VALA Award Recipients

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. 


The winner of the 2014 VALA Award is the Curtin University Library App.

2014 VALA Award winnerThe Curtin Library App provides access to Curtin Library resources and services via a mobile app that can be used on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. The app enables real-time, personalised, context-sensitive information, with the ability to make bookings for library items and facilities.  

Students can:

  • Search the Curtin library catalogue, including the library’s “virtual bookshelf” ( and database lists
  • View all Curtin library information literacy and resource guides (LibGuides or those LibGuides of relevance to the user’s subject area.
  • Check items they have on loan or request, due dates, and fines information
  • Book library workshops and study rooms
  • View today’s library opening hours and availability of library computers (real-time)
  • Browse and comment on the library news blog o Use LibAnswers ( to read answers to library questions or pose a new question.
  • Through the app’s barcode scanning feature, users scan the ISBN or library barcode of any book of interest they find to initiate a search for it in the Curtin Library catalogue and check its availability/current loan status at Curtin.
  • Users can avoid the need to write down call numbers – simply displaying the catalogue record for the item on their phone while they walk the library stacks retrieving items.

Karen Tang, Associate Director, Corporate Services at Curtin University, was present to accept the award.

Other nominations

We wish to acknowledge other institutions who submitted entries:

  • Australia National University for the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) project

    The Australian National Data Service (ANDS) helps make data more valuable for Australian researchers, research institutions, and the nation. ANDS does this by improving data collection, management, connectivity, discoverability and reuse. ANDS has enabled all university libraries in Australia to build research data management capability, thereby taking on new roles within their institutions and helping to transform the profession. Thanks to ANDS’ contribution, Australia is considered one of the world leaders in this regard.

  • Deakin University for interactive installation "The Verge"

    The Verge is a series of highly engaging and visually stunning interactive touch screens. Geelong Waterfront Campus students and staff can quickly and efficiently find their way around the Library spaces, with the Verge providing assistance in way finding for both the Library and wider campus.

  • Melbourne Library Service for the 2014 ICT and Creative Spaces fit-out of their newest community hub, Library at The Dock

    The Library at the Dock is a 6 Star green energy rated building, a $26M project of which more than $1M was dedicated to the IT & AV fit out. This project included the supply and implementation of creative technologies as well as multipurpose digital screens and mobile devices.

  • Parkes Shire Library for REaDtember

    REaDtember - A yearly festival of mixed-media play and learning using social media, audiovisual technology, and unconventional media such as coffee cups, cardboard dice, and steampunk optical illusions!

  • Penrith City Library for their E-Connect Home–Library Outreach (ECHO) project

    E-Connect Home–Library Outreach (ECHO) is a new program which was introduced to the Home Library Service at Penrith City Library during the FY 2013-2014. This project provides one-to-one digital access training to targeted clients in their home using Penrith Library iPads, navigators and eResources.


The winner of the VALA Award this year is The Research Hub, at Griffith University.

Like any large institution, Griffith University has information of variable quality, stored in a wide variety of enterprise systems, and previously had no way of bringing that information together, linking it, and presenting it in a simple and seamless interface. The Research Hub has been designed as a "simple" solution that allows information to be brought together in one place and enhanced by the people to whom it matters most: Griffith University researchers. The Hub dynamically aggregates information from multiple enterprise systems to expose Griffith's extensive research activities and its researchers. This also saves researchers from having to enter their data into "yet another system".

Jo Morris, Manager of eResearch Services at Griffith University, accepted the 2012 VALA Award.

This winner of the VALA Award this year is iBIMS™ - The Digital Link @ Willoughby City Library.

A Chinese OPAC available via the internet, iBIMS™ (the Intelligent Book Information Management System) is the first truly bilingual (dual language display) web-based OPAC of its kind, bridging the communication gap between non-English speaking patrons and librarians who cannot speak the native language for accessing the LOTE (Language Other Than English) language collection. It can be run on any PC, handheld device or any smartphone with a web browser and internet connection.

iBIMS™ is also setting the standard for a multi-lingual web-based search engine for other ethnic languages such as Korean, Japanese and Greek.

Congratulations, Michele Burton!


2008 VALA Award, RMIT TV News

The winner of the 2008 VALA Award is Informit TVNews, from RMIT Publishing. Informit TVNews is an online media database that has provided a synopsis and access to most news, current affairs and selected documentaries on ABC, ABC 2, SBS, 7, 9 and 10 since September 2007. This comprehensive index enables Screenrights members (including all universities, TAFEs and most schools) to search, browse and be alerted to news stories and programmes, with the option to download, save or email the videos immediately to desktop. The archive grows 24/7; stories are continuously updated to create the most comprehensive record of Australian TV news.

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