[Web4lib] VALA2012 Conference - Keynote Speaker Announcement

VALA Executive Officer valasec at fastmail.fm
Thu May 26 03:04:26 EDT 2011

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            VALA2012: eM-powering eFutures
                6-9 February 2012
   Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Australia
Dear Colleague,
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VALA is excited to announce that Liz Lyon, Jason Griffey and Xiaolin
Zhang will be keynote speakers for the VALA2012 Conference.
Liz Lyon is the Director of UKOLN, a research organisation that aims to
inform practice and influence policy in the areas of: digital libraries,
information systems, bibliographic management, and web technologies. 
In 2009, she published the "Open Science at Web-Scale Report", which
considered a range of issues associated with open data, citizen science
and participative technologies for science. She also co-authored the
"Scaling Up Report", which presents the results of a JISC-funded scoping
study to assess the feasibility of a federated model for data
repositories in the domain of crystallography.
In 2007, Liz completed a piece of consultancy for JISC, to investigate 
the relationships between data centres and institutions which may
develop data repositories. This consultancy resulted in the 
direction-setting report "Dealing with Data". For further details on
Liz, go to http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/ukoln/staff/e.j.lyon/

Jason Griffey is Associate Professor / Head of Library Information
Technology, Lupton Library, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Jason is a librarian, technologist, writer and speaker. 
His most recent print publication is an issue of Library Technology 
Reviews entitled Gadgets & Gizmos: Personal Electronics and the Library. 
His latest book is  Mobile Technologies and Libraries and he was the 
co-author of Library Blogging. He has a blog at  Pattern Recognition. 
For further details about Jason, go to http://jasongriffey.net/.

Xiaolin Zhang is Executive Director of the National Science Library of
Chinese Academy of Sciences, one of the largest research libraries in
China. He has also been active at the national level for coordinated and
collaborative development of digital libraries, for strategic planning
of the National Scientific Information Platform, for promotion and
experimentation of knowledge-oriented services, and for leading the
national effort in digital library standards. 
He led the large scale study of copyright issues and policies for the 
Chinese Science Digital Library, was one of the first to be involved in 
the Open Access movement, and was instrumental in organising Chinese 
studies on digital preservation policies and infrastructure. 
He has been a Governing Board Member of IFLA and is a Standing Committee 
Member of Asia and Oceania Section on 2005. 
For further details, see http://www.las.ac.cn/zxl/. 
Colleagues may recall that Xiaolin was unable to attend VALA2010; VALA 
has renewed our invitation to him, and is delighted that he has

With the theme eM-powering eFutures, VALA2012 will take place at the
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from Tuesday 7 February to
Thursday 9 February 2012, with Boot Camps and L-Plate Series on Monday 6
February. Monday and Friday are also available for associated events,
meetings or workshops - contact the VALA Conference Office at
vala at wsm.com.au if you are interested in holding a workshop or
associated event.

The Main Announcement and Registration Brochure will be available in
September 2011. Go to 
http://www.vala.org.au/vala2012/expression-of-interest and provide your 
details if you would like to be added to the list to receive a copy.
Remember, you and your organisation will be able to get best value for
money by being full members of VALA and paying for your registrations by
30 November 2011, so make your budget plans for the rest of this year

And if you know a vendor you would like to see at the trade exhibition,
the sponsorship and exhibition proposal will shortly be available -
follow the links from the VALA2012 Home page for a copy.

Note: Emails replying to this address are not checked regularly; if you
wish to contact me, please reply to vala at vala.org.au.

Alyson Kosina
Executive Officer
VALA - Libraries, Technology and the Future Inc.
Reg No A0011933K  ABN 75 344 574 577
P.O. Box 509
Mooroolbark VIC  3138
Phone: (03) 9725 2725  Fax: (03) 8625 0079
Email: vala at vala.org.au

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