Week 13: Pop Culture and GLAM collaboration

Retrieved from https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM
Retrieved from https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM

This week I’ll be arguing in favour of GLAMs needing to collaborate to ensure healthy futures. For those who couldn’t make it to the chat, GLAM is an acronym for galleries, libraries, archives and museums. Some of the major organisations making up the GLAM sector in Australia are:
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Week 11 Service Review: Open Data Day

By Auregann - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19833261
By Auregann – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19833261

QUT Library offers a host of services and tools for researchers in online and physical forms. I attended the Open Data: It’s Good Science event organised by QUT Library as part of International Data Week. This event was aimed mainly at researchers to introduce open data and its benefits.

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Week 7: Information Literacy and the Digital Divide

I believe information literacy is only going to become more important in the future. It is our duty as librarians and information professionals to make sure members of society who may be left behind in the increasingly technological world are empowered enough to be able to be able to participate and benefit in it.

© Michael Jastremski for openphoto.net
© Michael Jastremski for openphoto.net

Firstly, we must address the digital divide. I have personally experienced and seen the usefulness of improved internet access. I went with some friends who had no wifi at home to the State Library of Queensland so they could check on important banking matters and contact people. Living out beyond the reach of wireless broadband also meant our family had very limited and often expensive plans eg. 2 GB of internet over a month to use in peak hours with 4 GB in non-peak hours. Our poor internet access has shaped some of my decisions such as choosing QUT to do my degree at as it was physically accessible over Charles Sturt University in New South Wales. I still had plentiful internet access through university so I was better equipped than someone in a highly remote rural area who needed to travel to get any access at all.
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Week 6: Online Reader’s Advisory Tools

Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-50074-0001 / CC-BY-SA 3.0 A hopefully satisfied clinet, perhaps.
Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-50074-0001 / CC-BY-SA 3.0 A hopefully satisfied client, perhaps.

The internet has provided a boon to readers worldwide as people have been able to engage with others=they may never meet otherwise in talking about books. There are thousands of online readers’ advisory resources out there. Libraries Alive recommend a huge list including Trove, which I wouldn’t have picked as a reading. As I cannot address them all, I will focus on the very popular Goodreads, a site dedicated to book reviews.
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Week 3: Reviewing the QUT CiteWrite Reference Tool

QUT CiteWrite is an online and print reference tool provided by the QUT library to help students with academic writing and correct referencing. It is accessible from the library homepage on a panel of links to the right hand side of the page. I’ve used it constantly throughout my first semester and will continue to while I am at university.

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CiteWrite’s homepage has a menu split into tabs that signpost where the user should go for what they want. For example if they need to reference, students click on the Cite section and are taken to a page that gives examples of the four kinds of reference used at QUT and provides examples of different information formats that might need to be referenced such as videos and lecture notes. The academic writing section explains different styles of writing such as essays, case studies and empirical articles. Users can download a printable booklet that gives more general information about academic writing.


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Week 2: Community of Inquiry

I started thinking about who I wanted to be in this class’s community by considering my own personality and what I could bring to the community’s table. I sometimes find too much social interaction overwhelming, but I do enjoy talking to people and I understand the importance of being able to engage with others on a personal and professional level. My lack of experience in communities may work against me, as I have not been part of many online communities outside of one created for student journalists at Griffith. I contributed to that community by occasionally posting job opportunities and answering people’s posts. In a previous class Emerging Technology, which used blogs as a communication tool, I commented on others posts and collected and posted links I thought were relevant to their post. Outside of the internet, I have been part of a small gaming group and am currently part of a small group of museum volunteers, which in turn is part of the wider community/network of Scenic Rim museums. I behave the same way in these communities both online and offline, which is to provide information and make friends with a smaller group of people in the community and talk to them more than others.
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Hi! I’m Chloe Pickard, a first year second semester librarian student who is very interested in special collections, history, and rare books. I volunteer at a museum dedicated to Australian military intelligence and am hoping to one day work at an institution like the National Library or the library section of the Queensland Musuem. My superpowers are speedreading and spending amazing amounts of time on the Internet Archive.