ADVOCACY

The Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa is a vibrant non-profit and membership based organisation that advocates on behalf of library and information professionals within the sector.

Our association is member-driven and therefore provides a network of communication and knowledge between librarians all over Aotearoa New Zealand, and extends to Australia, (ALIA)America (ALA), and Britain (CILIP). Our members are dynamic, passionate professionals who work behind the scenes planning, lobbying, and implementing changes to secure the future of our libraries here in Aotearoa New Zealand.

First established in Dunedin in 1910, LIANZA, formerly known as the NZLA (New Zealand Library Association), is the recognized official body through which recommendations for Aotearoa New Zealand library services are made to the government and other organisations. These recommendations are often concerned with the wider social, cultural and educational needs of Aotearoa New Zealand citizens.

WE ACTIVELY WORK IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS:

  • to increase public awareness of the crucial value of libraries and librarians
  • to promote national legislation favourable to libraries and library users
  • to supply the resources, training and support networks needed by local advocates seeking to increase support for libraries of all types 
  • to provide the library and information sector with Professional Registration to increase the professional status of librarianship

We currently have Standing Committees on Copyright and Freedom of Information.

RECENT LIANZA SUBMISSIONS INCLUDE: