The power of mobile phones explored during the mLiteracy for Public Librarians Workshop

Mobile phones can be very powerful if we know how to use them properly. The mLiteracy pilot workshop presented by Derek Moore on Friday 1 December 2017, and generously sponsored by the Goethe-Institut South Africa, brought together public librarians from around to learn more about using their mobile phones to access wi-fi, and mobile reading resources on the World Wide Web. Mobile phones are more easily within reach of children and adults alike sometimes, and although not the ideal, if it is the only means one has to access books and research, it is better than nothing. The librarians who participated indicated that they had to stretch their minds quite… Read More

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Taking Digital Citizenship to Mbazwana

In the Cloud participated in a community outreach event during the week of 3-6 May 2017. It was a unique experience, with the opportunity to train librarians and give back as part of being the Librarian of the Year 2016. The training took place at the Mbazwana Public Library, and was attended by librarians from public libraries in the surrounding areas – 11 librarians in total. It was done in collaboration with University of Pretoria and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). The following contributed to the success of the workshop: Susan Veldsman spoke to women in science. Zukie Hlwatika spoke to career choices. Ina Smith spoke about digital citizenship for… Read More

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In the Cloud supports LIASA Conference!

In the Cloud is happy to introduce librarians at the 17th Annual LIASA Conference to this new and innovative business concept! Please lookout for the pamphlet in your conference bag. Our facilitators will further assist with presenting a workshop on digital citizenship, and we will also be sponsoring two LIASA memberships for 2017 for two lucky LIASA members! Hope all will have a fabulous time! Ina & Annamarie

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Order now for 2016!

Dear all Welcome back after the holiday, and we hope you are all well rested! During the past week or two, South Africans had an eye opener in terms of how easy it is to get into trouble when making statements on social media. Both adults and learners must please take great care when posting personal opinions. Posting something on facebook or twitter or a blog is similar to posting it on a billboard next to the highway, or broadcast it via CNN News for the whole world to hear. Therefore – please help to learn our children from very early that they must take responsibility for what they say –… Read More

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*Librarians in the Cloud* now also available!

It was a huge privilege to teach 20 librarians from the Johannesburg Public Library, on becoming digital citizens. A digital citizen is somebody who can use programmes such as Windows, Paint, Word, PowerPoint and Excel with ease. This person is also comfortable with working in the online environment, and staying up to date on new trends – both as downloaders and uploaders of information, and do so taking the necessary responsibility for it. We know that all users from these libraries will benefit in many ways, and so would their fellow colleagues with which they will be sharing their newly acquired skills. It was a great experience, and as one of the participants said: “You… Read More

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