VALA Events 2015: Lightning Talks

VALA End-of-Year Event

Lightning Talks – share your Library IT passion!


In the final event for 2015, join Victoria’s community of Library IT Professionals for an evening of brief (but brilliant) “Lightning Talks” designed to stimulate discussion, reflection and celebration of innovative Library IT practices.

Lightning Talks are electrifying presentations that offer insights into a single topic. They can be 5-15 minutes long, with a focus on IT and innovation.

For Lightning Talks 2015 we have 3 outstanding and innovative (even Presidential, if you think about it) librarians queued to strike; we don’t know what they’ll talk about, but we do know it will be worth hearing:-

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  • Tom Edwards, Systems Technology Coordinator at Wyndham Library Servicewill be talking about “Appropriate technology? Fire, brimstone and index cards”
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  • Bart Rutherford, Online Resources Manager at Wesley College, Melbourne
  • Hugh Rundle, Systems & Resources Coordinator at Brimbank Libraries will be talking about his “@ausglamblogs twitter bot”
    View the presentation slides
  • Jaye Weatherburn, Information Project Officer, Swinburne University / Australian Policy Online will be talking about “grey literature and DOI minting”
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  • Karen Seligman, 2015 Student Award winner from RMIT University – “Confessions of a secret Luddite: or, how I learnt to love the “science” in Library Science”.
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  • Viviane Hessami, 2015 Student Award winner from Monash University – “Reflection on student experience”

Importantly, we also welcome all good talkers to share their current IT passion, stories of innovation, successes and disasters.

How do I participate?

  • Tell us your IT passion and we’ll add you to the bill – we just need your name emailed to Come prepared to talk with your Library IT peers.
  • Prepare Slides/PowerPoint etc. if you like – these can be brought along on the night (USB please).
  • Just put your hand up on the night:- impromptu talks are also welcome.

A great place to meet and learn from outstanding contributors within the Library IT field, Lightning Talks will conclude with the presentation of the 2015 VALA Student Awards – let us introduce you to the emerging, next generation leading lights in our industry (see Student Award photos on Flickr).

The Lightning Talks will be preceded by Christmas drinks.


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

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Not a VALA or ALIA member?
Visitors are welcome at this meeting – but registration is essential – please no walk ups on the night!


Docklands Library
107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands

(Getting there on public transport: Tram from City: 48 , 11 (stop D18).)


Wednesday 25 November 2015, 5:30 for 6:00-7:30pm
Complimentary ‘End-of-Year’ drinks and nibbles on arrival.


Join us from 7:45pm for a two-course pay-as-you-go dinner for $45 (drinks extra) at Watermark Docklands.

Dinner RSVP:  Please RSVP by 5.00 p.m. Monday 23 November 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.