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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!


  • I really did enjoy ALIA16, especially the people, & loved my fourth visit to Adelaide. I now can't wait for ALIA Online, in Sydney (Feb 2017)... where I was born (don't mention that too often, probably because it was so long ago!!).
    It'll be my birthday week as well - help me enjoy it!

    Posted by Andy Fenton, 09/11/2016 4:01pm (2 years ago)

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