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VALA2018 – A celebration of Content, Connection and Community

By all accounts, VALA2018 was a great success. With 45 thought-provoking concurrent sessions, three roundtable discussions, 6 incredible keynote presentations, 14 Eposter presentations, nearly 80 exhibitors, and over 1200 delegates, speakers, authors, presenters and vendors, the MCEC was pulsating with learning, networking, socialising, and of course, eating.

VALA thanks all who participated and made the three days such a valuable event for the Library IT and GLAM sector. A special thanks to our generous sponsors whose support makes a huge difference to the delivery of this premier event.

As the dust settles from VALA2018, it is now time to unpack, revisit and plan, but it’s also time to make the most of your conference experience. Follow the links and tips below to preserve the post-conference glow and keep the momentum going long after the conference has ended.


There is a whole range of rich and vital content from VALA2018 which is ready to be accessed and utilised.

Continue the learning journey for months to come, by reading the papers from your favourite sessions or presenters. Peer-reviewed and lnvited Papers can be accessed individually for each session HERE or via a single link to Google Drive.

Catch up on anything you missed at VALA2018. All session recordings are now available on VALAView, sponsored by our friends at SAGE Publishing.

A new concept introduced at VALA2018, fourteen multimedia Eposters were displayed on large monitors in the Exhibition Hall, with authors conducting presentations to interested parties. Each of these Eposters can be accessed and viewed via a dedicated gallery HERE or through a single link to Google Drive . Eposters can also be viewed on your own devices at until end July.

Search the VALA2018 Image Library for photos from all your favourite sessions at VALA2018. If you would like the rights to download any images please contact for access.

Get Social – Keep the conversation going on social media, using the dedicated hashtag #vala2018. Tweet to share your insights and learnings from conference, or search the hashtag to identify professionals who continue to provide great content.

Great conference? – connect with valuable Library IT professionals that you met at VALA2018 via LinkedIn.

At VALA2018, many ideas were shared and tossed around during sessions, keynotes, social event conversations and hallway discussions. Sharing what you learned at conference will benefit others in your workplace. Circulate the links to papers and presentations widely to your colleagues, networks and other library IT professionals. And finally, don’t forget to facilitate connections between contacts made at conference, by making introductions where there may be a mutual benefit.

We thank you for coming to VALA2018 and look forward to welcoming you all back to VALA2020.

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

Ebe Kartus

Katie Haden


Key Dates for VALA2020

Mark Your Diary – 11-13 February 2020