About the VALA Award

VALA AwardOpen to all Libraries and Information Services in Australia, the biennial VALA Award recognizes outstanding and innovative use of ICT to improve service to customers.

Nominations are now OPEN for the 2020 VALA Award

The VALA Committee presents the VALA Award to the library or information service which has, in the opinion of the judging panel, made the most innovative use of information and/or communication technologies to improve service to customers. This could be either through the provision of new or upgraded services or facilities, or through improvements to operational systems.

NEW AWARD for 2020 – VALA Award for Crisis Response

In addition, and reflecting the unprecedented challenges that the Australian library community has faced in this year of crisis, VALA will make a once-off award to the library or information service which has, in the opinion of the judging panel, provided the most innovative response in support of its community, customers and/or staff during the Covid-19 crisis. This response will have been implemented since 1st March 2020 and will be assessed against its own eligibility criteria.

All libraries and information services in Australia are eligible for nomination for the both the VALA Award and the VALA Award for Crisis Response.

The 2020 VALA Award and the 2020 VALA Award for Crisis Response will take the form of an engraved bronze plaque by Melbourne artist Michael Meszaros and will be announced prior to Christmas, with the details of a formal, local presentation to be determined in keeping with Covid-19 protocols. The Award recipients will be special guest speakers at the first VALA online event in February 2021.

Guidelines and Criteria

For more information, download the VALA Award Guidelines and Criteria here.

Nomination Forms

Nominations and submissions will close at 5.00pm AEDT on Monday 16 November 2020 via the online forms. A separate nomination is required for each award:


VALA Award Recipients

Recipients include:-

  • 2018 – The State Library of Queensland – Tunley Braille Globe project
  • 2016 – National Library of Australia – edeposit service and University of Melbourne – data forensics lab
  • 2014 – Curtin University Library App
  • 2012 – The Research Hub, at Griffith University
  • 2010 – iBIMS™ – The Digital Link @ Willoughby City Library
  • 2008 – Informit TVNews from RMIT Publishing
  • 2006 – Deb Stumm and Christine Sayer, State Library of Queensland Queensland Stories
  • 1998 – Buddy (integrated web-based subject gateway), University of Melbourne Library (Vic)
  • 1996 – Voiceprint (telephone-based information service) and Talking Catalogue, Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (Vic)
  • 1994 – Centre for Networked Access to Scholarly Information, Australian National University Library (ACT)
  • 1992 – Fast-track issues system, Waverley City Libraries (Vic)
  • 1990 – University of Melbourne Library (Vic) – TITAN Research Collection Applications
  • 1988 – Redcliffe City Council Library Service (Qld) – Electronic Bulletin Board Service
  • 1986 – Library for the Blind (NSW) – Talking Book application
  • 1984 – Peninsula Regional Library Service (Vic) – Connection of Bookmobile sites for on-line operations