In the Information Age in which we are living, the ability to access, understand and distribute information is crucial. While technological advancements have brought substantial improvements in the field of information, they have also created new challenges. Here are the latest titles in Library and Knowledge Management to keep information specialists up to date with current trends and technologies, as well as some books which address conventional issues such as readership.
Highlights include Digital Consumers, which provides insight into digital consumers, and Digital Information which helps information professionals to understand the challenges and opportunities of the Google environment. Library Mashups aims to help any library keep its website dynamically and collaboratively up-to-date, and Bite-sized Marketing offers practical solutions for overworked librarians, providing an overview of the new media and marketing tools.
Titles which address traditional issues include Reader Development in Practice, which address questions such as who is the reader, how do we reach them, and why, and The Public Library, which discusses the nature and functions of the modern public library service.
For librarians who have a special interest in young readers, refer to Delivering the Best Start, a guide to literacy issues in young readers, or Libraries Designed for Kids which gives essential pointers on planning and designing a library for children or teenagers.
We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome in South African Library Week 2010. This year’s theme is “Reading Changes Lives” – a beautiful testament to the power of the written word!
We attended the launch of SALW at the National Library of South Africa on Saturday the 20th of March and were treated to, among other things, a beautiful poetry reading by Lefifi Tladi; an inspirational speech by Rocky Ralebipi-Simela (NCLIS Chairperson) on the role of libraries in promoting a culture of reading; a fascinating glimpse in to the world of the visually impaired as Prinshof school learner Brendan Smith read a story to us all in braille – I was stunned at how exciting the story was, knowing that he was “reading” it all with his fingers, and felt quite humbled at being an able-bodied person, while at the time time being blown away by the impact that books converted to braille must be having on readers of all ages, opening up a magical new world for the blind. My favourite presentation was a 10 minute traditional storytelling presentation by Nomsa Mdlalose, who told us all about how the eagle got its wings – it was absolutely beautiful and I felt truly honoured to be present. The highlight of the proceedings however had to be seeing the great Nadine Gordimer in person!
To each and every librarian in this beautiful country of ours, THANK YOU for the impact you are making, and continue to make, on every child and adult who is fortunate enough to hold a book in their hands!
Please click here to have a look at our great selection of new knowledge management and information science books…Phillipa and The Red Pepper Team