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We are pleased to announce the following workshops at the SAOIM 2014.

The workshops cost: R 600 per half day workshop (No discount if more than 1 workshop is attended)

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Joe Murphy Jan 2014 Joe Murphy

Workshop topic: “Directions and destinations”

Exploring where our libraries should be going and how we get them there. This workshop explores a few major directions for libraries in the near future from a community perspective. Joe Murphy, Director, Library Futures, will lead the interactive workshop in exploring together the impact and opportunity of technology examples and library practices to get towards a joint understanding of our library futures. Change is the theme, approach and strategy are the focus. More about Joe Murphy

Friday, 6 June 2014, Workshop
07:30 – 08:30 Workshop Registration
08:30 – 10:00 Workshop 3: Directions and destinations. Joe Murphy, Librarian & Innovator (USA)
10:00 – 10:30 Tea
10:30 – 12:00 Workshop 3 (continued)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

Brian kelly Brian Kelly

Workshop 1 topic: Let’s Predict the Future! (Feedback form)

Despite the uncertainties faced by librarians and information professionals, technology continues to develop at breakneck speed, offering many new opportunities for the sector. At the same time, technological developments can be distracting and may result in wasted time and effort (remember the excitement provided by Second Life?!)

This workshop session will help participants identify potentially relevant technological developments by learning about and making use of ‘Delphi’ processes. The workshop also provides insight into processes for spotting ‘weak signals’ which may indicate early use of technologies which could be important in the future.

But having identified potentially important technological developments, organisations need to decide how to respond. What will be the impact on existing technologies? What are the strategic implications and what are the implications for staff within the organisation?

The interactive workshop session will provide opportunities to address the challenges in understanding the implications of technological developments and making appropriate organisational interventions.

The workshop will conclude by exploring the implications of the technology trends which have been identified on the future for libraries. Is this a golden age for libraries, with the tremendous growth in digital content and online services leading to increased recognition of the importance of those with professional information management skills? Or in an environment in which many individuals will be creating and managing their own digital resources and curating other digital resources of interest, will there be a need for those with specialist knowledge? Or might information management and resource creation and discovery be provided by a small number of global companies such as Google and Amazon?

Come along to this workshop and explore the ways in which evidence can be gathered in order to explore trends which may held to identify which scenarios may materialise! More about Brian Kelly

Tuesday, 3 June 2014, Workshop
07:30 – 08:30 Workshop Registration
08:30 – 10:00 Workshop 1: Let’s predict the future! Brian Kelly, Innovation Advocate, Cetis, University of Bolton, UK
10:00 – 10:30 Tea
10:30 – 12:00 Workshop 1 (continued)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch 

Jane Jane Gikandi

Workshop topic: “Maximizing electronic resources usage”

Many academic libraries subscribe to variety e-Journals, e-books and others electronic resources. Despite carrying out various promotional activities in order maximize use many institutions are still grappling with low usage.  A number of users blame it on different resources with different search interfaces, which is cumbersome and time consuming. Libraries are looking towards user-friendly search tools that will also connect the user to quality content.

The workshop will feature presentations from experts who have wide experience in resource discovery tools and other tools that enhances usage. Resource discovery tools provide a singlesearch access to disparate resources from different publishers.

The aim of the workshop is:

  • Create awareness  of different resource discovery tools
  • Share experience on challenges and best practice from different institutions

Discuss way forward in terms of solution and implementation. More about Jane Gikandi

Tuesday, 3 June 2014, Workshop
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch & Workshop Registration
13:00 – 14:30 Workshop 2: Maximizing electronic resources. Facilitated by Jane Gikandi, Ag University College Librarian, Cooperative University College of Kenya
14:30 – 15:00 Tea
15:00 – 16:30 Workshop 2 (continued)

Updated: 03/06/2014


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