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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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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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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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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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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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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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VALA 2014 – L-Plate Series

Today I had the honour of chairing the L-Plate series, a schedule of short talks giving an introduction and foundation to topics that will be a focus of the VALA conference itself in the next three days. Being capable at multi-skilling, I managed to chair as well as take notes, so here are those notes …

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ALIA Online 2013 Conference – Day 3

Charles Leadbeater (via Skype) – Systems of empathy   The whole relationship with technology is crucial, its reshaping our culture and our expectations.   Is technology for us or are we for it? How is it working for you, or are you working for it? Typewriter was a dumb tool that was beautiful but that …

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ALIA Online 2013 Conference – Day 2

  Liam Wyatt is a local Wikipedia guru sponsoring GLAM sector involvement.   Wikivoyage and Wikidata coming out later this year.   Sue Gardner – Wikimedia   Audience participation, most librarians are supportive and about 1/4 have edited.   Top 5 website, only non-profit and consider themselves to be part of GLAM sector.   Wikipedia …

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ALIA Online 2013 Conference – Day 1

  Ingrid Parent – IFLA – Our digital futures   Be different, do different appropriate theme for this time. Horizon report 2013 representative of the times. Institutions must consider the unique value they bring in this world that is full of information.   So much data available on a wide range of devices and they …

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