Library Supporting Research Communities in Developing Countries

By Monday, July 30, 2012 , No comments

In developing countries, libraries are often a hub of activity not only for information resources and services, but also for building foundational skills and knowledge within various user groups. With funding from an Elsevier Foundation grant, the Learning Resource Center (LRC) at Thai Nguyen University was able to substantially boost Vietnamese scholarship and scientific, technical and medical information exchange for scholars in Thai Nguyen Province and the north mountainous area of Vietnam.

The $40,000 grant, which began in April 2010, allowed the LRC to introduce hands-on training and mentoring programs, host interactive workshops, and publish a 150-page local language handbook on improving scientific writing and publishing. It also funded the implementation of an institutional repository using DSpace, open source software that enables sharing of content. 

Many American and Vietnamese LIS experts participated in the project. The two senior advisors - Patrick McGlamery, retired Director of Library Information Technology, University of Connecticut, and Terry Plum, Assistant Dean for Technology and GSLIS West program, Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science - took a holistic approach, advising information technologists, administrators, librarians and researchers on how to work together to boost scholarly publishing and sharing.

Original post: Library Connect

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Library Connect  terbitan Elsevier keluaran Julai 2012 adalah bertemakan 'Evolving collections & services'.  Isu kali ini membawa pembaca kepada isu-isu terkini berkaitan teknologi baharu, penggunaan sumber elektronik dan penggunaan media sosial dalam bidang kepustakawanan. Teks penuh artikel-artikel menarik ini boleh didapati dengan melayari pautan berikut:

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1) Preparing for a different kind of disaster: The departure of the electronic resources librarian By Heidi Zuniga, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

2) NTU Library expands social media use with a whole-of-organization approach By Choy Fatt Cheong, Nanyang Technological University

3) Developing a digital library in-house By Alexander Belov, Perm National Research Polytechnic University

Untuk membaca lain-lain artikel dalam isu Julai 2012 ini sila layari pautan ini:
Library Connect Julai 2012

Sumber:
Library Connect (2012). Retrieved 21 June 2012

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(info) Para saintis berebut mahukan otak Einstein!

By Wednesday, July 04, 2012 , , No comments

Apakah yang terjadi jika seseorang yang genius telah meninggal dunia? Pastinya otak si genius dijadikan bahan ujikaji oleh saintis yang lain. Lanjutkan pembacaan di bawah ini;

Setelah lebih separuh abad meninggal dunia, otak saintis genius fizik yang terkenal dengan Teori Relativiti Umum, Teori Relativiti Khas dan Kesan Fotoelektrik yang membolehkan beliau menerima Hadiah Nobel Fizik pada tahun 1921 telah dipamerkan di Muzium dan Perpustakaan Sejarah Perubatan Mutter di Philadelphia, Amerika Syarikat (AS) tahun lalu.


Anna Dhody, kurator muzium tersebut menyatakan dalam satu temubual Yahoo!News bahawa pengunjung akan dapat melihat 45 keratan otak Einstein. Keratan berkenaan telah didermakan oleh pakar neuropatologi kanan Hospital Kanak-Kanak Philadelphia AS, Dr. Lucy Rorke-Adams. 

Salah satu keratan tersebut telah diperbesarkan di bawah bawah mikroskop khas untuk tatapan pengunjung pameran tersebut.

Anna Dorby berharap melalui pameran itu ia dapat mendorong ramai pengunjung dan peminat sains mengkaji tentang sains dan fisiologi otak. Sejumlah 45 bahagian otak Einstein itu telah melalui perjalanan yang sangat unik. Ia bermula dari kematian saintis tersohor itu pada tahun 1955 akibat abdominal aneurism dan otaknya diambil tujuh jam selepas kematiannya.

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Thomas Harvey seorang ahli patologi telah mengambil otak tersebut sebagai satu spesimen untuk uji kaji autopsi yang dijalankan. Bagaimanapun pengambilan otak Einstein telah menimbulkan kontroversi sama ada ia mendapat izin waris. 

Dalam biografinya yang ditulis oleh Ronald Clark (1971) dikatakan: "Einstein sangat setuju jika otaknya dipakai sebagai objek penyelidikan dan meminta agar badannya juga diawetkan jika perlu".


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FRIM works with UiTM on its research plot survey

By Tuesday, July 03, 2012 , No comments
 
3 February 2012 (Friday) – The Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) has launched a joint survey programme with Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) to compile crucial data and produce a precise map of all its research plots.

The launching of the FRIM Research Plot Survey and Inventory Programme, held on 1 February at the Sungai Kroh picnic area in FRIM, Kepong, was officiated by FRIM Director General (DG) Dato’ Dr Abd Latif Mohmod.


Under this programme, FRIM researchers and 50 students including their three technical supervisors from the UiTM Department of Surveying Science and Geomatics will conduct the field survey in FRIM for a month until the end of February.

For the students, the programme forms part of their technical training activities during semester break. The main output of the exercise will be the precise map of all FRIM research plots established as early as 1920s that have never been properly surveyed before.

Source:  FRIM website

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