Third App Launched for NnG Promotions
It's been 8 long months from the day of the announcement that NnG Promotions would be bringing world-class artist Mark Knopfler to Malta! For the third consecutive year, Malta's foremost promotions company has entrusted Seasus to handle their social media requirements, in particular the official Facebook page and the app.And today, exactly 2 months prior to the big day we have launched a new app, ... read more
Friday, 17 May 2013
Wanted! Local e-Content with global relevance
UN based World Summit Award searches for MALTA’s best eContent – Deadline for applications [01.07.2013]
Counterfeit drugs are a serious health risk and an economic issue in many African countries. In 2009, two web developers from Ghana created mPedigree, an SMS based mobile app protecting consumers from potentially harmful drugs. mPedigree was a World Summit Award Global Champion in 2012 (WSA). It shows how quality e-Content creates value add for users and opens up business opportunities for develop ... read more
Thursday, 16 May 2013
As Active as We Can Be
Seasus Launches Portal for ACTIVE GROUP
We are pleased to annouce that a new company has joined our growing portfolio of complex projects - Active Group of Companies Malta.Following a long term of planning and discussions, work started on developing a complex portal integrating a number of websites pertaining to one of Malta's leading companies, with services ranging from holiday planning to car hire, funeral services to real estate.All ... read more
Thursday, 02 May 2013
Seasus to participate in a Reality Show!
We’re delighted to launch the new portal liquorish.tv
Liquorish.tv is back online today more stylish than ever in time for Malta’s unique reality show comeback. Liquorish, now in its 8th edition will go on air 1st April 2013 on One TV.This year Liquorish promises one of the toughest adventures yet, with its destination still unknown, to be unveiled during the first programme on Monday, as always impeccably presented by Andrea Cassar, creator and prod ... read more
Thursday, 28 March 2013
The Magic of Flowers on Facebook
Seasus launches Online Shopping App for Romano Cassar Florists
It has been exactly one year since the launch of a revamped web presence for Romano Cassar Florists, major importers and growers of flowers and plants in Malta.Since then online sales have increased considerably, and this year we discussed how to take online sales a step further, inevitably on social media. For this reason we recreated the website in an app for the Facebook platform. The app aims ... read more
Friday, 01 February 2013
Incredible ... but true!
Our Donation App helps Charity breaks a record
Whatever it took to make this year's Istrina charity event a success, it worked. Malta's most loved fund-raising marathon held on Boxing Day every year collected a record sum in excess of three million Euros. During the 12 hour televised event, the Maltese population had the opportunity to make a donation via telephone, SMS or by personally handing the donation at Verdala Palace, centre of all act ... read more
Thursday, 27 December 2012
MCAST Libraries adopt Seasus Library Management System
After an extensive testing and migration process over the summer months, MCAST Libraries recently deployed a new Library Management software application, based on the Seasus Library Management System (LMS).
The Seasus LMS. was extensively customised in order to match the specific requirements of the College, particularly to support the disperse nature of the libraries themselves, which are based in 7 locations around Malta.
The system replaces a predominantly manual process that was extremely time consuming and resource intensive, to provide real-time integration between all the remote libraries in the various College Institutes and the Main Library in Paola.
The system is also integrated in real-time with the libraries’ web site at www.mcast.edu.mt/llrc to provide Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC), through which students can search for books and view their status, together with information about the reading material required for their courses.
The web site will also shortly include functionality that will enable student to reserve books and renew loans, together with having online access to manage their Library account.
About the MCAST Libraries
Libraries form an essential part of any learning institution. Students turn to the library to carry forward the learning process started during lecture times. Libraries not only provide the information material that support taught course content but more than that libraries should also provide the information and facilities to explore other subject areas even if of purely personal interest. In learning how to access and evaluate information on their own library users are well on their way to becoming independent life long learners. This is one of the aims for which MCAST was set up. On the other hand, for academic and non academic staff, libraries are the source for continuing professional development particularly in their area of expertise.
MCAST very much believes in the importance of libraries in educational institutions and over the past academic year we have invested heavily in the set up of modern library facilities on all its sites both on the main Campus on Corradino Hill, Paola and at each of our off-site Institutes and Centres. But besides the classical library facilities and services MCAST is looking also at creating Learning Resource Centres as part of its strategy of ensuring that its graduates learn the skill of independent learning. It is these skills that guarantee that MCAST graduates, over the years, can continuously keep up to date with their chosen area of expertise and as necessary branch out into new areas of knowledge for their own and their employers' mutual benefit.
The New Library Building on the Corradino Campus
One of the major capital investment projects on the main Corradino Campus on Paola Hill for the academic year 2003-2004 was the new Library Building. In respect of the library one of the first decisions taken by the Board of Governors and the School Principal was to dedicate a separate building for the Library and to include a Learning Resource Centre in this building. The intention was that the College will emphasize in a clear and visible way the importance it wants to attach to the function that the library will serve. The building earmarked for the new library is at the heart of the MCAST Campus and is surrounded by a pedestrian area adjacent to the Administrative block and Canteen. This new building is a major and costly project for MCAST. The Library and the College hope that through good management and constant use over the years it will have been a worthwhile investment indeed.
Why a Library AND Learning Resource Centre?
The Deed of Foundation and the Statute of the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology in describing the purpose of the College states that as a primary aim the College will "provide citizens with the opportunity to qualify in trades, skills, artisan or technical or commercial activities, and in the professions in order to prepare, instruct and instill discipline in those citizens for work in the community". But more than this the Deed of Foundation states further that "The College shall be structured on the concept of life-long learning, and shall also provide teaching and training programs … including by distance learning and other programs which are imparted by any effective means and from any suitable place …" The role of the Library in supporting the teaching program of different courses in all the Institutes is clear and follows the model that conventional libraries have had in the past. However the emphasis being made on life-long learning and education through any effective means and from any suitable place clearly implies that the conventional class room based teaching is not to be the sole method used by MCAST to reach its aim. The model where somebody who knows everything (the teacher / lecturer / demonstrator) explains and imparts knowledge to somebody else who knows nothing or much less (the apprentice / student) is evolving into one where learners are assuming greater responsibility for their own learning. The library have the role of providing the means where students and staff (these too need to embrace life-long learning) can learn on their own and can be guided on how to master the skills of independent learning. The library as a necessary requirement provides as broad and deep a range of information in all its formats and from all sources as MCAST can afford and secondly make this information readily available. The library also provides information literacy services which could be as simple as clear library signage, a well designed and presented library web-site and on-line catalogue, short library tours to longer courses of instructions on library use. Moreover we provide individual and group assistance, especially through the MCAST Information & Support and Basic Skills Units. This is the main reason why we are calling our library a Library and Learning Resource Centre. We want to emphasize the twin concepts of life-long learning and ownership of the learning process.