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  1. 1. Virtual Support to Research Communities Dr Buhle Mbambo-Thata (Executive Director, Library Services) and Prof Thomas van der Walt (Department of Information Science)
  2. 2. Content <ul><li>Part 1: Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Part 2: Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Part 3: E-books and e-journals </li></ul><ul><li>Part 4: Institutional Repository </li></ul><ul><li>Part 5: Research support via mobile technology </li></ul><ul><li>Part 6: eLibrary_@_SBLUnisa </li></ul><ul><li>Part 7: Social media </li></ul>
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION <ul><li>PART 1 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Snapshot of the Unisa Library services <ul><li>9 branches in South Africa and 1 in Ethiopia </li></ul><ul><li>2 mobile buses serving rural areas </li></ul><ul><li>Over 300,000 Unisa staff and students </li></ul><ul><li>library material is requested from the Pretoria Library </li></ul><ul><li>hybrid model of online & postal services </li></ul>
  5. 5. WEBSITES <ul><li>PART 2 </li></ul><ul><li>myUnisa </li></ul><ul><li>Unisa Library </li></ul>- Departmental websites (academic staff & researchers) - College websites (M and D students)
  6. 6. myUnisa Departmental websites <ul><li>Regular announcements regarding training, library events, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Library budget, IR information, Alerting and SDI services, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Feeds to various tools, eg Top 25 articles via Science Direct </li></ul><ul><li>Additional features such as blogs, scientific websites, etc. </li></ul>
  7. 7. myUnisa College websites <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Encore Quick Search
  9. 10. Requesting material, literature searches & general queries online
  10. 11. E-BOOKS & E-JOURNALS <ul><li>PART 3 </li></ul>
  11. 12. E-books <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  12. 13. E- Journals <ul><li>The Unisa library has a long history starting in 1989 of making journals accessible to remote users via our e-journal collection. </li></ul><ul><li>We have a total of 69,867 unique e-journal titles within all e-resources available. </li></ul><ul><li>E-resources available online 24/7 </li></ul>
  13. 14. INSTITUTIONAL REPOSITORY <ul><li>PART 4 </li></ul>
  14. 15. Unisa Institutional Repository <ul><li>An open digital archive of scholarly intellectual and research outputs of Unisa, eg research articles and conference papers </li></ul>http:// uir. unisa
  15. 16. Excellent research resource collection of theses and dissertation databases
  16. 17. Theses and dissertation databases <ul><li>Since 2003 all the Unisa theses and dissertations are available on the IR. </li></ul><ul><li>Our students can also access other national and international theses/ dissertations. </li></ul><ul><li>Many of these are full-text. </li></ul>
  17. 18. Archival Material & Special Collections on IR <ul><li>Inventories available online </li></ul><ul><li>Digital project – scanning of rare archival manuscripts and diaries </li></ul><ul><li>Correspondence </li></ul><ul><li>Art work </li></ul><ul><li>Posters </li></ul>The work of Jeanne Kotze Louw Letter by MK Gandhi (January 1909)
  18. 19. Videos, papers, records, inaugural lectures, photos, etc.
  20. 21. Mobile phones <ul><li>Africa has the fastest growing mobile market in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  21. 22. AirPAC <ul><li>Students can request, view, renew, etc, books & articles via AirPAC </li></ul><ul><li>The smartphone version of AirPAC was launched in 2011 </li></ul>classic version smartphone version http:// http://
  22. 23. sms notifications to acknowledge requests & progress
  23. 24. Students with visual impairment <ul><li>We convert print to e-format for blind students using EyePal and Plustek Book Reader to make material accessible. </li></ul><ul><li>We convert PDF into audio, txt, rtf, etc, using EasyConverter for blind and other students upon request. </li></ul>Plustek Book Reader EyePal
  24. 25. Assistive technology on the move <ul><li>Items that can be requested (long-term lending possible) </li></ul>
  25. 26. Students with dyslexia <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  26. 27. Satisfaction surveys & Needs studies <ul><li>Via SurveyMonkey and mobile phone </li></ul>
  27. 28. <ul><li>PART 6 </li></ul>eLibrary_@_SBLUnisa
  28. 29. [email_address] <ul><li>The aim is to provide access to Unisa Library’s extensive range of electronic information resources on the anyplace, anytime principle, 24/7, via: </li></ul><ul><li>1. The SBL Electronic Delivery System (eds online) on the Lotus Notes platform with its asynchronous groupware and information sharing applications. </li></ul>
  29. 30. [email_address] <ul><li>2. Resources and wikis on myUnisa using the “Collaboration and Learning Environment” (CLE). </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  30. 31. eLibrary on the SBL eds programme level <ul><li>This provides access to more general content relevant to the overall programme such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Guidelines on the ethical use of information and referencing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Research guidelines </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Links to eJournals (mainly full text) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Links to online resources relevant to the overall programme </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Self-paced tutorials on using libraries and information resources </li></ul></ul></ul>
  31. 32. 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
  32. 33. Opened link to further content User clicks here to ask a question or start a discussion
  33. 34. Links to relevant information at module level within the programme <ul><li>The screen-capture which follows contains links to fulltext information resources specific to the subject “Corporate Governance”. Links to online resources include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online subject encyclopedias and eBooks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Predetermined searches on themes (here the student needs to evaluate the search results and select those articles relevant to his/her need) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject specific eJournals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links to completed research via the various institutional repositories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video clips </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links to subject specific RSS feeds other supplementary Web 2.0 applications such as wikis or blogs </li></ul></ul>
  34. 35. Example from the SBL eds – module level
  35. 36. Homepage of Wiki for Corporate Governance
  36. 37. Links to coursework on Corporate Governance from within the SBL eds
  37. 38. Link to article from predetermined search
  38. 39. One click on SBL eds takes the academic or student through to the relevant ejournal on the subject
  39. 40. Support for Academics on myUnisa (Sakai) <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>In this way, learning partnerships are formed with academic staff to support: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Curriculum development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accreditation process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trends in Business Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And more . . . </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Please see the screen-capture which follows: </li></ul>
  40. 41. Support for Academics on myUnisa (Sakai)
  41. 42. Example of link to fulltext ejournals on myUnisa under Business Education
  42. 43. One click within myUnisa takes the academic straight to the journal selected
  43. 44. The “one click” principle also applies to the other resources listed, for example subject specific case studies
  44. 45. SOCIAL MEDIA <ul><li>PART 6 </li></ul>