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So I did a presentation at NDF on Digital Preservation.

It’s now available on Youtube. Probably like most folks I only managed to watch the first little bit. ūüôā

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One News ran a story on Technology forcing libraries to transform. It features Upper Hutt, and Auckland Council libraries.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. ūüėČ

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One of the activities my team at Victoria University Library recently has been carrying out is  the digitisation of the Robert Stout Pamphlet Collection.  We have been steadily working through uploading them into the NZETC and now nearly forty volumes are available. If you want to spend some time heading down a rabbit hole then have a browse.

An example of the eclectic mix of Pamphlets in the collection

An example of the eclectic mix of Pamphlets in the collection

The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout

This project aims to digitise the Sir Robert Stout Pamphlet collection currently held by the J. C. Beaglehole Room. The Stout Pamphlet collection contains around 1000 early primarily New Zealand pamphlets collected by Stout and donated to the Victoria University Library. The pamphlets were then bound into their present volumes.

The collection represents Stout’s interests at the time which included evolution, land reform, law and the temperance movement.

To complement the pamphlet collection we have digitised K. A. Coleridge‘s catalogue with indexes. This catalogue contains valuable information on the history of the collection, the process of binding the collection and Stout’s relationship with the Victoria University library. You can find the catalogue here.

Some notable ones I have read:

Is Man An Automaton? A Lecture Delivered in The City Hall, Glasgow, On 23rd February 1875

Science and the Soul Telepathy Scientifically Demonstrated

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I thought I’d share this post with you. Its from Dick Eastman, an extremely tech-savvy genealogist.¬†

He responds to an email from someone who is horrified that alot of the books in the FamilySearch Family History Library¬†are being digitised so¬†they can be put online, and the original hard copies aren’t being replaced on their shelves.¬†

This Library/Research Centre¬†is “Mecca” for someone in my field (along with The Fred J. Reynolds Historical Genealogy Department in Allen County Public Library.)

For those who don’t know, FamilySearch is the genealogical organisation owned and run by the Church of the Latter Day Saints. Although they have their own reasons to do with their faith for genealogical research, they offer their resources/services worldwide free, to anyone regardless of their beliefs.

In their Granite Mountain vaults, they have millions of microfilms that are being digitised so they can be put online on their free website, and their books and serials in the FamilySearch Family History Centre are also being microfilmed so they can be OCRed. They are said to be running the world’s biggest digitisation project.

Anyway, have a read of this post and see what you think, and how it may relate to us as librarians (or researchers) in the future:

http://bit.ly/OULrqU

As a researcher, I am excited about the possibility of being able to access such richness online. As a librarian, I have subdued mixed feelings about the “destruction of books”, even if it is for the “greater good”. I’m sure they have a preservation process for their most precious titles.

I thought the points discussed were thought provoking and not dissimilar to discussions we’ve all had – you might be interested in¬†his opinions¬†about the digital versus “real” books debates that we are hearing and participating in!

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Having got my first conference presentation out of the way the day before I was feeling pretty chipper about Day Two!

The first keynote was presented by Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, a softly spoken professor from the Open University in the UK.¬† Her presentation entitled “Self directed learning with mobile devices: where is it taking us?” underlined the trend mentioned in the Horizon Report [pdf] that mobile learning is here and becoming more and more important.¬† It was interesting to me to hear about the projects her teams have been involved in because we’ve just launched our mobile library site.¬† Her presentation involved a text heavy slide presentation which I’m hoping will be available online somewhere because she mentioned many print references I’d like to chase up and read.¬† As you do.

#icelf keynote on Twitpic

Some of the projects she mentioned were:

Kukulska-Hulme says there are many choices for mobile learning, both informal and formal, especially for areas like language learning. So what can educators learn from these mobile learners?¬† She refers to her research paper to answer this.¬Ļ

Learning environments are varied and include at home, out and about, on transport and so on.  This has implications such as privacy to undertake learning in such spaces.  Motivation for learning with mobile devices varies, but most express a desire to have a mixture of spontaneous and planned learning experiences.

Two of the keynotes from this day were from top geeks working for IBM and Vodafone.¬† Personally I felt they did not add anything to the conference knowledge as I felt their content had already been addressed in earlier keynotes.¬† I would recommend that if you’re invited to give a keynote that you actually attend the other conference plenaries to get a flavour for the audience and adjust your presentation in response.

Of the parallel sessions I attended, I enjoyed hearing about

  • Peerwise – a tool that supports students in the creation, sharing, evaluation and discussion of assessment questions.¬† It seems like it would be helpful in revising for some content heavy courses.
  • Intelligent tutoring tools – computer programs that teach people and respond to their learning
  • The use of augmented and alternative realities in teaching – this one has made my brain tick a bit about the structure and design of some of our orientation activities.

The last keynote from Judy Kay showed us some projects her students are working on involving touch tables, a way of monitoring group participation and a project aligning course outcomes with accrediting body standards.

The overall themes to the conference appeared to be the importance of personalisation (of tools, curricula, pedagogy etc) and mobilisation (of tools, curricula, pedagogy etc).

1. Kukulsha-Hulme et al (2011). Mature students using mobile devices in life and learning. International journal of mobile and blended learning, 3(1), 18-52. Retrieved from http://oro.open.ac.uk/28367/

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Today I attended the International Conference on Elearning Futures which was hosted by MPOW.

The conference opened with a keynote from Steve Wheeler (@timbuckteeth) who is well known in the elearning world.  His keynote did not disappoint, managing to be inspiring and amusing at the same time.  He had been asked to present on elearning futures Рto do a bit of prophet-like horizon gazing for us.

I was interested to hear his reponse to the question of how to keep up with change?¬† As he points out, we’re (i.e. those of us in the education industry) trying to prepare young people for careers we don‚Äôt know exist using a model of education designed for homogenisation born out of the needs of the industrial revolution.

These days, it’s not about “what you know‚ÄĚ but about the ‚Äúhow‚ÄĚ.¬† It’s also about making connections, because if you don’t know, you need to ask “who do I connect with who does?”.¬† Which is where the importance of having a PLN comes into play and the value of distributed cognition.

Steve made some statements about the future of learning, namely that it is

  • social
  • personal
  • augmented
  • non-touch (think gesture based like Wii)

Unfortunately he didn’t quite complete all his slides, but I imagine they’ll be available via his blog shortly.

Other sound bites include:

  • technology is often resisted by people because of worries about threats to their future, because they have vested interests in maintaining the status quo or fear of more work
  • speaking about the importance of maintaining the “gift economy” on the internet and promoting open knowledge, creative commons and so on he made this statement “knowledge is like love, you can give it away and still keep it”

The keynote was followed by a number of parallel sessions in streams following the themes of strategy, pedagogy, technology, technology workshops and languages.

I presented a presentation on the library’s involvement in the institution’s elearning strategy:

http://prezi.com/bin/preziloader.swf

 

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