Tag Archive: ALIA Dreaming 08

Sep 18

What’s it all about

So what is Connecting Librarian all about?  My byline says it is about “Connecting new ideas and technologies with library service”.  Which it is, but it’s interesting to see whether three years of posts actually reflect this aim. Enter Wordle.   “Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide.”  When it …

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Sep 05

ALIA Dreaming 08 – the social side

Not only have the conference presentations been good, as will the papers Im sure, but I have to post about the social side as well. The networking opportunties have been great. It started on Tuesday night with a welcome reception and the opening of the trade exhibit. Drinks and horses doovers met everyone who had …

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Sep 04

ALIA Dreaming 08 – Fri PM Plenary – Loriene Roy

ALA and the intersection of indigenous library services and values – Dr Loriene Roy – University of Texas As ALA president, you get money for assigned tasks, an assistant etc ($250,000) and then $100,000 for programs. Routine duties include communications ie. presidential message quarterly reports and much more such as greetings, blogs, messages, cards/greetings. It …

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Sep 04

ALIA Dreaming 08 – ALS Breakfast – Thu – Margie Seale

I was fortunate enough to be invited by Patricia Genat to attend the ALS Breakfast during the ALIA Dreaming 08 conference. Over a lovely pancake breakfast we had a casual conversation with Margie Seale from Random House on publishing trends and the scene in the Australian industry. Margie began by saying that she was impressed …

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Sep 04

ALIA Dreaming 08 – AM Concurrent Session – Space

Changing library types – the journey from joint use to public library – Kimberley Hargrave In SA, community libraries were established in the 70s and 80s. Of the 142 public libraries in SA, just over 1/3 are joint use. There is an agreement in place outlining the responsibilities, funding etc. The Two Wells library operated …

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Sep 04

ALIA Dreaming 08 – Fri AM 2nd Plenary – Alan Smith

Re-imagining library services: a new collaborative vision by Alan Smith – NSLA NSLA comprises the Australian state, territory, national libraries and the national library of New Zealand. They are working to build the next stage of libraries for our users. The 4 key points and 10 projects are making way and getting librarians out of …

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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 03

ALIA Dreaming 08 – PM Concurrent Session – Debra Rosenfeldt

Connecting with the community: strategies to help public libraries better engage with hard to reach groups – Debra Rosenfeldt Approximately 60% of Australians use public libraries. 50% of public library users visit weekly, 90% borrow books mainly, 37% use computers, 46% get information, 61% for social ontact and 50% to meet new people. Why dont …

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Sep 03

ALIA Dreaming 08 – Thur PM Concurrent Session – Jack L Goodman

We would if we could but its not in the Budget… success stories in third-party funding for public library programs – Jack L Goodman Tutoring Australasia Why public libraries need partnerships- maintaining relevance requires innovation, which needs resources – which means money. Public libraries have many users, tight budgets, have little state support and no …

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Sep 03

ALIA Dreaming 08 – PM Plenary – Inga Lunden

The New City Library: more than a house, for knowledge and dreams – Inga Lunden Stockholm Public Library Whats the librarys challenge and mission? The EU believe it is creating public paradise in the connected age. Dreaming the future is risky – the only certainty is that it will change. However, only dreamers can influence …

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