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VALA2004 Session 1 Pymm


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Satellite capture of broadcast materials – archiving radio and television in the 21st century

VALA 2004 CONCURRENT SESSION 1: Managing Digital Objects
Tuesday 3 February 2004, 11:20 - 11:50

Dr Bob Pymm

Manager, Collection Development, ScreenSound Australia (the National Screen and Sound Archive)

Thorsten Kaeding

Project Officer, Satellite Capture Program, ScreenSound Australia (the National Screen and Sound Archive)

VALA Peer Reviewed Paper

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For many years, ScreenSound Australia has acquired a sampling of television and radio broadcasts for its collections. Traditionally this has been done by sending out blank stock to broadcasters who then copy the selected programs and return them to the Archive. With the advent of satellite broadcasting, it is now possible to establish a real-time capture program which enables programs to be captured, catalogued and made available. This paper will look at establishment of a capture pilot program, some of the technical issues involved, problems of selection, and permissions and rights, cataloguing and making content available and impact on workflow practices and procedures.

VALA2004 Session 7 Jilovsky


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Unicode: a tool for system interoperability and human communication

VALA 2004 CONCURRENT SESSION 7: Software Issues
Wednesday 4 February 2004, 15:10 - 15:40

Cathie Jilovsky

Information Services Manager, CAVAL Collaborative Solutions

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This paper describes the development of the Unicode standard, how it is being used by computer systems generally and by the library community in particular. The complexities of implementing a system which supports a multi-language environment are explored, using the implementation of the Ex Libris Aleph 500 library system at CAVAL Collaborative Solutions as a case study. CAVAL provides cataloguing services to customers in over fifty languages, so that the ability to handle Unicode was a key criterion in the selection of the system. Unicode is complex to implement but is becoming an essential component for library systems.

VALA2004 Plenary 4 Jianzhong


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Developing a Borderless Hybrid Library: Shanghai Experience

VALA 2004 PLENARY 4: Wu Jianzhong
Wednesday 4 February 2004, 16:10 - 17:25

Wu Jianzhong

Director, Shanghai Library, China

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Since the new building opened in 1996, the Shanghai Library has strived to create a borderless hybrid library. Taking advantage of the consolidation of the Shanghai Library and the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of Shanghai (ISTIS), the new institution has developed a knowledge service system in an all-round way for the general public, for the research and business community, and for the policy-makers and legislators, and also a digital library system to integrate all the conventional and electronic resources and to extend the hybrid services to all the libraries in Shanghai. The presentation will focus on the library’s innovative, integrative and interactive hybrid services as well as some technical development including Chinese metadata and cataloguing programs.

VALA2010 Session 7 Hagon


VALA20120Everything I know about cataloguing I learned from watching James Bond

Wednesday 10 February 2010 14:20 - 14:50
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VALA Peer Reviewed PaperPaul Hagon

Senior Web Designer, National Library of Australia

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Is it enough to rely on human interpretation for cataloguing our collections, or like James Bond, will we require high tech gadgets to get the job done? Image searches now analyse the pixel-by-pixel colour values of an image, allowing searching by colour. Consumer-grade photo management software incorporates facial recognition, allowing us to identify individuals. When researching, will we be querying the content to get the metadata or will we still be relying on querying the metadata to deliver the content? Will these technologies filter down into the way we catalogue items within our collections, or will this be a layer that enhances our traditional cataloguing methodologies or provides an additional service for our users?

VALA2008 Session 12 Dellit


VALA Peer Reviewed PaperCollecting the best data: improving cataloguing systems

Thursday 7 February 2008 11:55 - 12:30
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Alison Dellit

Metadata Librarian, National Library of Australia

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As libraries come to grips with enormous changes in information-seeking behaviour, many institutions are seeking to build "new generation" catalogues, which make resource discovery simple and fun. To fully take advantage of these changes, libraries also need to re-think what data we should be recording about our collections; and how we are recording it. The National Library of Australia is developing a new tool to streamline the process of selecting a correct subject heading. In the future, an even more radical approach to subject analysis and classification may be required to efficiently catalogue the increasing amount of born-digital information.

VALA2006 Session 11 Thompson


VALA2006 'Does it matter if the users are actually dead?' A database to re-connect with the borrowers and collection of a hundred year old library

VALA 2006 CONCURRENT SESSION 11: Information Management and Knowledge Sharing
Friday 10 February 2006, 11:20 - 11:50
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VALA Peer Reviewed PaperPeter Thompson

Information Systems and Resources Librarian, La Trobe University Library, Bendigo

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This paper describes the development of a database to facilitate research into 19th century library management practices and borrower behaviour in Bendigo, Australia. The database schema was designed to reflect the cataloguing and numbering systems utilised in the library in the 1880’s. The schemes proved surprisingly versatile and effective in a database environment, and worked well to both illustrate and model the organisation of the library and to manage the data in a modern database.


VALA2006 Plenary 4 Woldering


VALA2006 Keynote SpeakerConnecting with users: Europe and multilinguality


Britta WolderingVALA 2008 PLENARY 4: Britta Woldering
Thursday 9 February 2006, 16:10 - 17:25
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Britta Woldering

Assistant for International Relations to the Director General, Die Deutsche Bibliothek (German National Library), Germany

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This paper introduces to the new Internet service The European Library, provided by the Conference of European National Librarians (CENL), and gives an overview of activities in Europe for multilingual library services, developed and tested in various projects: TEL-MEMOR, MACS (Multilingual Access to Subjects), MSAC (Multilingual Subject Access to Catalogues of National Libraries), Crisscross, and VIAF (Virtual International Authority File).


VALA2006 Session 10 Meitar


VALA2006 Questions of terminology and classification in digitising a Jewish Culture Heritage Collection

VALA 2006 CONCURRENT SESSION 10: Resource Capture and Access
Thursday 9 February 2006, 14:00 - 14:30
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VALA Peer Reviewed PaperAnat Meitar

Collections Assistant, Jewish Museum of Australia

Susan Faine

Curator, Collections, Jewish Museum of Australia

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In working toward a comprehensive computerised database of its collection, the Jewish Museum of Australia has been redefining its terminology and classification systems. These definitions have played a central part in determining inner relationships between collection items in an electronic environment, and thereby support the museum and the wide diverse range of communities searching the collection. Facilitating the multilingual requirements of the cultural collection is of high importance. This paper proposes to establish an online thesaurus for the international Jewish museums communities, in which they could name and identify their object’s terminology.


VALA2006 Session 9 Kiorgaard


VALA2006 A rose by any other name?: from AACR2 to Resource Description and Access

Thursday 9 February 2006, 14:35 - 15:05
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VALA Peer Reviewed PaperDeidre Kiorgaard

Director, Bibliographic Standards, National Library of Australia

Ebe Kartus

Coordinator, Metadata, The University of Melbourne

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Resource Description and Access (RDA) is a new standard for description and access, designed for the digital world. The paper charts the drivers that are shaping RDA's development. It explains why simply revising AACR2 is no longer an option. It discusses the relationship between RDA and other international standards developments, such as IFLA's draft statement of International Cataloguing Principles; the influence of models such as FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records) and FRAR (Functional Requirements for Authority records). The timeline for the publication of RDA is outlined, and information given on how you can influence the development of RDA.


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