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Video Overview of the National Library of Jamaica

August 17, 2014

5 Pieces of Career Advice for Women Tech Entrepreneurs

February 10, 2014

Rocco Sanelli (Mashable) provides the following tips from various women tech entrepreneurs:

  1. Create a Dream Team of Uniquely Skilled Colleagues
  2. Utilize Mentors and Support Networks
  3. Be Strategic About Time Management and Embrace Hard Work
  4. Trust Your Intuition and Build Something Unique
  5. Embrace Curiosity

Read more…

Strange Interview Questions Being Asked By Tech Companies

January 18, 2014

Julie Bort of Business Insider highlights 17 of the unconventional questions being asked in job interviews at tech companies such as “Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?”. Read more.

An introduction to EBM for health librarians by Dean Giustini

October 30, 2013

Gamification: How it can be used to Engage Library Users by Chad Mairn

October 30, 2013

Happy Birthday SMS!

March 7, 2013

Happy Birthday SMS!

New Libraries Section at Pew Internet

January 15, 2013

Pew Internet and American Life Project has added to its offerings a new section that focuses on libraries.  The more recent publications cover topics about e-readers and e-readers as well as the information habits of various groups.  The information provided comes in the form of research publications and blog posts. An infographic describing owners of e-readers and tablets is included.

Jamaica’s Digital Divide

October 20, 2012

Image courtesy of microsoft.com

Newsweek’s decision to close down their print operations and go completely digital would perhaps be to some another signal of death of the print. It however raises the question of information access to those who still do not have access to the Internet. The results of the recent Census in Jamaica indicated that majority of homes still do not have access to the Internet. While smartphones have helped to reduce the gap between those who have access and those who do not, studies show that there are wide differences between various groups such as rural and urban dwellers. If all the major newspapers in Jamaica were to follow in Newsweek’s path then the majority of householders would not have access to this important source of information.

Jamaica is a developing country with very talented individuals in a variety of areas. More of this talent can however be tapped if more persons had ready access to the information they needed to better themselves. They would also have a wider platform on which to express their creativity through access to a wider audience via the Internet as well. Individuals could increase their income and the nation as a whole could derive economic benefits. With so many persons leaving tertiary institutions with limited job prospects, perhaps it is time for the government of Jamaica to actively seek ways of increasing Internet access to more of its citizens. This would give more persons the ability to take advantage of income-earning opportunities on the Internet.

A number of persons are already doing this such as Shalette East of GoGSAT.com. In sharing her personal experience she declared that there are millions of dollars to be made from online education. The number of online education websites has grown, but what about those students who do not have access to them because of lack of connectivity? They are being deprived of the benefits of these resources that can help them to improve their performance in school and give them better opportunities for fulfilling their potential.

If the situation does not change the gap between the “information haves” and “have nots” will continue to get worse and the development of the nation as a whole will continue to be lopsided. Commendable efforts have been made in some areas such as the provision of broadband Internet access to schools through the Universal Access Fund. More however still needs to be done to broaden the access to ordinary Jamaicans.

DevInfo – Tracking Human Development

October 18, 2012

DevInfo 7.0 makes it easy for governments, development partners, UN agencies, researchers, journalists, students, and the general public to access development information. Powerful tables/graphs/maps can be generated instantly for insertion in reports and advocacy tools. The new “My Data” feature lets users upload or copy/paste their data onto the site as a way to organize and visualize it.

Visit DevInfo today at www.devinfo.org