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ALIA 2016

Posted by Tyler Hersey on 9 September 2016 | 1 Comments

Andy and I had a wonderful time meeting with friends and customers at the ALIA National 2016 Conference.
We had a very full-on week in Adelaide, as I'm sure everyone that attended did. We were inundated with interest about our Community Engagement platform, and we are very proud of the excitement garnered. While in Adelaide, I was also able to facilitate the implementation of Recollect at the State Library of South Australia, complementing our upcoming launch for the University of Newcastle ... Recollect is helping communities engage in Australia!

Topical issues at ALIA 2016. 
Oral histories and accessing other audio/visual content where the most popular talking points, with crowd sourced transcription and image editing a close second.

But it's not just the online crowd ...
The Recollect 'collective' is generating countless ideas and activities for encouraging the public to contribute to online databases of knowledge resources, and history. Working with you and your volunteers, Recollect provides a great way to inspire the present, past and future community members to build an expanding body of community content. From a marketing perspective it delivers a fantastic brand enhancement and recognition value.

 
At the ALIA National Conference 2016, Community Engagement and Online earning were incredibly topical. Even keynote Lorcan Dempsey spoke of this in his presentation.  He later tweeted: 
In particular, Lorcan sensed libraries moving from static spaces toward becoming user-driven environments which lead customer engagement. To this end Recollect facilitates Community Engagement around your content, your local or corporate knowledge, and other community interests. We provide participatory collaboration and data generation space, where omni-directional interaction is user driven.

As well as Community Engagement, popular Recollect solutions include:
  • Crowd Sourcing for a tailored project, such as the transcription of Library Cards, photo captions, ledger book entries, metadata capture and more;

  • Tagging video and oral history files at a specific moments, which can subsequently be searched upon and discovered without having to stream through an entire video or sound file;

  • Geotagging any content using locations from the Google maps API, as shown in the image from the West Coast Recollect site;


  • User uploads from the community (of files as well as personal recollections and stories);

  • Rich hyperlinks to existing information residing elsewhere on the web, and embedding external content.

Both Andy and I (and the team in Wellington) could see Recollect fulfilling most aspects of the community engagement aspirations for organisations that we spoke with. Recollect can help you do more to interact with that wonderful community you have out there in the big wide world; those that know you (through your website, emails and newsletters), those that would like to know you better, and those that have yet to discover you!

Congratulations to Ann Morgan who was drawn to win our 55-inch TV & Stand for the University of South Australia by Conference staffer Vanessa!

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ALIA National 2016 Conference

Posted by Gavin Mitchell on 15 August 2016 | 0 Comments

Australian Library and Information Association says Engage / Create / Lead


The library world descends on Adelaide when the ALIA National 2016 Conference opens on Monday 29 August.  We look forward to this meeting hub for all Library and Information professionals, from all sectors of Australia and the international community.

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State Library South Australia Selects Recollect

Posted by Gavin Mitchell on 13 June 2016 | 0 Comments

State Library South Australia Selects Recollect

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University of Newcastle Selects Recollect

Posted by Gavin Mitchell on 18 May 2016 | 0 Comments

University of Newcastle Selects Recollect

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The Principles of Community Engagement

Posted by Gavin Mitchell on 1 February 2016 | 0 Comments

We believe in lasting online engagement within a community, and recognise the principles that need to be considered for capturing past and present information with a view to building identity as well as informing and perhaps setting future direction.

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Moving beyond physical services through online community engagement

Posted by Gavin Mitchell on 27 January 2016 | 0 Comments

Many community service organisations, such as libraries and archives, have been working through a significant sea change as many of their customers seek more and more digital services. These customers are experiencing a new world on line through various social platforms like Facebook and are frustrated when they are offered a digital representation of traditional services.

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NDF Presentation 2015

Posted by Tracey Butler on 19 October 2015 | 0 Comments

Janine Delaney was one of the presenters at this year's NDF Conference, held last week at Te Papa.

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Surfacing Community History

Posted by Tracey Butler on 3 September 2015 | 0 Comments

One of the very first collections to be ingested into Recollect was the Revelle Jackson collection from Upper Hutt City Libraries.

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Awesome Metadata

Posted by Janine Delaney on 6 August 2015 | 2 Comments

You don’t tend to get those words together in the same string, but what’s exciting me about metadata at this point is the creative possibilities that it offers. For most of my time in archives & libraries, metadata seems to have been primarily about standards and those standards were primarily about interoperability. So metadata that works for computers... but what about metadata that works for people?

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Submission not submissive!

Posted by Tracey Butler on 21 July 2015 | 1 Comments

Accepting digital content from your Community

Some digital collections may be greatly enhanced by asking for contributions from your community - whether that is your member base, current and previous residents in your area, or others from your global audience who may be able to share content that is relevant.

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