VALA holds regular guest speaker events covering recent and interesting developments in the application of information technology. They are open to all members of the community.  

To view the Calendar of events click HERE.

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VALA seeks to provide a respectful and safe environment in which diverse participants may learn from, challenge, network with and share the company of colleagues. We recognise a shared responsibility to create and sustain that environment and do not tolerate harassment in any form. Click HERE for the full document.

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VALA and ALIA VIC are proud to present:-


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VALA End-of-Year Event

Lightning Talks - share your innovation story

Join Victoria’s community of Library IT Professionals for an evening of brief “Lightning Talks” to stimulate discussion, reflection and celebration of innovative Library IT practices.

VALA Guest Speaker Event

The presentation looks at how schools are working in partnerships with Education Services Australia to rebuild their catalogue metadata so print and online collections are aligned to the curriculum. This includes mass clean up of existing subject headings, the introduction of new controlled metadata, and the creation of curriculum specific themed collections. 

Pru Mitchell

About our Speakers

Pru Mitchell is Manager of the Schools Catalogue Information Service (SCIS), Education Services Australialeading a team that provides cataloguing and collection support for school library staff throughout the Australasian region. She is an education specialist librarian with diverse experience across Australian school, TAFE and university libraries, and as adjunct lecturer Charles Sturt University. Her professional and research interests include innovation in information and collection management, and professional learning.
David Feighan
David Feighan has over 20 years’ experience as a librarian in the school, government and private sectors. He has also set up and managed the Australian operations of a global online publisher. He is an active member of the library profession, and has spoken at numerous conferences in Australia and New Zealand. David participated in the Gillard Government’s enquiry into the role of Teacher Librarians in Australian schools. He has also represented the Australian Library Information Association and their submission to the Australian Senate’s subcommittee enquiry into broadband infrastructure. David is a past VALA President as well as VALA Biennial Conference Programme Chair. VALA is the largest library IT conference and trade exhibition in Australian. At Bialik College David was employed to set up the new Bialik library building, as well as update the library services to ensure they support the curriculum, literacy, and independent learning.


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

Not a VALA member? 
Visitors are welcome at VALA meetings - but registration is essential!

VENUE (Note: new venue for this event)

RMIT University
Seminar Room 1, Swanston Library 
Entrance is via Building 8, Level 5, 360 Swanston Street - Ask for directions at the reference desk)
(Public transport via train or tram)


Wednesday 23 October 2013, 5:30 for 6:00 - 7:30pm
Complimentary drinks and nibbles on arrival

For any enquiries contact VALA Secretariat via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (03) 9844 2933

MalBooth 2Due to popular demand this event is SOLD OUT

VALA is very excited to announce that two great speakers, Mal Booth from the University of Technology in Sydney, and Patti Manolis from the Geelong Regional Library, will come together to discuss library design and planning.

This VALA Guest Speaker Event titled "Library Space Oddity..." will book out, so get in early to reserve your spot at this exciting FREE event. See the VALA event page for for details and to book online.



“Design Thinking isn’t a panacea to all of life’s problems, but it does help in the right circumstances and as it can be applied quite flexibly, it is a bit of fun and a productive way to approach some rather onerous challenges” – Mal Booth.

“Public libraries are an essential ingredient in the recipe for community wellbeing” – Patti Manolis



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