Thursday, 21 December 2017

A Christmas gift to our cooperation

The Swedish Library Association decided to give our cooperation this year's Christmas gift. It is a great honour for us and a recognition of all our joint efforts.

Keep your eyes and ears open!

The team leaders will get back to you, in the beginning of 2018, with the conceptualisation of how this gift is going to be shared within the UR Library Services.

Link to the Swedish Library Association webpage: where our cooperation is described (in Swedish).

Monday, 20 November 2017

Free illustrations

During the anti-plagiarism workshop we brought up illustrations and how important it is to make sure that you have permission to use the pictures you want as illustrations.
In 2015 a blogger made a compilation of places where you can find pictures which are free to use. There you can find many wonderful illustrations. It's usually appreciated if you mention who took the picture (or made the illustration) but it is not always a necessity.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Spotting fake news

The libraries have an important role to play when it comes to teaching our users how to evaluate the sources they find. These days we see more and more fake news circulating and the international Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has made a poster on how to identify fake news. Feel free to download the poster, print it and share it with your users.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Anti-plagiarism workshop, links to further reading

Hear are some links to resources which were used before and during the anti-plagiarism workshop in Gikondo.

  • The UR library web site has information on referencing and plagiarism. There you can find manuals for some of the most common referencing styles.
  • Short film (5:31) on Youtube describing Creative commons
  • Refero, an anti-plagiarism tutorial
  • Free photos on Pexels
  • Guiding students away from plagiarism by Jude Carroll and Carl-Mikael Zetterling
  • A lot more material is available in the anti-plagiarism course on the e-learning platform of UR. Contact Instructional technology for access. They have also invited the library to participate in the course which is taught regularly.

Thank you, all participants and organizers, for work well done and a fun time, especially playing True or False!

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Follow-up of the workshop on e-resources statistics

In July, the UR-Sweden Programme organized a workshop about generating and handling  e-resources usage statistics for the University of Rwanda. Participants were Benilde Mukarubayiza and Bernadette Nyiratunga, who are both members of the E-resources functional committee.
Now it's time for a follow up, where we will look at how to interpret the statistics Benilde and Bernadette have retrieved since the previous workshop.
The workshop took place in Kigali from October 30-31.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Upcoming activities in the programme

We are happy to share the following upcoming competence building activities in the programme:

October 30-31 2017
The group working with e-resources statistics will meet with Anna Stockman for a hands-on workshop on interpretation of compiled statistics.

November 2017
Dr Ola Pilerot is facilitating an active learning short course on social media and communication for libraries (with question communicated in advance).

January 2018
A workshop with the E-resources Functional Committee (ERFC) facilitated by Anna Stockman. The purpose of the workshop is, among other things, to continue working with e-resources trouble-shooting and a marketing plan for e-resources.

February 2018
A follow-up workshop on web content management and the library website. (Date to be confirmed.)

We are also planning for a workshop in bibliometrics for librarians before June 2018.

Trainings in information literacy and reference management for academic staff will also continue during the program period.

We are ready to continue working with all functional committees. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Veronica Trépagny and Anna Stockman

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Anti-plagiarism workshop November 1st 2017

20 librarians have been invited to a workshop about plagiarism at Gikonde campus and the facilitator will be Anna Stockman from Blekinge Institute of Technology.

Te aim of the workshop is for the participants to get a deeper knowledge of the notion "plagiarism" and to explore the role of the library in avoiding plagiarism at the university.

The workshop consists of three parts:

1) A brief overview of citations and references in academic documents 
2) A presentation of what can be considered plagiarism and how it can be avoided 
3) A brief overview of how plagiarism is detected and what consequences it can have at UR.

Thashmee Karunaratne at Stockholm University, Sweden, has trained teaching staff at UR in anti-plagiarism and some of the materials developed by her will be used at the workshop.

You who have been invited are most welcome.