About the VALA Award

VALA AwardOpen to all Libraries and Information Services in Australia, the biennial VALA Award recognizes outstanding and innovative use of ICT to improve service to customers.

The VALA Committee presents the VALA Award to the library or information service which has, in the opinion of the judging panel, made the most innovative use of information and/or communication technologies to improve service to customers. This could be either through the provision of new or upgraded services or facilities, or through improvements to operational systems.

For more information, see the VALA Award Guidelines and Criteria.

2018 VALA Award

In 2018 VALA was excited to receive 9 commendable nominations for the VALA Award. The VALA Committee is pleased the announce the recipient of the 2018 VALA Award is:-

The State Library of Queensland for its Tunley Braille Globe project.

The creation of a 3D printed replica of a fragile 1950s Braille globe to enable use and interaction with the object in the way it was originally intended.

VALA Award Recipients

Recipients include:-

  • 2016 – National Library of Australia – edeposit service and University of Melbourne – data forensics lab
  • 2014 – Curtin University Library App
  • 2012 – The Research Hub, at Griffith University
  • 2010 – iBIMS™ – The Digital Link @ Willoughby City Library
  • 2008 – Informit TVNews from RMIT Publishing
  • 2006 – Deb Stumm and Christine Sayer, State Library of Queensland Queensland Stories
  • 1998 – Buddy (integrated web-based subject gateway), University of Melbourne Library (Vic)
  • 1996 – Voiceprint (telephone-based information service) and Talking Catalogue, Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (Vic)
  • 1994 – Centre for Networked Access to Scholarly Information, Australian National University Library (ACT)
  • 1992 – Fast-track issues system, Waverley City Libraries (Vic)
  • 1990 – University of Melbourne Library (Vic) – TITAN Research Collection Applications
  • 1988 – Redcliffe City Council Library Service (Qld) – Electronic Bulletin Board Service
  • 1986 – Library for the Blind (NSW) – Talking Book application
  • 1984 – Peninsula Regional Library Service (Vic) – Connection of Bookmobile sites for on-line operations