VALA2022 Organising Committee

Conference Co-Chairs:


Ebe Kartus
Academic Libraries

Ebe is a cataloguer with around 30 years experience (so quite long in the tooth). She has a passion for resource description and wishes libraries would implement linked open data so that better visualisations could be built for our users. She has worked on a number of national and international committees including the RDA Steering Committee (RSC). She is still trying to move over more to the systems area so that she can keep an eye on how the data created by cataloguers is used. Ebe has worked in a wide variety of library environments including system vendors. She currently works in an academic library. For stress relief she potters around in her garden or reads a good book.                                                Follow Ebe on:   

Sae Ra Germaine

Sae Ra is Manager of Member & Academic Services at CAVAL, Vice-President of VALA and President of Linux Australia. She has been running many conferences (that she cares to admit) on and offline since 2012 and has reviewed and presented sessions for even more conferences. Sae Ra recently run the Online conference, and helped many speakers move from the face to face environment to the online world. During any awake hours she has left, Sae Ra is a lover of all things Tech, Lego and is an avid cross-stitcher.                                  Follow Sae Ra on:     


Committee Members:

Heather Bailie
Trinity College, University of Melbourne

Heather is the Leeper Librarian at Trinity College, University of Melbourne. This involves managing a library which serves a diverse population of international, theological and undergraduate students, and wrangling significant historical collections as well as up-to-date academic resources, but very little leaping about. Previously she has worked mostly in P-12 education in both government and private schools. Heather believes in efficiency and organisation and is passionate about using technology to achieve her goals. Her motto is “Learn, Do, Teach” – she loves to learn by playing and isn’t afraid of seeing what will happen if she just pushes that button.                                Follow Heather on:     

Sam Gibbard
Victoria University

Sam is Collections & Datasets Librarian at Victoria University in Melbourne. When he is not working on collections and metadata at work, he is doing it in his spare time with several large volunteer projects over the years, and at home, with retro video games and books about his beloved Leeds United.                                                 Follow Sam on:

Ruth Lewis
Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Ruth has worked in academic, public, special and national libraries in Australia and New Zealand. She advocates for collaboration and sharing services, and at various times worked with OCLC, Te Puna and Kōtui, a national consortium of NZ public libraries. Ruth’s professional interests include making systems and technologies work harder for GLAM institutions and bridging the divide between technical experts and GLAM workers. Ruth is currently the Digital Services Librarian at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, based in Hamilton, New Zealand.

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Michelle McLean
Casey Cardinia Libraries

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).                             Follow Michelle on:    

Keren Moskal
University of Melbourne

Keren is a clinical librarian at Monash Health committed to delivering high quality health information to support patient care, research and education. She is focused on delivering user centred training and education programs in evidence-based practice, information and digital literacy and has become slightly addicted to advanced literature searches for medical research questions.  As a recent Master of Information Management graduate, Keren considers herself an emerging professional who is still exploring and gaining knowledge and skills. She is dedicated to her ‘new’ GLAMR career and actively seeks out learning opportunities and ways to engage beyond her day-to-day clinical librarian role, particularly in the areas of digital preservation, research data management, library systems and metadata.                                         Follow Keren on:   

Caroline Ramsden
Murrindindi Library Service

Caroline is the Coordinator, Murrindindi Library Service. Holding a Bachelor of Social Science (Librarianship) and a Master of Business (Information Technology), Caroline commenced her career in public libraries, where she found her niche in systems librarianship. Making the leap to the vendor sector, Caroline continued to build on her interests in library systems and data. Two years ago, she returned to her spiritual home in public libraries.  Caroline is passionate about all things library, and even when on holidays can be found checking out the local library in every town she visits.                                     Follow Caroline on:   

David Studham
Melbourne Cricket Club

David has worked at Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) Library since January 1994, and is responsible for the provision of knowledge management services and advice across the broad range of operations undertaken by the MCC.

David has over 25 years’ experience of the “Special Libraries” sector, a period of revolutionary change with the embrace of digital technologies. His work also involves harnessing the specialist knowledge of the sports history communities’ unsung experts – specialist researchers and volunteers – as well as working collaboratively with colleagues in the MCC Archive and Museums, and the broader Melbourne Cricket Ground community.

David’s interest in sports history had its genesis in 1977, attending the Centenary Test Match as a wide-eyed nine year old. His fascination with heraldry arose from a childhood discovery of the MinterLib Heraldry and Genealogy collections, stored at his local library in Kew.                                Follow David on: 

Michael Tully

Michael is the Country Director for Elsevier ANZ and has a Masters of Business Administration from Victoria University. Michael has more than 20 years in leadership positions including general management, editorial, product development, IT, sales and marketing roles. For the past 15 years, he has worked closely with numerous executive, institutional customers and partners in medicine and education settings across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the United States.

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