Events

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 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.

FREE ENTRY

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)

DATE & TIME

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

For any enquiries contact VALA Secretariat via ." style="line-height: 1.5;">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.

PattiManolis

 

“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

 

VALA Guest Speaker Event and AGM

Leading in an uncertain world: developing library vision, strategy and the place of technology

Leadership, at all levels, is critical to the ongoing success and future of libraries, whatever the sector, purpose or size. The context of constant change, ambiguity, and the speed of developments, especially in new technologies, can make the challenge of setting vision and strategy appear even more daunting. This talk explores these issues using the example of the State Library of Victoria and also draws insights from other organisations. Sue will also discuss the place of personal leadership within this context.

Speaker: Sue Roberts, CEO and State Librarian, State Library of Victoria

Sue Roberts is CEO and State Librarian of Australia’s oldest and busiest State Library – the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne. Prior to moving to Melbourne in April 2012, Sue worked in strategic library leadership and management roles in the tertiary sector in the UK and New Zealand. Throughout her career Sue has focused on the transformation of library and information services to meet the changing landscape and on the engagement of stakeholders and partners to establish and achieve shared goals. Sue is also a published author and has undertaken a range of professional leadership roles at local, national and international levels.

VALA Guest Speaker Event

Library Space Oddity…

A rare opportunity to hear from two of the leading lights in Australian library design when Mal Booth (UTS) and Patti Manolis (Geelong Regional Library) join forces for a special VALA event.

Using Design Thinking in Libraries - presented by Mal Booth

“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.

Various design challenges have presented themselves at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Library in recent years. These have principally involved spaces, services and their organisation, and many have been successfully overcome with the use of Design Thinking (DT) Processes. Mal Booth will speak about how UTS started along the path of applying DT and how the UTS library staff have progressed through mentorships, partnerships and projects to successfully implementing DT themselves and even running their own workshops to share some of their in-house processes. He will illustrate his presentation with real examples of planning processes, in-house projects and mentoring.

Planning a Library From The Ground Up – presented by Patti ManolisGeelong Library of the Future

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

The City of Greater Geelong recently announced funding for a new Geelong Library and Heritage Centre to be located in Geelong’s Cultural Precinct. Patti Manolis will talk about the planning of this new exciting multistorey central library for the Geelong Regional Library Corporation Network. The iconic architecturally designed building will provide central library services for the region’s network of libraries and stand as a key cultural and learning institution in the centre of the City.

About our Speakers

Mal Booth is part of the management team at UTS Library and responsible for Library operations, planning the Library of the Future (which will incorporate an automated Library Retrieval System) and providing strategic guidance to their RFID project. He was formerly Head of the Research Centre at the Australian War Memorial and responsible for its library, archive and the Memorial's web strategy, specifically with regard to the use of Web 2.0 initiatives. Since 2001 he has been an advocate for digital convergence in the delivery of web services and resources via the cultural institution’s websites. From 2006 to 2008 he curated the Lawrence of Arabia & the Light Horse exhibition combining the physical exhibition and many curator-led tours with a dynamic online presence via a blog and digitised war diaries from the Australian Light Horse. In late 2008 he made the first curatorial visit to a war zone by one of the Memorial's librarian/archivists to identify, record and collect records of war from Australian forces before they withdrew from Iraq.

Patti Manolis is the Chief Executive Officer of the Geelong Regional Library Corporation, a role she has undertaken for 6 years. The Corporation provides library services to 4 Local Government areas from a growing network of 16 libraries and two mobile libraries. The organisation has undergone major transformation including significant cultural change as well as new library building developments and refurbishments. Patti’s activities include membership of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s International Network of Emerging Library Innovators, Cohort One comprising 18 members from around the world. She has been a working group member on a number of State Library of Victoria landmark research projects including Libraries Building Communities; Dollars, sense and public libraries; and currently for a project documenting the cultural benefits of public libraries. In 2003 Patti was awarded the State Library of Victoria’s Margery C Ramsay Scholarship which funded a study tour of Libraries in Timor- Leste which led to the establishment of Libraries for Timor-Leste Inc which supports the development of libraries in the very new nation of Timor-Leste. Patti has worked in public libraries for over 30 years and has loved every minute of it. She believes strongly that they are an essential ingredient in the recipe for community wellbeing.

 

FREE ENTRY

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

Dulcie Hollyock Room
Ground Floor, Baillieu Library,
University of Melbourne.
(Public transport via train or tram.
On-street parking in surrounding area - have gold coins available.)

DATE & TIME

Wednesday 28 August 2013, 5:30 for 6:00 - 7:30pm
Complimentary drinks and nibbles on arrival; join us afterwards for pay-as-you-go dinner with VALA Committee and our Speakers at University House.

Dinner RSVP:  Please RSVP by 5.00 p.m. Monday 26 August to: .">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (03) 9844 2933, clearly indicating that you will be joining us for dinner.

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