Just as the availability of new ways of learning are possible, so have libraries begun to use networked capabilities to change their approach to satisfying the learning needs of the people in their communities.
Threshold Concepts Conference at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia will include paper on redesigning course on advanced searching.
As we explore new literacies, it is interesting to look back and see what changes and milestones have led us to the current landscape.
The Hyperlinked Library model is a response to the socio-technological changes outlined above. One major facet of this model is an emphasis on the library as a facilitator of discovery, exploration, and play as a way to learn about the world. These learning events and experiences can be both in the physical space and the virtual. Jenkins (2006) defined “play” as “the capacity to experiment with one’s surroundings as a form of problem-solving” (p.4), and argued that play is one of the most valued skills for the changing landscape of education. “Today’s networked technology,” according to Thomas and Brown (2009, p.2), “is more than just a conduit to communicate information; it is a platform to share and network imaginations. Technology, like never before has become a tool to build worlds.”
Web archiving, in a nutshell, it is the process of harvesting data on the World Wide Web. It is complicated and full of challenges, as my students can attest.
Dr. Chris Hagar brought international attention to the concept of library involvement in disaster risk reduction.
By Michelle Chen
In my information visualization and big data courses, some of my students express strong interest in applying big data analytical skills to address or solve humanities-related issues. Motivated by this noticeable trend, I am proposing a workshop for "Big Data and Digital Humanities" to be held in conjunction with the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia Big Data. While the workshop proposal is currently under review, I think it would be nice to share some of the thoughts and research ideas here.
International collaboration is always a refreshing and even enlightening experience to me. I have worked with two librarians from Tsinghua University Library in China on a couple of projects and absolutely enjoyed it. I have known them for more than 10 years so we have a very efficient and pleasant relationship. Last year when I was at IFLA, I met a librarian from Ghana and we had good conversations about library research. This spring we worked on a project together to evaluate the reference services at University of Education, Winneba (UEW) in Ghana. We decided to approach the evaluation from the user perspective, and identified the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) based on the RUSA Guidelines for Behavioral Performance. A user survey was conducted to measure the KPIs and to examine how users use and perceive library reference services.
Early in September the world learned of a new human-like species based on the discovery of partial skeletons in a burial chamber deep in a cave system in South Africa. The researcher who made this discovery, Lee Berger, is on the faculty of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). While that discovery is exciting, it has even more relevance for the two sections of INFO 204 that I’m teaching this term because the students are engaged in a project with the Wits University Deputy Librarian, Mr. Paiki Muswazi.
One of my main research interests focuses on information perspectives of digital volunteering in humanitarian aid. My work with colleagues Dr. Nina Laurie, Chair in Development, Newcastle University, UK and Dr. Matt Baillie-Smith, Professor of Development, Northumbria University, UK concerns international medical volunteering. Cross-disciplinary collaboration (medical, geography, sociology and information science) is urgently needed to better understand global health volunteering. My expertise in crisis information management helped my colleagues (mentioned above) to identify a gap in their work and, as a result, we have discussed ways in which we can take forward a joint agenda on information/knowledge sharing and digital volunteering in international development settings.