VALA holds regular guest speaker events covering recent and interesting developments in the application of information technology. They are open to all members of the community.

To view the Calendar of events click HERE.

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VALA Events 2015: 23 Mobile Things with Jan Holmquist

VALA invites you to our June Guest Speaker event.  Join us at the Loop on Friday 5 June from 5:30pm.

Our speaker is Jan Holmquist from Guldborgsund Public Library, Denmark who will be speaking on the topic “23 Mobile Things“.

This event is now fully booked.

If you would like to be added to the waitlist please email If your plans have changed and you will not be attending, please advise us as soon as possible.

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VALA Event 2013 : Technolust

VALA Guest Speaker Event

Technolust: the fifth column of the information counter-revolution

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As libraries see their funding reduced and their relevance questioned across the world, they are eager to introduce and use new technologies to remain valued and vibrant. In this talk, Hugh will argue that in a rush to remain relevant, it is easy for librarians to unwittingly support and champion technologies that oppose the values upon which our profession is based. He will also highlight some of the technology projects libraries are successfully running without compromising their commitment to openness, confidentiality and freedom.

Speaker: Hugh Rundle

Hugh Rundle is Information Management and Kew Librarian at the City of Boroondara. Mal Booth, University Librarian at UTS recently wrote that “Hugh is now one of the leading thinkers with regard to libraries in Australia”. Then again, David Lankes of Syracuse University has accused him of “the worst bit of logical reasoning I’ve seen in quite a bit of time”, which just goes to show the value of a thorough literature review. Hugh is active on Twitter and writes a blog called “It’s not about the books” at


Hugh Rundle’s talk will follow the “brief” business of the Special General Meeting of the Association.

Not a VALA member?
Visitors are welcome at VALA meetings – but registration is essential!


Dulcie Hollyock Room
Ground Floor, Baillieu Library,
University of Melbourne.
(Public transport via train or tram.
On-street parking in surrounding area – have gold coins available.)


Wednesday 27 March 2013 Drinks and nibbles from 5:30 pm. Want to join Committee and the speaker for dinner (your expense) afterwards? DINNER RSVPs only by 5.00 p.m. Monday 25 March: or (03) 9725 2725 


VALA Event 2013: Evening with Sue Roberts

VALA Guest Speaker Event and AGM

Leading in an uncertain world: developing library vision, strategy and the place of technology

Leadership, at all levels, is critical to the ongoing success and future of libraries, whatever the sector, purpose or size. The context of constant change, ambiguity, and the speed of developments, especially in new technologies, can make the challenge of setting vision and strategy appear even more daunting. This talk explores these issues using the example of the State Library of Victoria and also draws insights from other organisations. Sue will also discuss the place of personal leadership within this context.

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