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Library Junction won NCERT Innovative Practices in Schools Award 2011

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Library Junction, the online academic social network launched by Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom won the All India Competition on Innovative Practices and Experiments in Schools and Teacher Education Institutions, 2011 conducted by NCERT, New Delhi.

The project (www.libraryjunction.net) was conceived as an online academic collaborative learning platform where the students can ask curriculum related questions to expert faculty members and clear their doubts. The network combines all the popular social networking features through which the members can communicate with each other, express their views and ideas, discuss issues related to different subject areas, share links, do wiki projects, download study materials and e-books and create sub groups on books, authors and themes. The network has more than 800 members and now opens to all students.

The award, consisted of a citation and Rs.20,000/-, was received by C.P.Kumaran, Principal and S.L.Faisal, Librarian and coordinator of the project from Prof. G. Ravindra, Director, NCERT at the National Seminar in New Delhi.

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“Library Junction” won KVS National Innovations and Experimentation Award 2010

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An Online Academic Social Networking project “Library Junction: Where Minds meet and Ideas pop up !”, launched by Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom has won Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan’s National Innovations and Experimentation Award 2010. The project satrted earlier this year with an objective to create an easily accessible and user friedly online teaching and learning platform which connects the library, students and teachers.

Library Junction (www.libraryjunction.net) utlilizes the popular social networking concept as a platform to reach out to the new generation library users and kindles their love towards books and reading. It facilitates collaborative learning, knowledge sharing and critical thinking. Developing information and media literacy skills amomg students and help them to find, evalate and use accurate and trust worthy information on internet has been also a main aim of the project.

Now there are more than 750 members on this moderated online social network including students, teachers and professionals from all over the world. NCERT has also selected this project for implementation under the All India Competition on Innovative Practices and Experiments in Education For Schools and Teacher Education Institutions 2010-’11. The project team has been expanded with expert teachers from different subject areas lead by the Principal, C.P.Kumaran and are ready to share their knowledge and clear student’s doubts on curriculum issues. The membership is open to all those who are interested in books, reading, libraries and the good use of internet.

S.L.Faisal, Librarian of KV Pattom (shift-I) is behind the conept and the coordinator of the project. He will receive the award from the Human Resource Minister (Chairman of KVS), Kapil Sibal on 13 December at a ceremony in New Delhi.

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Just face it

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How do you watch without being watched on social networking sites? Sriya Narayanan on overcoming problems relating to privacy in the tangled web.

The World Wide Web is an icky place. Unlike the physical universe (that has limited room for garbage), cyberspace keeps track of everything we say and do, simply because it can. The good news is we already know. The bad news is we sometimes forget.

Ever Googled yourself and felt mortified at the report card that showed up in a nanosecond? If yes, the lesson to be learnt is embarrassingly simple — don’t sign a petition addressed to Robert Pattinson titled “Puncture my neck and bless me with eternal romance”. And if you must, use a fake name. Despite the Internet’s supposed ‘watch without being watched’ quality, most websites, particularly the social networking variety, have diabolical ways to track our movements and display them to hundreds of chuckling strangers. Last year, Facebookers were distraught when a pair of binoculars showed up on their friends’ profiles. The tell-tale application (called Who’s Watching You) listed everyone who had visited their profiles in the recent past and displayed their faces in a giant collage. Even cautious Twitter users who opt for ‘protected updates’ can be re-tweeted by their followers to an audience they’ve never met.

Because of how fast technology evolves, it’s impossible to anticipate what virtual skeletons will tumble out of the computer screen. Privacy settings have mind-numbing jargon and when you’re trying to instal software in a hurry, the ten-page disclaimer is better left unread. The real problem is how easily the Internet can “pick up” information and store it elsewhere, rendering you powerless. While things can’t be unsaid in real life either, the online world files things away publicly under your name, with a time stamp to boot. Once the ‘post’ button has been pressed, it’s no use deleting the comment, deactivating your account and wiping off your fingerprints from the keyboard with a damp cloth. That random rant written in a fit of boredom is like the great undead that will come to life at every chance. And thanks to the trail of virtual breadcrumbs, anyone can find anyone else. This has mixed results. You might rediscover a childhood companion or find yourself staring at friend requests from the gang who made high school hell.

Internet-enabled reunions inevitably end with the formation or revival of an e-group. If the moderators are not careful, the group ends up with default settings that make emails publicly visible. A conversation thread with mobile numbers, meeting places and other personal details begins, and all it takes is one search for the string to unravel much to the delight of identity thieves and stalkers.

Fix-it technologies are hard to come by. There are dozens of tricks and strategies that need to be learnt, with no guaranteed results. Even an ancient blog post that was purged from the archives long ago could magically reappear in another listing, sprouting sentences that look only vaguely familiar. At times like this, there’s not much else to do except sit back and hope that the offending website that someone started in his mother’s basement runs out of funding and shuts down.  

DAMAGE CONTROL 101

1. Gmail goggles: Turn on Mail Goggles before heading out for drinks. The feature, which is a hit with party animals, prevents you from sending out reckless declarations of love or hatred. It makes you do some math before allowing you to hit ‘send’. Can’t do the math? You’ll need to log off and return tomorrow.

2. Message Recall: Some office mail applications have this option but it only works if the message hasn’t been read yet and if the recipient lets you recall it.

3. Facebook faux pas: Did your friend upload an unflattering photo of you and ignore requests to delete it? Click on ‘remove tag’. It will still be online but won’t show up in your list.

4. No comments: If you made a comment on a public forum and there’s no delete option, change your display name so it doesn’t show up in search results for your real name.

5, Confidential chat: On Google chat, select “Go off the record” to prevent chats from being saved and reproduced.

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SRIYA NARAYANAN

Courtesy: http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/internet/article816336.ece

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A Ning for every Library

Online social networking is an area where more and more libraries experimenting with. The current flavour is Ning, a platform where you can create your own social network. Many organizations and groups use this as their live and interactive meeting places. Facebook, Myspace, Orkut, etc are also social networks but the control key is not with you. All the personal information you oblige to give when join the network are stored and used by the websites according to their will (may be for financial benefits). But in the case of Ning, the situation is a little different. Thousands for Ning networks are hosted by the mother Ning database. The creators of the Nings are given with some authorities to control the content and data flow. They can manage the members, change the appearance, decide which blog post, forum, image, multimedia to be published, etc. So the Nings became popular. You can visit networks of families, forums, clubs, schools, associations, institutions, etc on the Ningsphere.

Our question is how Nings can be used in Libraries? Many libraries (academic, public, etc) in Europe and USA have already added Nings as their user interactive tools. Based on initial observations, Nings can be used in the libraries as, 

* Networking tool to interact with users: Secured and library administered platform help the library staff to communicate and interact with the active users.

* Library promotional and publicity medium: The Library can promote and publicize its resources and services on the network.

* Library evaluation tool: The discussion forums on the Nings can be designed to collect user feedbacks and analysis.

* Online personal space within the Library: The user designed personal pages  act as personal spaces where they can express themselves through text, images and multimedia with in the wall of the library’s online interface.

* Collaborative sharing and learning  platform: The groups created on the network based on topics can facilitate sharing of ideas and conduct collaborative learning practices (teacher-student/student-student/teacher-teacher, etc).

Library Junction”  is a project to experiment with these ideas. This is a platform to share ideas or views on libraries, books, reading, web, networking and learning. Those who are interested can join the network.

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S. L. FAISAL
Librarian
Kendriya Vidyalaya (Shift-I)
Pattom
Thiruvananthapuram-695 004
Kerala India

Mail: librarykvpattom at gmail.com