Logo for VALA2010 Conference, 9 - 11 February at Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
2 Clarendon Street
Southbank VIC 3006
Tel + 61 3 9235 8000
Fax + 61 3 9235 8001
Venue directions

For further enquiries regarding the VALA2010 Conference, please contact:

61 Danks Street West
Port Melbourne VIC 3207
T +61 3 9645 6311
F +61 3 9645 6322
E info@wsm.com.au

The VALA2010 15th 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.  VALA2010 featured invited overseas keynote speakers, plenary and concurrent sessions and an exhibition featuring the latest products from leading suppliers.


VALA thanks all participants in VALA2010 for making the Conference so successful.  The trade exhibition (the largest VALA trade show ever) was sold out.  We had six plenary sessions and forty-four papers in sixteen concurrent sessions, five VALAtech Boot Camp sessions, L-Plate Series, 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 and Exhibition 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 "CONNECTIONS CONTENT CONVERSATIONS" was chosen as it addresses challenges in the field of library and information technology today; that being the processes and technologies libraries use to connect content to users. The keynote speakers, drawn from the USA and France, 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.  VALA2010 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 VALA2012.

David Feighan
Conference Committee Chair


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Top Trends Panel

New for 2010 is the VALA Top Trends Panel, the purpose of which is to further facilitate a dialogue and discussion between the speakers and you, the delegates. After all, the theme of the VALA2010 Conference is Connections. Content. Conversations. The topic of the inaugural Top Trends Panel is: The role of user generated / social networked content within the next generation of information portals.

While many of us are already capturing and delivering back usergenerated content, what happens next? What technology will we use tomorrow and into the future to facilitate and capture user-generated content? Should we worry about the integrity and authoritativeness of user-generated content? Do we allow user content if it is wrong or misleading, and who is to say what is wrong? How do we continue to embed user content into our online and physical spaces in relevant and meaningful ways to ensure it is quick and easy to find?

How do we ensure the openness and democratisation of this content so that a broad range of stories and narratives are available and not buried or lost? How do we manage and sustain this whole process? How do we (should we) take responsibility for copyright and privacy issues, or should the user take responsibility for their own copyright and privacy? And, is the experience of usergenerated content within the library sectors different from that of the broader online community (such as museums, archives, galleries or publishers), and are there lessons we can learn from each other? Hear what the panel has to say as a group, and share your views and ideas with your colleagues in what should be an interesting and informative session.


VALA wishes to thank the following sponsors....

Gold Conference Partner

Delegate Satchel Sponsor

Conference Programme and Pocket Programme Sponsor

Name Badge Sponsor

Daily Catering Sponsor

Note Pads & Pens Sponsor

Special Offers for VALA2010

VALA is continuing to liaise with other organisations to bring you special offers for events in Melbourne during the week of the Conference. Meanwhile, here is the first offer.

JERSEY BOYS, The story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Broadway's multi Award winning smash hit musical, is now playing in Melbourne. VALA2010 Conference, Showbiz, and the producers of JERSEY BOYS have arranged a special allocation of 'A' Reserve tickets exclusively for delegates and guests of VALA2010 to see the show on the evening of Thursday 11 February 2009.