VALA Events 2021: Leaning In with prospective VALA Committee Members

What does it mean to be a committee member, what’s involved, what makes a good committee member and why is it good for your career?

To fuel your interest, current and former members of the VALA Committee will be hosting a free Leaning In event to share their experiences and answer your questions. Join host and VALA President Michelle McLean from midday til 1.00pm (AEST) on Wednesday 2 June 2021 for a 1-hour Zoom Meeting.

Topic: Prospective VALA Committee Members

The VALA Committee provides governance, policy and strategic direction for the Association and is made up of 10 people just like you – individuals working with technology in the library and allied professions.

If you’ve ever considered joining the VALA Committee or wondered what is involved, current and former Committee members will be hosting a free Leaning In event to share their experiences and answer your questions. Find out what it means to be a committee member, what makes it so enjoyable and why it is good for your professional development.

  • What does it mean to “give back”? Want to give back to the organisation that you value? Don’t know what you can do? Why not consider joining the VALA Committee?
  • What do I need to bring? What skills do I need? What responsibilities will I have?
  • WIIFM? (What’s in it for me?) How can a Committee role support my professional growth and development?

Learn how you can meaningfully contribute to serving the association and its purpose and values, whilst working alongside similarly passionate and vibrant people.

VALA Host: Michelle McLean

Michelle is passionate about library services and the online world, two things she has combined well with her role as Information Services Coordinator at Casey Cardinia Libraries. She is a past-recipient of a Ramsay Reid Scholarship (State Library of Victoria), alumni of the Aurora Institute, is a published author and has presented at many conferences and seminars around Australia, as well as in the US. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship) and a Master of Business (Information Technology).

To keep it conversational, inclusive and personal, we’re limiting numbers to 25. This Zoom meeting will be recorded.

The  Leaning In for prospective VALA Committee Members is free to attend.



Online Zoom Meeting

FREE to attend for members and non-members.

Registration is essential and numbers are limited. Registration will be confirmed via email.


Those seeking to cancel a registration are encouraged to contact the VALA Secretariat asap – registration numbers are limited for this event, and we appreciate prior advice if you are unable to attend. Please contact the VALA Secretariat (E: or Tel: 03 9844 2933).


Wednesday 2 June 2021, 12.00 midday – 1.00pm AEST