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I once got a press release about a “landmark” study showing cranberry juice could cut the risk of urinary tract infections.

This study piqued my interest. All the credible research I’d seen on cranberry juice and UTIs suggested the sweet stuff had little or no effect. So was this new study really a game changer?

When I looked at the paper a little more closely, I found out it wasn’t just funded by Ocean Spray, one of the world’s leading makers of cranberry juice; it was also co-authored by Ocean Spray staff scientists. The company was involved in nearly every step of the scientific process, even helping to write the paper. Upon closer scrutiny, it became clear that the study authors made a bunch of small decisions that helped ensure the “amazing” results that conveniently favored guzzling more of the company’s product.

This example doesn’t come in isolation. Industry is a big funder of research, and companies don’t shell out money for science out of the kindness of their hearts. They do it to ensure their products get a scientific stamp of approval.

There’s another big problem: It can be really hard to figure out if a study has been influenced by industry. Conflict of interest information is often buried deep at the end of an article, just before the list of citations.

Now that’s about to change: PubMed — a powerful taxpayer-funded search engine for medical study abstracts that doctors, patients, and the media rely on — just started displaying conflict of interest data up front. New information about funding sources and potential conflicts will now appear right below study abstracts, which means readers don’t have even to open a journal article to be made aware of any possible industry influence over studies.

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Posted by: bluesyemre | April 21, 2017

PhotoScan by Google


PhotoScan lets you save digital copies of your printed photos in just a few taps. Since we launched the app in November, you’ve all scanned a lot of photos—almost 50 million in fact! Today we’re making a few updates to ensure these moments—once trapped in a photo album in your attic—are even easier to scan and share, so you can take them with you wherever you go.

PhotoScan already removes glare from scanned photos, making the process of preserving your printed memories less complicated. Yet sometimes, the lighting is just right, and there’s no glare present. For those moments, you can now turn off glare removal and scan in one step. You’ll get a quick, high-quality result with all the benefits of PhotoScan—like cropping, edge detection, image straightening, and rotating to the correct orientation.

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 21, 2017

#African #Film Database


The African Film Database is a new platform, developed by the Africa in Motion Film Festival, providing anyone with an interest in African cinema with the ability to search through a catalogue of over 1,500 films. Since the inception of the festival in 2006 Africa in Motion has collated submissions and information on films, now presented in this database which we believe is one of the most extensive collections of African films. The database provides user-friendly search functions – searches can be undertaken by title, country, language, director, year, genre or theme, for example, Nollywood, Bongo films, animation, comedy, youth films, etc. Where available, film entries include contact information, thus enabling researchers, cinema programmers, festival curators and others to contact filmmakers or distributors to request access to a specific title. Please note that Africa in Motion does not hold the rights to these films, as such we cannot provide screeners of films or give permission for films to be screened in public or private. We believe that this public archive of African cinema is providing an invaluable resource as a centralised place to search for and locate African films.

Africa in Motion is an audience-based festival founded in 2006, taking place annually in Scotland. The main aims of the festival have been, since its inception, to introduce Scottish audiences to the brilliance of African cinema and to overcome the under-representation and marginalisation of African film in British film-going culture. We believe that the best way to learn about Africa is to listen to African voices and to view representations created by African themselves, as these often counter the stereotypical representations we see from Africa in mainstream media in the West. But our main reason for screening the films is because we believe they are great films which should be seen the world over. For more information on the festival please see:

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 21, 2017

Anarchy in the #academy: why create an academic poster?


Conventional academic research communication is formulated in sentences and paragraphs, charts and graphs, chapters or papers. PhD students are required to do a lot of reading and writing; obsessing over chapter and thesis structure, often becoming lost in multi-clausal sentences. For Sarah Foxen, the academic poster is a form of knowledge communication which explodes the boundary walls of academic convention, opening up a space for alternative forms of expression. Creating an academic poster can enable you to see your research differently, to think about colour and composition, and realise the power and value of alternative mediums of academic expression.

Academia is an institution predicated on convention. The choreography of our words, actions and – dare I say it – “outputs” is implicitly shaped by the historical establishment. As well, of course, as by contemporary agendas: the need to publish; to be measurable; impactful; REFable. Typically, we operate in sentences and paragraphs, charts and graphs, chapters, or papers. Images are often secondary, whilst for some they are a seemingly unaffordable luxury.

The academic poster is a form of knowledge communication which explodes the boundary walls of academic convention, opening up a space for alternative forms of expression. Prose is often ousted, or at least demoted, as shapes and forms, space and image shoulder the semiotic load.

The academic poster is an act of liberation – perhaps even peaceful protest. Not only for the researcher, but for his or her research. In our thesis we all tell the story of our research, except it’s not the story; it is merely story: the tale we choose to tell as we navigate our way along the doctoral path: through supervision meetings, conferences convening colleagues, and chapter revisions, towards the Mecca to which all PhD students are directed: the successful viva. Subverting the linear constraints of the thesis, the academic poster provides a stage upon which an alternative research narrative may unfold.


Uzun yıllar Boğaziçi Üniversitesi’nde ders veren, ‘’Evliyâ Çelebi’nin İstanbulu”, “Osmanlı Sarayı”, “İstanbul’un Bizans Anıtları”, “Cem Sultan”, “Işık Doğu’dan Yükselir”, “Galata, Pera, Beyoğlu: Bir Biyografi” gibi Osmanlı ve İstanbul tarihiyle ilgili araştırma kitaplarıyla tanınan fizik profesörü John Freely’yi 20 Nisan 2017 tarihinde yitirdik.

1972’de yayınlanan ilk kitabı ‘’Strolling Through Istanbul: A Guide to The City’’ (İstanbul’u Gezmek İsteyenler İçin Bir Şehir Rehberi) bugün bile İstanbul üzerine yazılmış en kapsamlı eserlerden biri olarak kabul edilen John Freely, bir süredir yurtdışında tedavi görüyordu.

Freely’nin çoğu Osmanlı tarihi ve İstanbul üzerine, birçok dile de çevrilmiş 50’den fazla kitabı bulunuyor.

Kaybından derin üzüntü duyduğumuz John Freely’nin anısına, kendisiyle Boğaziçi’nden Haberler için 2015 yılının Mart ayında yaptığımız son söyleşiyi yeniden yayınlıyoruz:

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 21, 2017

#Periodicals Price Survey 2017


The shifts to online and OA continue apace, but neither is causing a sea change in pricing

The shift to digital delivery of serials content has had a profound effect on the information ecosystem. Powerful discovery and social networking tools expose users to an incredibly rich world of commercially produced and open access (OA) content. Most publishers have explored new ways of pricing their content—such as population served, FTE (full-time equivalent), tiered pricing based upon Carnegie classification, or other defining criteria—or the database model, which treats all content within an e-journal package as a database, eliminating the need for title by title reconciliation. However, in the end, the pricing conversation always seems to circle back to the revenue generated by the annual subscription model.


The U.S. economy continued to expand but at a slower pace in 2016. According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) increased 1.6% in 2016 after a 2.6% increase in 2015. State expenditures also reflect this trend. Public sector spending has grown consistently since 2008, yet the growth is not yet sufficient to return to prerecession levels when adjusted for inflation. The rate of state spending growth also slowed in 2016. According to the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), overall state spending has increased from $687 billion in 2008 to $786 billion in 2016. Using the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to calculate inflation, 2016 expenditures fall short of the $794 billion that would be needed just to keep up.

State general fund spending based on enacted budgets is expected to top $809 billion in 2017, but again that will be shy of what would be needed to match 2008 spending when adjusted for inflation. According to the NASBO 2016 Fiscal Survey report, “General fund revenue growth slowed in fiscal 2016, increasing only 1.8% (CPI was 2.5%), with 25 states ending the year with collections below budget forecast. Also, adjusting for inflation, 32 states spent less in FY16 than they did in FY08 before the Great Recession hit.” However, not every sector was equally impacted: K–12 education funding has seen solid growth, with a 5.2% increase in 2015 and a 3.6% increase in 2016. Expenditures in higher education have seen similar growth of around 5% for both 2015 and 2016.

As most libraries are publicly funded, state expenditures are a solid indicator of the economic environment experienced by libraries. Slow growth in public funding is reflected in budgets for higher education and libraries. A 2016 report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities noted that 46 states still spend less per student in higher education than was spent in 2007–08. The report also states, “Overall, funding for public two- and four-year colleges is almost $10 billion below its prerecession level, after adjusting for inflation.” Endowments in higher education are also not showing robust growth, so funding in private institutions is also impacted. The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) reported that the return from endowments was -1.9% in 2016 after a modest increase of 2.4% in 2015.



Türkiye’de çok sayıda kütüphane bulunmasına rağmen kitap okuma oranları oldukça düşük seviyelerde seyrediyor. Konu hakkında Tanış ANKARA’ya açıklamada bulunan Türk Kütüphaneciler Derneği Başkanı Ali Fuat Kartal, “Türkiye’de kitap okuma oranı sadece yüzde 0,01” dedi.

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 21, 2017

The end of #smartphones and TVs is coming #MarkZuckerberg


It’s no secret Mark Zuckerberg is pinning Facebook’s prospects on augmented reality — technology that overlays digital imagery onto the real world, like Snapchat’s signature camera filters. At this year’s F8 conference, taking place this week, Zuckerberg doubled down on the company’s ambitious 10-year master plan, which was first revealed in 2016. According to this timeline, Facebook expects to turn artificial intelligence, ubiquitous internet connectivity, and virtual and augmented reality into viable parts of its business over the next decade.

The Facebook 10-year road map, first revealed in April 2016.Facebook


This graphic shows only international collaboration1 February 2016 to 30 January 2017

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 21, 2017

Congressional Hearings


What is a Congressional Hearing?

A hearing is a meeting or session of a Senate, House, joint, or special committee of Congress, usually open to the public, to obtain information and opinions on proposed legislation, conduct an investigation, or evaluate/oversee the activities of a government department or the implementation of a Federal law. In addition, hearings may also be purely exploratory in nature, providing testimony and data about topics of current interest.

What is Available?

  • govinfo contains contain select House and Senate hearings for the 104th Congress (1995-96) forward. Select hearings for previous congresses are also available. The House and Senate appropriations hearings for fiscal year 1998 are included.
  • Documents are available as text and PDF files. Graphics, including scanned images of camera ready copy are omitted from the text version but are contained in the PDF files.
  • To find hearings not available on govinfo, try visiting the committee’s website.

When are Hearings Available?

Most congressional hearings are published two months to two years after they are held. Hearings are available on govinfo as they become available during each session of Congress.

Not all congressional hearings are available on govinfo. Whether or not a hearing is disseminated on govinfo depends on the committee.

Recent Publications

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Most recent Presidential Materials from the Federal Register and Compilation of Presidential Documents

Congressional Record

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Posted by: bluesyemre | April 21, 2017

Big (Live) – #DannyBryant (#blues #bluesrock)


Danny Bryant (born 26 July 1980) is an English blues guitarist and singer-songwriter.[1] He was born and grew up in Royston, Hertfordshire, England. At the age of 15, he began playing the guitar and became a professional guitar player at the age of 18. Since then he has toured all over the world and appeared on bills alongside a number of notable artists such as Buddy Guy, Carlos Santana, Joe Cocker and Mick Taylor.[2]



How do Canadian teens make decisions when #Sharing Photos?

Building on MediaSmarts’ findings on youth and privacy from our Young Canadians in a Wired World research, our new qualitative study, To Share or Not to Share: How Teens Make Privacy Decisions about Photos on Social Media examines the reasoning that teens apply when sharing photos online.

Knowing how young people understand their information rights is key to digital literacy education. Because the regulatory model that protects young people’s online privacy assumes that they will choose not to post anything that they want kept private, privacy education initiatives typically focus on telling young people not to post personal information online. However, our Young Canadians in a Wired World research suggests that young people do not define privacy as non-disclosure, but instead seek to negotiate an appropriate level of privacy from peers and family members through a set of social norms that govern who sees what. Given this difference, we undertook this study to learn more about how teens perceive and approach privacy online so we can develop digital literacy programs that reflect their perceptions and are responsive to their needs.

For this research we interviewed 18 Canadian youth between the ages 13 and 16 to find out if and how their decisions to post photos are rooted in a desire to manage their reputation, and whether or not they actively consent to the collection and use of their personal information by the corporations that own the photo-sharing platforms that they use. We also mapped their knowledge about data protection principles and asked about any experiences they’d had interacting with corporations to exercise their rights under existing fair information practices, such as being able to access and delete personal information.

Performing for the audience

Everybody says that social media is connect with friends and whatnot, and to a certain extent, sure. But, when everybody goes on it, I feel like they’re always thinking the same thing: gotta look good. (Margaret, female, 15)

To Share or Not to Share: How Teens Make Privacy Decisions about Photos on Social Media

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Posted by: bluesyemre | April 20, 2017

#Wiley #OpenScience Researcher insights (#infographic)


One topic of great interest across academia is the evolution of researcher perceptions of open access publishing and data sharing. In September, this was the focus of the latest in Wiley’s annual surveys of the research community. The 2016 Wiley Open Science Researcher Survey* builds upon our previous surveys on open access and open data to discover trends in research. Despite geographical and subject-level differences among authors, there are underlying commonalities in open science practices. The insights reported by our respondents show a willingness to move forward with open initiatives, but confusion around the best ways to do so.

Open Access

Publishing open access is on the rise, with nearly two thirds of authors indicating that they have published an article in a hybrid or full gold journal, up 8% from 2013.

Survey respondents perceived an increase in requirements from funders and institutions to make versions of their article publicly available, either through gold or green open access.

The most funder requirements for gold open access were reported in the life sciences (12%), whereas funders in the physical sciences reportedly have the most requirements for green open access (52%). In terms of institutional requirements, again, researchers in life and physical sciences reported having the most overall requirements of either gold or green open access (59% and 62% respectively).

58% of authors from the Asia-Pacific region reported funder requirements for open access, the most across the three regions surveyed. This compared to 44% of respondents from the Americas, and 47% from Europe, Middle East and Africa. There was a larger difference across the regions in reported institutional requirements; 66% of authors in Asia-Pacific reported requirements, compared to just 39% in the Americas.

Article Archiving

Archiving of articles has reportedly more than doubled, including deposition in institutional and public repositories, as well as on personal webpages.

44% of researchers report depositing their article in an institutional repository, making these the most common place for archiving work.

‘Institutional requirements’ and ‘dissemination’ are the top reasons why researchers are archiving their articles, with 34% and 29% of respondents citing these factors respectively. The number of authors naming institutional requirements as a reason for archiving has increased markedly, up 24%. In Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia-Pacific, institutional requirements are the leading motive for archiving an article, whereas in the Americas, dissemination is a stronger reason. Regardless of subject area, approximately one-third of all respondents archive due to institutional requirements.

Data Sharing

69% of our researchers have indicated that they have shared data from their research in some way. This represents a 17% increase from our previous study in 2014, where 52% of researchers indicated that they had shared data.**

The most common ways in which researchers reported sharing their data was either at a conference (48%), as supplementary material in a journal (40%), or informally/on request (33%). Only 41% report sharing data formally via any form of data repositories (institutional, discipline-specific, or general-purpose). Just over 20% of researchers say that they have shared data formally via institutional repositories, which represents an increase of 7% over the past two years. These results demonstrate that researchers continue to be unclear on what ‘sharing’ data means in the sense of providing unlimited, appropriately licensed and permanent access to their data and other artefacts.

Other than being required to, the top reasons why our researchers state they share are to ‘increase the impact and visibility of (their) research’, for ‘public benefit’, and ‘transparency and re-use’. Researchers say that the top reasons for not sharing are ‘intellectual property and confidentiality issues’, and concerns over ‘ethics’ and ‘misuse’ of research. These results are largely in line with previous surveys; the exception being ‘ethical concerns’, which is now the second most common reason authors cite for not sharing data.

As Open Science continues to evolve, understanding the perceptions of our researchers in this time of change is just the first step in the right direction as we continually work towards making research more accessible, collaborative, and transparent. To find out how Wiley supports Open Science, visit our Open Science page.


The book Botanical Shakespeare, by historian Gerit Quealy with illustrations by Sumié Hasegawa-Collins, compiles the roughly 175 mentions of plants in Shakespeare’s plays. From Ophelia’s bouquet in Hamlet, brimming with rosemary “for remembrance” and pansies “for thoughts,” to the “root of hemlock digged i’th’ dark” that boils in the witches’ cauldron in Macbeth, William Shakespeare’s plays are lush with botanical references. Out this month from Harper Design, Botanical Shakespeare: An Illustrated Compendium of All the Flowers, Fruits, Herbs, Trees, Seeds, and Grasses Cited by the World’s Greatest Playwright, by Gerit Quealy with illustrations by Sumié Hasegawa-Collins, compiles all of Shakespeare’s floral quotations alongside images of the plants he cites.



Kültür ve Turizm Bakanı Prof. Dr. Nabi Avcı’nın 53.Kütüphane Haftası açılış konuşmasında açıkladığı kütüphanelerin daha uzun süre açık kalması uygulamasının pilot çalışması İstanbul’da başladı. Türk Kütüphaneciler Derneği İstanbul Şubesinin Kütüphane Haftalarında İstanbul Kütüphanelerinde hafta kutlamaları kapsamında İstanbul’da kütüphanelerin daha uzun süre açık kalmasını sağladığı Geceleyin Kütüphane projesi Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığına model oldu. İstanbul’da pilot olarak başlayan uygulamanın başarılı olması halinde tüm Türkiye’ye model olacak.

İstanbul’da pilot olarak başlayan çalışmada hizmet süresi uzayan kütüphaneler ve yeni hizmet saatleri aşağıdaki gibidir.

15 Nisan 2017 tarihinden itibaren;
Beyazıt Devlet Kütüphanesi (Beyazıt)
Orhan Kemal İl Halk Kütüphanesi (Beyazıt)
Semsipaşa İlçe Halk Kütüphanesi (Üsküdar)
saat 08.00 – 22.30 saatleri arası kullanıcılarına hizmet verecek.

Mihrimah Sultan Çocuk Kütüphanesi 08.00 – 20.30 saatleri arası kullanıcılarına hizmet verecek.

2 Mayıs 2017 tarihinden itibaren;
Aziz Berker İlçe Halk Kütüphanesi (Kadıköy) saat 08.00 – 22.30 saatleri arası kullanıcılarına hizmet verecek.
Selimiye Çocuk Kütüphanesi (Üsküdar) 08.00 – 20.30 saatleri arası kullanıcılarına hizmet verecek.

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 20, 2017

The 6 most important #SocialMedia trends of 2017


Social media—once a competitive, dynamic space—has gotten predictable. Facebook added a hundred million users in a quarter? What else is new?

  1. Facebook’s mobile transformation is almost complete
  2. Video, the present and future king
  3. Social isn’t just for millennials anymore
  4. The line between “internet user” and “social network user” has blurred
  5. Average revenue per user is the new focus
  6. Martech dollars are flowing into social

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The world’s 20 safest countries, according to the WEF

  1. Finland – rating: 6.65
  2. UAE – 6.6
  3. Iceland – 6.57
  4. Oman – 6.49
  5. Hong Kong – 6.47
  6. Singapore – 6.45
  7. Norway – 6.41
  8. Switzerland – 6.41
  9. Rwanda – 6.39
  10. Qatar – 6.33
  11. Luxembourg – 6.32
  12. Portugal – 6.32
  13. New Zealand – 6.31
  14. Austria – 6.28
  15. Estonia – 6.26
  16. Sweden – 6.22
  17. Slovenia – 6.2
  18. Spain – 6.16
  19. Netherlands – 6.14
  20. Morocco – 6.14

The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 19, 2017

6 Ways to stop worrying about things you can’t control


1. Determine what you can control.

When you find yourself worrying, take a minute to examine the things you have control over. You can’t prevent a storm from coming but you can prepare for it. You can’t control how someone else behaves, but you can control how you react.

Recognize that sometimes, all you can control is your effort and your attitude. When you put your energy into the things you can control, you’ll be much more effective.

2. Focus on your influence.

You can influence people and circumstances, but you can’t force things to go your way. So while you can give your child the tools he needs to get good grades, you can’t make him get a 4.0 GPA. And while you can plan a good party, you can’t make people have fun.

To have the most influence, focus on changing your behavior. Be a good role model and set healthy boundaries for yourself.

When you have concerns about someone else’s choices, share your opinion, but only share it once. Don’t try to fix people who don’t want to be fixed.

3. Identify your fears.

Ask yourself what you are afraid will happen. Are you predicting a catastrophic outcome? Do you doubt your ability to cope with disappointment?

Usually, the worst case scenario isn’t as tragic as you might envision. There’s a good chance you’re stronger than you think.

But sometimes people are so busying thinking, “I can’t allow my business to fail,” they don’t take the time to ask themselves, “What would I do if my business failed?” Acknowledging that you can handle the worst case scenario can help you put your energy into more productive exercises.

4. Differentiate between ruminating and problem-solving.

Replaying conversations in your head or imagining catastrophic outcomes over and over again isn’t helpful. But solving a problem is.

So ask yourself whether your thinking is productive. If you are actively solving a problem, such as trying to find ways to increase your chances of success, keep working on solutions.

If however, you’re wasting your time ruminating, change the channel in your brain. Acknowledge that your thoughts aren’t productive and get up and go do something for a few minutes to get your brain focused on something more productive.

5. Create a plan to manage your stress.

Exercising, eating healthy, and getting plenty of sleep are just a few key things you need to do to take care of yourself. You have to make time to manage your stress so you can operate more efficiently.

Find healthy stress relievers, like meditation, spending time with friends or engaging in a hobby. Pay attention to your stress level and notice how you cope with distress. Eliminate unhealthy coping skills, like drinking too much or complaining to other people.

6. Develop healthy affirmations.

I have two phrases I use to remind me to either take action or calm down. The first one is, “Make it happen.” Whenever I catch myself saying something like, “I hope I do OK today,” I remind myself, “Make it happen.” It reminds me I’m in control of my actions.

Then, when I find myself thinking about something I have no control over, like “I hope it doesn’t rain on Saturday,” I tell myself, “I can handle it.” Those quick little phrases I have on hand keep me from wasting my time on things I can’t control. I’ll either do what I can to make it happen or deal with the things I have no control over.

Develop a few healthy mantras that will keep you mentally strong. Those sayings will help you combat self-doubt, catastrophic predictions, and endless rumination.

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 19, 2017

#İzmirMarşı – Live from #Anıtkabir 19.05.2015

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 19, 2017

Why you should #read #books you hate

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 19, 2017

How to #Read a Whole Damn #Book Every Week by #KevinNguyen


It may sound difficult, but the secret to reading a book every week is to not be precious about it.

Every year, I read over a hundred books. This means I polish off somewhere between two and three books a week. I’m not saying that to brag (okay, I am), but I really believe that anyone can make time to read. Chances are you wish you read more, since everyone feels this way (except me, I’m amazing). The secret is to not think of reading as a precious thing. If you’re only going to open a book on the off chance you have several hours to kill in a comfy chair with a glass of scotch, it’s only ever going to happen when you have several hours to kill in a comfy chair with a glass of scotch.

Don’t read before bed, read before work

Take advantage of your commute

Read on your phone

If a book sucks, stop reading it

The library! It’s good

Do more than one book at a time

Read during commercial breaks

Keep track of what you read


Geçmiş zamanlarda bana sorduklarında, beyaz yakalı çalışan adayıydım. Üniversite yıllarım plazalarda yarı zamanlı çalışarak geçti, pişman mıyım? Asla! Bana kattığı çok şey oldu, iletişim ağlarını kullanmayı, insanlarla iletişim kurmayı, pazarlama tekniklerini, satış becerilerini, kurumsal yönetimi buralarda öğrendim.

Gelgelelim ki ben aslında Bilgi ve Belge Yönetimi okuyan asıl mesleği kütüphanecilik olacak olan bir öğrenciydim. Kimseler bana kütüphanecilik mesleğini yakıştıramadı, zannettiler ki döpiyes giyen gözlüklü kadınlardan olurdu kütüphaneci. Bu kadınlar örgü örer, dedikodu yapar, günün bilumum her saatinde çay kahve muhabbeti yapardı. Anlattığımda bizim ne yaptığımızı inanmadılar. Artık kütüphane mi kaldı, kendini kandırma dediler.

İnat bu ya, ben de geldim cıvıl cıvıl bir üniversite kütüphanesine kütüphaneci oldum. Bu seferde kim soktu seni devlet kapısına diye dedikodular döndü, KPSS ile atandım dedim yine kimse inanmadı.

Şimdi efendim ben ne mi yapıyorum? Kütüphanecilik yapıyorum. Üniversiteye yeni giren öğrencilere kütüphane kullanımını anlatıyorum. Araştırmacılara katalogladığım kitapları, kolay ulaşılabilir kılıyorum. Sosyal medya ile kütüphanemizi tanıtmaya çalışıyorum. Okulun kütüphanesi apayrı bir birim olarak hizmet vermekte. Kütüphanenin bir işletme olduğunu gösteriyorum. Eğitimler düzenliyorum. Veri tabanı kullanmayı hem öğreniyor hem öğretiyorum. Çeşitli bloglar takip ediyor, Avrupa’da olduğu gibi kitap ve e-kaynakların önemini göstermeye çalışıyorum. Kendimi yetersiz hissettiğim ve dünyadaki tüm gelişmeleri yakından takip edip uygulamaya dökebilmek için günceli yakalamaya çalışıyorum. Öğrenci ve hocaların dilinden anlayıp kişinin ihtiyaçlarına göre hizmet sunuyorum.

Bir üniversitenin kalitesini kütüphanesine bakarak ölçebilirsiniz. Bu yüzden her yıl öğrenciler üniversite seçimlerinden önce kütüphanemizi arıyorlar. Biz kütüphane hizmetlerimizi ne kadar iyileştirirsek kütüphanemizin değeri ile bağlı bulunduğumuz üniversitemizin değeri paralel olarak artıyor aslında. Tabi ilk iyileştirmeyi çalışan kendinde yapmalı, mutlu, güler yüzlü, anlayışlı ve hatta çoğu zaman sabırlı olmalı.

Unutmadan biz kitap satmıyoruz, bilime giden yolda bilgiye erişim hızlılığı sağlıyor, eğitime renk katıyoruz.

Sebahat Pakdoğan Özcan

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