VALA2016 Roundtables

The following Roundtable sessions were conducted at VALA2016. See also the VALA2016 Programme.

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Tuesday 9 February 2016

1345 - 1440 Room: Plenary Hall 3

Facilitator:  David Feighan

Panellists:

  • Chris Bennett, Academic Global Sales Director, Cambridge University Press
  • John Elliott, VP, Collection Development & Workflow Solutions (North America, Asia, Oceania), YBP
  • Roxanne Missingham, University Librarian, Australian National University
  • Igor Smirnoff, Chief Commercial Office, PressReader
  • Rosalia Da Garcia, Executive Director – Consortia/Library, SAGE Publishing

Topic: Content is changing, access is changing.

Challenges:

  • The new ways content is being produced and distributed; this includes the changing role for publishers and aggregators and where do authors and customers fit into this new environment.
  • How authors are acknowledged and compensated, this includes Australian authors and content, especially in light of recent Australian Government announcements about more money for innovation and research, and the impact of free trade agreements in regards to copyright and changes to parallel imports.
  • How libraries curate content and make it available. This includes ensuring the content remains available, though of course you may have a view on the value of content remaining fixed and static when so much information on the web is increasingly fluid.
  • The impact and future role of leasing access, lease-to-own, and purchase outright. This includes the future role and place for aggregation datasets as well as PDA / DDA especially as latest edition is increasingly reserved for the publisher platform access.
  • How libraries fund access to content in this changing environment.
  • How libraries report on usage to measure impact and return on investment, this includes the role and need for standardised reporting such as Project Counter.
  • And what does this mean for collection development (quality of collection), budgets, just in time access for patrons and library services.

Please tag your comments, tweets, and blog posts about this session: #vala16 #rt1

View the video of the presentation on the VALA2016 GigTV channel here:

Delegate Q&A:

Do you have a burning question for the Content Roundtable? VALA2016 Delegates have been emailed invitations to lodge their single, most significant question – in 20 words or less – prior to conference. The most popular questions will be posed to the panel and discussed during the Roundtable session.

(NB. Please understand that it will not be possible to address every question, but we will use our best endeavours to embed common themes and issues.)

 


 

Wednesday 10 February 2016

1445 - 1550 Room: Plenary Hall 3

Facilitator: Hugh Rundle

Panellists:

  • Judy Brooker, Director of Learning, ALIA
  • Dr Mary Carroll, Course Director, Charles Sturt University
  • Brad King, Principal Consultant – Information Management, Kinetic Recruitment
  • Christine Mackenzie, CEO, Yarra Plenty Regional Library
  • Karen Seligman, VALA2015 Student Award Recipient
  • Kris Wehipeihana, President, LIANZA

Topic: Are librarians ready for an “Ideas Boom”?

Challenges:

  • Larger institutions are increasingly moving to trainee models – is there a role for library schools to deliver a skilled workforce in the future?
  • How do we attract, skill, and provide career paths for tech-savvy librarians?
  • Professional Registration is available for librarians in the UK and New Zealand. With library job requirements changing rapidly, is professional registration a useful way to keep librarians up to date, or an anachronism that will hold the profession back?
  • We are a service industry and need a service mentality.  Can anyone ’hide in the backroom’ in 2016?
  • How do we bring current library staff along in a fast-moving, fast-changing environment?
  • Professional development and lifelong learning – whose responsibility is it?
  • Is a “library technician” still relevant?

Please tag your comments, tweets, and blog posts about this session: #vala16 #rt2

View the video of the presentation on the VALA2016 GigTV channel here:

Delegate Q&A:

Do you have a burning question for the Professional Development Roundtable? VALA2016 Delegates have been emailed invitations to lodge their single, most significant question – in 20 words or less – prior to conference. The most popular questions will be posed to the panel and discussed during the Roundtable session.

(NB. Please understand that it will not be possible to address every question, but we will use our best endeavours to embed common themes and issues.)

 


 

Thursday 11 February 2016

1345 - 1440 Room: Plenary Hall 3

Facilitator: Ebe Kartus

Panellists:

  • Dr Ben Chadwick, Manager, Schools Catalogue Information Service, ESA
  • Richard Levy, VP, Discovery Innovation, EBSCO
  • Dr Tamar Sadeh, Director of Discovery and Delivery Strategy, Ex Libris
  • Chris Thewlis, Regional Manager, Australasia, OCLC

Topic: What does discovery mean to you?

Challenges:

  • With the rise and rise of Google, what are the advantages of having a discovery layer/service? Has the library discovery layer/service had its day and will it, or should it, be integrated into Google?
  • Are library discovery services nothing more than glorified web catalogues?
  • How do you see semantic linked open data effecting discovery?
  • Who controls the global metadata and are we all (vendors and libraries) still willing to share?
  • How can we make the metadata better and provider neutral? Is this important?
  • How can we make sure that smaller providers have their resources indexed into the central indexes from the vendor side rather than the Library side? Is this important?

Please tag your comments, tweets, and blog posts about this session: #vala16 #rt3

View the video of the presentation on the VALA2016 GigTV channel here:

Delegate Q&A:

Do you have a burning question for the Discovery Roundtable? VALA2016 Delegates have been emailed invitations to lodge their single, most significant question – in 20 words or less – prior to conference. The most popular questions will be posed to the panel and discussed during the Roundtable session.

(NB. Please understand that it will not be possible to address every question, but we will use our best endeavours to embed common themes and issues.)

 


 

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