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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Melanie Johnson
Melanie Johnson
 

Taming the lurking beast: can mandatory e-reporting and the creation of course lists manage copyright in the digital space?

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 2: Data Stuff
Tuesday 9 February 2016, 12:00 - 12:30
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Melanie Johnson, John Garraway and Eileen Tollan

University of Auckland, New Zealand

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New Zealand Universities have recently agreed to introduce mandatory e-reporting to replace the manual survey and ensure compliance with the terms of the licence agreed with Copyright Licensing New Zealand. In this paper I argue that digital technology provides the means to effectively manage copyright compliance in educational institutions and to counter its uncertainty. The paper considers the background that led to the decision to implement e-reporting and how that implementation is proceeding. It also considers the benefits to the parties, what the road blocks are and how these can be potentially overcome.

 

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Michele Casalini
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Humanities and social sciences academic content in the digital transition time

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 3: Publishing
Tuesday 9 February 2016, 10:50 - 11:20
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Michele Casalini

Casalini Libri, Italy

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The transition to the digital era has raised many questions and new challenges for scholarly publishing. This paper examines the extent to which HSS original-language publishing risks marginalisation by STM and considers strategies to ensure its survival. Drawing on analysis of the academic publishing market in Mediterranean Europe, the impact of the digital era on library collections and policies, and the author's first-hand experience in supplying Romance-language research publications, this paper discusses the wider implications of the digital transition and growing need for awareness along the information chain – with the central role of libraries – that can contribute to forwarding cultural heritage for future generations.

 

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Anton Proppe
Anton Proppe
 
 

For the 'Common' good: a centralised approach to university video publishing

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 3: Publish IT
Tuesday 9 February 2016, 11:25 - 11:55
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Nyssa Parkes, Anton Proppe and Rob Rochester

Swinburne University of Technology, Vic

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Abstract

Increasingly, video and audio resources are being used in the university environment to educate, distribute research findings, and broadcast public lectures and events.  Despite significant advances in technology, creating and distributing open-to-view and open-to-re-use video can be complex. Swinburne Library has established a centralised service called Swinburne Commons that supports staff in the storage, description and distribution of open video and audio content. In reflecting on the establishment of the service, this paper suggests that experience gained from institutional repositories and open publishing endeavours can give libraries an advantage in the distribution of other institutionally-created content, such as digital media.

 

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Megan Pozzi
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Formalising the vernacular: social media skills in higher education

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 3: Publish IT
Tuesday 9 February 2016, 12:00 - 12:30
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Megan Pozzi

Queensland University of Technology

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This paper discusses the issue of social media skills using a literacy framework. Firstly, it argues that social media skills are a form of vernacular, or ‘everyday’, literacy and articulates the issues associated with trying to formalise these skills within the curriculum. Secondly, it calls for greater explicit attention to social media skills within higher education, by arguing that social media literacies are a part of new literacies. It evaluates QUT’s “Create a Better Online You” suite of social media resources in light of this framework, and discusses the role of libraries in addressing social media skills.

 

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Antonia Lamanna
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Sharon Karismanis
Sharon Karasmanis
 

Students first: innovative partnerships to enrich the student academic experience

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 4: Working Together
Tuesday 9 February 2016, 14:45 - 15:15
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Sharon Karasmanis and Antonia Lamanna

La Trobe University, Vic

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University libraries are no longer only the domain of librarians, students and scholars. As collections have moved online, libraries have created more collaborative working spaces for students, and incorporated other enquiry services such as IT or academic skills assistance. In 2015, La Trobe University went one step further and integrated Student Administration services to extend the student help portfolio via single physical and virtual service points. As part of a total University and Library restructure, a new service model was created in the Library, incorporating six specialist help areas: Library, Student Administration, Course Advisors, IT, Careers, and Academic Skills.

 

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A textbook example: the academic library and Cengage Learning eTextbook pilot

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 4: Working Together
Tuesday 9 February 2016, 15:20 - 15:50
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Alison Pepper

University of Wollongong, NSW

Maryce Johnstone

Cengage Learning, Vic

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This paper shares both publisher and library perspectives and findings from a 2014/2015 Cengage-Learning eTextbook pilot project, an Australia and New Zealand first for institutional elending and region-specific eTextbooks for the academic library. In mid-2014, seven eTextbooks were released via established aggregator platform, EBL, with a three-concurrent-user model. An additional twenty titles were added for first semester 2015. Preliminary results are presented in this paper. The benefits of integrating and experiencing eTexts in new Teaching and Learning paradigms has yet to be fully realised across stakeholders, posing both risk and opportunity for both library and publisher.

 

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