Social Media In Libraries And Archives

Social media, no matter which platform, is ever-present. And since it is everywhere, we might as well use it for good; for professional improvement, connecting with others around the world, and promoting your services. Today’s guest writer, Karen du Toit, shares her experience with social media in a professional environment.


Academic use and perceptions of Virtual Reading Rooms and Virtual Teaching Spaces

This report presents the results of a recent survey launched by Research Libraries UK (RLUK), in collaboration with the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London, and members of a working group convened by the International Alliance of Research Library Associations (IARLA).

The aim of this research was to establish the academic awareness, experience, and perception of Virtual Reading Rooms (VRRs) and Virtual Teaching Spaces (VTSs). Developing a better understanding of user needs and motivations behind the use of VRRs and VTSs will lead to further improvements which will ensure greater use and sustainability of the services. It complements an ongoing piece of research being undertaken by RLUK regarding the potential of VRRs as digital research infrastructure and the possibilities and benefits of undertaking a networked approach.

The Past, Present, and Bright Future of Women in Healthcare

Women now comprise nearly 70% of all healthcare professionals globally, 88% of all nurses, and just over 50% of medical students in the United States, but there are still a number of challenges to overcome. Join us for Women in Medicine Month this September to celebrate the determined women who have paved the way in medicine, along with the groundbreaking providers who offer a variety of healthcare services around the globe. 

A Global look at Wealth & Happiness

The Relationship Between Wealth and Happiness, by Country

Of course, we humans are not just content with measuring our own happiness, but also our happiness in relation to the people around us—and even other people around the world. The annual World Happiness Report, which uses global survey data to report how people evaluate their own lives in more than 150 countries, helps us do just that.

The factors that contribute to happiness are as subjective and specific as the billions of humans they influence, but there are a few that have continued to resonate over time. Family. Love. Purpose. Wealth. The first three examples are tough to measure, but the latter can be analyzed in a data-driven way.

Does money really buy happiness? Let’s find out.

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