A new kind of citizens’ library through the Singapore Memory Project


Gene Tan's keynote was one of the highlights of the VALA2014 conference. He shared the story of the genesis and ongoing creation and curation of the Singapore Memory Project - a nationwide project to collect and preserve the memories of the people of Singapore. A warm and engaging presenter Tan bought a genuine sense of fun to his keynote and made a connection with conference participants. It left me inspired and reflecting on the role of National Libraries. A delight.

The perfect storm: the convergence of social, mobile and photo technologies in libraries


Those who follow me virtually will know about my passion for mobile photography therefore you will not be surprised that this paper was of particular interest to me. This team from Bond University share their research about the use of the social media phenomena Instagram and library use. The paper explores how libraries are using Instagram to build relationships with their communities and through the sharing of photographs.

The book of the world: crossing boundaries in culture and outreach


Dr Matt Finch works internationally with libraries and community. His keynote pushed boundaries of good taste and killed some scared cows. But ultimately he challenged Libraries and the people who work in them to disrupt, transgress and think beyond traditional services to really encourage communities to engage with libraries. Zombies may have been harmed in the work that Finch has spawned in communities.

Rolling out Digital Hubs in public libraries: the Mill Park story


Greg Rolan speaks about the role of public libraries in building social capital and as the ideal place for digital hubs that encourage communities to develop their digital literacy skills. Libraries are seen as non-threatening, safe places to learn. Rolan outlines the success factors and opportunities for improvement.

Hunters and collectors: seeking social media content for cultural heritage collections

The thorny issue of how our cultural institutions collect, curate and provide access to digital content about the significant and everyday events in life in Australia. A collaborative project between the CSIRO and the State Library, NSW tackles some of the issues by trailing Vizie developed by the CSIRO. Mylee Joseph reports on the findings.


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