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Presentation at the SLA-PAM Division of the Special Libraries Association Conference, New Orleans, 13-16 June 2010

Presentation at the SLA-PAM Division of the Special Libraries Association Conference, New Orleans, 13-16 June 2010

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  • 1. "The transformation of a science librarian: a 2.0 experience"
    PavlinkaKovatcheva, Sciences Librarian
    University of Johannesburg, South Africa
    SLA- PAM Networking Breakfast and Business Meeting,
    Tuesday,15 June 2010, New Orleans
  • 2. Presentation Outline
    Overview of the South African Environment
    The South African Higher Education System
    South African Research Environment
    South African Academic Libraries
    University of Johannesburg
    Transformation of a Science Librarian
  • 3. What’s Hot in 2010
    Overview of the South African Environment
  • 4. From Apartheid to Democracy
    South Africa is society in transition
    Population – 49 320 million
    11 official languages – IsiZulu 23.8%, IsiXhosa 17.6%, Afrikaans 13.3%, Sepedi 9.4%, English 8.2%, Setswana 8.2%, Sesotho 7.9%, Xitsonga 4.4%, other 7.2% (2001)
    Race/Ethnicity - Black African 79%, White 9.6%, Coloured 8.9%, Indian/Asian 2.5% (2001)
    Literacy rate - 86% (2003 est.)
    Many challenges: Poverty; Unemployment (25.2%); Crime; Race & Equity; Devastating impact of HIV and AIDS,
  • 5. The South African
    Higher Education System
  • 6. The South African Education
    Education gets ~ 20% of total Government expenditure
    Backlogs left by 40 years Apartheid Bantu education
    Today - still imbalances in poorer rural areas
    High illiteracy rate ~ 24% (6-8 million adults over 15 years)
  • 7. The South African Higher Education
    2004 started with reforms in the HE
    Mergers/Incorporation of small universities /technikons into larger institutions
    From 32 to 23 Public Universities
    Divided into three type of Universities
    • 11 Traditional Universities (Theoretically oriented)
    • 8. 6 Universities of Technologies (Vocational/Practical)
    • 9. 6 Comprehensive Universities (Combination of both)
    Large in student numbers
    Focus on Research
    Focus on 1st generation students
  • 10.
  • 11. Top Africa Universities Ranking (Jan 2010)
  • 12. South African Research Environment
    SA Universities Ranking
    PAM Research in South Africa
  • 13. National Research Foundation
    The NRF provides services to the research community especially at Higher Education Institutions and Science Councils with a view to promote high-level human capital development.
    National Research Foundation aim:
    To promote and support research through funding, human resource development and the provision of the necessary facilities in order
    To facilitatethe creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all fields of science and technology, including indigenous knowledge,
    and thereby to contribute tothe improvement of the quality of life of all the people of the Republic.
  • 14. Country Ranking: Physics & Astronomy
  • 15. SA Physics & Astronomy: Subject categories
  • 16. Country Ranking: Mathematics
  • 17. SA Mathematics: Subject categories
  • 18. Comparison Report: Mathematics
    Comparison Report: Physics & Astronomy
  • 19. South African Academic Libraries
  • 20. SA University Libraries
    SA Libraries Initiatives
    SA Libraries Challenges
    National Consortiums (SANLiC)
    Library Associations (SAOUG; LIASA; SLIS, etc.)
    Carnegie Foundations for SA Libraries
    Open Access in SA – SciElo
    Institutional Repositories
    Web 2.0 technologies
    Mobile technologies
    Budget cuts
    Consortiums (prices)
    Inadequate infrastructures
    Information Literacy
    Computer Literacy
    Access to Internet
    Rural vs Urban
    Cultural diversity
    Education system
  • 21. University of Johannesburg
    Faculty of Science
  • 22. University of Johannesburg (UJ)
    University of Johannesburg (2005+)‏
    Merger of Technikon Witwatersrand, Rand Afrikaans and Vista Universities
    Over 45,000 students
    9 Faculties
    On 4 Campuses
  • 23. UJ Research Output
  • 24.
  • 25. UJ Faculty of Science overview
    14 Departments‏
    2 Campuses
    2009 - 145 permanent & 88 non-permanent academics
    93% of the Academics are with Masters
    55% are with Doctorate degrees
    2009 Student Enrolments
    • Undergraduates 2488
    • 26. Postgraduates 492
    64 research-orientated visits abroad (both African and Non-African).
    18 international and 14 national agreements were made in the research workers’ individual capacities.
    14 post-doctoral fellows in the Faculty in 2009
    The number of NRF rated staff in 2009 is 32.
    Faculty Community involvement
  • 27. Faculty of Science: Research Profile
    Accredited/Subsidised Journal
    Publication units
    Summary of outputs
    Total subsidised units: 122.63(18% increase from 2009)
    ISI journals: 108.29(42% increase from 2008)
    SA journals: 3.83units
    Books: 1.5units
    Proceedings: 9(Based on 50% formula)
    Postgraduate: 20 PhD & 53 M
    Postdoctoral Fellows:14
    Presentations at international conferences: 143
    Presentations at national conferences:149
  • 28. UJ Physics Department
    Research areas:
    Condense Matter
    Particle Physics
    - From 2009 a Masters course in Nuclear Energy
    - Particles-Solids integration group wiki:
    • The ATLAS experiment (LHC, CERN)
  • Online Resources for Physics & Astrophysics
  • 29. Mathematics, Applied Mathematics & Statistics
  • 30. The Transformation of a Science Librarian
    A Web 2.0 experience
    Support to Teaching, Learning & Research
    Provides Information Retrieval & Research Support
    User Education & Training to users
    Collection Development, Maintenance & Management of Collections
    Technology & Service Development
    Promotion/Marketing of Library Services & Resources
    Networking with the Academic Departments, Internal & External clients
    Emerging skills & duties: Web 2.0 developer; Social Software skill; Proactive; Innovate & Collaborate; Empowers Others; Anticipates needs; Provides Solutions; Creating Curriculum content; Teacher/Trainer in the Classroom, etc.
  • 32. Web 2.0 Explained
    Web 2.0 Applications
    Second Generation Web
    Read-write web
    Network as a platform: it means building applications that literally get better the more people use them
    Harvest Collective Intelligence
    User generated content
    People are Consumers as well as contributors
    Promotes sharing & collaboration
    Customisation of content
    Focused on communities
    Social Networking
    RSS feeds
    You Tube
    Instant Messaging
    Second Life
    Mind Maps
    Library Thing & many more…
  • 34. UJ Sciences Librarian Strategy for Implementation of Web 2.0 tools
    Stage 1: 2007-2008
    (Individual Experiments)
    Created the following tools:
    UJ Sciences Librarian Blog (Oct’07)
    UJ Librarian News Blog (Oct’ 07)
    Delicious: tag articles (Oct’ 07)
    Flickr account (Nov’ 07)
    YouTube account (Dec’ 07)
    Wiki portal (Early’ 08)
    Facebook profile (May’ 08)
    Second Live account (May’08)
    Mind Maps (Mid’ 08)
    Twitter (Sep’08)
    Library Thing account (Sep’ 08)
    UJ Science Library News Blog (Oct’08)
    Technorati; Snap Shots; Share This; Scribd, LinkedIn, many more …..
    Stage 2: 2009 (Integration + further experimentation)
    Updated the Wiki Portal (Jan’ 09)
    Over 45 web pages (Jan-Jun’ 09)
    IM/Chat account: MeeboMe (Feb’09)
    Embedded Widgets on the Portal (IM; Blogs; Twitter; Delicious; Google widgets, etc.)
    iGoogle web profile (Apr’ 09)
    Netvibes portal (May’09)
    Custom Search Engine for the Portal
    Google Map (Aug’ 09)
    Stage 3: 2009-2010
    Feedback from users & updates according to needs
    Posters – Glogster
    Mobile Technologies (library project)
    More experiments with new tools
  • 35. BLOGS
  • 36. UJ Sciences Library News
    Library News; Library Services; Projects & Initiatives; Trial databases; New databases; Publisher’s news and updates; etc.
  • 37. UJ Sciences Librarian Research News
    Sciences Research News; Journals Impact factors; Ranking; Links to articles by UJ Science Researchers; Research resources, etc.
  • 38. UJ Sciences Librarian Blogs: Widgets
  • 40. Social Bookmarkingis the practice of saving bookmarks to a public website and “tagging” them with keywords
    Implications for Librarians, Researchers and Learners
    Use Social Bookmarking & Sharing websites to:
    • Simplify the distribution of Reference lists, bibliographies, articles; news and other resources among peers and students
    • 41. Use for Current Awareness and Selective Dissemination of information(Articles, News; ToC, Useful websites; Bookmarking blog posts, etc.)
    • 42. Bookmark information to help with Assignments & Projects
    • 43. Databases with Social Bookmarking: EbscoHost, IOP Science, etc.
  • 44. Social Bookmarking: IOP Science
  • 46. Facebook: UJ Sciences Librarian Hot AlertCreated: Jan 2009, 30 members
    UJ on Facebook: > 6,300 members
    Physics - PhD’s, Masters and Academics as friends on Facebook
    Use Facebook group to:
    Increase the Library awareness with Undergraduates
    Meet the “Net Generation” in their environment
    Post pictures & videos
    Links to the library resources
  • 47. Twitter: UJLibScience(
    Twitter allows people to send and to receive messages in real-time
    What are you doing?
    Links to useful websites
    Raise an Awareness to Library services and resources
    You can “follow” in order to see what are others saying
    Follow: Springer; Elsevier; IOP, Other Science Librarians, etc.
    Chat it: How may I help you?
  • 49. RSS FEEDS
    Provides access to:
    Sciences Subject Portals
    Teaching, Research & Undergraduates Support for Sciences users
    Top Electronic Resources for Sciences
    User Education, Guides & Tutorials
    Virtual Learning Environment: Special websites with instructions for Courses & Assignments
    Social Networking tools: Twitter; IM/Chat; Library & Research News (blogs); Social Bookmarking (articles), etc.
    Current Awareness Services
    Continuously adapting to the needs of diverse user community.
    Make scientific information easily accessible
    Tailor-made content for researchers
    One stop to subject specific information
    Integrated Library & Internet Resources
    Market Library resources & services to clients
  • 52. Library Portal: One stop service
  • 53. One stop for users to find links to Top Electronic Resources, Library Services, RSS news & Journal feeds; Podcasts & Videos; Research projects, etc.
  • 54. Sciences Librarian 2.0: Embedded services to users (1)
  • 55. Sciences Librarian 2.0: Embedded services to users (2)
  • 56. Virtual Learning Environment: Interactive Poster
  • 57. Map it: Top databases per Subject?
  • 58. Welcome to the Web 3.0One Portal to Library and Internet Resources: User-centered
  • 59. The “Googlererian”Librarian! How may I Help you?
  • 60. Social & Professional Engagements with Physics Department
  • 61. THANK YOUPavlinkaKovatcheva, University of Johannesburg, APK, LICTel.: +27 11 559-2621; E-mail: Sciences Librarian Portal
  • 62. Thanks to SLA-PAM for the honour to be 2010 International Membership award winner
    Thanks to World Scientific for the sponsorship of this award
    Thanks to the American Physical Society for sponsoring this session