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RSCni LR Digest Mar 10

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RSCni LR Digest Mar 10

  1. 1. LR Digest March 2010 Click arrows to link to article 4 Northern Ireland Colleges in e-Books Top 20 Get Reading with iPhone Applications Ofsted Inspectors Report on e-Safety Sharing and Re-using Catalogue Records in a Web 2.0 World: Legal Implications Gale Cengage – New Agreements for 16 Services BBC Blast Northern Ireland Now Available on Social Networking Sites Computing Tips 4 Northern Ireland Colleges in e-Books Top 20 JISC Advance has been providing the RSCni with the usage statistics for the e-Books for FE Collection for the past 3 months. The stats – expressed as the no of pages viewed – have been rising steadily and RSCni is delighted to note that 4 of the 6 ABCs occupy places in the top twenty users in the UK in February 2010. At eighteenth is Belfast Metropolitan College; in eighth place is North West Regional College; Southern Regional College lies fifth equal; and top of the list of 369 colleges is South West College. This is a tribute to the work of the network staff in the colleges in setting up the connections and to the library staff who have been busy promoting the service and providing training for teaching staff. Go to Top Get Reading with iPhone Applications The growing numbers of Apple iPhone users can now get access to over 150,000 apps and among these are two services that give access to a large store of e-book titles that can be read on the move. Stanza is available free of charge and 3D Bookshelf comes priced at just over 50p. You can get them by visiting www.apple.com/uk/iTunes and searching under these two titles in the Apps area. Book collections of the same type are not yet available for the Android and Symbian platforms used by other smart phones but they can be downloaded to the phones via sites such as - http://www.symbian-freeware.com. Go to Top Ofsted Inspectors Report on e-Safety With some horrific recent news stories relating to when e-safety goes wrong, college staff will
  2. 2. be interested in the recent Ofsted inspection report on e-safety in schools in England and Wales. The full report can be found at: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-home/Publications-and- research/Browse-all-by/Documents-by-type/Thematic-reports/The-safe-use-of-new-technologies and the main recommendations are on page 6 of the report. Go to Top Sharing and Re-using Catalogue Records in a Web 2.0 World: Legal Implications The internet has made sharing library catalogue records easier for libraries and users – but with it comes a new set of challenges surrounding the legal implications. A new JISC toolkit helps librarians navigate the legal minefield of making their catalogue records available to others. The aim of the guidance is to enable librarians to take a risk management approach to making their catalogue records available for re-use and to audit their current legal position. The key issues which emerge from the guidance are: - Contracts (licences) with record suppliers have a greater influence on what individual libraries can and cannot do with their records than intellectual property law - There is no such thing as a standard licence for the supply of records You can explore the new resources at the JISC Legal website: http://www.jisclegal.ac.uk/Projects/TransferandUseofBibliographicRecords.aspx Go to Top Gale Cengage – New Agreements for 16 Services The Gale Cengage Collection includes 16 resources which are available for subscription – either individually or in combination – under a single licence agreement. Subscription rates will be fixed for the whole three years of the agreement for institutions that sign up during the first year. An opt-out clause means that institutions can cancel subscriptions after one or two years if necessary. Further details are available at: http://www.jisc- collections.ac.uk/news_and_events/newsletter/february_newsletter.aspx?9 Go to Top BBC Blast Northern Ireland Now Available on Social Networking Sites BBC Blast NI is the project that encourages and supports those with an interest in Media Studies and those seeking job opportunities and work experience in the world of media. Blast has now extended its activities to three popular social networking and video sharing sites; students and staff can sign up to the sites at: www.facebook.com/bbcblastni or www.bebo.com/blastni or can see videos at www.youtube.com/blastni. Go to Top
  3. 3. Computing Tips Restore Your PC from Windows Home Server If your computer crashes or you get a virus infection that makes it unrecoverable, doing a clean install can be a time-consuming hassle, let alone getting your data back. If you’re backing up your computers to Windows Home Server, you can completely restore them to the last successful backup. For full instructions, follow this link: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/12642/restore-your-pc- from-windows-home-server Source: http://www.howtogeek.com/ Go to Top Third Party Websites RSCni is not responsible for the content and functioning of external internet sites. Unsubscribe If you would like to be removed from the circulation list for this bulletin – please email: m.moran@rsc-ni.ac.uk

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