10 Takeaways From Vala2010

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My ten thoughts from the VALA2010 conference.

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  • Googamazon students Faceted searching, tag clouds “ recommender services”
  • Eg. Amazon vs OPAC Libraries are silos of different resources – a single point of entry with features like “did you mean”, type ahead much better for users
  • So some things we spend time agonising over might not be necessary e.g. modifying help menus They are content creators not just consumers – yet our spaces and resources don’t facilitate this
  • Librarians love indexes with reason, users care more about the content Still need metadata though Sometimes good enough solutions that add value to users are ok; there are times when our quest for perfectionism is not necessary Stop trying to create the card catalogue online
  • Students are very much concerned about the physical resources, perhaps less so about the information resources so long as they can find what they need at any given time. Removing books from the library affected the behaviour of students in the space (no longer seen as a storage place for books). Can be more efficient to retrieve books from storage facility than to have stuednts find them by themselves.
  • Think this should be a goal for us. Not yet sure which social media platform would be best. Requires planning and commitment from all. Now moving beyond web 2.0 - integration of social computing into core infrastructure... stop gluing things on, they should be built in
  • There needs to be some freedom to take risks and even to fail Stealth projects can work!
  • But not everyone can wear it Learned helplessness as a result of vendor domination of our LMS products People who use OSS like it a lot, if you are not using it, it isn’t on your radar Problems with IT resistance, fear of lack of support are barriers
  • Library website reviews, usability testing, focus groups, podcasts, Libguides, Library H3lp….
  • Library of the future from 2 perspectives
  • 10 Takeaways From Vala2010

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    2. 2. One search to rule them all http://www.flickr.com/photos/61498637
    3. 3. Interface complexity <ul><li>More they have to think about the interface  less time to think about the content/resources </li></ul>© R Dugmore 2010
    4. 4. Student users are transient, adaptable
    5. 5. Index is dead, long live full text http://www.flickr.com/photos/rachel_s/427453093/
    6. 6. Academics value library resources, not the space
    7. 7. Exploit [social media] to become more vivid “nodes” in people’s networks [to]…help them solve problems, make decisions & enrich their lives. http://cheezburger.com/View.aspx?aid=3204550400
    8. 8. Librarians: too fond of forming committees to open doors http://www.flickr.com/photos/klearchos/1042703663/
    9. 9. Open source is the new black http://icanhascheezburger.com/2009/03/22/funny-pictures-fashun-basic/
    10. 10. Unitec Library: does stuff and doesn’t tell anyone about it http://myfirstfail.com/2010/01/17/funny-baby-photos-i-told-you-already-no-more-rice-cereal /
    11. 11. Library of the future <ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8TnzAdGnqI </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLelhZHb3G8 </li></ul>

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