VALA2018 L-Plate Series

L Plate

For the first time, VALA presents the VALA2018 L-Plate Series as pre-recorded, freely available, introductory videos that focus on the technologies that will be discussed during the VALA conference. Brush up your knowledge and enhance your VALA2018 Conference experience by watching these videos, the first of which are now available for viewing.

Click on the L-Plate Topic in the table below to see more information about that topic PLUS links to relevant conference sessions.

L-Plate TopicsPresenters
Virtual RealityBart Rutherford, Wesley College
Internet of ThingsTom Edwards, Wyndham Library Service
Digital PreservationNicole Kearney and Elycia Wallis, Museum Victoria
APIsJeremy Langley, Civica
Open SourceHugh Rundle, Brimbank Libraries



Topic 1 – Virtual Reality

  • What is the difference between Augmented, Hybrid and Virtual Realties? (Breaking down the various realities benefits and use of each and the rise of mobile devices)
  • Why are they important?
  • How do I get started? (Google Daydream and ARCore, Apple ARKit, Oculus Rift, HTC Hive)
  • Where to next?

VALA2018 relevant paper:
Thursday 15/02/2018 Concurrent Session 18 15:20 – 15:50
Virtual reality content for higher education curriculum
Sarah Howard, Kevin Serpanchy, Kim Lewin, QUT Library
#vala2018 #s45

VALA2018 relevant eposter:
Wednesday 14/02/2018 Eposter Screen 1 12:30 – 13:00
Get Your Headset Ready! Which Virtual or Augmented Reality Headset Best Suits Your Library?
Sarah Howard, QUT Library
#vala2018 #ep7


Topic 2 – Internet of Things

  • What is the Internet of Things? What types of ‘things’ are connected?
  • Why do libraries/GLAMR institutions need to take notice?
  • How can we use the Internet of Things (community programs, collecting data, efficiency etc)
  • Where do I find more information?

VALA2018 relevant paper:
Tuesday 13/02/2018 Concurrent Session 3 10:50 – 11:20
Talking, tapping, clicking and coding: developing diverse digital literacy programs in public libraries
Margaret Goninon, Wyndham City Libraries
#vala2018 #s7

VALA2018 relevant eposter:
Thursday 15/02/2018 EPoster Screen 1 12:30 – 13:00
The Roving Scholar and the Library
Peta Hopkins, Bond University
#vala2018 #ep10

Past papers:
Building an Internet of Things environment in the library
May Chang, Western Michigan University, Michigan, USA
#vala16 #s1


Topic 3 – Digital Preservation 

  • What is digital preservation? (How has digital preservation evolved to include online digital collections)
  • Why do it? (Why we do it at Museums Vic / State Library etc. and why you might do it?)
  • How do you get started – (Factors and considerations for digital preservation managing digital collections of physical items (this could go way beyond five minutes))
  • Where do I find more information? (e.g. visit or watch paper xyz and check out the SLV blog

VALA2018 relevant papers:
Tuesday 13/02/2018 Concurrent Session 2 11:25 – 11:55
Skills for IT specialists in digital preservation: a fourth lens for DigCurV?
Sarah Mason, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
#vala2018 #s5

Tuesday 13/02/2018 Concurrent Session 6 15:20 – 15:50
Creating a digital legacy : QANZAC100: Memories for a new generation
Margaret Warren, Robyn Hamilton, State Library of Queensland
#vala2018 #s15


Topic 4 – APIs

  • What is an API?
  • Why are they great and what are the benefits?
  • How APIs work for collection development and collections
  • Where do I find more information?

VALA2018 relevant paper:
Wednesday 14/02/2018 Concurrent Session 10 14:45 – 15:15
Text and data mining: librarians as catalysts for new discoveries
Kylie Poulton, Griffith University
#vala2018 #s25


Topic 5 – Open Source

  • What does ‘open source’ mean and what types of systems/applications have open source options?
  • Why should we be considering open source as an option?
  • Considerations for open source (e.g. time, resources, support, budget)
  • Where to find open source examples and information

VALA2018 relevant paper:
Wednesday 14/02/2018 Concurrent Session 12 14:45 – 15:15
Breaking the mould: challenging proprietary hardware in libraries
Daniel Lewis, Michelle McLean, Casey Cardinia Libraries
#vala2018 #s29

Past papers:
Building a richly-featured library management platform that puts patron privacy first, using Meteor and Mylar
Hugh Rundle, Brimbank Libraries, Vic
#vala16 #s20