A PhD Program in the Department of Library and Information Science

Dear Colleagues:

The Department of Library and Information Science at Kuwait University is in the process of initiating a Ph D program in the field of information.   In this regard, your input will be helpful in our needs assessment, curriculum design, and other planning activities. We will appreciate it if you kindly provide your input by filling up the questionnaire.

Even if you are not thinking of registering for PhD at this stage, your input will be helpful for us. Please do fill up  questionnaire in the link below. Also, please forward this message (and the questionnaire) to other colleagues and friends who might be interested in enrolling a PhD program in Information  at Kuwait University.

Your assistance in the feasibility study for PhD program will be very much appreciated. If you have any questions with regard to the PhD program, please direct your questions/queries to Professor Sajad ur Rehman, Program Director at rehman05@gmail.com.

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How to be a smarter reader

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.”

Educational Blogging: The Case of Graduate MLIS Students in Kuwait

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.

 

Read full article EducationalBlogginglibri-2012-0030

Article: The Internet in the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council (AGCC): Vehicle of Change

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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Collapse of Shark Tanks in Scientific Center in Kuwait

Many people sent me this image over wahtsapp that shows sharks swimming inside a building and claim the Shark Tanks in Kuwait Scientific Center has Collapsed. Here is the truth about that fake image from internetmarketinginc.com:

Just Because It’s Online, Doesn’t Necessarily Mean It’s True

The collapse of the sharks tank in the Scientific Center in Kuwait. Which caused chaos between staff and visitors !

Caption on Facebook: “The collapse of the sharks tank in the Scientific Center in Kuwait. Which caused chaos between staff and visitors!”

The first time the image above was shared on Facebook, there were some immediate comments and shares with some people who appeared shocked based on their comments when they saw the caption of the photo. The last time I checked it, the image had 5,419 shares last Friday, June 15, 2012.

Shark Tank Hoax - Scientific Center in Kuwait Shared more than 5000 times

Shark Tank Hoax – Scientific Center in Kuwait Shared more than 5000 times

This is not really true, read more details about it below.

First thing I noticed was the escalator. Clearly the rails are made for escalators, but the steps are green tiles. That looks like they were made for swimming pools and bathrooms. Clearly this was made to be underwater. So this may be some amusement park of some sort.

UPDATE (6/17/2012): After further staring at this picture… the escalator does look real, the tiles idea came from the greenish hue of the steps. And looking at some areas of the railing, also have this green coloration. Probably caused by the photo editing of the file when trying to match up the colors of mixed images. Which made the dark black escalator steps look like green tiles.

Upon searching some images online, it appears like the sharks have been “photoshopped” into the image. Since the shark on the left is a popular shark used in many photo edited images.  (source)

Popular Photoshopped Shark

Popular “Photoshopped” Shark

Upon researching further, it appears this image first came out on an internet meme site, where users upload funny pictures relating to basement floods that happened in Toronto. The photo above was said to be taken at Toronto’s Union Station during a recent flood last June 1, 2012.

Update (6/18/2012): The Inquisitr posted the original image without the sharks. And as they were explaining this was a hoax, they were also talking about other people referring this photo as “Sharks at the Mall”. The original “photoshopper” was also found to be Jamie A. King and confirmed by a tweet to Mashable writer Christine Erickson that he made the image.

Original image used before the sharks were edited to be included in the photo.

Original image used before the sharks were edited to be included in the photo.

Link: http://www.internetmarketinginc.com/blog/collapse-of-shark-tanks-in-scientific-center-in-kuwait/

Graduation ceremony Class of 2011-2012

Masters in Library and Information Science Graduation ceremony Class of 2011-2012 – Kuwait University – 3/6/2012

حفل تخريج الدفعة الخامسة عشر لقسم علوم المكتبات والمعلومات حملة شهادة
الماجستير – كلية العلوم الاجتماعية – جامعة الكويت
برعاية عميد كلية العلوم الاجتماعية / أ.د. عبدالرضا أسيري

This Video celebrate Sixteen years of achievement by the Department of Library & Information science – college of social science – Kuwait University

The video was created by: Yousef T. Al-Araj

اهدي هذا الفيديو الى قسم علوم المكتبات والمعلومات – كلية العلوم الاجتماعية – جامعة الكويت
وذلك لجميع الانجازات المبهرة الذي قدمها هذا القسم للمجتمع الكويتي والعالمي

اعداد: يوسف توفيق العرج