VALA2022 Onsite Session 21 King

Gittin’ techy with it: our journey using Gitbook and crowdsourcing to build a modern not-quite-technical skills guide


Thursday 16 June 2022, 09:55 – 10:25

Sara King
  • Training and Engagement Lead
  • AARNet
Emma Chapman
  • Team Leader, Information Literacy
  • Auckland University of Technology
Nica Tsakmakis
  • Senior Librarian
  • Australian Catholic University
Mia De Francesch
  • Learning Success Advisor
  • Curtin University
Leah Gustafson
  • Digital Capability Advisor (Arts, Education and Law)
  • Griffith University
Ruth Cameron
  • Coordinator, Digital Library Programs
  • University of Newcastle
Katie Mills
  • Library Manager (Research and Academic Engagement)
  • University of Western Australia

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Read the paper and view the presentation recording and slides here:


It all started with a tweet in late 2019: ‘Is there a book that teaches modern not-quite-technical computer skills?’. When mentioned during a CAUL Digital Dexterity meeting, others jumped on board to turn this idea into a reality. Collaboration started in 2021 to create a freely available, changeable resource that could be open to all. Come along to our virtual presentation and learn about our journey towards this ever-growing digital book – forks in the road, merging lanes, dead ends, speedbumps, and all!


Dr Sara King is the Training and Engagement Lead for AARNet. She is focused on outreach within the research sector, developing communities of interest around training, outreach and skills development in eResearch. She is passionate about helping others develop the infrastructure and digital literacies required for working in a data-driven world, translating technology so it is accessible to everyone.

Nica Tsakmakis is Acting Senior Library Coordinator at the Australian Catholic University (Brisbane Campus) and Co-convenor CAUL Digital Dexterity Champions Community of Practice. She is a certified Library Carpentries instructor and has just completed developing a new Arts unit about literature in a digital world. Nica trained as a rare book librarian and was shocked to learn how excited she was about digital literacy and how she can help inform others about it.

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