Monthly Archives: June 2011

BL deal with Google Books

The British Library have done a deal with Google Books to digitise 250,00 items.  Further details can be found at: http://www.ringgold.com/UKSG/si_pd.cfm?AC=0920&Pid=10&Zid=6284&issueno=248 This will widen up access to these materials and save some academics from having to make costly visits to the British … Continue reading

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Diigo – social bookmarking and collaborative research

I picked up on this handy tool through chatting with a colleague I met doing the PGCert, Dr.Cai Wilkinsonfrom the School of Government and Society.  Diigo (www.diigo.com) is a social bookmarking, web annotation and collaborative research service.  Basically, you sign … Continue reading

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Tech-savvy doctoral students increasingly look to open web technologies – JISC report

The following is a summary of the report: ‘Researchers of Tomorrow: A three year (BL/JISC) study tracking the research behaviour of ‘Generation Y’ doctoral students’.                                                                                        To download a copy of the report, please see: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/news/stories/2011/06/researchersoftomorrow.aspx The title of this blog post … Continue reading

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Report back from ‘Social media: re-conceptualising information literacy?’, an event hosted by the Information Literacy Group at Manchester Metropolitan University on 9th June 2011

This thought-provoking seminar was led by Prof Helen Partridge, from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia and visiting fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. I went to this event half-anticipating some hints and tips on practical … Continue reading

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DELILA – Embedding Digital and Information Literacy OERs into the PG Cert

Over the last year the University of Birmingham and LSE have been working on the JISC and HEA funded DELILA project.  The project focusses on embedding digital and information literacy teaching materials into HEA accredited teacher training courses such as the PG Cert and … Continue reading

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What is the Cloud?

Recently when at a demonstration for a new potential product, during the break a colleague asked me what the cloud was.  It seems that a quite a few library staff keep on hearing that wonderful new library systems are being stored … Continue reading

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Should we be offering drop-in sessions on Google Books, Scholar and Docs to academics?

The most recent issue of College and Research Libraries News included a very interesting article about teaching academic staff how they can make the most of Google.  The library staff offered sign-up sessions to show academics how to use advanced … Continue reading

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