Africa S. Hands

Africa S. Hands is an independent librarian with a focus on helping professionals understand and utilise social media and search engines through one-on-one tutorials and small group workshops. Africa tweets (@africahands) on resources of interest to information and higher education professionals.

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Jinfo Blog Keeping up with conferences via apps
Monday, 30th January 2012

One way to build conference excitement and keep attendees abreast of happenings is through conference apps. While one app cannot meet the needs of all attendees, several apps used together help professionals stay connected at the conference and with clients back home.


Jinfo Blog RUSA presents the best in reference and business resources
Monday, 30th January 2012

RUSA committees are charged with the enormous task of wading through stacks of print resources and hundreds of websites, spending hours in deliberation to provide the profession with quality, trusted resources. At ALA Midwinter, the group announced its selection of outstanding print and online reference sources.


Jinfo Blog SOPA, information blackouts and ready references
Wednesday, 18th January 2012

It’s official. According to a statement by Jimmy Wales, the “Wikipedia community has chosen to blackout the English version of Wikipedia for 24 hours”. This is in protest to both the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). I was surprisingly saddened to hear about this plan. Surprised not because I have any particular tie to Wikipedia ... more because the shutdown, voluntarily or otherwise, of any information source is unsettling.


Jinfo Blog Know your SOPA rights
Tuesday, 10th January 2012

Last night I attended a meeting of a speakers' group. We meet regularly to practise our public speaking skills and receive feedback from one another in an effort to improve. The main topic of discussion last night, a topic I presented to the group, was a recent co-ed by Vinton Cerf on whether internet access is a human right.


Jinfo Blog Where the jobs are: Listings and resources for LIS professionals
Thursday, 1st December 2011

The art of job seeking transforms itself to keep pace with ever-changing technology, so what are the best techniques to use and places to go when looking for an LIS job? Africa S Hands gives us an insight into not only the resources to use but also how to plan job seeking activities to make the most of what is available.


Jinfo Subscription Where the jobs are: Listings and resources for LIS professionals
Thursday, 1st December 2011

The art of job seeking transforms itself to keep pace with ever-changing technology, so what are the best techniques to use and places to go when looking for an LIS job? Africa S Hands gives us an insight into not only the resources to use but also how to plan job seeking activities to make the most of what is available.


Jinfo Blog Search Engines Revisited [ABSTRACT]
Tuesday, 4th January 2011

Does the fact that Google is now a verb make it a better search engine than Yahoo! and Bing? Africa S Hands compares the search features and other services provided by the three search engines, and concludes that, although it is a case of ‘horses for courses’, Bing and Yahoo! still lag behind in some areas.


Jinfo Subscription Search Engines Revisited
Tuesday, 4th January 2011

Does the fact that Google is now a verb make it a better search engine than Yahoo! and Bing? Africa S Hands compares the search features and other services provided by the three search engines, and concludes that, although it is a case of ‘horses for courses’, Bing and Yahoo! still lag behind in some areas.


Jinfo Blog Wolfram|Alpha: Simple and Not So Simple Computations in One Click [ABSTRACT]
Monday, 5th July 2010

Wolfram|Alpha offers a useful alternative to the more popular search engines in that it can be used in computations. It accepts free-form linguistic queries, which can take some time to get right, but when you do it returns the exact result desired without the need to click additional links.


Jinfo Subscription Wolfram|Alpha: Simple and Not So Simple Computations in One Click
Monday, 5th July 2010

Wolfram|Alpha offers a useful alternative to the more popular search engines in that it can be used in computations. It accepts free-form linguistic queries, which can take some time to get right, but when you do it returns the exact result desired without the need to click additional links.


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