VALA2004, the 12th VALA Biennial Conference and Exhibition was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia from 3 – 5 February 2004. The theme of the conference was Breaking Boundaries: Integration & Interoperability.
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The need to establish a means of achieving reliable, automated inter-institutional authentication was identified by the Western Australian Group of University Librarians (WAGUL) in 1999 as a strategic priority and a project was subsequently established as a result of a substantial grant from the Commonwealth Development Pool (CDP). The WAGUL Authentication Project (WALAP) first reported on its progress at VALA 2002 and now follows up with a report on the achievements to date and the challenges to come.
This paper describes the implementation, benefits and implications of various security and access management systems employed by Australian Graduate School of Management and its Electronic Library. In particular, the paper discusses the automated access management process of eTrust SSO (Single Sign-On) product and its integration levels with the Library’s ILMS.
The current convergence of technologies, international communications protocols and increasingly flexible web-based services has led to significant changes in the scholarly information environment. These changes, and the opportunities they present, have taken the ‘hybrid library’ from concept to reality. This new reality has forced academic libraries to give serious thought to how they can best realign resources to meet the challenges of the library in the 21st century. This means a significant cultural change requiring rethinking operational processes, as well as resource reallocation and the development of completely new services. This paper examines some of these complex issues within the context of UNSW Library’s own experience in meeting the challenges, which have led to the establishment of a new department in 2003 – the Online Services Department [OSD].
This paper is dedicated to Marian Bate and Richard d’Avigdor, whose forward thinking contributed enormously in shaping the direction of UNSW Library.
Strategic information planning often starts hopefully with defining the grand plan. When disillusionment with the process sets in, practical and useful approaches must be found to deal with the competitive environment. Tools for gaining information on coming trends include published information – periodicals, newsletters – word of mouth, trade shows, Internet, discussion lists, weblogs, gossip. One must do one’s networking well to be completely informed. Extrapolation from the perceived “currents” of information is essential. Ideas for mapping, evangelising and enlivening the process are given. It is essential to develop a step-by-step approach to making the plan happen.