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3 - 5 February, 2004
Melbourne Convention Centre

The VALA2004 12th Biennial Conference and Exhibition is over, but you can download the Conference papers from our Conference Programme and Links to Papers page.  Copies of the Proceedings on CD-ROM may also be purchased - see Previous Conferences for details.

The VALA Conference is the Australian forum where the use of technology in libraries is discussed.  VALA2004 featured invited overseas and Australian keynote speakers, plenary and concurrent sessions and an exhibition highlighting the latest products from leading suppliers.


VALA thanks all participants in VALA2004 for making the Conference so successful.   We had our biggest trade exhibition yet, six plenary seesions and forty-two concurrent sessions.  More than 720 people registered for the Conference and Exhibition, many came just to view the Exhibition, and the Melbourne Convention Centre was abuzz. Thankyou to all the Exhibitors, speakers, delegates, our Conference Organisers, and everyone who helped to make the Conference so good.



The keynote speakers, drawn from the USA, France and China, were selected for their expertise and work with major projects of significant interest and their understanding of current key issues. Together with an impressive range of local and overseas speakers reporting on innovative projects and topics of current importance, they ensured that the Conference provided a wide vision of emerging developments in libraries on both the local and world stage.


The conference theme of BREAKING BOUNDARIES: INTEGRATION & INTEROPERABILITY was chosen as it reflects both the enormous successes and the key challenges in the field of library and information technology.    Social events after each day’s presentations enabled the sharing of reflections on the programme with old and new friends. 

Conference Exhibitors


The Trade Exhibition has been growing steadily over recent years and proved to be the largest ever, giving delegates the opportunity to view the latest products and services being delivered by library and IT vendors.


The Conference Committee once again thanks all particpants and looks forward to welcoming you to VALA2006.
Tom Denison
Conference Committee Chair


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Melbourne Convention Centre
Corner Spencer & Flinders Streets
Melbourne  Victoria  3000  Australia
Telephone:       +61 3 9205 6400
Facsimile:        +61 3 9205 6401

VALA wishes to thank the following Sponsors

Silver Sponsor

Elsevier logo - link to Elsevier home page

VICNET Internet Room

Vicnet logo - link to Vicnet home page

Dinner Sponsor

Civica logo - link to Civica home page

Satchel Sponsor

Thomson ISI logo - link to Thomson ISI home page

Keynote Session
Wednesday 4 February
Motivation, inspiration and innovation
from frustration

Ex Libris logo - link to Ex Libris home page

Bottle Opener Sponsor

Thomson Gale logo - link to Thomson Gale home page

Lanyard Sponsor

ST LogiTrack logo - link to ST LogiTrack home page

Pen Sponsor

Elsevier logo - link to Elsevier home page

Morning Tea Sponsor
Tuesday 3 February

Optimus Prime logo - link to Optimus Prime home page
Biomed Central
Swets Information Services
Thomson Gale
Satchel Insert
Information Online Conference 2005
The One Umbrella
RMIT Publishing
Zenith Information Management Staff
For further information, follow the links on this page, or contact:
VALA2004 Conference Organiser
Waldron Smith Management
61 Danks Street
Port Melbourne VIC 3207
Telephone: +61 3 9645 6311
Facsimile: +61 3 9645 6322


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Last updated 8 February 2004