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.

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.


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

Programs nominated for consideration will have been implemented since 1st October 2020 and may have been developed in-house or in a commercial partnership.

The 2022 VALA Award will take the form of an engraved bronze plaque by Melbourne artist Michael Meszaros. The recipient of the 2022 VALA Award will be announced prior to Christmas and the details of a formal, online presentation will be announced in early 2023, with the Award recipients invited to be special guest speakers.


Nominations may be made by staff or customers of libraries or information services, or by other interested persons. Support in writing from the Chief Executive Officer of the nominated organisation must be included with the nomination.

Nominations on the form should outline:

a) The purpose or objectives of the innovation.

b) The demonstrated benefits of the innovation.

c) A description of the nominated innovation which includes;

i) The hardware and/or software implemented

ii) Features which make the system eligible for the award.

iii) The date on which the system was commissioned, and the length of time for which it has been operating.

d) The name of at least one person, who is not a direct beneficiary but who would be considered informed in this area, to whom the nomination may be referred for independent assessment.

Guidelines and Criteria

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

Nominations and submissions for the 2022 VALA Award are NOW CLOSED.

Recipients include:-

VALA Award Recipients

  • 2020 – State Library of New South Wales – The Diary Files and State Library of Queensland – ANZAC Stories
  • 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