The VALA Tribe

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VALA has been at the heart of the Library and GLAM IT community’s dialogue and development for over 40 years, sustained by its dynamic and professional network of information technology practitioners.

That network is drawn from academic, public, school, health, law and other special libraries, and increasingly from the broader GLAM sector. VALA members are decision-makers, collaborators, influencers, implementers and leaders; they are interested in and critical to the use of information technology in libraries and the management of cultural collections.

VALA membership rewards you in both practical and personal ways. Member rates for key events provide immediate return on your investment – it’s what VALA gives to you. A second but equally important aspect of VALA membership is about participation and “giving back”. VALA members are integral to VALA’s success and enjoy the opportunities to connect, share, and learn from a community of like-minded professionals. If your work with cultural collections exposes you to new and emerging technologies, if you support customer engagement with IT, if you spend too much time on TED or Twitter or you are simply excited by metadata and open access, then this is your tribe.

Annual VALA Membership provides access to this rich network and to those regular activities that support it, including:-

  • Member rates for VALA Biennial Conference
  • Member rates for VALA Tech Camp
  • FREE Guest Speaker events
  • FREE Online Webinars
  • Monthly eNews
  • Online Resources including all past conference proceedings
  • Opportunities to give back to the sector and support new and emerging practitioners

But don’t just take our word for it. When we asked the question, this is what members said about their reasons for belonging to VALA:-


VALA membership provides the best 'value for money' organisation to stay abreast of Library technology and ideas.I'm informed about the latest developments in libraries through membership of VALA - it inspires me to innovate.VALA provides a uniquely effective forum for library professionals to discover, discuss and influence library technology.VALA is the best forum to stay on the cutting edge of developments and trends in library technologies.VALA membership provides a network of innovators exploring a network of ideas.My membership and participation contributes to VALA being a success. It is an opportunity to connect, share and learn from other people who know stuff about technology. Technology continues to transform the work we do as information professionals and I want to be involved in the community that organises and supports the best technology conference for our profession in Australasia.A VALA membership has connected me and my organisation to valuable new practices and learning in GLAM IT.It's a great way to find out who is doing what with library technology, and get inspired by their passion.


VALA is future focused and technology savvy, and the place where the library IT crowd gathers.

You are welcome to join us today.