VALA2016 Proceedings

 

The VALA2016 18th Biennial Conference and Exhibition was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia from 9 - 11 February 2016. 

The following papers were presented at VALA2016. See also the VALA2016 Program.

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Courtney Ruge
Courtney Ruge
 

Digital image collections and social media sharing: goals, strategies, and challenges for Australian cultural institutions

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 5: Warding the Past
Tuesday 9 February 2016, 14:45 - 15:15
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Courtney Ruge and Tom Denison

Monash University, Vic

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This paper reports on the use of social media in conjunction with digital image collections by Australian cultural institutions. The research draws upon an adaptation of the theory of affordances in examining the goals, implementation, and outcomes of a sample of cultural institutions in using digital image collections in various combinations with social media platforms. The implications and challenges associated with establishing and maintaining a strong presence within the spaces of image-sharing and information-sharing via social media and digital image collections are explored, including examples from the current practices of Australian cultural institutions obtained through a website survey and interviews with industry professionals.

 

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Neil Godfrey
Neil Godfrey
 

Preserving a living archive of indigenous language material

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 5: Warding the Past
Tuesday 9 February 2016, 15:20 - 15:50
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Neil Godfrey, Jayshree Mamtora and Catherine Bow

Charles Darwin University, NT

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This paper describes how Charles Darwin University Library is directly helping to sustain and preserve Aboriginal languages and culture that have been facing hurdles for long-term survival. The Library, in partnership with an ARC-funded research project known as the Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages (www.cdu.edu.au/laal), supports this effort with a repository, web application and digitisation program to preserve endangered Indigenous resources and facilitate both Indigenous community engagement and international linguistic research. The project serves as a rich case study demonstrating how academic libraries can work with researchers to support the archiving of cultural heritage.

 

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Catriona Bryce
Catriona Bryce
 

Trove and social media today: does a click through mean what we think it means?

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 6: Counting IT
Tuesday 9 February 2016, 14:45 - 15:15
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Catriona Bryce

National Library of Australia, ACT

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Using social media is now business as usual for the National Library of Australia and Trove. The Trove team believes that it is engaging people in these spaces, people who know and love Trove and those who have never heard of it. The team believes it is promoting the use of Trove. But is this true? Do people really click through to those links? Do people find Trove and keep coming back? Understanding what the team at Trove wants to achieve in social media is crucial to assessing its value. Is impact in the numbers, the individual stories of lives changed, or is it an interweaving of both?

 

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Richard Hulser
Richard Hulser
 

Altmetrics: social media metrics tools expanding the librarian's role

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 6: Counting IT
Tuesday 9 February 2016, 15:20 - 15:50
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Richard P. Hulser

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, USA

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Using a case study at a United States natural history museum, this paper focuses on why altmetrics are important to senior management in research institutions and how librarians in institutions worldwide could utilise altmetrics social media metrics tools to expand the understanding of the value of their information services expertise to support an institution’s mission and goals.

 

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Lee Rainie
Lee Rainie

The Puzzles Librarians Need to Solve

VALA2016 PLENARY SESSION 2
Tuesday 9 February 2016, 16:20 - 17:30
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Lee Rainie

Pew Research Centre

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In order to thrive in the future, librarians will need to be great forecasters and innovators. There are key puzzles they need to figure out. Among them: What’s the future of personal enrichment and entertainment? What’s the future of people’s pathways to knowledge and reference expertise? What’s the future of public technology and community anchor institutions? What’s the future of learning “spaces”? What’s the future of attention and its structural holes? Lee Rainie of the Pew Research Center will describe how his organization’s research provides guideposts for librarians along three dimensions of library activity: the people, the place, and the platform.

 

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Valentine Charles
Valentine Charles

Building a Framework for Semantic Cultural Heritage Data

VALA2016 PLENARY SESSION 3
Wednesday 10 February 2016, 9:00 - 10:15
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Valentine Charles

Europeana Foundation

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The creation of Europeana, the digital library for Europe raised a key question: how to integrate and exchange multilingual and cross-domain data? The challenge was to develop an advanced data model, re-using components of the most recent web technology while preserving domain specificities.  Now, five years later, the Europeana Data Model is the core model of Europeana and is used by several other cultural aggregators, such as the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and the German Digital Library.  The library community has a key role in defining the future of the model. Its involvement will enable the connection of library data with other cultural heritage data in a seamless, semantic and interoperable environment.

 

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