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VALA2014 Session 7 Abbott

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

Wednesday 5 February 2014, 14:20 - 14:50
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Wendy Abbott, Jessie Donaghey, Joanna Hare and Peta Hopkins

Bond University Library, Qld

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The intersection of mobile and photographic technologies with social networks has produced platforms such as Instagram. The way libraries are using these platforms has not been investigated in depth. This research aims to discover trends in the use of Instagram by libraries, reporting on selected libraries’ experiences and intentions behind capturing and sharing images on Instagram. Recommendations will be made on how librarians can transform relationships and engagement with their communities through mobile photo sharing, taking advantage of ‘the perfect storm’ of technological convergence.


VALA2004 Session 3 Abbott


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Sooner or later! – Have e-books turned the page?

Tuesday 3 February 2004, 11:55 - 12:30

Wendy Abbott

Associate Director, Customer Services, Bond University Library

Kate Kelly

Electronic Services Librarian, Bond University Library

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Electronic journals have become well established in their various formats in university libraries while electronic books are still struggling to find their place. The notion that ebooks are a solution in search of a problem” still has some currency as libraries negotiate the various licensing and access issues associated with e-books. This paper will explore the theoretical and practical issues of implementing e-books in the tertiary education environment. Experiences at Bond University where the School of IT and the Library are collaborating to experiment with e-book solutions for IT students will be used to illustrate progress.

VALA2008 Session 5 Abbott


VALA2008Transforming the library for the new millennium

VALA 2008 CONCURRENT SESSION 5: Library Spaces
Tuesday 5 February 2008, 14:35 - 15:05
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VALA Peer Reviewed PaperWendy Abbott

Associate Director, Information (Customer Services), Bond University

Mark Sutherland

Associate Director, Information (Corporate Services), Bond University

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In the past decade, academic libraries have experienced dramatic change. Various developments including new information and communication technologies and new pedagogies as well as changes in how students learn are transforming the traditional role of libraries. In response, libraries are adopting a broader educational role in creating flexible, technology-rich learning spaces. This paper will trace the progress of a major library refurbishment project at Bond University illustrating how these trends have shaped the project. The paper will describe the project initiation, stakeholder input, the role of the architect, and the design stage.

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