Monday, 5 December 2011

IATUL 2011 presentations

Libraries for New Generation Learners, 27 October 2011
The annual IATUL Seminar was held in Melbourne and jointly sponsored by IATUL and La Trobe University Library and featured both International and Australian perspectives on the seminar topic.


Monday, 21 November 2011

Useful Articles for Librarians

I'm receiving everyday e-mails with links to useful blog posts, reports. I don't have any more time to read, to bookmark them or just save. So today I just decided to post on the blog a few that of interest and I will remember at a later stage, where to find and read:
Pavlinka Kovatcheva, UJ Faculty Librarian: Sciences
Follow me on Twitter: ujlibscience
UJ Sciences Librarian Portal

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Internet Librarian International 2011 Conference

Recently I attended the Internet Librarian International Conference in London, 26-28 October 2011. I also presented on the 28th October in C204: New Skills for the New Normal.

The presentation focuses on how the role of the academic librarians changes from traditional, to technological & social, to mobile and embedded librarian. To adapt to the changing environment the librarians need to adapt and develop new skills and play new roles. I'm providing some practical examples from my experiences.

Overall the ILI 2011 was a very successful and enlighting conference.

If you want to learn more about the ILI topics, discussions, links to presentations, etc. these are some useful blog posts, tweets, slide share presentations, statistics, etc.:

Those who did not attended the ILI 2011 Conference can have a good grasp of what was discussed, emerging trends, practical tips and new networking possibilities

Pavlinka Kovatcheva (

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Peer Review Guide for Researchers

The Research Information Network has published in March 2010 a Guide to provide researchers with an understanding of the peer-review process and some of the current issues surrounding the debate about peer review.

Download the Peer Review: Guide for researchers (16 pages)

Read more about the Guide

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Scientific Information in the Digital Age: Access and Dissemination

Greetings from Trieste, Italy. I'm attending the workshop on Scientific Information in the Digital Age: Access and Dissemination @ the ICTP (International Center for Theoretical Physics)
Visit the web page for more information and video casting of the presentations

Visit the Workshop web page.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

A Vision of Students Today

I have seen this video sometime ago, and today I have spot it on Twitter. Do we understand the students today? Find out for yourself.

Sunday, 25 January 2009

New Developments in support to Teaching, Learning & Research

Two NEW Developments have been announced lately. I have made posts on my

"ticTOCs" will help you keep your lecturers, researchers and yourself up to date with Journals Table of Content ALERTs. Read MORE....

The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online!
This is the largest ever publication of Darwin papers and manuscripts, totalling about 20,000 items in over 100,000 electronic images. Read MORE ... OR click HERE for access.

If you know of any NEW resources that can help with librarians work in support to learning, teaching and research, please let us know.

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

UJ Library: End-year function

Who does not love end-year functions? It marks the end of the academic year and the start of the long summer holiday, Christmas shopping and the New 2009!
The library staff did enjoy their time off from work and have the most fun out of it.

Dancing competition

Small talk ladies?

The tables were nicely arranged

Meet the Social team
Congratulation for organising this event.

To all library staff have a good holiday and Happy New Year!

Faculty Acknowledge Blogs Contribute to Scholarly Communication

By (Eric Schnell) on communications

One of my more recent hot topics is the need for librarians to expand how we define our own scholarly communications to keep up with changes in the practice of librarianship. A new report by the Ithaka Group being distributed by ARL explores how (non-librarian) faculty / scholars are making use of digital scholarly resources in the course of research. In the report entitled Current Models of Digital Scholarly Communication, authors Nancy Maron and Kirby Smith detail the various digital resources that expands the definition of what is a scholarly resource. Such resources include electronic-only data, e-journals, and blogs.

The report states that blogs are “being put to interesting use by scholars” and contribute to scholarship by providing a forum for discussion. Faculty acknowledge that blog postings allow scholars to share research findings and open up a dialog that can help to further shape and refine their ideas. Blogs can add a layer of commentary to published literature and can give frequent updates of researchers’ opinions rather than just facts and can also attract well established, well known writers in specific disciplines.

While any scholar can use digital communications tools to post their ideas and share them with others, old traditions of establishing scholarly legitimacy through credentialing, peer review, and citation metrics still remain paramount. Although there have been many innovations such as open peer-review, many scholars still choose not to take advantage of these new innovations and continue to publish traditional articles.Issues of informality and not having a traditional peer-review process are still keeping blogs and scholarly social networks from being accepted as creditable scholarly communication. Still, blogs still can offer faculty / scholars the lowest cost model for quickly communicating their ideas and to receive quick feedback.

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

IQity Blog

I'm introducing you to IQity Blog. The main focus of this blog is on Education Technology.
This week the IQity bloggers are attending the National School Boards Association: NSBA's T+L Conference in Seattle and you can follow through their posts the latest news from the presenters.
The IQity Blog latest post are:

P.S.: Link to this blog is available through "Useful Blogs".

Monday, 20 October 2008

IFLA Report, May 2008: Access to Libraries and Information

Access to libraries and information: Towards a fairer world (IFLA/FAIFE World Report V. 7)
This is the 4th in a series of reports from IFLA/FAIFE on the state of intellectual freedom around the world. In this report, representatives from 116 countries provide information about intellectual freedom issues in their country. An encouraging sign is that this report contains reports from a number of countries that were not represented in prior reports.
In addition to providing basic statistical information related to libraries, including details about Internet access, the report provides information at the country level about anti terrorism legislation, freedom of information laws, violations of freedom of access to information as well as violations of freedom of expression. In addition to the country reports, several commissioned articles are part of the report as well. These provide extended background information on topics related to intellectual freedom, such as censorship in Arab countries, the USA Patriot Act and its impact on libraries, and the role of libraries in fighting corruption in Russia (Current Cites)