WHO WE ARE

LIANZA OFFICE

You might be surprised to know that the LIANZA office consists of only three people.

Our executive director, communications advisor and office and design manager are a tight team who like to get things done.

If you have any questions, need help or simply have a brilliant idea or two –
get in touch!

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LIANZA PRESIDENTS

LIANZA Presidents serve a three-year presidential term, with consecutive one-year terms as President-elect, President, and Immediate Past President.

The three Presidents work closely together to deliver on LIANZA’s strategic mission and five-year strategic plan.

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LIANZA COUNCIL

The LIANZA Council provides governance, policy and strategic direction for the Association and is made up of a President, President-elect, Immediate Past President, Treasurer, six Regional Councillors, two representatives of Te Rōpū Whakahau including the Te Rōpū Whakahau Tumuaki. The LIANZA Professional Registration Board Chair and the LIANZA Executive Director are ex-officio members.

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LIANZA COMMITTEES

LIANZA wouldn't be the strong organisation it is today without the hard work from volunteers on our standing committees, advisory groups, project working groups and various other volunteer roles. We sincerely thank everyone who contributes time and effort, and your employers – who generously allow you to carry out LIANZA work during office hours.

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LIANZA COMMUNITIES

LIANZA has active member communities based regionally or with shared interests in particular aspects of library and information management. If you haven't joined one yet, what are you waiting for? These communities use LIANZA as a platform to connect and get things done. Special interest communities are formed by our members, for our members, and we love it.

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MEET OUR PARTNER

Te Ropu Whakhau logo

Te Rōpū Whakahau has been the leading national body representing Māori within the Library and Information profession in Aotearoa New Zealand since 1992.

LIANZA's formal partnership with Te Rōpū Whakahau began in 1995 – the goal of this partnership was to provide mutual support and to set a visible example of the partnership principles described in the Treaty of Waitangi.

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LIANZA WAIATA

The LIANZA waiata has been prepared especially for the Association in 1995 in both Māori and English, by Mike Kawana. Download the lyrics of the LIANZA Waiata.

LISTEN TO THE WAIATA:
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MEET OUR PRESIDENTS

  • Rachel Esson, LIANZA President 2019-2020

    RACHEL ESSON

    LIANZA Immediate Past President

Rachel is Director of Content Services at the National Library of NZ. The Content Services team is responsible for the acquisition, description and processing of items for the published collections; for collection delivery services; for preservation of the library’s digital collections, for the library’s full-text digitisation programme and the services for libraries, EPIC, Te Puna, Kōtui and APNK Services.

She is a professionally registered librarian who has held senior and strategic roles in academic and research libraries. She has a MLIS from Victoria University and also holds a Certificate in Tertiary Teaching from the University of Otago University. She has researched and published in the area of evaluation of library services.

She has held previous roles as Associate Chief Librarian, Research Collections, at the Alexander Turnbull Library; Associate Director, Library Academic Services at Victoria University; and Medical Librarian (University of Otago, Wellington).

Rachel says, I have been actively involved with LIANZA since the early 1990s holding roles on the SLIS Wellington committee, Chairing HealthSIG and TELSIG. I have been on the Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui committee since 2012 and was Regional Councillor from July 2015 until taking up the President-elect role in July 2018. I am excited to be involved with Cultural Heritage Online and the future of the World Digital Library.

  • Anahera Morehu, LIANZA President-elect

    ANAHERA MOREHU

    LIANZA President

Ko Ranginui te tuanui, ko Papatuānuku te paparahi

Ko ngā maunga, ngā poupou, e kore e nekeneke

He uri ahau o te Whare tapu o Ngāpuhi

Anahera is currently the Kaiārahi at the University of Auckland (UoA) Faculty of Business and Economics. Prior to that she was the Kaiwhakahaere Toi Aronui me Māori me Moananui-a-Kiwa at Te Tumu Herenga, UoA.

In her imaginary remaining spare time she is a Ngā Kaiwhakahau member (National Council) of Te Rōpū Whakahau, on the LIANZA Professional Registration Board, Māori Subject Headings Governing Group and has just recently stepped down from four years as LIANZA Regional Councillor for the Hikuwai region.

Anahera says, over the years I have actively contributed to, and participated in, various professional development opportunities, regional, national and international events, advocated on behalf of members, promoted LIANZA offerings, hosted conferences, judged on panels, and other various duties.

I will be proud to further realise LIANZA’s vision statement of people and communities connected and empowered by information. He tangata, or people are the heart of our profession, and like the Māori proverb says, it is the most important thing in the world. He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. I am humbled to contribute to strengthening our people, our members to be innovative and responsive to current and future information needs.

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    ERICA RANKIN

    LIANZA President-elect

Kia ora koutou katoa,

I am currently Community Libraries Manager at Christchurch City Libraries, managing staff, service delivery and customer experience across half of the city’s libraries. I have considerable experience working in the public library sector, predominantly as a Team Leader, Manager and member of the Christchurch City Libraries Lead Team.
I have also managed the Content team at CCL and more recently held the role of Establishment Manager, for the development of the new Christchurch Central Library, Tūranga.

In this role I managed multiple library work streams and worked closely with the Project Director and wider project team to plan, scope and integrate library service requirements with construction activities. My strong communication and interpersonal skills were key to this role, ensuring that both library and project needs were understood and met.

My ability to listen to the voices of multiple individuals and groups and to advocate and champion their needs is a strength, as is my ability to lead, inspire and motivate others. I was excited to be selected by LIANZA as one of the portfolio leads for the IFLA World Library and Information Congress and looked forward to growing my connections and networks with the wider profession through this role.

I see the role of LIANZA President-elect as requiring many of the skills and abilities that I bring and a wonderful opportunity for me to learn, share and represent libraries of all sectors across New Zealand, through the challenges and opportunities we face in these unprecedented times.

I look forward to joining the LIANZA Council and meeting as many of you as possible over the next three years.

MEET OUR COMMITTEES

STANDING COMMITTEE ON COPYRIGHT

The LIANZA Standing Committee on Copyright advises LIANZA Council on copyright issues affecting libraries,  the need to lobby on behalf of the library community, and makes submissions on copyright legislation.

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CONFERENCE COMMITTEE 2019

The Conference Committee organises our bi-ennial LIANZA conference and ensures the smooth running of the event from start to finish. The theme, logo, welcome, social events and conference 'vibe' are all due to their passion and commitment to their profession.

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RULES COMMITTEE

This committee provides advice to the Council when they are looking to make changes to the Rules by which the Association is governed.

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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.

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PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION BOARD

The Board assess all applications for professional registration and revalidation, approves mentors and advises on the LIANZA Professional Registration Scheme.

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PROGRAMMES COMMITTEE 2019

The Programmes Committee are responsible for designing the LIANZA conference programme,  peer reviewing submitted abstracts, identifying wonderful keynote speakers and working alongside the Conference Committee, LIANZA Executive Director and the professional conference organiser to provide an amazing professional experience for the library and information sector.

CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE

The Credentials Committee are responsible for awarding LIANZA Professional Recognition awards to their peers.

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LIANZA COMMITTEES

LIANZA wouldn't be the strong organisation it is today without the hard work and game-changing contributions from the volunteers on our standing committees and advisory groups, project working groups, committees of regional and special interest communities and various other volunteer roles.

We sincerely thank all of you who volunteer your time and effort for the profession, as well as your employers who generously allow you to carry out LIANZA work during office hours.

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE 2019

  • Judy McFall-McCaffery (Co-convenor)
  • Richard Misilei (Co-convenor)
  • Irene Tufuga
  • John Mata’afa
  • Elenoa Mo’a Sili-Mati
  • Mack Leala
  • Ian Toki
  • Sana Saleem
  • Trina Roycroft
  • Asilika Aholelei
  • Emma Chapman

CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE

  • Laurinda Thomas (Chair)
  • Joan Simpson
  • Lee Rowe
  • Justine Lester
  • Alison Fields
  • Bernie Hawke
  • Dyane Hosler

STANDING COMMITTEE FOR FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

  • Louise LaHatte (Chair)
  • Stephanie Colling
  • Alyson Baker
  • Kim Gutchlag

REPRESENTATIVES

  • VUW LIM Advisory Committee – Janet Upton
  • Public Lending Right Advisory Group – Glen Walker
  • Māori Subject Headings Governing Group – Anahera Morehu
  • Open Polytechnic LIS Stakeholder Advisory Group  Ana Pickering

PROGRAMMES COMMITTEE

  • Sue Fargher (Chair) 
  • Philippa Robinson
  • Peter Murgatroyd
  • Paula Eskett
  • Jane George
  • Mojgan Sadighi
  • Lucy Powell
  • Glenn Webster 
  • Judy McFall-McCaffery
  • Elenoa Mo’a Sili-Mati

STANDING COMMITTEE ON COPYRIGHT

  • Sarah Powell (Chair)
  • Zoe Richardson
  • Kim Gutchlag
  • Diane Friis
  • Alice Cruickshank
  • Melanie Johnson
  • Nicola Harwood
  • Mandy Henk (Tohatoha - Creative Commons Representative)

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION BOARD

  • Cath Sheard (Chair)
  • Anahera Morehu
  • Jane Robinson
  • Anne-Maree Wigley
  • Aubrey Kirkpatrick
  • Catherine Doughty
  • Ana Pickering (Secretary)

RULES COMMITTEE

  • Anne Buck (Chair)
  • Elaine Sides
  • Moira Fraser