The VALA Award
This year VALA was excited to receive 8 commendable nominations for the VALA Award, 2 of them deemed to be outstanding. As a result, and for the first time in the Award’s history, the VALA Committee is awarding joint recipients. The 2016 VALA Award will be presented to:-
The National Library of Australia for their edeposit service.
A one-stop-shop for publishers, the edeposit service is the public interface of an end-to-end digital collection management system, fully integrated with other NLA systems, enabling Australian publishers to deposit Australian digital publications in accordance with the new legal deposit provisions of the Copyright Act.
The University of Melbourne – data forensics lab.
The development of this service and lab is a first nationally for an academic library and a response to a growing demand to access and extract valuable research data and files from now obsolete systems and media. The Data service and forensics lab offers a range of services for examining, analyzing, recovering, re-using and preserving data stored in digital media in a forensically sound manner. The Data Forensics Lab can process a variety of modern and legacy computer storage media using state of the art purpose built hardware and software.
Congratulations, National Library of Australia and University of Melbourne!
The VALA Award recipients will each give a presention about their award winning project at the Celebrating Innovation event on Wednesday 23rd November.
Thank you to the other institutions who submitted entries including:
- Deakin University Library
- La Trobe University Borchardt Library
- La Trobe University Research Commons
- Newcastle Library
- University of South Australia
VALA was excited to receive six outstanding entries this year for the prestigious VALA Award.
In front of an enthusiastic audience of 100 at the VALA end-of year event, the winner of the 2014 VALA Award was declared to be Curtin University Library App.
The Curtin Library App provides access to Curtin Library resources and services via a mobile app that can be used on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. The app enables real-time, personalised, context-sensitive information, with the ability to make bookings for library items and facilities.
Congratulations, Curtin University Library!
We were delighted that Karen Tang, Associate Director, Corporate Services at Curtin University, was present to accept the award.
Thank you to the other institutions who submitted entries:
- Australia National University for the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) project
- Deakin University for interactive installation "The Verge"
- Melbourne Library Service for ICT and Creative Spaces fit-out of their newest community hub, Library at The Dock
- Parkes Shire Library for REaDtember - a yearly festival of mixed-media play and learning
- Penrith City Library for their E-Connect Home–Library Outreach (ECHO) project
Open to all Libraries and Information Services in Australia, the biennial VALA Award recognizes outstanding and innovative use of ICT to improve service to customers.
VALA Award nominations for 2016 are now closed.
- 2016 - National Library of Australia – edeposit service and University of Melbourne – data forensics lab
- 2014 - Curtin University Library App
- 2012 - The Research Hub, at Griffith University
- 2010 - iBIMS™ - The Digital Link @ Willoughby City Library
- 2008 - Informit TVNews from RMIT Publishing
- 2006 - Deb Stumm and Christine Sayer, State Library of Queensland Queensland Stories
- 1998 - Buddy (integrated web-based subject gateway), University of Melbourne Library (Vic)
- 1996 - Voiceprint (telephone-based information service) and Talking Catalogue, Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (Vic)
- 1994 - Centre for Networked Access to Scholarly Information, Australian National University Library (ACT)
- 1992 - Fast-track issues system, Waverley City Libraries (Vic)
- 1990 - University of Melbourne Library (Vic) - TITAN Research Collection Applications
- 1988 - Redcliffe City Council Library Service (Qld) - Electronic Bulletin Board Service
- 1986 - Library for the Blind (NSW) - Talking Book application
- 1984 - Peninsula Regional Library Service (Vic) - Connection of Bookmobile sites for on-line operations