Communicating across cultures

Communicating across cultures: cultural identity issues and the role of the multicultural, multilingual school library within the school community Dr. Helen Boelens School Library Researcher and Consultant, The Netherlands John M. Cherek Jr. MSc Project Manager, Zorgboerderij “De Kweektuin”, Mijdrecht, The Netherlands Dr. Anthony Tilke Head of Library Services & TOK Teacher, United World College of South-East Asia (Dover Campus), Singapore Nadine Bailey United World … Continue reading Communicating across cultures

Are we there yet? No … and this is why – an appeal to database owners and academic libraries

I’m about to write another assignment.  This must be about my 40th serious assignment of over 1,500 words requiring academic research, looking for good peer-reviewed studies, reading through 1,000’s of pages to try and distill exactly what is being said, whether it is of relevance (directly or tangentially), and once I’m finished that to pause and think and think and think and try to come … Continue reading Are we there yet? No … and this is why – an appeal to database owners and academic libraries

Why can’t a library?

Be more like a store (with apologies to Frederick Loewe & Alan Jay Lerner)? And if it were a store, what kind of store would it be? Please don’t say bookstore, because even though we apparently love them, they’re dying and going out of business. Except for those that evolve beyond books, earn the respect of customers, get into their communities, incorporate new ideas such as subscription services, “reading … Continue reading Why can’t a library?

Literacy is not enough: Why we need to teach information literacy

Some weeks are just like hitting the jackpot in terms of the news and media world shouting out “yes, this is necessary” – although of course they don’t phrase it that way, and they certainly wouldn’t invoke libraries, librarians and information literacy in their communal hand wringing. But they should. The first was the retraction of an article in Science. (Retraction watch – who knew … Continue reading Literacy is not enough: Why we need to teach information literacy

Whose search history would you like to see?

FastCo had an interesting post yesterday about how you can download your browsing history on google (Twitter also lets you download your tweeting history) and how you could then see what marketeers and google knows about you.  I don’t think that’s nearly as interesting as the potential if you could see the browsing history of really interesting people. Or people who are making an impact … Continue reading Whose search history would you like to see?

Role of the TL trends and more assignment

I’m in the process of complete immersion and drowning in information, data points, ideas, readings literature, to do my latest assignments. I’ve been trying mind mapping – does that make any sense? It does to me it’s life the universe and everything of TLship.  The issue is to translate that into 2500 words, no more no less appropriately referenced.   I also have other stuff. … Continue reading Role of the TL trends and more assignment

Comparative analysis of social networking tools and technologies for International School Librarians in Asia

Introduction This report documents a Comparative analysis of social networking tools and technologies for International School librarians in Asia. The case study research methodology – defined as “examining contemporary phenomenon within its real-life context … and it relies on multiple sources of evidence” (Yin, 2003, p.13, cited in Shanks and Bekmamedova, 2013, p. 174) was employed in a critical paradigm <!–[if supportFields]> ADDIN ZOTERO_ITEM CSL_CITATION {“citationID”:”ZtjKUW0T”,”properties”:{“formattedCitation”:”(Shanks … Continue reading Comparative analysis of social networking tools and technologies for International School Librarians in Asia