Category Archive: virtual services

Sep 04

ALIA Dreaming 08 – Fri AM Plenary – Stephen Abram

Big Stuff – Library Challenges – Stephen Abram – Sirsi-Dynix Institute We need to tell good stories – tell each other about the good things that happen, not the bad, which is what we usually do. Stephen said that our stuff is awesome, we are in good standing amongst the libraries of the world. We …

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Sep 02

ALIA Dreaming 08 – Weds PM Concurrent Session – Edgar Crook

Web archiving in a Web 2.0 world – Edgar Crook – NLA NLA has 3 main methodologies for web archiving. Pandora Archive has developed a world class archive of Australian websites, using PANDA, their digital archiving system. PANDA is a distributed system, so their partners can also use it. Other international library archiving systems are …

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Sep 02

ALIA Dreaming 08 – PM Concurrent Sessions – Jason M Gibson

Unpacking the indigenous knowledge centre concept – Jason M Gibson Idea of a national indigenous knowledge centre was flagged at the 20/20 summit, with the idea of regional centres in support was favourably supported. Inspiration has come from Mexico and other countries. Suspicion has been aroused by these centres as they seem to appear in …

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Sep 02

ALIA Dreaming 08 – Weds AM Concurrent Session Public – Dr Vivienne Waller

Who are the virtual visitors to the library and what are they doing? Dr Vivienne Waller Working on research project with SLV – called the Searchers. Looking at purpose of public libraries in 21 century and implications of technology. Interested in current searching practices – looking at who goes where for what. Back in 1995, …

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Aug 11

Talking about my generation

I am a borderline Gen Xer.  Depending on which study you look at, I am sometimes listed as a Baby Boomer.  Labels don’t matter all that much, but I have always felt more affinity to Gen Xers and it always made me feel a little bit younger to label myself as such too. But recently …

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May 24

Happiness in an electronic environment

It was my birthday the other day. Unfortunately I had a staff meeting and an appointment on that day which was my day off, as well as the regular school drop off, pickup and swimming lessons. So it wasn’t a day to relax. However, it was a day I learnt a bit about myself that …

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Mar 05

Web 2.0 – how long until everyone is on the same page

I have been so busy lately, surprisingly so, but in a good way.  After doing a 10 minute showcase at VALA, I have done a presentation on Web 2.0 for Innov8 – a vendor organised information seminar. I also have coming in the next few weeks “Beyond blogs and wikis” at the ALIES conference and …

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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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