8 January 2020
Everyone in the VALA network is touched in some way by the bushfire emergency across many parts of Australia. Our collective thoughts and support go out to colleagues and communities that are directly impacted, and to the many others who are experiencing the heightened anxiety, fear and emotion that accompanies a disaster of this magnitude.
We are aware of the important role many libraries will provide during and after the fires, both as physical hubs offering refuge and a place for communities to gather, and as information centres providing access to resources and support. Thank you to all the librarians and library staff who will continue to show up each day to provide assistance and comfort to those who need it.
For those who are able to offer financial support to the bushfire recovery effort, please consider donating to the following organisations:
At this time, VALA2020 is not impacted in any way and we anticipate that our conference will go ahead as planned. Melbourne itself is experiencing discomfort as a result of smoke haze, but there is no immediate fire threat to Melbourne city or surrounds.
We encourage VALA2020 delegates to continue with your planned trip to Melbourne in February, but stay informed about the conditions closer to the event and reach out to us at any time for local information and advice.
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