VALA2008 Proceedings

 

VALA2008The VALA2008 14th Biennial Conference and Exhibition was held at the Melbourne Convention Centre, Melbourne, Australia from 5 - 7 February 2008. The theme for this conference was "LIBRARIES / CHANGING SPACES, VIRTUAL PLACES".

The following papers were presented at VALA2008. See also the VALA2008 Programme or the archived VALA2008 conference web site.

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VALA2008Repositories through the looking glass

VALA 2008 PLENARY 1: Andy Powell
Tuesday 5 February 2008, 09:00 - 10:15
Persistent URL: http://www.vala.org.au/vala2008-proceedings/vala2008-plenary-1-powell

VALA2010 Keynote SpeakerAndy Powell

Head of Development, Eduserv Foundation, UK
http://www.eduserv.org.uk/research

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Abstract

"I can't remember things before they happen." "It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards," the Queen remarked.

Repositories of open access scholarly papers are a well-established part of the information landscape, at least in policy terms, and their successful delivery will almost certainly feature somewhere on the agenda of most academic libraries. Repositories are of interest not just in their own right but as a microcosm of the wider library landscape - indicating how the world is changing and how libraries need to change in response. Drawing on a range of perspectives from political and social to technical, this presentation will attempt to answer the question: what do Web 2.0 and the Semantic Web tell us about the future of repositories and, by implication, about library services generally?

 

VALA2008Library 2.0: taking it to the street

VALA 2008 CONCURRENT SESSION 1: Library 2.0
Tuesday 5 February 2008, 10:45 - 11:15
Persistent URL: http://www.vala.org.au/vala2008-proceedings/vala2008-session-1-lewis

VALA Peer Reviewed PaperLynette Lewis

Coordinator Online Services, Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service
http://www.yprl.vic.gov.au

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Abstract

In October 2006, Yarra Plenty Library participated in the online learning program Learning 2.0, designed to introduce participants to the world of Web 2.0. Our journey since the instigation of this program has led us to new ways of delivering services to our community. This paper will outline the concept behind the Learning 2.0 Program, look at the Library Worker 2.0 follow-up training modules and the applications in which staff now use Web 2.0 technologies to provide new interactive services and programs for our community. It also outlines how we have shared our experiences with the wider library community.

 

VALA2008Do we remove all the walls? Second Life librarianship

VALA 2008 CONCURRENT SESSION 1: Library 2.0
Tuesday 5 February 2008, 11:20 - 11:50
Persistent URL: http://www.vala.org.au/vala2008-proceedings/vala2008-session-1-greenhill

VALA Peer Reviewed PaperKathryn Greenhill

Reference Librarian, Murdoch University Library
http://librariansmatter.com

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Abstract

Over five hundred librarians worldwide are experimenting with providing library services in the Multi User Virtual Environment (MUVE) called Second Life, including a small group of Australian librarians who constructed the Australian Libraries Building. This paper describes the interface and capabilities of a MUVE, the evolution of the Australian Libraries Building and the library objects built and scripted within it. It suggests some professional advantages for librarians who experiment within Second Life and the technical and managerial considerations of setting up a library presence there. It concludes by describing how Second Life library services have evolved, as librarians better understood the potential of the MUVE interface.

 

VALA2008Making a virtual community real: redeveloping eSKILLS Plus using Web 2.0

VALA 2008 CONCURRENT SESSION 1: Library 2.0
Tuesday 5 February 2008, 11:55 - 12:30
Persistent URL: http://www.vala.org.au/vala2008-proceedings/vala2008-session-1-barnes

VALA Peer Reviewed PaperCameron Barnes

eAccess Librarian, University of New England University Library
http://www.une.edu.au/library

Karan Jones

eAccess Librarian, University of New England University Library
http://www.une.edu.au/library

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Abstract

The eSKILLS Plus Web site provides information literacy (IL) instruction for postgraduates at the University of New England. A recent decision to redevelop the site raised a number of issues. What constitutes IL for postgraduates? Should eSKILLS Plus cover topics not normally regarded as library responsibilities? How could we make online learning more authentic and engaging? Could Web 2.0 approaches allow us to make something more than a collection of resources? Could we aim at creating an online learning community? How could we evaluate project outcomes? How would the redeveloped site measure up to better-resourced projects elsewhere? This paper looks at some of the answers to these questions.

 

VALA2008Watch this space! Designing a new library for Macquarie University

VALA 2008 CONCURRENT SESSION 2: Library Spaces
Tuesday 5 February 2008, 10:45 - 11:15
Persistent URL: http://www.vala.org.au/vala2008-proceedings/vala2008-session-2-brodie

VALA Peer Reviewed PaperMaxine Brodie

University Librarian, Macquarie University
http://www.lib.mq.edu.au

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Abstract

Macquarie University is implementing a number of inter-related long-term strategies to deliver a new-generation library service that is client-centric rather than library-centric. In response to changing client expectations and to our University's new strategy, we are making significant changes to service delivery, by redefining staff roles and our organisational structure, and by rebuilding our physical and electronic presence. This paper, one of a series, focuses on changes to the Library's physical presence, and provides the background to the decision to construct a new clientcentred library building that reaffirms the Library's centrality to research and learning. This paper provides a high-level overview of the key design concepts and the design process, including the utilisation of automated storage technologies to maximise the space available for clients.

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