Every two years VALA offers up to two Travel Scholarships to enable suitable persons to travel overseas to examine aspects of library automation. Candidates proposing to study newer technologies of potential application in Australia but not yet seen here are most likely to be successful. No formal qualifications are required. Although candidates should be working in library or information related areas, they need not be employed in traditional library environments.
The successful candidates will receive up to AUD $13,000 towards travel, accommodation and living expenses and will be offered the opportunity of presenting a paper at the VALA Biennial National Conference in February 2014.
Applications for the 2012 Travel Scholarships are now closed.
The VALA Travel Scholarship for 2012 is awarded to Warren Cheetham from City Libraries Townsville.
Warren will be travelling to Canada and the United States in order to investigate existing and planned projects where fibre-broadband rollouts affect libraries, whether positively or negatively. He will identify and report on current best practice and make recommendations as to where Australian libraries might contribute to the global conversation about libraries and fibre-broadband applications.
We look forward to hearing the results of Warren's research at the VALA2014 conference.
The VALA web site provides details on all our Travel Scholars. Travel Scholarship papers that are presented at the VALA Biennial Conference are identified on the VALA web site with the VALA Travel Scholar icon.