Mrs Wan-Yeoh Seok Kwan and Mr Jacky Wong were invited to give a presentation on “Library Analytics: The NIE Library Experience” at the Customers of SirsiDynix Australasia (COSA) conference in Melbourne, Australia from 10 – 13 Oct 2016. The theme of this year’s COSA conference was Connect, Inform, Empower.
The main objective of the conference was to provide training and updates on new technology in Library Management Information Systems and forthcoming product launches. In addition, the conference also provided the occasion for library system users to network, share experiences and brainstorm innovative ideas and technology solutions to overcome challenges that libraries face in today’s dynamic environment.
Several innovative technologies were examined in detail. These technologies include systems that leverage on cloud technology to manage and discover print and electronic resources, applications that work seamlessly on mobile devices, and data analytics tools that delve into the technicalities of collection usage, transaction activities and demographics. These insightful technological tools will help to further shape the services that libraries provide.
The conference programme also included a visit to the award-winning Geelong Library & Heritage Centre, where fellow librarians shared their experiences and practices in engaging their own communities through library facilities, services and resources.
Exploring digital frontiers at the state-of-the-art Geelong Library & Heritage Centre
Overall, the conference provided opportunities not only to learn cutting-edge technologies in the library technology space, but also to network with leaders in the field. The ideas and knowledge garnered from the conference will surely lead to creative implementation of library technologies that would benefit the NIE community in the near future.