November 14, 2022


Planted in

Trees as gifts for CAVAL webinars.

Established in 1978, CAVAL is a consortium of academic libraries across Australia. They develop and deliver ‘best of breed library and information solutions’ for stakeholders and support growth and innovation in the library and education communities.



CAVAL is a not-for-profit, member-driven library services consortium based in Melbourne. At CAVAL they aim to facilitate and enhance library services within Australia through strategies for active client engagement and sophisticated services and solutions. One of the services they provide is professional development. For the third year in a row, CAVAL has purchased 105 trees from Fifteen Trees as gifts for the presenters and facilitators of their webinars.


This year’s trees were planted at Ellinbank, in the Mt Worth District of eastern Victoria. The trees added to a previous project with the aim of establishing native plants such as Manna gums, Varnish Wattles, Gynatrix Pulchella and Cassinias amongst the previously planted gully along a small tributary of Bear creek. The new planting will increase the biodiversity of the area and will increase the habitat of the native wildlife, in particular weebills, fantails and robins. It is hoped the Manna gums entice koalas back into the area.


Ellinbank, VIC


1. PDIG Webinars.


CAVAL’s Professional Development Interest Group (PDIG) has arranged three virtual forums in 2022, in May, August, and November. The titles of the events were Communicating with impact, Courageous conversations, and Reshape your career-readiness.

CAVAL planted native trees to say thank you to the following speakers and facilitators: Sian Gard, Ross Monaghan, Amanda Belton, Patrick Splawa-Neyman, Simon Huggard, Danielle Low, Leanne Trembath, Catherine Twiss, Dr Anita Dewi, Dr Gary Pearce, Casey Bolton, Adele Walsh, Amelia Rowe, Jane Cowell, and Marion Slawson.


2. The CAVAL Cross-Institutional Library Mentoring Program 2022.


The Mentoring program is running for the tenth year in Victoria and the fifth year in NSW. Participants for 2022 also include participants from Tasmania and the ACT and sees one of its largest cohorts ever.

In partnership with Fifteen Trees CAVAL have planted trees as gifts for the speakers who visited the networking events. Those speakers were: Dr Peter Ghin, Cassie Connor, Dr Angela Savage, Sae Ra Germaine, and Janette Wright.


3. CRIG Webinars.


In June 2022 CRIG facilitated two webinars. One of them was in collaboration with AI4LAM, an international, participatory community focused on advancing the use of artificial intelligence in, for, and by libraries, archives, and museums. The second one focused heavily on how teaching practices have changed over the last couple of years.

Native trees were planted by Fifteen trees on behalf of the speakers and facilitators of the events as a way for CAVAL to say thank you for their participation. The speakers and facilitators were: Gnana K Bharathy, Muhammad Ali, Ingrid Mason, Sarah Brunton, Peggy Hsu, Erin Roga, Freya Whaite, Clare O’Hanlon, Jackie Waylen, Irene Guidotti, Steven Tapping, Emily Russell, Guido Tresoldi, Mary Stone, Kirstin Scholz, and Jennifer Murphy.


4. CAVAL Collaboration and Customer Services Network (CSCN) Community of Practice.


The CSCN hosted two webinars on What IS the ‘new normal’? and Changing ‘inaccessible’ to ‘accessible’ for our students. The two sessions looked at reflections of what the new normal actually is, and what we can do to assist students with a disability.

As a thank you to the speakers and facilitators of the events, CAVAL partnered with Fifteen Trees to plant native trees. The speakers and facilitators were: Tara Eldrett, Ange Jenkins, Kelly Hartwig, Kylie Tran, Andy Hurt, Clare O’Dwyer, Megan O’Brien, Steven Tapping, Emily Russell, Tanya Trebilcock, Stacey McGregor, Bridget Smith, Marnie Sier, Angela Kopelis, Sam Cairns, and Heidi Butters-Stabb.


5. The CRIG Seminar.


The CRIG seminar took place in early November as per usual. Under the theme Library transformers: More than meets the eye, a number of presentations, workshops, and lightning talks were brought to the audience.

As an eco-friendly thank you gift to the speakers and facilitators, CAVAL arranged for native trees to be planted by Fifteen Trees on behalf of the following people: Jo Coldwell-Neilson, Hero Macdonald, Jennifer Murphy, Cheryl Claridge, Emeka Anele, Lizzy Delacretaz, Erin Roga, Mare Maticevski, Wendy Frerichs, Daniella Hutchings, Tracey Love, Heather Tera, Manuel Jantos, Kat Cain, Peggy Hsu, Sam Gibbard, and Angela Johns-Hayden.


A variety of tree species makes for a healthy ecosystem.


Thank you to Sara Davidsson from CAVAL who initiated this idea to thank their webinar presenters and speaker with trees. We love the idea of a growing gift that also benefits our community tree planting groups such as Landcare.

Check out CAVAL’s 2020 and 2021 trees.



Colleen Filippa/Founding Director/Fifteen Trees

Sara Davidsson/ Member Services Coordinator/CAVAL




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