VALA Committee Members 2020-2021

The VALA Committee provides governance, policy and strategic direction for the Association and is made up of a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and up to 6 general committee members.

Executive | General Committee | VALA Secretariat


Michelle McLean - Vice PresidentPresident – Michelle McLean
Casey Cardinia Libraries

Bio: Michelle is passionate about library services and the online world, two things she has combined well with her role as Information Services Coordinator at Casey Cardinia Libraries. She is a past-recipient of a Ramsay Reid Scholarship (State Library of Victoria), alumni of the Aurora Institute, is a published author and has presented at many conferences and seminars around Australia, as well as in the US. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship) and a Master of Business (Information Technology).

Melissa Parent

Vice-President – Melissa Parent
State Library Victoria

Bio: Melissa is Metadata Coordinator at the State Library Victoria. Melissa takes a keen interest in library data and systems (particularly next-generation library systems) and is a member of the Australian Committee on Cataloguing. She also currently holds the role of Australian representative on the Dewey Decimal Editorial Policy Committee.

Treasurer – Hugh Rundle
La Trobe University Library

Bio: Hugh Rundle is a librarian living in Melbourne. He builds teams and services that make communities stronger and more knowledgeable. Hugh has an interest in open access academic publishing, open web standards, and privacy issues. Hugh currently works as Manager, Digital Innovation at La Trobe University Library. He has previously held positions at CAVAL as Manager, Member Services; and at Brimbank Libraries and City of Boroondara Library Service in library systems & IT, reference services, and children’s & youth services. Rumour has it that somewhere there is a photo of him holding a giant book standing next to a man in a bear suit.

Hugh has been a VALA Committee member since 2014, serving as President in 2016 and Treasurer since 2019. He was one of the inaugural ‘Camp Leaders’ for VALA Tech Camp in 2017 and reprised this role in 2019.

Secretary – Jennifer Eddy
University of Melbourne

Bio: Jennifer is the Collection Profiling Librarian at the University of Melbourne, currently based in WA. Following a varied career covering universities from Group of Eight to former Institutes of Technology and the TAFE sector in roles as diverse as reference librarian, cataloguer, client services officer, campus librarian and systems librarian, Jennifer moved into collection development at La Trobe University. Here she discovered the world of electronic resource usage data and the possibilities of COUNTER reports before moving into collection analysis, both print and electronic, at Melbourne.



General Committee

Sae Ra Germaine

Bio: Sae Ra is the Manager of Member Services and Digital Platforms for CAVAL and has over 15 years working with high profile systems companies from a diverse range of fields including IBM and Federation University. Sae Ra is an all things open, tech evangelist with a focus on leveraging user experiences and open standards as a driver for innovation and change. She is an active advocate of free and open source initiatives and is currently the President of the Linux Australia board and Vice-Chair of Internet Australia. Sae Ra is also on the Technical and General Advisory Standing committees for auDA (.au Domain Administration).

Matthias LiffersMatthias Liffers
Australian Research Data Commons

Bio: Matthias is a librarian with a strong technological bent. He prefers to not send a human to do a machine’s work and believes strongly in automating as much as possible. He works at the Australian Research Data Commons on software skills projects for researchers and research support staff. Outside of work, he changes hobbies every few months and occasionally tweets about it at @mpfl, or posts mediocre photos as mpflx on Instagram.

Alissa McCulloch

Bio: Alissa is an early-career librarian and bibliographic data wizard based in Canberra. She spends large amounts of time mangling metadata, usually for money but sometimes for fun. Alissa’s professional interests include critical and radical cataloguing, post-MARC bibliographic data formats and improving user experience of library catalogues. She tweets incessantly @lissertations and blogs at, and swears she has other interests besides cataloguing. Honestly.

Carmel O’Sullivan
University of Southern Queensland

Bio: Carmel has significant experience in the library and information sector, ranging from pioneering a new national role for a top tier law firm, to managing a broad portfolio of cultural services for a local government, and roles at several Australian Universities. She has extensive experience in leading both organisational change processes, and library building and renovation projects, including the acclaimed Science Library at UWA, and the new Springfield library. Carmel has experience with conference organising, including the 2013 PLWA conference in Perth, and the 2017 ASCILITE conference in Toowoomba. She has been Program Director for the CAUL Digital Dexterity Program since 2018 and is the current Convenor of QULOC. Carmel has an excellent understanding of the needs of academics and students in the tertiary education sector, and a deep commitment to client engagement and collaboration. As USQ’s Director, Library Services, Carmel leads the library team in a process of change and innovation, so as to re-position USQ’s library service for a dynamic future.

Michael Tully
RMIT Training – Director – Enterprise and Innovation

Bio: Michael has a Masters of Business Administration from Victoria University and more than 20 years in leadership positions including editorial, product development, sales and marketing roles. For the past 10 years, he has worked closely with numerous executive customers and partners in medicine and education in hospital and university settings across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the United States.


Monica Williams
Star of the Sea, Brighton

Bio: Monica is a freelance consultant and the Digital Literacy Specialist at Star of the Sea College, Brighton. Monica has a passion for e-learning and technology. Monica has over 10 years experience working as a Multimedia Technician within the corporate and education sectors. She also works as an IT consultant for the School Library Association of Victoria.


VALA Secretariat

VALA Secretariat - Lesley, Fiona & KimExecutive Officer - Lesley Ryall
Fiona Folley
Portfolios: Accounts
Kim Humphris
Portfolios: Membership, events, website

L to R: Lesley Ryall, Fiona Folley, Kim Humphris