Virtual Support to Research Communities Dr Buhle Mbambo-Thata (Executive Director, Library Services) and Prof Thomas van der Walt (Department of Information Science)
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Websites
Part 3: E-books and e-journals
Part 4: Institutional Repository
Part 5: Research support via mobile technology
Part 6: eLibrary_@_SBLUnisa
Part 7: Social media
Snapshot of the Unisa Library services
9 branches in South Africa and 1 in Ethiopia
2 mobile buses serving rural areas
Over 300,000 Unisa staff and students
library material is requested from the Pretoria Library
hybrid model of online & postal services
- Departmental websites (academic staff & researchers) - College websites (M and D students)
myUnisa Departmental websites
Regular announcements regarding training, library events, etc.
Library budget, IR information, Alerting and SDI services, etc.
RSS Feeds to various tools, eg Top 25 articles via Science Direct
Additional features such as blogs, scientific websites, etc.
myUnisa College websites
Content already developed, eg information such as bibliographic referencing tools, how to use the library as a M and D student, using ILL, how to set up alerts, plagiarism, research skills presentation, etc.
Encore Quick Search
Requesting material, literature searches & general queries online
E-BOOKS & E-JOURNALS
Over 65,000 e-book titles, including e-reference sources, have been purchased as permanent assets for the Library. This excludes the number that we subscribe to on an annual basis.
The Unisa library has a long history starting in 1989 of making journals accessible to remote users via our e-journal collection.
We have a total of 69,867 unique e-journal titles within all e-resources available.
E-resources available online 24/7
Unisa Institutional Repository
An open digital archive of scholarly intellectual and research outputs of Unisa, eg research articles and conference papers
http:// uir. unisa .ac.za
Excellent research resource collection of theses and dissertation databases
Theses and dissertation databases
Since 2003 all the Unisa theses and dissertations are available on the IR.
Our students can also access other national and international theses/ dissertations.
Many of these are full-text.
Archival Material & Special Collections on IR
Inventories available online
Digital project – scanning of rare archival manuscripts and diaries
The work of Jeanne Kotze Louw Letter by MK Gandhi (January 1909)
Videos, papers, records, inaugural lectures, photos, etc.
RESEARCH SUPPORT VIA MOBILE TECHNOLOGY
Africa has the fastest growing mobile market in the world.
Mobile penetration in Africa has reached 649 million connections, second only to Asia. Subscribers in Africa will reach 738 million by the end of 2012. – GSMA, 2011
Students can request, view, renew, etc, books & articles via AirPAC
The smartphone version of AirPAC was launched in 2011
classic version smartphone version http:// oasis.unisa.ac.za/airpac http:// m.oasis.unisa.ac.za/airpac
sms notifications to acknowledge requests & progress
Students with visual impairment
We convert print to e-format for blind students using EyePal and Plustek Book Reader to make material accessible.
We convert PDF into audio, txt, rtf, etc, using EasyConverter for blind and other students upon request.
Plustek Book Reader EyePal
Assistive technology on the move
Items that can be requested (long-term lending possible)
Students with dyslexia
Students with dyslexia can request the ClassMate Audio Book Reader, a device designed to improve reading skills, dev eloping and understanding vocabulary, while promoting phonetic recognition and fluency.
Satisfaction surveys & Needs studies
Via SurveyMonkey and mobile phone
The aim is to provide access to Unisa Library’s extensive range of electronic information resources on the anyplace, anytime principle, 24/7, via:
1. The SBL Electronic Delivery System (eds online) on the Lotus Notes platform with its asynchronous groupware and information sharing applications.
2. Resources and wikis on myUnisa using the “Collaboration and Learning Environment” (CLE).
3. Web 2.0 technologies, such as wikis and blogs, for facilitating access to resources and the sharing of discussions on specific subjects taught and researched at the Graduate School of Business Leadership.
eLibrary on the SBL eds programme level
This provides access to more general content relevant to the overall programme such as:
Guidelines on the ethical use of information and referencing
Links to eJournals (mainly full text)
Links to online resources relevant to the overall programme
Self-paced tutorials on using libraries and information resources
SBL eds – links to relevant library information, guidelines and tutorials relevant to the SBL’s MBL / MBA Programme Each of these contain further content Allows for answering queries or participating in discussions
Opened link to further content User clicks here to ask a question or start a discussion
Links to relevant information at module level within the programme
The screen-capture which follows contains links to fulltext information resources specific to the subject “Corporate Governance”. Links to online resources include:
Online subject encyclopedias and eBooks
Predetermined searches on themes (here the student needs to evaluate the search results and select those articles relevant to his/her need)
Subject specific eJournals
Links to completed research via the various institutional repositories
Links to subject specific RSS feeds other supplementary Web 2.0 applications such as wikis or blogs
Example from the SBL eds – module level
Homepage of Wiki for Corporate Governance
Links to coursework on Corporate Governance from within the SBL eds
Link to article from predetermined search
One click on SBL eds takes the academic or student through to the relevant ejournal on the subject
Support for Academics on myUnisa (Sakai)
The eLibrary has a site on myUnisa and is continually updating and developing access to a variety of information resources covering subject specific content linked at point-of-need.
In this way, learning partnerships are formed with academic staff to support:
Trends in Business Education
And more . . .
Please see the screen-capture which follows:
Support for Academics on myUnisa (Sakai)
Example of link to fulltext ejournals on myUnisa under Business Education
One click within myUnisa takes the academic straight to the journal selected
The “one click” principle also applies to the other resources listed, for example subject specific case studies