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  • "The Media", Disinformation, and What Each of Us Can Do About It

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    Monday, 25th April 2022


    When people talk about "The Media", exactly who or what do they mean?

    In the days before the Internet, the media was newspapers, magazines, books, radio and TV. Radio and TV even had a more specific designation as 'broadcast media'. Many media outlets provided news - local, regional, national, and international. Each media source had rules and...

  • Q&A: Nielsen BookData and Amy Stubbing talk Libraries and Data Driven Decisions

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    Thursday, 14th April 2022


    Nielsen: It's great to meet someone as passionate about using data as we are! What first sparked your interest in data?

    Amy: Necessity! I definitely never had an innate love for data or maths, not did I think of myself as particularly good with numbers. My first role (after my graduate traineeship) was at a school library. When I was there I...

  • Extract: Introduction to Information Science, Second Edition

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    Monday, 21st February 2022

    Get your copy of Introduction to Information Science, Second Edition

    Predicting and Prophesying

    Karl Popper distinguished between prediction, when sufficient knowledge is available to make reasonable conclusions about future events, and prophecy, when statements are made about the future without the necessary knowledge being available for them to...

  • Books Offer a Healing Retreat for Youngsters Caught Up in a Pandemic

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    Monday, 24th January 2022

    Parents at a loss to find activities for their children during COVID lockdowns can encourage them to escape into a book. New research shows how reading books can help young people escape from their sources of stress, find role models in characters and develop empathy.

    Recent media reports have highlighted a concerning rise in severe emotional...

  • Data Science in the Library

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    Monday, 10th January 2022

    Over the last decade, data science has transformed academic disciplines and challenged existing university curricula. As an increasing number of students and faculty adopt data science workflows that embrace reproducible research, data sharing, programming languages, and other open science practices, how can libraries engage with this dynamic...

  • Caring for Metadata: Taking a Strategic Approach

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    Friday, 19th November 2021

    As digital collections have been created and have grown to the large corpus that they form today, libraries, archives and other repositories have (hopefully) taken great care to look after them. The disciplines of digital curation and digital preservation have established an extensive set of protocols and techniques as a means of ensuring that...
  • One Tool, Two Uses: A Consistent and Economical Approach to Facilitating Critical Thinking

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    Thursday, 28th October 2021

    One of the most challenging tasks for any teacher seeking to develop the independent learning skills of their students lies in instilling a critical attitude to both the information they access and their own work.

    Given the prevalence of low grade material on the web today, the need to appraise information rigorously has never been more...

  • School Librarians: Learn To Be Playful

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    Tuesday, 19th October 2021

    After nearly two years of closure and lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, school libraries are beginning to emerge from the dark days and open-up again to the wider education community. But are we simply returning to the 'same old' or is this the springboard to a new approach to teaching and learning and promotion of our services?


  • 10 tips for Sixth Formers on working independently

    Thursday, 16th September 2021

    Posted by Andrew Shenton

    The Sixth Form is a time of transition for young people. Although many remain based in schools that have become familiar to them over several years, the balance of their timetables shifts and they find that independent work, to be undertaken outside the classroom, is becoming increasingly important and onerous. A lot...

  • Promoting Effective Independent Learning

    Thursday, 9th September 2021

    10 tips for educators on promoting effective independent learning

    09 September 2021

    Posted by: Andrew K. Shenton

    In recent years, the task of finding and using information successfully has become ever more complex for students in schools. There is now so much published material, in so many different forms, from so many originators and of such...

  • Re imagining Library Marketing and Engagement – Six Insights

    Monday, 14th June 2021

    Marketing is pretty much common sense. It has enduring values and ideas. Occasionally these are given a change of vocabulary, particularly when new consultancies come on the scene to re-imagine its key concepts. Having something worth telling your users about, a pretty clear message about the value they will receive from engaging with you and...

  • Develop Your Understanding of Library Leadership During Uncertain Times

    Tuesday, 20th April 2021

    The publication of Bold Minds: Library leadership in a time of disruption is a timely work; it offers new insights into leadership during our changing times. Why do we need yet another book on library management?... you might wonder…and how is this one different? Is it worth reading? We think so and we hope that you do too! 

    When Leo and I (we...