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Archive December 2012

IATUL Post-Conference Workshop

Monday, 17 December 2012 10:20:44 a.m.

You’re invited to join us for a Post-Conference Workshop

Workshop Theme
Doing it together: Statistics, Efficiency and Synergy in Academic Libraries

Date: Friday, 19 April 2013

Time: 9 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.

Cost: Free – For IATUL 2013 conference delegates only

The workshop is to encourage the collection of statistics for benchmarking, improve the collection of statistics in African libraries, develop a basis for regional cooperation and activity and to create an awareness of the various options available, e.g. the statistical database developed by CPUT Libraries.

Presenters include:

1.      Ms Helen Livingston – University Librarian, University of South Australia

2.      Professor Tord Hoivik, Senior Consultant at LATINA/Lab, Norway

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Top seven predictions for the future of research

Monday, 17 December 2012 10:18:19 a.m.

Technology is moving fast and has an ever-increasing influence on the way researchers work. Sarah Porter, head of innovation at Jisc, has worked alongside her colleague Torsten Reimer to pull out key predictions for the future of research. Sarah says, “With rapidly increasing amounts of data generated, digital technology offers new and innovative ways of finding and analysing relevant information. It also allows academics to work with citizen scientists and engage the public in their research. This will allow researchers to undertake projects on a larger scale with more impactful results.”

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IATUL is on Facebook

Monday, 17 December 2012 10:14:26 a.m.

IATUL now has a Facebook page that can be found at:


RLUK Conference 2012

Monday, 17 December 2012 10:10:03 a.m.

The videos, slides and photos from the 2012 conference can be viewed on the conference blog.


Speakers featured on the blog include Roly Keating of the British Library, Dame Janet Finch, Mark Thorley (RCUK) and Professor Stephen Curry.

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The value of academic libraries

Monday, 17 December 2012 10:07:34 a.m.

The library is not just a repository, or a service like any other, or a place for study: it is all these things. It can also be a partner in research and in teaching, and institutions which fail to capitalise fully on this asset will find it harder to compete in the future.

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Library Workforce for 21st-Century Research Libraries

Monday, 17 December 2012 10:03:52 a.m.

Proceedings of the ARL Fall Forum
October 11–12, 2012
Washington, DC

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Enhancing Collaboration and Interaction in a Post-graduate Research Programme

Monday, 17 December 2012 10:01:52 a.m.

This article focuses on the role of the embedded information specialist, in the Phytomedicine Programme. The main concern will be to incorporate the educational software, Blackboard, named ClickUP at the University of Pretoria, in the existing community of practice between staff and post-graduate students of the Phytomedicine Programme, developed since 2009. The original research platform was developed on RefShare (RefWorks).
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Science graphic novels for academic libraries: collections and collaborations

Monday, 17 December 2012 9:57:28 a.m.

A small but rapidly growing portion of comics and graphic novels is not only nonfiction, but is also focused on science and scientists. Since these books tackle the topics at an advanced level, they can bring a real benefit to academic library collections. It has been argued that academic libraries can use graphic novels to support the curriculum in a number of subject areas, including history, film, and literature studies. They can also be used as leisure reading materials for students who have grown up with the graphic novel as a pervasive medium in popular culture. Now academic librarians have a real opportunity to support science and engineering curricula with this emerging format.

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The Year of the MOOC

Monday, 17 December 2012 9:46:55 a.m.

Audrey Watters writes: “Massive Open Online Courses. MOOCs. This was, without a doubt, the most important and talked-about trend in education technology this year. The trend started to pick up in late 2011 with the huge enrolment in the three computer-science courses that Stanford offered for free online during the fall semester, along with the announcement of MITx in December. Add to that the increasing costs of college tuition and arguments that there’s a ‘higher education bubble,’ and the promise of a free online university education obviously hit a nerve.”...

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