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.

VALA Code of Conduct

VALA seeks to provide a respectful and safe environment in which diverse participants may learn from, challenge, network with and share the company of colleagues. We recognise a shared responsibility to create and sustain that environment and do not tolerate harassment in any form. Click HERE for the full document.

VALA Event 2013: Library web OPAC

VALA Guest Speaker Event

Topic: Real-time user stats for your Library web OPAC

See what your library users are doing on your system right now, how their behaviour changes over time and how to use this data to enhance your Library web OPAC.

Identify ‘right-now’ library usage trend and produce data visualisations to reflect usage trend to enable librarians and library staff to better serve the currents needs of your users.

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VALA Event 2013: Making Connections

VALA Guest Speaker Event

The presentation looks at how schools are working in partnerships with Education Services Australia to rebuild their catalogue metadata so print and online collections are aligned to the curriculum. This includes mass clean up of existing subject headings, the introduction of new controlled metadata, and the creation of curriculum specific themed collections.

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VALA General Meeting 2012: Lightning Talks

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VALA End-of-Year General Meeting

Lightning Talks – share your innovation story

Join Victoria’s community of Library IT Professionals for an evening of brief “lightning talks” to showcase local ideas or practices with a focus on IT innovation.

Lightning talks are simple 5-minute presentations that offer insights into a single topic. This format offers an excellent opportunity for you to participate and share knowledge with colleagues from a diverse cross section of Library and Information Services. Possible topics might include: 

  • Customised software or hardware solutions
  • Web or mobile technologies
  • IT in spaces and the design process
  • Social technology
  • Learnings from projects that didn’t work out
  • You tell us!

The VALA committee is encouraging anyone who can talk to an example of innovation (whether successful or not) at their organisation to come to this dynamic and inspirational event.

How do I participate?

  • Reflect on one or two examples of innovation at your organisation and prepare a simple, “punchy” 5 minute talk that will convey the example to an audience of Library IT Professionals.
  • Slides/PowerPoint etc. are optional but if used can be brought along on the night.
  • There will be provision in the programme for a certain number of impromptu talks.


Not a VALA member?
Visitors are welcome at VALA meetings – just come!
Express your interest in attending – registration is free.


Dulcie Hollyock Room (formerly known as Tutorial Room)
Ground Floor, Baillieu Library,
University of Melbourne, Melways Map X871 I6.
(Public transport via train or tram.
On-street parking in surrounding area – have gold coins available.)


Wednesday 28 November 2012
Christmas drinks and nibbles from 5:30 pm.

VALA Meetings 2010: RFID


RFID in the library: Work flows, efficiencies, and the Internet of Things.

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More and more libraries are moving to RFID or are considering RFID. It is therefore fitting that VALA finish the year with a meeting that focuses on a topic that is of major interest to a wide cross section of the library community.

Facilitated by Alan Butters from Sybis, and with representatives from major RFID suppliers as well as a panel of librarians who have radio tagged their collections, this VALA end-of-year general meeting will be topical and informative.


The session will focus on:


  • What to consider if you are interested in radio tagging your collections
  • Project managing an RFID conversion
  • How RFID changes your library workflows
  • The impact on the patron experience
  • The impact on library staff and staffing
  • If and how RFID will allow libraries to move towards the “Internet of Things”, whereby physical items will have a presence on the Internet.


Facilitator: Alan Butters is an internationally respected authority on RFID. In 2006 Alan received industry support, including from VALA, ALIA and 3M, to continue his representation for the Australian library community on the ISO TC46/SC4/WG11 RFID in Libraries committee.

AWARDS: The next VALA Travel Scholar and the winners of the VALA Award and the Student Awards for 2010 will be announced at the meeting.


Not a VALA member? Visitors are welcome at VALA meetings – just come!

VENUE: Tutorial Room, Ground Floor, Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne, Melways Map X871 I6.
See Google Maps for details
(On-site parking available after 5.00 p.m. – have gold coins available for the parking fee. Public transport via tram.)

DATE & TIME: Wednesday 24 November 2010

Drinks and refreshments from 5:30 pm.

Meeting at 6:00 pm.

Contact: VALA Executive Officer

Want to join Committee and the speaker for dinner (your expense) afterwards?

Dinner RSVPs only by 5.00 p.m. Monday 22 November: or (03) 9725 2725

See also the topics covered by previous VALA General Meetings

Two great speakers, one great topic.

MalBooth 2Due to popular demand this event is SOLD OUT

VALA is very excited to announce that two great speakers, Mal Booth from the University of Technology in Sydney, and Patti Manolis from the Geelong Regional Library, will come together to discuss library design and planning.

This VALA Guest Speaker Event titled “Library Space Oddity…” will book out, so get in early to reserve your spot at this exciting FREE event. See the VALA event page for for details and to book online.

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