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7 Reasons You Should Unplug This Summer

7 Reasons You Should Unplug This Summer


1. You’ll give your brain a much-needed break.

2. You’ll be a better employee.

3. You’ll feel less stressed.

4. You’ll have time to build relationships face-to-face.

5. You’ll be able to experience summer to its fullest.

6. You’ll sleep better.

7. You’ll get rid of negative feelings.

“Studies have found that social networks can trigger unhealthy feelings like jealousy, misery and loneliness in users. Researchers at two Germany universities found that one in three people felt worse and more dissatisfied with their lives after scrolling through Facebook posts.

Reducing time spent on social media or even temporarily deactivating your accounts could greatly improve the quality of your life. Spend this summer focusing on yourself and eliminating the negativity. “

See you on Labour Day!


Posted on: July 1, 2014, 6:53 am Category: Uncategorized

Copyright Flowchart: Can I Use It? Yes? No? If This… Then…

Copyright Flowchart: Can I Use It? Yes? No? If This… Then…

Copyright Flowchart




Posted on: June 30, 2014, 6:45 am Category: Uncategorized

The Condition of Education 2014

The Condition of Education 2014

The Condition of Education 2014
Source: National Center for Education Statistics

The Condition of Education 2014 summarizes important developments and trends in education using the latest available data. The report presents 42 indicators on the status and condition of education. The indicators represent a consensus of professional judgment on the most significant national measures of the condition and progress of education for which accurate data are available.


Posted on: June 30, 2014, 6:43 am Category: Uncategorized

A 15-step strategy to comprehend a new library area thoroughly and fast

A great post to help you get through the summer as this blog is put on hiatus.

A 15-step strategy to comprehend a new library area thoroughly and fast

Read the full post here:

“Have you or any of your team needed to get up-to-date and skilled in a specific area in a short space of time? Last month’s blog: Getting more up-to-date in 6 simple steps discussed a strategy for library staff to get up-skilled and up-to-date in new innovative areas. This month’s blog continues to help you develop your library’s staff expertise focussing on a short 15-step resource analysis plan.

Most of us know how to locate information. However, this step-by-step strategy guides you in a structured way through a variety of resources to ensure that you comprehensively capture more content and knowledge from a variety of angles and as part of a structured and short 15-step plan:

Identify 3 people, experts or peers who are in the know about your subject as a starting point.

 Select books and articles to brush up on your reading on research results, good practices or guidelines. Who has published a lot on your topic?”

Snippets of advice from the post:

  1.  Pinpoint 3 networks, professional associations, and foundations who are dedicated to your cause to help you better scope / grasp the extent of your topic.
  2. Bloggers will regularly dedicate their articles to topics up your street. Find 3 of them via Bloglinesfor example. And think about looking at blogs like Stephen’s LighthouseOCLC Research,Content Divergent with some great infographics, or Peter Suber’s page on Open Access for example.
  3. Select at least 3 discussion lists / forums / interest groups and 3 Facebook pages to follow and engage in conversation with today’s and tomorrow’s experts.
  4. Use Twitter to find the people and the small bites of news with links on to hot content.
  5. Identify 3 videos, 3 slides and 3podcasters. 
  6. Search your bookmarks and discover 3 e-bookmarkers on DeliciousStumbleUponReddit, accounts.
  7. Search 3 web publisher sites, e.g. using which aggregates and visualises web resources and news curated around one specific topic.
  8. Locate 3 funding programmes and projects for information on the policy and financial priorities of today’s higher education, research and ICT funders.
  9. Look at least 3 of today’s good practice working service examples to prevent you from re-inventing any wheels.
  10. Locate 3 education opportunities: be they conferences / events / workshops related to your topic.
  11. What 3 webinars or MOOCs can you follow to get up2date on your topic? S
  12. earch for info pages on your topic by searching all LibGuides worldwide using your keywords.
  13. Search and add to your social media dashboard platform like NetvibesProtopage orRebelmouse.
  14. Harvard’s innovative Tag Team RSS aggregator provides a great RSS service. They have many hubs, e.g. The Open Access Tracking Project provides regular news items from all over the world on Open Access via the web or email.

Follow these steps and you will feel far more confident about your new area.

Don’t forget to set up a system to regularly follow your information leads; this isn’t a one-time exercise. A social media dashboard platform (mentioned in 15) will help you bring a lot of content together to allow you to follow updates in one space. For other related tips, see my previous blog:Getting more up-to-date in 6 simple steps


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Posted on: June 30, 2014, 6:31 am Category: Uncategorized

Dr. S.R. Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science

An understanding of the fundamentals of Library and Information Science starts with Dr. S.R. Ranganathan’s Five Laws. Whether you’re working toward your Library Science degree online, you are already a librarian, or are simply interested in the way your favorite library is organized, brush up on the foundations of the discipline in our latest infographic:


USC Online

Posted on: June 30, 2014, 6:18 am Category: Uncategorized

These Emotions Make Things Spread Like Crazy Online

These Emotions Make Things Spread Like Crazy Online

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Posted on: June 30, 2014, 6:09 am Category: Uncategorized

A New Way of Looking at Public Library Engagement in America

A New Way of Looking at Public Library Engagement in America

American Libraries:  Gaining insight into how libraries fit within American culture
Public library engagement typology
Compared with the general US population, Library Lovers are more engaged in community activities

Posted on: June 29, 2014, 6:50 am Category: Uncategorized