Archive for 25.10.2011

What digital natives want from their library

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Celebrating the Open Access Week

These links will be useful for celebrating the Open Access Week. DOAJ (http://www.doaj.org/) is now over 7,000 journals, and still adding more than 4 titles per day. The Electronic Journals Library (http://rzblx1.uni-regensburg.de/ezeit/index.phtml?bibid=AAAAA&colors=7&lang=en) now lists more than 30,000 titles that are freely available. OpenDOAR (http://www.opendoar.org/) now lists more than 2,000 repositories, and the BASE (http://base.ub.uni-bielefeld.de/en/index.php) search engine searches more than 31 million documents in repositories. ROARMAP (http://roarmap.eprints.org/) now lists a total of 300 open access mandate policies.

Source: http://poeticeconomics.blogspot.com/2011/09/dramatic-growth-of-open-access.html

More about the Open Access week: http://libinnovate.wordpress.com/ (October 20, 2011)

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Science.gov services

Science.gov (http://www.science.gov/index.html) was launched in December 2002. It searches over 50 databases and over 2100 selected websites from 14 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information (http://www.science.gov/searchdbs.html) including research and development results. Science.gov is governed by the interagency Science.gov Alliance (http://www.science.gov/participatingagencies.html). While this isn’t a site designed for kids, their “Resources for Kids, Parents and Teachers” section offers a large alphabetical list of sites covering every topic from agriculture to weather.

Read more: Where Can I Find Science Facts for Kids? | eHow.comhttp://www.ehow.com/info_7970294_can-science-kids.html#ixzz1bmiMxo6L

This resource will be useful not just for Window on America centers, but for all academic and research libraries.

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security launches “Study in the States” website

On September 16, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton announced the launch of the new Study in the States website, which aims at ” [streamlining] the international student visa process for foreign students seeking to study in the United States,” according to the DHS website.


“The Study in the States initiative is a key component of a government-wide effort to encourage the best and brightest foreign students to study and remain in the U.S.” and “builds upon other new policies that embrace talented students from other countries, who enrich the nation by working in science and technology jobs and fueling innovation in their chosen fields here in the United States”, the DHS website explains.


The initiative aims at examining regulatory changes and providing current and prospective students with relevant and updated information about visa requirements in a streamlined and user-friendly format. The website features dynamic and interactive content (including an individualized Road Map to Success to help students navigate the steps of the student visa process), and links to social media websites, videos, success stories, and news and public service announcements.


Announcing the Study in the States initiative, Secretary Napolitano said:


                “Attracting the best and brightest international talent to our colleges and universities is an      important part of our nation’s economic, scientific and technological innovation and        competitiveness. Foreign students and exchange visitors bring invaluable contributions to our     nation, and the Study in the States initiative is an important step in empowering the next   generation of international entrepreneurs, right here in America.”


ICE Director Morton added:


                “Study in the States encourages international students who seek the wealth of educational      opportunities available in the U.S. to remain here following their studies and apply their new              skills here in our country. We aim to strike a balance – providing an open and welcoming                 experience for international students and visitors seeking information, while maintaining the        integrity and security of our visa process.”

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Mathematics in Movies

Mathematics in Movieshttp://www.math.harvard.edu/~knill/mathmovies/index.html is a website developed by Oliver Knill, a Harvard Mathematics professor.

Mathematics in Movies is a collection of video clips from popular movies and television shows in which references to mathematics are made.


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Window on America Centers at the conference on English Language Education

On October 6, 2011, Kyiv IRC ran a session on Window on America (American Corners) Program at the U.S. Government Interagency Conference on English Language Education held in Kyiv. ECA’s American Corner Liaison Peter Samson briefed the participants on the American Corners program worldwide. A dozen of conference participants received information on Window on America centers network in Ukraine, their programs and resources to support English learning and English teaching in different regions of Ukraine. Window on America heads from Ivano-Frankivsk, Rivne and Vinnytsia provided presentations on their activities. This session was useful for increasing communication, coordination, cooperation and collaboration among stakeholders involved in English language education in Ukraine.

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On Friday, September 30, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. marking All-Ukrainian Library Day and the 155th anniversary of the Library, Coordinator Dawn McCall and Mayor of Kerch Mr.Osadchy opened the new Window on America Center (WOA) in Kerch. Read more: http://ukraine.usembassy.gov/mccall-kerch.html


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On September 14-17, 2011, Kyiv IRC conducted a conference “Electronic Books and Resources: Challenges and Possibilities for Libraries” for 58 Window on America (WOA) Heads and Library Directors in Lviv. This conference was an integral part of the International Book Fair “Lviv Book Forum.” The conference’s mission was twofold: to reinforce the importance of partnerships, and to encourage and disseminate new technology – iPads and Kindles. The Window on America conference helped Ukrainian librarians embrace strategic visions for the 21st century library and to discuss best practices from the U.S., given the rapidly evolving field of digital media. The partners participated in this conference included Peace Corps Volunteers and staff, a speaker from the Library of Congress, the Regional English Language Officer, American Councils and Education USA representative, a Washington DC representative of the Office of Innovative Engagement and an Information Resource Officer from Warsaw.

Pictures see at:  http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150302251531936.333070.43732151935&type=1


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