VALA2016 Call for Abstracts

Abstract submissions are invited for the 18th Biennial Conference, VALA2016 – Libraries, Technology and the Future.  If you wish to submit an abstract for consideration by the Programme Committee, you must also intend to register for the Conference. Online submission is the only method of receipt of abstracts.  Final deadline for submissions has been extended to 5.00pm Thursday 7 May 2015.

VALA2016 – Call for Abstracts NOW CLOSED

In a return to our heartland, the 18th Biennial Conference VALA2016 – Libraries, Technology and the Future, invites your discussion, discourse and discovery on the topics that matter to the libraries and information managers of the future. This is your opportunity to present your latest research or experience to hundreds of delegates at VALA2016.

  • Abstracts that address the emerging trends, the issues and the solutions in the areas of Data, Discovery, Publishing, Stewardship, Maker/Hacker, PD/Future Proofing, Patron/End User, Collaboration, Cloud and Governance will be welcome.
  • The VALA Biennial Conference is the leading library IT conference for the region so preference will be given to abstracts with a strong technology, R&D or futures focus.

The key dates for the development of VALA2016 Conference Papers are:-

  • 30 April 2015 – Call for Abstracts Close
  • 13 July 2015 – Notification to successful and unsuccessful authors
  • 21 August 2015 – Full Paper submissions due
  • 27 November 2015 – Peer review and final papers complete
  • 30 November 2015 – Deadline for presenters to register

VALA2016 Conference papers undergo a quality peer-review process. Acceptance or otherwise is at the discretion of the Programme Committee; notification will be sent to the presenting author by 13 July 2015. Full instructions for accepted presenters will be forwarded on the acceptance of the abstract. If successful, your full paper must be submitted by 21 August 2015 when the peer-review process will begin. You will have the opportunity to respond to reviewer input, edit and update your paper, with final papers completed by 27 November 2015. At the Conference you will talk to your paper.

Authors and co-presenters will be able to register their full, day or half-day conference attendance via the Registration Portal from 1 September 2015. One discounted registration is available per paper accepted for presentation at VALA2016. The invitation to submit an abstract does not constitute an offer to pay travel, accommodation or registration costs associated with the Conference. Similarly, no presenter fee is paid to successful participants. All presenters must register and pay for the Conference by 30 November 2015 in order for the presentation to be included in the Conference Programme and in all publications.

VALA2016 will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from Tuesday 9 February to Thursday 11 February 2016. All Plenary and Concurrent sessions, as well as Boot Camps and L-Plate Series, will be scheduled on these days.

If you know of other people who are doing work that may be of interest, please direct them to the VALA2016 Call for Abstracts.

Libraries, technology and the future – discuss!

David Feighan and Ebe Kartus
VALA2016 – Libraries, Technology and the Future

Conference Strands

You are invited to suggest papers that relate in any way to innovative use of information and communications technology in cultural institutions, as suggested in the Conference Strands below. The following list of conference strands is offered as a guide, but is not exhaustive. Look at the VALA2016 Strands page for a more detailed breakdown.

  • Data
  • Publishing
  • Stewardship
  • Maker / Hacker
  • Discovery
  • PD / Future-Proofing
  • Patron / End User
  • Social
  • Collaboration
  • Cloud
  • Governance

Preparation of your Abstract

For detailed instructions on the preparation of your abstract please read the Abstract Preparation page.

Further Enquiries

For any enquiries regarding abstract submission please contact the Program Coordinator Cassandra Pizziol on D +61 3 9907 8631, E or at the VALA2016 Conference Office.