VALA2022 Keynote 1 Future Crunch

Intelligent Optimism

This session is sponsored by Brill

VALA2022 KEYNOTE SESSION 1
Tuesday 14 June 2022, 11:00 – 12:00

Future Crunch

Presenters: Dr Shasta Henry and Will Tait 

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Biography

As our kick-off, kick-arse Keynotes, Melbourne-based intelligent optimists, Future Crunch, will set the scene – and our expectations – for the 3-days to come. Bringing their unique approach to technology trends, human skills, adaptability, data and hope for the future, Future Crunch is more a production than a presentation. You’ve not seen anything like them before.

Future Crunch is so closely aligned with the values that VALA and our community espouses that they are a natural fit. Their work is transformative, insightful and thought-provoking. Rocket fuel for the brain. And importantly, crafted with “intelligent optimism”.

You can meet them at VALA2022, but the introduction starts HERE.

Click the image above to view a short ‘teaser’ on how Future Crunch will bring their blend of technology and “intelligent optimism” to VALA2022.

Dr Shasta Henry

Shasta is a scientist and science communicator; a passionate adventurer, entomologist and educator. She has named beetles from the Amazon (and has one species named after her), guided white water rafts in Canada and once crocheted a hot air balloon. She’s worked at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, and is currently completing her PhD at the University of Tasmania, investigating the impact of fire on invertebrate communities in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Will Tait

Will is a songsmith, MC and presenter with a passion for inspiring wonder and revealing the hidden potential in situations and gatherings. He has 17 years experience as an educational presenter in the sustainability sector, and is the lead singer of 8Foot Felix, a theatrical multi-genre festival band touring in Australia and overseas. He is motivated by the idea that our modern global culture is reaching out for a new story about the workings of the world, a story of potential and abundance in which we see ourselves as integrally connected to each other and our universe. Through music, theatre, whole-heartedness and humour he creates moments of sharing, inspiration and joy that give this new story a meaningful, tangible presence in our everyday lives.

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VALA2022 Keynote 2 Terras

Digital Humanities and GLAM Digitisation: the need to build a virtuous circle

VALA2022 KEYNOTE SESSION 2
Tuesday 14 June 2022, 13:00 – 14:00

Melissa Terras

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Abstract

Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums have been digitising material at scale for over thirty years. The Digital Humanities community has engaged with this primarily by using the products of the digitisation process for research, teaching and public outreach. Digital Humanities projects have computationally mined digitised historical content, but have also built corpora, infrastructure, tools, and undertaken experimental interventions with digital cultural heritage.

However, very few of those in the Digital Humanities have engaged with the digitisation process, as well as its product. This talk sketches out an agenda for the Digital Humanities and library communities in considering digitisation in the round, while also reflecting on how best to create a feedback loop to undertake activities and produce research that will be of interest to, and engage fully with, memory institutions, digitisation providers and academic researchers. This should result in inclusive digital heritage datasets that are useful, reusable, and point to the benefits of user engagement with our digitised past, influencing the wider Digital Scholarship landscape.

Biography

Melissa Terras is a leading international figure in the field of Digital Humanities. She is currently the Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage at the University of Edinburgh‘s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and Director of Research in the Edinburgh Futures Institute. She is a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute, and Trustee of the National Library of Scotland.

Melissa will address the latest developments in Digital Humanities, exploring the lived experience of the last two years. She will share success stories and adventures in the Digital Humanities and perhaps provide us with a glimpse of the future through her eyes.

You can generally find her on twitter @melissaterras.

 

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VALA2022 Onsite Session 1 Walduck

The Topography of Searching: from visualisation to action

This session is sponsored by IEEE Xplore

VALA2022 CONCURRENT 1
Tuesday 14 June 2022, 14:10 – 14:40

Amy Walduck
  • State Library Queensland

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Biography

Amy Walduck is a librarian, an extrovert, a creative and has embraced a colourful career across state, academic, special, and public libraries. As a creative problem-solver, she thrives in busy, collaborative environments working with passionate people. At State Library of Queensland, Amy is currently working on digital, open data and collections as data initiatives such as the Digital Collections Catalyst and Making Meaning: Collections as Data Symposium.

 

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VALA2022 Onsite Session 2 Chadwick

Koha for a cataloguing agency: considerations and challenges for a system implementation during COVID lockdown

This session is sponsored by IEEE Xplore

VALA2022 CONCURRENT 2
Tuesday 14 June 2022, 14:10 – 14:40

Ben Chadwick

  • Director, Research and Information Services
  • Education Services Australia
Chris Cormack
  • Technical Lead – Koha Team
  • Catalyst IT
Aleisha Amohia
  • Koha Development Lead
  • Catalyst IT

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Abstract

In 2020, the Schools Catalogue Information Service (SCIS) commenced a project to replace its existing cataloguing system with Koha, an open-source library management system. Catalyst was appointed to undertake the installation, data migration and integration with SCIS’s existing systems, as well as providing training and ongoing support. This paper describes the project-management process and how it was adapted to accommodate COVID-19 lockdowns. It outlines customisations and additional developments undertaken to support SCIS’s specific needs and workflows, and further work and on-going support arrangements in the post-launch phase.

Biography

Dr Ben Chadwick is Director, Research and Information Services at Education Services Australia where he oversees the Schools Catalogue Information Service (SCIS) and the Australian Education Vocabularies (IEV), including the linked data Schools Online Thesaurus (ScOT). Ben grew up on Turrbal/Jagera country but now lives on Wurundjeri land, in Brunswick East, with his partner, two daughters and a greyhound.

Chris Cormack is of Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe and Waitaha descent. He has 24 years’ experience working in the ICT sector, with 21 of those being in the Library ICT sector. He was one of the original developers of the Koha library management system, started in Horowhenua and now used by over 15,000 libraries worldwide. Chris started his professional career working for Te Pūtahi a Toi at Massey University after completing his studies for a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Māori Studies and Mathematics. He programmed the backend of the Toi te Kupu system (a catalogue of resources in te reo Māori and for the teaching of te reo Māori) Chris is now Kaihuawaere Matihiko at Catalyst IT.

Aleisha Amohia (Te Ātihaunui-a-Papārangi) (she/her) is a Koha Developer at Catalyst IT in Wellington, New Zealand. She has been working on Koha since 2014. Aleisha recently graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Management and Information Systems).

 

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VALA2022 Onsite Session 3 Cook

Developing and encouraging bibliodiversity in a consortium framework

VALA2022 CONCURRENT 3

Tuesday 14 June 2022, 15:15 – 15:45

Angus Cook
  • CAUL

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Biography

Angus Cook joined CAUL as Director, Content Procurement, in January 2020 bringing with him many years of commercial experience having worked with both content and systems vendors. Angus has worked for commercial publishers including Springer Nature and gained experience with legal publishing while working at Thomson Reuters. While working for OCLC, Angus gained experience in services for library management, resource sharing and authentication.

 

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VALA2022 Onsite Session 4 Splawa-Neyman

What the dickens is a data concierge? Researcher interviews and data management reviews: misinformation, appreciation and remediation

VALA2022 CONCURRENT 4

Tuesday 14 June 2022, 15:15 – 15:45

Patrick Splawa-Neyman
  • Open Scholarship and Data Services Liaison Librarian
  • Monash University

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Abstract

The Data Concierge Project investigated the data management practices of 232 researchers and graduate research students at Monash University in 2020, and uncovered a need to more deeply and personally engage with researchers. The Data Management Reviews Project followed in 2021 and applied the newly acquired knowledge to provide one-on-one assistance to researchers. Feedback from researchers confirmed the value of the reviews and the need for closer engagement. An evidence-based practice model is used to assess how well researchers are being supported, and the paper concludes with ten core researcher engagement principles.

Biography

As a project manager in data management Patrick Splawa-Neyman has a proven track record of deeply engaging with researchers, raising the profile of open scholarship and open data, and successfully working collaboratively across institutions. His unique blend of skills from pharmaceutical sales, and sales and marketing for an open data vendor has led to the practical application of research data management support. He is motivated to support researchers and support staff to make informed, data-driven decisions.

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VALA2022 Onsite Session 5 Chang

Five years of OER publishing: lessons and directions

VALA2022 CONCURRENT 5

Tuesday 14 June 2022, 15:55 – 16:25

Steven Chang
  • La Trobe University

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has supercharged an accelerated leap into online learning in universities. This has shone a global spotlight onto open educational resources (OER) as a paradigm for new models of learning. These approaches are tackling contemporary challenges in higher education like inequity and inflexible legacy models of pedagogy.

This paper and presentation will focus on how La Trobe University Library has confronted these challenges since 2016 by establishing a bold early adopter program for a Library as Open Knowledge Creator service called the La Trobe eBureau.

The eBureau model is scaffolded around a principle of “La Trobe authors for La Trobe courses”, where open textbooks and educational resources are developed and published to tackle local pedagogical challenges, but are made openly available to the global community for adoption, reuse, and collaboration. The eBureau platform provides an array of services including features such as:

• author consultation support
• double peer review
• copyright reviewing and advice
• structural and copy editing
• visual design and identity kits
• sourcing multimedia
• minting DOIs and ISBNs
• discoverability via indexing in open repositories, discovery layers, National Library indexes, etc
• marketing and promotion
• book launch events

The main aim of this paper will be to reflect on five years of learning to be an OER publisher – and particularly to share lessons learnt about the barriers, solutions, lessons learnt from engaging in this ambitious project. It will conclude with recommendations for colleagues aiming to pursue similar directions, and future steps to advance Australian OER creation in academic libraries.

Biography

Steven Chang is the Coordinator, Open Education and Scholarship at La Trobe University. He is passionate about equity in higher education and coordinates the La Trobe eBureau, a Library as Open Publisher platform that empowers communities to create equitable learning resources. Steven’s background has spanned diverse areas including open repository advocacy, open data, medical librarianship, and research data management. He is the former chief editor of Health Inform and his articles and presentations can be found via his Figshare profile.

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VALA2022 Onsite Session 6 Wilson

On the fly: adapting existing digital tools to deliver safe student spaces on campus in uncertain times

VALA2022 CONCURRENT 6

Tuesday 14 June 2022, 15:55 – 16:25

Rachael Wilson
  • Digital Experience Librarian
  • Deakin University

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Abstract

As Deakin Library readied to reopen after Lockdown 1.0, we needed to balance government and business directives to ensure we were managing capacity limits within our spaces and supporting contract tracing efforts, as well as meeting our responsibility to provide safe and connected study areas for both metropolitan and regional-based students who were entirely reliant on library study spaces and technology to continue with their studies. This paper steps through the processes undertaken at short notice to ensure a Book a Desk service was available for the beginning of Trimester Two 2020, and the project outcomes and lessons learned along the way.

Biography

Rachael is passionate about great content and digital experiences in her role as the Digital Experience Librarian at Deakin University Library. She leads a small team specialising in user experience and digital content management and strategy, as part of the larger Library DX (Digital Experience) team. In her role, Rachael collaborates with stakeholders across Deakin Library and beyond, striving to deliver great digital experiences across a range of online platforms, including their website presence, Deakin Genie (an intelligent assistant app) and Springshare suite.

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VALA2022 Onsite Session 7 Massey

What is the product in academic publishing? Or, Why people in the Open Access debate are all talking about different things.

This session is sponsored by AIP Publishing

VALA2022 CONCURRENT 7

Tuesday 14 June 2022, 16:35 – 17:05

Graham Massey
  • Manager Information Resources and Collection Services
  • Victoria University

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Abstract

This paper contends that we have not made the progress towards Open Access that we might have expected since the Budapest Open Access Initiative in 2002. It applies Philip Kotler’s concept of a ‘Product’ to Academic Publishing and scholarly communications to explain how the different stakeholders derive value from the process.

Biography

Graham Massey is a professional Librarian with over 20 years experience working in Academic Libraries in Australia and the UK. He has a degree in Business Management and a Masters in Librarianship. He has had many roles including customer service, subject liaison, library and system management, and now manages the library collections, and the cataloguing and acquisition of information resources, at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia.

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VALA2022 Onsite Session 8 Narcis

From herders to facilitators – Library staff transition and the transformation of the Library Tour

VALA2022 CONCURRENT 8

Tuesday 14 June 2022, 16:35 – 17:05

Samantha Narcis
  • Senior Manager, Client Services
  • University of Adelaide Library
Jaime Royals
  • Senior Manager, Collections and Access Services
  • University of Adelaide Library
Jordana Feek
  • Metadata Quality Coordinator
  • University of Adelaide Library

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Abstract

The University of Adelaide Library has transformed the traditional library tour to a gamified, self-guided tour. Users work either independently or collaboratively, participating actively in their quest for information and discovery of library services and spaces. This paper sets out the transformation and the transition of library staff, outlines the rationale behind the change, the implementation process and highlights some considerations and benefits in moving to the new self-service model.

Biography

Samantha Narcis is the Senior Manager, Client Services at the University of Adelaide Library and has been in this role since June 2018. After more than 15 years of working in various Human Resources (HR) roles both overseas in Dubai and in Adelaide, Sam took a leap of faith going from providing HR advice to business leaders, to providing strong and positive operational leadership in a different industry- the world of Academic Libraries. Sam believes her love of reading and books might have helped with the transition just a bit! Sam currently leads the Library’s Client Services team in delivering key front-line services to Library users and facilitating access to the Library as a safe and welcoming space spanning across 3 campuses. Her portfolio includes a diverse set of responsibilities carried out by the front-line Service Delivery team, “”Ask Library””, the Metadata Project team and the Collections and Facilities team. Sam is a firm advocate for a One Library ethos and with her team strives to put the user experience at the forefront of everything they do (within the University of Adelaide Library).

Jaime Royals is currently the Senior Manager, Collections & Access Services at the University of Adelaide. Jaime has worked in several roles at the University Library including as a Liaison Librarian and as the Manager of Learning and Teaching Innovation. She has a keen interest in developing and innovating library services in collaboration with stakeholders, in line with best practice and with an evidence-based approach. She is also partial to terrible dad jokes!”

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