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3 - 5 February, 2004
Melbourne Convention Centre


If you are interested in organising a pre or post Conference workshop during VALA2004, please contact the Conference organisers.

VALA is proud to support the following associated events:

ALIA Forum on Purchasing Agreements and Licensing

Monday 2 February 2004
9.30am - 4.30pm
Blake Dawson Waldron
101 Collins Street

Bringing together publishers, aggregators and librarians to discuss the current issues surrounding the acquisition of electronic resources, this forum will feature a mix of presentations by invited speakers, panel and interactive discussions.

For more information:
or e-mail:  or


Revolution or Evolution?
The impact of FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records) Seminar

Monday 2 February 2004
1.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Melbourne Convention Centre
Corryong Rooms 1-5

Featuring a keynote address by Barbara Tillett, Chief, Cataloging Policy and Support Office, Library of Congress, this seminar will provide an introduction to FRBR concepts and a description of Australian FRBR implementation and research projects.

This professional development event for Australian cataloguers, metadata creators and system developers is being organised by the Australian Committee on Cataloguing.

Further information:

SIRSI User Group
Wednesday 4 February 2004                                                                             
7.30 a.m. to 9.00 a.m.
Melbourne Convention Centre
Howqua Room 2

Members of the SIRSI Users Group Australasian Region and DRA users are invited to attend a breakfast meeting.  Andrew Morrice from SIRSI Australia will address the meeting.

Further information: Kate Curr -
What's New from CAVAL Collaborative Solutions
 Wednesday 4 February 2004                                                                        
10.15am - 10.45am
12.45pm - 2.00pm
3.40pm - 4.10pm
Melbourne Convention Centre
Howqua Room 3

Financial constraints are a reality for libraries, so come and hear about CAVAL's exciting range of cost-effective services and products. Our expertise includes training, cataloguing, acquisitions, metadata, translation, statistics, storage, preservation, document delivery, consortia and product support.
Further information:
or contact David Noble on +61 3 9450-5528, e-mail

Australasian Voyager Users Group Meeting
Friday 6 February 2004                                                                                    
9.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Monash University, Caulfield Campus
Clayfield Room, Building A, Level 1

All users of Endeavor's Voyager system are welcome to attend (no registration is necessary).
Please contact:

Building Successful Vendor Relationships
Friday 6 February 2004                                                                                  
9.30am - 5.00pm
Melbourne Convention Centre
Howqua Room 2, Level 2

Learn the tips and tactics to help you negotiate with vendors
Know what questions to ask
Understand how to interpret and evaluate the deals you are offered

This workshop, presented by CAVAL and EBSCO, will help you understand the business world in which your vendors operate and also learn how to analyse and interpret the information they give you. The speakers will be a mix of vendors, publishers and information professionals.
Further information: email

Gulliver Forum
Friday 6 February 2004                                                                                          
9.15 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Victoria University
300 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Level 12, Room 1

This one day forum will offer members and non-members of the Gulliver consortium the opportunity to have an in-depth look at the databases available through Gulliver/BRUCE.  Vendors will be on hand to demonstrate their products, answer questions and provide information on new products and services.

For further information, e-mail Julie Rae:

Moving Up the Value Chain - Proving that we're worth it!

Friday 6 February 2004                                                                                            
9.00am - 5.00pm
Melbourne Convention Centre
Otway Room 2

Facilitators: Elizabeth Swan & Maree Lipschitz
Tips and techniques for expressing the value that information professionals add, how to make it apparent to management, demonstrating & marketing the payoffs that the library provides, and maximising your information budget.
Further information: email: or telephone (02) 9371 0300.

VICNET: How Far Down the Open Road?: e-diversity and libraries
Friday 6 February 2004
9.00am - 5.00pm
State Library of Victoria
Latrobe Street, Roadshow Theatrette

This mini conference and workshop to be held at the State Library of Victoria will explore where libraries are in relation to electronic services and developments for disadvantaged and diverse communities.
For more information:  http://www/
or e-mail:

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If you are interested in organising a pre or post Conference workshop during VALA2004, please contact the Conference organisers.
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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