BBC News Radar service

Posted by Celia Walter | 28 Apr, 2009
BBC News radar
The BBC News Radar service is a site maintained by the BBC. It provides a chronological listing of all the headlines recently added to the BBC news site, regardless of their category or importance. It is therefore a useful resource for tracing the latest political, social and economic news. There are links through to the main BBC pages where the full stories can be read. From

WUN China Center

Posted by Celia Walter | 28 Apr, 2009
WUN Contemporary China Center
Part of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), the WUN China Center aims to combine the expertise of member institutions in the US, Great Britain, Australia, and China in order to reach a more thorough understanding of China and the Chinese through a cross-disciplinary approach. On the main page, users will find a textual introduction to the centre's aims and ideals, and can access links to staff members in participating universities (for example, UK members include The University of Bristol, The University of Leeds and The University of Sheffield, all leaders in East Asia research). The centre organises live 'virtual seminars' which can be accessed online by interested participants (international start times are listed), and details of past seminars can be viewed by e mailing the centre to request an authorisation password. subjects of past seminars cover: civil society in China; rural life; marriage and migration; the young in contemporary China; and educational inequalities in China.

Users will also find a list of past conferences and workshops organised by the centre. The organisational impetus behind the centre and WUN is The University of Leeds, UK, which is its main point of contact. Although some sections of the website appear to be maintained more often than others (the resources page, for example, needs to be filled, whilst the virtual seminar page is updated frequently), the resource remains valuable as an example of an innovative international, cross disciplinary approach to the study of China, which is moving further and further beyond the traditional 'Sinology' of the past. From

Podcasts and Audio Presentations: Four Copywriting Techniques

Posted by Celia Walter | 28 Apr, 2009

Four Copywriting Techniques for Engaging Podcasts and Audio Presentations

iLibrarian blog April 25th, 2009

Brian Clark at Copyblogger puts together a guide to Four Copywriting Techniques for Engaging Podcasts and Audio Presentations. This useful article discusses how to structure an audio presentation using techniques such as attention, empathy, solution, and action as well as how to present content in a compelling well through the following four techniques:

  1. Stories and Anecdotes
  2. Metaphors, Similes and Analogies
  3. Mirroring
  4. Mind’s Eye Scenarios

BitTorrent: an e-book

Posted by Celia Walter | 28 Apr, 2009

The Big Book of BitTorrent

From iLibrarian blog April 27th, 2009


If you still aren’t sure about what BitTorrent is (peer-to-peer file sharing technology), and how to get started using it, there is now a free 28-page illustrated e-book from on the topic. The book is available for free download as a pdf.