Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Monday, August 30, 2004
WordNet 2.0 is available in 2 ways: online and downloadable file. It includes more than 42,000 links between nouns and verbs that are related to each other and has a focus on Terrorism! The Global WordNet Association provides a platform for discussing, sharing and connecting WordNets all around the world. The aim of the association is to promote the WordNets for all languages in the world. They have some contributors for Iranian languages.
Personally, I think WordNet is useful for people who need to learn more about English words and names, especially if they want to run a deep search. Try a familiar term like “library” at the Online WordNet 2.0 and see the results.
The Global Wordnet Association(GWA): http://www.globalwordnet.org/
Friday, August 27, 2004
The persian weblogs
From the LIS perspective, there are many subjects regarding to Persian weblogs to be researched by LIS students. It would be great getting the results of such studies.
Orientation and information research skills classes
- Library tour (an introduction to the library)
- Staying current with your research (how to save and re-run database searches, set up email alerts and receive table of contents, discussion lists and pre-print archives)
- Catalogued demonstration
- EndNote (An introduction to the popular bibliography tool)
- Finding theses
- Citation searching: web of knowledge
- Introduction to databases, ejournals & ebooks
- Finding journal articles
Googlism is a Google powered website in which you can try different words to see what Google thinks about them! Indeed it is a different way of search methods. You can insert name of any person, place or event and check a radio bottom to specify your request ( not all names are covered). Googlism searches Google and will find several sentences on the web for you which start with your mentioned name. This can be considered as a quick reference to find about different things. Results of course are not reliable.
“Googlism was created as a fun tool to see what Google thinks of
certain topics and people. Of course, the results are not really Google's opinion; they're yours, the web site owners of the world. Within the Google results are thousands of your thoughts and opinions about thousands of different topics, people, names, things and places, we simply search Google and let you know what website owners think about the name or topic you suggested”
Thursday, August 26, 2004
The Shawshank Redemption and prison library
After some years, the prison governor put Andy in charge of the library and he made the library one of the best prison libraries in the New England. In the beginning, the library was like a store. He kept sending one letter per week to people in charge and asked them for books and budget for the library. He didn't get any reply for 6 years but he didn’t quit. Eventually, they gave him many books and some money for the library. They did that just because they wanted to get rid of his letters not because they believed in the value the library could add to the prisoners' lives. I was thinking about the patience of Andy. He could be a paradigm for some librarians to copy. Sometimes it is very hard to convince the mother organization to give enough budget to the library. It needs lots of patience!
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
E.g. students are not allowed to leave the exam during the first hour of the exam nor in the last 15 minutes. Students who are less than one hour late are allowed to attend the exam. Students can have bring water, drink, chocolate or any kind of snack to the exam, student are allowed to go to the loo, provided they are escorted by one invigilator. Is short the exam office does its best to make the exam situation as comfortable as more for the students. The lectures usually don’t come to exam hall, but they are available by phone to answer any question during the exam. In most of exam the emphasis is on explanation not on memorizing the course materials.
Monday, August 23, 2004
Master Degree in LIS, a comparision, 3
- for the module “Information Resources and Users” students have to analyse information needs of a particular group and write a report in 3000-4000 words;
- the assessment for the module “Information Retrieval Systems and Applications” is based on the practical participation of students in every sessions and a 2500-3000 word report that students write after the evaluation of an IR system;
- for “Information Law and Policy” students have to choose one of the predetermined questions and discuss it in detail and make a presentation at class and answer to the questions of the classmates;
- for the module “Libraries Past, Present and Future” students must choose either a specific library or library service or a tightly defined library sector (e.g. small urban public library branches, medical libraries in large hospitals) and then in an essay of between 2,500 and 4,000 words discuss the current situation of the chosen library, the most important factors promoting change, and possible outcomes of these changes over the next 10 years.
You can see that in all these courseworks and assignments students need to apply all they’ve learned during the module and this is the best way to evaluate their knowledge. Besides that, writng several reports and making several presentations make students prepared for writing a good dissertation and entering to the research area. I should mention here that all the details of the courseworks and assignments are determined in the beginning of the term and are told to students in the first session of the module. The submission deadline of the assignment is determined in the first place and the delay is not accepted (even one hour). All assignmnet are submitted in electronic format through electronic learning environment of the university.
UQ Library – 2 – The Cybrary
- Online catalogues
- Online Bibliographic and full-text databases and portals
- Subject gateways
- UQ and Australian Research e-publication archive
- e-journals, e-books, e-prints and virtual references
- Exams and lecture papers
- User profiles and Current Awareness facilities
- Information Skills facilities
- AskIT, an online service for assisting students in the case of IT and Internet
- Ask A Cybrerian, an online access through e-mail, forums and live chat to librarians who are well-educated and experienced in different LIS and IT aspects ( Cybrerians )
- Automatic machine-based borrowing, renewing and returning system available through the Web
- Borrowing laptops and educational facilities for students
- e-Zones, or main public IT facilities of the campus with additional facilities e.g. scanners and Printers
The library doesn’t have any separate membership system and all staff and students are automatically joined to the UQ Library. Student I.D. cards are issued in the library and are the only cards usable all-around the campus.
For finding more information about the UQ Library visit its website: http://www.library.uq.edu.au/
Saturday, August 21, 2004
First Birthday of A Weblog
Friday, August 20, 2004
Two conferences, call for paper
The following forthcoming conferences have called for paper. For more information refer to their website. Both of them have PhD workshop.
1. ECIS 2005: 13th European Conference on Information Systems, 26-28 May, 2005, Regensburg, Germany.
2. OKLC 2005: 6th European Conference onOrganizational Knowledge, Learning, and Capabilities, 16-18 March, 2005, Bentley College, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA.
Knowledge management and librarianship: part 2
“A knowledge management environment needs excellent information management (IM). Although IM is not KM, knowledge is communicated through information, and the management of information creation, flow, storage and destruction is essential if individuals and groups are to share and build knowledge. The skills that facilitate the building of infostructures-the combination of information architecture, content management and information technology that enables individuals to access the right, reliable information at the right time, prevents information overload, and supports push-and-pull information delivery-are increasingly valued and sought by organizations. There are no doubt that the information profession has the theoretical basis and practical skills to provide this essential element of KM. (Abell and Oxbrow 2001)”
Wilson, Tom (2002) 'The nonsence of knowledge management', Information Research, 8(1).
Koenig, MED (1996), 'Intelectual capital and knowledge management', IFLA Journal, 22(4), pp. 299-301.
Abell, A & Oxbrow, N. (2001), Competing with knowledge: The information professionals in the knowledge management age, London: Library Association Publishing.
Research proposal presentation
Thursday, August 19, 2004
Wikipedia and Wikipedians
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Master Degree in LIS, a comparision, 2
But in UK (at least at City Univ.) you can sometimes see more than one lecturer during a module. For instance I attended the module “Research Evaluation and Communication Skills”. It included 10 sessions and was taught by 5 lecturers. There was one main lecturer as module leader and in every session a different lecturer who was expertise in the topic of that session came and taught. Or the module “Information Resources and users” was taught jointly by two lectureres. In many modules you can see that in some sessions a guest speaker who is expert in that field from the same school or sometimes form a different university come and make a lecture for 30 minutes or 1 hour or whatever.
For instance I remember that in the last session of the Module “IR systems and applications” professor Steve Robertson as a guest speaker talked about the future of research in IR. Unfortunately it seems because of payment arrangemnet in Iranian universities which is not flexible enough and because of many other reasons, it is very hard ot use the expertise of lecturers efficiently. But the UK is a good case in this respect to at least learn how to make teaching more interesting and efficient both for student and lecturers.
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
A Closer Look at Weblogs
fast or good?
Recently, I saw this book on my friend’s book shelves and I was interested to have a look at it. The book is a kind of autobiography. Robert M. Pirsig expresses the story of his travels with his friends using motorcycles instead of cars. Indeed, the book is much more philosophical and critical about the ways we encounter our problems and it is full of good advice on how to face daily affairs or in summary how to live your life in a good way. I found the book full of great ideas about life and the ways we think or we act.
“In a car, you’re always in compartment” the writer says his idea about cars and motorcycles. “and because you are used to it, you don’t realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You’re a passive observer and it’s all moving by you boringly in a frame. On a cycle, the frame is gone. You’re completely in contract with all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it…”(1)
Pirsig mentions the difference between a fast and a good travel and believes that the whole approach will be changed if we choose one of them. Personally, I agree with him. Nowadays, you can see a big competition among different Search Engines to address more relevant sites and documents in a shorter time. They’re successful and they find thousands of electronic pages just in few seconds. While IT specialists do their best to retrieve more relevant documents and websites, their idea about the quality of information retrieval is different from LIS specialists.
The meaning of Quality described by IT specialists is much more quantitative. They are trying to retrieve more amounts of resources in a shorter time and they don’t matter how much the retrieved information is effective for the users. Indeed, they describe a fast travel as a good travel.
1)Robert M. Pirsig. Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance: an inquiry into values. New York : Morrow, 1974. pp: 6-8.
Monday, August 16, 2004
Michael Moore and librarians
"… Most of people think of them [librarians] as all mousy and quiet and telling everyone to "SHHHHHH!" I’m now convinced that "shush" is just the sound of the steam coming out of their ears as they sit there plotting the revolution! You better believe they’re mad. They aren’t paid shit, their hours and benefits are continually being cut, their budgets are the first to be slashed, and they spend their days repairing dilapidated forty-year-old books which fill their shelves. Of course it was a librarian who came to my aid!..."
Friday, August 13, 2004
A cool search engine
Master Degree in LIS, a comparision, 1
1. UK Master is 1 year totally, Iranian Master is 2 years (and usually it takes students longer to finish it);
2. UK Master consists of about 10 modules and one dissertation, Iranian Master consists almost the same;
3. every module in UK consists of 10 two-hour sessios, in iran every module includes 17 ninty-minutes sessions (considering that usually no more than 14 sesseions are held by lecturer and studetns in practice);
4. the assessment of all modules in UK Master is based on the assignment and coursework (no exam), but the assessment of all modules in iran is based on the examinations;
5. Uk students write their dissertations in almost totally 3-4 month,but in iran it takes usually 1 year or more while the quality of UK theses not noly is not worse than Iranian ones but also in many cases is better;
6. there is an orientation for master theses in UK and the department usually has a plan to direct the students’ researches in a way that could be useful both for the sociaty and market and also for the research projects of the department itself. So the department help students a lot with choosing the topic. That’s one the reasons why the students are able to finish their studies just in one year;
7. there is no specialty in Iranian Master and there are just two different Master degrees (medical and nonmedical MS courses). But in UK there is a variety of specialties for master degree, e.g. just at City there are about 10 different master degrees in information related subjects.
8. the subjects and contents of the modules in UK are up-to-date and flexible. When you look at the master modules in Iran you get the impression that that is the same as the Bachelor but with a bit more specialty;
and more that I’ll write later…
Thursday, August 12, 2004
Should PhD be 3 years?
One of the main differences between research degree in Iran and abroad is this review stage. Because of the several factors including lack of literature, inefficient access to material and researchers’ attitude among others, review of the literature is not appreciated properly. I’ve heard of the PhD students who finished their research and then started searching in some databases to just get some references for the end of their dissertation.
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Research activities in summer
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
Library courses in business faculty!
- Records management
- Information environment
- Advanced information retrieval
- Information provision
- Information centre management
- Document collections
- Recreation literature for young people
- Information resource management
- Advanced information storage and retrieval
- Information organization in libraries
- Online and CD-ROM searching
Be your own supervisor
They also use email to inform your document delivery requests.
Monday, August 09, 2004
Internet, Censorship and Free Speech in Iran
knowledge management and librarianship: part 1
Knowledge management has been prominent in a range of literature from the late 1990s. A primary characteristic of knowledge management is the representation of a range of business and academic disciplines including: human resource management, information management, information technology, sociology, organizational learning and strategic planning. As a consequence there is an extensive and diffuse literature on knowledge management reflecting differing perspectives and competing claims for ownership of the area.
Reviewing the LIS literature reveals that the importance of knowledge management has been realized by many LIS professionals. An online search of LISA for titles that include "knowledge management" produced 530 records. Knowledge management has also featured as a topic at many LIS conferences. A growing number of LIS schools now offer master degrees in knowledge management. (e.g. Dominican, Emporia, Oklahama, Loughborough, London Metropolitan university) or feature the subject as a component of either masters or undergraduate degrees.
Saturday, August 07, 2004
Two forthcoming conferences
1. Internet Librarian 2004, 15-17 November, London;
2. The Association of Internet Researchers 5th Annual Conference, 19-22nd September 2004, University of Sussex, Brighton, England.
Friday, August 06, 2004
Shopping behaviour and information behaviour
Thursday, August 05, 2004
Divorce your PC
But what will be our job and our issues when we go back? How much our studies are useful for our educational job in Iran. Do you think we will be able to have influence on the information system (as a general word) of our country? I want to say there is a big gap between what we learn and what we'll teach or do. Hopefully we don't fall in obsolescence.
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
Something about everything or vise versa
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