VALA2018 Associated Events


If you are interested in organising a satellite meeting or pre or post Conference workshop during VALA2018, 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 12 February 2018

Datasets Coordinators’ Meeting and Forumcaul

Date: Monday 12 February 2018

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

CEIRC (CAUL Electronic Information Resources Consortium) is holding its annual Datasets Coordinators’ Meeting and Forum in Melbourne on Monday 12 February 2018 from 9.00am 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 12 February 2018

2018 OCLC Resource Sharing Forum, Australia & New ZealandOCLC event banner

Date: Monday 12 February 2018

Time: 09:00 – 16:30 AEDT

Venue: Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne, 380 William St, Melbourne, Australia 3000

OCLC invites all ILL professionals to Melbourne, Victoria, to learn about the OCLC strategy for its resource sharing offerings. We’ll discuss the latest in resource sharing, including innovative approaches to patron service and interlibrary loan workflows.

Register at

For enquiries contact,


Monday 12 February 2018

Research Support Community Day 2018

Date: Monday 12 February 2018

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Venue: University of Melbourne, Forum Theatre, Arts West Building

We are pleased to bring you once again, Research Support Community Day 2018, 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 the University of Melbourne Library.

Register for this free event now:

The draft program is now available from here:

For enquiries, contact Jayshree Mamtora,


Monday 12 February 2018

Recollect Workshop

Date: Monday 12 February 2018

Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Venue: Melbourne Convention and Events Centre. Level 2, Foyer 2.8, Meeting Room 215

Recollect will be holding an Australian Administrators workshop on Monday prior to the VALA Conference. This free workshop is for Administrators who use Recollect software to manage their large collections of digital material, and grow their knowledge database with contributions from online community engagement. This workshop is also an opportunity to network, and share the success and knowledge with other Administrator’s of how Recollect has been implemented in Australia to engage their communities.

We open the invitation to anyone to join us who is interested in hearing more about Recollect from their Australian colleagues and have an opportunity to discuss how Recollect can improve the discoverability, access and engagement with your own collections.

The event will be hosted by Andy Fenton and Tyler Hersey who will engage with the group and discuss the future direction for Recollect, and how it can benefit both the organisation, as well as the communities and individuals who are searching and engaging with their information.

Please register for this free event by emailing


Tuesday 13 February 2018

clarivate logoClarivate Cocktail Function

Date: Tuesday 13 February 2018

Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Venue: Transit Rooftop Bar, Level 2, Transport Hotel, Federation Square

Join us for a rooftop cocktail function at the trendy Transit Rooftop Bar in Melbourne.

This evening includes drinks and indulging in a sumptuous selection of hors d’oeuvres. It is a perfect opportunity to unwind after a busy day at VALA to network with your peers and meet the Clarivate team.

Register for this complimentary event now:

For enquiries, contact Jehan Tabet, Marketing Manager,


Tuesday 13 February 2018

Librarians For Refugees Pop-Up

Date: Tuesday 13 February 2018

Time: 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm AEDT

Venue: Outside MCEC (near Polly Woodside)

Drop in to find out what this grassroots group is all about, have a conversation, and find out how you can get involved. Badges and t-shirts will be available to purchase. 

For more information: 

Twitter      @023forrefugees


Wednesday 14 February 2018

DatacomIT logoDatacomIT Digitial Preservation Tour

Date: Wednesday 14 February 2018

Time: 5:30pm – 7:15pm

DatacomIT and VALA2018 exclusive tour of DatacomIT’s Specialised Digitial Preservation Studio in Port Melbourne. Free to all VALA2018 delegates, registration includes:-

  • Pickup from the Melbourne Convention Centre at 5.30pm
  • Light refreshments on arrival
  • Tour of DatacomIT Specialised Preservation Studio
  • Arrive back to the Melbourne Convention Centre at 7.15pm

Please register HERE for this FREE event and a DatacomIT representative will be in contact to confirm arrangements.


Friday 16 February 2018

2018 OCLC WMS User Group Meeting, Australia & New Zealand

Date: Friday 16 February 2018

Time: 09:00 – 16:30 AEDT

Venue: Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne, 380 William St, Melbourne, Australia 3000

We invite you to attend the 2018 OCLC WorldShare Management Services User Group Meeting, Australia & New Zealand. The Meeting is suitable for all current WorldShare Management Services customers.

Register at

For enquiries contact,


Friday 16 February 2018

University of Melbourne logoAustralasia Preserves: A digital preservation networking event

Date: Friday 16 February 2018

Time: 10:00 – 13:00 AEDT

Venue: Arts West, University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne’s Digital Preservation Project, supported by the Library Digital Scholarship team, is pleased to host a learning and networking event for individuals undertaking or interested in digital preservation in the Australasian region. This event aims to share digital preservation expertise and knowledge, and explore opportunities for collaboration. The event is aimed at anyone with an interest in digital preservation (e.g. librarians, archivists, information managers, recordkeeping professionals, senior managers, technical staff, legal staff, etc.).

There will be short, informal presentations and an open session for sharing issues, challenges, and to ask questions. We encourage open sharing of your current work, progress, or thinking about digital preservation.

For more information and to register attendance please see:

For enquiries, contact Jaye Weatherburn,