VALA2020 Organising Committee

Conference Co-Chairs:


Katie Haden
Supreme Court Library Queensland

Katie is a systems and metadata manager for government and law based in Brisbane. She specialises in web content, digital access and discovery, and library management systems. She is currently completing her Masters in Information Leadership through Charles Sturt University, and is keeping the left side of her brain well and truly entertained with special interests in law, technology, and economics. Katie has a passion for improving expectations and practices surrounding library systems, metadata, and traditional library business practices (especially overdue fines!). Notable achievements: ‘Most Improved Player’, Tamworth South Primary School Touch Football team, 1992.                                       Follow Katie on:   

Linlin Zhao
Deakin University                                                  

Linlin Zhao is a Research Librarian at Deakin University Library and a PhD candidate at Faculty of IT, Monash University. Her research investigates the theoretical principles and practical implications of developing digital-focused library research support programs through a design-based research approach. As a Research Librarian, Linlin provides the University’s research community with customised support in literature searching, scholarly communication, citation analysis and data management.                                   Follow Linlin on:   


Committee Members:

Elisha Bignell
University of Queensland

Elisha Bignell is a nurse-turned-librarian who is currently managing research outputs and impact at the University of Queensland. Her responsibilities include ensuring that library services involving bibliometrics, research data management and anything related to the research impact agenda are optimised for the research community. She is fond of making publication statistics meaningful and enjoys exploring and user testing new and updated systems, technologies and ways of doing things.

Ben Chadwick
Education Services Australia

Dr Ben Chadwick is Manager, Research and Information Services at Education Services Australia, a role that covers metadata standards and implementation and maintenance of the linked-data Australian Education Vocabularies. As former manager of the Schools Catalogue Information Service (SCIS), Ben oversaw technical specifications for a major software development project, the SCISData system, which is now in operation delivering bibliographic data to over 92% of Australian K-12 schools. Ben sits on Standards Australia IT-019, the committee responsible for Australian standards relevant to the information and education sectors. Ben and his family have recently returned from a caravanning expedition to Cape York and the Northern Territory. He is resettling into regular life as an appreciator of film, books, and music, an amateur family historian, and a lover of long board-game sessions on overcast Melbourne weekends.                                                 Follow Ben on:   

Megan Ingle
Yarra Libraries

Megan works at Yarra Libraries in Melbourne, leading the Collections & Reader Development Team. Megan has previously worked in academic and public libraries in New Zealand. Megan co-founded Heroes Mingle, a 5 year collaborative partnership with Sally Pewhairangi exploring different possibilities in librarianship. Outside of work, Megan can usually be found up a hill, under a tree or on a plane.                                  Follow Megan on:  

Nicole Kearney
Melbourne Museum

Nicole Kearney manages the Australian branch of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), the world’s largest online library of biodiversity literature. She works closely with Australia’s museum and herbaria libraries to digitise their collections and to make them openly accessible online. Nicole is passionate about linking everything online to create a global linked network of biodiversity knowledge. She actively promotes the use of persistent identifiers to ensure that these links never break. Nicole loves perusing the early descriptions of Australia’s wildlife and the (often bizarre) illustrations that accompany them. Her spirit animal is the Striped Possum.                                         Follow Nicole on:   

Michelle McLean
Casey Cardinia Libraries

Michelle McLean is passionate about library services and the online world, two things she has combined well with her role as Information Services Coordinator at Casey Cardinia Libraries. She is a past-recipient of a Ramsay Reid Scholarship (State Library of Victoria), alumni of the Aurora Institute, is a published author and has presented at many conferences and seminars around Australia, as well as in the US. Michelle is never happier than when she has too much to do and if it has to do with libraries, all the better!                             Follow Michelle on:    

Tin Nguyen
University of Melbourne

Tin is beginning his library career at the University of Melbourne in the library cadetship program where he has gained insights into a variety of academic library services such as liaison for the Faculty of Business and Economics, client services, scholarly teaching and learning as well as research support services. Tin also works casually in public libraries where he has experience in community engagement initiatives and digital literacy programs. Tin is interested in open data, web design and user experience.                                                 Follow Tin on:  

Frances O’Neil
Victoria University

As Associate Librarian, Scholarly Information Services and Campus Libraries, Frances O’Neil’s day job is leadership and management for all campus libraries and for Library education and research services at Victoria University. In this senior leadership role, she is responsible for the success of the Library in its academic, researcher and student-facing capacity. More broadly, Frances contributes strategic input on library and information science trends, opportunities and risks, and expertise to Library planning and management. She builds, manages and sustains high-level relationships with an extensive network of colleagues within VU and externally, has designed and implemented organisational change and provides informed input on all aspects of VU Library business. As well, Frances moonlights in open access advocacy, conference organising committees, and crossword puzzles.                                           Follow Frances on: 

Caroline Ramsden
Education Services Australia

Caroline is a systems librarian, with over twenty years experience in the library industry. She worked in public libraries for over ten years, where she was active in library system user groups.  Ten years ago, she made the leap to the vendor sector, where she has continued to build on her interests in library systems and data.  Caroline holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Librarianship) and a Master of Business (Information Technology).                             Follow Caroline on: