Awards

The VALA Tech Camp 2017 Linux Australia Diversity Scholarship goes to Nathan Sentance.

Nathan Sentance
Nathan Sentance at Tech Camp with
Kathy Reid from Linux Australia

Linux Australia sponsored the Diversity Scholarship for this event, which after a rigorous selection process was awarded to Nathan Sentance, a proud Wiradjuri man who works for the Australian Museum. Nathan will be able to share learnings from the event with his community. 

Nathan is currently working as the Project Officer for Cultural Programs | Programs, Exhibitions & Cultural Collections at the Australian Museum.

 

Congratulations, Nathan!

VALA recognises that regional, rural and indigenous members of the Library community face additional barriers to participation in both library and technical events. The Diversity Scholarship is offered to individuals who in normal circumstances would not generally attend a VALA event or would struggle to attend due to financial or other hardship.

One Scholarship is offered for VALA Tech Camp 2017 and three individual scholarships for the VALA2018 Conference (applications open in September).

Diversity Scholarship sponsored by Linux

Applications are now closed for the VALA Tech Camp 2017 Linux Australia Diversity Scholarship.  

Applications close Monday 5th June 2017.  The successful recipient will be notified by Friday 9th June, 2017.

VALA Tech Camp 2017 Linux Australia Diversity Scholarship

The VALA Tech Camp 2017 Linux Australia Diversity Scholarship is open to:

  • Any Australian person of Indigenous heritage; and/or
  • Any Australian person who resides in a regional, rural or remote location, including Darwin.

Scholarship Offer:

  • Up to $2,000 for flights and accommodation
  • Free Camp ticket
  • Complimentary VALA Personal Membership to 31 March 2018
  • VALA buddy at Tech Camp

 

The joint winners of the 2016 VALA Award are:

  • National Library of Australia – edeposit serviceVALA Award NLA 250
    A one-stop-shop for publishers, the edeposit service is the public interface of an end-to-end digital collection management system, fully integrated with other NLA systems, enabling Australian publishers to deposit Australian digital publications in accordance with the new legal deposit provisions of the Copyright Act.

    Alison Dellit, Director, Australian Collection Management, and her colleagues Meredith Batten, Julie Watson, Kate Ross & Brendan McKinley were present to receive the award.
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  • University of Melbourne – data forensics labVALA Award Uni Melb 250
    The development of this service and lab is a first nationally for an academic library and a response to a growing demand to access and extract valuable research data and files from now obsolete systems and media. The Data service and forensics lab offers a range of services for examining, analyzing, recovering, re-using and preserving data stored in digital media in a forensically sound manner. The Data Forensics Lab can process a variety of modern and legacy computer storage media using state of the art purpose built hardware and software.

    Peter Neish, Research Data Curator, Digital Scholarship and Donna McRostie, Associate Director, Research Information Management University Library were present to receive the award.
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Other nominations

We wish to acknowledge other institutions who submitted entries:

  • Deakin University Library for "Communication in Context"

    Communication in Context is an innovative project that involved the custom design and development of a software platform to support an assessment task, employing a multidisciplinary team of leading students recruited from the Schools of Information Technology and Education at Deakin University. The platform will be useful for any online roleplaying activities, in addition to the assessment task it was designed to support.

  • La Trobe University Borchardt Library for "Escape Room at the Library"

    Escape Room at the Library is an engaging and interactive game. It is La Trobe University Library’s new and innovative approach to orientation for university students which brings together the digital and physical environments and capitalises on the internationally popular game, Escape Rooms.

  • La Trobe University Research Commons

    The Research Commons is a highly specialised, dedicated research collaboration space which includes a massive Visualization wall, a specialised Creative Studio, a number of break out rooms and shared, flexible, collaboration spaces. This space serves as a central, accessible and expert meeting, work and consultation space for La Trobe scholars and higher degree research students and as a key facility to attract research funding and industry partnerships. It provides a discipline-neutral space where there is expertise available to help researchers to get the best out of the technology.

  • Newcastle LibraryCivic Digest for the Library Culture Cafe and Bar

    Civic Digest was created to bridge culture and digital consumption. Civic Digest embraces that opportunity that exists for Libraries to innovate and become the great explainers! It is a partnership between Newcastle Region Library and major performing arts venue in the region, Civic Theatre, also owned and managed by Council. The Café is in the heart of Newcastle's civic precinct located within the corner space of the Civic Theatre building. It brings leading edge library services into the spaces where people connect over coffee or pre/post theatre performances.

  • University of South Australia for Technology enabled enquiry services delivery

    This innovation consists of flexible, customisable library services where customers can engage seamlessly with the Library on demand, regardless of their location and device. At the centre of this are novel mobile and wireless technologies which make library services more visible and accessible in the physical and digital environments. Service desks have been replaced with diverse modes of accessing advice and assistance, such as proactive chat, video conference, screen share capabilities, email, telephone and the UniSA Student app. During peak times staffed library “pop ups” are set up in locations most occupied by students and service delivered via mobile devices. 

 

At the final event for 2016, VALA was pleased to announce the Student Award winners for 2016.

Kate MonypennyThe 2016 VALA Student Award for a student at RMIT University goes to Kate Monypenny.

Kate will graduate from the Master of Information Management in December 2016, achieving high distinctions in all subjects. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, majoring in English Literary Studies and Theatre Studies. As her previous experience in libraries was largely humanities-based, Kate found the technology-related courses at RMIT a fascinating insight into the realities and possibilities of IT in libraries. She particularly enjoyed learning about coding and cataloguing, finding the acquisition of the new languages challenging and stimulating. Kate was also the 2016 recipient of the Enterprise Knowledge award for excellence in the course 'The Professional Experience' after undertaking an industry placement at the British Library.

Congratulations, Kate, and good luck!

 

Steven GrahamThe 2016 VALA Student Award for a student at Monash University goes to Steven Graham.

Steven was an outstanding student, having completed the Graduate Diploma in Information and Knowledge Management at Monash University’s Faculty of Information Technology, with High Distinctions in all units. He was the recipient of the Dean’s Achievement Award (Postgraduate), in recognition of outstanding academic achievement in 2015, and the Knowledge Management Excellence Award, for achieving the highest result in the Faculty in a knowledge management unit in 2015.

 Congratulations, Steven, and good luck!

 

The 2016 VALA Student Award for a student at RMIT goes to Kate Monypenny.

Kate Monypenny

Kate will graduate from the Master of Information Management in December 2016, achieving high distinctions in all subjects. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, majoring in English Literary Studies and Theatre Studies. As her previous experience in libraries was largely humanities-based, Kate found the technology-related courses at RMIT a fascinating insight into the realities and possibilities of IT in libraries. She particularly enjoyed learning about coding and cataloguing, finding the acquisition of the new languages challenging and stimulating. Kate was also the 2016 recipient of the Enterprise Knowledge award for excellence in the course 'The Professional Experience' after undertaking an industry placement at the British Library.

Kate completed her Information Management studies alongside working for multiple public libraries, currently holding the position of Information Services Librarian at Stonnington Library and Information Service. Passionate about the promotion of early literacy, Kate began her library career as a Children's Library Officer - devising and delivering Storytimes, Babytimes and parent education sessions - and continues to maintain an interest in all kinds of youth programming. In her current role, aside from providing frontline customer assistance and contributing to collection maintenance, Kate develops and delivers technology education for adults and STEM programming for children and youth. As part of her studies she investigated the potential use and impact of digital storytelling technologies for teenager and community engagement, and is now keen to incorporate more technology-based programs into her work. Approaching the end of her degree, Kate looks forward to applying the resulting skills and knowledge to contribute to digital literacy development in the wider community.

Congratulations, Kate, and good luck!

Subcategories

Williamson AwardThe 2016 Robert D. Williamson Award went to Mal Booth, from University of Technology, Sydney.

 

VALA's most prestigious award is the Robert D. Williamson Award. This award is in memory of one of the early pioneers of our industry, Bob Williamson. This biennial award is also presented to an individual or organisation who or which, in the opinion of the judging panel, has made and is currently making an outstanding contribution to the development of information technology usage in Australian libraries and is positively and significantly influencing development in information technology usage within libraries.

 

 


 

VALA Travel ScholarshipsNew one Every two years VALA offers up to two Travel Scholarships to enable suitable persons to travel overseas to examine aspects of library automation. Candidates proposing to study newer technologies of potential application in Australia but not yet seen here are most likely to be successful. No formal qualifications are required. Although candidates should be working in library or information related areas, they need not be employed in traditional library environments.

This section provides a general overview of VALA's Awards. The Awards button on the main menu lands on this page.

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