VALA2000 Proceedings

 

The VALA2000 10th Biennial Conference and Exhibition was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia from 16 - 18 February 2000. The theme of the conference was Books and bytes : technologies for the hybrid library.

The following programme was presented at VALA2000. See also the archived VALA2000 conference web site.

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Persistent URL: http://www.vala.org.au/vala2000-proceedings/vala2000-plenary-1-rusbridge

Dealing with diversity: hybrid libraries and the Distributed National Resource

VALA 2000 PLENARY 1: Chris Rusbridge
Wednesday 16 February 2000, 09:00 - 10:15

Chris Rusbridge

eLib Programme Director, UK Electronic Libraries Programme (eLib),
University of Warwick, UK
http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/services/elib


VALA Keynote speaker

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Abstract

Over the past 5 years or so the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) working on behalf of UK Higher Education has sponsored a series of initiatives in the field of electronic information. The main aim of the paper is to illustrate how this has led through successive refinements via the idea of the hybrid library, and through this to the Distributed National Electronic Resource (the DNER). Some links with related work in Australia are mentioned.

 

Persistent URL: http://www.vala.org.au/vala2000-proceedings/vala2000-session-1-pearce

The challenge of integrated access: the hybrid library system of the future.

VALA 2000 CONCURRENT SESSION 1: Hybrid Libraries
Wednesday 16 February 2000, 10:45 - 11:45

Judith Pearce

Director, Web Services, National Library of Australia
http://www.nla.gov.au

Warwick Cathro

Assistant Directory General, Information Technology Division, National Library of Australia
http://www.nla.gov.au

Tony Boston

Director, Digital Services Project, National Library of Australia
http://www.nla.gov.au

VALA Peer Reviewed Paper

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Abstract

In this paper we discuss the role of the OPAC as a hybrid library service and of the catalogue server as a provider element in a hybrid information environment. We identify developments required in the search and retrieval capabilities of the catalogue server to operate effectively in such an environment. We look under the hybrid library bonnet at the functions and metadata needed for management of online and physical collections. Lastly, we look at the architecture needing to be supported by library systems for storage and delivery of digital collections in a hybrid information environment.

 

Persistent URL: http://www.vala.org.au/vala2000-proceedings/vala2000-session-1-kurzeme

Our virtual clients: changing to meet the challenge

VALA 2000 CONCURRENT SESSION 1: Hybrid Libraries
Wednesday 16 February 2000, 11:20 - 11:50

Indra Kurzeme

Manager, Experimedia, State Library of Victoria
http://www.slv.vic.gov.au

Catherine Herman

Web Coordinator, State Library of Victoria
http://www.slv.vic.gov.au


VALA Peer Reviewed Paper

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Abstract

In 1998/99 the State Library of Victoria conducted a usability evaluation of the Library’s Web site. This paper examines the evaluation process and the consequent recommendations and implementation. Issues to be addressed include:

  • the evaluation process
  • the recommendations from the evaluation report
  • the development and project management of a web strategy
  • the role of State Library staff in the production of online content
  • the relationships between our online and onsite users
  • the re-engineering of the navigational infrastructure, and
  • proposals for e-commerce, specialist channels, visitors’ centre, visitor registration and Victorian Certificate of Education targeted material.

 

Persistent URL: http://www.vala.org.au/vala2000-proceedings/vala2000-session-1-whitehead

Gulliver: head, shoulders (and knees) above the rest?

VALA 2000 CONCURRENT SESSION 1: Hybrid Libraries
Wednesday 16 February 2000, 11:55 - 12:30

Derek Whitehead

Principal, Cawdron Associates

Rebecca Toohey

Project Officer, Libraries Online, State Library of Victoria
http://www.slv.vic.gov.au


VALA Peer Reviewed Paper

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Abstract

First, Gulliver is described and put into a Victorian Government policy context - what is it, and what does it aim to achieve?

Gulliver is part of Libraries Online, a Victorian Government program which links with the Commonwealth’s Rural Libraries Online.

Gulliver builds on these development initiatives by adding content to the network. Gulliver is one of a group of Victorian Government information society initiatives. It will ensure that quality, easy-to-use and up-to-date information on a diverse range of topics is available to all Victorians.

Second, the global context – is Gulliver head, shoulders (and knees) above the rest? The Gulliver initiative will be placed in a wider context and linked to the Virtual Victorian Library.

 

Persistent URL: http://www.vala.org.au/vala2000-proceedings/vala2000-session-2-banbury

Fat or Thin? Is the Verdict In?

VALA 2000 CONCURRENT SESSION 2: Technology
Wednesday 16 February 2000, 10:45 - 11:15

John Banbury

Networks Librarian. Flinders University Library
http://www.flinders.edu.au/library

Ian Brown

Information Technology Librarian, Flinders University Library
http://www.flinders.edu.au/library


VALA Peer Reviewed Paper

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Abstract

Thin client or network computing is a hot topic. The hype claims lower total cost of ownership, faster applications deployment and reduced management pain, compared to traditional computing architectures. Early in 1998 the Flinders University Library installed network computers in the Central and branch libraries for student access to the Internet. This paper is a review of network computers in the light of our experience over the past two years. Do network computers offer all that is claimed in the hype? Are there hidden costs? What are the issues of configuration, server scaling, network performance and fault diagnosis? Do they have a future in the Library arena?

 

Persistent URL: http://www.vala.org.au/vala2000-proceedings/vala2000-session-2-chandon

SAFECommerce: Ensuring Online Authenticity of Transactions

VALA 2000 CONCURRENT SESSION 2: Technology
Wednesday 16 February 2000, 11:20 - 11:50

Luce Chandon

E-Commerce Analyst, Com Tech Communications

Chris Martin

Strategic Consultant, Com Tech Communications


VALA Peer Reviewed Paper

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Abstract

eCommerce heralds a revolution in which businesses interact, collaborate and communicate electronically. Typically, this is based on the Internet; a global public network in which chaos seems to reign supreme.

Companies at the forefront of the eCommerce revolution are developing business strategies that incorporate advanced technologies to redefine industries to their advantage. Many of the fastest growing companies operate solely as an eBusiness. Many global enterprises are now recognising that the development of a sound eCommerce strategy is not just a prerequisite to remaining competitive – it is paramount to survival. As a result, every company is faced with the question of how to rapidly grow and extend their eBusiness, at the same time ensuring that all interactions are authenticated and can be audited.

Dealing with this transformation, or making use of the revolution to one’s competitive advantage, requires transcending the technology landscape. SAFECommerce involves underpinning an eBusiness with a set of services that allow for a secure foundation to be built upon. It is essential that the development of an eBusiness incorporates services that track its complete lifecycle from developing an eBusiness concept through to implementing a solution and finally to transforming it as the marketplace demands.

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