You may not have caught up with this recently coined term GLAM which is used to describe the phenomenon of the increasing convergence of the collections of the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museum (including Historical Societies) sectors. This trend is leading to increasing collaboration and activities to make their combined collections accessible to the world via the internet.
Over many years, Maxus Australia has assisted a significant number of users in the GLAM sectors to catalogue and increase access to the valuable knowledge and resources available using Inmagic software over many years.
They range in size from non-profit local collections mainly run by volunteers to installations supported by, for example, local councils or other better funded bodies, which enable their collection/s to be published and easily searchable using Inmagic’s internet-enabled software such as Web Publisher Pro or Presto.
The Australian library community recently had the opportunity to gather for the VALA Conference and Exhibition (9-11 Feb) in Melbourne. Pam Millist from Maxus attended one day of the conference and exhibition.
Together with reviewing the available papers, webinars and the very active twitter stream (#vala16), there seemed to be a number of strong themes that emerged of particular interest to special librarians.
The first meeting for the year of the Melbourne Inmagic User Group will be held at The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) on Tuesday 21 April 2015. The Cunningham Library provides an information service for ACER staff, Library members & ACER Institute students, as well as producing a number of databases such as the Australian Education Index / A+ Education, The Australasian Education Directory, BOLDE, IDP Database of Research in International Education, Learning Ground, EdResearch Online & The Education Research Theses database.
About 40 people thoroughly enjoyed the User Group meeting at the RACV Club Library on October 13. This library was set up from scratch when the Club moved into their new premises in 2004. Lisa Sukkel, who has been the librarian from the start, hosted us and gave us a good history of how it came to be what it is, and the unique challenges they face, as a library in a hospitality environment.
The next Melbourne User Group meeting will be held at the RACV City Club Library. Having just celebrated its tenth anniversary, the Library is one of several club libraries in the heart of Melbourne but is unique in its size, range of services and number of users.
The Library has used Inmagic TextWorks products since its inception, with the suite of databases evolving alongside the library over the past decade, to incorporate new services such as loans, extended research classes and extensive reporting.