VALA Events 2016: Celebrating Innovation

VALA invites you to our final Guest speaker event for 2016.  Join us at the Docklands Library on Wednesday 23rd November from 5:30pm.

Our special invited Guest speakers will be the joint recipients of the 2016 VALA Award.

See photos of the event on Flickr

Speaker: Peter Neish, Research Data Curator, University of Melbourne, Digital ScholarshipPeter Neish

Peter is the Research Data Curator at the University of Melbourne where he works in partnership with researchers on a wide range of data management projects. He has previously worked at the Victorian Parliamentary Library and the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, using his background as a researcher and computer scientist to make databases and information more available, standards-based and linked.

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Alison Dellit

Speaker: Alison Dellit (Director, Australian Collection Management), National Library of Australia

Alison has worked at the National Library for more than a decade. In her current role, she oversees the collection and management of all Australian publications for the Library, including print and digital books, serials, music, maps, ephemera and web archives, and Australiana. For the last year, Alison has project managed the implementation of expanded legal deposit provisions, which enable the Library to collect digital publications under the legislation.

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2016 VALA Award Winners

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The prestigious VALA Award, made biennially, is presented to the Australian library or information service judged to have made the most innovative use of information technology during the previous two years.  The VALA Award recognises outstanding and innovative use of ICT to improve service to customers.

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:

VALA is very pleased to announce that the recipients of the 2016 VALA Award are:

  • National Library of Australiaedeposit 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.
  • University of Melbournedata 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.


The evening will include the presentation of the 2016 VALA Student Awards – let us introduce you to the emerging, next generation leading lights in our industry.

Congratulation to all the award winners!

The Awards presentations will be preceded by our end-of-year drinks.


Not a VALA 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 23 November 2016, 5:30 for 6:00-7:30pm
Complimentary ‘End-of-Year’ drinks and nibbles on arrival.

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