• VALA's Aims

     

    VALA - Libraries, Technology and the Future Inc. aims:

    • To promote the use of information technology in data manipulation and management within and for libraries, library networks and information systems.
    • To promote the education of practitioners and other people interested in the use of information technology for manipulation of bibliographic and information systems data.
    • To promote and foster a general understanding of automated library and information systems, particularly amongst practitioners in the library and information dissemination industries.
    • To promote and exchange information about the planning, analysis, implementation, operation, maintenance and use of telecommunications in library and information systems.
    • To develop an educated public opinion on the value, role and importance of information, telecommunications and related technologies in libraries and information systems.

     

  • VALA Annual Report 2015/2016

    Read about VALA's 2015/2016 financial year activities in the annual President's report, Treasurer's report and AGM powerpoint presentation.

  • VALA Annual Report 2014/2015

    Read about VALA's 2014/2015 financial year activities in the annual President's report, Treasurer's report and AGM powerpoint presentation.

  • VALA Annual Report 2013/2014

    Read about VALA's 2013/2014 financial year activities in the annual President's report, Treasurer's report and AGM powerpoint presentation.

  • VALA Annual Report 2012/2013

     

    VALA has had another busy and successful year in 2012/13.

    One of the main items for VALA this year was the selection and implementation of a new Secretariat. The Good Work Group was awarded the contract, with Lesley Ryall taking up the role of Executive Officer. Alyson Kosina has worked diligently in providing a successful handover to Lesley, and we are pleased that we will be retaining the services of Alyson as the Editor for VALA2014 Conference, and hopefully beyond.

  • VALA Annual Report 2011/2012

     

    The highlight of the 2011/12 year was, of course, VALA's sixteenth biennial conference, held in February 2012 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. On the theme “eM-powering eFutures”, the conference attracted a near-record number (960) of delegates from throughout Australia and overseas, including 41 from New Zealand. Following two conferences with sold-out trade exhibitions, VALA took the big step of hiring additional exhibition space, enabling the expansion of the exhibition. This move was successful, with 105 booths sold (up from 90), and additional space for the Red Carpet Area and for a central Network Hub. For the first time, VALA used barcode scanners to assist exhibitors in liaising with delegates, and to track entry passes used by non-delegate visitors to the exhibition, of whom there were more than 300.

  • VALA Annual Report 2010/2011

     

    VALA has had yet another busy and successful year in 2010/11.

    During the year, our general meetings have continued to provide stimulating speakers on a wide range of topics (often followed by an enjoyable social event for those able to join speaker and Committee at dinner). The VALA Award, a Travel Scholarship and the VALA Student Awards were announced in November.

     

  • VALA Annual Report 2009/2010

     

    VALA's fifteenth biennial conference, held in February 2010 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, was, of course, the highlight of this year. On the theme “Connections. Content. Conversations”, the conference attracted the largest number yet (965) of delegates from throughout Australia and overseas, including 68 from New Zealand. The highly successful trade exhibition was also our largest yet, with 90 booths, and many non-delegates were able to visit the exhibition and the vendor presentations by using visitor passes. Despite expanding the trade exhibition, it was again completely sold out, and more booths could have been sold if there had been any space for them.

  • VALA Annual Report 2008/2009

     

    VALA has had yet another busy and successful year in 2008/9.

    During the year, our general meetings have continued to provide stimulating speakers on a wide range of topics (often followed by an enjoyable social event for those able to join speaker and Committee at dinner). The VALA Award, a Travel Scholarship and the VALA Student Awards were announced in November at VALA's 30-year celebrations.

  • VALA Annual Report 2007/2008

     

    VALA's fourteenth biennial conference, held in February 2008 at the Melbourne Convention Centre, was, of course, the highlight of this year. On the theme Libraries: changing spaces, virtual places, the conference attracted the largest number yet (932) of delegates from throughout Australia and overseas, including 66 from New Zealand. The highly successful trade exhibition was also our largest yet, and many non-delegates were able to visit the exhibition and the vendor presentations by using visitor passes. Delegates were kept busy with the stimulating papers and presentations from six invited overseas keynote speakers and the considerable number of authors, from Australia and overseas, of submitted papers. Despite expanding the trade exhibition three times, it was again completely sold out, and more booths could have been sold if there had been any space for them.

  • VALA Annual Report 2006/2007

     

    VALA has had yet another busy and successful year in 2006/7.

    During the year, our general meetings have continued to provide stimulating speakers on a wide range of topics (often followed by an enjoyable social event for those able to join speaker and Committee at dinner). The VALA Award, a Travel Scholarship and the VALA Student Awards were announced at the November meeting.

  • VALA Annual Report 2005/2006

     

    Report for 2005/2006 The highlight of this year was, of course, the thirteenth biennial conference, held in February 2006 at Crown. On the theme "CONNECTING WITH USERS", the conference attracted the largest number yet of delegates from throughout Australia and overseas, including 62 from New Zealand. The trade exhibition was also very successful, and many non-delegates were able to visit the exhibition and the vendor presentations by using visitor passes.

  • VALA Annual Report 2004/2005

     

    VALA has had yet another busy and successful year in 2004/05.

    During the year, our general meetings have continued to provide stimulating speakers on a wide range of topics (often followed by an enjoyable social event for those able to join speaker and Committee at dinner). The VALA Award, a Travel Scholarship and the VALA Student Awards were announced at the November meeting.

  • Join VALA

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    VALA Membership gives you access to regular VALA events and keeps you in touch with people interested in the direction in which information technology is taking libraries. Come along, and pick up hints on how to direct the technology rather than be directed by it.

    Membership rates from 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018:

    • Personal Membership – offers greater opportunities to non-Melbourne- based members via webinars and online product delivery.
      • $121 for Victorian personal membership (including GST)
      • $99 for interstate and international personal membership (including GST)
      • Free Student Membership - the introduction of Student Membership reflects VALA’s support for new and aspiring professionals within our industry, encourages their attendance at VALA events and provides early access to VALA conference proceedings.  Effective 1st July 2016 Student Membership is now available to both current full-time and part-time Library Students.  
        • In Australia, student membership is available to all students enrolled in ALIA accredited library courses as listed on the ALIA website.
        • In New Zealand, students who are currently studying the Master of Information Studies at Victoria University of Wellington or the Bachelor of Arts (Information & Library Services) at Open Polytechnic (the LIS qualifications that fulfil eligibility requirements for LIANZA professional registration) are also eligible for VALA student membership.
    • Institutional Membership – removes the administrative nuisance of multiple- memberships and introduces unrestricted access to VALA conferences at member rates. In addition, VALA will also introduce flexibility in conference registrations to allow multiple day and half day session packages – no more shared registrations, institutions will purchase and attend those sessions most relevant to their staff.
      • Level 1 – 2 members - $275 (including GST)
      • Level 2 – 3 to 5 members - $550 (including GST)
      • Level 3 – 6 to 9 members  - $825 (including GST)
      • Level 4 – 10+ members - $1100 (including GST)

    Your membership will be current from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.  

    Membership must be renewed annually to qualify for the Conference discount.

     

    Effective from 1st April 2015 there were some Key Changes:

    Why the change?

    VALA’s membership base has changed and diversified as has the program and the opportunities that VALA delivers. Future changes (such as new conference registration types, extended use of the conference app, PD badging) will have much greater value and application in the new model. The shared registration model for conference will not be supported in the future, and a better process for institutional and individual engagement with VALA conferences is critical for VALA’s growth and optimizing delegates’ experience at conference.

    For more information about VALA look at  VALA's Aims and read our Annual Report on all our activities.

     

  • About VALA

     

    VALA - Libraries, Technology and the Future Inc. is an independent Australian based not-for-profit organisation that aims to promote the use and understanding of information technology within libraries and the broader information sector. VALA also offers its members access to a dynamic and professional network of information technology practitioners. See our membership section for details.

    All VALA's activities, events, and member services are self funded, we receive no outside funding or finanical assistance.

    In 2008 VALA celebrated its 30th anniversary under the theme of 30 years of looking forward.

    To achieve its aims:

    • VALA presents the largest fully peer-reviewed library technology conference in Australia. Held every two years in Melbourne, the VALA Biennial Conference is recognised as the premier library and information technology conference within this region. The conference attracts delegates and suppliers from across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and beyond. For more information on future and past VALA conferences refer to the Conference section on this web site.
    • VALA also holds regular general meetings to share and discuss the latest in cutting edge information technology trends. Open to all, the VALA general meetings represent a great way to stay up to date and build your professional network. Anyone working in the information industry is welcome to join us at these meeting. For more information on future and past VALA general meetings see our calendar as well as the General Meeting section on this web site.
    • VALA makes freely available the papers and presentations from our past conferences and meetings. This repository represents the largest Australian based collection of peer reviewed and authoritative papers relating to library IT freely available on the web.
    • VALA funds a Travel Scholarship to enable suitable persons to travel overseas to examine and report back aspects of library technology. For more information on our travel scholarships, as well as information on past VALA travel scholars, refer to the Scholarship section on this web site.
    • The VALA Award, and the VALA Student Awards, recognise and celebrate excellence within the library and information technology community. The highest award VALA can bestow is the prestigious Robert D. Williamson Award. This award is bestowed biennially to an individual or organisation who, in the opinion of the judging panel, has made, or is making, an outstanding contribution to the development of information technology usage in Australian libraries and is positively and significantly influencing development in information technology usage within libraries. For more information on the VALA awards refer to the Awards section of this web site.

     

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