovered something I liked and enjoy doing ,with womderful people my class mates, It was quite a journey sharing our views and opinions , made me to be creative , Thank you for gaining this adventure   

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Public Library of Science

Did you know?
In 2009, the Public Library of Science became an official supporting organisation of Healthcare Information For All by 2015, a global initiative that advocates unrestricted access to medical knowledge

Open-access journal

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Open-access journals are scholarly journals that are available online to the reader "without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself."[1] Some are subsidized, and some require payment on behalf of the author. Subsidized journals are financed by an academic institution, learned society or a government information center; those requiring payment are typically financed by money made available to researchers for the purpose from a public or private funding agency, as part of a research grant. There have also been several modifications of open-access journals that have considerably different natures: hybrid open-access journals and delayed open-access journals.
Open-access journals (sometimes called the "gold road to open access") are one of the two general methods for providing open access. The other one (sometimes called the "green road") is self-archiving in a repository. The publisher of an open-access journal is known as an "open-access publisher", and the process, "open-access publishing".

Saturday, 4 May 2013

RC Code


QR Codes and Mobile LibGuides

"I am one of those sad, unfortunate librarians who does not yet subscribe to the wondrous world of LibGuides. And yet, I try to stay current on the many amazing things they are capable of, including their ability to be accessed mobile-ly (as in, with a mobile device - still uncertain what the adverbial form of that should be...).

During one of the ACRL Unconference sessions, Jodi Shepherd presented her library's use of QR codes and a mobile LibGuide to help students navigate their stacks. Discovering that students were frequently lost in the stacks of their multi-floor library, they created a LibGuide explaining how to read a call number and find the book on the shelf. Although any LibGuide will be automatically converted to a mobile-friendly version when accessed from a mobile device, they decided to create a new one specifically for mobile use because formatting was lost from the original LibGuide when viewed on a mobile device. A QR code directing to that specific LibGuide was then created and displayed at strategic places throughout the library stacks. Students are able to scan the code and immediately call up the LibGuide for a quick tutorial. This is a great example of using mobile technology to assist students at their point-of-need. Rather than trying to track down a librarian to help them, the student can try to help himself using the technology in his pocket. Great idea!"

Thursday, 25 April 2013



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"A podcast is a type of digital media consisting of an episodic series of audio radio, video, PDF, or ePub files subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication or streamed online to a computer or mobile device. The word is a neologism derived from "broadcast" and "pod" from the success of the iPod, as podcasts are often listened to on portable media players. In the context of Apple devices, the term "Podcasts" refers to the audio and video version of podcasts, whereas the textual version of podcasts are classified under the app known as Newsstand.
A list of all the audio or video files currently associated with a given series is maintained centrally on the distributor's server as a web feed, and the listener or viewer employs special client application software, known as a podcatcher, that can access this web feed, check it for updates, and download any new files in the series. This process can be automated so that new files are downloaded automatically, which may seem to the user as if the content is being broadcast or "pushed" to them. Files are stored locally on the user's computer or other device ready for offline use, giving simple and convenient access to the content.[1][2] Podcasting contrasts with webcasting (Internet streaming), which generally isn't designed for offline listening to user-selected content.
As discussed by Richard Berry, podcasting is both a converged medium bringing together audio, the web and portable media player, and a disruptive technology that has caused some in the radio business to reconsider some established practices and preconceptions about audiences, consumption, production and distribution.[3] This idea of disruptiveness is largely because no one person owns the technology; it is free to listen and create content, which departs from the traditional model of 'gate-kept' media and production tools.[3] It is very much a horizontal media form: producers are consumers and consumers become producers and engage in conversations with each other."[3]

Resources for Librarians: [edit]

  • Other suggestions for things librarians can do:
    • Check your local cataloging. Often, Wikipedia is listed on subject or resource guides, or sometimes even fully cataloged. Unfortunately, due to the dynamic nature of this resource, these records are very often outdated or wrong. It is probably best not to list a specific article in the record, but rather provide a basic description from Wikipedia:About. Note particularly that Wikipedia is not published by the Free Software Foundation as stated in some OCLC records. Instead, as of Dec. 2008, Wikipedia is published by The Wikimedia Foundation, San Francisco, California. The official title is "Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia," and the general link to the English-language Wikipedia is; a general link to the portal page is
    • Talk to your patrons. Wikipedia provides one of the best resources available for teaching information literacy -- implicit in the design of the site is the idea that you need to check everything you find there, which can be expanded to a discussion of verifying all information.
    • Use and advocate for Wikipedia as a "gateway source." Wikipedia's extensive references, external and internal links can be used as a great way to get a basic idea of a topic and find out more about it. Just be sure to also use outside sources!

Saturday, 20 April 2013

To code or not to code determining what softwar to use

Library Web Ecology: what you need to know as web design coordinator. Author Jacquelyn Marie Erdman

"Different web development software will require varying levels of expertise. If you want to have an animated logo as part of the library's identity then you need to make sure there is someone on staff to create such logo and that most computers will support such a graphic. It is also helpful to view how other libraries have built their websites"

Weblogs as sources of current information

Weblogs and Libraries by: Laurel A.Clyde

Belinda Weaver's view on Blogging . "She find the format perfect for current awareness and though personal weblogs are waste of time, she says the best contain useful postings that help their readers to keep up to date. Many weblogs have emerged as authoritative sources of information in their fields. She also felt much more up to date with issues affecting libraries since started to read blogs and enjoyed to be part of wider community of bloggers". pg 8

This is so amazing I aslo felt like that at first , what the point of this , but as more I kept on blogging and reading other people's  blogs , I started to enjoy this is amazing and wonderful expirience, I am encouraging other people around me to blog, as it is so fruitful.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Web 2.0 applications

Author: Parkes, D 2010

"For many the term Web 2.0 is associated with applications such as blog and wikis. Abroader understanding of the term embraces service that allow users to create content and to comment on content provided by others. This encompasses various social sharing services, such as those for photographs (e.g. flickr), videos (e.g. You Tube) and bookmarks (e.g. Dwlicious).