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Visiting the #aliaaccess Exhibition stands, searching for prizes

02/09/2010

There are heaps of great information, new products, special deals and giveaways and prizes on exhibition stands, both in the exhibition hall and out on the Plaza level floor. Here’s selection for you to start you exploring:

  • ALIA has Rock Star Backstage Passes, free inCite mags, Love Libraries stickers and a very special deal on ALIA membership
  • EBSCO has the brightest blue table you’ve ever seen (just to sit at, not a prize to win…), fridge magnets with pens and some pretty good e-books to tell you about
  • Altarama has the latest version of Reftracker to demo, which can send and receive questions and answers with customers via SMS, Instant Messaging and widgets
  • Marcom has an amazing box of goodies to be won, an amazing DVD collection to talk to you about, and amazingly groovy notepads to giveaway. Also ask about their digital rights streaming of ABC TV content
  • FE Technologies is giving away an iPod shuffle. While you’re at the stand entering, ask for a demo of their customer self service products
  • Envisionware is the place to go to win a Nintendo Wii! They can also make your job easier with self service products and PC Booking systems
  • The fine folks at the Book House stand have a video camera you can win, frisbees to give away (ultimate frisbee match at lunch anyone?) and some great advice about all aspects of shelf ready library materials
  • Feeling thirsty? Trek right to the back corner of the exhibition hall and you will be rewarded with a super cool Mango slushy from Digital Education Services. While sipping and slurping, check out ‘Mango’, their new online literacy resource
  • Apple iPad anyone? Stop by the mega-stand of Proquest / Thorpe-Bowker / Serials Solutions to be in the running to win an iPad. Ask about ‘Summons’ by Serial Solutions, the Historical Newspapers products and Librarything for Libraries
  • Compare tweeting notes with BEAR Solutions, before asking them about networked printing solutions, and PC reservation products
  • The University of South Australia has a book voucher to win. Ask about the courses in the School of Computer and Info Sciences
  • OK, I admit it, yellow highlighters are my favourite colour highlighters, and the folks at OCLC have groovy retractable yellow highlighters to give away. Be sure to  check out WorldCat Local. Sigh, you had me at ‘yellow highlighter’
  • Swets has mousepads and notepads and all the info you need to know about SwetsWise. What’s SwetsWise? Stop by the stand and ask the friendly folks
  • What do Softlink do when they’re not busy trying to give away a bottle, no, a magnum of Shiraz? They provide a Library Management System that may just be the solution you’re looking for
  • Alexander Street Press knows QR codes. You don’t know QR codes? Stop by the stand and ask about QR codes, and you’ll find your way to a free online playlist of music
  • Feel the need to win a video camera? Libero is the place to go. Ask about the new web-based version of the Libero library management system, and grab a mousepad while you’re there
  • Stomp has showbags to giveaway! They’re filled with movies, music, chocolates and other fun stuff. Ask them about AV supplies for your library
  • World Book would like to tell you about the new online product Science Power, which apparently can turn anyone into a science expert! Also checkout the Early World of Learning, a children’s literacy resource
  • Who’s got the ‘Gecko in the Box’? The same place where you can win a hamper worth $150? That must be the Raeco stand
  • Where do I get one of those famous library cat bags that I see everywhere? Head to the James Bennett stand and ask about the recent merger with Blackwell into the Baker and Taylor group
  • Britannica have a new amazing online resource to tell you about – New Image Quest, which has over 2 million images you can use to bring your work to life
  • Gale – Cengage Learning. What’s with the smiley faces everywhere? I’m not sure, you’ll have to visit their stand and ask…
  • The National Library of Australia stand are giving away some very nice notepad/pen sets, plus lots of news from the NLA, and some great info about Trove
  • 3M is the place to go to learn about RFID, self-service and online fines and fees payment systems
  • Bibliotheca  are right near the entrance to the exhibition hall, and are ready to tell you about their next generation of RFID software
  • Moet and Chandon Champagne to give away at the Elsevier stand! Drawn at Friday’s morning tea! Be present to win! Ask about medical e-books while you’re there! Why all the exclamation marks?! It’s Moet and Chandon Champagne!
  • Ingram at stand 44 can help you create on-demand print collections, stop by and find out more
  • Taylor and Francis are offering a year subscription to one of their online products as a prize, and it’s worth US$9,200. Plus they have French Champagne, plus they have chocolates to give away. Checkout the new TAFE collections and archive packages too
  • Springer have some beut e-book offers for those into the e-books
  • First Software Solutions is the place to head to hear about a new approach to library management systems
  • Out in the Plaza level area, stop by and say g’day to Wavesound, who would love you to win two prizes of audio books and large print books. Ask about Clipper e-audio books too
  • Charles Sturt University have wine and books you can win. They are also keen to talk about their Bachelor and Masters courses in Information Studies
  • Peter Pal has all the info you need to help with supplier-aided selection
  • LexisNexis are giving away some very generous subscriptions to their news and business online resources. Stop by and get the details of a free trial
  • So you know all about QR codes, and want to print your own? Brother has all the gear you’ll need, plus heaps of labelling solutions for your library needs.

Speaker Profile: Stephen Pugh

18/08/2010

The latest speaker profile is from Stephen Pugh of Oranjarra Partners.

1. Can you please give us a taste of what you will be speaking about at the conference?
I am fortunate to have two speaking slots scheduled at the conference. I’ll be speaking on issues and trends in collection development and acquisitions in the Acquisitions Continuum and giving a paper called “Best Practice and Cooperation in Resource Sharing Among Academic Libraries” in the Collective Wealth, Global Sharing, Global Resources stream. I intend to draw on my experience in working and consulting with over 90 university libraries in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and North America to discuss useful examples of best practice and cooperation in resource sharing, including interlibrary loan. In addition to providing an historical context and overview of the methodologies developed in collection development and acquisitions, I will also discuss the new and exciting evolution of traditional approaches. I hope all who are grappling with these issues will attend.

2. In your field of work, what is inspiring, exciting or challenging you at the moment?
One of the many challenges confronting all of us in the profession and industry is how to turn our considerable and collective talents from “hospice care” in limiting damage to our priceless library collections to new and smart strategies of collection development methodologies to ensure their continued effectiveness in supporting teaching, learning and research. The work being researched and conducted in this area is truly exciting.

3. If you will be visiting Brisbane for the first time, what are you looking forward to the most? If you are a local or know Brisbane well, please share your favourite thing to do or place to visit in Brisbane.
I have been to Brisbane many times and, although this is pretty tame, I enjoy relaxing on the CityCat, followed by a wander in the Botanic Gardens, topped by a slow dinner along the waterfront. Brisbane is a great place for people-watching.

4. What is the best experience you have ever had at a library conference?
I don’t know if it qualifies as my best experience at a conference, but the most memorable was providing the trophy for a decidedly unsanctioned Australia vs. The Rest of World hopscotch contest dubbed the “ALIA Cup” at a long ago conference in Adelaide. I’ll say no more.

Speaker Profile: Tay Chiew Boon

18/08/2010

Chiew BoonPlease welcome Ms Tay Chiew Boon ( Librarian (Arts Collection, ILL & DDS Team) at Lee Kong Chian Reference Library,  National Library Board of Singapore to the conference blog.

1. Can you please give us a taste of what you will be speaking about at the conference?
I will be speaking about the National Library of Singapore’s experience in building an online system for document supply at the National Library, and integrating this system with the library’s remote reference and information service.  The integrated service was soft-launched in February 2009, and my presentation will include the project team’s learning points and observations of the integrated system’s usage rates and staff and end-user receptions for the past sixteen to eighteen months.  

2. In your field of work, what is inspiring, exciting or challenging you at the moment?
Currently, my portfolio covers a lot of reference and research work for library patrons, which although challenging, are often accompanied with a gratifying ‘aha’ moment when we manage to find the answers for patrons desperately digging through every conceivable source.  I am also involved in projects aimed at improving existing library services or building new ones, so the end-results of each project, when it does benefit both library staff and patrons, are infinitely rewarding.

3. If you will be visiting Brisbane for the first time, what are you looking forward to the most? If you are a local or know Brisbane well, please share your favourite thing to do or place to visit in Brisbane.
This is the first time I will be visiting Brisbane, so I am rather excited with the prospect of going to a new place and seeing new things and meeting new people.  The conference proper will be the highlight of my upcoming trip; as this is also the first time I will be presenting a paper in front of a conference audience, I will probably be a bundle of nerves throughout…  Besides that, I will probably also be ploughing through travel guides to check up on the galleries and museums that I’d love to visit and haunt when I am in Brisbane.

4. What is the best experience you have ever had at a library conference?
My most memorable experience of a library conference was actually one of the first conferences I have ever attended, a few months right after I had completed my postgraduate dissertation.  It was the 10th Interlending and Document Supply International Conference in Singapore, and I remember being really green and fresh out of being-in-school mode, sitting in the audience and thinking, ‘I am listening to people whom I have cited in my work speaking about the same issues that we are all facing in libraries all around the world…’  That was a moment of epiphany for me, and it was the first time I was really hit with the fact that we are living in a increasingly globally connected world.

Speaker Profile: Meryn Scott

22/07/2010

The latest speaker profile comes from Meryn Scott, who is  Subject Team Leader (Agribusiness) with CSIRO Information Management & Technology (IM&T).

1. Can you please give us a taste of what you will be speaking about at the conference?
I’ll be speaking on the ways in which CSIRO provides a dynamic and responsive library service to our scientific staff  regardless of where they are located.  The library offers a variety of training opportunities through our dynamic videoconferencing technologies and relevant, current and rapid desktop services from a variety of key electronic sources.

2. In your field of work, what is inspiring, exciting or challenging you at the moment?
Working in CSIRO is inspiring  when we are involved with scientists who are committed, excited by their work and producing cutting edge science to benefit Australia.  The research focus is varied in CSIRO and the library community can receive queries on anything from the public opinion on climate change to the number of grain fed versus grass fed cattle currently being produced in Australia.

3. If you will be visiting Brisbane for the first time, what are you looking forward to the most? If you are a local or know Brisbane well, please share your favourite thing to do or place to visit in Brisbane. 
I’m based in Brisbane and I’m very excited to see the opportunities that visitors will have to see all parts of Brisbane and the amazing range of opportunities the city has to offer.  The weather in September is usually sunny and warm and should provide a very hospitable environment for everyone.  South Brisbane has a great number and variety of restaurants, go to West End Gardens for cheap and cheerful Vietnamese food or to Piaf at Southbank for excellent modern Australian cuisine.

4. What is the best experience you have ever had at a library conference?
I was lucky enough to attend Online in 2009 and it was a great opportunity to listen to a wide variety of speakers and realize the variety and depth of the activities libraries are involved in – data management, repositories, innovative intranets and social networking with Second Life.  It just emphasized for me how dynamic and accommodating library staff are to change and adopt, and indeed embrace, new technologies.

Speaker Profile: Cenza Fulco

22/07/2010
Russell Robertson, Cenza Fulco, Mark Jamar

Russell Robertson, Cenza Fulco, Mark Jamar

Please welcome Cenza Fulco, another ALIA Access conference speaker, to the blog!

1. Can you please give us a taste of what you will be speaking about at the conference?
I will be talking about Read Like a Demon – a literacy program between the Casey Cardinia Library Corporation and the Melbourne Football Club.  I’ll be speaking about our partnership and the great program, and it’s affect on primary students in the City of Casey.

 2. In your field of work, what is inspiring, exciting or challenging you at the moment?
As a Community Engagement Librarian in such a huge growth area I’m excited by community programs that we run through the Library.  Whether it’s regular programs that we run for babies and preschoolers, programs like Read Like a Demon for school age children, or watching staff get enthusiastic about  making a book and CD with a community group…work is always exciting and always offering new opportunities.

 3. If you will be visiting Brisbane for the first time, what are you looking forward to the most? If you are a local or know Brisbane well, please share your favourite thing to do or place to visit in Brisbane.
I’m looking forward to better weather – I’m from Melbourne and it’s currently 11 degrees!

 4. What is the best experience you have ever had at a library conference?
I always enjoy learning about what other Libraries are doing and catching up with old work colleagues.  It was great to listen to Tom Palmer speak about the Premier League Reading Stars in the UK (State Library Victoria Conference) as it was inspiration for our Read Like a Demon program.

Badge it!

19/07/2010

Let your colleagues know you are participating in the ALIA Access 2010 Conference.

Download one of the below buttons and include it on your email signature, website or blog, with a link to:
http://conferences.alia.org.au/access2010/

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Speaker Profile: Donna Priddle

25/06/2010
Donna Priddle

Donna Priddle

Donna Priddle from Mackay, Qld, has an interesting story to share at ALIA Access…

1. Can you please give us a taste of what you will be speaking about at the conference?
For the calendar year of 2009 I exchanged jobs, homes, social circles and pets (my life), with a government librarian from Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. I will be talking about this incredible experience, professional and personal development gained, challenges, and how you can make it happen.

2. In your field of work, what is inspiring, exciting or challenging you at the moment?
I’m currently acting in a Community Services Librarian role, although my background is mainly Information Services. I therefore have the ultimate excuse for getting out and about in the community and advocating the role and resources the library currently has, and could potentially have, to assist every person.

3. If you will be visiting Brisbane for the first time, what are you looking forward to the most? If you are a local or know Brisbane well, please share your favourite thing to do or place to visit in Brisbane.
As I reside in Mackay, Brisbane is often the venue for training and conferences. I will be checking the various theatre calendars shortly for shows I can catch while I’m there, and I always enjoy a wander around the quirky shops in the West End.

4. What is the best experience you have ever had at a library conference?
While in the UK I attended the CILIP Umbrella Conference in Hertfordshire last July. Being held in Europe, the conference was attended by a broad spectrum of librarians and related professions from all over Western, and even some of Eastern Europe. The resulting influences on networking opportunities were truly mind boggling. I had the most amazing conversation with the Head Research Librarian from the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna!

Speaker Profile: Louise Pieper

21/06/2010

Louise Pieper, Program Development Librarian – Social Inclusion at the Gold Coast City Council Library Services will be a first time presenter at ALIA Access.

1. Can you please give us a taste of what you will be speaking about at the conference?
Because customers use public libraries for their social and recreational information needs, they don’t want to feel like they’re back at school, being taught information literacy. Which means that teaching it needs to be a covert operation. The social media technologies of Web 2.0 can help public libraries inform, without being didactic, because the very nature of these web-based technologies is casual and interactive. So, as long as public libraries are alert to the possibilities of using Web 2.0 tools to support reader development, facilitate informed access and encourage digital citizenship skills, we can also support information literacy. It’s kind of sneaky. 

 2. In your field of work, what is inspiring, exciting or challenging you at the moment?
Developing library programs that are exciting and different, that attract a diverse range of customers reflective of the community, and that promote social inclusion and community engagement while highlighting library resources. And, of course, that don’t cost anything.

 3. If you will be visiting Brisbane for the first time, what are you looking forward to the most? If you are a local or know Brisbane well, please share your favourite thing to do or place to visit in Brisbane.
I’ll be sauntering from the Convention Centre up Melbourne Street, until it intersects with Boundary Street and then turning the corner into Mollison Street to find The Three Monkeys Coffee and Tea House (behind the Commonwealth Bank). Fabulous atmosphere, great coffee and an awesome choice of cakes. And if it’s too crowded there’s always The Jazzy Cat next door, or the Gun Shop Cafe across the road or…. well, the West End has a happy abundance of coffee places to choose from.

4. What is the best experience you have ever had at a library conference?
Well, embarrassingly, this will be my first library conference, so I’m hoping my best experience at a library conference will be presenting my first paper.

 Thanks for the coffee tips Louise!

Speaker Profile: Paul Drake

21/06/2010

Paul Drake, User Services & Document Delivery Librarian, University of Guam will be in Brisbane for ALIA Access. Welcome to the conference blog Paul!

1. Can you please give us a taste of what you will be speaking about at the conference?
I hope to broaden the perceptions as to which organizations should participate in an information network. Why shouldn’t certain types of institutions be invited to the table? The case study involves interlibrary loan services, but the paper will demonstrate our need to think broader than the obvious institutions, to be more inclusive, in our partnerships and networks.

2. In your field of work, what is inspiring, exciting or challenging you at the moment?
Currently I am inspired and challenged to find appropriate technology to support the education and community mission of the Library and the University of Guam in a geographically isolated.

3. If you will be visiting Brisbane for the first time, what are you looking forward to the most? If you are a local or know Brisbane well, please share your favourite thing to do or place to visit in Brisbane.
I was in Brisbane for the 1988 Bicentennial Exposition, so it will be almost as my first time. I have a vague memory of the Botanic Garden and would like to revisit.

4. What is the best experience you have ever had at a library conference?
Nothing specific comes to mind, but I always appreciate meeting former colleagues whom I haven’t seen in years. My biggest thrill was being asked to be the keynote speaker at the 2007 Wisconsin Interlibrary Loan Services conference.

Speaker Profile: Linda Barron

21/06/2010
Linda Baron

Linda Baron - SLQ

Linda Barron from the State Library of Queensland will be another speaker at the ALIA Access conference. Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions Linda!

1. Can you please give us a taste of what you will be speaking about at the conference?
The State Library of Queensland’s online learning program for Queensland public on web 2.0 technologies. Will include:

  • The role of libraries in educating clients in web 2.0 technology
  • Moving the program from a staff to client focus
  • Challenges
  • Our learnings

2. In your field of work, what is inspiring, exciting or challenging you at the moment?
I am inspired by the vast collections and resources available at the State Library. I excited about helping to educate clients and potential clients about how to access, interpret and use resources.

3. If you will be visiting Brisbane for the first time, what are you looking forward to the most? If you are a local or know Brisbane well, please share your favourite thing to do or place to visit in Brisbane.
I live in Brisbane and I love food! If you want to know where to eat in Brisbane from cheap to expensive come and see me and I will help you out.

4. What is the best experience you have ever had at a library conference?
This is my first library conference!