The ALIA Queensland Group would like to thank all presenters who helped make the Mini Conference 2017 such a great success! Attendees were treated to a variety of presentations addressing the theme: “From Little Things Big Things Grow.”
If you were unable to attend, or would like to refresh your memory, we have provided some of the links to the presentations below. The recordings of the conference are also available on the ALIA Queensland Facebook page.
Art and Children’s literacy – a critical partnership
Many people think of children’s art as simple drawing and craft activities, but in fact art can be so much more than this. Through well designed art activities children can develop essential life skills such as imaginative thinking, risk taking, experimentation, resilience and problem solving. This is very important to us as librarians because these are the same skills that are crucial to a child’s developing literacy and future love of books. Further to this, creative thinking is now seen as an important aspect of science and technology programs (STEAM) and recognised as a necessary skill for jobs of the future. This presentation will discuss the importance of art and the skills that children learn through art and how these connect to the role of our libraries. Strategies for developing fun art activities that promote these higher learnings will be shared. Practical ideas and tips will be given which will enable librarians to take their children’s craft activities to the next level as a valuable partner to our literacy and technology programs. Participants will leave this workshop feeling inspired by the artistic possibilities for their library.
Ryan Weymouth, Conservatorium of Music
Preparation for recitals and auditions: A curated information guide for tertiary performance students
Scott Stone’s 2013 article in the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Document Centre’s journal, Fontes Artis Musicae, 2013 60(3), 222-226, is entitled “Instruct Library Patrons through Recital Performances”. Stone’s article documented his novel recital based solution to specifically and actively engage with music performance students. Stone’s solution saw him putting on a recital of euphonium and piano repertoire interspersed with a bibliographic instruction narrative, for the student and faculty audience, outlining how he used library services and resources to obtain music and inform his musical preparations for the recital. Stone’s article concluded with a call to action for librarians to embrace their nervous energy and try something new to engage with music library patrons.
In early 2016 while considering the possibilities and implications of Stone’s engagement approach, Ryan Weymouth a trumpet player and current Music Librarian at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University became aware of a set of old print orchestral excerpt course readers behind the information desk. It was this small discovery and perceiving the importance of the readers to Conservatorium music performance students, and inspiration from Stone’s article that Ryan was able to grow and enact his own engagement project. A project that resulted in the production of a discipline specific recital and audition preparation guide featuring digitised orchestral excerpts, subscription resources, and testimonials from some of Griffith’s most talented academics, higher degree research candidates and internationally successful alumni.
The process of 3D scanning has evolved over the past decade. Previously, academic libraries could only explore the technology with the help of expensive grants. Now, thanks to advancements in 3D scanning technology, an academic librarian could produce their own 3D models using a smart phone camera and easily accessible online cloud software (such as ReCap Pro).
It is the lowering of these costly barriers to access that has prompted staff at the University of Queensland Library into action. The Centre for Digital Scholarship has generated a small collection of 3D modelling files, using photographs from a digital SLR camera and AutoDesk ReMake. The subjects chosen to be transformed into 3D modelling files include four grotesques situated around the University’s Great Court, and a cowbell that forms part of the Fryer Library’s Edward Leo Hayes Collection.
Currently, these five 3D models are available on the Library’s digital repository, eSpace. These digital cultural heritage items are listed in the repository under Creative Commons licenses, and are accessible to all repository users. University of Queensland Library staff are faced with a question: should they continue to add more 3D modelling files to the repository?
To explore this question, a comprehensive literature review has been undertaken. Academic libraries, galleries and museums have published case studies focused on 3D modelling file collections within their institutions. These case studies explore such salient issues as the ability to improve patron accessibility to cultural heritage items, while simultaneously ensuring the preservation of vulnerable ephemera.
There is ample evidence that 3D scanning technology can improve patron interactions with collection items in new and exciting ways. Knowing this, academic librarians may now have justification for their own exploratory efforts. Likewise, other institutions may continue to confidently develop their modest 3D collections, allowing them to grow into something much larger.
Tracey Swann, Aaron Trenorden, Rose Van de Weternigh, Redland City Council
The little robot that couldn’t…
8 weeks later, whilst we didn’t actually set them on fire, we did fail completely. Unperturbed and several grants later, we have traversed a range of coding and robotics platforms, from Arduino, to mBots, to Spheros and currently Lego Mindstorms.
From one little robot that couldn’t we are now running robotics in 3 branches and have taken them on the road to our island branches as well.
We have introduced approximately 500 kids to circuits, resistors, coding and computational thinking. We would love to share our journey with you.
Kate Davis & Matt Finch, USQ
Where are Queensland’s public libraries headed next?
Dr Kate Davis and Dr Matt Finch of the University of Southern Queensland are currently completing a statewide consultation for the draft document to replace Vision 2017, the outgoing vision statement for Queensland’s public libraries.
Through workshops, interviews, and questionnaires across the state, Kate and Matt have discussed future trends, ambitions, needs, and opportunities with staff at all levels, as well as other key stakeholders. Their research consolidates these discussions with diverse communities and interest groups, leading towards a common vision for the library services we are yet to become.
From little things – a turn of phrase, an anecdote from the library desk, a word on a Post-It, a comment on the state of play for today’s libraries – big things grow: collective visions, workable strategies, plans for the future we want to see.
Join Kate and Matt for a session outlining initial findings from the consultation, exploring opportunities for rollout of the finished vision, and a chance to contribute to the ongoing discussion about where Queensland’s public libraries are headed next.
Natasha Ratajczek, SLQ
Summer Reading Club
This presentation aims to demonstrate the collective impact libraries are making in their communities, through a review of the annual Summer Reading Club report and data collection process which is then used to tell the summer reading club story. It is through the sharing of individual success and outcomes across the network of libraries as they work with children, young people that we are all able to demonstrate and substantiate the impact that library programming is having on communities across Australia; from little things big things grow.
Led by State Library of Queensland (SLQ), in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA), Libraries ACT, LINC Tasmania, Northern Territory Library, NSW Public Libraries Association, Public Libraries Australia, Public Libraries South Australia, Public Libraries Victoria Network and Public Libraries Western Australia, the Summer Reading Club program is delivered annually from 1 December to 31 January , both online and in 1,066 (74%) public library branches (includes mobile libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres) across Australia.
APLA’s continued commitment to the delivery of this national, highly successful literacy campaign encourages libraries to use their library spaces, resources and collections to enrich the lives of children, young people and families; engage, connect, inform and inspire a love of recreational reading and the library habit; and places libraries as ‘active connectors’ in building literacy, language and learning in their communities.
When mapped against APLA’s Guidelines, Standards and Outcome Measures for Australian Public Libraries, 2016, library responses collected in 2016 demonstrate that the delivery of the Summer Reading Club not only assists libraries in sustaining literacy in their communities, it is also helping libraries to achieve, operational, strategic community focus, service offering and service delivery objectives. As we look toward Summer Reading Club 2017/18 we have the opportunity to reflect on all we have achieved so far and what we can do to grow this success in the future.
The QANZAC100: Memories for a New Generation project is a 4-year program of commemorative initiatives around the centenary of the First World War. Since 2014, State Library of Queensland has been undertaking a range of collection building and engagement activities to discover and highlight Queensland stories of WWI, and to promote greater access to digitised content. One of the major outcomes of the project so far has been the digitisation of over 30,000 soldier portraits, which were published in The Queenslander Pictorial Supplement over the course of the war. Among these images are portraits of Indigenous Queenslanders, whose stories of service have been largely untold. Working with independent researchers and the Australian War Memorial, and using the soldier portraits as our starting point, we have compiled a data set of Indigenous soldiers of the First World War who are connected to Queensland. The digitised portraits have proved an invaluable means of connecting to communities and descendants, as has sharing stories as we discover them on platforms such as HistoryPin and our own WWI Centenary Blog. These activities have facilitated further research to uncover family stories, and at 30 September we have verified 279 soldiers, 157 of whom have a soldier portrait in The Queenslander. What began as a handful of portraits hidden among many thousands will, by the end of 2018, be a unique open data set and a definitive list of Queensland’s Indigenous First World War servicemen. This session will provide participants with an overview of research into Queensland’s Indigenous soldiers, and discuss the potential of community engagement for their own collections and local stories.
Ellen Thompson & Helen McMahon, QUT
Take a Virtual Lunch Break
While you’re at the Mini Conference, drop by and try out an Oculus Rift VR headset, powered by a brand new Alienware laptop. QUT Library has recently purchased a Rift, as part of its arsenal of gaming and VR/AR equipment, and is in the process of making it available for use by QUT staff and students. How we finesse this might be influenced by YOU! What we want is to test the equipment, observe how it is used, and share ideas and learn from colleagues about how they are making VR and AR technologies available in their spaces. The Rift will be set up between 12:30 and 1:30pm – drop in, have a go. VR is definitely a big thing that is rapidly growing!
Jacinta Sutton & Thom Browning, SLQ
Picture it – Post it
SLQ project officers Jacinta Sutton and Thom Browning will deliver a workshop based on their successful ‘Picture it, Post it’ activity held during the 2017 Fun Palace event at SLQ. Jacinta and Thom collaborated to produce a public programming activity for all ages, engaging external stakeholders including artist Rachael Bartram and HP to deliver this workshop that remixed curated content from SLQ’s digitised collection, playfully manipulating positive imagery from postcards sent home by Queensland Anzacs during WW1. Participants will create a digital collage from a selection of digitised postcards, and then use an online postcard app to write a message and send a physical copy of their postcards on to their family or friends, which they will receive in the mail 3-4 days later. The workshop will provide an opportunity for people to engage with past and present notions of family and home, to digitally reuse and remix significant Q ANZAC 100 library collection content, and create contemporary interpretations of this classic form of communication with emerging technology of today.
Michael Hawks & Madelin Medlycott, QUT
Librarians & Dragons – A transferable skills workshop demonstration
Librarians & Dragons helps LIS professionals identify skills they already have and how they can transfer these skills to the job they aspire to have in the library world – but in a fun way! It uses gamification to promote professional development for librarians, and to encourage a different way of thinking about the skills that we can bring to the table to enter the industry or progress within it. The workshop brings in ideas and concepts from role playing games, such as dungeons and dragons, to offer a different way of viewing our professional development. The workshop takes participants on a quest through a library experience, using predeveloped characters, before tasking everyone to develop their own character profiles, focusing on their abilities (transferable skills), legendary items (qualifications) and completed trials (experience), and to begin thinking about other ‘quests’ we, as members of the LIS community, can go on to ‘level up’ our careers. This 30 minute demonstration will include what Librarians and Dragons is all about, how we developed the game and why it is relevant to LIS professionals. This is followed by a mini demonstration of the game to give you a taste of what it is like to play Librarians & Dragons!
Rachelle Nofz, USQ
Destination Darwin: Professional library placement with a tropical twist!
This presentation will highlight the benefits of professional placements and study visits, as a professional development opportunity. The decision to step outside my comfort zone and current library role at University of Southern Queensland (USQ) to complete professional placement in Darwin has had a profound impact on my growth and development as an information professional.
Whether you are a qualified, seasoned professional or a student at the beginning of your career, I would encourage you to take well-considered small steps (or big ones) beyond traditional, or easy pathways to venture outside your comfort zone. By following a different path you can develop new interests, skills and a deeper understanding of the profession. The benefits are clear: you will return to your current role with new ideas; or decide to explore a new direction. Whatever the case, you will grow!
Kristie Jones, Endeavour College of Natural Health
Growing a National Information Literacy Program
Endeavour College of Natural Health was ranked the top performer in the 2015 InSync Library client survey with a new benchmark high. The top performance factors related to Library staff assistance. How did we achieve this? By increasing the visibility of library staff via a national information literacy program.
When I started working with Endeavour College in 2009, information literacy classes consisted of generic presentations held at the start of semester in the main campus libraries. These were poorly attended with the same presentations held for students regardless of year level or subject area.
As the Library Manager for the Brisbane campus, some of my main challenges were improving the content of information literacy sessions and liaising with lecturers to hold sessions during classes. When I was successful in achieving this, I was then asked to take on the role of coordinating an information literacy program across all six campuses.
This presentation will run through the methods used to implement and improve a national information literacy program at the Endeavour College of Natural Health. These methods include subject integration, incorporating interactive tools and activities, evaluating the effectiveness of sessions and analysing class content against the Research Skills Development Framework.
Mandy Swingle & Kellie Ashley, UQ
Hidden gems: Discovering and digitising the archives of Dorothy Hill for an online exhibition
In 2015, it was proposed that the University of Queensland Library digitise the extensive set of archival materials related to the life and work of the late Professor Dorothy Hill. After the death of Professor Hill in 1997, ninety boxes of her papers were donated to UQ Library, representing professional and personal correspondence, photographs, manuscript and research from her celebrated career. Dorothy Hill had been the first woman promoted to a Professorial position in Australia, and was the first woman to be admitted to the Australian Academy of Science, among many other honours.
Library staff assessed the material from this collection for digitisation. Digitisation would enable online access through the university’s digital repository UQ eSpace as well as preserve the collection. Thus, a little project about exploring one woman’s legacy became an 18 month project to digitise over 300 resources, create metadata, provide context and develop an online photographic and biographical exhibition suitable for a wide audience.
The online exhibition was launched this year to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the birth of Professor Hill. It features photographs, letters, unpublished reports and theses. An event coincided with the launch of the online exhibition and featured a panel discussion about Dorothy Hill’s career and her inspiration to women in science. The online exhibition enables the library to open up the digital materials to a wider scientific audience. Dorothy Hill had been a generous donor to the Library during her lifetime, and it was agreed that this celebration of her life would serve to add value to the library’s digital collection, provide greater access to the resources of the Fryer Library and show appreciation for a true advocate for UQ Library.
Daniel Flood & Mick Byrne, SLQ
The Edge’s journey over 7 years
This presentation looks at SLQ The Edge’s journey over 7 years of activating and building engaged communities. It will show the journey from 2010 where the library was a space to engage in programs and a facility to visit, use and meet likeminded people. Then, how the library explored the idea of engaging a community as a whole by developing a series of creative thinking role playing challenges called the Zombie Climate Apocalypse. This explorative process engaged local community and gave them permission and agency to have ownership of the library space.
Now a new project, ‘One Last Apocalypse (OLA)’ is a finalisation of this work. Deception Bay Library and its community are also doing their own version of the OLA process as well.
This presentation looks at how SLQ The Edge is engaging diverse communities to develop a shared creative framework tailored to specific needs and interest areas identified throughout the afore mentioned project.
Communities are involved in the process of unpacking ideas, structuring, planning and running a final event they will devise with the library. This process engages with a diverse cross section of the community, through book clubs and game nights, then into a design thinking process that unpacks possible outcomes of the program without the pressure of any specific outcome, generating the shared creative framework in which it operates. From this shared understanding and identified need, these engaged communities will develop skills in critical and social literacy, design and event planning to build community and a sense of ownership and place making. These communities will shape and deliver the final outcome in December 2017 in collaboration with The Edge as well as in Deception bay.
Both libraries are documenting their process on SLQ The Edge’s wiki so that other libraries can have access to and replicate and adapt the model to suit their own community’s needs.
Matt Pascoe, Ipswich Libraries
The Market Place – Retail Therapy for Libraries
Ipswich Libraries have been working on a project we feel marks a paradigm shift in the Library service delivery model which sees us pivot from passive responder to active promoter.
The project is called The Market Place and it’s our Library in a Library. It’s where we can pretty much guarantee most customers find something to take home.
It’s a very popular addition to the Branch, with constant positive customer feedback and engagement. It has also delivered some exceptional loan results and has led to some pretty serious discussions around future direction for marketing, library design and collection development.
This presentation will detail how we came up with the idea for the Market Place, how the project was implemented, how the arrangement has been maintained, what issues have been noted, how the project has measured its success and where we see it going in the future.
The presentation will also describe how libraries can leverage both the incredible resources in our collections and the extraordinary, latent talents of our Librarians to deliver our customers engaging, uplifting and fulfilling experiences, time after time.