I had the priviledge of attending VALA2010 in Melbourne last week. Here are my soundbites:
Open Source is the new black, but few are able to wear it. So many of us are constrained by IT infrastructure, obligations and learned helplessness from vendors of LMSs that it requires more than a step in faith to implement. However, those who do use OSS really love it.
One search to rule them all. All kinds of single search discovery tools are making their way into our libraries. Yet one speaker said we’re moving beyond federated searching now.
Librarians are too fond of forming committees to open doors. Stealth projects can be more successful.
Twitter provides a depth to conference attendance that I found valuable. The back channel discussion reinforces salient points and also crowdsources note taking. See Twapperkeeper for an archive. For someone like me who struggles with the social aspect of conferences Twitter is an excellent ice breaker and I loved meeting my tweeps throughout the conference and at the 2 dinners I went to. In fact, without Twitter I probably would have found things rather ho hum. I have never seen so many iPhones/Droids in one place as I did at VALA.
Libraries and technology are in transition. (Aren’t we always?) Web 2.0 should now be considered foundational rather than an addition to be glued on. More and more libraries are not about teaching people how to use electronic interfaces, but about content. Though I would have to add that YMMV depending on your user population.
Cloud computing is here. If you are not in the cloud you need to fly there.
There was a lot more but I’m leaving some for Amanda to post!
You might like this though – a vision of libraries in 2015 from University of Technology Swinburn students.