Thoughts on the 2015 SLAV conference on eResources

A really interesting day, and one in which I got to pick the brains of many like-minded library staff. Lots of robust discussion around eBooks and eResources (and the vendors!) not only what’s out there, but how to make it work for you.

Some ‘takeaways’ from the day:
Do your homework!
What ‘extras’ does the vendor offer? Stats, DDA, purchase limits, purchase triggers, etc.
How will you catalogue it? Does the vendor provide downloads?

The full Storify available here:
SLAV eResources


Joyce Valenza at SLAV Conference


What a huge day Friday was. Up early to catch the train to Melbourne (with my hubby, also a T-L). Good quick trip into the city – very easy and we got an express train.

Then into the MCG Members’ area, where we were greeted by the smiley faces of the SLAV volunteers on the registration desk. Collect our showbags, visit some vendors, get a cuppa, talk to friends, find a good spot up the front (thanks Chris!), set up computer, find wireless hotspot, get settled in. Here’s Camilla doing the housekeeping and introducing Joyce Valenza.

Yay! It’s Joyce, time to start paying attention…..


Joyce Valenza

Whoa! It’s 3pm already? Where did the day go?! Did anyone get the number of that truck?!

The Crowd playing Stinks! Rocks!

A great day. So much to think about, digest and replay. If you ever get to see Joyce Valenza speak – for goodness sake, GO!

Show Me What’s Wrong

This looks like something very useful, for families and for schools.

ShowMeWhatsWrong is a free screen-casting service. You input your Name and email address and SMWW generates a URL, then send the resulting URL to whoever needs to show you a problem. This URL takes them to the ShowMeWhatsWrong website where you can record up to 5 mins of screencasting, which gets posted to you so that you can see the problem.

Thanks to Tom Byrne (Free Technology for Teachers) for the link.

QR Codes – Huh?

Thanks to Penny Bentley for this video today, about using QR Codes creatively.

QR CODE – Content-rich Resume from Victor petit on Vimeo.

But that leads me to the question – what are QR codes?!!!!

Wikipedia has a pretty good explanation of how they are made and how they work. Interesting!

And just to see how they work here is the QR code for the Wikipedia article. Let’s see if it works!
QR code for Wikipedia article

Karen Bonanno's great Slideshare on Library Advocacy