NLA Innovative Ideas Forum 2009

Yesterday I attended the National Library of Australia’s Innovative Ideas Forum 2009. The theme for this year’s forum was “The value and significance of social networking for cultural institutions”. I really appreciated the diversity of the program. Marcus Gillezeau’s (Producer/Director, Firelight Productions) presentation on the social phenomenon of Scorched.tv (cross platform tele-movie feature on Channel 9 in August 2008) really challenged me in terms of the power of social networking and an increasing blurring of the lines between fiction and reality in a world where info-consumers become info-producers.  At the end of the day as I debriefed with some friends, trying to ‘unpack’ the many complexities of Scorched as 21stC all-media storytelling, comparisons to the War of the Worlds radio play was noted a number of times!

The sessions by Dr Anne Summers (Author and Columnist),  Mark Scott (Managing Director, ABC), Rose Holley (Manager, Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program, NLA), Darren Sharp (Senior Consultant, Collabforge) and  Jo Kay (Freelance Geek, Designer,Facilitator, Second Lifer) all addressed in some way, the impact of social networking on our lives, both personally and as information professionals.

The National Library also encouraged audience participation using Web 2.0 tools throughout the day… it was great to see people tweeting on their laptops and mobile phones, uploading photos in Flickr and recording ideas and responses on their blogs. Keep your eye on NLA’s iif2009 website for the vidcasts and podcasts of each session. Darren Sharp’s presentation Library 2.0: Citizens Co-Creating Culture has just been made available. These will be great resources for all CSU TL students to visit, esp. ETL401, ETL411, ETL523 and INF5XX (the new social networking subject for 2010 that I have yet to write!).

This is the fourth year that the NLA has hosted an innovation forum. I am already looking forward to seeing the draft of the 2010 program!

6 responses to “NLA Innovative Ideas Forum 2009

  1. Hello Lyn
    Thanks to Twitter, I’ve made my way to your blog and this amazing presentation. Interesting to see your comment about War of the Worlds as that was also my immediate reaction! These *.tv resources are quite a challenge and opportunity for T-Ls.

  2. Hi Camilla,
    Thanks for your comments about our new Student Learning through School Libraries blog. Roy & I decided to start this blog to support students enrolled in the ETL401 Teacher Librarianship subject, but we soon discovered that each post was relevant to other subjects taught in our TL Masters courses, so the content is now becoming far broader in application, including TL practitioners like yourself 🙂

    Good to see you found this via Twitter.

  3. Hi Lyn (and Camilla)
    Only just realised both of you have moved this year. Bit slow off the mark I am. Hope all is going well.

    Thanks for the post Lyn. The NLA IIFs I have been to were great, and was disappointed I couldn’t get there this year due to presentations in Victoria. Have enjoyed following the tweets and the presentations that are up thus far.

    Interested in your social networking subject – is it for library staff, or more general? Happy to share ideas if interested. We are heading to Canberra for workshops next week.
    All the best, Pru

  4. Hi Pru,

    The new social networking subject will become an elective for students enrolled in both undergraduate and Masters courses (both TL & LIM) at CSU, starting next year. If you are heading to Canberra next week, do consider dropping by to say hello. Our Canberra campus is at:

    George Browning House, ACCC
    15 Blackall Street, Barton, ACT

    I’m upstairs on the second floor, Room 216. Cheers, Lyn

  5. Joy McGregor

    Hi Lyn, Roy, students and other interested readers,

    I was with Lyn at the Innovative Ideas Forum 2009. I would agree with all of Lyn’s above comments, and rather than reiterate what she has said, I’d like to comment on the interactivity of the audience–a fascinating phenomenon to watch and to participate in. I saw/heard some of the tweets turn into oral questions to presenters during the Q and A segments, but other questions and observations were unheard by and unknown to presenters. I began to wish there was a way that presenters could be party to the underlying conversations that were occurring, but obviously that was impossible. Many comments were thoughtful and insightful, but some seemed a little unfair. E.g. the one who criticized presenters for staying at the podium didn’t take into consideration the fact that the presentation was being recorded and the mic was stationary. Nor did he/she think of the fact that the only direction a presenter could move would be in front of the big screen we were viewing–which, by the way, was often used for more that Powerpoint presentations. I guess Twitter makes traditional note-passing a very public thing.

    I’m also wondering how much I missed because I was reading the tweets as they were posted. I like to think that I was still listening carefully, but I don’t multi-task as well as others, so I probably missed more than I think.

    It’ll be interesting to see, as time goes on, how use of Twitter matures as tweeting during a workshop becomes more and more common.

    The soical networking aspect of the day raised thoughts of how conference and workshop planning is changing–addressing such basics as increased access issues and power requirements.

    Cheers, Joy

  6. Hello Joy

    I’m finding that library staff get more benefit from building their learning network and ‘tinkering’ around with Web 2.0 tools before getting slabs of PD via a conference.

    Conferences are what school is to many of our students, the place where we meet socially, pick up new ideas to build on knowledge and collaborate professionally. Sure we still need conferences but they are for the building of prior knowledge.

    Web 2.0 skills require membership of a learning network first and foremost. They require immersion, experience and practice, practice, practice.

    Cheers Camilla

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