Having written a post about what it was like to present at LILAC I wanted to write up the conference itself (well the bits I attended).
I got a lot from attending. It was great to meet other librarians from across the world (there were lots of international delegates) and meet many faces from Twitter. I am really lucky to work somewhere that encourages us to attend conferences. It is such a positive experience and one I think is vital for us and our institution to evolve and stay ahead of the game. LILAC is a big conference (by UK standards), but not so big that it feels overwhelming. Each day there was a keynote and then parallel sessions which meant there were a lot of things to choose from.
Glasgow was a nice place to visit and we did appreciate the free Caramel Log in our goody bags.
All the presentations that are available are here.
Keynote 1 – Megan Oakleaf
- Everyone loves library but don’t want to pay for it.
- Focus on what collection enables people to do.
- It is a good idea to define outcomes (learning outcomes) of what institution needs and wants. Could include employability, student retention.
- What leads students to come to an institution? In US library second most impactful building. (learning spaces are first).
- At Minnesota library instruction increases chance of re-enrolment year on year.
- Acrl information literacy competency standards in higher education.
- Importance of IL to work and careers. (This I felt linked well to the work we have been doing at Cass)
- Library website design … What part communicates impact on institutional focus areas.
- Authentic, integrated performance assessments.
- Not surveys etc
Libguides tips and tricks: thinking outside the box – Eleanora Dubicki, Susan Gardner & Louise Gordon (@louiselib)
- Founded future lab.
- Sits on house communications committe.
- Uni of Sunderland 24/7 opening radical in 1997. As was drinking coffee in library – keyboards so cheap irrelevant.
- Www is just a click away.
- Importance of libraries and schools.
- Refreshing to see how quickly racists etc are brought to order on twitter.
- Librarians help people steer towards right information.
- Talked about unpredictability of what is to come I.e. Facebook buying instagram
- Talked about the fact his parents would have thought 3 careers was bizarre but he can imagine his grandchildren having 6.
- Huge levels of competition and complexity – unique challenges for us as educators.
Many currently in education will work with voice activated technology in working lives.
- Not what we do but branding is a problem.
- Breadth width and importance of what we do needs to be promoted by us and others.
- We aren’t gatekeepers.
- Make sure title librarian isn’t trapped.
- British library has done it brilliantly. It is vital and important.
Playing Games and growing trees Andrew Walsh Huddersfield @andywalsh999
This session really appealed to me as I am interested in the gamification of learning. Huddersfield have done a lot of work on the connection between library use and student achievement. One of their findings was that the physical library didn’t make a difference. This meant they wanted more serious use from students who came in for social reasons by putting a game over top of library usage.
- Little cards including things like “playing the library”
- No big worthy things
- Low key and fun
- One poster
- Messages that appear on plasma screens
- Has to be fun and inviting
- Cards are being scattered
- Put it in high demand books
- Also put codes to reward in low use books.
Details of the presentation are here:
Mobile technology and information literacy instruction: the McGill Library Experience. Maria Savova, Robin Canuel and Chad Crichton
- Have to establish what is possible on different ereaders etc (wifi or 3G or not)
- Ezproxy helps use on mobile devices
- Challenges – it isn’t clear from the catalogue if book can be downloaded
- Also availability – can’t tell if someone has downloaded it already (some limits to number of downloads)
- Ebsco – need to download PDF for use offline.
- Problem PDF is a picture not text. Doesn’t work well on ereaders.
- Reflowable text – ePub, amazon azw kindle format, mobipocket reader format – universal eBook Reader for PDAs
- Science direct allows you to convert into ePub /Mobipocket
- Calibre allows you to change formats (as long as not protected by digital rights)
- Different devices have different structures i.e. file structure in Android is different to Apple.
- Voice search –
Most mobile devices have voice connectivityShazam / soundhound technology – biologists use it by capturing birdsong and identifying birds
- Visual search – Google goggles – can not only identify things in images but also if you take pic of an image it will find other references to the image (for example a picture of a painting)
- Context specific – Location aware search results – world cat mobile use it. Computer finder.
- Barcodes/QR codes -QR codes – super easy to implement.
- Augmented reality – point camera at reality around you, brings information in around you. Layar app – information about our campus, direct where,how to get to library.
- Presenting at LILAC 2012 (melonthelibrarian.wordpress.com)