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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

A Visible Pathfinder for Increasing Blog Traffic in 2007

The wise learn from their own experiences but the truly intelligent will learn from someone else's!" - Benjamin Franklin.

My 2007 resolution for return-on-investments in blogging is to have a two-way traffic. The prescription is, please:
1. post a comment--aka, visual signature--in this blog on whatever subject (spam and phishing EXEMPTED)
2. turn on your blog comments' button; I will reciprocate not once, but every post that you create in 2007. This is my own idea of live and let live. I do reciprocate; my 2006 ledger shows Bloggers, such as, Sukhdev Singh, K. G. Schneider, Nancy White, Nirmala Palaniappan, David Tebbutt, Peachy Limpin, Thomas Brevik, Steven Edward Streight, Neil Patel, Diane Levin, and more.

PUNCHLINE: Increasing Blog traffic is a major concern, even for many Gurus [e.g., Adrian W Kingsley-Hughes' Three simple actions that doubled my website traffic in 30 days]
Previous post:
  • Visualizing Comments on Blogs
  • Visualizing Traffic At My Blog Via Mapping The Pathways
  • Blog As A Teaching Tool

    Idea courtesy: Bloggers Compose Their Yearly Ledgers, By Jeralyn; and How to Pay for Blog Comments, @ usability blog of John S. Rhodes; So what'd you get? by Ryan Block

    Technorati Tags: blog comments   2007 blog   blog traffic   2007 resolution   2007 blogging     popular bloggers   popular comments   top bloggers   Reward-program   return-on-investments

  • Thursday, December 14, 2006

    Peabody Library Leadership Institute Update

    Dear Colleague,
    You are invited to apply to attend the 2007 Summer Institute for Academic LIbrary Leadership at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College. The Institute will be held from July 8-12, 2007. It focuses on the higher education context in which libraries exist. Institute faculty are leaders in the fields of higher education and
    academic librarianship. For more information and an application, go to:
    or, go to http://www.vanderbilt.edu/ppi
    Applications received by March 1, 2007 will receive priority consideration.
    Sharon Weiner, M.L.S., AHIP
    Peabody Library Director and Academic Library Leadership Institute
    230 Appleton Place, Peabody #325
    Vanderbilt University
    Nashville, TN 37203-5721
    615.322.8096 (phone) 615.343.7923 (fax)

    Monday, November 27, 2006

    Community Builders: Six for 2006

    Choose person of the year
    Toronto STAR CONTEST,
    Nominations wanted for Community Builder 2006, Nov. 26, 2006. 01:00 AM

    Time has Person of the Year. A&E has Biography of the Year.

    Include your name and phone number, and your nominee's phone number, for verification. You can't nominate yourself, and you can only nominate one person. Nominations that do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified.

    The nomination deadline is Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. Click here

    Sunday, November 26, 2006

    ALA Emerging Leaders 2007

    "Emerging Leaders 2007 will welcome and train 100 new librarians to get a jump-start in leadership. EL’07 kicks off with a day-long session during the 2007 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. Afterward, it will grow and develop online for six months, culminating at the 2007 Annual Conference in Washington, D. C. Applicants will commit to participating in all three elements of the program!"

    "We will expect the new leaders to put their leadership skills to use by accepting a term of service on an ALA or chapter committee, task force, working group, or project team.

    The goal is to have 100 new librarians ready to participate in leadership in the Association, one of its divisions or state chapters."

    ***Selected Applicants for Emerging Leaders 2007*** details and the logo courtesy: Leslie Burger

    See also
  • LITA's blog Emerging Leaders 2007
  • Emerging Leaders Blog

    PS. Thanks to David's Random Stuff for this info.
  • Monday, November 06, 2006

    Prof. Shalini R Urs's Contributions to Digital Librariansip

    Dr.Shalini R.Urs
    Executive Director, International School of Information Management
    University of Mysore, Mysore, India
    NDLTD leadership award to Prof Shalini Urs
    MYSORE, DHNS: Friday, June 04, 2004

    Manasagangotri’s Department of Library and Information Science Chairperson Prof Shalini R Urs has been awarded the first annual NDLTD leadership award.

    The award has been instituted by the International Software Company - ADOBE - for the exemplary work to support the ETD initiatives all over Asia, said a press release issued here on Thursday.

    SHALINI R URS: Brief Biodata
    Dr. Shalini Urs has been teaching library and information science at the University of Mysore, Mysore, India since 1976, where she serves as professor. Her areas of interest are – Digital Libraries and Electronic publishing, Electronic Theses and Dissertations and Metadata. She directs the Vidyanidhi Digital Library and E-scholarship Portal Project. The Ford Foundation and the Microsoft Corporation sponsor Vidyanidhi. Vidyanidhi vision is to evolve into a National Information System for Doctoral Dissertations in India. Through Vidyanidhi she has jumpstarted the ETD movement in India and is spearheading the movement to evolve appropriate policy frameworks- copyright, submission, archiving, for doctoral theses and implementation mechanisms. Vidyanidhi is currently focusing its R & D efforts towards Unicode and XML implementation for Indic scripts, Cross Language Information Retrieval and Topic Ontologies.

    Shalini spent six months at Virginia Tech as Fulbright Scholar and team-taught with Prof. Ed Fox a course on ‘Digital Libraries’ during the fall of 2000. She has been closely associated with NDLTD since 2000 as Steering Committee member. She is also closely associated with the ETD efforts of UNESCO. . Continue reading

    From other bloggers about Dr. Shalini Urs

    Thursday, November 02, 2006

    Leadership Theories and Styles: Some Choices for Librarians as Change Agents

    A. The Informed Librarian Online;
    B. Leadership Studies Materials in Libraries, University of Richmond

    The November 2006 issue of The Informed Librarian Online.
    Leadership Theories and Styles:
    Some Choices for Librarians as Change Agents
    by Peter Hernon and Nancy Rossiter

    As the twenty-first century unfolds, libraries are coping with myriad issues, some of which relate to the changing information needs and information-gathering behavior of their user communities; are developing and maintaining new services; and are engaging in more community partnerships to support their role as learning organizations that support knowledge/information creation and use. These assorted activities complicate a simple definition of a library as merely a provider of information and knowledge. It is common for library directors and members of their senior management team to describe their roles and accomplishment in terms of change management or creating an agile organization that best serves the parent institution or organization. As change agents, they might be called managerial leaders—managers who are leaders within their organization and within the broader community in which the library functions.

    Leadership for senior managers or team members involves attributes such as trust, creativity, adaptability, innovation, and imagination, whereas individuals engaged in management, perhaps as an oversimplification, focus on problem solving, effectiveness, efficiency, and continuous quality improvement in the services offered. Over time, different leadership theories and styles have gained favor. Three of the most relevant for present-day libraries are emotional intelligence (EI), transformational leadership, and situational leadership. The purpose of this essay is to highlight these theories and to illustrate some of their commonalities.
    Full article

    Leadership Studies Materials in Libraries, University of Richmond
    I am trying to identify academic librarians who select materials in the area of leadership studies. I am working as a consulting editor with Sage Reference on the development of some new leadership reference tools. I am compiling an email list of librarians who might be interested in providing some feedback on ideas for new titles.

    Thank you for your consideration of my request. Please reply directly to: lmcculle@richmond.edu
    Lucretia McCulley
    Liaison Librarian for Leadership Studies
    University of Richmond

    My previous post:
  • The Informed Librarian Online: Save the Time of the Librarian
  • Current Awareness Sources: The Informed Librarian Online
  • Emotional Communication Interface - Revisited
  • Books and senses - visualization conceptualized again

    Technocrati Tagsemotional-intelligence informed-librarian Leadership leadership-librarians librarians-leadership library-leadership
  • Wednesday, October 04, 2006

    Dr. N B Pangannaya: Life and times

    Balakrishna N Pangannaya( -2006)

    SRI N B PANGANNAYA, 100 THYAGARAJA ROAD MYSORE 570004, Phone: 2449244

    Prof. N. Balakrishna Pangannaya who died due to multiple organ failure on October 1, 2006.
    He was quite active and had no sign of any illness.
    He attended to the professional work at his office at Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) even on the Friday, September 29, 2006.
    It is evident that he was contributing richly to the good cause of the profession till his last breath. See a detailed last minute report of his life at Mr. Shivakumar's blog

    A Mysorean; Masters in Library Science (Benaras Hindu University); Doctorate (Mysore University); former faculty and Chairman, Mysore University, LIS Department; a teacher, research guide and a businessman

    He was my teacher, in Library School at Mysore University, who taught me the passion and showed me how to sustain it for life.

    He also initiated me into the area of Library History--that eventually led to my D.Litt degree (Agra, 1999). So great was his contribution in my life.

    Pray that his soul rest in peace, Amen.


  • Use of Internet by the Academic Community : A Case Study, Pangannaya, N.B. 2000
  • Google
  • Friday, September 22, 2006


    updated Nov. 1, 2006

    OLA Super Conference, 2006, Session: 108
    Management & Issues; Values & Vision [past event, PowerPoint has interesting content]

    Daniel Phelan, Team Leader/Manager, Collections Services Team, Ryerson University Library.

  • Even Monkeys Fall from Trees: Strategies for Effective Leadership
    January 18 - 21, 2006, Houston, TX USA
    SLA's 2006 Leadership Summit was held in Houston, Texas USA, January 18 - 21. If you were not able to attend, you may still want to see some of the information from these exciting two days.
    Keynote Speaker: Doug Lipp
    Author & International Expert on Leadership
    Don't miss to read the observation by Nirmala Palaniappan, a Knowledge Manager, on another article that is about Leadership and change:
    Vigilant vs. Operational Leaders, Thursday, September 21, 2006
    I sort of liked this article as it tries to differentiate between mundane leadership and vigilant leadership. It is a story of risks and attitudes that encourage/discourage risk-taking and long-term thinking....reminds me of one more thing that I came across somewhere....it's about getting out of your comfort zone and seeing reality for what it is. Read the article

    [PS. Thanks, Dr. John Jaeger, Reference Librarian, for the following info.]
    Recently the Commission on the Future of Higher Education issued a
    report that sharply criticizes the current state of higher education in
    the U.S., and it has received a great deal of attention and has
    generated a lot of discussion. A pre-publication copy of the report: "A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of U.S. Higher Education"
  • Leadership Resources Dr Bob Swisher, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019
    The online and printed resources listed below follow a three tier scholarly communications model: knowledge, new research information, and reference tools. Knowledge and New Information are partitioned into Content (reports, articles, books) and Finding Aids to content.

  • Six associations representing university groups have responded to the report, acknowledging the need for changes
  • Inside Higher Ed has a helpful discussion of this topic
  • Leadership and Design Matters, A listmania at Amazon
  • Thursday, September 07, 2006

    Prof. Isaac Sequeira, 1930 - 2006

    This post is regularly updated (last updated May 29, 2011)

      The Swimmer, for Isaac Sequeira, 1930-2006,
    by Prof. Amritjit Singh

    Here comes a A certificate of appreciation from the USEFI:

  • The Swimmer (a poem) for Isaac Sequeira, 1930-2006, by Amritjit Singh

  • Ohio prof who pioneered study of pop culture dies Ray Browne, an Ohio university professor who was credited with coining the phrase "popular culture" and pioneering the study of things such as bumper stickers and cartoons, has died. He was 87.
  • Isaac Sequeira Prize
  • Sad News: Prof. Isaac Sequeira Passes away - Sept 7, 2006 --

    Noted academician and former director of the Indo-American Centre for International Studies (formerly American Studies Research Centre, ASRC) at Osmania University Campus, Hyderabad, India.

    The funeral is on 13th evening at St. joseph's church, Hyderabad. contact: 30281848 / 23226392

    For messages, comments SEE the bottom of this page (comments sections).

    Tribute to Isaac Sequeira, The Hindu, Sep 21, 2006
    Osmania University Centre for International Programmes will organise a memorial meeting to pay tribute to Prof. Isaac Sequeira, former Director, IACIS on September 25.
    The meeting will be held at 3.30 p.m. at the OUCIP, Osmania University Campus.

    Other biographical sketches:

    Ali Mohammed Ismail Akbani

    15 Dec 1916 - 21 Dec 2002.

    My dad visiting ASRC

    Ebrahim Sulaiman Sait Akbani
    1922 - 2005

  • Prof. Khaja Jalaluddin Biyabani 1956 - 2003