The Internet is a major technological advancement reshaping not only our society but also that of universities worldwide. In light of this, universities have to capitalise on the Internet for teaching, and one progressive development of this is the use of online delivery methods. This paper draws upon the results of a survey conducted amongst students enrolled in one online management course at an Australian university. Three critical success factors in online delivery are identified: technology, the instructor and the previous use of the technology from a student’s perspective. We also argue that the lecturer will continue to play a central role in online education, albeit his or her role will become one of a learning catalyst and knowledge navigator.
It is appropriate in this setting to remember the story of the Scottish Minister chastising his flock for their multitudinous sins, and threatening them with hell‐fire and…
It is appropriate in this setting to remember the story of the Scottish Minister chastising his flock for their multitudinous sins, and threatening them with hell‐fire and damnation on the Day of Judgement. ‘Ye'll cry out then to the Almighty “Lord, Lord, we didna ken!” and the Lord in his Infinite Mercy will look down on ye and say “Aye well, ye ken the noo!”’ Lack of information can have serious consequences. Ignorance of the law is no defence in court. And a recent series of advertisements for The Times offered graphic examples of the consequences of not being better informed. Everyone agrees that being better informed is a good thing, everyone wants information but not everyone is prepared for significant resources to be spent on it. But no advances can be made except on a basis of a considerable body of information. All actions are based on information. The experienced person is calling on his own mental information store a million times a day. It is interesting to speculate to what extent he selectively recalls information, to what extent one part of his brain acts as ‘information intermediary’, filtering information and rejecting ‘noise’, an aspect of information work arousing considerable interest today.
On January 9th Tony Newton, the Under Secretary at the Department of Health and Social Security, launched the government's £600,000 promotional campaign for the introduction of the controversial new plastic National Insurance cards. These plastic cards contain the following ‘visible’ information: name, national insurance number and a check digit. What has been of most concern, is that the card contains a magnetic strip that can store information ‘invisible’ to the card holder. As the dhss has announced it is not the intention to include any type of ‘secret information’ on this strip, the current anxiety expressed by certain organisations and individuals has been seen by many as a fuss about nothing; but is there really cause for concern, and what has all this to do with libraries?
Life studies are a rich source for further research on the role of the Afro‐American woman in society. They are especially useful to gain a better understanding of the Afro‐American experience and to show the joys, sorrows, needs, and ideals of the Afro‐American woman as she struggles from day to day.
Resource constraints in the Canadian publicly funded healthcare system have created a need for more volunteer leaders to effectively manage other volunteers. Self-concept…
Resource constraints in the Canadian publicly funded healthcare system have created a need for more volunteer leaders to effectively manage other volunteers. Self-concept theory has been conceptualized and applied within a volunteer context, and the views of healthcare stakeholders, such as volunteers, volunteer leaders, and supervisors, triangulated to form an understanding of the attitudes and behaviors of volunteer leaders. We propose that leaders are differentiated from others by how they view their roles in the organization and their ability to make a difference in these roles. This interpretation can be informed by self-concept theory because each individual's notion of self-concept influences how employees see themselves, how they react to experiences, and how they allow these experiences to shape their motivation. A small case study profiles a volunteer leader self-concept that includes a proactive, learning-oriented attitude, capitalizing on significant prior work experience to fulfill a sense of obligation to the institution and its patients, and demands a high level of respect from paid employees.
A number of developments and activities in the British Library arereviewed. Developments in the field of copyright are outlined and thedevelopment of internal networking…
A number of developments and activities in the British Library are reviewed. Developments in the field of copyright are outlined and the development of internal networking is described in some detail. A number of recent exhibitions in the Library are briefly reviewed and significant additions to the collections are described.
The purpose of this paper is to enrich the understanding of current models of organisational response to crises and offer additional perspectives on some of these models…
The purpose of this paper is to enrich the understanding of current models of organisational response to crises and offer additional perspectives on some of these models. It is also intended to confirm the value of fiction as a truth-seeking and hermeneutic device for enriching the imagination.
The study uses Daniel Defoe’s 1722 novel A Journal of the Plague Year to draw parallels between his portrayal of the London Great Plague of 1665 and the management of modern-day crises. Defoe uses London’s ordeal of the Great Plague to advise those subjected to future crises. Through his representation of plague-ridden streets, Defoe shows stakeholders acting in ways described in current crisis management literature.
The authors note how the management of the Plague crisis was unsuccessful and they challenge the very idea of managing a true crisis. The authors are able to illustrate and offer refinements to the Pearson and Clair (1998) and Janes (2010) models of crisis management as well as confirming the value of their constructs across a lapse of centuries.
Although it is an examination of a single novel, the findings suggest value in conceptualising organisational crises in innovative and more imaginative ways.
It confirms the heuristic value of using fiction to understand organisational change and adds value to current models.