Tuesday, February 9, 2010

VALA - Plenary

In Sunny Melbourne - just out of the plenary session delivered by Karen Calhoun (OCLC) who gave me a warm fuzzy feeling by iterating principles I've emphasised in the Library ICT draft plan.

The VALA 2010 intro video gave us all a (nervous) laugh:

Karen did give us some good new lines to use in trying to convince our colleagues that good intentions, commitment and sticking to an old blueprint for services is not going to cut it for our users.

"Take a fresh approach (...) give them that they want"

"Find it on the web, use it in the library."

"It's not enough to do your best, you have to know what to do and do your best"

and a Proust quote:

"The real act of discovery is not in finding new lands, but in seeing with new eyes"

She really pushed for the idea of outreaching collaboration and loosely coupled synching systems - REM: I post a link to the full presentation when I can find it!
Here it is courtesy of Karen: http://www.slideshare.net/amarintha/the-3109781

1 comment:

Amarintha Carnell said...

Good to hear. I put the presentation up on SlideShare. You can get it from http://www.slideshare.net/amarintha/the-3109781

Karen Calhoun