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Welcome to VALA2020 – Focus on the Future

VALA2020 – Focus on the Future – is the 20th VALA Biennial Conference.

To be held in Melbourne from 11-13 February 2020, VALA 2020 will be the year’s must-attend event for everyone who works or aspires to work in the information and technology environment of the GLAM Sector.

Once an event for library IT practitioners, the increasing common ground that exists within all collections management agencies sees VALA’s doors open to colleagues and collaborators across libraries, galleries, archives and museums. This “coming together” is reflected in our Conference Organising Committee, our Keynote line-up and our program.

Focus on the Future

Our call to action and our challenge to ourselves, our exhibitors, sponsors, speakers and delegates is to be visionaries, to see through the lens of the future and to bring our best, most creative, contemporary and controversial selves to VALA2020.

To support us, the new MCEC Conference and Exhibition spaces provide a fully-integrated experience, with the Plenary, Exhibition Hall and session rooms on a single level and immediately adjacent to one another. The more intimate environment supports a real sense of community and collaboration, and we are excited by the new opportunities that it creates.

New program elements, including Critical Conversations, Speakers’ Corner and Vendor Presentations maximise new spaces, and sit comfortably beside VALA’s prized and peer reviewed Concurrent Sessions, international Keynote Presentations, and EPosters.

The VALA Conference environment offers inspiration and collaboration. We welcome the diverse community that contributes to our industry, our students, practitioners, academics and vendors, colleagues and competitors. It is a safe and respectful place where you can take risks, challenge yourself, ask questions and invite feedback, and where we can all learn from our shared experiences.

Please feel welcome to come on this journey with us.

We look forward to your company at VALA2020 – Focus on the Future.

Katie Haden and Linlin Zhao


Co-Chairs, VALA2020 Organising Committee