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Maybe it's because I don't actually look for it, but it seems that most of the research / survey results I see is geared towards learning about how undergrads use / perceive the library, and services surrounding information seeking.
JISC and The British Library have just released a "major study into the behavioural habits of the 'Generation Y' PhD students".
The Researchers of Tomorrow project surveyed 17,000 doctoral students over the course of its three year longitudinal study to set a benchmark for the research behaviour of so-called Generation Y students born between 1983-1992. The final year of the study looked in detail at researchers’ use of social media applications within the research setting, and it found that, over the three-year period, there has been only a gradual increase in use of the social web and social media, which may seem surprising considering our increasingly digitalised culture.
I've only read the press release so far, but there are some pretty interesting nuggets in there, such as,
Other findings from the report include a continuing lack of understanding about the nature of open access. Generation Y students felt that putting their own work out openly will bring them no positive benefits, and may even have a negative impact. Equally, doctoral students’ understanding of the intellectual property and copyright environment appears to be a source of confusion, rather than an enabler of innovation.
Much work still to be done!!!!!
The OpenCourseWare Consortium announces the first annual Open Education Week from March 5-10, 2012. Open Education Week is a global event that seeks to raise awareness about the benefits of free and open sharing in education, especially Open Educational Resources (OER). OER are high-quality, free and open educational materials that offer opportunities for people anywhere in the world to share, use and reuse.
Open Education Week is being coordinated by the OpenCourseWare Consortium. The event will take place online and in different locations around the world, with opportunities to participate in webinars, discussions and live events. Projects and events will be featured from institutions and organizations from around the world, including: University of Cape Town, University of Michigan, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, University of California, Irvine, Delft University of Technology, and Creative Commons. Participation is free and open to all. Visit www.openeducationweek.org for more information.
About The OpencCourseWare Consortium: The OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC) is a community of more than 250 universities and associated organizations worldwide. The mission of the OCWC and its member institutions is to advance formal and informal learning for educators and self-learners around the world through the sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials packaged as courses readily accessible on a digital platform. The Consortium showcases its members to a global audience and provides information and training through webinars, newsletters, and free and open materials. For more information, visit http://www.ocwconsortium.org.
Jason Griffey's currently Down Under, and last week he gave a plenary address at VALA2012 entitled Libraries & the Post-PC era. The whole address is available online, and it's a good use of an hour of your time.
When it started, I remembered a quote I'd heard a while back that if a keynote speaker said lots of things that were new to you, then you weren't reading enough, and for the most part I *had* heard what Jason was talking about. Where it got interesting to me was about halfway through when he started talking about gadgets, and some examples of just how connected our up-and-coming users really are.
I hadn't been paying close enough attention to notice that Jason's slides were all tricked out, but he just posted how he used Keynote to do this. "My goal with the presentation was to make it look and run like no other presentation that people had seen…I don’t think I got 100% of what I wanted to achieve, but I got about 75% of the way there, and definitely got the idea across."
Neat stuff, and good infomation!
Found onthe m-libraries blog, information about the call for papers for the 4th M-Libraries Conference, to be held at The Open University on 24th-26th September, 2012. The Open University is headquartered in Milton Keynes, UK.
Please submit your abstracts (up to 300 words) by 15th of March 2012 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for an excuse to come check out our awesome new library building? Why not register for the 6th Canadian Learning Commons Conference, to be held here at the University of Calgary, May 7-9, 2012. The theme of the conference is New Media, New Fluencies and Life Skills Development: Preparing Learners for the 21st Century, and you'll find the list of sessions here. Oh, and just 'cause it says "Canadian" in the title doesn't mean you guys south of the border can't come - Calgary should be pretty nice in early May (but no promises).
Over at Library Voice, Chad Boeninger pops out of hibernation with an excellent post titled How I make instructional library web videos and screencasts and how you can too. In this post Chad distills his six years of experience with screencasting by answering the following questions:
Yes, it's a long post :-)
I actually don't follow any of these folks, but if you're looking to pick up some new feeds, this might be a good place to start! (none of them appear to be librarians)
Oh, and I'm trying to close browser tabs by the end of the year, so a few more posts to follow!
At the end of October this year a friend of mine posted that his doctor had found a tumor during a checkup of his manly parts. This timing was such that I decided I'd get involved in the Movember movement this year.
Over the past few days I noticed something really odd. Canada is leading the amount raised by a large margin. Know where the US is, with it's 10-times the population? 4th. Behind Canada, the UK, and Australia.
It's not as though the US has a lower incidence of prostate cancer or other men's health issues than any of those other three countries. I know the economy's in the pits, but it's can't be that bad, can it?
According to Wikipedia, while the Movember movement did begin in Australia, it expanded to Canada and the US at the same time, in 2007. So what's going on down there? You guys don't have enough testosterone to grow your own 'staches? You donated all your spare money to breast cancer last month because the NFL did such a good job wearing pink?
I'm genuinely curious about why the US is such a laggard with this particular movement. How often do you guys have a good excuse not to shave your lip? You know winter's on the way - doesn't your lip need a sweater?
And yes, this is also a thinly-veiled attempt to generate some more donations to the cause. If you'd like to sponser me, you can do so at http://mobro.co/ppival
If you'd like to donate to support men's health in general, you can do so at http://us.movember.com/donate/
If you don't care about men's health issues, do consider finding a cause you do care about, and get involved.
Oh, and of course you don't have to donate through me, but if I don't get at least one donation as a result of this post, I'm going to have to give you details of the prostate exam I'll be getting at the end of this month... Your call, and thanks in advance :-)
Here's a list of stuff I've bookmarked over the past week or so.
I'm here in New Orleans for another night, finishing up a visit to ALA. I was here primarily to participate on the Summon Advisory Board, but also spent today in the exhibits hall. If you're reading this in time to take advantage, here are a couple booths you should hit while here, depending of course on what you're looking for :-)
More generally, I was very impressed with what I saw of Springshare's new Mobile Site Builder and LibAnalytics modules. Yes, I know I can do both of those things myself, or with open source tools, but damn they make it easy and affordable. So much less hassle just to use their tools. Mango Languages just released an iOS app, which is the full content from the website. A no-brainer if you subscribe to their service already. There was one other vendor that I wanted to post something about, but it's completely slipped my mind. :-(
So I guess with that I'll just leave you with this NSFW summary of the weather here over the past few days: