Monday, 21 February 2011

Early birds for CCA-EDUCAUSE Australasia conference 2011

CCA-EDUCAUSE Australasia conference is on again in Sydney this year: 3-6 April 2011 at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour. CCA-EDUCAUSE conference is organised by CAUDIT, CAUL and ACODE and the focus is on information technology in higher education.

This conference is attended by a range of professionals working in the higher education sector:

  • IT practitioners and managers
  • Teaching and learning technology practitioners and managers
  • Librarians and knowledge managers
  • Developers of information technologies and services for higher education

Theme for 2011 is: The game has changed

"The game has changed for information technology in higher education. Fundamental shifts in learning and teaching, research, resources, and technology mean we’re not using the same rules or playing fields anymore. According to some leading thinkers, the very survival of the university is on the line if we're not able to adapt.

What game changers do you see in your organisation? What are the new rules and who are the players? What do we need to do to adapt? And what things remain constant, no matter what the external appearances of transformation?"

Early Bird registrations close on 3 March.

Keynote speakers include:

Bryan Alexander – Director of Research at NITLE. Emerging technologies, mobile and wireless computing, digital gaming, social media.

Shirley Alexander – Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Teaching, Learning and Equity) at the University of Technology, Sydney. Professor of Learning Technologies.

Richard Katz – Consults on strategy, technology, and assessment issues with universities, governments, and corporations worldwide.

Diana Oblinger – President and CEO of EDUCAUSE. Co-author of What Business Wants from Higher Education. Co-editor of The Learning Revolution.

McKenzie Wark – Author of Gamer Theory and A Hacker Manifesto. Chair of Culture and Media, Eugene Lang College, The New School, New York.

Brad Wheeler – CIO, Indiana University. Co-founder of the Sakai Project and Kuali. Transformative software and service collaborations.

Follow @ccaeducause on Twitter for news and updates

Monday, 14 February 2011

Perth Library Unconference goes national

The Perth Library Unconference is going national for 2011.

The annual Perth Library Camp or Library UnConference has been going for a number of years, due to the enthusiasm of the "unorganisers" and the support of some local institutions.

This year it will be held to coincide with a number of national conferences happening in Perth:

The ALIA 5th New Librarians Symposium (2011) Friday 16 – Sunday 18 September 2011 and the ALIA National Library & Information Technicians Conference (Libtech) 12 - Friday 16 September 2011.

Library Camp Australia
will be held in Perth on 19 September 2011, 9am to 4pm at the State Library of Western Australia:

"This will be an unconference for anyone who works in, researches, uses or is interested in libraries, following the principles that session topics are set on the day and that everyone contributes in some way. It is being organised by volunteers and so far is being supported by our generous sponsors the State Library of Western Australia and Public Libraries Western Australia.

There's also a competition to design a logo for Library Camp Australia. Check out this librariesinteract blog post.

The Twitter hashtag for Library Camp Australia is #libcampoz