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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Nicole Kearney
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In the words of our field naturalists: an adventure in digitisation and transcription

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 13: Digitisation Adventures
Thursday 11 February 2016, 11:25 - 11:55
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Nicole Kearney and Elycia Wallis

Museum Victoria

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Historic field diaries chronicle the expeditions undertaken over time to explore and discover the natural history of the world. They provide invaluable insights into past species distribution and abundance, as well as the trials and wonders experienced on historic expeditions. However, despite the wealth of information they contain, field diaries are a hugely underutilised resource. This paper will discuss why this is the case and how, with the help of crowd-sourced volunteers, the field diaries in Museum Victoria's collection are being made more accessible. Cataloguing, digitisation and transcription procedures are detailed, together with how this content is being put online.

 

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Courtney Ruge
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Digital Dilemmas: a participatory investigation into developing a digital strategy for a community archive

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 13: Digitisation Adventures
Thursday 11 February 2016, 12:00 - 12:30
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Courtney Ruge, Steve Wright, Joanne Evans

Monash University, Vic

Graham Willett

University of Melbourne, Vic

Gary Jaynes

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Vic

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This paper reports on the progress of a collaborative project between Monash University and the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, which aims to provide public access to the Archives’ digital collections through the development an online exhibition and an exploration of the possibilities for building an online catalogue using open-source software. The paper explores the challenges involved in attempting to undertake effective consultation and collaboration between researchers and community archives in a community informatics project of this nature, the challenges for community archives in resourcing complex digital projects, and the issues associated with developing a digital strategy for a community archives from multiple stakeholder perspectives.

 

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Romany Manuell
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You say you want a revolution: librarians as educational designers

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 14: IT Outside the Box
Thursday 11 February 2016, 10:50 - 11:20
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Romany Manuell and Romney Adams

Monash University, Vic

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Academic librarians’ educative role has evolved due to changing technological and pedagogical trends, and involvement in educational design can be seen as the latest iteration of this evolution. This paper presents the findings of a single-workplace study exploring the ways in which Monash University librarians have engaged in elements of educational design: the creation of eLearning objects, design of curriculum and assessment, and collaboration with pedagogical experts. In order to situate the survey amongst changing trends, the role of the educational designer and academic librarian in the educative space is investigated through academic literature. Engagement with educational design is then discussed through presentation of survey findings.

 

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Michelle Riggs
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Kristy Newton
Kristy Newton
 

Everybody’s talking but who’s listening? Hearing the user’s voice above the noise, with content strategy and design thinking

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 14: Design
Thursday 11 February 2016, 11:25 - 11:55
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Kristy Newton and Michelle Riggs

University of Wollongong Library, NSW

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Targeted, consistent content encourages library users to engage with our services and resources. As the user experience, particularly offshore, is largely defined by interactions with our virtual services, it is more important than ever to listen to the user and craft content that forms part of an ongoing conversation. This paper shares the University of Wollongong Library’s experience of developing a content strategy and using personas with design thinking to firmly place user experience at the heart of content and service delivery.

 

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Amanda Burch
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The Discovery Wall as a teaching and learning space: insights from Auraria Library

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 14: IT Outside the Box
Thursday 11 February 2016, 12:00 - 12:30
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Amanda Burch

University of Colorado Denver, USA

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This paper will discuss Auraria Library’s approach to implementing a video wall with moderate budget and staffing resources—completed on a more conservative, albeit impactful scale compared to other visualization initiatives in higher education. It will examine the challenges inherent in technology selection, staffing, programming, and evaluation of such emerging, innovative spaces in an academic library setting.

 

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Tony Zanders
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Re-aligning library technology strategy: questioning the role of tradition in today's technology evaluations

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 15: Discover IT
Thursday 11 February 2016, 10:50 -  11:20
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Tony Zanders

EBSCO Information Services, Vic

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This paper discusses the trends in current library technology evaluation processes, along with the role of first precedent in determining evaluation criteria. In particular, the paper discusses opportunities to rethink the way academic libraries evaluate technology purchases to better reflect the mission of the institution, the mission of the library, while positioning itself for stricter budgetary policies. Further, the author seeks to argue that an open, interoperable library framework is the most conducive to achieving a university’s strategic mission.

 

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