Paper Based Recommender Systems

Posted on May 27th, 2009 in Learning tech,Libraries by Kirsty

Went to the library yesterday to pick up Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food which I’ve had on request since February.

The holds are placed in a specific aisle with your name on a slip of paper sticking out to make them easy to find.

The addition to the hold slip made me smile.

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After that, guess what we had for dinner last night?

See – creating connections and passing on recommendations doesn’t have to be all tech based :-)

Ebooks sources

Posted on June 10th, 2008 in Learning Resources,Libraries by Kirsty

This is a great collection of sources of ebooks [aimed at the Kindle but useful for regular folk too]

http://thekindle.wordpress.com/2008/01/19/free-books-for-the-amazon-kindle/

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Libraries are Australia’s 2nd most popular cultural venue @ $20 a head

Posted on May 30th, 2008 in Libraries by Kirsty

via the ABC, Libraries are the second most popular cultural venue: ABS
Posted Wed May 21, 2008 4:07pm AEST

The Australian Bureau of Statistics says figures show libraries are the nation’s second most popular cultural venue, behind cinemas.

The figures on library habits were released to coincide with National Library and Information Week.

This year’s theme is ‘Libraries are for everyone’ and it seems Australia agrees.

In 2006, 46 per cent of Australians over 18 visited one.

Over a 12-month period in 2005 and 2006, females were more likely to visit, with 41 per cent making the trip compared with 27 per cent of males.

Almost 1.5 million children made the journey to the library outside of school hours.

During that time, state and territory governments spent $394 million on libraries – just under $20 per person.

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Easter break

Posted on March 27th, 2008 in Libraries by Kirsty

I’ve been a little quiet here as a significant part of the pre-Easter week was taken up with applications for the Tasmanian Elearning Innovations funding through the Australian Flexible Learning Framework. Despite the fact teaching staff are technically on leave I’ve already had a few phone calls from people beavering away on the final versions.

Via HeyJude came a link to JDS blog – this looks like a good model of how a librarian in a school setting is working at sourcing and organising material for various ‘faculties’ using tags.

Library Signage

Posted on February 26th, 2008 in Libraries by Kirsty

Through Tame the Web, I’ve come across a batch of photos on Flickr of Library signage, ranging from the absurd to the sublime.
Polite Library Sign by LitandmoreLaw Library's Cute Signage! (feat. Natalie Dee comic) by leah the library studentIf You like... by marycmartinSignagelibrary signageMacquarie University Library, Sydney, Australia (From Tom Goodfellow)

Food for thought definitely!

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