Archive | July, 2009

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Prickly Pears and Pomegranates: Local, Organic and Seasonal Food from the Plains

Posted on 30 July 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

Prickly PearsThe Palmer family has lived on the farm Cranemere, in the middle of the isolated expanse of the Great Karoo, for over a century. On Cranemere, the need to cook in accordance with the seasons has shaped a culinary tradition in which the art of creative improvisation is paramount, and each generation of Palmer women has brought unique elements and influences to today’s Karoo flavours. The recipes in Prickly pears & pomegranates have been garnered from five generations of women in the Palmer family, and the result is that there is something for everyone in this title, from the exotic to the familiar. Find comfort in dishes like guineafowl pie, nostalgia in a farm-style pot-roasted chicken and pleasure in the vibrant colour of a dessert of crushed pomegranate seeds with rose water. Prickly pears & pomegranates is a title about food as it should be: seasonal, simplified and full of flavour. Click here to order the book or for more information…

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Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell

Posted on 30 July 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

Outliers

This is a brilliant new book from the bestselling author of “The Tipping Point” and “Blink”. Why are people successful? For centuries, humankind has grappled with this question, searching for the secret to accomplishing great things. In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an invigorating intellectual journey to show us what makes an extreme overachiever. Click here for more information or to buy the book or audio book …

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Rich Brother Rich Sister

Posted on 30 July 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

Together, then apart, then together again, as a brother and a sister discover the riches of life.

Rich Brother Rich Sister combines the inspirational, true life stories of Robert Kiyosaki and his sister Emi Kiyosaki (Venerable Tenzin Kacho) onto a book that will reaffirm your belief in the power of purpose, the importance of action, and the ability to overcome obstacles in a quest for a rich life.

In 1962, the United States detonated an atomic bomb ten miles off the coast of Christmas Island in the South Pacific. From that moment, two people, born of the same parents into the same household with the same childhood experiences, found themselves on distinctly different paths toward God, money, and happiness. Robert became a world-famous entrepreneur, author, and teacher of all things financial. Emi became a highly devout Buddhist nun, author, and teacher of all things spiritual.

Their lives took them from the Big Island of Hawaii to Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam, to the hippie communes in Haight-Ashbury and to a monastery in India, to private encounters with Dr. R. Buckminster Fuller, to a seat at the foot of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and ultimately back together again. Robert faced death in war, and Emi faced it in the form of cancer. They took risks, made mistakes, learned life’s lessons, and found their own truths. They discovered the peace, the happiness, and the wealth that come through living the lives they were meant to live, the way they were meant to live them. This book will inspire you along your own life’s journey as you search for your own truths, purpose, and the path to wealth – both financial and spiritual – to achieve all the riches of life that were meant for you ¼ and for us all.

Rich Brother Rich Sister

Click here for more information or to buy this book

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UNISA Conference on Reading Promotion and Storytelling for Children

Posted on 29 July 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

Wednesday 19 – Friday 21 August 2009, University of South Africa Main Campus, Pretoria

Presented by the Department of Information Science and the Children’s Literature Research Unit of the Department of Information Science of the University of South Africa 

The conference will address particular issues regarding reading promotion for children and storytelling to children. Although storytelling can also be seen as a means to promote reading, the two issues will be addressed on two consecutive days. Click here for more information…

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July’s Pick of Children’s Books

Posted on 29 July 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

There are amazing treats in store for July! What better way to spend the winter evenings than bundled up with a blanket and sharing the latest heart-warming stories with your children?

For little Pepper tots there are lovely Charlie and Lola (a hit TV series in the UK) stories. The latest Rascal Plays Up story is guaranteed to thrill young and old alike – just look at that ‘innocent’ little dragon wearing dad’s underwear on his head! Old favourites include the antics of Eric Hill’s dog Spot and it is Thomas to the rescue once again. You can also find the Perfect Baby, have a birthday party with Harry and the Dinosaurs, go exploring the airways with Animal Airways or even under the sea with the Tiddler Book. Click here to see the full list…

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The Future is Now: new roles and relationships for academic libraries

Posted on 29 July 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

The University of Johannesburg Library and Information Centre and the Conference Planning Committee are pleased to announce that a conference on the impact of new technologies on the roles and partnerships for academic libraries will take place from 16-18 May 2010 at the University of Johannesburg’s Kingsway Campus, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

Date                                           Venue
16 – 18 May 2010                 University of Johannesburg, Council Chambers
                                                    Kingsway campus, Auckland Park,Johannesburg

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First Call for Papers:

The future is now: new roles and relationships for academic libraries

University of Johannesburg, Library and Information Centre, Johannesburg

16-18 May 2010

The University of Johannesburg Library and Information Centre and the Conference Planning Committee have great pleasure in inviting you to submit a paper for the Conference to be held in Johannesburg at the University of Johannesburg on 17-18 May 2010. We welcome dynamic speakers willing to share their knowledge and experience about the impact of new technologies on the changing roles, partnerships and challenges for academic libraries.

16 May: Registration

17-18 May: Conference

Themes

Within the field of library and information science, the issues of rapidly changing technology and the need to adapt and align services and relationships accordingly, are a constant concern and challenge. Apart from the continued focus on technology, academic librarians are increasingly aware that the needs of their clients are also changing and that they must move from understanding technology to understanding end-user needs and behavior in the context of the technology. Libraries are at a cross road where they need to embrace new technology and at the same time give more attention to clients than to developing their infrastructure. Many of the predictions about the role of technology in academic libraries are coming true – the future is now!

Papers and posters on, but not limited to, the following topics are invited:

1. New models for publishing and the implications for libraries

Alternative publishing and online funding models

National and international collaborative projects

Open Access initiatives

Defining the roles of the library and the publisher

Making the library part of the publishing supply chain

2. Mobile technology and academic libraries

Cool tools and gadgets

Adapting to the needs and expectations of the net generation students, and technology savvy lecturers

Emerging competencies for library staff

Web 2.0 and the road to Web 3.0

Impact of embracing new roles and forging new relationships on the image of the academic library

Customized/personalized services

3. Managing copyright and intellectual property related to the use of new technologies in academic libraries

Intellectual property and economic sustainability/viability

The library’s relationship with and joint ventures between research libraries and publishers

Target audience

Academics, librarians, information scientists, information practitioners, publishers, open access champions, copyright and intellectual property specialists

Deadlines for submission of proposals for posters and papers 

Papers: Research papers as well as papers based on practical experiences and examples of best practices are welcome.

31 August 2009: Extended abstract (500 to 800 words) sent to Dr. Anette Janse van Vuren at anettej@uj.ac.za

9 October 2009: Notification of acceptance/rejection of the submitted abstracts

16 April 2010: Final copy of the paper submitted

Publication of the papers is being investigated and presenters will be notified in due course.

Guidelines for papers

All papers submitted for presentation at the conference must contain original research or unique content that has not been previously presented or scheduled for presentation or publication.

Abstracts should be a minimum of 500 and no more than 800 words including up to five keywords. Abstracts must include the proposed title for the paper, the full names (first name and surname); postal addresses and email addresses of all authors and a telephone number for at least one contact author.

Abstracts should include a clear statement of the topic of the paper, the research question and research method used. It should describe the work to be discussed in the paper and give a concise summary of the findings. References are not required in the Abstract. Abstracts should market the proposed paper.

Abstracts should be submitted as a MS Word or pdf file by e-mail to anettej@uj.ac.za.

Abstracts should be in English. All papers will be presented in English.

The abstracts will be double-blind reviewed by members of the Program Committee.

On acceptance of the abstracts, author guidelines for papers will be sent to presenters.

Guidelines for posters

Poster presentations provide the opportunity for the presenter and the audience to talk to each other about either work practices or research projects started or done. A physical arrangement similar to an exhibit area will be used for this interaction. Two poster sessions (one on the publishing side and one on mobile technology) can be arranged depending on how many applications are received.

Poster presentation recommendations:

Abstracts should be a minimum of 300 and no more than 500 words including up to five keywords. Abstracts must include the proposed title for the poster, the full names (first name and surname); postal addresses and email addresses of all authors and a telephone number for at least one contact author.

Abstracts should include a clear statement of the topic of the poster, the research question and research method used. It should describe the work to be discussed in the poster and give a concise summary of the findings. References are not required in the Abstract. Abstracts should market the proposed poster.

Abstracts should be submitted as a MS Word or pdf file by e-mail to anettej@uj.ac.za.

Abstracts should be in English. All posters will be presented in English.

Posters will be double-blind reviewed by members of the Program Committee.

Be prepared to hand out a printed version of your poster with the details of the research.

On acceptance of the abstracts, author guidelines for posters will be sent to presenters.

For more information please check the web site http://www.uj.ac.za/Default.aspx?TabId=15656 which will be updated regularly or contact Rae Israel at +27 11 559 2181 (risrael@uj.ac.za)

The organizers cannot be responsible for speakers’ registration, travel and accommodation costs.

A preliminary conference programme and registration form will be available by 15 November 2009.

The registration fee is:

Early bird registration: 28 February 2010 R1500

After February 2010 : R1800

Registration closes at the end of March 2010

Organizing Committee Chair: Dr Anette Janse van Vuren (anettej@uj.ac.za)

Conference Administrator: Rae Israel (risrael@uj.ac.za) tel: +27 11 559 2181 fax: +27 11 726 7723

Seating is limited to 100 delegates

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Visit the Red Pepper Books Web Site

Posted on 29 July 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

From fiction to gardening to paranormal romance, to audio books, textbooks and encyclopedias, we’re certain you’ll find what you’re looking for.

We specialise in hunting down hard-to-find and out of print books as well, and certainly live up to our company motto: If it’s out there, we’ll find it!

Click here to visit the Red Pepper Books web site

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Teen authors should be encouraged, but not always published

Posted on 28 July 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

Very young authors’ writers’ inexperience shows through in their writing, but this can sometimes have its charm.

The gap between a dog-eared sheaf of scribbles and a handsome hardback can seem daunting enough for adults, but for children and teenagers it can seem an insurmountable chasm. And yet the best writing by children and teenagers can be astonishingly poignant, hilarious, and indeed helpful. Alec Greven’s How to Talk to Girls contains dating tips from which males considerably older than nine could benefit. (“You don’t have to try too hard, but try to look kind of clean.”) Click here to read more…

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What are you feeding your mind with at the moment?

Posted on 28 July 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

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Children able to eat their words

Posted on 28 July 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

A specialist education supplier based in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, is producing eco-friendly school exercise books made from sugar cane waste.

The Consortium is working with developing countries to produce the books from a fibrous bi-product of the sugar cane crop called Bagasse. Click here to read more

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