Apr 24, 2007

Local History with an "e"

Mill Park Training Room on Monday 23rd April was the venue for our 2nd in the series of 'Creating Content' for Library Worker 2.0.

Liz Pidgeon, our Local History Librarian gave us an overview of the Yarra Plenty Libraries local history collections and highlighted our homepage Links.

Liz recently ran a class on 'Researching your Military Ancestors", highlighting these Online Resources (it's amazing what is out there!!, perhaps a Delicious list?)
Australian War Memorial
National Archives of Australia
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
World War 2 Nominal Roll
Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans
Nominal Roll of Australian Veterans in the Korean War
Australians in the Boer War : Oz-Boer Database project
National Serviceman’s Association
Cyndi’s list Australia & New Zealand Military
World War 1 South Australian Servicemen
Australians at War
World War 1 – Trenches on the web: an internet history of the great war
Australian Flying Corps 1914-1918
ANZAC Research site
ANZACS : Leaders of ANZACS Includes names of Officers who died at Gallipoli
First AIF Order of battle
Peter Dunn’s Australia @ War
Digger history : An unofficial history of the Australian Armed Services.
Zentsuji Camp, Shikoku Australian, New Zealand & Fiji POW 1942-1945
Australian War Diary
Borneo POW
Australian Unit History Books of World War 1
Using war records in family history research

Online Exhibition: A Website to Remember
Visit "Despatches from Gallipoli"to gain insights into the Gallipoli conflict from the viewpoint of the official World War 1 correspondents. The website includes transcripts of the news stories of four Australian journalists, and highlights their role in the development of an Australian identity. It includes war images, accounts of battles, and examples of censorship and discussions of the Australian legend and a copy of a letter written by Keith Murdoch, to Prime Minister Fisher regarding the conditions facing Australian troops at Gallipoli.

We brainstormed on how we can use and promote our Resources with a:
Wish list for future projects.
Quality scanners for for each Region to digitize photos and artifacts held by the libraries or local history societies.
Podcasting equipment for the 'Reminiscences Project'.
Researching YOUR house Project
Street Names Project.
Online Cemetery records.
Local War Memorials
Local newspaper indexing.
Sourcing out-of-print books via the Web eg. eBay, Abebooks.
Local History Wiki as a collaborative resource.

Lynette Lewis, Co-ordinator of Online Services demonstrated the Sirsi Dynix Hyperion Digital Media Archive. A tool that offers easy organizing, storing, maintenance, and accessing of non-book holdings in a digital format. (including movies and mp3s.)

We also looked at other resources for Local History via our newspaper databases.

Time was spent playing in our Yarra Plenty PBWiki Sandbox, creating pages for ourselves, adding content, photos etc.

Creating Contenders appreciated the time to work on their Projects and two class members set up their Blogs preparing to tackle 'The 23 Things'.

All in all a successful Day of Work and Play!

Denise McLarty, Mentor, Creating Content Module.

Mar 6, 2007

Creating Content Projects??

Some Project Ideas so far:

Using RSS Feeds in a travel class.

Online Class on Library Thing.

The sky is the limit in offering 2.0 technology classes to the public. We already offer email classes, how about a class on Google docs, (read their blog)
Rollyo, Flickr, Image Generators (what fun they are!)

Del.icio.us list of Favourite Sites. See our entry in Helene Blowers list for Libraries Learning 2.0

Expansion of the Yarra Plenty Book Blog.

Five Weeks to a Social Library is a great Blog and Online Course to watch.
Follow this link for some suggestions in using Wikis.

Looking for ideas? why reinvent the wheel....check these out:

This WIKI of Weblogs may inspire you

Awaiting your input.

Please keep those ideas coming as we formulate the next class in April.

Feb 27, 2007

Creating Content Today

Blogs, wikis, mashups, Local History, flickr, library thing, YouTube, Second Life, MySpace, Del.icio.us, Podcasts, Rss Feeds...................

Can we create Content with these 2.0 tools??

Library staff hard at work PLAYING!!