Disclaimer: This post is also cross posted to the Library Camp Australia Blog.
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You may remember many moons ago when you filled out your registration to Library Camp Australia that I asked you a couple of questions. These were not (hopefully) taxing questions, but rather ones that prodded a brain cell or two into declaring, YES! I would like to hear about….. (insert answer here) and YES! I would like to have others hear me talk about…. (lather, rinse, repeat as needed.)
You may now be thinking, as time creeps
slowly with warp speed closer to the 19th of September, what exactly it was that you wrote- and did others feel the same way? Well wait no longer as today I can reveal what you want to hear about (and it shouldn’t be much of a surprise, as I tweeted the main emerging themes earlier today).
The main themes that emerged from all the answers given were: technology in all its many guises; community engagement; e-books with its associated issues; and professional development.
Further breakdown of these themes are given below (this is not the be all to end all list- it is just what was given on the registration). Please have a think about these (and other topics) as we (the committee) would love to have people talk to them (too many brackets? :D). If you have not already indicated earlier, and would like to talk to a certain point, please let me know via email (skeetakateatgmail.com) or via DM on twitter (katejf).
Emerging technologies in general- How to keep up to date, should I be using google+, applications of
Mobile Technology, including hardware, library sites and apps, apps librarians use professionally and personally.
Location Based Technologies
Social Networking- use personally, in libraries, as a way of advertising.
Open Source Library Management Systems, WordPress as a CMS, Open Source Software in libraries
Next generation search tools- Summon, Ebsco Discovery layer
Digital branches, media, marketing, repositories
How do we work with ICT
Teaching technologies in libraries
What haven’t we discovered yet, what do we want.
Metadata- how do we catalogue all this ‘new’ technology
Digital interaction from a user’s perspective
Engaging communities with websites, digital content, face to face, library service ideas, different types of libraries and patron groups.
Within Libraries- obstacles to growth and change, how to deliver with limited resources
Projects and events- what are people doing
How to teach information literacy / lifelong learning
When to use and when not to use technology in libraries
Does it have a future? – The library in general? Local studies, local history
Libraries Retrospective, lessons from the past 5 years.
Library conferences vs unconferences
Providing hardware, services and content
What platforms / models should we be using / promoting, and should we be locking into one over another?
Overcoming council lockdown of IT departments
How the e textbook market is progressing in Australia.
Future of paper books in library collections?
Transferrable skills, what will we need in the future
Handling information overload
Managing your own professional development / career management
Alternative career paths
Conducting research as a practitioner
How to be a change agent in a library
How to get experience / that first elusive job.
Coming soon…. what people (no names given)
would be threatened with flagellation would like to talk about. (with added brackets :D).