In most years SLUOC, in conjunction with the State Library of Victoria, organises Forums and Seminars that explore some aspect of the Library collections or research interests and needs of Library users.
Publications associated with some of these seminars are also available – for full details, see PUBLICATIONS page.
Keeping the Originals
Held Saturday 16 July 2016
Red Rotunda Gallery, State Library of Victoria (off the Cowen Gallery)
The Seminar considered the role of the Library in collecting, preserving and making available the physical objects that underpin Victorian and Australian history.
Panellists included State Library staff Des Cowley (History of the Book), Manuscripts (Kevin Molly) and Madeleine Say (Pictures), and former President of the Book Collectors (Victoria), Richard Travers. The discussion was moderated by Wallace Kirsop (Ancora Press, Monash University).
The Seminar was of particular interest to community organisations concerned about the long term preservation of their archives.
e-Publishing and Public Libraries: Challenges and Opportunities
Held Saturday 23 May 2015
This seminar continued the discussion about the changing role of public libraries in the digital age and looked at how electronic publishing affects access to publications.
Traditionally, under Legal Deposit legislation, State and National Libraries endeavoured to maintain a copy of all material published within their jurisdiction, whether books, journals or magazines – and later CDs and DVDs. These were catalogued, stored and available to all library users.
Electronic publishing has changed all this in a variety of ways:
- Individuals can 'publish' their own eBooks and bypass legal deposit
- If a library purchases an e-Book there may be restrictions on allowing access to it
- Journals published electronically become the 'property' of large commercial organisations who on-sell the rights and have no legal obligation to maintain copies of material they no longer see as being of commercial value.
The seminar asked the questions:
- What does legal deposit mean in the digital age?
- What is the role of aggregated e-publishing such as Informit and Cengage?
- How 'open' is Open Access?
- What does all this mean for e-Book authors and publishers?
- What is the State Library of Victoria's current and planned responses to these issues?
Presenters and panellists (PowerPoint presentations are available as PDFs on the links below):
Ian Keese (President SLUOC): Welcome
Jo Ritale (Manager Collection Development & Discovery SLV): Introduction: An Overview of Digital Collection Formats and Challenges
Chris Butler (Manager Collection Resources SLV): Legal Deposit in the Digital Age: Collecting Digital Publications at the SLV
Paul Mercieca (Lecturer in Information Management and Digital Publishing RMIT): Public Access and Commercial Interests
Sarah Slade (Manager Storage & Digital Collection Services SLV): Digitisation and Accessibility (part 1); Digitisation and Accessibility (part 2); Digitisation and Accessibility (part 3); Digitisation and Accessibility (part 4); Digitisation and Accessibility (part 5)
Peter McMahon (Director Digital Strategy SLV)
Research in the Digital Age – Part 2
Held Saturday 10 May 2014
The second seminar on digisation focused on how to preserve and have access to material that has already been digitised. Presenters: Howard Quenault (Director, Computer Management Techniques); Peter Pereyra (Mechanics' Institutes Victoria); Steven Chang, who worked on a project at Melbourne University archiving the work of Certified Practising Accountants (Australia).
Research in the Digital Age – Part 1
Held Saturday 5 October 2013
Libraries were originally set up to store physical objects such as books, manuscripts, journals, newspapers and ephemera. What are the implications today for libraries and researchers in an increasingly digital world where knowledge becomes fragmented – in a variety of different electronic formats – and shifting – where any item can be continually updated?
Within this context this seminar explored the following areas:
- With an increasing amount of material being 'born digital' what are the current strategies of libraries in preserving this and what are seen as the future challenges.
- What are the issues we as scholars and researchers are being confronted with and how can the contemporary library support us?
- Legal deposit was intended to ensure that any item produced would be available to researchers. What are the challenges posed in achieving this in a digital age and how can these challenges be met?
- Traditionally cataloguing was the key to accessing library material. What are the challenges for cataloguing today?
The seminar was directed at bringing together two groups, (1) those currently engaged in research and (2) library personnel involved in or interested in this area.
Presenters: Peter McMahon (Director - Digital Strategy, SLV); Philip G Kent (University Librarian, The University of Melbourne); Howard Quenault (Director, Computer Management Techniques)
For the full program, biographies of presenters follow this link
The Research Vocation of the Library
Held Saturday 12 May 2012
In this seminar, SLUOC brought library personnel and scholars together to explore ways in which they can work more closely together. Some of the issues that were investigated were:
- What role should libraries play in supporting research in a digital age and how can this be balanced against the needs of the general public?
- What innovative ways are currently being used by libraries in Australia and internationally to support scholarly research?
- What are the needs felt by scholars currently doing research and how might libraries best serve these needs?
- How can libraries and scholars obtain financial support from business, government and philanthropic sources while still maintaining their scholarly independence?
Attics, Cellars, Sheds and Boxes Under the Bed: Collecting and Caring for Original Materials
Held 13 November 2010
The emphasis of the 2010 seminar was on ephemera and items that fall outside the mainstream.
Newspapers as Medium and Message
Held 29 May 2009
Doing Research in the Library of the Twenty-First Century
Held 19 May 2007