The VALA2008 14th 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.  VALA2008 featured invited overseas keynote speakers, plenary and concurrent sessions and an exhibition featuring the latest products from leading suppliers.


VALA thanks all participants in VALA2008 for making the Conference so successful.  The trade exhibition was sold out.  We had six plenary sessions and forty-five concurrent sessions, and a capacity Conference Dinner.   A record number of 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 conference theme of "Libraries / changing spaces, virtual places" was chosen as it reflects one of our key challenges in the field of library and information technology. The keynote speakers, drawn from Singapore, Canada, South Africa, 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.  VALA2008 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.

The Conference Committee once again thanks all participants and looks forward to welcoming you to VALA2010.

Tom Denison
Conference Committee Chair


VALA wishes to thank the following sponsors....

Delegate Satchels
Internet Area
Conference Programme
Keynote Session
Notepad RMIT Publishing - Informit
Satchel Insert Australian Bureau of Statistics
UNISA - School of CIS
Advertising American Medical Association (JAMA & Archives)
Emerald Group Publishing
Nature Publishing Group
Project Muse



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Melbourne  VIC  3000  AUSTRALIA
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For further enquiries regarding the VALA2008 Conference, please contact the VALA2008 Conference Office.

VALA2008 Conference Office
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Port Melbourne VIC 3207
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