Category Archive: conference

Sep 19

ALIA Biennial Conference Day 1

I was fortunate enough to attend and present at the first day of the ALIA Biennial Conference 2014 in Melbourne. Here are my notes from the sessions I attended (all good stuff).  I will get my presentation up here soon as well. British Library in a globalised world – Roly Keating: Chief Execuitve of British …

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Feb 10

VALA2014 – Plenary 6 – Joe Murphy – Library as future

Idea of futures comes preloaded with the idea of what comes next. Libraries have been getting ready and he sees libraries as having a secure future. The outside world has already changed the things we have done, we can only move on. Change is constant. Do libraries have more future than past? Libraries will always have …

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Feb 10

VALA2014 – Concurrent Session 13 – Engaging Culture

Engaging exclusion: what’s next for Australia’s digital future – Brendan Fitzgerald – Infoxchange Infoxchange is 25 years old and have staff of 80 in Melbourne, Brisbane and Wellington. Work with other organisations for IT needs. Technology for social justice. Through digital inclusion they work one on one clients. Objectives are to increase digital inclusion, raise …

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Feb 09

VALA2014 – Mia Ridge – Open University (UK) – Bringing maker culture to cultural organisations

Libraries have always been creative spaces – we are already makerspaces and have been for a long time. How does this relationship connect to the maker movement and how can we meet those needs. She is interested in developing a deeper experience with our cultural heritage for people. She has a broad view of making …

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Feb 07

VALA2014 – Matt Finch – The Book of the World: crossing boundaries in culture and outreach

http://matthewfinch.me. Was impressed by librarians response after Christchurchs quake. Librarians were engagin in the community. Library activities for children and young people don’t have to cost the earth and as libraries become hubs for all kinds of exciting media activity and they needn’t always be bookish either. (quote from a forthcoming book) Zombie event they …

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Feb 06

VALA 2014 – Concurrent Session 9 – Get creative

Tania Barry – learn to play and play to learn using public libraries for creativity and collaboration Libraries as innovators With six focus areas: collections, spaces, staff, programs, technology and governance. Strategic direction. All strands are under the direction of reading, learning and meeting. Obtained funding to create a Digital Hub and a Makerspace. Digital …

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Feb 06

VALA 2014 Plenary 3 – Gene Tan – National Library of Singapore – Singapore Memory Project

Got us to share favourite memories of Australia with each other to demonstrate the importance of memory. This is what the Singapore Memory Project is about. It started with a discussion of old playgrounds in Singapore. The library’s Facebook page got 100,000 hits in 24 hours. The project is building a library of Singapore experience. …

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Feb 04

VALA2014 – Concurrent Session 6 – Near Futures

USB Ubiquitous Superfast Broadband, the promises and perils of Australian libraries – Warren Cheetham – Townsville City Libraries (VALA Travel Scholar) Warren suggested using the hashtag #NBN for twitter community. There was lost of promise about what the NBN could bring to the home. Ads were showing demonstrating some of this promise, including video conferencing …

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Feb 04

VALA 2014 – Concurrent Session 3 – Cloud Gazing

Zan Li – First experience of implementing a cloud computing SaaS application – Melbourne Library Service Challenges – more systems and equipment to support and more help needed by the public. Aim to resolve these enquiries in a timely manner, utilise resources better. Looking to manage this process with software. Collected requirements researched solutions and …

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Feb 04

VALA 2014 – Plenary 1 – Christine Borgman – University of California

Christine Borgman (UCLA) – Big data, little data, no data: scholarship in the networked world Information has moved a long way, from oral communication,  cumulatively to virtual. We use them concurrently and in different ways. Need to think about how we work with traditional materials and ‘data’. We need to think of new types of …

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