VALA Committee Members 2017-18

The VALA Committee provides governance, policy and strategic direction for the Association and is made up of a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and five general committee members.

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David Feighan

President - David Feighan
Mentone Girls' Grammar School

Portfolios: Events (general events, webinars)
Bio: David Feighan is the Information and Library Services Manager at Mentone Girls' Grammar School. David has twenty five years’ experience as a librarian within the corporate, government and school sectors. David is active within the profession, he has written numerous articles, presented at conferences, and has ran workshops. He is a past VALA President, and was the VALA2010 Conference Program Chair and the VALA2016 Joint Program Chair David ran the inaugural SLAV eBook survey in 2015 and is on the ALIA eBook and eLending Advisory Committee In 2015 David managed the Kerferd Library’s migration to OCLC WorldShare and as such has experience working in a collaborative cloud based library system environment.

Katie Haden ver 3Vice-President Katie Haden
Australian Government Solicitor

Portfolios: VALA2018, Vendor Liaison, Website (Content) and Social Media
Bio: Katie has extensive experience in corporate administration, content management, and libraries. She is the Library Systems Manager for AGS/AGD, and has previously worked as a library systems consultant and team leader in the vendor sector. She specialises in web content, digital access and discovery, and library management systems. Katie has a lot to say about the need for continual development and change in library management systems to improve current standards and practices in the library community.

Lian Todd

Treasurer - Lian Todd
Sage Publications

Bio: Worked for SAGE Publications since 2011. Currently Regional Sales Manager for ANZ & SEA. Strong interest in IT, Libraries and Publishing.

Jennifer Eddy

Secretary - Jennifer Eddy
University of Melbourne

Portfolios: Vendor Liaison
Bio: Jennifer Eddy is the Collection Profiling Librarian at the University of Melbourne. Following a varied career in the post-secondary education library sector covering universities from Group of Eight to former Institutes of Technology and the TAFE sector in roles as diverse as reference librarian, cataloguer, client services officer, campus librarian and systems librarian Jennifer moved into collection development as the Assistant Collections Librarian at La Trobe University. Here she discovered the world of electronic resource usage data and COUNTER-compliant reporting. Jennifer is a past VALA Treasurer and has served on Conference and Programme committees for several VALA conferences.

General Committee

Ebe Kartus

Ebe Kartus
University of New England

Portfolios: VALA2018, VALA Tech Camp 
Bio: Ebe Kartus has worked in a number of University libraries. She has also worked in a wide variety of other library environments including Library vendors. Ebe has been a cataloguer for about 25 years and has been a member of the Australian Committee on Cataloguing (ACOC) since 2002, served as ACOC Chair 2003-2011, and is currently the Australian representative on the RDA Steering Committee. She believes we should be sharing data more and adding value to records for all the Library community to utilize. Her next big resource description adventure (hopefully) will be with linked data.

Lynette Lewis

Lynette Lewis
Gale-Cengage Learning

Portfolios: Vendor Liaison, Website (Backend – software, structure, architecture)

Melissa Parent

Melissa Parent
State Library Victoria

Portfolios: Website (Backend – software, structure, architecture), Awards and Recognition
Bio: Melissa Parent is Metadata Coordinator at the State Library Victoria. Melissa takes a keen interest in library data and systems (particularly next-generation library systems) and is a member of the Australian Committee on Cataloguing. She also currently holds the role of Australian representative on the Dewey Decimal Editorial Policy Committee.

Hugh Rundle

Hugh Rundle
Brimbank Libraries - Central Services

Portfolios: VALA Tech Camp, Membership & Database, Website (Content) and Social Media
Bio: Hugh is Library Systems and Resources Coordinator at Brimbank Libraries. He has worked in libraries since 2001 and been a VALA Committee member since 2014, serving as President in 2016. Hugh has served on the Editorial Board of open-access journal In the Library with the Lead Pipe, and blogs at Hugh is excited about open access publishing and open source software, and believes that the library community should be doing more to protect user privacy and online security.

Andrew Stapleton

Andrew Stapleton

Bio: Andrew Stapleton was the Technology and Production Lead at the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and helped developed a semantically-structured digital curriculum for anaesthetic training using RDF and related standards. He is currently a book editor and indexer who has worked with scholarly presses such as Polity, Ashgate, Open Humanities Press, meson press and the Australian Council for Educational Research Press. His research interest is open access scholarly communication with a particular focus on open access humanities monographs and the use of semantic web technologies to enhance scholarly publishing infrastructure.

Tim Tillack

Tim Tillack


VALA Secretariat

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L to R: Kim Humphris, Petra Sorensen, Fiona Folley, Lesley Ryall
Executive Officer - Lesley Ryall 
Portfolios: Executive Officer 
Fiona Folley
Portfolios: Accounts
Kim Humphris and Petra Sorensen 
Portfolios: Membership, events, website

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