Pre-conference workshops

Bookings for the below events have now closed.

Wikimedia Commons: a hands on introduction for GLAMs 
Proudly sponsored by State Library of New South Wales

Monday 13 February 2017 - 8:30am - 12:30pm
State Library of New South Wales

This hands-on workshop will introduce the Wikimedia Commons, demonstrating how the Commons works, what it offers libraries and library users as well as examples of best practice from major cultural institutions around the world.  It is ideal for staff from any GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, museums) institutions interested in opendata, open access and creative reuse of collection material that is out of copyright.

Section 1: What is Wikimedia Commons?

  • How the Commons works (copyright; the case for CC0 vs CC-SA-BY etc.; categories; images used in other Wikimedia projects and retrieved via search engines)
  • GLAM institutions contributing images (examples; what the metadata looks like; how it links back to their institution)
  • Wikimedia volunteers contributing images (individual examples; British Library Mechanical Curator via Flickr to the Commons)
  • Example of SLNSW images contributed (can we also show ppl the original of something as a collection highlight?)
  • What is it good for … what doesn’t work (eg. poorly identified / no metadata / no appropriate licensing statement)

Section 2: For your library, museum or gallery

  • How can your institution be wiki-friendly? (communicating with other Wiki editors, licensing statements, project pages, etc.)
  • How staff contributors identify themselves (conflict of interest and paid editing) 
  • How institutions apply templates / categories to their contributed content 
  • How big is too big? (high res images and other quality of image issues)
  • Good practice for metadata
  • Can you use the images in your own publications (blog, website, social media) and exhibitions (demo QRpedia as well)
  • Training materials for getting started
  • Practice uploading some images for SLNSW
  • How can a GLAM find a Wikimedia Commons expert to advise them?  (eg. bulk uploads of images, staff training, etc.)

Facilitated by: Louise Denoon, Mylee Joseph and Toby Hudson


Evaluating tools for data curation
Monday 13 February 2017 - 8:30am - 12:30pm
Room 5, Level 2

Underlying the definitions of “research activity lifecycle” and the “data curation lifecycle” and the are important practical measures for library and information professionals working in support of researchers and research data management i.e. collecting researchers requirements, assessing those needs, and selecting or developing tools or services and creating processes and policies to meet those requirements.   

In this workshop a multi step process is undertaken to demonstrate how tools can be evaluated to support a researcher, aid with research data management, and enable data curation, in the broader context of the research activity and data curation lifecycles.  

Scenario Capture what a researcher needs and other contextual factors
Requirements Analyse what the researcher data and technology needs are
Resource analysis Identify tools and processes that might meet those needs
Context analysis Assess where the tool fits in the broader context
Gap analysis Assess where any gaps arive in the broader context

A humanities researcher is just starting their research project and they want to describe and publish their research material online as they progress.  The researcher is yet to collate and develop the research material, and they need a way to store, arrange and attractively present this material.  Three researcher scenarios have been created:

  • An environmental science researcher has finished their research project and wishes to collect up the data processing script, research data and field notes they have generated, and they need a way to package that material up and to get their data published.  
  • A health research organisation has a discipline specific vocabulary they maintain and use to categorise the research data they generate.  The organisation is a leading authority in this research area and is interested in a way to enable better data interoperation with data generated in the same or related research areas.     

Three tools/services are evaluated (against those scenarios):

  • Omeka “Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions.”
  • Collections is a file packaging and publishing plugin to CloudStor (file sender and storage service) that lets users package data together with metadata in order to maximize its future potential for reuse. 
  • Research Vocabularies Australia “makes it easy to find and use controlled vocabularies used in research. It also makes it possible for Australian research organisations to publish, re-purpose, create, and manage their own controlled vocabularies.”

Facilitated by: Ingrid Mason, AARNet and Rowan Brownlee, Intersect Australia (ANDS National Collections)

To view the presentions slides, follow this link.


Strategic thinking and action for the 21st century information professional
Monday 13 February 2017 - 8:30am - 12:30pm
Room 2, Level 2

Strategic planning in most information organizations has been a time-consuming, expensive and demoralizing failure, an exercise focused more on process and product, and not on new thinking, productive action, and systemic change.  This workshop will be an interactive and participatory experience which will critique the recent planning practices in information organizations, such as libraries, outline methods for integrating strategic thinking and action into the daily work, argue the important role of budgets, taffing and organization in creating a strategic culture, and advance the value of applying strategic thinking and action to individual career and professional advancement.

Participants will have new insights and skills in identifying the need for change in information organizations, in focusing on strategic actions that will have an impact, and in leading change often in the face of misunderstanding and opposition.  Participants will be inspired to see opportunities, to rally colleagues and stakeholders to identify and tackle the critical issues of our time. 

Facilitated by: James Neal, University Librarian Emeritus, Columbia University, ALA President elect


Digital tools and methods for the digital humanities - libraries arise
Monday 13 February 2017 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 2, Level 2
The aim of this workshop is to:
  • Introduce the digital humanities — what is it and how can it help?
  • Raise awareness of digital tools and methods for historical research
  • Provide practical examples of working with large online cultural collections
  • Explore new digital possibilities for publication and engagement in history

The workshop will include interactive session that enable participants to identify digital collections and their dimensions. It will cover metadata and how it can be used and reinterpreted to enhance access beyond the containers of digital humanities resources.

Services that Tim has developed online to combine images, text and original material will be used to illustrate the technological options available, the opportunities to identify and meet expressed and unexpressed user needs will be explored. He will talk about the impact of the developments both in digital tools that are now available freely for reuse and conceptualisation of collections in the complex online world.

Facilitated by: Tim Sherratt, University of Canberra


Information experience design: improving library customers' experiences of information
Monday 13 February 2017 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Room 6, Level 2

Over the past several years, libraries have adopted methodologies like design thinking to help them design services, spaces, products, and programs. These methodologies for putting the customer at the centre of our design processes are all valuable. However, if our business is information, then we need to have information and people’s engagement with it at the centre of our design processes, too.

Enter information experience design! Information experience design marries design methodologies with our disciplinary knowledge about how people experience information.

The term ‘information experience’ refers to people’s engagement with information in a specific context. Our customers’ experience of information is broader than what happens within our walls or on our websites or even in the databases to which we subscribe. Customers experience information everywhere, every day, in many forms and many environments. From virtual spaces like social media, to physical spaces like classrooms, offices, bedrooms, or the train. Our customers are immersed in complex information environments throughout their day.

Why is this important for libraries? As librarians, we, help our customers find the information they need at the time they need it, and to develop the skills and knowledge they need to be self-sufficient information users. To do this successfully we need to understand our customers’ broader information experience so that we can insert ourselves into their information worlds and deliver them improved and enriched information experiences that enable them to navigate their information worlds more confidently and effectively. We call the process of designing these experiences ‘information experience design’.

This workshop will equip you with tools and strategies for understanding your customers’ everyday information experience, so that you can enhance their experiences of information. You'll work with real data about library customers and mine this data for insights into how these customers experience information as part of their everyday lives. We’ll show you how to take these insights and use them in a design process in which you will design improved information experiences that cater to the needs and preferences of the customers. You’ll leave this workshop with an information experience design toolkit and practical experience working through a design process.

Facilitated by: Dr Elham Sayyad Abdi, Dr Kate Davis and Kathleen Smeaton


Data in action
Monday 13 February 2017 - 9:00am - 5:00pm (Part One and Two)
Room 3/4, Level 2
$200.00 per part

A workshop for LIS practitioners seeking to broaden their research activities and who are interested in becoming more familiar with using easily accessible online data to inform best practice.

Practitioner research is of critical importance to inform decision-making and best-practice in libraries. The workshop examines linking theory and practice, and using data to develop a focussed action-research agenda.

During the workshop, participants will:

• Work with practical examples, 
• Plan their own action research projects,
• Be stimulated and inspired to incorporate action research in ongoing practice.

A team of experienced LIS academics and practitioner–researchers, all members of the ALIA Research Advisory Committee, will facilitate the workshop activities and encourage the sharing of expertise in a relaxed and supportive environment. The workshop will bring together practitioners from a range of LIS sectors and is an opportunity to connect with others who value evidence-based practice.

The workshop is presented in two parts and participants can either attend both parts or a single part.

Part 1-Action research

Facilitated by Dr Suzana Sukovic and Fiona Salisbury, ALIA Research Advisory Committee
• Popular methodology for practice-based research,
• Embedding research in cycles of planning, doing and evaluating,
• How to start, conduct and connect action-research projects.

Part 2-Online data

Facilitate by Dr Bhuva Narayan and Dr Ying-Hsang Liu, ALIA Reseach Advisory Committee

Participants are advised to bring their laptops if possible.

• Gathering quantitative and qualitative data by using web tools,
• Data-analysis,
• Visualisation and other forms of data presentation,
• Using data for promotion and advocacy.

Please note - there are two parts to this workshop. You may attend one or both parts but you will need to register for both in order to attend for the full day.
Facilitated by: ALIA Research Advisory Committee


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