The VALA2006 13th 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.  VALA2006 featured invited overseas keynote speakers, plenary and concurrent sessions and an exhibition featuring the latest products from leading suppliers.

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VALA thanks all participants in VALA2006 for making the Conference so successful.  The trade exhibition was sold out.  We had seven plenary sessions and forty-one concurrent sessions, and a capacity Conference Dinner.   A record 780 people registered for the Conference and Exhibition, many came just to view the Exhibition, and Crown Towers was abuzz.  Thankyou to all the Exhibitors, speakers, delegates, our Conference Organisers, and everyone who helped to make the Conference so good.

The conference theme of "CONNECTING WITH USERS" was chosen as it reflects one of our key challenges in the field of library and information technology. The keynote speakers, drawn from India, Germany, UK and the USA, were chosen 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.

VALA is the strategic conference for information professionals involved in technology in libraries and the information management sector.  VALA2006 gave delegates live access to insights developed from within the industry, as well as affording them a unique opportunity to view the latest technology products and solutions being demonstrated in the state-of-the-art Trade Exhibition.

Armed with the knowledge provided by attending the Conference and Exhibition, VALA delegates can make better, and more confident, technology decisions that will enhance the performance and efficiency of their information services in truly CONNECTING WITH USERS.

The Conference Committee once again thanks all participants and looks forward to welcoming you to VALA2008.

Sandra Vouch
Conference Committee Chair

VALA wishes to thank the following VALA2006 Conference Sponsors:
Delegate Satchels

Thomson Scientific
Thomson ISI logo - link to Thomson ISI home page
Internet Area

Thomson Gale
ST LogiTrack logo - link to ST LogiTrack home page
Notepad Sponsor

Civica Pty Ltd
Civica logo - link to Civica home page
Morning Tea (Wednesday)

RMIT Publishing
RMIT Publishing logo
Satchel Inserts


HealthInsite - Department of Health and Ageing

Nature Publishing Group

SirsiDynix P/L

VALA2006 thanks the following organisations for their support with speaker travel expenses:

Daniel Clancy

Terry Morrow

Open Repositories 2006
Sandy Payette


For further enquiries regarding the VALA2006 Conference, please contact the VALA2006 Conference Office.

VALA2006 Conference Office
Waldron Smith Management
61 Danks Street West
Port Melbourne VIC 3207
Telephone:  +61 3 9645 6311
Facsimile:    +61 3 9645 6322


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formerly called
Victorian Association for Library Automation Inc.
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Last updated 28 June, 2018