Current awareness is the term used to describe staying informed by keeping up to date with the latest publications, research and news in your field.
The perspective of current awareness is the present and the forthcoming, as opposed to the retrospective.
Current awareness ranges from looking for information on specific topics on a regular basis (and this usually involves the assistance of your Personal Librarian to help you set up a search profile matched to your research interests) to embracing a wider, more general, and cross-disciplinary view that brings an element of serendipity into your search for the latest information.
Informally, researchers remain alert in all contexts for useful information and insights that will inform their daily practice, their research, and spark off innovative and creative ideas for new avenues of research
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In 2012, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to mobilize global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical problem solving for sustainable development, including the design and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Following their adoption, we are now committed to supporting the implementation of the SDGs at local, national, and global scales.
We aim to accelerate joint learning and help to overcome the compartmentalization of technical and policy work by promoting integrated approaches to the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. The SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, and civil society.
The year is marked with many special days, weeks, and months dedicated and devoted to raising awareness about important issues.
This monthly post, compiled by the Information Search Librarians Team, will note special dates and themes, and draw your attention to possibly interesting cross-disciplinary topical references intended to inform and to inspire ideas for research.
Selected Noteworthy Days in June
1-30 June Theme: “The year of OR Tambo: Advancing Youth Economic Empowerment”
5 Jun: World Environment Day
6-12 Jun: Heart Rhythm Week
8 Jun: World Oceans Day
14 Jun: World Blood Donor Day
16 Jun: Youth Day (South Africa)
20 Jun: World Refugee Day
23 Jun: Africa Public Service Day
If you are looking for 2017's forthcoming conferences, the following websites are helpful:
Palmer, PN. 2010.’Globalisation and Africa's Youth: Leveraging the Entrepreneurial Gains of Globalisation’. International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities & Nations, Vol. 10 Issue 2, p 211-223.
“The globalisation process offers participants economic benefits which hold out potential entrepreneurial gains for countries. While the inter-continental benefits of globalisation are noteworthy, Africa's youth it is contended, have not benefited. They have failed to benefit from this economic largesse and remain sceptical as to leveraging any entrepreneurial gains from the globalisation process. The abortive attempts by Africa's youth to enjoy the benefits for globalisation are explored. Their plight, despite African governments' interventionist measures, is ventillated thoughout this paper. Comparative trends in entrepreneurial development highlighting disparities between Africa and Western countries are explored. The rationale for these disparities are interrogated. Although global institutions do encourage youths' access to the benefits of globalisation, the reality is that Africa's youth are frequently impeded in their entrepreneurial initiatives due to the dearth of basic facilities, services and opportunities, all of which remains a challenge to