Category Archive: future

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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Jun 29

Blog every day of June – What new technologies should we know about? – Sun 29 June

Been thinking about what the future holds in terms of technology, which is difficult at the best of times, because new tech is always coming out and you never know what is really going to impact in significant way. For example, we have all seen how much smart phones and tablets have changed the way …

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Jun 23

Blog every day of June – Future of libraries – Mon 23 June

ALIA has produced a series of reports entitled Future of the Library and Information Science Profession. The project aimed to answer the following questions: How will libraries remain relevant for users? What changes will institutions and individuals in the sector experience? Will ‘library and information professional’ continue to be a necessary and desirable occupation? I say …

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Jun 04

Blog every day of June – Evolving spaces: Makerspaces

Today I attended this great seminar at the State Library of Victoria.  Here are my notes. Jo Watson – State Library of Victoria Spoke on her recent study tour. Makerspaces are about sharing materials, learning new skills, community partnerships and more. Libraries have been involved in creative purposes for a long time, the difference is …

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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 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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Jun 30

Blog June 2013 – Day 30 – Challenges ahead

This is the last day of the Blog June 2013 and there were a few times I didn’t think I’d be able to post librarian-related content every day, but I managed.  Fortunately we work in a profession which brings us new challenges almost daily. So now this challenge is complete, what next! I need to …

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Jun 29

Blog June 2013 – Day 29 – Victorian Public Libraries 2030

As one of the Statewide Projects this financial year, the State Library of Victoria and Public Libraries Victoria Network collaborated to answer the question of what a public library is now and will be in 2012. The Victorian Public Libraries 2030 Strategic Framework is the result and has been launched now – it is well …

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Mar 09

Looking to the future – 2013 Horizon Report

The Horizon Report 2013 Higher Education Edition has been out for a bit now and I admit that I await its predictions with keen interest. Although aimed at the academic sector, I have still found it a valuable insight into what could be coming up for libraries, including public libraries. This year’s is no different. …

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Jan 16

3D Printers – technolust, lifelong learning, community?

I normally don’t weigh in with a blog post when there is a heavy topic in library blogging, but am going to on this one because of my own particular interest and experience of late. If you haven’t already caught the discussion on libraries, their mission and 3D printers, I recommend you do so first. …

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