An online article written by Allison Papini (Krupp Library, Bryant University) on using ChatGPT, an AI language model, in academic settings. It highlights the potential benefits of using ChatGPT for enhancing library services, such as providing instant and personalized assistance to patrons. It emphasizes the importance of librarians in curating and managing information, ensuring ethical use of AI technologies, and promoting information literacy among users.
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My Journey as an Expat Librarian in the Middle-East
Working as an expat in the Middle East can be a rewarding and unique experience. I had the opportunity to work at an International Graduate Research University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for almost 10 years. During that time, I experienced great joy and satisfaction and faced challenges. This blog post will explore what it is like to work as a librarian in a multicultural setting and how families adapt to life overseas.
The Role of a Librarian in the Middle East
Libraries are an essential part of any educational institution, and this is especially true in the Middle East, where access to information and knowledge is highly valued. Librarians in this region have a crucial role in supporting students, faculty, and researchers. They are responsible for selecting, organizing, and managing collections of books, journals, and other resources and providing instruction on how to use these materials effectively.
One of the unique challenges of working as a librarian in the Middle East is the diversity of languages and cultures one encounters. Many universities in this region have many international students and faculty, meaning librarians must be able to work with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. This can be both exciting and challenging, as librarians must be able to communicate effectively with people who may have very different expectations and needs.
Another challenge is navigating the cultural norms and expectations of the region. In some Middle Eastern countries, there may be restrictions on certain types of content, and librarians must be aware of these limitations and work within them. They must also be sensitive to cultural differences in privacy, gender, and religion.
Adapting to Life Overseas
For expat families, adapting to life overseas can be exciting and daunting. There are many new experiences to be had but also many challenges to navigate. Some of the most common challenges include:
Culture Shock: Moving to a new country can be overwhelming, and it can take time to adjust to the new culture, language, and customs. This can be particularly challenging for children, who may leave behind friends and familiar surroundings.
Language Barrier: Even in countries where English is widely spoken, there may be language barriers to overcome. Learning some basic phrases in the local language can be helpful, but hiring a language tutor or enrolling in language classes may also be necessary.
Finding Community: Expats often need help building a support network in a new country. Joining expat groups or clubs can be an excellent way to meet others in similar situations.
Homesickness: Even with all the new experiences and adventures, it’s normal to feel homesick occasionally. Keeping in touch with family and friends back home and maintaining familiar routines and activities can help alleviate these feelings.
Education: Finding a suitable school for children can be challenging, especially if the expat family has specific educational needs or preferences. Language barriers can also make it challenging to communicate with school staff, which can impact the child’s education.
Health Concerns: The climate and environmental conditions in the Middle East can be harsh, and expat families may need to take extra precautions to avoid heat stroke, dehydration, and other health problems. They may also need vaccinations or take other precautions to prevent illness.
Despite these challenges, many expat families find that the benefits of living overseas far outweigh the difficulties. Exposure to new cultures, languages, and experiences can broaden one’s perspective and lead to personal growth and development. Additionally, many expat families enjoy a higher standard of living and the opportunity to travel and explore new places.
Working as a librarian in the Middle East can be a challenging and rewarding experience. It requires an open mind, adaptability, and cultural sensitivity. Expat families also face challenges when moving overseas, but they can thrive in this unique environment with the proper support and attitude. Ultimately, the experience of living and working in the Middle East can be a life-changing adventure that broadens horizons, expands perspectives, and creates memories that will last a lifetime.
Instagram Tips & Tricks for your Library
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Webinar: Tips to enhance your researcher’s productivity
A library dean will discuss strategies for librarians to guide users to reliable scholarly content, followed by a ScienceDirect product manager who will highligh product innovations and time-saving tips.
Source: Webinar: March 4 | Tips to enhance your researcher’s productivity
C&RL News – February 2020
The February 2020 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. Leading off the issue, Abigail Goben and Robert J. Sandusky discuss the risks and opportunities of “Open data repositories” in this month’s Scholarly Communication column. In the latest edition of our Perspectives on the Fra
Source: C&RL News – February 2020
The Role of Library Technicians
“Library technicians play a vital role even in libraries with qualified librarians and teacher-librarians, as well. They perform much of the back-end technical and day-to-day operations of the library, allowing librarians and TLs to focus their efforts on the specific functions of their own roles, such as developing and revising library policy and strategic planning; developing and delivering lessons to students about digital literacy, research, and critical thinking; working with teachers to assist struggling readers; finding and assessing the latest research to assist teachers or school policy makers with their duties; or being involved with curriculum planning to ensure a focus on literacy and information skills.” Excerpt.
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Source: The Role of Library Technicians
Research articles on the 2019 Coronavirus
Publishers have opened their access to research articles on the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus (Wuhan Virus). Here are some of them:
- Springer Nature
- Taylor and Francis
- PubMed: Search Results
- MDPI: Search Results
- The Lancet: Search Results
There are also useful sites on the 2019 Coronavirus:
- World Health Org: Novel 2019 Coronavirus
- CNN Updates on CoronaVirus
- China coronavirus: how many papers have been published (Nature)
- Coronavirus Infections Exceed SARS Outbreak (Statista)
- The new coronavirus: What we do — and don’t — know (Harvard Medical School)
- What Is the Coronavirus? Symptoms, Treatment and Risks (NYT)
- China coronavirus: All you need to know in 500 words (AlJazeera)
- Coronavirus: What it does to the body (BBC)
Managing conflict in the intergenerational library workplace
Conflict is inevitable in any workplace, and libraries are no exception. Some of the factors that can cause conflict may be similar within a generational cohort but can vary substantially across age groups. For managers who lead intergenerational teams, an understanding of how different age groups function can help you deal effectively with conflict should it arise.
Source: Managing conflict in the intergenerational library workplace
Get a head start by attending the Library Orientation
- Get to know the library’s resources (books, journals, articles, research papers, final year project reports, etc.) and how you can search for them via OneSearch (NTU Library’s discovery layer powered by Primo and Alma). Don’t just limit yourself to using Google Scholar / Google Search. Try out the features of the library’s web discovery layer, and you’ll be surprised by the results that you get. Some of the features include: filtering by format type, limiting to a specific period, emailing, exporting your results to a citation management software such as Endnote and many more.
- Join the library tour, and explore the library facilities and services. Be inquisitive and ask questions, lots of them. There are spaces for you to study or even get a cat-nap also exercise on the Eco-Bike while charging your mobile phone. Get to know the library’s resources (books, journals, articles, research papers, final year project reports, etc.) and how you can search for them via OneSearch (NTU Library’s discovery layer powered by Primo and Alma). Don’t just limit yourself to using Google Scholar / Google Search. Try out the features of the library’s web discovery layer, and you’ll be surprised by the results that you get. Some of the features include: filtering by format type, limiting to a specific period, emailing, exporting your results to a citation management software such as Endnote and many more.
- If you missed the library orientation, don’t fret. Simple approach the friendly librarians at the Desk and request for one. You can also learn more by scheduling a 1-on-1 session with the librarian. You will get to know the available resources relevant to your area of study, assignments, and projects.
- Last but not least, all the best in your education journey.
How To Promote a Library Event on a Small Budget
Effectively managing the budget of the library is an important and continuous task. Any strategies to help promote library services, raise awareness for libraries and attract library visitors at a low cost are enticing for libraries to review and potentially implement. Egor Gerashchenko, chief of Marketing & Development Department, Central Library System of Moscow Region