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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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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Abstract

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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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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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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"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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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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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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