Pic-of-the-Week: System of Life

System of life

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Welcome to 2013, follow us in pictures

Welcome to 2013, friends!

This year Civica Library & Learning is participating in the Fickr Picture a Day Challenge, with the aim to document our life in both Australia and Singapore. We’ve got a team of happy snappers ready to take pics and show you what’s it’s *really like* working for Civica ;).

2013PAD has library participants from around the world – it’s not too late for you to also sign up if you’re into that kind of thing.

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Social Media Statistics for 2012

Can you survive without Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or Google?  I bet not, especially with Google and Youtube.  Although as librarians, we have always been advocating to our users and students that Google is not the “almighty” search engine and placing a lot of emphasis on the difference between “high recall” vs “high precision”, I can safely claim on behalf of all librarians that Google (and Youtube) are still good tools that we can’t live without and that this will continue to be so for quite some time to come.

So how much growth have you and I contributed to the world of social media for the year of 2012?  Check out this set of statistics compiled by Go-Globe.com: Continue reading

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Pic-of-the-Week: Punctuation



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The World’s Largest Book Publisher

With just seven days counting down to the end of 2012, the biggest news for 2012 in the publishing world has got to be the merger deal between Penguin and Random House. See article.

Pending the regulatory approval and closure in the second half of 2013, it will become the world’s largest book publisher. While the combined firm will be called Penguin Random House, here’s an interesting article put together by Jeremy Greenfield, the editorial director of Digital Book World, on some of the new logos that creative designers have come up with for the world’s largest publisher:
Ranguin House Penguin House

Penguin House Penguinhaus

Penguin House 

Sources : What the New Penguin Random House Logo Might Look Like

Whatever it is, the answer will be revealed in due time. For now, let’s enjoy the rest of the year.  Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!! 

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Amazon’s Warehouse – the ‘Chaotic Storage’ approach

'Ordered' chaos
‘Ordered’ chaos

As the world’s largest online retailer, Amazon needs somewhere to put all of those products. The solution? Giant warehouses. Eighty to be exact. Strategically located near key shipping hubs around the world.

The warehouses themselves are massive, with some over 1.2 million square feet in size (111,484 sq m). And at the heart of this global operation are people (over 65,000 of them), and a logistics system known as chaotic storage.

Chaotic storage is like organized confusion. It’s an organic shelving system without permanent areas or sections. That means there is no area just for books, or a place just for televisions (like you might expect in a retail store layout). The product’s characteristics and attributes are irrelevant. What’s important is the unique barcode associated with every product that enters the warehouse.

Every single shelf space inside an Amazon warehouse has a barcode. And every incoming product that requires storage is assigned a specific barcode that matches the shelf space in which it will be stored. This allows free space to be filled quickly and efficiently.

In this storage system a wide variety of products can be found located next to each other. A necklace could be located beside a DVD and underneath a set of power tools. This arbitrary placement can even help with accuracy as it makes mix-ups less likely when picking orders for shipment.

Overall it’s a fascinating system that at its core is powered by a complex database yet run by a simple philosophy. It’s Chaotic Storage. There’s no better way to put it 🙂


– All pictures via International Business Times
– Information via BGR and ABC News

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The Civica Education Technolog Blog

Our UK counterpart Civica Education has recently started a blog.  It’s a resource dedicated to technology in education and has some interesting and useful posts.


Educators in particular, I recommend you add this to your blog roll and follow the posts.

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Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits

The Pew Research Center, released the findings of a recent survey on Americans last month as part of a study on how e-books may have change the reading landscape and libraries among Americans ages 16 and older.

This report on readers between the ages of 16 and 29, a target interest group in the library and publishing world, revealed some interesting results.  These include :
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Pic-of-the-Week : What do you see?

This is one of those interesting stuff that I enjoy. What do you see?

If you see one half of the front face, then you are one who uses more of the right brain and are better at artistic creations.

If you see a man’s side view, then you are one who uses the left brain more – one who is good at logical thinking.

Use this on your friends and colleagues and it might help to review a thing or two about them …

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Text2mindmap – Free Online Mindmapping Tool

A pretty handy online mindmapping tool that allows you to convert your outlines into mindmaps.  It is a good way to put across or capture your concepts, especially when you are at the stage of developing your ideas or concepts. It is easy to use and has export features such as converting your mindmap to image (PNG format) or a PDF file. You can also save it online using your email address and come back to it again.

Here’s a Youtube video showing how it works:

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