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:

LIANZA STANDING COMMITTEE ON COPYRIGHT

Copyright is central to what we do. Copyright law balances the rights of creators and the rights of users. Libraries have a responsibility to ensure copyright is not infringed and an ethical duty to advance the values of access to information and freedom of expression. LIANZA therefore provides copyright advice and resources to its members and also advocates on behalf of members on copyright issues.

In recognition of the importance of copyright, LIANZA has an active and engaged Standing Committee on Copyright to assist with advice and advocacy and to raise awareness of copyright and licensing issues. The committee consists of four members, with additional members co-opted when necessary. The committee advises LIANZA Council on copyright issues affecting libraries and the need to lobby on behalf of the library community.

LIANZA advocates for balanced copyright law in which equal weight is given to creators’ and users’ rights. In particular we advocate on behalf of members about any copyright issues which may affect access to information. This has included voicing opposition to aspects of the Intellectual Property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment is reviewing New Zealand’s Copyright Act. Read LIANZA's Copyright Issues Paper Submission. Read more on Libraries Aotearoa.

The Committee made a submission on the Marrakesh Treaty implementation as it relates to the availability of copyrighted works to print disabled people in New Zealand.

COPYRIGHT ADVICE

It is important that members have an understanding of copyright and how it affects the library and information sector.This includes knowledge of the New Zealand Copyright Act 1994 and applicable licensing agreements.

LIANZA, through the Standing Committee on Copyright, can respond to members’ queries about their obligations or uncertainties under copyright law. Please direct queries to the Acting-Chair, Sarah Powell.

LIANZA also has a variety of resources compiled which may be helpful to you. Tony Millet, Chair from 2009-2014 was instrumental in developing these resources.

LIANZA STANDING COMMITTEE ON COPYRIGHT

  • Sarah Powell, AUT University
  • Zoe Richardson, Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Kim Gutchlag, National Library of New Zealand
  • Amy Joseph, National Library of New Zealand
  • Diane Friis, EIT Library
  • Alice Cruickshank, Christchurch City Libraries
  • Mandy Henk, Tohatoha
  • Paula Eskett, LIANZA Council

LIANZA STANDING COMMITTEE ON FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

The LIANZA Standing Committee on Freedom of Information is working on a framework of position statements and an update of the LIANZA Privacy Statement. Read our Freedom of Expression Draft Discussion Document


LIANZA PRIVACY STATEMENT

The LIANZA Privacy Statement was written in December 2013

It covers information related to:

  1. Personal Information
  2. Purposes for collecting the information
  3. How personal information is managed
  4. Disclosure

UPDATE TO THE PRIVACY ACT

Information professionals should also be aware of a potential update to New Zealand privacy laws that involves protection of people’s private data.  A Privacy Bill that will repeal and replace the Privacy Act 1993 is currently with a select committee of the New Zealand Parliament. This was recommended by the Law Commission's 2011 review of the Act. Its key purpose is to promote people's confidence that their personal information is secure and will be treated properly.

One of the key changes to the Privacy Act is a mandatory data breach notification. This will force public and private sector agencies to notify affected individuals, and the Privacy Commissioner, if they experience a data breach which poses a risk of harm. Failure to report could incur a fine of up to $10,000.

The most common types of data breaches are typically for:

  • Contact information
  • Financial details
  • Identity information
  • Health information.

Breaches can occur through cyber-attacks or negligence. For example a cyber-attacker or hacker steals personal details about your library customers. The new bill states that we must notify individuals when this breach of privacy has occurred.

HOW SHOULD WE PREPARE

Assuming the legislation is enacted in July we need to ensure that the LIANZA Privacy Statement is up to date to incorporate guidance on this new law.

These are some areas to consider in preparation for the new law, and may need incorporating into the LIANZA Privacy Statement:

  • Should staff be trained to understand the legal requirements, how to identify, prevent and minimise data breaches
  • Should you be reviewing your technology and where data is stored (eg printers are a new area for breaches as they are often less protected).
  • Do you need to refresh your incident privacy breach response plan, data policies and procedures, and vendor management processes (update contracts)
  • Do you need to analyse your data security and fix any security risks
  • Privacy by design - design in up front. Privacy impact assessments
  • Consider a test breach response plan, experts on speed dial, and draft notifications and communications - don’t wait until it’s too late to prevent or minimise data breaches

Read this article for more background information:  “All companies to report privacy breaches under new bill but no big penalties if firms own up”.

LIANZA STANDING COMMITTEE FOR FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

  • Louise LaHatte, Auckland Libraries
  • Stephanie Colling, Auckland Libraries
  • Alyson Baker, Nelson Public Libraries
  • Kim Gutchlag, National Library of New Zealand

COPYRIGHT RESOURCES