VALA Events 2014: Is there an Imposter in the Library?

VALA Guest Speaker Event and Annual General Meeting

Fear, failure and frauds: is there an imposter in the library?

Libraries face certain extinction, or alternatively they are entering a golden age. It depends who you ask. What is without doubt is that libraries are transforming. In this talk, Justine will explore what it takes to succeed as a library leader in this changing environment. She will look at leadership qualities such as self-confidence, risk taking, resilience and creativity. Justine will ask you to face your fears and embrace your failures. Join Justine in asking the vexed question, ‘is there an imposter in the library’?

Justine HydeSpeaker: Justine Hyde is the Director Library Services and Experience, State Library of Victoria

Justine accidently became a librarian while working in law firm libraries. This happy accident led to senior executive roles in state government where she managed libraries, knowledge management, communications, community education, call centres, IT, digital and social media, and strategic planning. Justine is also a freelance writer who has published in The Age, Melbourne Review, Women’s Agenda, Wheeler Centre dailies, as well the usual library publications. A recent blog post Justine wrote on librarians and their self-confidence has had over 2500 views and was featured in ALIA weekly and American Libraries Direct.

Justine delivered an acclaimed Boot Camp at VALA2014 which can be viewed on the VALA website. Follow Justine on Twitter @justine_hyde.

ONLINE SURVEY Two quick questions; Justine will use the results in her talk.

Take the survey


Justine’s presentation will follow the business of the Annual General Meeting, as advised to VALA members.


Follow the links below and register to attend – registration is free.

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


Dulcie Hollyock Room
Ground Floor, Baillieu Library,
University of Melbourne.


Wednesday 25 June 2014, 5:30 for 6:00 – 7:30pm
Complimentary refreshments on arrival.


Join us from 7.45pm for pay-as-you-go dinner with VALA Committee and our Speaker onsite at University House.  Average cost for main course, wine and tea/coffee – $35 – cash only please.

Dinner RSVP:  Please RSVP by 5.00 p.m. Monday 23 June to: or (03) 9844 2933, clearly indicating that you will be joining us for dinner.

For any enquiries contact VALA Secretariat via or (03) 9844 2933