Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Exam Stress

The HSC is under way again and university and TAFE exams are coming up fast. How can you stay calm and make the most of your chances?

Some tips to help you do just that - try here, here and here

Monday, October 22, 2007

Take your bookmarks wherever you go

Want to have all your favourite web sites or articles bookmarked and available wherever you are, whatever computer you use? Try del.icio.us, Connotea or Citeulike

These are social bookmarking web sites and they all work in a similar way. Delicious has wide appeal across all interests, Connotea (owned by Nature) and Citeulike attract more scholarly users. They are "social" because many people use them to store and share interesting sites they have found. Your bookmarks are available to you whenever you're on the web because they are stored on a website, not just on a single computer.

After choosing one of these sites, register as a user and follow the simple instructions.

When you find articles or sites that you want to re-visit, bookmark them and allot a couple of tags or labels to enable you to find them quickly when needed. If you don't want to share your information, you can keep it private.

Try this Youtube demo of del.icio.us to see how easy the process is and how useful these tools are - "Social Bookmarking in Plain English"

Thursday, October 18, 2007

2007 Man Booker Prize Winner

Labrokes got it wrong again, and so did many readers, I suspect. The punters final choice was for Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach, followed closely by Lloyd Jones' Mister Pip.

The 2007 Man Booker Prize has gone to rank outsider Anne Enright's The Gathering, described by one reviewer as "an exhilaratingly bleak family epic". Irish born Enright also cautions readers ‘when people pick up a book they may want something that will cheer them up, in that case they shouldn’t really pick up my book… my book is the equivalent of a Hollywood weepie.

The TimesOnLine
reveals that all six shortlisted novels will go online free to anyone anywhere.

Negotiations are under way with the British Council and publishers over digitising the novels and reaching parts - particularly in Africa and Asia - that the actual books would not otherwise reach.

Jonathan Taylor, chairman of The Booker Prize Foundation, said that the initiative was well advanced, although details were still being thrashed out.

The online publication of the books is not expected to cause a drop in sales. It will allow readers to dip into those titles that they may not have considered purchasing, and perhaps stimulate interest in them.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Find It Fast

Need credible information from the web, try our Find It Fast web guides. The guides cover all subject areas taught at this campus. If you have a suggestion for further guides, email Gabriele Ogilvie, the site co-ordinator listed at the bottom of the page.

All sites are selected by library staff, so you can be assured of the authority and accuracy of the information. Each link is regularly checked to see that it is still valid.

Link to the guides from this blog, from the library home page and from the icon on the desktop of each student PC at this campus.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Betting on a Winner

According to Ladbrokes, the British bookmakers, Les Murray, our world renowned poet, was a short price favourite (6/1) to win the Nobel Prize for Literature this year. They had successfully tipped last year's winner, Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, so many of us were hopeful their tip was right this time. But last week the judges from the Swedish Academy for the Nobel Prize in Literature, selected Doris Lessing, the prolific English author, so Les will have to take his chances again next time.

The Man Booker Prize will be announced later this week, and the betting is very close, so let's see if Ladbrokes get it right this time. Current tipping is as follows:
Lloyd Jones - Mister Pip 2/1
Ian McEwan - On Chesil Beach 2/1
Mohsin Hamid - The Reluctant Fundamentalist 4/1
Nicola Barker - Darkmans 5/1
Anne Enright - The Gathering 12/1
Indra Sinha - Animals People 12/1

Monday, October 1, 2007

Banned Books Week

With none too subtle irony, the American Library Association celebrates the freedom to read freely in Banned Books Week September 29- October 6. The list of books in the US "banned by someone, somewhere, sometime" is huge and in many cases the reasons for banning seem difficult to understand.

Several books banned in Australia, on the grounds of obscenity or coarse language, have later become school or university texts e.g. J. D Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, D. H Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover and James Joyce's Ulysses. For more infornation on books banned in Australia, see the Classification Board and Classification Review Board.

Perhaps more unsettling is the banning of books for political reasons. As Ray Bradbury, author of Fahreheit 451, noted "You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them."