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IDG Connect – Dan Swinhoe (Global) - Growth of Professional Jobs in Emerging Markets

IDG Connect – Dan Swinhoe (Global) - Growth of Professional Jobs in Emerging Markets | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Where have all the professional jobs gone? To Africa it seems, and other emerging markets. Dan Swinhoe investigates.
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Includes - Antal International's employment survey

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Assessing Campus Libraries

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Students are satisfied overall with the role academic libraries play in their lives, but more than a third of them do not see the libraries as crucial to their academic success, according to a new survey.

 

The study, conducted by Library Journal, gathered data from 2,516 students at four- and two-year colleges about their opinions and habits in relation to their campus libraries and online library portals.

In many respects libraries fared well.

 

The survey found that more than half (55 percent) of students typically find what they are looking for on a typical visit to either libraries or library portals.

 

“Of notable concern is the decrease in assurance that the academic library helps students understand what is being learned in class and offers unique support,” write the authors of the report, which is not freely available.

 

Read more:  http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/11/30/survey-suggests-students-feel-satisfied-not-escstatic-about-library-services

 


Via Fe Angela M. Verzosa
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libraries - best practice, comparative

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Bring back shushing librarians

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Library users plead for quiet places to read, write and study — but is anybody listening?

 

Librarians hate to be depicted as bun- and glasses-wearing shushers, hellbent on silencing any and all noisy activities within their sacred domain. Fair enough: Librarians are highly skilled, well-educated and socially aware as a rule, and should not be reduced to a cultural stereotype.  Nevertheless, there’s a lot to be said for that shushing.

 

A recent survey by the Pew Research Center, “Library Services in the Digital Age,” polled a nationally representative sample of what people really want from their libraries.

 

“Quiet study spaces for adults and children” is considered to be a very important element by 76 percent of the population, only one percentage point less than the value given to computer and Internet access. A relatively silent place to read is almost exactly as valuable to these people as the Internet!

 

Almost nine in ten blacks (89%) and Hispanics (86%) consider libraries’ quiet study spaces to be “very important” to the community, making them significantly more than whites (71%) to say this. Additionally, women (81%) are more likely than men (70%) to consider this resource “very important,” as are Americans who have not graduated from college (78%) compared with college graduates (69%). Adults ages 50-64 are also somewhat more likely than other age groups to consider quiet study spaces “very important,” although Americans under the age of 50 are most likely to consider these areas important overall.

 

Those living in urban areas (81%) are also significantly more likely than those living in suburban (73%) or rural (73%) communities to say quiet study spaces are “very important.”

 

According to the Pew study, quiet matters more to library patrons than special programs for kids or job-search resources or access to fancy databases or classes and events or spaces for public meetings. It matters more to them than the ability to check out e-books or engage in “more interactive learning experiences” — areas that many library experts seem to regard as top priorities for the libraries of the future.  More here:  http://www.salon.com/2013/01/31/bring_back_shushing_librarians/

 

You can read more (and download) about the study here:

http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2013/01/22/part-4-what-people-want-from-their-libraries/

 


Via Fe Angela M. Verzosa
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bring back 'shusshing" in libraries!!

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