Welcome to VALA2018

VALA2018, held in Melbourne from 13 - 15 February 2018, will be the year’s must-attend event for those working and aspiring to work in the fast-changing information and technology environment of the GLAM sector.

The 1,000+ participants will include:-

  • Senior managers and decision-makers
  • Specialists, mid-career and transition professionals
  • Vendors
  • Early career and recent graduates
  • Students

The leading library technology conference and exhibition in our region.

On behalf of the VALA2018 Conference Committee, we are pleased to invite you to join us at VALA's 19th Biennial Conference and Exhibition, “the leading library technology conference and exhibition in our region”.

In our 40th Anniversary year, VALA2018 will provide 3 full days of professional enrichment for the libraries and information managers of the future.

The Call for Papers produced an exceptional, international list of papers and EPosters, the latter extending the content in our robust conference program. The always-popular L-Plate Series will go online for VALA2018, to provide FREE pre-conference upskilling for industry newcomers.

The addition of the EPoster Gallery and the Exhibition Pods will create new energy and opportunities for discussion and movement around the exhibition hall; and the VALA2018 Conference App will connect us all to one another, to content, discussion, surveys, meetings, events and games.

Your VALA2018 experience will include a 3-day Exhibition where you will meet the leading providers and suppliers in our industry, discover business solutions, rekindle networks and build partnerships. The “best in show” conference catering provided by the MCEC will be served in the VALA2018 Exhibition Hall, so you can feed your body and your mind at the same time.

VALA brings 40 years of experience to VALA2018. We also bring youthful, forward-thinking, contemporary, energetic, tech-savvy people who are invigorated and renewed at this "coming together" of like-minded professionals.

The VALA conference experience continues to inspire and to ignite professional journeys, celebrate curiosity, and enable a rich exchange of ideas with colleagues and competitors It is a place where people dare to take risks and where we continue to learn so much from the shared experiences of the speakers and the participants.

Come on this journey with us. We welcome your company at VALA2018.

Ebe Kartus and Katie Haden
Co-Chairs, VALA2018 Conference Committee

Ebe Kartus

Katie Haden



Key Dates

Registrations open 7 September 2017
Early Bird registrations close 27 November 2017


Online Registration Information

Online registrations open 7 September.  Please ensure you have read all registration and accommodation information before registering.

For summary information download a copy of the Conference Program.



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If you are interested in organising a satellite meeting or pre or post Conference workshop during VALA2018, please contact the VALA2018 Conference Office on +61 3 9645 6311 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . VALA is happy to add your event to our website, either to promote your event, or as a date-saver. 


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Warrandyte Victoria 3113

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