Libraries – the good (third) place | Maarya Rehman | TEDxLahore

Maarya Rehman with over a decade of experience with libraries talks about the importance and need of libraries, even in the digital age, and how they serve as a good third place. Maarya began her career in libraries over 18 years ago, developing stock, information services, and programmes for public libraries across London. In 2015, she moved to Pakistan to open two libraries for the British Council, in the cities of Lahore and Karachi, as well as a nationwide Digital library. The British Council libraries in Pakistan aim to bring the best of UK culture and library provision to a new audience in Pakistan. Maarya studied Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.


How to read an academic article (a Scholarly Journal Article)

Skimming the text

This reading strategy consists of reading the article quickly in order to find out what it is about and how it is organised. This can be done by reading certain areas of an article for specific keywords that will point to potentially useful content.

Know what you want

Before you start skimming, you need to think of what you want from the article and what keywords or terms you hope to find. Think of two or three terms that describe what you want to know, and as you skim, keep an eye out for those terms. Skimming without knowing what you hope to find can cause drowsiness and lack of attention, defeating the purpose of skimming.

Initially, just read the first sentence of each paragraph. This introductory sentence usually describes what information will follow in that paragraph, if the start of a sentence holds no promise of it giving you the information you want, skip to the next sentence

Read vertically as well as horizontally

When skimming over a longer section of text, move your eyes vertically as much as you move your eyes horizontally. In other words, you move your eyes down the page as much as you move them from side to side.

In Summary

Read the title, the abstract, the introduction etc., and any headings and subheadings

Read the first sentence of each paragraph

Read text by checking for keywords rather than trying to fully understand the information in the sentence

Look at illustrations (photographs, pictures, charts, diagrams, tables)


Do universities teach students to think critically?

“Hopefully the universities will hear this messaging. It’s great if you can graduate your students, but it is not so great if you graduate all these students and they don’t have success in their careers. We’re hoping being able to increase critical thinking skills will be able to close that gap.”

OECD researchers offer evidence that students aren’t getting ‘generic skills’ needed for world of work – with potentially big implications.

Professional services giant PwC’s recent announcement that new recruits will no longer require at least a 2:1 degree was seen by many as the latest sign that some of the world’s largest employers are losing faith that a good university qualification guarantees a candidate of a certain quality.

The firm is by no means the first to look for new ways of determining the talent and potential of recent graduates as employers become increasingly vocal about the supposed failures of even the top universities to ensure that those entering the workforce have obtained the status of being “job-ready”.

In response, governments and policymakers around the world have emphasised the need for more practical, vocational degree courses that are closely tied to real-world experiences. But a new publication from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) argues that it is in the teaching of more generic critical thinking skills where universities can make the most difference.


Global Tour Virtual Interview Project (GTVIP) By 21st Century LIS Network_MW


Global Tour Virtual Interview Project (GTVIP)_ By 21st Century LIS Network [MW]

Welcome to 21st Century LIS Network’s new initiative, titled “Global Tour Virtual Interview Project (GTVIP)”! In these interviews, we’ll be highlighting SMEs about their expertise or knowledge and experiences…etc

FYI: Virtual interview content is guaranteed to be educational, informative, and inspiring to the scientific community and the general public.


First and foremost 21st Century LIS Network strives to serve as an online resource with the mindset of becoming a solid online resource for its audience.

Becoming an online resource for readers or audiences means recognizing the potential value that the content presented could give to the audience.

Therefore 21st Century LIS Network is excited to announce to you it has launched a new initiative project titled “Global Tour Virtual Interview Project (GTVIP)” in order to produce original sounding quality content that will inform, educate & inspire auidence or readers.

As a Subject Matter Expert sharing your knowledge via an interview conducted by …

…21st Century LIS Network: Information – Knowledge Retrieval & Dissemination Platform

will have a value to incearse the visibility of your profile to reach out to wider audiences , particularly within academia and the general public at home and international level. Nowadays, Information seekers or audiences value what Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) presents to them, henceforth,21st Century LIS Network believes that disseminating & using insights from SMEs is one way to produce potentially sounding higher-quality content that inspires, informs, and educates the audience.

1. Interview with Subject Mater Experts (SMEs), Why?

People or information seekers want to look for information from a diverse range of Subject matter experts; need to hear from subject matter experts what they are saying on their expertise areas. Therefore the only way to satisfy the information needs of people is to virtually interview subject matter experts who have years of experience in the subject at hand and share their knowledge with audiences.    

2. Where to find Subject-Matter Experts

An interview with subject matter experts will be conducted virtually on diverse fields of topics, such as nutrition or food, healthcare, economics, information science, agricultural science, veterinary medicine, law & technological innovations or advancements …etc. It is time to interview subject-matter experts.

Thankfully to emerging technology, there are plenty of places to find honorable guests to be interviewed, here are some of the sources or places:

On LinkedIn, on Hit up Google, Universities, Professional Associations/Societies, via Public Relations Professionals & on HARO ProfNet

3. Invitation to Get Involved In GTVIP

Interview questions tailored to Profiles of honorable guests’ will be formulated and sent directly by 21st Century LIS Network via their email to Honourable Guests at regional, national, and international levels to invite them to get involved in the Global Tour Virtual Interview Project [GTVIP].

21st Century LIS Network Honored and Interviewed Tadesse Fikre Teferra (PhD), Food Science and Postharvest Technology, from the College of Agriculture Campus, Hawassa University, Ethiopia.

Tadesse Fikre Teferra (PhD)

21st Century Library & Information Science Network

Information_Knowledge Retrieval & Dissemination Platform

This is the tip of the iceberg!!!


Donate Now to Books For Africa & Hawassa University Partnership Project | Ethiopia

You Are Invited To Donate to BFA & HU Partnership Project to support Primary & Secondary Schools Found In the Sidama Region of Ethiopia

We appreciate you for supporting us in this!

Thank you for your generosity

Select Ethiopia from the Africa map below & Click on it, then from the list under Ethiopia choose a project entitled ‘Books For Primary & Secondary Schools Found in Sidama Region (Mulugeta W/Tsadik, Librarian, Hawassa University) Ethiopia’& Click on it…

Study Says Many Teens Can’t Tell The Difference Between Real And Fake News

“We need to have active conversations in classrooms and at our kitchen tables regarding current events and how to reliably get information,” DeMarsey said.

Teens in the study were frequently unable to identify fake health messages and also thought that many true messages were untrustworthy.

We refer to teens today as “digital natives” and often turn to them for technical assistance when navigating the apps and platforms that have become essential to our daily functioning. But although today’s teens can’t remember a time before the internet, when it comes to separating fact from fiction in the digital realm, they’re remarkably naive.

recent study published in the journal Frontiers In Psychology found that a significant number of teens were unable to distinguish between true and fake health-related messages.

“በሌጣ የወረቀት ዶላር” (Fiat dollar) መሣሪያነት በተከፈተ የኢኮኖሚ ጦርነት ቤትና ንብረት አትጡ [በደ/ር ደምስ ጫንያለው]

[ 21st Century LIS Network received message via email from “ደማር ኢትዮ-አፍሪክ” ,accordingly, as per their request 21st Century LIS Network has already Posted the article FYI…]

ዶ/ር ደምስ ጫንያለው “በሌጣ የወረቀት ዶላር” (Fiat Dollar) መሣሪያነት በተከፈተ የኢኮኖሚ ጦርነት ቤትና ንብረት አትጡ? ” በሚል ርዕስ በሪፖርተር ጋዜጣ እሑድ መስከረም 15 ቀን 2015 ያወጡት ጽሑፍ የተለያዩ ግብረ መልሶች እየተሰጡበት ነው፡፡ አንዳንዶች ጽሑፉን በኢሌክትሮኒክስ መልእክት (ኢሜል) ማግኘት የሚቻል ከሆነ ብለው ጠይቀውናል፡፡ በዚሁ መነሻነት ከዚህ ማስታወሻ ጋር አባሪ አድርገን ልከንለዎታል፡፡

በዚህ ጽሑፍ ውስጥ የተጠቀሱት የዶ/ር ደምስ መጽሐፍቶች

በጃፋር መጽሐፍ መደብር፣ ለገሐር፣ ተወልደ ሕንፃ እንዲሁም

በእነሆ መጽሐፍ መደብር አራት ኪሎ ምኒሊክ ት/ቤት ፊትለፊት እንደሚገኙ ስናስታወስዎ ከትህትና ጋር ነው፡፡

በተጨማሪም በኢሜል በመጠየቅ ወይም እታች በተመለከቱት የስልክ ቁጥሮች በመደወል ከቢሯችን ለመግዛት ይችላሉ፡፡ በርከት ያለ ከፈለጉም በአሉበት ልናደርስልዎ እንችላለን፡፡

ጽሑፉን በኤሌክትሮኒክስ ሆነ በሕትመት የማሰራጫ ዘዴ ለሌሎች እንዲደርስ ቢያደርጉ ምስጋናችን የላቀ ነው፡፡

ነቃሕይወት በየነ

የመርሃ ግብር ሥራ አስኪያጅ

ደማር ኢትዮ-አፍሪክ

Advancing a Culture of Creativity in /: Programming and Engagement

This book shows academic and public libraries the many benefits of nurturing a culture of creativity, offering hands-on guidance on encouraging cross-disciplinary collaboration, launching active-learning events that highlight collections and services, fostering goodwill and trust-building, and forming partnerships that promote library visibility.

Today’s library workers have many roles to play: information gatekeepers, connectors, collaborators, and storytellers. The key ingredient is creativity, which acts as the lynchpin of functioning successfully as a team as well as impacting communities in positive ways. This book examines creativity and how it can be applied in library work culture, programming, and outreach. Lotts shows how libraries can encourage staff to approach teaching, learning, and problem-solving in unconventional ways. This invigorating book 

  • demonstrates why the challenges of our current historical moment provide us with a unique opportunity to stop and consider our work and our goals;
  • dives into several case studies of creative and playful library projects, many of which can be adapted for reuse, investigating how they came to be and the impact they have had on their communities;
  • discusses getting buy-in from administrators and funding organizations;
  • offers pointers on collaborating with communities;
  • guides readers in assessing the impact projects have on communities; and
  • talks about how to learn and grow from failure and frustration.

15 quick tips for reducing food waste and becoming a Food hero

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Did you know that globally, around 17% of total global food production is wasted?

On this International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, check out FAO’s 15 quick tips for reducing food waste and becoming a food hero […]

The Great Reskilling (How to accelerate economic growth with digital skills

How to accelerate economic growth with digital skills…

European Tech Salary Report 2022

After a difficult year in 2020 due to the pandemic, the tech recruitment market bounced back in 2021. Demand for and hiring of tech professionals are on the rise again, as are salaries, which have reached — or even overtaken — pre-crisis levels. Remote work and hybrid organisations are the norm in a very large number of tech companies in Europe, and the freelance market has continued to grow.

Unleashing the Power of Educational Technology in TVET Systems

EdTech is now an essential feature of a well-developed national technical and vocational education and training (TVET) system, put into the spotlight by the COVID-19 pandemic.

EdTech is transforming how people engage with learning, enabling people to access, and companies to seek, both learning and work opportunities removed from the physical location of the institution or company.

What is transparent peer review?

Transparent peer review aims to restore trust in the integrity and fairness of the peer review process.

The peer review process is an integral part of scholarly publishing, designed to evaluate the importance, validity, and originality of a paper. There are five peer review models currently in use, all with various benefits and drawbacks. Transparent peer review is a relative newcomer and not widely used at present, but it has grown in popularity and is becoming an increasingly popular choice. The question is—why? This blog post takes a closer look at the transparent peer review process, its rise in popularity, and the challenges journals, reviewers, and editors face with this model. 

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