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VALA2012The VALA2012 16th Biennial Conference and Exhibition was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia from 6 - 9 February 2012. The theme for this conference is emPowering eFutures.

The following papers were presented at VALA2012. See also the VALA2012 Programme.

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VALA2012 Plenary 1 Griffey


VALA2012 Plenary 1 Griffey

Libraries & the Post-PC era

VALA2012 PLENARY 1: Jason Griffey
Tuesday 7 February 2012, 9:05 - 10:15
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Jason Griffey

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, USA

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Tuesday, February 07, 2012, 9:05 AM AUSEDT, 1 Hour 12 Minutes 35 Seconds

Jason Griffey

Abstract

Most people on the Internet are not using what we would traditionally think of as a computer. The fastest selling non-phone personal electronics device in the world is something that just a few years ago was available only in science fiction. New wireless standards promise to give us Ethernet-like speeds, anywhere we happen to be. The rise of the mobile phone and tablet signals the move into the Post-PC era. How do libraries respond to this future? What will the next 3, 5, and 10 years look like for mobility and information?


VALA2012 Session 1 McLean


VALA2012 Session 1 McLean

Global discoverability of graduate research: challenges and opportunities for researchers and librarians

VALA2012 CONCURRENT SESSION 1: Academic Research Support
Tuesday 7 February 2012, 10:50 - 11:20
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Austin McLean, presented by Keith Furnis.

ProQuest, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

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Thursday, February 09, 2012, 11:40 AM AUSEDT, 31 Minutes 24 Seconds.

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Global discoverability of graduate research: challenges and opportunities for researchers and librarians

Chinese research output is now second in volume only to that of the USA, having surpassed that of Germany, UK and Japan. This paper will examine factors that impact collaboration and discoverability of global research, with a focus on China. ProQuest has recently concluded a series of research projects that focused on China regarding Chinese scholars' attitudes toward collaboration. The research also examined workflow and tools used, and constraints that influenced research behaviour. Further, this session will review challenges faced in discovering research in other languages and share ProQuest's approach toward bringing non-English language graduate work to a global audience.

VALA2012 Session 1 Parker


VALA2012 Session 1 Parker

What the library did next: strengthening our visibility in research support

VALA2012 CONCURRENT SESSION 1: Academic Research Support
Tuesday 7 February 2012, 11:25 - 11:55
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Rebecca Parker

Swinburne University of Technology, Vic

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Tuesday, February 07, 2012, 11:25 AM AUSEDT, 25 Minutes 55 Seconds.
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Abstract

Academic libraries have a long and proud history of supporting teaching and learning in universities. However, there is growing recognition that supporting research in line with their universities’ expectations requires new approaches and different skills from librarians. Many Australian university libraries are now appointing specialised research librarians to take on these challenges. In this paper, we show the scope for libraries to commit to developing new customer-focussed services for researchers that ensure the importance of the academic library to institutional research, while taking into account stakeholder needs and organisational expectations.

VALA2012 Session 1 Burrows


VALA2012 Session 1 Burrows

Supporting research in an era of data deluge: developing a new service portfolio within Information Services at the University of Western Australia

VALA2012 CONCURRENT SESSION 1: Academic Research Support
Tuesday 7 February 2012, 10:50 - 12:30
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Toby Burrows and Kate Croker

University of Western Australia

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Tuesday, February 07, 2012, 12:00 PM AUSEDT, 33 Minutes 57 Seconds.

Abstract

The paper discusses the context and rationale for a new approach to the management of eResearch services and products, which was introduced within Information Services at the University of Western Australia in 2011. It will consider the benefits expected to flow from this new approach, as well as evaluating progress to date. It will also examine future directions, goals and expectations.

VALA2012 Session 2 Dellit


VALA2012 Session 2 Dellit

Trove: the terrors and triumphs of service-based social media

VALA2012 CONCURRENT SESSION 2: Discovery
Tuesday 7 February 2012, 10:50 - 11:20
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Alison Dellit and Sarah Schindeler

National Library of Australia, ACT

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Tuesday, February 07, 2012, 10:50 AM AUSEDT, 26 Minutes 2 Seconds

Abstract

The National Library of Australia has actively used a range of social media tools for the promotion, development and delivery of services for a number of years. In addition to whole-of-library branded activity that is managed centrally, teams elsewhere in the Library are creating niche and service-based social media channels. Using the 2011 trial of the Trove social media rollout as a case study, this paper examines the rewards and challenges associated with niche or specialised social media engagement, as well as the broader, potential implications for online engagement by cultural institutions.

VALA2012 Session 2 Sherratt


VALA2012 Session 2 Sherratt

Mining the treasures of Trove: new approaches and new tools

VALA2012 CONCURRENT SESSION 2: Discovery
Tuesday 7 February 2012, 11:25 - 11:55
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Tim Sherratt

University of Canberra, ACT

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Tuesday, February 07, 2012, 11:25 PM AUSEDT, 33 Minutes 16 Seconds.

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Mining the treasures of Trove: new approaches and new tools

Recently the National Library of Australia added the 50 millionth article to its Trove newspapers database. This is an astonishing resource to anyone interested in Australia history and culture. But how do we use it? Historians armed with traditional methods of search and browse now have to 'grapple with abundance', but in doing so, new questions start to arise. How might we track not a person or an event, but an idea? This paper will introduce the possibilities of text-mining and report on some of my experiments in applying these to Trove.

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