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Posted by: bluesyemre | June 23, 2017

#LibraryofCongress Tour in 360

The Library of Congress, founded in 1800, is a book lover’s dream. With 164 million items and 1,350 kilometers of bookshelves, it’s the world’s largest library. Even if you can’t get to Washington to visit the marble and granite Library of Congress, across the street from the U.S. Capitol, you can take a virtual tour of the Italianate building by clicking on the video.


The Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress (© AP Images)


Your social media presence could have serious implications if you’re not careful.


Dear Student,

Harvard recently rescinded admission offers for some incoming freshmen who participated in a private Facebook group sharing offensive memes. The incident has sparked a lot of discussion: Was Harvard’s decision justified? What about the First Amendment? Do young people know the dangers of social media?

I’m a business school lecturer, career services counselor and former recruiter, and I’ve seen how social media becomes part of a person’s brand – a brand that can help you or hurt you.

College admissions staff, future employers and even potential dates are more and more likely to check your profile and make decisions or judgments about you.

Here’s what you should know so you don’t end up like those Harvard prospects.

1. Social media posts disappear, right?

Let’s be clear about one thing: You’ve been building your online reputation since your first Snapchat. Think the posts disappear? Think private pages are private? Think again.

You might feel like your life and opinions are no one’s business, but you can’t always control who sees what you post. Every photo, video, tweet, like and comment could be screenshotted by your friends (or frenemies). You might make a mistake with your privacy settings or post to the wrong account. And a determined online sleuth can sometimes find ways around privacy settings, viewing photos and posts you might think are well hidden.

2. Do employers and colleges actually look at this stuff?

Your profile will very likely be scrutinized by college admissions officers and employers. According to CareerBuilder’s 2017 social media recruitment survey, social media screening is through the roof:

– 600 percent increase since 2006 in employers using social media to screen

– 70 percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates

– 34 percent of employers found online content that caused them to reprimand or fire an employee

This trend is common with admissions as well. Kaplan Test Prep’s 2017 survey of over 350 college admissions officers found that 35 percent checked applicants’ social media profiles. Many who do said social media has influenced their admission decisions.

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New parents in Sweden are entitled to 480 days of leave at 80% of their normal pay.

Dads get 90 paid paternity days reserved just for them. The idea is to promote bonding between father and child during a time when moms are getting most of the attention.


Fathers in Estonia are given two weeks of paid time off to promote extra bonding with their child. They can also choose to take some of the time off during the final two months before the expected delivery date.

After maternity leave ends, parents get an additional 435 days off to share, with compensation calculated at the average of their two earnings.


Icelandic parents can split their nine months of post-childbirth leave straight down the middle.

New moms get three months, new dads get three months, and then it’s up to the couple to decide how they’ll split the remaining three months.

Each parent receives 80% of their salary while on leave.


New fathers get four weeks, and together the parents get an additional 156 weeks to share.

For the shared portion, the parents can decide whether to have it paid out at 100% for the first 52 weeks (until the child is turns 1) or 70% for the first 104 weeks (until the child is 2 years old). The remaining weeks are unpaid.


Slovenian fathers have a guaranteed 90 days of paternity leave. The first 15 days are paid at 100% of their salary, while the remaining 75 are paid at minimum wage.

Maternity leave lasts 105 days, including 28 to be taken before the expected due date.


Hungarian fathers get one week paid in fulland then another 156 weeks to split with the mother, after she’s taken her 24 weeks of maternity leave.

The time off is paid at 70% of their salary for 104 weeks, and a flat rate covers the rest.


Norway’s system is flexible and generous. Fathers can take between zero and 10 weeks depending on their wives’ income, while mothers can take 35 weeks at full pay or 45 weeks at 80% pay.

Together, parents can receive an additional 46 weeks at full pay or 56 weeks at 80% of their income.


Finnish fathers are granted eight weeks of paid leave, while mothers are given 23 weeks split between pregnancy and child-rearing.

After a child turns 3, parents can also take partial care leave, in which they split time between home and work. That lasts until the child starts second grade.


More and more people in education agree on the importance of learning stuff other than academics.

But no one agrees on what to call that “stuff”.

There are least seven major overlapping terms in play. New ones are being coined all the time. This bagginess bugs me, as a member of the education media. It bugs researchers and policymakers too.

“Basically we’re trying to explain student success educationally or in the labor market with skills not directly measured by standardized tests,” says Martin West, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. “The problem is, you go to meetings and everyone spends the first two hours complaining and arguing about semantics.”

West studies what he calls “non-cognitive skills.” Although he’s not completely happy with that term.

The problem isn’t just semantic, argues Laura Bornfreund, deputy director of the education policy program at the New America Foundation. She wrote a paper on what she called “Skills for Success,” since she didn’t like any of these other terms. “There’s a lot of different terms floating around but also a lack of agreement on what really is most important to students.”


In this guest blog, Marc Forster, editor of recent Facet book, Information Literacy in the Workplaceexplores how information is experienced in the workplace and the ethical implications for ensuring that students are equipped with the right skills to ensure they are information literate when they enter the workforce.

Isn’t information literacy in the workplace just ‘information literacy’?

Information literacy (IL) has been defined (and redefined) and widely written about; why bother to draw attention to how it’s experienced in a ‘workplace’ setting? The answer comes (as it should) from research which has made it clear that we can’t be confident that existing assumptions, definitions of IL and methods of development continue to be relevant and appropriate for the workplace, surely one of the largest and most important contexts in which information is used. IL doesn’t appear to be quite the same phenomenon in the workplace as the more familiar version developed in, and for, the academic world. Young professionals, confronted by a way of dealing with information quite different to the academic, find themselves having to think about their relations to information in new ways: in terms of meaning, value, and purpose. How can librarians, LIS academics and researchers address this problem?

Thinking about information literacy in the workplace

Do we know in what way information experiences in the workplace are significant to professionals themselves, their employers and educators and society at large? Indeed, what is the ‘workplace’ in an increasingly virtual information world? Thinking about, and understanding workplace IL should be a task for librarians and LIS academics, and it is. Our book Information literacy in the Workplace presents some of that thinking, much of it based on research into how individuals, teams and organizations use information to achieve their objectives. Research which has required and developed new approaches in order to investigate the work environment.


The world’s most influential people still make time for a good book. Earlier this year, Facebook asked 62 such people — from Arianna Huffington to Richard Branson to Newt Gingrich — for the books they’d recommend. More than 230 titles came Facebook’s way.

After some careful tallying, the social-media site narrowed down the most recommended books to a list of just 11 titles. We can’t guarantee they’ll bring you the same level of success, but they’ll move you in the right direction.

  • “Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari

Harari, a Hebrew University of Jerusalem historian, traces humanity’s roots in what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg calls “a big history narrative of human civilization.”

Zuckerberg selected “Sapiens” as one of the titles for his book club in 2015.

The book examines our early hunter-gatherer societies all the way through our modern conception of community, which often lives inside a screen.

  • “Freakonomics” by Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt

Published in the summer of 2009, “Freakonomics” is the duo’s first dive into bewildering social and economic trends.

In plain language, Dubner and Levitt break down complex topics on parenting research, death rates, and crime. They challenge conventional wisdom with compelling, if eyebrow-raising, examples to back up their claims.

“Freakonomics” helped spawn a genre of publishing that takes advanced concepts and distills them for a lay audience, usually with a sideways perspective.

  • “Originals” by Adam Grant

Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King, Jr., and many other pioneers all have a number of things in common, argues Grant, a University of Pennsylvania psychologist.

In “Originals,” Grant takes the reader from an idea’s inception, through its (inevitable) backlash, and all the way to implementation and acceptance by a wider audience. He reveals how novel ideas are formed, how to advocate for those ideas, and how adults and kids alike can learn to be original.

  • “Writing My Wrongs” by Shaka Senghor

Senghor became an activist and mentor at 38 years old. Years before that, he was serving a 19-year sentence for a murder he committed as a teenager in Detroit.

“Writing My Wrongs” details Senghor’s journey from the drug-infested streets of his youth to a life of meditation and positivity. What begins as a violent look at a community at risk of collapse eventually becomes a story of redemption.

The memoir serves as a point of entry into a broader discussion on America’s mass incarceration epidemic.

  • “Team of Teams” by General Stanley McChrystal

McChrystal’s most well-known accomplishment as the Joint Special Operations Task Force, a position he assumed in 2004 at the outset of the Iraq War, was = rethinking how the US fought Al Qaeda.

His insight, detailed in “Team of Teams,” was that a decentralized terrorist group made up of smaller groups needed a similar opposition. At all levels, the US military needed to be nimble, not big and slow.

McChrystal’s ideas are fodder for any leader or executive looking to stay ahead of the game.

  • “The Gene” by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Genome science can hardly be considered a topic of mainstream interest, but Mukherjee manages to capture its relevance by being what Bill Gates callsa “quadruple threat.”

Mukherjee is a practicing physician, teacher, researcher, and author. He seeks to answer big questions concerning our personalities and what makes us, us.

“The Gene” chronicles the history of how scientists came to be enamored with human genes and what the latest research tells us about our species’ genetic future.

  • “Hillbilly Elegy” by JD Vance

Vance, now a successful venture capitalist, grew up poor in the hills of the Appalachia.

“Hillbilly Elegy” is his account of life during that time — dark moments, times of joy, and Vance’s perspective on the culture that pervades life in America’s forgotten, towns.

The book has become a favorite since its release shortly after the election of Donald Trump as president, as it reflects on many of the sentiments rural voters had leading up to casting their vote.

  • “Endurance” by Alfred Lansing

Explorer Ernest Shackleton made a name for himself in the early 20th century by surviving a treacherous journey to Antarctica.

In “Endurance,” Alfred Lansing charts Shackleton’s August 1914 mission, including the many near-death experiences the explorer and his 27-man crew faced along the way.

The voyage spanned 850 miles through the South Atlantic’s roughest waters, almost killing everyone involved. The crew’s only hope was a small lifeboat and the trust they would end up at their intended target: a tiny island in a vast sea of nothingness.

  • “The Industries of the Future” by Alec Ross

As the former Senior Advisor for Innovation to Hillary Clinton (when she was Secretary of State), Alec Ross has some ideas about what 2026 will look like.

In “The Industries of the Future,” Ross delves deep into that 10-year vision. Robotic automation, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and renewable energy are just some of the fields that will come to define the 2020s, he writes.

The book also proposes some ideas for dealing with that future and its consequences.

  • “Delivering Happiness” by Tony Hsieh

Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos, has gained a reputation for being forward-thinking with his approach to hiring employees and running his online shoe store.

In “Delivering Happiness,” he meditates on some of the more successful policies he’s put into place, and discusses the psychological research that underpins much of what he does. New employees, for instance, are offered $2,000 to quit on the spot — a clever technique to weed out people who don’t want to be there.

Zappos may sell shoes, but Hsieh emphasizes the principles apply no matter what you put up for sale.

  • “Conscious Business” by Fred Kofman

LinkedIn vice president and self-described philosopher Fred Kofman outlines the many ways companies can find success in both employee morale, community-building, and, of course, business.

Kofman points to nearly a dozen factors that make companies soar or tank. Many of them have to do with treating people as dignified human beings who want to communicate openly and make bosses proud.

“Conscious Business” argues for a more mindful, collaborative approach to conquering the market.


Yüzeyselliğin hüküm sürdüğü, paçozluğun damgasını vurduğu çağımızda, ‘etrafta konuşacak insan bulamıyorum’ diye dert yanan insanların sayısı sürekli artar. İlişki danışmanı olarak karşımıza Seren Serengil çıkar. ‘Tatil için yaşıyoruz’ düşüncesini doğal sanan beyaz yakalı, İbiza’daki köpük partilerine katıldığını göstermek için yıl boyunca çalışır, bir yılda taksitle öder.

Alev Alatlı’ya göre ‘paçozluk’ Türkiye‘de giderek yerleşen bir durum. (Yazar paçozluk kavramını Dostoyevski’nin ‘Puşlost’ una benzetir. Ayrıca Erdoğan’ a ‘George Orwell sizi ayakta alkışlardı’ diye seslenerek, bu kavrama yönelik en güçlü örneği yine kendi vermiştir)

Kapitalizm, dehasını konuşturarak insanlarda ‘sanal ihtiyaçlar’ yaratır. Böylece avmler, satın almaz ise yaşayamayacakmış gibi hisseden insanlar ile dolar. Sistem, tüketmeden duramayan, tükettikçe yaşadığını sanan ancak bir türlü mutlu olamayan ‘tüketim toplumunu’ yaratır. Bu düzende susayan insanın önüne tuzlu su konulur, içtikçe susar.

İşte tam da bu noktada paçozlaşma süreci kendini gösterir. Tüketim toplumunda, çarkların sürekliliği için bu eblehleşme olmazsa olmaz yaşanması gereken bir süreçtir.

Paçozlaşan insanları, belki de en belirgin ‘gece hayatında’ görebiliriz. Masa tutup, göstermelik şişe açan, dans etmeden etrafını kesen yeni model ‘delikanlılar’ ya da ‘antropoz bayımlar’ bu paçozluk sürecinin güçlü temsilcileridir.


Last year, the new Microsoft Academic service was launched. Sven E. Hug and Martin P. Brändle look at how it compares with more established competitors such as Google Scholar, Scopus, and Web of Science. While there are reservations about the availability of instructions for novice users, Microsoft Academic has impressive semantic search functionality, broad coverage, structured and rich metadata, and solid citation analysis features. Moreover, accessing raw data is relatively cheap. Given these benefits and its fast pace of development, Microsoft Academic is on the verge of becoming a bibliometric superpower.

In 2016, Microsoft released a new academic search engine. This happened quietly, as if the company was afraid of embarrassing itself again, as it did years ago in its loss to Google Scholar in the search engine race. However, there is absolutely no need to hide the new database, Microsoft Academic, since it has the potential to outduel Google Scholar, Web of Science, and Scopus. In fact, with 168 million records as of early 2017, the database has already outstripped Web of Science (59 million records) and Scopus (66 million records) in terms of coverage. Nothing can be reliably said with regard to Google Scholar, as its size has not been declared (estimations range from 160-200 million records). To access the new database, one can use the Microsoft Academic search interface or the Academic Knowledge API.

Search less, research more?

First trials show that the search interface of Microsoft Academic returns relatively few but very accurate results. This is due to its semantic search engine, which leverages entities associated with a paper (e.g. fields of study, journal, author, affiliation). In contrast, most other scholarly databases rely on search terms, which are also employed by Microsoft Academic but only if semantic search fails. Much like library databases, Microsoft Academic offers a range of filtering and sorting options to refine search results. This is very convenient and a plus compared to Google Scholar, which provides only very limited refinement options.

However, the search interface in its current stage is not without pitfalls and drawbacks. Above all, tutorials or instructions are virtually missing, leaving any first-time user puzzled. For example, who would have guessed that the small symbols showing up in the search slot represent the entities that constitute the database (e.g. a laboratory flask for “field of study”)? And who would have known that natural language queries such as “papers about bibliometrics after 1977 citing Eugene Garfield” can be performed? Also, one has to be aware that queries need a bit of patience and can be choppy at times, as it takes the engine a while to suggest supplementary search terms and to eventually display the results.

Microsoft recognises that semantic query is still not popular and that users need time to adapt. Hence, the new database may not yet live up to its slogan: “research more, search less”. However, Microsoft Academic is being developed at a relentless pace. Just recently, a social networking site for academics has been integrated. Hopefully, the performance of and the instructions for the search interface will be further improved soon.

Beyond searching: citation analysis

To fully tap the wealth of Microsoft Academic, one has to employ the Academic Knowledge API, which comes at relatively low cost ($0.25 per 1,000 queries). We have examined the API from the perspective of bibliometrics (i.e. the quantitative study of scholarly communication) and found that the metadata is structured and rich and can easily be retrieved, handled, and processed. The API allows retrieving aggregated citation counts and frequency distributions of citations. These features enable the calculation of a wide range of indicators and are a major advantage of Microsoft Academic over Google Scholar. First studies have shown that citation analyses with Microsoft Academic, Scopus, and Web of Science yield similar results with respect to the h-index, average-based and distribution-based indicators, and rank correlations of citation counts.

However, there are some limitations regarding the available metadata. First, the database does not provide the document type of a publication, which is often used for normalising indicators. Second, the fields of study – there are more than 50,000 of them! – cannot readily be employed for bibliometric analyses as they represent the semantics of a paper rather than traditional research fields.

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Despite 20 years of focus on improving university retention rates, we are still losing one in five of our first-year students.

And the release of a new report by TEQSA again reminds us of the challenges of retention.

The report highlights that, on average, universities have a 20% attrition rate. This builds on an article by The Australian earlier this year which showed that one in three university students failed to complete the course they began within six years of enrolling.

First year challenges

The challenges that first-year university students face in their journey are many: from adjusting to new expectations and environments, lack of university support in assisting with this transition, managing different work-life balance issues, being overwhelmed, and of course, costs.

Many of these issues are particularly significant for first-in-family students who often lack role models or social capital to adjust to expectations and unexpected challenges they confront.

This is not a unique Australian challenge, and is confronting higher education institutes worldwide.

New report by TEQSA

Posted by: bluesyemre | June 23, 2017

How to write a killer #ConferenceAbstract by Helen Kara


Image credit: allanfernancato (Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain)

Helen Kara responds to our previously published guide to writing abstracts and elaborates specifically on the differences for conference abstracts. She offers tips for writing an enticing abstract for conference organisers and an engaging conference presentation. Written grammar is different from spoken grammar. Remember that conference organisers are trying to create as interesting and stimulating an event as they can, and variety is crucial.

The Impact blog has an ‘essential ‘how-to’ guide to writing good abstracts’. While this post makes some excellent points, its title and first sentence don’t differentiate between article and conference abstracts. The standfirst talks about article abstracts, but then the first sentence is, ‘Abstracts tend to be rather casually written, perhaps at the beginning of writing when authors don’t yet really know what they want to say, or perhaps as a rushed afterthought just before submission to a journal or a conference.’ This, coming so soon after the title, gives the impression that the post is about both article and conference abstracts.

I think there are some fundamental differences between the two. For example:

  • Article abstracts are presented to journal editors along with the article concerned. Conference abstracts are presented alone to conference organisers. This means that journal editors or peer reviewers can say e.g. ‘great article but the abstract needs work’, while a poor abstract submitted to a conference organiser is very unlikely to be accepted.
  • Articles are typically 4,000-8,000 words long. Conference presentation slots usually allow 20 minutes so, given that – for good listening comprehension – presenters should speak at around 125 words per minute, a conference presentation should be around 2,500 words long.
  • Articles are written to be read from the page, while conference presentations are presented in person. Written grammar is different from spoken grammar, and there is nothing so tedious for a conference audience than the old-skool approach of reading your written presentation from the page. Fewer people do this now – but still, too many. It’s unethical to bore people! You need to engage your audience, and conference organisers will like to know how you intend to hold their interest.


Eskiden “Adamlar yapmış abi” diyerek gezilirdi öyle şehirler. Şimdi takdirimin basmakalıp özeti, “Adamlar yıkmamış abi” oluyor.

Çünkü bizde yıkmak vaka-i adliyeden, hatta neredeyse vaka-i hayriyeden bir iş.

İşte, Ulus’taki 80 yıllık İller Bankası da yıkıldı.

Az arkasına tıpkısının aynısıyapılacakmış.

Yani, aslını, hakikisini yıktık, imitasyonuyla idare edin…

Tarihin, tarihi binanın tıpkısının aynısı… Aklımdan Las Vegas’taki çakma Eyfel Kulesi, Mısır Piramitleri de geçiyor, çoluk çocuğun oyuncak tüfeklerle yerde debelendiği bazı temsili kurtuluş törenleri de…

İller Bankası binası dinozor mudur da, polyesterini yapıp oraya koyasınız.

Posted by: bluesyemre | June 23, 2017

Breakdancing Zola #gorilla enjoys pool behind-the-scenes

Watch Zola gorilla demonstrate play behaviors as he splashes and dances during a swimming pool enrichment session behind-the-scenes.

Catch a sneak peak of Zola showing off his dance moves in a behind-the-scenes video shot by Primate Supervisor Ashley Orr. You may remember Zola when he was a youngster from the viral video of him breakdancing at The Calgary Zoo, but there’s a lot more to this behavior than you may think.

Enrichment helps enhance the environment and lives of animals, like Zola, by providing them with mental and physical stimulation to increase natural behaviors. Enrichment can take many forms, but for this spunky great ape, it means playing and spinning in his favorite blue pool!



Prof. Dr. İlker Hüseyin Çarıkçı… Isparta-SüleymanDemirel Üniversitesi Rektörü.
Üniversiteyi birlikte gezdik.
8 milyon metrekarelik bir arazi… Dev bir kampus… 20 fakülte… 21 yüksekokul… 1 konservatuar… 5enstitü… “Gez gez bitmez.”
Üniversitede en çok Kütüphaneyi” sevdik.
160 bin “Basılı kitap.”
200 bin “Elektronik kitap.”
Kütüphane “24 saat” açık.
Akşam… “Çorba servisi” var… Gece yine “Çorba servisi.” Ücret mi dediniz?.. Bedava… Üniversitenin jesti.
Evet biz beğendik… Ve gördük ki… “Öğrencilerin de en çok sevdikleri yer” kütüphane… Tıklım tıklım.

Posted by: bluesyemre | June 22, 2017

The Battle for the Future of #Learning


The present is the enemy of the future.

Predicting the future is tough – not because it is hard to describe progress, but because convention battles progress and the outcome is rarely certain: it was decades before the Theory of Evolution became widely accepted and today there are still people who have yet to do so. For the same reason Gibson remarked “the future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed” (if by future we mean ‘progress’).

So the future is uncertain: it represents the outcome of a struggle between regressive, conventional forces and progressive, unconventional ones. Rather than taking a stab at the future of learning, I’d like to describe some of these regressive and progressive forces so we can each imagine how the battle for the future might play out…


Bookshops Back in Black

As reported by The Guardian, sales of e-books in the UK declined by 4% in 2016. By contrast, sales in bookshops rose by 7%. To get specific, 2015 saw sales of £563 million for e-books, and £2.74 billion for print books; the following year, there were sales of £554 million for e-books, and £2.76 billion for print books.

Not only are e-books sales already swamped by print sales, but the division between the two appears to be steadily growing. The knock-on effect this has had on the publishing and bookselling industry is already apparent; in 2016, UK chain Waterstones returned to profit after six years of losses.



The Computational Propaganda Research Project at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, has researched the use of social media for public opinion manipulation. The team involved 12 researchers across nine countries who, altogether, interviewed 65 experts, analyzed tens of millions posts on seven different social media platforms during scores of elections, political crises, and national security incidents. Each case study analyzes qualitative, quantitative, and computational evidence collected between 2015 and 2017 from Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Poland, Taiwan, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States.

The reports can be found at the following links:

Facebook and Twitter are being used to manipulate public opinion – report


1. Ulusal Dini Araştırmalar Veritabanı Online olarak internet üzerinde verecek şekilde geliştirilecektir.
2. Ulusal Dini Araştırmalar Veritabanı, İndekse dahil edilen dergiler hakkında bilgi verecek, dergilerin sayılarına ve sayılarda yer alan makalelere bibloyografik verileri ile birlikte tam metin erişim sağlayacak atıf bir indeks olarak kurgulanacaktır. Bu sayede yazar ve makaleler için yıllara göre değişkenlik gösteren etki faktörü sonucunu da içerecektir.
3. Internet kullanıcıları, online olarak hizmet verecek uygulama üzerinde basit ve gelişmiş arama gerçekleştirebilecek, arama sonuçlarını listeleyebilecek, arama sonuçlarından seçtikleri sonuçları bilgisayarına download edebilecek ya da kendisine e-posta ile iletilmesini sağlayacaktır.

Posted by: bluesyemre | June 22, 2017

How to be a good team #leader (#Leadership)


A little food for thought… A group of wolves

The three in front are old & sick, they walk in front to set the pace of the running group lest they get left behind.

The next five are the strongest & best, they are tasked to protect the front side if there is an attack.

The pack in the middle are always protected from any attack.

The five behind them are also among the strongest & best; they are tasked to protect the back side if there is an attack.

The last one is the LEADER. He ensures that no one is left behind. He keeps the pack unified and on the same path. He is always ready to run in any direction to protect & serves as the ‘bodyguard’ to the entire group. Just in case anyone wanted to know what it really means to be a leader. It’s not about being out front. It means taking care of the team.

Posted by: bluesyemre | June 22, 2017

The World’s #Greenhouse #Gas #Emissions


Posted by: bluesyemre | June 22, 2017

Want to live longer? #Read a #book


Could a bit of light reading every day add years to your life?

A new study by Yale University found that reading books was positively correlated with increased lifespan — people who read books lived for around two years longer than those who didn’t.


Adding a few more pages

In the study, published in the journal Social Science and Medicine, researchers evaluated data on 3,635 Americans aged over 50. Respondents were separated into those who read for 3.5 hours or more a week, those who read for up to 3.5 hours a week, and those who didn’t read at all, controlling for factors such as gender, race and education.


The National Library of Ireland officially accepted the donation of a painting by Danish artist Claus Havemann at a special event in the library on Tuesday.

The work, titled Irish Eyes, takes the form of a rectangular grid featuring the eyes of 12 of Ireland’s most famous writers and poets, from Seamus Heaney and James Joyce to Edna O’Brien (the only living subject). Havemann, who has been coming to Ireland for 40 years, spends six months each year on Sherkin Island. Last year, he donated another “eyes” picture, of nine leaders of the 1916 Rising, which now hangs in Richmond Barracks.

Painting of eyes of Irish writers and poets donated to National Library of Ireland



Montana State University is a world-class research university tucked into a small mountain town just North of Yellowstone National Park. Home to both the rugged outdoors and exciting cultural activities downtown, Bozeman has something for everyone. The university is a mid-sized doctoral granting institution with a rich research enterprise, and the library is dedicated to repository innovation. OR2018 on the campus of Montana State University will be an invigorating educational meeting in the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains.

The annual Open Repositories Conference brings together users and developers of open digital repository platforms from higher education, government, galleries, libraries, archives and museums. The Conference provides an interactive forum for delegates from around the world to come together and explore the global challenges and opportunities facing libraries and the broader scholarly information landscape.



Posted by: bluesyemre | June 21, 2017

The Hidden Treasures in Italian #Libraries by David Laskin


In Florence, Rome and beyond, these buildings are a feast not only for book lovers, but for art and architecture enthusiasts as well.

In the madness of late spring at San Marco Square in Venice, amid the hordes pouring in from land and sea, hard by the hissing espresso machines and sizzling panini presses of overpriced cafes, I found the still point of the turning world.

I found it in the library.

It was 10 in the morning and I was standing, alone and enthralled, on the second floor balcony of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana. Across the Piazzetta rose the Doge’s Palace. At my feet, tourist insanity. At my back, an immense, hushed, empty reading room designed by Jacopo Sansovino and decorated by Titian and Veronese.

Why go to the library in Italy when all around you there is fantastic art, exalted architecture, deep history and intense passionate people? Because, as I discovered in the course of a rushed but illuminating week dashing from Venice to Rome, Florence and Milan, the country’s historic libraries contain all of those without the crowds.

Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana

Biblioteca Vallicelliana

Biblioteca Ambrosiana

Biblioteca Casanatense

Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana

Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana



Posted by: bluesyemre | June 21, 2017

#Library destruction (Mr Bean)

Mr Bean carefully examines an ancient book in the library. Typically it all ends badly with Bean destroying the book by accident. From the director’s cut ‘The Library’.

Posted by: bluesyemre | June 21, 2017

#Bibliotheque Mejanes (Aix-en-Provence, France)


In case any passersby were curious what awaited them inside the Bibliotheque Mejanes, the three colossal books that make up the library’s facade should help take some of the mystery out of it.

The Bibliotheque Mejanes was originally founded in 1810 and was located in the town hall of the provincial city of Aix. Since 1989 it has formed part of the Cite du Livre complex built into a former match factory. Incorporating a number of research institutes, as well as fulfilling the function of a public library, its most striking aspect is its architectural frontage, which takes the form of three giant-sized books: Albert Camus’s L’Etranger (The Outsider), Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s Little Prince, and the writings of Moliere. There may be no library in the world that caters to BIG readers quite so directly.


Have you ever come a Librarian who says these things? If you do, you must live in a strange alternate universe.

Invercargill City Libraries & Archives


Adele may have headlined Glastonbury and filled arenas across the globe in a worldwide tour that climaxes next month with four sold-out dates at Wembley Stadium, but 10 years ago she was playing a gig in a library in Lancaster for an audience of 175. “You can check out the show online,” says Stewart Parsons. “I am so relieved we filmed that!”

Parsons, a librarian with more than 30 years of experience, started the Get it Loud in Libraries scheme 10 years ago to introduce new people to libraries by turning them into live music venues for special concerts. Over the last decade, 36,108 people have attended 279 shows put on by acts including alt-J, Florence + The Machine, Imelda May, British Sea Power, Plan B and, of course, everyone’s favourite balladeer, Adele, whose fee that evening in Lancaster was £50.

“She was grateful for the opportunity,” recalls Parsons. “She told me that on Myspace.

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