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
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 DeLillo, Alice 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
Educational Blogging: The Case of Graduate MLIS Students in Kuwait
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
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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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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
Recently I had a thought, which will be great to our LIS community in Kuwait to announce through our blog the new arrivals of books, journals, audiovisual materials in our field to AUK library. In this way it might be a great opportunity for all of you and a chance to visit us and ask for any of them in anytime.
Saleh A. Ebrahim
2011 Science-Technology Division & Arabian Gulf Chapter Student Award
to attend Special Libraries Association (SLA) Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 12 – 15 June 2011
In 2011 SLA Arabian Gulf Chapter will be offering an Award jointly with Science-Technology Division (DST) of SLA.
The successful applicant will receive an award of US$2,000, towards the cost of attending the 2011 SLA Annual Conference (which includes conference registration, accommodation, and economy return airfare to Philadelphia, PA).
The award will be formally acknowledged at the SLA Conference in Philadelphia at the Science-Technology Division’s Awards Ceremony.
- Have an excellent command of written and spoken English,
- Be enrolled in a Master level LIS programme in Arabian Gulf countries during the current academic year
- Be eligible to travel to the USA
- Be interested in a career in special librarianship, preferably with a focus on working in a science and technology environment.
- Be a first-time attendee at an SLA conference
1. Please write a two-part essay, in English, of a total of approximately 500 words, which:
- Tells us why you chose to enrol in a graduate/master LIS programme and what you hope to do with your degree and especially why you might wish to work in the science and technology area, and
- Addresses one of the following three topics:
- What skills must the new information professional possess and why?
- What is the biggest challenge facing the profession, in general, and information professionals in your country, in particular?
- What benefits/knowledge do you hope to gain from attending the 2011 SLA conference? (Do not describe what you will do during the conference).
- Include a letter of recommendation, from your programme advisor or an SLA member who knows you well, which explains why you would be a good candidate for this award.
- Include a copy of your current CV including your postal, and email addresses and telephone number.
- Please prepare all documents in Microsoft Word and send by e-mail no later than 15 February 2011 to the following two people:
- i. Sultan Al-Daihani, SLA Arabian Gulf Chapter at firstname.lastname@example.org and to
- ii. Sheila Rosenthal, Chair of the DST Awards Committee at email@example.com
The Award winner will be notified by 20 February 2011.
Post Award Requirements
The recipient of the 2011 Science-Technology Division / Arabian Gulf Chapter Student Award will be:
- Required to write a brief article on their conference experience for publication in the September / October 2011 issue of the Science-Technology Division’s newsletter, Sci-Tech News, and for the SLA Arabian Gulf Chapter’s website
- Asked to maintain contact with the SLA Arabian Gulf Chapter Board during the year of their Award.
- Asked to serve on a Science-Technology Division Committee of their choice.
Contacts will be appointed from SLA Arabian Gulf Chapter Board and the Science-Technology Division for the duration of the award.
For further information about the Award’s co-sponsors, please consult their websites:
- SLA Science-Technology Division, http://units.sla.org/division/dst/ ,
- SLA Arabian Gulf Chapter http://units.sla.org/chapter/cag/website/index.html
For further information about the Award, please contact Sultan Al-Daihani firstname.lastname@example.org