Applications are invited for the VALA2018 Diversity Scholarships. Introduced in 2017, these Scholarships will fund up to three individuals to attend the 2018 VALA Biennial Conference, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, in Melbourne, Australia, from 13 – 15 February 2018.
The VALA Biennial Conference has grown into the largest fully peer-reviewed library technology conference in Australia and is widely recognised as the premier event of its type within this region. It attracts speakers, delegates and suppliers from across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and beyond.
VALA recognises that regional, rural and Indigenous members of the Library community face additional barriers to participation in both library and technical events. The Diversity Scholarship is offered to individuals who in normal circumstances would not generally attend this type of event or would struggle to attend due to financial or other hardships.
The VALA2018 Diversity Scholarships will provide support for individuals who are permanently employed, employed casually or who seek to be employed in the library and information services industry and who have not previously been a VALA conference delegate.
In addition, individuals MUST ALSO meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Any Australian person of Indigenous heritage;
- Any Australian person who resides in a regional, rural or remote location, including Darwin.
- Any person who resides in the Oceania region or Timor Leste (where Oceania is as defined by the United Nations Standard Country or Area Codes for Statistical Use https://unstats.un.org/unsd/methodology/m49/).
Closing Date for Applications: Monday 6 November, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by Wednesday 15 November, 2017.
For more information or to apply, see the VALA Diversity Scholarship webpage HERE.