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Warren will be travelling to Canada and the United States in order to investigate existing and planned projects where fibre-broadband rollouts affect libraries, whether positively or negatively. He will identify and report on current best practice and make recommendations as to where Australian libraries might contribute to the global conversation about libraries and fibre-broadband applications.
We look forward to hearing the results of Warren's research at the VALA2014 conference.
Tristan will be travelling to the United Kingdom and the United States in order to investigate various uses of QR codes and mobile devices, most commonly smartphones, which assist library patrons to inform and expand their use of library facilities. He will investigate what what resources and information the QR codes refer people to, the maintenance and updates of QR codes when the information they refer to changes, and how it is decided what the codes will refer people to. His project would also investigate the possible expansion of their use.
Tristan's research is documented in his paper. This is available via the VALA2012 Conference Proceedings.
The VALA Travel Scholarship for 2008 was awarded to Kathryn Greenhill from Murdoch University. Kathryn traveled to the United States and Canada in order to study Alternative Discovery Layers and Open Source Library Management Systems. She investigated what they do technically and whether organisations that implement them have common factors that make them early adopters of technology.
Kathryn's findings were presented at the VALA2010 Conference.
The VALA Travel Scholarship for 2006 was awarded to Ellen Forsyth from the Public Library Services at the State Library of New South Wales. Ellen travelled to the United States in order to study the use of Vocera badges, which utilise portable wireless technology (WiFi), to facilitate roving reference service in public libraries. She investigated what they do technically and how these devices are changing the delivery of references services in libraries.
Ellen's findings were presented at the VALA 2008 Conference.
Anna Raunik, State Library of Queensland. An investigation of streaming - webcasting and webconferencing technologies in the US and UK.
This VALA Travel Scholarship study trip was undertaken in mid 2005 to investigated a range of webcasting, streaming and webconferencing solutions that have been implemented in North America and UK. The tour included visits to a range of libraries, museums and galleries using these services.
Anna's findings were presented at the VALA2006 Conference.