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Curriculum Development: Advising Students Against Plagiarism — Stephen’s Lighthouse

Curriculum Development: Advising Students Against Plagiarism Curriculum Development: Advising Students Against Plagiarism “With knowledge at their fingertips online, as well as hundreds of essay writing services, college students are often tempted to plagiarize. Teachers need to educate their students on the dangers of plagiarism to their college education, their integrity, and their future careers. Teachers…

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Batho Pele (Sotho, for ‘people first’)

Batho Pele was a South African government initiative, started in 1997, to transform public services. It would seem it was to transform them from adeptness to corruption, waste and inefficiency.
However, that is not why I’m stressing the term today…it’s because it fits as a label (mentioned in my Study Guide for AIS3703, by Dr JA Fourie) for my personal image of a professional librarian. Truly someone who is there for the people, regardless of race, culture or social standing!
So why this elitism that exists in the profession? Why do you even find the term ‘celebrity librarian’? I may well understand, one day.
But for now, reading about the attributes of professional service, it’s heartwarming to see that I’ve at least got the foundation rightly formed – a desire for true altruistic service orientation! Yes, expert knowledge, strong ethics, accountability to the community, knowledge of their needs and interests, professional autonomy – all important in the right measure – but all worthless without a heart for selfless service. People first! Batho pele!

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Take the bull by the horns…

…is what I always tell my offspring. Now it’s time to tell myself! Oooh boy, just got instructions for the practical portfolio research task for final year. I feel like I need to analyse, research and revamp an entire library single-handedly. Where does one begin? Ah, yes…take the bull, etc etc.
*runs to computer to email a possible contact for use of her school library as subject*
Email sent, will she respond or did I burn that bridge?

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