VALA2016 Session 7 Chua

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Beyond library walls: supporting academic capacity building with digital technologies

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 7: Rethink IT
Wednesday 10 February 2016, 12:00 – 12:30
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Sharon Chua

Deakin University, Vic

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Abstract

The use of digital technology tools is one of the many ways to help academics meet student-learning needs. With diverse student cohorts and high enrolment numbers, there is also a challenge for library support to be inclusive, engaging and sustainable. Academics are often time poor and unaware of how these digital technologies can be used to contribute to their teaching. This paper is written from a business librarian’s perspective on how academics were supported in learning and utilising digital technologies. It consists of a critical reflection of the journey.

 

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VALA2016 Session 8 Mason

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Ingrid Mason
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Linked open data and Australia’s GLAMs

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 8: Geek Speak
Wednesday 10 February 2016, 10:50 – 11:20
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Ingrid Mason

Intersect Australia, NSW

Rowan Brownlee

Australian National Data Service, ACT

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Linked open data (LOD) methods are increasingly being applied to aggregate and integrate data and impact upon data and technical infrastructures enabling resource discovery and interoperability. In October to November 2015, the authors visited nine teams leading the way with LOD practices, in programmes, institutes, universities, and libraries in the USA, Europe, and the UK. This paper presents the nature of LOD methods, the context for practice change, insights from site visits as exemplars of practice change, and an accompanying analysis in support of Australian GLAMs (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) practice change.

 

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VALA2016 Session 8 Rundle

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Building a richly-featured library management platform that puts patron privacy first, using Meteor and Mylar

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Wednesday 10 February 2016, 11:25 – 11:55
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Hugh Rundle

Brimbank Libraries, Vic

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Professional discourse amongst librarians has long emphasised the importance of user privacy, yet modern library systems have weak privacy protections and poor data security practices. This paper presents a conceptual model for a library circulation system, using the open source encryption software Mylar. The system would provide control over assets for libraries, whilst also allowing patrons to borrow anonymously and access private and secure enriched discovery services.

 

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VALA2016 Session 9 Burrows

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Libraries and the digital humanities: partnership, collaboration and shared agendas

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 9: Pathways
Wednesday 10 February 2016, 10:50 – 11:20
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Toby Burrows

King’s College London, UK

Deb Verhoeven

Deakin University, Vic

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Digital humanities is a rapidly growing global interdisciplinary field, reflected in a proliferation of conferences, events, journals, associations, research centres, grants, and courses. Digital humanities has a high profile because of its collaborative activity in building tools, developing services, carrying out projects, and producing ground-breaking research findings. There is a high level of interest from the library community in the digital humanities. This paper looks at the relationship between libraries and the digital humanities from an Australian perspective. The paper draws on the authors’ involvement within the digital humanities community, and especially their experience with developing HuNI: the Humanities Networked Infrastructure, a major digital infrastructure service for the humanities.

 

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VALA2016 Session 9 Robbins

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Jason Ensor
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Susan Robbins
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Strategic publishing using Journal Finder

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 9: Pathways
Wednesday 10 February 2016, 11:25 – 11:55
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Susan Robbins and Jason Ensor

University of Western Sydney, NSW

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Strategic journal publishing is a complex activity. Identifying appropriate publication outlets is a key component of a researcher’s publishing strategy. Considerations include a journal’s Field of Research (FoR) Code, impact data and Open Access options (mandatory for publications arising from funded research). To afford researchers more writing time but still enable strategic publishing, the Western Sydney University’s Library and Digital Humanities Research Group combined their expertise in publishing support resources, data manipulation and general purpose programming to develop Journal Finder. This toolkit organises existing information relating to journals and impact in ways that are relevant to the Australian situation and easily identifiable.

 

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VALA2016 Session 9 Pang

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Lai Kei Pang
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Thinking ahead for the researchers: a multi-pronged approach to research support

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 9: Pathways
Wednesday 10 February 2016, 12:00 – 12:30
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Lai Kei Pang and Hester Mountifield

University of Auckland, New Zealand

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The Research Support Services (RSS) team at the University of Auckland’s Libraries and Learning Services (L&LS) undertakes innovative approaches to engage with researchers in a changing landscape. Two research management systems, Research Outputs and the Research Repository, are embedded into different institutional processes and systems. A BiblioInformatics service is offered to individual researchers, providing guidance and advice for maximising research visibility and an automated platform is available for generating impact reports. Benchmarking reports are produced for senior management using various tools. New ventures include social media workshops and a collaborative effort with Architecture researchers to reconceptualise research outputs and impact.

 

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VALA2016 Session 10 Edwards

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“Have you tried turning it off and on again?” Exploring a state-wide ICT skills training project for Victorian public library staff

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 10: Upskilling
Wednesday 10 February 2016, 13:45 – 14:15
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Tom Edwards

Wyndham City Libraries, Vic

Michelle McLean

Casey-Cardinia Library Corporation, Vic

Jayne Cleave

State Library Victoria

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This paper examines the background and initial development of an online training resource, created in response to a comprehensive skills audit of Victorian Public Library Staff in late 2013. The audit revealed a capacity and confidence gap between respondents and manager expectations in the area of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and general digital literacy. The training resource will address ICT skills and confidence through a hybrid of structured content and challenge/inquiry-based learning and reflection.

 

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VALA2016 Session 10 Salisbury

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Fiona Salisbury
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Change, capability and culture: building a confident workforce for the future

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 10: Upskilling
Wednesday 10 February 2016, 14:20 – 14:50
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Fiona Salisbury, Sahithi Piyasena and Jennifer Peasley

La Trobe University, Vic

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The biggest organisational change in La Trobe University’s history provided an opportunity for the University Library not only to review its operating model and staffing structure, but also to identify the roles required now and into the future. As part of the review, the Library assessed the capabilities and skills of its staff, created opportunities for strengthening these, and identified new capabilities and skills to meet emerging priorities in the Library and the University. This paper outlines key aspects of these processes that have resulted in the development of a new workplace culture, which explicitly aligns capability, services and partnerships with the University’s strategic objectives.

 

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VALA2016 Session 11 Mitchell

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Tine Grimston
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Pru Mitchell
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Introducing an automated subject classifier

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 11: Describing IT
Wednesday 10 February 2016, 13:45 – 14:15
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Pru Mitchell, Tine Grimston and Robert Parkes

Australian Council for Educational Research, Vic

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The library community understands the value of controlled vocabularies in enhancing resource discovery. There is, however, ongoing tension between that value and the cost of maintaining and applying specialist vocabularies. This paper presents the outcomes of a 2014-15 trial of automated subject indexing at the Australian Council for Educational Research. The integration of a machine learning classification tool has resulted in streamlined workflows and increased use of machine-readable data. Insights were gained into the decisions human indexers make in using a controlled vocabulary, and into the importance of quality abstracts and metadata.

 

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