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Asia Pasific Conference: On Library & Information Education and Practice

By Tuesday, June 21, 2011 , No comments

Important Announcement!

Three workshops will be conducted concurrently on the 21 June 2011. Details about the Pre-Conference Workshops can be obtained below:

Workshop 1 : RSS Feeds and Web 2.0 for Current Awareness Services and Professional Self-Development

Workshop 2 : Introduction to RDA for Librarians


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Brainy Quote: research motivation today

By Tuesday, June 14, 2011 , No comments

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?
Albert Einstein 

The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is "What does a woman want?"
Sigmund Freud 

Research is starting to show that a child should be engaged at least 20 hours a week. I do not think it matters which program you choose as long as it keeps the child actively engaged with the therapist, teacher, or parent for at least 20 hours a week.
Temple Grandin 

Research has shown that a barren environment is much more damaging to baby animals than it is to adult animals. It does not hurt the adult animals the same way it damages babies.
Temple Grandin 

I notice increasing reluctance on the part of marketing executives to use judgment; they are coming to rely too much on research, and they use it as a drunkard uses a lamp post for support, rather than for illumination.
David Ogilvy 

Advertising people who ignore research are as dangerous as generals who ignore decodes of enemy signals.
David Ogilvy 

Research is creating new knowledge.
Neil Armstrong 

In much of society, research means to investigate something you do not know or understand.
Neil Armstrong 

If you steal from one author it's plagiarism; if you steal from many it's research.
Wilson Mizner 

In a prime-time address, President Bush said he backed limited federal funding for stem cell research. That's right, the President said, this is a quote, the research could help cure brain diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and whatever it is I have.
Conan O'Brien 

We need your help. I need your help. We need money for research. It may not save my life. It may save my children's life. It may save someone you love. And it's very important.
Jim Valvano 

And I'm going to work as hard as I can... for cancer research and hopefully, maybe, we'll have some cures and some breakthroughs. I'd like to think I'm going to fight my brains out to be back here again next year for the Arthur Ashe recipient. I want to give it next year!
Jim Valvano 

And I really do think that the difficulty of research makes it more real to you than punching a thing to find out how many men were killed at this particular action.
Shelby Foote 

I see myself as a true modernist. Even when I do a traditional gown, I give it a modern twist. I go to the past for research. I need to know what came before so I can break the rules.
Vera Wang 

Research your idea. See if there's a demand. A lot of people have great ideas, but they don't know if there's a need for it. You also have to research your competition.
Magic Johnson 

Corporate partners help UNICEF fund our programmes for children, advocate with us on their behalf, or facilitate our work through logistical, technical, research or supply support.
Carol Bellamy 

The federal government has sponsored research that has produced a tomato that is perfect in every respect, except that you can't eat it. We should make every effort to make sure this disease, often referred to as 'progress', doesn't spread.
Andy Rooney 

I basically did all the library research for this book on Google, and it not only saved me enormous amounts of time but actually gave me a much richer offering of research in a shorter time.
Thomas Friedman 

There is no substitute for face-to-face reporting and research.
Thomas Friedman 

Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.
Zora Neale Hurston 

[Read more: HERE]


[report] Enhancing academic reputation with new social media

By Monday, June 13, 2011 No comments
Research Support Division  organized a talk titled  Enhancing Academic Reputation With New Social Media on 6th June 2011 at IlQam, UiTM Shah Alam. A total of 43 participants have attended the one hour talk.
The speaker, Prof. Casey Chan from YLL School of Medicine delivered an interesting talk and have received many feedbacks.  Let's hope that the participants will use the social media and have their research writing enhanced.


Website VS Blog ; Why should I choose Blog over Website?

Blog and website are two different ways of sharing information or communication method yet they two provide almost the same stand and function; to provide people whatever they need whether it is information, product or even services. Nowadays, as you can see and based on my own experiences, blog and website is a common things that every person should have. 
picture credit: HERE

Blog for example can allow you to share information and creative opinion throughout the world and you can even create a blog in order to earn some commission through a specific program, but that is not the question around here. Our topic for discussion will be focused on which is better or which is overpower which?

There are a lot of questions that been asked by people regarding this topic. For example:

Blog benefits and advantages over a website? Which is the best?

Before we through the topic let me enlist some of the information regarding the blog and the website and some of the features that they have.

The following explains the basic differences between a blog and a website:

– Content is regularly updated.
- Not formal.
- Interactive.
- Informative and educational.
- Interactivity about industry/customer issues.
- Some people have a blog.

– Content is static.
- Formal/professional.
- Interactivity does not exist. There is only one-way communication.
- Transactional.
- Communication about products and/or services.
- Almost everyone has a website. In fact, it is almost a requirement in business today.

[read more: HERE]

Enhancing academic reputation with new social media

By Monday, June 06, 2011 , 2 comments

Program:“Enhancing academic reputation with new social media”
Tarikh:06 Jun 2011 (Isnin)
Masa:10.00 pagi - 11.00 pagi
Tempat:Auditorium 2, iLQAM
Penceramah:Prof Casey Chan, Adjunct Professor at YLL School of Medicine & Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore

Learning objectives:
At the end of this workshop you should be able to: 

·Set up an academic blog focused on your research interest and public outreach 
·Learn how to use Twitter and Facebook to increase your post- publication publicity 
·Create discussion groups on Facebook 
·Use WizFolio to share references with your colleagues and the public 
·Use WizFolio to upload your publications to the Internet.

Social media has expanded beyond personal connectivity into mainstream branding and customer outreach for all the major consumer brands. Its impact on political change is self-evident. Partly due to unfamiliarity and partly due to the association of social media with disrepute academics have been slow to embrace this medium.

In this talk, the role of social media in academic reputation will be discussed. For academics, social media is a new media is a new way to rapidly disseminate their research work and enhance their online presence. The use of the new media has to be carefully managed to avoid pitfalls.

In this workshop, tips will be given on how to utilize conventional social networking platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to integrate with the new generation of reference managers. In addition to discussions on CiteULike, Mendeley and Zotero, Prof Chan will demonstrate the use of Wizfolio to create an online presence by coupling with the new media. 

About the Speaker:
Casey Chan is an adjunct professor at the YLL School of Medicine and Faculty of Engineering at the National University of Singapore. He is active in teaching and research in both faculties, and regularly mentors the younger academic staff and graduate students on their career development. 

WizFolio, the journal reference management software he has developed, is widely used by undergraduate and graduate students for their final year projects and graduate theses. Prof Chan has led the effort to integrate WizFolio with resources from Scholarly Portal, a consortium of 21 university libraries in Canada. 

Original source: JPSTM blog

[pictures] New Services: Learning Commons @ Perpustakaan Tun Abdul Razak 1

Transform the "library" into a "learning commons" Libraries are crucial in this age of abundant information, but only if they provide relevant support for those actively navigating the digital environment:
The LC is a one-stop study-shop that combines research, IT and learning support services under one roof to enhance the student experience

"Highly collaborative & integrated learning environment"
Learning Commons is a library technology center with collaborative spaces and interactive resources.
"The Learning Commons is designed with students in mind, and the space is structured as a student would lay out a study area, with pertinent resources close at hand

The area will support students' academic success by integrating information, computing and tutoring services to provide students with the resources required for group and individual educational projects and activities.

"The Learning Commons will be a bright and inviting place, full of computers and people to help with all levels of research.

In the Learning Commons, students will find electronic and print information resources, along with reference librarians to provide research consultation and assistance.

Computer workstations will offer an array of software applications and multimedia devices for the production of projects, papers, presentations, or other coursework and assignments. 

Technical assistance will also be available for computing questions or problems. 


IPT perlu berjimat guna elektrik

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KUALA LUMPUR 31 Mei – Setiap institusi pengajian tinggi (IPT) digalakkan mengambil langkah berjimat cermat dalam penggunaan elektrik bagi mengelakkan peningkatan kos bil utiliti masing-masing.

Menteri Pengajian Tinggi, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin (gambar) berkata, walaupun langkah itu sudah dimulakan namun ia perlu diteruskan lagi bagi mengelakkan perbelanjaan berlebihan.

”Kita di kementerian termasuk universiti sentiasa berjimat cermat dalam setiap perkara dan ia akan terus dilakukan,” katanya pada sidang akhbar selepas melancarkan Pertandingan Reka Bentuk NST-Peugot di sini, hari ini.

Hadir sama, Ketua Pegawai Operasi Nasim Sdn. Bhd. (Nasim), Datuk Samson Anand George dan Pengarang Kumpulan The New Straits Times Sdn. Bhd., Datuk Syed Nadzri Syed Harun.

Beliau mengulas struktur tarif baru elektrik yang menyaksikan pemberian diskaun sebanyak 10 peratus daripada kadar tarif biasa kepada institusi pendidikan yang dibiayai sebahagian oleh kerajaan seperti mana yang diberi kepada rumah ibadat dan institusi kebajikan.

Dalam pada itu, Mohamed Khaled berkata, kerajaan berharap untuk melihat lebih ramai lepasan sekolah memilih pengajian dalam bidang reka bentuk automatif bagi menarik minat syarikat pembuat kereta mewujudkan pusat reka cipta di negara ini.

”Pada masa yang sama, kita mahu pihak universiti dan pengeluar kereta menjalinkan kerjasama kerana pelbagai manfaat boleh diperolehi dari usaha sama itu,” katanya.

Sementara itu, Samson berkata, Pertandingan Reka Bentuk NST-Peugeot diadakan bagi menonjolkan bakat pelajar sekolah termasuk IPT mengenai bayangan reka bentuk kereta Peugeot yang sempurna untuk pasaran Asia Tenggara pada tahun 2018.

Tambahnya, sebanyak 200 siri jelajah akan dilakukan di sekolah di Semenanjung dalam masa terdekat yang menyaksikan pemenang pertandingan itu berpeluang melawat Pusat Reka Cipta Peugeot di Velizy Perancis.