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.
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.
Noteworthy days and time periods in March 2019 include:
1-30 Human Rights Month (South Africa)
1-30 TB Awareness Month (South Africa)
10-16 March 2019 World Glaucoma Week
12 March 2019 Commonwealth Day
15 March 2019 World Consumer Rights Day
20 March 2019 March Equinox
22 March 2019 World Water Day
If you are looking for 2019's forthcoming conferences, the following websites are helpful:
Gearon, Liam. Ed. (2002) Human rights and religion: a reader
"This book examines the complex relationship between religion and human rights."
Murray, Rachel. (2019) The African Charter on Human and People's Rights: a commentary
"The African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) is the principle regional human rights treaty for the African continent. Adopted in 1981, there is now a significant body of jurisprudence and interpretation by its African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and the recently established African Court."