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Expect growth for RFID in 2007

Expect growth for RFID in 2007, expert says
RFID technology moved slowly, but steadily, forward in 2006, says ABI ResearchÂ’s Mike Liard. Expect more of the same in 2007.

RFID technology made some important strides forward in 2006, according to Mike Liard, research director for RFID and contactless technologies at ABI Research.

“We saw a number of partner-based solutions come available in 2006, with vendors who provide different pieces of the puzzle partnering to provide a total compliance solution,� says Liard.

According to Liard we’ve seen:

An improvement upon on the performance of tags and readers
With Gen II, we’ve figured out how to capture the data
Now, “we have to figure out what to do with it,� he adds.

How companies leverage the data they are collecting from RFID – whether it’s data collected in their own operations or data about their product in the retail supply chain provided by a retailer like Wal-Mart – will be at the top of companies’ to-do lists in 2007, Liard says.

“We are seeing a sprinkling of Wal-Mart suppliers talking about the value of RFID,� Liard says. “But we’re still seeing more who are just doing the minimum to comply with the mandate. And we’re still seeing a relatively limited number of stock keeping units (SKUs) being tagged and a limited number of participating distribution centers.�

Still, Liard expects to see healthy growth in the market next year. In part that’s because the industry is building on a relatively low sales base, but in part it’s also the result of interest in closed loop asset management applications.

“The media coverage has all been about Wal-Mart and the Department of Defense (DoD),� says Liard. “But there are pockets of activity around asset management in closed loops, item-level tracking in pharmaceuticals and consumer electronics, and even baggage handling. That’s where I think the growth is going to come from. It’s not from tagging cases and pallets for Wal-Mart.�

Finally, Liard believes the industry will need to pay more attention to issues related to privacy and RFID in 2007.

“As manufacturers and retailers move towards item-level tagging, RFID gets closer to getting into the hands of consumers,� says Liard. “And everything the consumer knows about RFID they saw in the movie ‘Minority Report.’ That’s a potential roadblock to adoption that needs to be cut off at the pass.�

Ranganathan speaks about Dewey

Found this interesting audio in which Ranganathan speaks about Dewey. The first 1 min 56 seconds audio is very poor because of damage of the original cassette. Rest is good.
for audio


Teaching information literacy is a tall order because the phrase itself is
broad and ambiguous. There are quite a few skills lumped under this one
umbrella and in my opinion, information literacy is collections of
knowledge without a real textbook. Information literacy in terms of what
can be taught varies extensively depending on the age level of the
student. It is quite a different subject in elementary school than it is
in high school and that level is different than the field's important
knowledge in college. Furthermore, some of the vital knowledge obtained
that assists the student to becoming more literate about information is
not called by that terminology. This is kind of like not taking
courses in mathematics per se, but rather learning arithmetic, algebra,
trigonometry and calculus. In information literacy, some of the needed
skills include these skills not in any particular order:

Learning to use internet search engines effectively.

Learning about specialized search engines like Google Books, Google
Government, Google Scholar, Scirus and Google News to name a few.

Learning to use databases that have different methods of being searched
from each other and from Google and other internet search engines.
This is not as esoteric a skill as one would assume as one can search a
number of databases like ERIC (a federal government education database),
TRIS (a federal government transportation database), and PubMed (the
federal government National Library of Medicine database) on the internet
at all times. In addition in many states, if not now all, the state
government, in conjunction with the participating public libraries of each
state, provides a group of databases that may be used both in the
libraries and at home with passwords or account numbers issued by the
libraries. These databases provide software that allows much more complex
searching and precise results than searches of internet search engines and
the databases themselves contain a much more controlled collection of
content such as all issues for a set of years of a specific groups of
journals covering and related to one or more interrelated subject fields.
For students to learn how to use these tools is gold as preparation for

Information literacy also covers areas like knowing what plagiarism and
copyright are and learning as well how to avoid plagiarisation and
violating copyright and of course the related skill of learning how to
cite in footnotes, endnotes and bibliographies the sources from which one
has borrowed from in ones writing.

Information literacy also includes learning how to evaluate the quality,
believability, and documentation in proof of the arguments and statements
of authors in their writing about matters being researched.

Regarding databases, these specific posts at the top and the link at the
bottom may provide some help in understanding some of the issues in this
area of information literacy.

TECHNIQUES: EBSCO: Customer Service Past and Present and Learning Better
Ways to Use EBSCO

DATABASE SEARCH TECHNIQUE: Destination Marketing Organizations, British
Spellings and Search Vendor and Interface Changes

database searching techniques

A shorter URL for the above link:


A shorter URL for the above link:

Regarding the databases one finds provided by libraries for in library and
at home use, these come with help links that take the user to instructions
regarding the software rules these tools operate with. Learning the
skills to effectively use these in a complex search well excecuted is a
more complex skill and involves practice and experience, kind of like the
difference between learning the rules of baseball on the one hand and
becoming a good player in the field and at bat on the other hand.

Here are some book titles about information literacy that were found using
a database search that employed a few of the skills that lead to searches
that work to promote the activity and its importance.

Teaching information literacy : 35 practical, standards-based exercises
for college students
Author: Burkhardt, Joanna M.; MacDonald, Mary C.; Rathemacher, Andre J.
Publication: Chicago : American Library Association, 2003

Integrating information literacy into the higher education curriculum:
practical models for transformation
Author: Rockman, Ilene F.
Publication: San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, 2004

Information literacy: essential skills for the information age
Author: Eisenberg, Michael.; Lowe, Carrie A.; Spitzer, Kathleen L., and
Publication: Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, 2004

Outcomes assessment in higher education: views and perspectives
Author: Hernon, Peter.; Dugan, Robert E.,
Publication: Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, 2004

Assessing student learning outcomes for information literacy
instruction in academic institutions
Author: Avery, Elizabeth Fuseler.
Publication: Chicago : Association of College and Research Libraries,

Motivating students in information literacy classes
Author: Jacobson, Trudi.; Xu, Lijuan,
Publication: New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2004

Hands-on information literacy activities
Author: Birks, Jane.; Hunt, Fiona.
Publication: New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2003

Information literacy assessment : standards-based tools and
Author: Neely, Teresa Y.
Publication: Chicago : American Library Association, 2006

Information literacy instruction for educators: professional knowledge
for an information age
Author: Shinew, Dawn M.; Walter, Scott,
Publication: Binghamton, NY : Haworth Information Press, 2003

Creating a comprehensive information literacy plan: a how-to-do-it
manual and CD-ROM for librarians
Author: Burkhardt, Joanna M.; MacDonald, Mary C.; Rathemacher, Andre J.
Publication: New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2005

Revisiting outcomes assessment in higher education
Author: Hernon, Peter.; Dugan, Robert E.,
Publication: Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, 2006

Student engagement and information literacy
Author: Gibson, Craig,
Publication: Chicago : Association of College and Research Libraries,
American Library Association, 2006

Learning to lead and manage information literacy instruction
Author: Grassian, Esther S.; Kaplowitz, Joan R.
Publication: New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2005

Teaching and marketing electronic information literacy programs:
a how-to-do-it manual for librarians
Author: Barclay, Donald A.
Publication: New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2003

Higher education in the Internet age: libraries creating a strategic edge
Author: Breivik, Patricia Senn.; Gee, E. Gordon; Breivik, Patricia Senn.
Publication: Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2006

Information literacy and information skills instruction:
applying research to practice in the school library media center
Author: Thomas, Nancy Pickering.
Publication: Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, 2004

Developing research and communication skills:
guidelines for information literacy in the curriculum
Corp Author: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.,
Commission on Higher Education.
Publication: Philadelphia, Pa. : Middle States Commission on Higher
Education, 2003

Libraries and Google
Author: Miller, William,; Pellen, Rita M. Publication: Binghamton, NY, USA
: Haworth Information Press, 2005

Collaboration for distance learning information literacy instruction :
SPEC kit
Author: Islam, Ramona. Corp Author: Association of College and Research
Libraries., Distance Learning Section, Instruction Committee.
Publication: Washington, D.C. : Association of Research Libraries, Office
of Leadership and Management Services, 2005

Training college students in information literacy:
profiles of how colleges teach their students to use academic libraries.
Publication: New York, N.Y. : Primary Research Group, 2003

Empowering students II: teaching information literacy concepts with
hands-on and minds-on activities
Author: Germain, Carol Anne.; Bernnard, Deborah.
Publication: Pittsburgh, PA : Library Instruction Publications, 2004

Information literacy and the technological transformation of higher
education: papers and documents of the ACRL Instruction Section Think
Tank III
Author: Gresham, Keith. Meeting Name: ACRL Instruction Section Think Tank
(3rd : 1999 : New Orleans, La.)
Publication: Ann Arbor, Mich. : Published for the ACRL Instruction Section
by Pierian Press, 2004

Information literacy: what does it look like in the school library media
Author: Riedling, Ann Marlow
Publication: Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, 2004

Developing the new learning environment: the changing role of the
academic librarian
Author: Levy, Philippa.; Roberts, Sue,
Publication: London : Facet, 2005

Developing an information literacy program, K-12 :
a how-to-do-it manual and CD-ROM package
Author: Langhorne, Mary Jo.
Publication: New York : Neal-Schuman, 2004

Information and IT literacy :
enabling learning in the 21st century
Author: Martin, Allan,; Rader, Hannelore B.
Publication: London : Facet, 2003

Using pop culture to teach information literacy : methods to engage a new
Author: Behen, Linda D.
Publication: Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, 2006

Information literacy and the school library media center
Author: Taylor, Joie.
Publication: Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, 2006

Information literacy: a practitioner's guide
Author: Andretta, Susie.
Publication: Oxford : Chandos Pub., 2005

Stimulated recall and mental models : tools for teaching and learning
computer information literacy
Author: Henderson, Lyn ; Tallman, Julie I.,
Publication: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2006

Teaching and testing information literacy skills
Author: Smith, Jane Bandy.; Churchill, Lisa.; Mason, Lucy,
Publication: Worthington, Ohio : Linworth Books, 2005

Managing in the next society
Author: Drucker, Peter Ferdinand
Publication: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2003

Information literacy instruction that works: a guide to teaching by
discipline and student population
Author: Ragains, Patrick.
Publication: New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2006

Information literacy and technology
Author: List, Carla
Publication: Dubuque, Iowa : Kendall/Hunt, 2005

Collaboration for distance learning information literacy instruction
Author: Islam, Ramona.
Publication: Washington, D.C. : Association of Research Libraries, Office
of Leadership and Management Services, 2005

Teaching information literacy skills to social sciences students and
practitioners : a casebook of applications
Author: Cook, Douglas.; Cooper, Natasha,
Publication: Chicago : Association of College and Research Libraries,


These recent Net-Gold posts may be of interest to the members of this
discussion group.

Copyright tool will scan Web for violations

Women in Science: The Battle Moves to the Trenches


NASA Launches Google Collaboration
Web Giant Will Make Images From Space Agency's
Missions Accessible to Public

E.P.A. Library Closures Could Threaten Public Health

Games of Learning Take Action to Lure Kids-Whole Article

Bilingual toys take off

Burger Urges EPA Advisory Council To Press Agency on Library Closures

Proposal for an Accessible Captcha

EMAIL: SPAM AND ABUSE: Why Am I Getting All This Spam?

What is mean by meta glossary

Meta means beyond, more comprehensive, or more highly organized, and with respect to other dictionaries and glossaries, MetaGlossary is all these things.


Asia Virtual Library

Savifa - The Virtual Library South Asia

DFG-Projekt "Virtuelle Fachbibliothek Suedasien", Suedasien-Institut
/ Bibliothek Im Neuenheimer, Heidelberg, Germany

Another Search Engines

"Microsoft is releasing Live Search Books, its competitor to Google Book Search, in beta on Wednesday."

http://tinyurl. com/y4o92g

Google apparently just released another search engine with different
search algorithm, SearchMash, at http://www.searchma


Higher Education In India

MUMBAI - It would seem a good time to be Kinjal
Bhuptani. She is a college student studying business
in the financial capital of one of hottest economies
on earth.
But she has no illusions of sharing in India's
newfound prosperity when she graduates from Hinduja
College this spring. While others land $100,000-a-
year jobs at Goldman Sachs and Microsoft, she is more
likely to make $4 a day selling credit cards door to
Bhuptani's mistake, if you can call it that, was not
getting into one of India's most elite universities,
like the Indian Institutes of Management or Indian
Institutes of Technology. Those who are admitted go on
to enjoy big paychecks on Wall Street and to manage
some of the world's largest companies.
In the shadow of those elite institutions, most of the
11 million students in the 18,000 Indian colleges and
universities receive starkly inferior training, heavy
on obeisance and light on marketable skills, students,
educators and business leaders say. All but a tiny
handful of graduates are considered unemployable by
top global and local companies.
"We might as well not have studied," Bhuptani said.
The Indian educational system is locking millions of
students in the bottom berth of a two-tier economy,
critics argue, depriving the country of the fullest
expression of their talents and denying students a
chance to share in the fruits of reform.
The problem, experts say, is in a classroom
environment that infantilizes students well into their
mid-20s, emphasizing silent note-taking and discipline
at the expense of analysis, debate and persuasion.
Students at second- and third-tier colleges suffer not
because of a dearth of technical ability or
intelligence, critics note. Most simply lack the "soft
skills" sought by a new generation of employers but
still not taught by change-resistant colleges: the
ability to speak crisp English with a placeless
accent, to design and give PowerPoint presentations,
to write in logically ordered paragraphs, to work
collegially in teams, to grasp the nuances of
"It's almost literally a matter of life and death for
them," said Kiran Karnik, president of the National
Association of Software and Services Companies, an
influential trade body that represents many of India's
leading employers. A study that the group published
last year concluded that just 10 percent of Indian
graduates with generalist degrees were considered
employable by major companies, compared with 25
percent of engineers.
"The university has become a placeholder," said Pratap
Bhanu Mehta, a former Harvard professor who recently
resigned in frustration from the National Knowledge
Commission, a panel advising the Indian government on
overhauling its education system.
India is one of those rare countries where you become
less able to find a job the more educated you get.
College graduates suffer from higher jobless rates -
17 percent in the 2001 census - than high school
But even as graduates complain of the paucity of jobs,
companies across India lament a lack of skilled
talent. The paradox is explained, experts say, by the
poor quality of the undergraduate experience. India's
thousands of colleges are swallowing millions of new
students every year, only to spit out degree holders
that no one wants to hire.
The differences between elite colleges and those
attended by the majority can be striking. St. Stephens
College in New Delhi, one of the country's best-known
colleges, counts among its alumni a well-known
novelist (Amitav Ghosh), a top United Nations official
(Shashi Tharoor), and a former president of Pakistan
(General Muhammad Zia-ul- Haq), and offers an
illustration, through contrast, of what lesser
institutions lack.
P. Jacob Cherian, the acting principal, said the
essential difference was a focus on leadership and
communication skills, neglected at most other
institutions. As on leading Western campuses, the
students have frequent chances to meet and attend
speeches by prominent leaders.
"It's when you practice the skills that you actually
learn them," Cherian said.
But outside elite enclaves like St. Stephens, tertiary
education is an exercise in drudgery. Take, for
example, Hinduja College in Mumbai. It is in one of
India's richest enclaves, but it is a second-tier,
no-name school, exemplifying a middling college
Between lectures, dozens of students swarmed around a
reporter to complain about their education.
"What the market wants and what the school provides
are totally different," said Sohail Kutchi, a commerce
The students said they were not learning to
communicate effectively, even as mainstay activities
in the Indian economy evolve from pushing papers to
answering phones and making presentations. There were
few chances to work in groups or hold discussions. And
in this purportedly English-language college, the
professors used bad grammar and spoke in thick
Education experts argue that students are also
graduating without the ability to assess problems and
find creative solutions, in large part because their
professors encourage them to be meek and obsequious.
"Out! Out! Close the door! Close the door!" a
management professor barked at a student who entered
his classroom at Hinduja two minutes late. A second
student, caught whispering, was asked to stand up for
the duration of class.

At Hinduja, the mode of instruction is often more
evocative of a communist re- education camp than a
modern campus.
That is bad news for Indian companies, which are on a
hiring binge. Infosys, a leading outsourcing company,
will take on 25,000 new people this year, from a pool
of 1.5 million applicants.
The rejected are likely to include many smart
graduates who merely lack skills like communication,
poise and global exposure, said Mohandas Pai, director
of human resources at Infosys.
"You might be very bright," he said, "but since you
are studying in the vernacular you cannot speak good
English. You are not taught presentation skills in
your college, so you lose out."

Museums Web

Museums and the Web 2007
April 11 - 14, 2007
San Francisco, California, USA

the 11th annual international gathering of the
best in culture and heritage on the Web

- Preliminary Program Available -
http://www.archimus sessions/
Full abstracts of all accepted papers, workshops
mini-workshops, and interactions are now on the
MW2007 Web site, along with biographies of

We owe a vote of thanks to the members of the
MW2007 International Program Committee (listed
below). They helped us review over 215
submissions, and select the 43 papers, 14
mini-workshops and 4 Professional Forums that
make up the core of the MW2007 program.

- Speakers List On-line -
http://www.archimus speakers/
A full list of speakers, with links to
biographies and abstracts is available on-line.
Once again, we've got an international group of
presenters from a great mix of institutions.

- You Can Still Participate -
http://www.archimus demos/
If you missed the deadline for paper proposals,
but want to highlight your latest work you have
until December 31, 2006 to propose to demonstrate
your Web site.

If you'd like design-related feedback, you can
have your site featured in the Crit Room. See
http://www.archimus interact/ index.html# crit

There's also the ever popular Usability Lab as a
way of getting a real-time assessment on your
site. See
http://www.archimus interact/ index.html# useability

We're also looking for topics (and conveners) for
Birds of a Feather Breakfast, and new Birds of a
Feather Lunch Tables. Let us know by email to
[email protected]. com if you have an idea for
discussion or would like to get a group together.

- Best of the Web Nominations -
http://www.archimus best/
Nominations are open for the Best of the Web
awards, from now until January 7, 2007. Tell the
judges why your favourite site should be the best
of the web.

- On-line Registration -
http://www.archimus register/
Registration forms for MW2007 are now available.
Early registration ends December 16, 2006. Please
remember that registration rates are calculated
based on the date payment is received. Give
yourself enough lead-time to get institutional
cheques produced, or use a credit card when you
register on-line, at the last minute.

- Join Us! -
MW2006 participants say Museums and the Web
"stimulate[s] new ways of seeing in both the
museum + virtual world". We hope you'll join this
group of "smart, passionate people, grappling
with issues that matter" this April, in San

All the best,

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