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 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.

VALA Guest Speaker Event

Topic: Real-time user stats for your Library web OPAC

See what your library users are doing on your system right now, how their behaviour changes over time and how to use this data to enhance your Library web OPAC.

Identify 'right-now' library usage trend and produce data visualisations to reflect usage trend to enable librarians and library staff to better serve the currents needs of your users.

Speaker: Justin Kelly, Swinburne University Library

Justin Kelly is a web developer at the Swinburne University Library. He manages their ExLibris Primo system and has worked on the Aleph, Primo, Primo hosted, and Alma migration/implementation projects.

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 (formerly known as Tutorial Room)
Ground Floor, Baillieu Library,
University of Melbourne, Melways Map X871 I6.
(Public transport via train or tram.
On-street parking in surrounding area - have gold coins available.)

DATE & TIME

Wednesday 22 May 2013
Drinks and nibbles from 5:30 pm.

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

VALA Guest Speaker Event

Technolust: the fifth column of the information counter-revolution


 

As libraries see their funding reduced and their relevance questioned across the world, they are eager to introduce and use new technologies to remain valued and vibrant. In this talk, Hugh will argue that in a rush to remain relevant, it is easy for librarians to unwittingly support and champion technologies that oppose the values upon which our profession is based. He will also highlight some of the technology projects libraries are successfully running without compromising their commitment to openness, confidentiality and freedom.

Speaker: Hugh Rundle

Hugh Rundle is Information Management and Kew Librarian at the City of Boroondara. Mal Booth, University Librarian at UTS recently wrote that "Hugh is now one of the leading thinkers with regard to libraries in Australia". Then again, David Lankes of Syracuse University has accused him of "the worst bit of logical reasoning I've seen in quite a bit of time", which just goes to show the value of a thorough literature review. Hugh is active on Twitter and writes a blog called "It's not about the books" at hughrundle.net.

FREE ENTRY

Hugh Rundle's talk will follow the "brief" business of the Special General Meeting of the Association.

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 27 March 2013 Drinks and nibbles from 5:30 pm. Want to join Committee and the speaker for dinner (your expense) afterwards? DINNER RSVPs only by 5.00 p.m. Monday 25 March: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (03) 9725 2725 

 

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VALA End-of-Year General Meeting

Lightning Talks - share your innovation story

Join Victoria’s community of Library IT Professionals for an evening of brief “lightning talks” to showcase local ideas or practices with a focus on IT innovation.

Lightning talks are simple 5-minute presentations that offer insights into a single topic. This format offers an excellent opportunity for you to participate and share knowledge with colleagues from a diverse cross section of Library and Information Services. Possible topics might include: 

  • Customised software or hardware solutions
  • Web or mobile technologies
  • IT in spaces and the design process
  • Social technology
  • Learnings from projects that didn’t work out
  • You tell us!

The VALA committee is encouraging anyone who can talk to an example of innovation (whether successful or not) at their organisation to come to this dynamic and inspirational event.

How do I participate?

  • Reflect on one or two examples of innovation at your organisation and prepare a simple, “punchy” 5 minute talk that will convey the example to an audience of Library IT Professionals.
  • Slides/PowerPoint etc. are optional but if used can be brought along on the night.
  • There will be provision in the programme for a certain number of impromptu talks.

FREE ENTRY

Not a VALA member?
Visitors are welcome at VALA meetings - just come!
Express your interest in attending - registration is free.

VENUE

Dulcie Hollyock Room (formerly known as Tutorial Room)
Ground Floor, Baillieu Library,
University of Melbourne, Melways Map X871 I6.
(Public transport via train or tram.
On-street parking in surrounding area - have gold coins available.)

DATE & TIME

Wednesday 28 November 2012
Christmas drinks and nibbles from 5:30 pm.

 

RFID in the library: Work flows, efficiencies, and the Internet of Things.

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More and more libraries are moving to RFID or are considering RFID. It is therefore fitting that VALA finish the year with a meeting that focuses on a topic that is of major interest to a wide cross section of the library community.

Facilitated by Alan Butters from Sybis, and with representatives from major RFID suppliers as well as a panel of librarians who have radio tagged their collections, this VALA end-of-year general meeting will be topical and informative.

 

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