Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Connections, Content, Conversations

It seems only yesterday that VALA2008 was over but here we are already hard at work on VALA2010.

I am biased but VALA has gone from strength to strength with each conference enjoying record attendance from delegates as well as vendors. More on this in a minute. I guess this says something about the quality of the papers VALA gets from hard working, innovative, and thoughtful librarians.

Anyway, the theme of VALA2010 is Connections, Content, Conversations. This includes the technology and processes we use to engage and partner with clients. It includes social web, semantic web, and the way we connect clients with content; indeed how we allow clients to contribute, deconstruct, and recreate content. This two-way process between librarians, as well as librarians and clients, is what is meant by conversations. And by the way, lets not limit this to librarians. The museums, galleries, and archives are also doing some very interesting work in this area. Don't you love the way Gallery, Library, Archive, and Museum spells G.L.A.M. Doesn't that make you feel special? Of course it does.

Anyway, the deadline for abstracts is not until next year but if you want to know more check out the VALA2010 Call for Papers.

VALA has clearly grown out of its current venue at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre or MCEC. So it is timely that MCEC is moving across the river into a new building. This means that VALA2010 will be located in the largest, greenest, and most technological advanced exhibition and convention centre in Australia. The MCEC building is nearly complete and there is a great gallery of images available on the MCEC web site at: as well as an interactive green map at

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