Long live Libraries

Long live Libraries and Books at Colleges!

A M BADENHORST

The old library … described with words like lending, quiet, books, magazines, and reading. The more modern library (e-library) … described by words like technology, print, download, e-books, information, research, and access.

How do we classify our current college libraries? Are they old, modern, or non-existent?

A college library forms part of a student support system, primarily to be academic of nature and should support the programs offered at the college by providing necessary materials to meet both student and lecturing staff needs and to encourage reading.

The library as a student support system at a college needs support too. Apart from providing sufficient reading and study space, the library should have a qualified librarian in order to offer effective library services. The library should be continuously updated with books, magazines, audio-visual and other information materials that meets current and changing educational needs and to evoke lecturer and student interest. Another demand on college libraries is the fast developing digital age and the speed with which technology is changing.

Libraries at college campuses should continue to be a learning HUB not because it is only about just physical books which may or may not dissolve away because of e-books and the information that we nowadays find on the Internet.

The Internet offers only a fraction of the world’s knowledge/ information for free. College libraries stay a great resource of information in communities where the digital divide still exists.

Publishers of e-Books may want students to purchase e-books; therefore it continues the college library’s mission to keep providing lecturers and students with valuable library support.

It is thus crucial to promote, maintain and update libraries at our college.

The college should also think in terms of a college networked library, publishing internal materials produced by the college, and make them available through the college own document servers and websites. Students will access the networked library through the college network which will enhance distance access to the college library.

Our college libraries should become the central nerve academic support center for information.

Do not let the digital divide in South Africa becomes a content divide. Long live Libraries and Books at Colleges!

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E-Portfolios

The BADEN-NETWORK PRIVATE E-PORTFOLIO NETWORK SYSTEM is a fully featured electronic portfolio MAHARA powered system with social networking features to create online e-portfolios.

Like Facebook is used to showcase your social status online, your e-portfolio is used to showcase and to articulate your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) online.

Your e-portfolio allows you to showcase your learning achievements, work experience, acquired expertise, practical skills, competencies, collaborative growth, self reflection and own ideas over time. Your e-portfolio is all about you, your work and it helps you to monitor your own performance and growth.

E-portfolios can be seen as a supporting tool to help encouraging you to take responsibility of your own continuing professional development and to demonstrate your ability to collect, interpret, organize, and self reflection on learning and practice.

Lately most Higher Educational Institutions worldwide allow students to create e-portfolios on their Intranet which may be open to the World Wide Web. These e-portfolios are sometimes restricted and controlled and monitored by the institution for assessment purposes. Besides the institutional e-portfolio systems, you may also create your own e-portfolio online without the restrictions of educational institutions.

The earlier in life you start building your e-portfolio the better. Displaying your work online is motivational to yourself and also to others reading your e-portfolio. It is easy to periodically update your portfolio; it can be easily reproduced at almost no cost on CD’s, DVD’s, email, printouts, and on the Web. You may also create and host your resume/ curriculum vitae with your e-portfolio.

Some e-portfolio systems include privacy settings to control who can view your e-portfolio or certain parts of it.

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B-Portfolios

Each learner should have an E-Portfolio or B-Portfolio!

B-Portfolios, Blogging Portfolios, or Blog Portfolios are just another way of building your online E-Portfolio.

By registering your blog account, you will have full control/ownership over your own personal content management system because your blog account is not restricted to an institutional server or institutional rules.

B-Portfolios have advantages for learning institutions which could now focus on teaching and learning without the need for budgeting funds or maintaining complex e-portfolio systems and servers.

Learners/Bloggers could share their current learning online and have a further advantage to continue using their blogs even after completion of a learning program.

I recommend beginner learners to start building their B-Portfolios using Blogger or WordPress. There are also other options available on the Web.

Happy b-portfolio’ing!