Tuesday, December 17, 2013

From Buffy Hamilton's blog:

In my last two posts, I have reflected on a rationale for looking at the work of libraries through Deborah Brandt’s concept of sponsors of literacy as well as the philosophical and practical imperatives for libraries to examine the forces and ideologies that shape their work.
As libraries begin to examine the ways they function as sponsors of multiple forms of literacy and to consider the kinds of literate practices that are privileged and marginalized, a checklist or inventory of questions for consideration is needed as a starting point for peeling back the layers of influences.

Go to source: http://dmlcentral.net/blog/buffy-hamilton/libraries-%E2%80%98sponsors-literacy-and-learning-peeling-back-layers

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The Guardian has published two articles on Randy Shekman, this years Nobel Prize winner, who declared boycott of the 3 top-tier journals Nature, Cell and Science.


Monday, October 21, 2013
It’s hard to build a really new search engine. Microsoft has spent enormous resources trying to convince people that Bing’s search results are just as good as Google’s. Other Google alternatives like DuckDuckGo are growing rapidly because they pledge to protect people’s privacy.

But the problem for most competitors to Google is that they try to imitate Google. Max Kossatz. “I think that’s why there’s been no innovation in search in over 10 years.” Blippex is built by its own users. And this makes its search results radically—and perhaps interestingly—different.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Find out about Reference Services in Uganda, the lack of civility in the 'Arab Spring', School Libraries in India, the IFLA trends websites and much more in Sheila Webber's blogs about the IFLA Satellite meeting on Information Literacy and Reference Services and other IL matters including her keynote address 'Question and enquire: taking a critical pathway to understand our users' at http://information-literacy.blogspot.de.



Thursday, July 18, 2013

Avoiding Google - DuckGoGo seems to be picked up by more and more people.

Find here a blog entry by Karen Blakeman promoting DuckGoGo

and the stats about search queries


Friday, June 14, 2013
ACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (“the Standards”) were first adopted in 2000. Since then the Standards have become one of the most essential documents, related to the emergence of information literacy as a recognized learning outcome at many institutions of higher education.
Now the Standards should be extensively revised by a new task force including non-librarians from university departments, higher education organizations, and an accreditor.
The aim is to
"Update the Information literacy competency standards for higher education so that they reflect the current thinking on such things as the creation and dissemination of knowledge, the changing global higher education and learning environment, the shift from information literacy to information fluency, and the expanding definition of information literacy to include multiple literacies, e.g., transliteracy, media literacy, digital literacy, etc."