• Late Prof. Dr. Türkan Saylan, the legendary President and founding member of the Association for Supporting Contemporary Life (ÇYDD), believed that the most important problem in Türkiye is providing equal educational opportunities for both boys and girls, through a universal education system with contemporary, secular principles for all… Girls’ education is one of the smartest and single most cost-effective investments we can make in our homeland, Türkiye.


Posted by: bluesyemre | April 23, 2014

World Book and Coyright Day, 23 April




  • 23 April is a symbolic date for world literature. It is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo. It was a natural choice for UNESCO’s General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those, who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity. In this regard, UNESCO created the World Book and Copyright Day.

2014 World Book and Coyright Day:


  • Millions of people do not read for one reason: they do not have access to text. But today mobile phones and cellular networks are transforming a scare resource into an abundant one. Drawing on the analysis of over 4,000 surveys collected in seven developing countries and corresponding qualitative interviews, this report paints a detailed picture to date of who reads books and stories on mobile devices and why. The findings illuminate, for the first time, the habits, beliefs and profiles of mobile readers.  This information points to strategies to expand mobile reading and, by extension, the educational, social and economic benefits associated with increased reading. Mobile technology can advance literacy and learning in underserved communities around the world. This report shows how.

Full Report:

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 22, 2014

Earth Day 2014, April 22, 2014 #GlobalSelfie

GlobalSelfie banner

  • NASA invites you — and everyone else on the planet — to take part in a worldwide celebration of Earth Day this year with the agency’s #GlobalSelfie event. The year 2014 is a big one for NASA Earth science. Five NASA missions designed to gather critical data about our home planet are launching to space this year. NASA is marking this big year for Earth science with a campaign called Earth Right Now, and as part of this campaign the agency is asking for your help this Earth Day, April 22. While NASA satellites constantly look at Earth from space, on Earth Day we’re asking you to step outside and take a picture of yourself wherever you are on Earth. Then post it to social media using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie.



  • “Shall We Reinvent Love?” This very first sentence of My Face Book is almost like a forerunner of an extraordinary love. Through this sentence challenging the lexical meaning of the word love, the writer Ciğdem y Mirol lets her readers begin a journey towards an unusual love, which she has invented in her world of letters. I have gained the impression that this journey continuing on a curvy road consists of three interconnected links called The Lost Author, The Effaced Notebook and The White Pencil. This demanding journey has countless stops. At every stop is hidden a different kind of love and a love relationship addressing diverse persons. Briefly stated, what is hidden at these stops is a kind of commitment, which we all are closely acquainted with but smooth over the cracks for a variety of reasons.
  •  “My Beloved Reader & “Your Beloved Author Mirol concludes her letter, which she dedicates to her beloved readers, signing her name as the  beloved writer”. The love letter written by an affectionate friend trying to express herself uses the formal form to address her readers towards the end whereas she addresses them informally and cosily at the very beginning. But why does the writer change from the informal form to that of the formal in order to address her potential readers? Who knows?! She may have wanted to underline that her sincerity is far from being impudent and that it also embraces a great deal of courtesy. My beloved reader, I am being so forward, but maybe I shouldn’t be so familiar with you. My respected reader, please don’t throw away this letter. Maybe you will like it, and even if you don’t like it, do share it. If you don’t share it, at least comment on it” (p.9). Another remarkable point is that she attempts to “poke” the reader and get him to question his virtual relationships, which he follows blindly by laying stress on the name of the book through mentioning such facebook routines as “like” “comment” and “share”. Please do not get surprised when the politeness felt throughout the letter turns into various other feelings in some other corners of the book. For instance, our narrator and scripter Çiğdem, underlining at every turn that she always wished to become a writer, implicitly manifests the reason why she wanted to re-invent love by saying “You and I can never become one which cannot be reinvented”(p.220) through which she actually encourages the reader to get into act. We can also say that the writer’s love for the reader is a process with many ups and downs. The writer herself provides a good example for this argument by wishing to listen to eloquent and expressive songs on the radio in the name of the reader whereas she reprimands him without any hesitation because of his tendency to lose control of himself in the bottomless well called the internet.  Just like it says on the bookmarker or My Face Book: “You the reader, no heart reader, leave it off, leave this computer off, it is enooooooooooooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugh!… This sentence shouting at the top of its voice is of vital importance due to the fact that it reveals the writer’s critical approach towards the internet.

Full Review:  My Face Book An Idiosyncratic Love Story by Ozge Wambach


MyFace Book Performance LAUNCH at Waterstones / Brussels:

MyFace Book Performance: The White Pencil:


Cigdem y Mirol’s Myface Book Performances&Witnesses:


gundem cocuk

Gündem Çocuk Derneği Çocuk Hakları Merkezi, çocukların yaşadığı yaşam hakkı ihlallerini derlediği ‘Türkiye’de Çocuğun Yaşam Hakkı 2013 Raporu’nu açıkladı. 2013 yılına ait verilerin derlendiği raporda, 633 çocuğun önlenebilir nedenlerle yaşamlarını yitirdiğine yer verildi. “Devlet Eliyle Ortaya Çıkan Yaşam Hakkı İhlalleri (Devletin Negatif Yükümlülüğünü Yerine Getirmemesi Nedeniyle Ortaya Çıkan Yaşam Hakkı İhlalleri)” ve “Devlet Önlem Almadığı İçin Ortaya Çıkan Yaşam Hakkı İhlalleri (Devletin Pozitif Yükümlülüğünü Yerine Getirmemesi Nedeniyle Ortaya Çıkan Yaşam Hakkı İhlalleri)” olarak iki başlıkta toplanan yaşam hakkı ihlallerinin yanısıra “Kolluk Güçlerinin Biber Gazı Kullanımı Sebebiyle Yaşam Hakkı İhlalleri” başlıklı özel bir bölüm de yer aldı. Gündem Çocuk Derneği Çocuk Hakları Merkezi tarafından hazırlanan raporda toplumsal hafızaya kazınan isimlere de yer verilerek önleyici tedbirlerin alınmamasının yeni çocuk ölümlerine neden olacağının altı çizildi.

  • 6 yaşındaki Efe Boz gibi sağlık, bakım, eğitim gibi kamu hizmeti alırken “en az 21 çocuk”;
  • 13 yaşındaki Uğur Kaymaz gibi yargısız infaz sebebiyle en az 4 çocuk,
  • 14 yaşındaki Ceylan Önkol gibi kara mayınları ve askeri mühimmat sebebiyle en az “5 çocuk”,
  • 15 yaşındaki Berkin Elvan gibi toplumsal olaylar sırasında en az “3 çocuk”,
  • 9 yaşındaki Mert Aydın gibi şiddet sebebiyle en az “41 çocuk”,
  • 13 yaşındaki Ahmet Yıldız gibi iş cinayetleri sebebiyle en az “89 çocuk,”
  • 3,5 yaşındaki Pamir gibi kentsel ve kırsal alanda en az “101 çocuk” yaşamını kaybetti.

Gündem Çocuk: Harekete geçmemiz için daha kaç çocuk ölmeli? Yalnızca kayda geçen verilerden yararlanılarak hazırlanan raporda yer alan sayılar, mekanlar, şehirler çocuğa yönelik hak ihlallerinin yalnızca can kayıplarında dahi oldukça yüksek olduğunu ortaya koyarken Gündem Çocuk Derneği, raporun sunumunun ardından kamuoyunu harekete geçmeye çağırdı:
“Bu yılın sonunda yine benzer çocukların isimlerini anarak, benzer bir tabloyla karşılaşmamak için kamuoyunu konuya sahip çıkmaya ve Devlet yetkililerini ve hükümeti bir an evvel harekete geçmeye çağırıyoruz. Kaybedecek zamanımız da tahammülümüz de yok!”

Türkiye’de Çocuğun Yaşam Hakkı 2013 Raporu

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 21, 2014

What Brands Don’t Understand About YouTube

  • YouTube just released its first Brand Channel Leaderboard, featuring channels that have had the most success attracting repeat viewership, shares, and engaged fan bases. But how well are brands actually doing on the video-sharing platform? According to Touchstorm’s Video Index, only 74 of the top 5,000 channels on YouTube belong to brands, which Touchstorm CEO Alison Provost called “a significant brand fail on one of the most important platforms today.” YouTube even acknowledged this shortcoming with the newest edition of theirCreator Playbook, which — for the first time — is completely geared towards helping brands.

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 21, 2014

A Charter for Ethical Stakeholder Engagement by Mike Clayton

Mike Clayton


  • These are my set of six commitments for ethical stakeholder engagement, in the form of a charter.  I invite you to sign it, to share this charter (you can download a copy here), and to encourage colleagues to sign it too.


  • Ukrainian photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko is passionate about the less obvious and more fragile parts of nature, where little creatures like insects, molluscs, reptiles and amphibians dwell. Living in their own macro world, these little things probably don‘t even notice the curious Mishchenko as he captures the most intimate and sensitive moments of their delicate lives. Here’s a collection of Mishchenko’s summery photography in which he has documented the everyday lives of snails in their natural environment in a splendid way. Slow down and enjoy!


Individual libraries make great infographics

  • Infographics are very widely, and wisely, used to promote libraries in general. More and more infographics are being created by individual libraries. All the examples collected below were created in recent weeks. If infographics are a great and effective tool to draw attention of the online community, they’ll surely achieve the same in local communities and among library patrons. Librarians have many talents. Processing information is the longest established one, now joined by the eye for design (anyway, you can always use online infographic creators like Pikochart or Infogram).


Posted by: bluesyemre | April 21, 2014

Student Searching with EBSCO Discovery: A Usability Study

Student Searching with EBSCO Discovery: A Usability Study

  • The researchers conducted task-based usability testing of the EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) with 20 students. While most participants felt positively about EDS, a few usability issues emerged. Confusion arose regarding source types and icons, facets/limiters, relevancy ranking, integrated search connectors, and more. Students encountered difficulty with spelling corrections and a failure to understand terminology, and they demonstrated an unwillingness to view additional pages of search results. Findings indicate the need for changes to the local implementation of EDS as well as to those features and structures under EBSCO’s control.

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 21, 2014

Gloria Sports Arena, Belek-Antalya, Turkey


Gloria Sports Arena is a modern sports complex with indoor, outdoor and aquatic sports facilities. It is built on 105.000 m² (10.5 hectare) in Belek-Antalya-Turkey, where over 40 different sports disciplines and camps will be hosted.

Gloria Sports Arena 2014 Fact Sheet:

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 21, 2014

Okuma Teşviki Portalı (Goethe Institute)


  • Son yıllarda çocukların okuma merakının dünya çapında hayli azaldığını biliyor muydunuz ? Ve henüz okuma bilmedikleri o önemli devrede onlara yeterince kitap okunmadığını? Eski kitap kurtlarından günümüzde artık yok mu? Oysa biliyoruz ki çocuklara yüksek sesle okuma ve bireyin kendisinin okuması çok önemli bir faaliyet, çünkü okuma ve bilgi edinme becerisi insanın ufkunu genişletme ve öğrenme şansını arttırmada çok etkili. Keyif almak ya da bilgimizi arttırmak için okuruz. Ancak okumak, okuma becerisini geliştirmekten daha fazlasını ifade ediyor. Okuyarak; içeriğin kavranması, resimlerin görülmesi ve dilin duyulmasına yönelik egzersiz yapılıyor ve böylece sosyal yaşama katılım sağlanıyor. Güneydoğu Avrupa bölgesindeki Goethe-Institut’lar, bu platformla, bir yandan farklı ülkelerdeki okuma teşvikinin durumu hakkında bilgilendirmeyi diğer yandan da deneyimlerin paylaşılmasını amaçlıyor. Güneydoğu Avrupa bölgesindeki Goethe-Institut’lar son yıllarda yerel ortaklarıyla okuma teşvikine yönelik birçok etkinlik ve program düzenledi. Bu internet sayfasıyla, ortaklarımıza, başarısıyla öne çıkan okuma teşviki etkinliklerini tanıtmalarına ve deneyimlerini meslektaşlarıyla paylaşmalarına olanak vermek istiyoruz. Öncelikli hedefimiz, yetişkinler de dahil olmak üzere, çocuk ve gençlere okuma keyfini aşılamak!

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 21, 2014

Library Systems Report 2014 by Marshall Breeding

Marshall Breeding

  • The library technology industry saw sharp competition in 2013, with a wide range of products vying to fulfill ever-rising expectations. To better position themselves for this critical period during which many libraries are considering options for their next phase of technology, a significant number of major vendors worked to extend their global reach, streamline internal organizations, and complete ambitious product developments. Competition has intensified for the applications used by library personnel to manage the collections and automate their operations, including the new generation of library services platforms as well as enhanced integrated library systems. Discovery services continue as a major area of activity, seen by libraries as especially critical given their intimate connections with customers, serving as one of the main delivery vehicles for access to collections and services.


  • Kelime Yayınları ve İSTEK Atanur Oğuz Okulları, 24 Mayıs 2014 Cumartesi günü gerçekleşecek olan “Çocuk ve Gençlik Edebiyatı’nda Yeni Yönelimler” başlıklı konferans ile, eğitim sektörü ve edebiyat dünyasını bir araya getiren uluslararası bir etkinliğe ev sahipliği yapıyor.  Bu konferansta, gündelik hayatlarını dijital kültürle iç içe yaşayan, hatta bu dijital ortama bizzat katkıda bulunan çocuk ve gençlere sunulan edebi üretimin geçirdiği değişim ve bu alandaki yeni yönelimler, dünyadan örnekler eşliğinde değerlendirilecek. Bunun yanı sıra, bizim kültürel mirasımızda da sağlam bir yeri olan hikâye anlatıcılığı ele alınarak, hikâye anlatıcılığının dünü, bugünü ve geleceği, yine örneklerle tartışılacak. Programın sunuculuğunu, kendisi de bir hikâye anlatıcısı olan, Müzikli Masal Sepeti Dizisi’nden tanıdığımız Şebnem Oral üstlenecek.


Posted by: bluesyemre | April 21, 2014

The Periodic Table of Storytelling



Posted by: bluesyemre | April 20, 2014

Kütüphan-e Türkiye Uzaktan Eğitim Merkezi

Custom logo here

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 20, 2014

Learning Games Initiative Research Archive (LGIRA)


Welcome to the Learning Games Initiative Research Archive (LGIRA). Designed around the concept of “preservation through use,” LGIRA makes accessible to researchers all over the world and of all ages, a constantly expanding collection of computer games, systems, peripherals, memorabilia, scholarship, and a plethora of other game-related materials. Our new cataloging process for the Omeka database has only recently begun and is ongoing. Current estimates are that LGIRA houses more than 12,000 games, 100+ game systems, dozens of audio/visual materials, and innumerable para-texts ranging from joystick prototypes to game-branded food stuffs to unique game-themed handicrafts. There are also thousands of print materials in the Archive, from scholarly texts to industry publications to lab notes by early game developers to comic books.

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 20, 2014

Rainbow Twisted Bookstore For Kids

  • While most of the Saraiva Bookstore São Paulo is a traditional artificial linear structure, the children’s section deviates from the tradition in the areas of comfort, dynamism and imagination. Arthur Casas created the world wonders for children.


Posted by: bluesyemre | April 19, 2014

My weekend is all booked


Posted by: bluesyemre | April 19, 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1927-2014)



game gamelook

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 16, 2014

Turkish style Water Cannon


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