Communications


There’s plenty of advice out there to help you read more – but what about how to get more from what you read? Here’s how

Article by  from The Guardian

How to be a smarter reader

Pursue ‘targeted serendipity’

Pick each new book at random, and you’ll end up with plenty of duds. But if you stick religiously to the same authors or genres, or rely on Amazon’s recommendation engine, which makes suggestions based on past purchases, you’ll never expand your horizons. Choose a middle path: use a recommendation site such as Whichbook, which filters books based on numerous sliding scales – “funny/serious”, “optimistic/bleak”, “no sex/lots of sex” – without knowing which specific titles you’ve previously read.

Stick to print

Quite apart from the romanticism in the smell and feel of “real” books, there’s some persuasive psychological research to suggest that we grasp their content of paper books better and faster than ebooks’. This could be because we subconsciously use physical cues to store information: whether something’s on the left or right page; how many pages are under your right thumb, still to be read, etc.

In one British study, children who read only on screens were three times less likely to say they greatly enjoyed reading. It’s also been argued that the blue light emitted by tablets may seriously interfere with sleep and health.

Read first, talk later

The web offers countless opportunities to join a worldwide, 24-hour book group, such as Readmill, an e-reader platform that lets readers have conversations in the margins. But there’s much to be said for more limited devices – paper books, say, or basic Amazon Kindles – that make it harder for your attention to wander.

As the new media thinker Clay Shirky, no Luddite, puts it: “Tell me later who else liked it. Show them to me, introduce them to me, whatever – not right now. Right now I’m reading.” Make reading and discussing two distinct activities.

Keep it literary

Last year, a controversial but well-designed study at the New School for Social Research in New York, found that reading literary fiction (Don DeLilloAlice Munro) enhanced the capacity for empathy, and that the same didn’t apply to popular fiction or non-fiction. One hunch is that literary fiction leaves more to the reader’s imagination, forcing you to work harder to enter the emotional worlds of others. “What great writers do is to turn you into the writer,” explained one researcher. “In literary fiction, the incompleteness of the characters turns your mind to trying to understand the minds of others.”

Split your time: have a few books on the go

While you’re best advised not to try to read 20 books at once, there are definitely advantages to choosing three or four at once. Have a mix of fiction and non-fiction on the go, each suited to different moods and contexts. Even bad books can help – by sending you back to the good ones. “When you’re not feeling the book in front of you, pick up something else,” writes one blogger, Leigh Kramer, an advocate of the multi-book approach. “This will either make you want to go back to your original choice or press forward with one of your other options.”

Libri. International Journal of Libraries and Information Services

Volume 62, Issue 4 (Dec 2012)

Educational Blogging: The Case of Graduate MLIS Students in Kuwait

Dr. Taghreed M. Alqudsi-Ghabra1 / Mohammad Al-Bahrani2

1Founding Chairperson and Former Founding Programme Director, Department of Library and Information Science, College of Social Sciences, Kuwait University, Safat, Kuwait

2Head of Promotion and Advertisement Section, Ministry of Communication, Kuwait

Citation Information: Libri. Volume 62, Issue 4, Pages 389–402, ISSN (Online) 1865-8423, ISSN (Print) 0024-2667,DOI: 10.1515/libri-2012-0030, December 2012

Publication History:
Published Online:
2012-12-11

Abstract

Blogging has been well-established as a communication tool, yet the literature documenting its use in education is still developing and lacks the theoretical underpinning to back it up. Blogging in education and for education has critics as well as promoters. This research is a phenomenological study that aims to create a framework and rationale for the use of blogs in higher education. It is a comparative descriptive analysis of two educational blogging experiences in Kuwait: one is a blog used by a faculty member in the Library and Information Science Department at Kuwait University that is shared with graduate students attending the courses of that faculty. The second is administered by a former graduate student of the MLIS program at Kuwait University and is open to both faculty and students. A comparison of the two experiences is the basis for the analysis and generalizations provided about the use of blogs as an educational tool and for drawing a framework for using blogs in education.

 

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International Journal of Internet Science

A peer reviewed open access journal for empirical findings, methodology, and theory of social and behavioral science concerning the Internet and its implications for individuals, social groups, organizations, and society.

The Internet in the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council (AGCC): Vehicle of Change 
Taghreed M. Alqudsi-ghabra1, Talal Al-Bannai2, & Mohammad Al-Bahrani3 
1College of Social Sciences, Kuwait University, the State of Kuwait, 2Kuwait Fund for Economic Development, the State of Kuwait, 3Ministry of Communication, the State of Kuwait

Abstract: The Internet start was somewhat slow in the Middle East, but the twenty-first century witnessed its rapid spread across the Middle East, especially in the Arab countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, known as the AGCC. Even though these countries share political, geographic and economic commonalities, a level of observed and documented disparity exists among them. This paper is a comparative descriptive profile of the start of the Internet in the six countries of the AGCC, the laws and regulations that govern the flow and control of information, and how the spread of revolts affected the information flow in these countries. As changes in the Middle East are very much enabled by the Internet and its various tools, studies such as this one that attempt to organize scattered information are very important, timely, and needed.

Keywords: Internet, AGCC, Information control in AGCC, ICT infrastructure in AGCC

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In 2004, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary named “blog” its word of the year. The growth of blogs has been impressive. In 2010, Hat Trick Associates estimated that every one in six people in the world had a personal blog. Sites like WordPress, Drupal and Blogger make it easy for just about anyone to create a blog on a wide variety of topics. While it may be easy to set up a blog, coming up with fresh posts and engaging an audience requires research and additional work. To increase traffic to your blog, you need worthwhile content, a focus on cross-promotion and marketing, and a willingness to engage with your peers and readers.

Instructions

    • 1

      Plan out and create quality content. As a March 2010 article in “Technorati,” points out, without quality content, you have very little chance of keeping, much less increasing traffic to your blog. Develop a schedule for your posts and incorporate photos and videos when appropriate to enhance your content.

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      Develop one high quality post a week. “Intense Blog” suggests in a July 2011 article that bloggers write at least one post a week that is focused on a special topic. You should spend five to 10 hours researching these special posts to demonstrate your expertise and knowledge of your subject matter.

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    • Post consistently. Once you have traffic to your blog, your audience will expect and seek out new content. As you plan out your content, also consider when you will post it. Try to post at least once a day to really encourage new traffic.

    • 4

      Respond to readers. Interacting with your existing audience is key to retaining traffic and gaining more visitors. Be respectful of all commenters, answer their questions and clarify content when needed.

    • 5

      Familiarize yourself with other bloggers in your field. Blogger Chris Brogan suggests getting to know 20 to 30 blogs that are focused on the same topics as yours. Leave meaningful comments on their posts and link back to your own blog when appropriate. Take this one step further by reaching out to a few bloggers and introducing yourself and your blog. You may even be able to submit a guest post to another, more visible blog, thereby bringing new traffic to yours.

    • 6

      Cross promote your blog on other social networking platforms and websites. Use your personal or company Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts to link back to your latest blog posts. Create an intriguing status update or message to draw users in and to the blog. Bookmark your posts on Delicious and add your blog to online directories for greater visibility.

Read more: How to Increase Traffic to your Blog | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4470440_increase-traffic-blog.html#ixzz1zM7gSdAh

   اقامت اللجنة الاجتماعية والثقافية بقسم علوم المكتبات والمعلومات بكلية التربية الاساسية التابع للهيئة العامة للتعليم التطبيقي والتدريب حفلها السنوي لتكريم عضوي هيئتي التدريس والتدريب المثاليين بالقسم العلمي وذلك ضمن أنشطة وفعاليات اللجنة الاجتماعية للعام الدراسي الحالي 2011/2012 وقد حضر التكريم اعضاء هيئتي التدريس والتدريب بالقسم.

            وبهذه المناسبة اكد رئيس قسم المكتبات الاستاذ الدكتور ياسر عبدالمعطي بان اختيار العضوين المثاليين يأتي ضمن معايير التي اعتمدتها اللجنة ومن اهمها النشر العلمي و المشاركة في فعاليات وتطوير القسم العلمي وقد حصل كل من د.نهلاء الحمود كعضو هيئة تدريس مثالي والأستاذ يعقوب ملا كعضو هيئة تدريب مثالي بقسم علوم المكتبات والمعلومات ،مضيفا بان هذا التكريم ما هو إلا داعم حافز للتشجيع بين اعضاء هيئتي التدريس والتدريب لرفع مستويات الأداء بما سيعود بالخير والفائدة على العمل الأكاديمي بعامة ومخرجاته من أبنائنا الخريجين بخاصة ،ليسهم الجميع بجهودهم في تنمية مؤسستنا الأكاديمية ورفعة بلدنا الحبيب الكويت.

    وبدوره باركت د. هنادي بوعركي عضو هيئة التدريس بالقسم للعضو وتمنت لهم التوفيق بحياتهم العلمية والعملية وأشارت بقديمها اقتراح وتعديل المعايير والشروط لاختيار من سيتم تكريمهم ،لتصبح تلك الفاعلية مناسبة سنوية تهدف الى تحفيز روح التنافس بين الاعضاء في عدد من المحاور من أبرزها البحث العلمي كما ان القسم سيحذو كحذو الأقسام الأخرى بالكلية ،ليكون التكريم علي مستوي الكلية والهيئة للأعضاء المثاليين.

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“The Liberation of Kuwait: Dawning of a New World Order?” A two days conference That revisited the occupation of Kuwait (Aug. 2, 1990 – Feb. 28, 1991). Its objective was to “seek to draw lessons in crisis management for participating government and business leaders”. Was held Feb. 22-24 at the University of Virginia and hosted by the Institute for Global Policy Research.The conference was organized by W. Nathaniel Howell, U.S. ambassador to Kuwait during the Iraqi invasion.

Dear All

As being part of the Board Member of the SLA/AGC Association I would like to express my views of the conference that took place in Muscat, Oman between the 8-10th March 2011.

Oman The Wonderful Place

What a magnificent, scenic, and fascinating place to visit. A clean and quite country you will see, decent and well-bred people you will meet, and clear and tranquil weather you will enjoy. I have enjoyed visiting Oman for the first time in life. visiting different heritage places and enjoying the nature of Muscat were great experience I had. Also were blessed living in Al Bustan Palace hotel, which was centered in the middle of Al Qantab beautiful mountains.

Outside the Al Bustan Palace Hotel

Al Bustan Palace Hotel

Dramatic and stylish Hotel, that combines the past and the future in its design, although I hated the way it has been constructed. You will feel like in a MAZE, each elevators would left you to a different places.. I took 3 days to understand the trick :) and then felt frustrated finding the right halls and sessions rooms all the way.. but overall it was challenging and a quite place that has a shopping center and around 3 different international restaurants. of course one of the beautiful things I loved about the hotel is its thrilling room view, where the palms, ocean, and mountains are surrounding you from everywhere.. come and have a look!!!

Thanxxx to the Iphone4 :)

The SLA/AGC Conference

Well, the conference were great in many ways. unfortunately I couldn’t attend all the keynote speakers or sessions due to my different obligations within the conference.

First, I would like to present my grateful thankfulness to the organizing committee that have been working for months for the conference. Second, I would say “Thank you” for all the Omani people who were more than hospitable and warmhearted with all of us.

The conference had around 71 accepted papers presented in different sessions, I had the pleasure to meet some of our old friends such as Fadhel, Sakeena, and Lulwah, where she conducted a great paper about Information Seeking Behaviour, That reminded me of Mumtaz Class 2.5 years ago..

I had to evaluate two sessions, because we needed to choose “Best Paper” and award the participant at the end. The funny thing is that in the two sessions I attended, Fadhel and Sakeena were in one, and Lulwah were in the other :) .

Unfortunately, I wanted to meet with our sister Wadha Al Ajmi but I couldn’t, because I was busy between the board members meeting, the student award committee and the exhibitions vendors meetings requests, which I hope that she has done very well in her session, because she really deserve it.

Of course meeting your old friends and colleagues makes you happy, but I think for some people this issue is kind of selective if you know what I mean.. it was annoying a little bit for me to see people who have used you before for their own benefits and today they completely forgetting you.. I would say to those people cheer up and take things easy because life is like a circle you never know what will happen.. (والله يبعدنا عن الحساد) :)

On the other hand, I was so blessed by the warm welcome and greetings from our friend such as Lulwah, Waheed from KISR and Mohammed bo Abbas from springer, as well as Ameen from Sage (BTW Mohammed he says HI to you) and other people from the region I really do appreciate their kindness and humbleness.

Enough talking and lets see some photos and videos..

SLA/AGC Board Meeting

 

Lulwah’s Presentation

 

Fadhel’s & Sakeen’s  Presentations

Stephen Abrams’s Speech

I have really enjoyed Mr. Abrams’s speech which inspired my in many ways. after his session ended, we had a great talk together about it and about our region professionals.

At the end I hope you have enjoyed reading the post, and I hope to see all of you in different events and occasions in the future..

If you have any questions related to the conferences or would like to ask for the papers, I will be delighted helping all of you Enshallah.

 

Sincerely

Saleh A. Ebrahim

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