No surprises at 1000's of tweets from #ALIACCESS 2010 Brisbane Conference this week. One of my work colleagues got the gong to go from our org and I am really looking forward to hearing from a live attendee and not just piecing it together via tweets, powerpoints, blogs & slideshares ! There seems to have been so many ideas across so many issues. And I learned that 2012 will be the national year of reading, and applaud ALIA's launching "Every Member an Advocate".
Some of the Conference Presentations which rated Tweet mentions :
- Oral Culture presentation is on slideshare:
- Stephen Abram's not-the-keynote slides
- Caroline Shine & Shared Services in Govt - Paper available
- More papers starting to appear on the program website, with notes & blog posts :
- Thursday notes and onto our last day today in Beautiful
- Link for Prezi on Transforming information literacy through experimentation and play
- i love this project louise is talking about.
I distilled the literally thousands of tweets down into a google pdf doc (embedded below) & from these emerged Key Themes for me :
Digital Libraries including Special Libraries
- Access to technology and being blocked by IT stops innovation
- Only paradox of #infolit and web 2.0 is the assumption everyone can access these things
- What defines an information literate person in our current information landscape?
- Conceptual framework of information organisation is still the same
talk of legacy systems in gov libraries rings true. A client-end customisable library intranet interface sounds good
- special libraries need to sing from rooftops on how good we are. report monthly on how have helped the organisation.
- How can we make academic libraries more fun? Experiment with technology = better support
- Qr codes to link physical and digital library in context at point of need
- a(R)e roles in public, academic, law, spec & dig libraries so.. difft?
- Sydney TAFE is aiming for 50% online delivery
- People in public library environment don't want to go back to school. Formal infolit classes don't work
- good point about resistance to formalised learning and didactic instruction - applicable to many workplaces as well
- IT subjects - the physical use and production of knowledge management tools
- another confirmation that new tech, IT subjects, database subjects, km the important stuff taught at lib school
Cloud computng and data mining. Not exactly cutting edge but ok to be reminded about them. I suppose.
1% consult library web page or online catalogues 84% consult search engines OCLC report 2005.
- complexity of systems involved with digital delivery can lead to underestimation of time required - understatement!
- Personalization is a top tech trend because we all want a room of our own
- personalization means we never have to be challenged by anything unfamiliar again
- think digital for all your content
- people outside librarians vital for input to infolit
Future of Libraries
- What is the community, learning, entertainment, social and research purpose of your library
- Future of libraries - be innovative and creative - make the changes in your workplace - service first
- Commitment to service, intellectual curiosity, flexibility some of the attributes needed in lib staff
- last question of the session! how do we make our managers see the value of libraries to our organisations?
- management don't care about small details. They want the big picture, adding value.
- 'ISO ILL - something of a blunt instrument but it does work'.
- Different library programs covering vastly different things. From IT based to more conceptual aspects or people focussed
- libraries staving off disaster - likened to hospice workers making the patient comfortable
- Postgrads, researchers and academics need web 2 #infolit skills too! Not just undergrads
- No longer just supporting library users - they are INFORMATION users or content creators
Digital Access Issues
- Tony says that people with a print disability have been left out of the digital information revolution
- The digital resolution has largely ignored the needs of print disabled
- Tony from Vision Australia: large print not the answer to print disabled
- Disengaged, disenfranchised students disappear
- public libs are generators of social capital
- Is #infolit about access? Does web 2.0 increase digital divide?
- helping people use info in their own environment; cross platforms; diff media - what about transliteracy
- I never stopped to think of the complexities and difficulties of readability and its impact on access to information.
- big challenges with aging population and vision loss - having print disability resources available Some digital issues
by 2024 800000 Australians blind or vision impaired - this doesn't include other forms of print disablility
- Print disability can include people with MS or people who cannot hold print books. Large print not suitable
Social Media Issues
- Social media can aid discovery and access for libraries
- Information knowledge and libraries are social spaces and places
- attitude is everything: librarian 2.0 is an attitude: u owe urself: noone owes u
- 1. Identify your information need
- 2. Assess, retrieve, evaluate information. Research, network. Cut your losses or go ahead?
3. Adapt information - Pilot for small wins. Still don't know if management is going to say yes
4 Organise & communicate information. Sell outcomes, not facts. What is in it for MPOW.
- Can libraries also be playzones for new technologies? Bring it on!
- collections traditionally held in four walls - no longer the case.