Physical and digital collections (6/10/20)

Though the end of print has long been predicted, many library professionals and clients maintain a dedication to physical books. COVID-19, and the associated closure of many physical libraries, has refocused our attention to digital collections and the necessity of both print and digital in ensuring equitable access to information.

Questions

  1. Physical or digital, do you have a preference? If so, why? Does it differ for different resource types?
  2. Has the composition of physical and digital material in your library’s collections changed due to COVID? How?
  3. Accessibility is vitally important to a library’s collection. What considerations should be made in regards to physical and digital resources?
  4. Do you think libraries should have both physical and digital formats for all resource types? Is there a type of resource where one format is more suitable?
  5. Budget-wise, things are likely to be getting tough for libraries. How can libraries financially sustain a model of providing both physical and digital collections?

So, join us for #AusLibChat on the 6th October. And, remember daylight savings will be introduced the weekend prior, so take note of the updated times!

#AusLibChat – Personal Collections

Don’t miss September’s #AusLibChat on the topic of personal collections. Join us for a conversation about books, ephemera and other collectibles on Tuesday 1st of September at 9pm AEST.

Questions

  1. Tell us about a strange or unusual collection you’ve seen or visited.
  2. What do you collect? Or, if money, time and storage didn’t factor in, what would you collect?
  3. What don’t you include in your collection and why?
  4. How does your personal collection interest spill over into your professional life?
  5. How do you organise, categorise or store your collection? Do you have a catalogue or register of items?

Education (7/7/20)

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Join us for a chat about education, hosted by the Curtin Information Studies Club on Tuesday 7th July at 9pm AEST.

Missed the chat? Take a look at the Wakelet here.

Questions:

  1. ALIA released a statement on the changes to university fees including consideration of the faculties relevant to a LIS degree. Do you consider LIS an Arts/Humanities or Industry/Science degree?
  2. Should an Information Studies degree/diploma etc. be a requirement for staff in Information Studies institutions? And why?
  3. What positive change have you seen in LIS education? And what would you change about LIS education if you could?  
  4. Our industry is part of the broader discussion surrounding representation, diversity and inclusion. Do you feel that these issues are adequately covered in LIS education?
  5. How do you feel about online learning, especially in the wake of COVID-19?

New to #AusLibChat? Find more information here.