Category Archive: VALA 2008

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 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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Feb 05

VALA 2008 Conference – Day 1 – Concurrent Session 4 – Engaging Communities

Joann Ransom – Horowhenua Library Trust “Kete Horowhenua: the story of the District as told by its people” Kete – telling our stories together. Their community comes in to help catalogue images in their digital collection, using their own specialist knowledge, enriching the content. Kete is the maori word for a basket – anyone can …

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Feb 05

VALA 2008 Conference – Day 1 – Concurrent Session 1 – Library 2.0

Lynette Lewis – Yarra Plenty Regional Library ‘Library 2.0: taking it to the street It’s about using Web 2.0 applications in your community. Web 2.0 is not going away, regardless of how we feel about it. Used Tim O”Reilly’s quote on Web 2.0: it’s participatory, doing. Used Michael Casey’s quote from the LJ article and …

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Feb 05

VALA 2008 Conference – Day 1 – Andy Powell Plenary

I was planning to live blog the sessions at VALA 2008.  Unfortunately, the wireless at the Melbourne Convention Centre is patchy at best and non-existent in the auditoriums. So it was note taking on the computer and now cut and paste into my blog at 11pm at night. Still, its been a great first day …

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