Category: library staff

On Demand – Concurrent Session 15 – VALA 2012

Lighting the FUSE: innovation and partnerships by Rita Ellul and Indra Kurzeme SLV and Department of Childhood Learning had an agreement to deliver 25 unified projects over 2010-11 financial year. SLV was involved in this project to extend its reach. They were already good at information management, but project management externally was a new area …

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eCapabilities – Concurrent Session 13 – VALA 2012

Online learning: eMpowering eFutures through developing staff capability at Monash University Libraries – Lisa Smith and Steven Yates Monash University Libraries has 6 libraries in Australia and 2 overseas, with 260+ FTE staff, including casuals. They work in partnerships with faculties and other areas of the university. They offer increasingly interactive and engaging resources, services, …

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New Directions – Concurrent Session 8 – VALA 2012

What is the catalogue – Helen Livingston – University of South Australia Catalogue is a register of all items found in the library. (showed Wikipedia definition – long). Told us Charles Cutter”s definition – incorporates what there is and where can I find it. Who is the catalogue for? Our users, but not sure if …

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Empowering e-Science, eMpowering libraries – Xiaolin Zhang – VALA 2012

Xiaolin Zhan is the head of the National Science Library of Chinese Academy of Sciences Lots of information challenges to e-science: eScience is built on a lot of data – it is smart data, not just because you can play with it using computers, but because of forthcoming technologies like semantic publishing, and computable. It …

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Libraries & the Post-PC era – Jason Griffey – VALA 2012

Steve Jobs 2010 – analogy to cars – we have had PCs for 30 years, but now our needs are being fulfilled by other devices – pads and smart phones for example.  Once upon a time………… there was a princess, the princess loved books, but the princess also loved computers – enamoured with the digital, …

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What we want for our users

Happy New Year everyone. Here’s hoping that 2012 is better than 2011, regardless of whether it was good or bad. I just finished reading a post by Andy Burkhardt at Information Tyrannosaur which got me pondering. I’m only new to Andy’s blog, but I highly recommend you check it out, if you haven’t already.  Entitled …

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Reference skills – beyond the basics

Its amazing how you can view your work processes differently, when fresh eyes asks you to examine it.Recently, we had a librarianship student come to our library to learn more about the reference inquiries we receive.  Myself, my local history colleague (Heather) and the student (Liz) ended having a great chat and exploration of reference …

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Finishing off

Today is the last day of Blog Every Day of  June, so I thought it appropriate to talk about when a project should finish in a library. The quick answer is never. Let me clarify. Any new service, equipment, initiative, procedure etc being started in a library has an implementation program. The implementation part has …

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Celebrating successes

My kids have just got their half yearly reports and have both done well, so as a reward, we took them to the movies. We can’t take our staff to the movies every time they have a success, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be celebrating our successes. Some sort of acknowledgement is great …

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Staff discretion

Very interesting word discretion. It gives me the image of someone tapping the side of their nose, saying nudge, nudge, wink, wink. But in the library world, its about giving the staff the opportunity to ‘bend’ the rules, where they deem there is a situation where they should be bent. Rules are important. They aim …

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