The VALA Committee provides governance, policy and strategic direction for the Association and is made up of a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and five general committee members.
President – Katie Haden
Australian Government Solicitor
Portfolios: VALA2020, Vendor Liaison
Bio: Katie has extensive experience in corporate administration, content management, and libraries. She is the Library Systems Manager for AGS/AGD, and has previously worked as a library systems consultant and team leader in the vendor sector. She specialises in web content, digital access and discovery, and library management systems. Katie has a lot to say about the need for continual development and change in library management systems to improve current standards and practices in the library community.
Vice-President – Michelle McLean
Casey Cardinia Libraries
Portfolios: Website content/social media, VALA2020
Bio: Michelle McLean 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).
Treasurer – Lian Todd
Portfolios: Finance Policy, Vendor Liaison
Bio: Lian has a strong interest in IT, Libraries and Publishing. She worked in several academic libraries before changing career paths to move across to the vendor sector and publishers. For nearly 20 years she was variously a reference, faculty liaison, IT and Systems librarian. Lian was there at the beginning of the “internet revolution” and is still swimming in it. She is passionate about libraries and the information industry and is committed to nurture the next generation of librarians working in IT in libraries. She worked for DA Information Services and OCLC before moving to become SAGE Publishing’s Regional Sales Manager for ANZ & SEA in 2011.
Secretary – Melissa Parent
State Library Victoria
Portfolios: Membership, Database, Awards and Recognition
Bio: Melissa Parent 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.
Mentone Girls’ Grammar School
Portfolios: Vendor Liaison, Membership, Database
Bio: David Feighan is the Information and Library Services Manager at Mentone Girls’ Grammar School. David has twenty five years’ experience as a librarian within the corporate, government and school sectors. David is active within the profession, he has written numerous articles, presented at conferences, and has ran workshops. He is a past VALA President, and was the VALA2010 Conference Program Chair and the VALA2016 Joint Program Chair https://www.vala.org.au/conferences/vala2016. David ran the inaugural SLAV eBook survey in 2015 and is on the ALIA eBook and eLending Advisory Committee https://www.alia.org.au/advocacy-and-campaigns/advocacy-campaigns/ebooks-and-elending. In 2015 David managed the Kerferd Library’s migration to OCLC WorldShare https://www.oclc.org/worldshare.en.html and as such has experience working in a collaborative cloud based library system environment.
Portfolios: Policy Development, VALA2020, Events
Bio: Mike Jones is an archivist, collections consultant, and historian based in Melbourne, Australia. In 2018 he is working on finishing his PhD at the University of Melbourne looking at the recent history of museum documentation and the relationality of artefacts, archives, and GLAM collections. He is also a Research Associate at Museums Victoria, and works as a researcher, archivist, and freelance consultant. His other positions include membership of the National Executive for the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities. His work focuses on developing accessible, well-documented GLAM collections for researchers, communities, and the public.
University of Western Australia
Portfolios: Website (Backend – software, structure, architecture), Tech Camp, Web Content
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.
CAVAL, Manager Member Services
Portfolios: VALA Tech Camp, Website Content
Bio: In his day job Hugh works at CAVAL as Manager Member Services. He has been a VALA Committee member since 2014, serving as President in 2016. Hugh has served on the Editorial Board of open-access journal In the Library with the Lead Pipe, and occasionally blogs at www.hughrundle.net. Hugh is excited about open access publishing, open source software, and collaboration between libraries.
Portfolios: Events, Membership, Database, Website (Backend – software, structure, architecture)
Bio: Digital services Librarian and Front end developer. I have worked in School, Public and specialist Libraries across Australia. I am currently in a public sector digital services role. Libraries are awesome spaces to innovate, chill and collaborate. PM me on twitter: @thelibstyles.
EBSCO Information Services
Bio: Tim is Director of Book Sales (Oceania and Sub-Saharan Africa) with almost 5 years’ experience working with academic libraries for EBSCO. One of his responsibilities is to make sure that the local needs of Australian and New Zealand libraries are being reflected in the product development roadmap of GOBI Library Solutions and EBSCO eBooks. Tim has a passion for libraries and is pursuing a Master of Information Studies with Charles Sturt University. He has previously been published in the Australian Library Journal and has recently taken on speaking as a guest lecturer to students studying information studies.
Executive Officer – Lesley Ryall
Portfolios: Membership, events, website
L to R: Lesley Ryall, Fiona Folley, Kim Humphris