VALA2016 Associated Events

If you are interested in organising a satellite meeting or pre or post Conference workshop during VALA2016, please contact the WALDRONSMITH Management Conference Office on +61 3 9645 6311 or email VALA is happy to add your event to our website, either to promote your event, or as a date-saver.

VALA is proud to support the following associated events:


Monday 8 February 2016

Datasets Coordinators’ Meeting and Forumcaul

Date: Monday 8 February 2016

Time: 9:30am – 5:00pm

CEIRC (CAUL Electronic Information Resources Consortium) is holding its annual Datasets Coordinators’ Meeting and Forum in Melbourne on Monday 8 February 2016 from 9.30am to 5.00pm. Please note this meeting is for CAUL/CEIRC members only.

Please visit for more information.

Contact: Diane Costello
Tel: +61 2 6125 2990


Monday 8 February 2016

Research Support Community Day 2016

Date: Monday 8 February 2016

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Venue: Deakin University, Melbourne City Centre, 3rd Floor, Deloitte Building, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne

We are pleased to bring you once again, Research Support Community Day 2016, to coincide with the VALA Conference. This day is for anyone involved in research support and services in academic libraries.

The program will include presentations from a variety of speakers including researchers, librarians, government agencies, and e-research specialists. There will be opportunities to network and to hear what other Australian research and academic libraries are doing in the research support and services space.

The day is aimed at library staff with an interest in research support and services. You don’t have to be working in the area or have experience in delivering services to researchers; we encourage a wide range of perspectives and welcome all, including those new to academic libraries. Sessions will be facilitated by research librarians who actively develop and deliver research services, and there will be plenty of time for discussion.

This event is being hosted by Deakin University Library.

Please mark the date – the summary program is below or view a detailed version in Google Drive

Summary Program

9.00 amRegistration – Coffee and Networking
9.30 amWelcome and Introduction
9.50 amInterdisciplinary research and the Library: the future of library research support? / Dr Brad Aisbett, Deakin University
10.20 amOpen access – where are we now and where to from here? / Professor Virginia Barbour, Australian Open Access Support Group via Skype
10.50 amMorning Tea
11.20 amResearch Impact: Funders perspectives / Dr Fiona Cameron, Australian Research Council; and Dr Wee-Min Boon, National Health & Medical Research Council
12.00 pmORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) / Natasha Simons, Australian National Data Service (ANDS) & ORCID Ambassador and Nobuko Miyairi, ORCID
12.20 pm“Speed” Research Support – 5 x 5 minute Presentations
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmLibrarians Conducting Research (Panel discussion)

  • Researcher Librarian Partnerships / Satu Alakangas and Kristijan Causovski, University of Melbourne
  • Evidence of Research Support in Australian Academic Libraries / Gaby Haddow, Curtin University and Jayshree Mamtora, Charles Darwin University
  • Measuring Service Value and Impact / Jennifer Warburton, University of Melbourne
  • LARK (Library Applied Research Kollektive) / Suzana Sukovic, University of Sydney
3.00 pmData Curation and Research Support Services / Ingrid Mason, Intersect
3.20 pmAfternoon tea
3.50 pm“Speed” Research Support – 7 x 5 minute Presentations
4.40 pmQ + A
5.00 pmWrap up, Close and Drinks/Dinner

Register for this free event at:

For enquiries, contact Jayshree Mamtora,


 Monday 8 February 2016

Special Libraries Association, ANZ Chapter invites you to an event

Date: Monday 8th February 2016

Time: 5:30 – 7pm


Richard P. Hulser, Chief Librarian, Research Library and Archives, Natural History Museum Los Angeles
Speaking on: Multi-departmental multi-tasking — Managing library, archives with records management thrown in – what to do with limited staff, funds and space

Kenn Bicknell, Digital Resources Librarian, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Speaking on: Collaboration x 3: Three innovative approaches to inspire outside-the-lines partnerships.

Venue: MinterEllison, Level 23, Rialto Towers, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000

SLA Members, ALIA Members, LIANZA Members – free
Others – gold coin donation.

There will be an informal dinner afterwards for those who wish to join us (self funded).

RSVP Monday 1st February 2016 to Julie Boyd-Reynolds or Janet Gray
Also let us know if you are coming to the dinner.

 Monday 8 February 2016

#VALATweetup at #VALA16 Library Conference

Date: Monday 8 February 2016

Time: 5:30pm

Venue: La La Land, Level 1 Cnr Hardware & Little Lonsdale, Melbourne, Vic 3000 (2km walk or Tram Route 50 from Convention Ctr)

Attending #VALA16 Library Conference?

A few of us have discussed getting tweeps together the night before Conference – soooo we have found a great venue in “La La Land” which is close(-ish) to the Convention Centre. This tweetup/meetup is a one-time-only event; open to #VALA16 attendees on Monday 8 February from 5.30pm till you’ve had enough!

Please join us; leverage the opportunity to engage and network just before the conference starts… on Twitter?

Plse look for & RT the hashtag: #VALATweetup at #VALA16


Thursday 11 February 2016

CAUL information session for “newbies” (from the publishing community)

Every year, I deal with a whole wave of new people, either those who have been working in the industry before but just not with consortia generally or with CAUL in particular, or those not working with educational institutions or those new to the industry altogether. They may be working directly for publishers, or working for distributors who work with publishers …. telling them about CAUL and how our purchasing program, CEIRC, works, and what kind of information I need from them when they wish to put a group proposal to my members.

If you have people working with you who fit this description, please encourage them to sign up i.e. please do let me know who is interested in attending. Older hands are welcome too, of course, but you shouldn’t hear anything new. And if space is short, I may have to ask you to sit out.

Time: Thursday 11 February from 9.30-10.30 (and if over-subscribed, from 10.30-11.30).

Venue: Hospitality Room, Level 2, Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
The room is located on Level Two of the Exhibition Centre, overlooking the VALA Exhibition Hall and Melbourne Exhibition Centre Concourse. Attendees will have direct access from the exhibition hall (must be registered delegates, exhibitors or exhibition day visitors).

Contact: Diane Costello, Executive Officer, CAUL – to register.


Friday 12 February 2016

Library Camp Australia 2016 : Free library community unconference

A chance to continue the conversations or develop the thoughts inspired by VALA2016.

Date: Friday 12 February 2016

Time: 9:30am for morning tea for a 10am start until 3:30ish

Place: Building 80, RMIT

Food: BYO plate to share. No lunchbreak, but all-day grazing/breakout room and a 20 min midday breather
Theme: Anything to do with libraries
Participate: This will be run as an unconference, with participants deciding sessions on the day. There will probably be Powerpoint Karaoke, Lightning Talks and maybe a Fight Club plus any session you want to be part of…

Registrations open toward the end of January. We anticipate this being a no-frills, but quality, event with no admission charge.
Keep an eye on: or our Twitter feed @libcampoz for updates.

Contact: Kathryn Greenhill