Monthly Archive: February 2008

Feb 28

Michael Stephens – Web 2.0 and Libraries: best practices for social software

Here’s the notes from the afternoon session of Michael Stephen’s visit to Melbourne. Over 70 librarian, mostly not all from public libraries were presented with an interesting and informative session, with plenty of inspiration to take back to their libraries. World is changing, especially in the last few years.  Its getting smaller, collaboration is happening …

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Feb 28

The Hyperlinked Library – a presentation by Michael Stephens

I was very happy to be able to attend a day of presentations by Michael Stephens of Tame the Web today. I met Michael for breakfast one morning towards the end of my study tour last year, so it was wonderful to renew our acquaintance. Although the time was all too short, it was great …

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Feb 20

What makes an expert?

I’ve been thinking about this for quite a couple of months, probably since I started getting queries from other librarians about virtual services after doing my study tour. Its been further churning away in the back of my mind since not long before the VALA conference, as besides the showcase session I did there, I …

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Feb 07

VALA 2008 Conference – Day 3 – Stuart Weibel – Plenary

Next Space (OCLC) magazine includes a social networking article featuring Stuart Weibel. Where is the Library as a brand? Perceptions of libraries and information resources – OCLC report (available online) 3300 respondents to questions on library use, awareness and use of library electronic resources, internet search engine the library and the librarian, free vs for-fee …

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Feb 07

VALA 2008 Conference – Day 3 – Concurrent Session 14 – Social Networking

Kim Tairi – Swinburne University of Technology, Rob McCormack – Peodair Leihy and Peter Ring – Victoria University “Fairy tales and Elggs: social networking with student rovers in learning commons” Rovers were used in the Learning commons – student peer mentors who worked in pairs.  Created RoverSpace – an online community for Rovers to share …

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Feb 07

VALA 2008 Conference – Day 3 – Concurrent Session 13 – Virtual Reference

Kate Davis – Gold Coast City Council “Be my buddy: IM and the future of virtual reference” IM trial was run in tandem with the Ask Now chat service. Trial has now concluded. 2 types of IM – client based (ie. MSN Messenger, Google Talk) and website integrated (embedded – Meebo).  Embeds a flash based …

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Feb 06

VALA 2008 Conference – Day 2 – Michael Geist – Plenary

Michael Geist – Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-Commerce Law, University of Ottawa “Unlocking access: in support of a hands-on Internet policy” Early days of the web (90s) were seen as a hands-off time for government, leaving it to the practitioners and users.  However, government and policy have always been a part of the …

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Feb 06

VALA 2008 Conference – Day 1 – Concurrent Session 10 – Enabling Technologies

Alan Butters – Sybis “New RFID technologies & standards: what does it all mean for your library” handouts available from Alan’s website Two ISO standards in common use – ISO 15693, ISO 18000-3 (newest). Tag Data model and privacy and data security mechanisms are not prescribed in these standards. Implications: no interoperability between systems, have …

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Feb 06

VALA 2008 Conference – Day 2 – Schubert Foo – Plenary

Schubert Foo – Vice Dean SCI Nanyang Technological University, Singapore “Going virtual for enhanced library experience: a case study of the National Library of Singapore His website – www.ntu.edu.sg/home/assfoo/ Was impressed with the developments in Librarianship in Australia, as evidenced by the papers and showcases at VALA. Encouraged the audience to share internationally and not …

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Feb 05

VALA 2008 Conference – Day 1 – Peter Lor Plenary

Peter Lor – Secretary General International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions “International Librarianship 2.0: some international dimensions of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0″ Libraries have entered a period of disruptive innovation. Everything is changing too quickly. Information, once in digital form, can travel by itself.  It doesn’t need someone to direct it. Implications: Google …

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