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2014 VALA Award Winner Announcement


2014 VALA Award

2014-VALA-Award-winnerVALA was excited to receive six outstanding entries this year for the prestigious VALA Award.

In front of an enthusiastic audience of 100 at the VALA end-of year event, the winner of the 2014 VALA Award was declared to be Curtin University Library App.

The Curtin Library App provides access to Curtin Library resources and services via a mobile app that can be used on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. The app enables real-time, personalised, context-sensitive information, with the ability to make bookings for library items and facilities.

Congratulations, Curtin University Library!

We were delighted that Karen Tang, Associate Director, Corporate Services at Curtin University, was present to accept the award.

Thank you to the other institutions who submitted entries:

  • Australia National University for the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) project
  • Deakin University for interactive installation "The Verge"
  • Melbourne Library Service for ICT and Creative Spaces fit-out of their newest community hub, Library at The Dock
  • Parkes Shire Library for REaDtember - a yearly festival of mixed-media play and learning
  • Penrith City Library for their E-Connect Home–Library Outreach (ECHO) project


Last Updated on Monday, 01 December 2014 12:10

2014 Student Awards Announced

At the final event for 2014, VALA was pleased to announce the Student Award winners for 2014.

jessica sullivanThe 2014 VALA Student Award for a student at RMIT University goes to Jessica Sullivan.

Jessica achieved the highest aggregate score in the three technology courses we use to assess the award - Document Management 1 and 2 and Information Organization. She achieved a high distinction for each of the three courses and was a clear winner. 

Congratulations, Jessica, and good luck!

Greg-RolanThe 2014 VALA Student Award for a student at Monash University goes to Greg Rolan.

Following a 30-year career in IT, Greg returned to Monash to study community informatics and qualified as a librarian. He then went on to complete his Master of Business information Systems (Honours) degree while also teaching there. Greg is now a doctoral candidate, investigating archival systems interoperability.  

Congratulations, Greg, and good luck!


Last Updated on Thursday, 27 November 2014 14:46

VALA Events 2014: Lightning Talks (and Walks)

VALA and ALIAVic – Lightning Talks (and Walks) Booked Out!

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VALA and ALIAVic invite you to the final event for 2014.  Join us at the Docklands Library on Wednesday 26th November from 5:30pm.

This year's Lightning Talks event will feature four 10 - 12 minute presentations from outstanding contributors within the Library IT field.

Speakers:ALIA logo

  • Brendan Fitzgerald from Infoxchange - Winner of the 2014 Google Impact Challenge for their app to help the homeless
  • Sarah Slade from State Library of Victoria - Digital preservation
  • Sarah Petchell from the Australian Drug Foundation - Digitising the library
  • Nathan Connors from Docklands Library - Virtual Reality Project
  • VALA Award winner - presentation and brief talk

The Lightning Talks will be followed by a tour of Docklands Library - Melbourne's newest public library - and Christmas drinks.

See the VALA event page for details and to book online. 

Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014 11:58

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