• VALA2016 Session 7 Deacon

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    Learning by (more than) doing: developing staff capability through the collaborative creation of an eLearning module

    VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 7: Learning
    Wednesday 10 February 2016, 10:50 - 11:20
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    Megan Deacon, Amy Han, Melanie Thorn and Steven Yates

    Monash University, Vic

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    This paper describes how Monash University Library created an online learning copyright resource for university staff as an artefact of an in-house blended learning course. The Copyright Module was developed through library staff collaboration and transference of skills. The team undertook continuous evaluation from multiple perspectives to inform the design, development and implementation of the module. Through this multi-dimensional approach, the team was able to create prototype activities for the module and use them to create other resources by involving the target audience in decisions about the module’s improvement. This process has led to a template of design principles for future work on this module, making it a sustainable model for in-house development of other online learning resources.

     

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  • VALA2016 Session 5 Ruge

     
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    Digital image collections and social media sharing: goals, strategies, and challenges for Australian cultural institutions

    VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 5: Warding the Past
    Tuesday 9 February 2016, 14:45 - 15:15
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    Courtney Ruge and Tom Denison

    Monash University, Vic

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    This paper reports on the use of social media in conjunction with digital image collections by Australian cultural institutions. The research draws upon an adaptation of the theory of affordances in examining the goals, implementation, and outcomes of a sample of cultural institutions in using digital image collections in various combinations with social media platforms. The implications and challenges associated with establishing and maintaining a strong presence within the spaces of image-sharing and information-sharing via social media and digital image collections are explored, including examples from the current practices of Australian cultural institutions obtained through a website survey and interviews with industry professionals.

     

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  • VALA2016 Session 2 Weatherburn

     
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    Data neophytes: first steps into the research data abyss

    VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 2: Data Stuff
    Tuesday 9 February 2016, 10:50 - 11:20
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    Patrick Splawa-Neyman

    Monash University, Vic

    Jaye Weatherburn

    Swinburne University of Technology, Vic

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    This paper explores the roles, functions, and possible definitions of data librarians based on two Australian National Data Service (ANDS) case study projects at Monash University and Swinburne University of Technology. The experiences, challenges, and achievements from these research data management projects are examined by discussing the various factors involved, such as liaison with researcher and organisation stakeholders, and the implementation of technological solutions.

     

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  • VALA2016 Session 14 Manuell

     
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    You say you want a revolution: librarians as educational designers

    VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 14: IT Outside the Box
    Thursday 11 February 2016, 10:50 - 11:20
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    Romany Manuell and Romney Adams

    Monash University, Vic

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    Academic librarians’ educative role has evolved due to changing technological and pedagogical trends, and involvement in educational design can be seen as the latest iteration of this evolution. This paper presents the findings of a single-workplace study exploring the ways in which Monash University librarians have engaged in elements of educational design: the creation of eLearning objects, design of curriculum and assessment, and collaboration with pedagogical experts. In order to situate the survey amongst changing trends, the role of the educational designer and academic librarian in the educative space is investigated through academic literature. Engagement with educational design is then discussed through presentation of survey findings.

     

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  • VALA2016 Session 13 Ruge

     
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    Digital Dilemmas: a participatory investigation into developing a digital strategy for a community archive

    VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 13: Digitisation Adventures
    Thursday 11 February 2016, 12:00 - 12:30
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    Courtney Ruge, Steve Wright, Joanne Evans

    Monash University, Vic

    Graham Willett

    University of Melbourne, Vic

    Gary Jaynes

    Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Vic

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    This paper reports on the progress of a collaborative project between Monash University and the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, which aims to provide public access to the Archives’ digital collections through the development an online exhibition and an exploration of the possibilities for building an online catalogue using open-source software. The paper explores the challenges involved in attempting to undertake effective consultation and collaboration between researchers and community archives in a community informatics project of this nature, the challenges for community archives in resourcing complex digital projects, and the issues associated with developing a digital strategy for a community archives from multiple stakeholder perspectives.

     

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  • VALA2014 Session 6 Rolan

     

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

    VALA2014 CONCURRENT SESSION 6: Near Futures
    Tuesday 4 February 2014, 15:15 - 15:45
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    Greg Rolan and Tom Denison

    Monash University

    Christine Mackenzie

    Yarra Plenty Regional Library

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    Yarra Plenty Regional Library (YPRL), with its partner organisations the City of Whittlesea and Whittlesea University of the Third Age (U3A), has been funded to establish a Digital Hub at the Mill Park Branch Library in South Morang, to provide residents with training in the digital literacy skills necessary for participation in the National Broadband Network (NBN)-enabled digital economy. This paper presents results from a research project designed to explore the impact of the Mill Park Digital Hub in its first year of operation, focusing on the role of public libraries in both engaging and educating local communities.

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  • VALA2014 Session 5 Pham

     

    Influences of technology on collaboration between academics and librarians

    VALA2014 CONCURRENT SESSION 5: Innovate
    Tuesday 4 February 2014, 14:05 - 14:35
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    Hue Thi Pham and Kerry Tanner

    Monash University, Vic

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    This paper presents the preliminary findings of an in-depth case study of the influences of technology in collaboration between academics and library staff in an Australian university. It has investigated the use of the current technologies, enabling and constraining factors of technology as well as the influences of institutional structure on the use of technology in collaboration. Institutional contexts, capability of the collaborator, and the academic and professional divide were analysed to gain further insights. It concludes with recommendations for universities interested in addressing the issues of technology and structure in collaboration between library staff and academics in various academic contexts.

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  • VALA2012 Session 13 Smith

     

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    Online learning: eM-powering eFutures through developing staff capability at Monash University Library

    VALA2012 CONCURRENT SESSION 13: eCapabilities
    Thursday 9 February 2012, 13:35 - 14:15
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    Lisa Smith and Steven Yates

    Monash University Library, Vic

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    Abstract

    Monash University Library works in partnership with other areas of the University to strengthen the research and education agenda. A key component of the Library’s contribution is to students’ development of information research and learning skills. Learning material is delivered in a multitude of ways. Developing capability of Library staff is equally important, enabling the Library to contribute effectively to University strategies, including those related to teaching and learning. This paper presents an evaluation of an online course designed for Library staff to develop their capability to create e-learning materials for students. Results suggest the approach was effective whilst identifying areas for improvement.

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  • VALA2010 Session 6 Harrison

     

    VALA20120Not drowning, ingesting: dealing with the research data deluge at an institutional level

    VALA 2010 CONCURRENT SESSION 6 - Repositories
    Tuesday 9 February 2010, 14:05 - 14:35
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    VALA Peer Reviewed PaperAndrew Harrison

    ARROW Librarian, Monash University Library
    http://lib.monash.edu.au

    Sam Searle

    Data Management Coordinator, Monash University Library
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    Abstract

    Australian government funding and policy guidelines increasingly encourage researchers to deposit their research data in institutional or subject repositories, but there are significant technical and organisational practicalities involved in achieving this. In this paper, Monash University Library staff members with responsibility for repository development and research data management describe their work together to establish the Monash University ARROW Repository as a key part of the university's overall program to improve research data management. Repository-related activities are discussed in the context of wider developments, both in technical infrastructure and in terms of professional development and outreach to researchers.

  • VALA2010 Session 10 Bonnington

     

    VALA20120The changing landscape of research: tools and methods for 21st century discovery

    VALA 2010 CONCURRENT SESSION 10 - Looking Forward
    Wednesday 10 February 2010 13:45 - 14:15
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    VALA2010 Invited PaperPaul Bonnington

    Director, e-Research Centre, Monash University
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    The US National Science Foundation noted in recent reports on 21st Century Discovery and Virtual Research Organisations that increasingly researchers (from all domains) are working in virtual teams across institutions. Furthermore, they are creating, compiling, accessing, analysing, linking and storing terabytes of digital research data through joint experimentation, observation and simulation. They note that the dynamic linking of data generated through this joint observation and simulation is enabling the development of new research methods that adapt intelligently to evolving conditions to reveal new understanding. In this talk, we highlight this phenomenon in the Australian context, and demonstrate how technologists, information specialists and domain specialists can work together in partnership to create local services and infrastructure to support 21st century discovery.

  • VALA2008 Session 6 Treloar

     

    VALA2008Data management and the curation continuum: how the Monash experience is informing repository relationships

    VALA 2008 CONCURRENT SESSION 6: Publishing
    Tuesday 5 February 2008, 15:10 - 15:40
    Persistent URL: http://www.vala.org.au/vala2008-proceedings/vala2008-session-6-treloar

    VALA Peer Reviewed PaperAndrew Treloar

    Director, Australian National Data Service Establishment Project, Monash University
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    Cathrine Harboe-Ree

    University Librarian, Monash University
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    Abstract

    Repositories are evolving in response to a growing understanding of institutional and research community data and object management needs. This paper (building on work already published in DLib, September, 2007) explores how one institution has responded to the need to provide management solutions that accommodate different object types, uses and users. It introduces three key concepts. The first is the curation continuum, which identifies a number of characteristics of data objects and the repositories that contain them. The second divides the overall repository environment based on these characteristics into three domains (research, collaboration and public), each with associated repository/data store environments. The third is the curation boundary, which separates each of the three domain types.

  • VALA2008 Session 2 Pang

     

    VALA2008Library manager perspectives of the Vocational Education Sector: investigating trends and issues within a Learning Commons paradigm

    VALA 2008 CONCURRENT SESSION 2: Library Spaces
    Tuesday 5 February 2008, 11:20 - 11:50
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    VALA Peer Reviewed PaperNatalie Pang

    Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University
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    Graeme Johanson

    Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University
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    Abstract

    As a joint research project between Monash University and a partner organisation, the Victorian Association of TAFE Libraries (VATL), the study reported in this paper investigated challenges which face TAFE libraries. To assess the suitability of the Learning Commons concept, interviews, questionnaire surveys, and a conference dialogue between library managers were used. Important themes emerged and were evaluated. The paper explores significant findings from two surveys which show how TAFE libraries have changed as places and digital spaces.

     

  • VALA2006 Session 6 Foott

     

    VALA2006A usability study of the library catalogue at Monash University Library

    VALA 2006 CONCURRENT SESSION 6: Usability
    Wednesday 8 February 2006, 14:35 - 15:05
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    VALA  Peer Reviewed PaperStephanie Foott

    Web Manager, Monash University Library
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    Simon Huggard

    Systems Manager, Monash University Library
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    Abstract

    During 2004, Monash University Library undertook a usability study of its library catalogue. A number of things were tested including terminology, search behaviour, search types, users’ ability to deal with mixed results, preferred interface and layout, including selection and formatting of records, as well as tasks to do with lending and requesting of items. Methodology and outcomes are discussed in the paper, as well as information relating to programs and documents used in the study.

     

  • VALA2006 Session 6 Alexander

     

    VALA2006Usability versus accessibility: best friends or worst enemies?

    VALA 2006 CONCURRENT SESSION 6: Usability
    Wednesday 8 February 2006, 15:10 - 15:40
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    VALA Peer Reviewed PaperDey Alexander

    Usability Specialist, Monash University
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    Abstract

    This paper discusses the relationship between usability and accessibility in web design which is thought by some to involve contradictory design requirements. It examines the relationship between the two design fields by comparing and contrasting definitions of each along with the techniques and methods used by their practitioners. It considers two commonly-expressed views of the relationship, concluding that both are misleading. The paper defends the view that usability and accessibility are complementary design philosophies and recommends that practitioners in each field embrace the methods and techniques of the other.

     

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    VALA2006The ARROW Project after 2 years: are we hitting our targets?

    VALA 2006 CONCURRENT SESSION 5: Digital Repositories
    Wednesday 8 February 2006, 14:00 - 14:30
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    VALA Peer Reviewed PaperAndrew Treloar

    Director, Information Management and Strategic Planning, Monash University
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    Geoff Payne

    Director Library Corporate & Financial Services, Latrobe University
    http://www.latrobe.edu.au

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    Abstract

    This paper focuses on the institutional repository work of the ARROW project, which has been developed within the following three stage framework:

    1. conceptualising and developing an ARROW institutional repository solution comprising software, policy frameworks and implementation strategies,
    2. implementing the ARROW repository within the project’s partner institutions, and
    3. offering the ARROW repository solution to other Australian universities.

    The paper will look at the decisions the ARROW project made at the outset and provide a review of those decisions after two years of operation. It will also look forward at ARROW’s plans for 2006 and ongoing development work.

     

  • VALA2006 Session 13 Schauder

     

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    Libraries, ICT policy, and Australian civil society: issues and prospects from a national consultation

    VALA 2006 CONCURRENT SESSION 13: Information Literacy and the Digital Divide
    Friday 10 February 2006, 10:45 - 11:15
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    VALA Peer Reviewed PaperDon Schauder

    Chair, Centre for Community Networking Research, Monash University
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    Graeme Johanson

    Director, Centre for Community Networking Research, Monash University
    http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au

    Wal Taylor

    Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Community Networking Research, Monash University, and Professor of Community Informatics and the Information Society, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa
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    Abstract

    The vision of Australia as a knowledge society underpinned by e-democracy was strongly articulated in national consultations towards an information economy strategy for Australian civil society in 2003 - 2005. The consultations had two purposes:

    • To assist with Australia’s contributions to the two UN/ITU World Summits on the Information Society (Geneva in 2003, Tunis in 2005),
    • To complement Australia’s Framework for the Information Economy 2004-2006, a major policy statement by the Australian government.

    This paper gives an account of the research approach used for the consultations, reports on major findings from the consultative process, and offers comment on these from a library perspective. In the interests of spreading useful and reliable knowledge as widely as possible, improving engagement with their communities, and bettering their reputation worldwide, libraries should work harder to play a key role in the concerns enumerated by civil society.

     

  • VALA2006 Session 11 Treloar

     

    VALA2006 The Monash University Information Management Strategy: from development to implementation

    VALA 2006 CONCURRENT SESSION 11: Information Management and Knowledge Sharing
    Friday 10 February 2006, 11:55 - 12:30
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    VALA Peer Reviewed PaperAndrew Treloar

    Director, Information Management and Strategic Planning, Monash University
    http://www.its.monash.edu.au

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    Abstract

    This paper describes the process of developing an information management strategy for Monash University, presents an overview of the resulting strategy and describes the process of implementation that has been devised and is being followed. The strategy will be progressively implemented over the next 3-5 years as part of ongoing operational activity and new development projects. An internal communication plan for the strategy has been developed and will be rolled out in 2005/6. Implementing the strategy has already been accepted as one of the five key priorities for Monash University in 2006. A number of projects will also be funded in 2006 that directly flow from the work of the Information Management Steering Committee.

     

  • VALA2004 Session 6 Harboe Ree

     

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    The Library as Digitorium: New Modes of Information Creation, Distribution and Access

    VALA 2004 CONCURRENT SESSION 6: Electronic Publishing
    Tuesday 3 February 2004, 14:00 - 14:30

    Cathrine Harboe-Ree

    University Librarian, Monash University
    http://www.lib.monash.edu.au

    Michele Sabto

    Manager, Monash University ePress, Monash University
    http://www.lib.monash.edu.au

    Andrew Treloar

    Project Manager, Strategic Information Initiatives, Monash University
    http://www.monash.edu.au

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    Abstract

    Libraries have always been creators or publishers of information. Digital technology, combined with library expertise in bibliographic control, distribution and access, provides new opportunities for libraries to create and publish material in support of teaching, learning and research. Monash University Library, as an early adopter of new technologies, has developed digital services to support more effective and creative learning and teaching. More recent initiatives are specifically intended to support research, and to work towards the transformation of scholarly communication. The word coined to capture the newly expanded role for higher-education libraries is digitorium, a play on scriptorium.

  • VALA2004 Session 12 Groenewegen

     

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    Designing a Digital Databases Page

    VALA 2004 CONCURRENT SESSION 12: Access to Information
    Thursday 5 February 2004, 11:55 - 12:30

    David Groenewegen

    Digital Resources Librarian, Monash University Library
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    Simon Huggard

    Systems Manager, Monash University Library
    http://www.lib.monash.edu.au

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    Abstract

    During 2003 Monash University Library engaged in a major redesign of the library databases web site. The basis of this was a program which used MARC records from Monash’s Endeavour Voyager catalogue to generate online electronic journal subject lists. The new databases page was intended to make for easier updating, and to allow us to respond to known user issues. In theory this was straightforward. In practice a number of issues were raised. The paper looks at how Monash resolved these issues, while commenting on the relationship between metadata and technology. Some future directions will also be discussed.

  • VALA2002 Session 9 Harrison

     
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    The Digitisation Centre: Monash University Library’s digitisation service, integration of e-reserve and access to digitised images.

    VALA2002 CONCURRENT SESSION 9: e-nabling Users
    Thursday 7 February 2002, 14:35 – 15:05
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    Andrew Harrison

    Monash University Library

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    Abstract

    This paper will describe the implementation of the Digitisation Centre within the Monash University Library. The Digitisation Centre purpose is to provide a centralised digitisation service creating digital copies of copyright protected works for educational purposes. The paper will discuss the operational and management issues involved in providing a centralized digitisation service in a university library environment.

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