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I am attending Educause Australasia 2009 : Innovate, Collaborate & Sustain here in Perth from Monday 4 May – Monday 6 May.

Although there is a closed social networking site provided by the conference organisers, I don’t think I will use it, for many of the reasons that Peta Hopkins gives here in her post about Preparing for edaust09 . Peta is right when she talks about a “subversive back channel”. For me, often the most enriching comments via social networking come from someone several time-zones away who is watching remotely. I can almost see the point of a closed chat channel for attendees, but I’m puzzled about why we have to log in to a walled garden to find the tag being used for the conference or to see tweets and photos that use the conference tag.

If you are interested in seeing the public tweets and Flickr photos that have been tagged with the conference tag, edaust09, I have set up a TwitterFountain in this post. It updates every three minutes.

Peta and I (and maybe a few others) are feeding our live tweets from 8am – 6pm each day from @petahopkins and @libsmatter into three CoverItLive sessions.  I’ve embedded them over at, as we are officially reporting for, Educause Australasia Conference 2009 – reporting. It updates in real time and anyone can make comments or ask questions.

I will be presenting two sessions for the conference, both on Tuesday 5 May.

Personal Learning Environments: What Works for Librarians Tuesday 5 May, 10:00am to 11am, Meeting Room 8:

Educational Institutions no longer provide all the tools required for librarians to keep up to date with new technologies, collaborate with colleagues and share professional knowledge. Journal articles, conferences and formal coursework are no longer the primary methods of keeping up to date.

In this panel discussion, Kathryn Greenhill and Penny Coutas from Murdoch University, Peta Hopkins from Bond University and Constance Wiebrands from Curtin University discuss the online tools they use daily to create their own Personal Learning Environment. They describe how some of these tools work, what suits their daily workflow and may even vigorously defend the merits of their personal favourites.

Why Learning About Emerging Technologies is Part of Every Librarian’s Job Tuesday 5 May 4:00pm – 4:30pm, Meeting Room 6

In the last two years, several libraries have conducted formal learning programmes to familiarise staff with emerging technologies. Learning about new technologies should not begin and end with a formal learning programme, but should become part of every librarian’s job.

As staff learn about disruptive new web tools, then it is likely that the workplace will change to become a more flexible and nimble environment – reflecting the rapid change and flexibility that is happening online. Managers should be prepared for this, and for resistance to this change.

There are several objections staff raise when asked to make time for learning about new technologies in their already overcrowded day. Anyone implementing a staff learning programme needs to listen to these objections with respect and try to address these concerns.

If library staff understand why they should learn about emerging technologies, then they are more likely to find time to do so. This paper outlines twenty one reasons why learning about emerging technologies is part of every librarian’s job.

The paper concludes by offering some techniques for motivated staff to find time to learn about new technologies – either in a formal programme or as personal and professional development

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