VALA2000 Plenary 3 McMillan

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The Digital Library: Without a Soul Can It Be a Library?

VALA 2000 PLENARY 3: Gail McMillan
Thursday 17 February 2000, 09:00 – 10:15

Gail McMillan

Director, Digital Library and Archives University Libraries
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (USA)
http://www.vt.edu


VALA Keynote speaker

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Abstract

For many people “digital libraries” mean information on the Internet that is available to them either directly or indirectly through search engines, indexes or library catalogs. While digital libraries imply abundance, they do not necessarily connote the broad range of services or quality resources that libraries provide. Digital libraries are perceived as being solely mechanical or electronic, providing only online resources and lacking people serving people. If the digital library is actually to be a library and not a soulless, heartless construct, then it needs to evolve beyond mere storage and access to digitized information.

A library is a fusion of resources in a variety of forms, including services and people supporting the entire life cycle of information beginning with creation, to dissemination and use, through to preservation. A digital library works best when it is an integral part of a library that provides its users with access to information that has been evaluated, organized, and preserved in the most useful formats. Digital libraries and traditional libraries share common goals and should interact as if they shared a common soul. If they do, the [digital] library will accomplish more than it could separately and serve its users on the highest order.

 

VALA2000 Session 7 Harrison

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Monash Lectures Online: cost effective flexible delivery

VALA 2000 CONCURRENT SESSION 7: Flexible Delivery
Thursday 17 February 2000, 14:00 – 14:30

Andrew Harrison

Project Officer, Monash University Library
http://www.lib.monash.edu.au

Georgina Binns

Music and Multimedia Librarian, Monash University Library
http://www.lib.monash.edu.au


VALA Peer Reviewed Paper

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Abstract

This paper discusses the implementation of the Monash Lectures Online service within the Monash University Library. In particular, the paper discusses the issues involved in shifting from an analogue taped lecture service to a digital World Wide Web environment. Major issues discussed include the technological development involved in the service and the implementation and effectiveness of the user interface.

 

VALA2000 Session 7 Jennings

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Redefining Access to Information in the Northern Territory

VALA 2000 CONCURRENT SESSION 7: Flexible Delivery
Thursday 17 February 2000, 14:35 – 15:05

Leona Jennings

Manager, Technology Development & Support, Northern Territory Library and Information Service
http://www.ntl.nt.gov.au


VALA Peer Reviewed Paper

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Abstract

While libraries in the Northern Territory have a long history of cooperative sharing of information resources, the introduction of a new library and information management platform – in tandem with initiatives by the Commonwealth and Territory governments to rollout communications infrastructure throughout the Territory – has provided new avenues for the consolidation of services and provision of information to all Territorians.

 

This paper describes the background, progress to date and future plans for LINNet, and considers the challenges of implementing a system that balances the needs of a consortium of 48 public, community, school, state and government agency libraries.

 

VALA2000 Session 7 Kolandaisamy

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Moving towards 24-hour support.

VALA 2000 CONCURRENT SESSION 7: Flexible Delivery
Thursday 17 February 2000, 15:10 – 15:40

Dr Matilda Kolandaisamy

Supervisor, IT Customer Support Macquarie University Library, Sydney, Australia
http://www.lib.mq.edu.au

Dr Malcolm Keech

Information Technology Services, London School of Economics, London, UK
http://www.lse.ac.uk


VALA Peer Reviewed Paper

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Abstract

The academic institution of today is becoming increasingly involved in the electronic delivery of programmes to learners who are geographically dispersed. At the same time, Internet use from home by internal and external students is rapidly expanding. The surge in demand for 24-hour access to IT-based facilities by students and staff off-campus has made the expansion of current services a strategic imperative. This paper suggests a particular solution to the problem of meeting the growing needs of remote users through extending information services by innovative, collaborative efforts with universities worldwide.

VALA2000 Session 8 Chrisfield

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Building Digital Audio Visual Collections for Research & Teaching: a collaborative approach.

VALA 2000 CONCURRENT SESSION 8: Multimedia
Thursday 17 February 2000, 15:10 – 15:40

Ted Chrisfield

Senior Librarian, Audio Visual Services, La Trobe University Library
http://www.lib.latrobe.edu.au

Dr. Richard Cosgrove

Senior Lecturer, Department of Archaeology, La Trobe University
http://www.latrobe.edu.au


VALA Peer Reviewed Paper

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Abstract

Since 1995 the La Trobe University Library has been building upon the infrastructure and experience provided by a National Priority (Reserve) Fund Grant for the Library Image Database Project. Quite independently Dr. Richard Cosgrove, La Trobe University Department of Archaeology, gained a 1996 C.A.U.T. grant to develop a text and CD-ROM for teaching skills in faunal analysis. This paper discusses the intentions and outcomes of these projects and how advances have been achieved as a collaborative approach has developed into a working model for building multimedia Web resources for research and learning.

VALA2000 Session 8 Carman Brown

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The progress of digitization technology, particularly multimedia, within some British cultural institutions

VALA 2000 CONCURRENT SESSION 8: Multimedia
Thursday 17 February 2000, 14:00 – 14:30

Lesley Carman-Brown, 1998/99 VALA Travel Scholar

Public Programs Coordinator, John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library, Curtin University of Technology
http://john.curtin.edu.au


VALA Peer Reviewed Paper
VALA Travel Scholar

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Abstract

This paper, based on a research visit to the United Kingdom in 1999, discusses the electronic progress being achieved by some major British cultural institutions, particularly in comparison to digitization progress which has been made by Australia’s first prime ministerial library. It examines digitization of difficult collection areas such as multimedia and the desirability of upscaling digital projects.

VALA2000 Session 8 Pymm

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Keeping the culture: archiving and the 21st Century

VALA 2000 CONCURRENT SESSION 8: Multimedia
Thursday 17 February 2000, 14:35 – 15:05

Dr Bob Pymm

Manager, Collection Management, ScreenSound Australia (now the National Film and Sound Archive)
http://www.nfsa.gov.au


VALA Peer Reviewed Paper

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Abstract

Archiving for permanent retention is facing some major challenges as we move into the next millennium. These include issues relating to selection from a burgeoning mass of information being produced in a wide range of formats; issues relating to media longevity and equipment obsolescence; migrating information across formats; the commercialisation of activities; the growing impact of IT requirements and the complexity of copyright and other rights in digital materials.

VALA2000 Session 9 Gatenby

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Internet, Interoperability and Standards – Filling the Gaps

VALA 2000 CONCURRENT SESSION 9: Interoperability
Thursday 17 February 2000, 14:00 – 14:30

Janifer Gatenby

European Product Manager, Geac Computers


VALA Peer Reviewed Paper

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Abstract

With major changes in electronic communications, the main focus of standardisation in the library arena has moved from that of supporting efficiency to allowing library users to access external resources and allowing remote access to library resources. There is a new emphasis on interoperability at a deeper level among library systems and on a grander scale within the environment of electronic commerce. The potential of full inter-operability is examined along with its likely impact. Some of the gaps in current standards are examined, with a focus on information retrieval, together with the process for filling those gaps, the interoperation of standards and overlapping standards.

VALA2000 Session 9 Ward

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Experiences with Distributed Searching

VALA 2000 CONCURRENT SESSION 9: Interoperability
Thursday 17 February 2000, 14:35 – 15:05

Nigel Ward

Senior Researcher CRC for Enterprise Distributed Systems
http://www.dstc.edu.au
NOTE: The DSTC (Distributed Systems Technology Centre) was an Australian National IT Research and Development Centre focussing on the needs of the Government, Defence, Health, Telecommunications, Finance and Education Sectors.


VALA Peer Reviewed Paper

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Abstract

The Resource Discovery Unit at the DSTC investigates techniques for improving access to information on heterogeneous networks like the Internet. Part of our research lead to the development of HotOIL – a search tool that distributes queries and collects search results from networked databases. This paper describes distributed searching as a resource discovery technique, how HotOIL implements distributed searching, and our experiences in deploying HotOIL to meet the needs of various communities.

VALA2000 Session 9 Beaumont

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ZAVIER – Wider than Libraries Deeper than the Web

VALA 2000 CONCURRENT SESSION 9: Interoperability
Thursday 17 February 2000, 15:10 – 15:40

Anne Beaumont

Application Support Co-ordinator, State Library of Victoria
http://www.slv.vic.gov.au


VALA Peer Reviewed Paper

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Abstract

“ZAVIER” stands for z39.50 Arts Victoria Interoperability Project. It was designed to demonstrate the feasibility of using z39.50 to search the databases of the major Victorian cultural organsiations – the National Gallery of Victoria, the Museum of Victoria, the State Library of Victoria, the Performing Arts Museum, Cinemedia and Public Records of Victoria. This proved technically feasible, but if success is measured by continuing life – this project would have to be considered a failure. This paper briefly outlines the project and suggests some reasons for its non-continuance.