VALA2020 Associated Events

If you are interested in organising a satellite meeting or pre or post Conference workshop during VALA2020, 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 10 February

Research Support Community Day 2020

Date: Monday 10 February 2020
Where: Deakin University

Research Support Community Day will be held at Deakin University in the same week as VALA 2020.

The program will include presentations from a variety of speakers including researchers, librarians and e-research specialists. There will be opportunities to network with other librarians and to hear what other Australian research and academic libraries are doing in the research support 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.

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Monday 10 February

Building Blocks for Digital Dexterity in the Workplace

Date: Monday 10 February 2020
Where: RMIT Swanston Library, 360 Swanston Street, Building 8, Level 4, Megaflex 3 (Room 13)
Cost: $49 incl GST

This all-day event will include lightning talks highlighting the digital dexterity work happening in academic libraries in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand, a launch of the CAUL Digital Dexterity Framework, workshop activities to support librarians to use the Framework, an exploration of how to maintain communities of practice over the long term, and an opportunity to meet Digital Dexterity Champions and other key partners in the development of digital skills and literacy in libraries. This event is a joint project of CAUL and CAVAL.

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Monday 10 February

OCLC Resource Sharing Forum 2020

Date: Monday 10 February 2020
Where: Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens, Melbourne, Australia
Time:  9am – 5pm

OCLC invites library leaders and professionals to Melbourne, Australia to participate in the 2020 OCLC Resource Sharing Forum Day. This Resource Sharing event will consist of member presentations and a variety of speakers on key issues. You will hear from industry leaders, and OCLC will present a strategic update on products and services.

The OCLC Research Sharing Forum offers an opportunity to network with librarians and key members of the community. Celebrate our strong community of library professionals and over 40 years of OCLC interlibrary loan services. You’ll find ways to improve operational efficiency, save time, and better connect end-users to the information they need. It’s a unique opportunity to interact with a very knowledgeable community of professionals.

This event is free of charge.

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Monday 10 February 2020

Tour of DatacomIT’s Specialised Digital Preservation Studio

Date: Monday 10 February 2020
Where: DatacomIT, 1 Albert Road, Melbourne
Time: 10.30am-1.30pm (pick up from and return to the MCEC)

VALA2020 delegates are invited to an exclusive tour of DatacomIT’s Specialised Digital Preservation Studio located at 1 Albert Road, Melbourne on Monday 10 February 2020.

An educational tour showcasing the latest innovation in digitisation, 3D imaging, our processes and why it’s important to secure the past for the future.

THIS IS A FREE VALA2020 event not to be missed.

Registration includes;

• Pick up from the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre at 10.30am
• Tour of DatacomIT Specialised Preservation Studio
• Lunch will be provided
• Arrive back to the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre at 1.30pm

Limited spots are available so please contact DatacomIT now to avoid disappointment. Email for registration information.


Monday 10 February & Friday 14 February

Empower Your Community Through Gaming Well-being Workshops

Date: Monday 10 February & Friday 14 February
Where: Activities Room, Library at the Dock
What: 4 hour workshop, 2 sessions each day

Many young people spend a substantial part of their lives participating in esports and other online activities with 83% of young people engaging in some form of esports (Brand et al, 2019). This can lead to positive outcomes in social connectedness and leisure, however, a small number of young people may experience problems as a result of internet use and esports.

headspace and Riot Games have created a two hour intergenerational wellbeing package for community engagement partners to deliver. This workshop proactively addresses esport perception in the community, highlights esports as a channel for well-being and development, promoting balance and connection as core elements of young people’s engagement with esports.

This training seeks to empower community partners with the education required to deliver this wellbeing training to their communities, in line with mental health targets of library services and government entities. Community engagement partners, most notably libraries, will be provided with in depth training, resources, tools and support to successfully deliver this training package.

This event is free of charge.

Register online via the link below:


Wednesday 12 February 2020

Archives of Sexuality and Gender: International Perspectives on LGBTQ Activism and Culture – Save the Date!

Date: Wednesday 12 February 2020
Where: MCEC, Hospitality Suite 6
Time: 7.30-8.30am

Come and have breakfast with us!

Join Gale’s Seth Cayley and Australian Lesbian & Gay Archive’s (ALGA) Nick Henderson as they take you through the Australian content in the latest instalment of this award-winning archive!

International Perspectives on LGBTQ Activism and Culture examines diversity in underrepresented areas of the world such as southern Africa and Australia, highlighting cultural and social histories, struggles for rights and freedoms, explorations of sexuality, organisations and key figures in LGBTIQ history, and countering the erasure of the stories and experiences of LGBTIQ people from official histories. Materials include the papers of Simon Nkoli, a prominent South African anti-apartheid, gay and lesbian rights, and HIV/AIDS activist; Exit newspaper (formerly Link/Skakel), South Africa’s longest-running monthly LGBT publication; Geographic Files, also known as “Lesbians in…” with coverage from Albania to Zimbabwe; and the largest available collection of Australian LGBTQ periodicals.

We invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to hear from Vice President for Gale Primary Sources, Seth Cayley, and the curator at ALGA, Nick Henderson.

This is a free event and includes breakfast.

Register for the event via the link below:


Friday 14 February 2020

OCLC Research Information Exchange 2020

Date: Friday 14 February 2020
Where: Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens, Melbourne, Australia
Time: 9am – 1pm

OCLC Research works to scale learning, innovation and collaboration to make breakthroughs possible. Our team of experts help libraries plan with confidence, position with effect, and make an impact with our research reports, interactive working groups and strategic planning tools. The OCLC Research Information Exchange in Melbourne, Australia offers an opportunity to find out about the latest research as well as to network with librarians and key community members. Together we will exchange information and ideas, develop projects to leverage key research, and learn from each other.

The Information Exchange will focus on recent key initiatives of OCLC Research, looking at the global Open Content survey and key user studies to focus on the “Facilitated Collection,” how the library assembles local, external, and shared collections around user needs. The day will allow ample time for interactive conversations between participants and OCLC experts. We will devote time to facilitated ideation that will help you rethink workflows and practices to meet the ever-changing expectations of your community.

This is an opportunity for you to engage with your colleagues, challenge your perspectives, and participate in strategic discussion. We invite you to take advantage of this unique opportunity to connect and engage around shared challenges in our community.

This event is free of charge, but registration is required.

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Friday 14 February

WikiCite Workshop: Linking bibliographic data

Date: Friday 14 February 2020
Where: Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, 210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Time: 9am-3pm

WikiCite is a global initiative working to build a comprehensive knowledge base of sources to support open, transparent and verifiable citation, fact-checking, and accuracy. We know that many Australian and New Zealand authors, academics, languages and subject areas are currently poorly served in the linked data space.

This all-day event is aimed at library staff, researchers, publishers and Wikipedians interested in joining the open bibliographic data movement. The program will include keynotes, hands-on workshops and lightning talks focussed on Australasian workflows and tools for bibliographic data across science, education, research, gender, and grey literature.

This event is free of charge, supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Wikimedia Foundation.

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Friday 14 February

AusPreserves Digitisation Meet Up

Date: Friday 14 February 2020
Where: Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne, Parkville
Time: 9:30am – midday

This workshop will bring together people working in digitisation across the GLAM sector. If you want to find out how others are digitising material, who is doing what, have practices or workflows you would like to share, then this is the workshop for you. We are mainly talking about 2D digitisation – scanning of books, documents, photographs etc – but we’ll also touch on 3D scanning and audio visual as well.

There is a small cost to cover catering.

Full details and registration can be found here: