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 President-elect

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.

  • Louise-LaHatte

    Louise LaHatte

    LIANZA Immediate Past President

Louise is currently Te Pouarahi o Te Kura Tawhiti/Head of Research, Heritage, the Central Library and Records & Archives at Auckland Council and leads LIANZA’s Standing Committee on Freedom of Information.

Louise has worked in public and university libraries for over 30 years, and previous LIANZA involvement includes chairing CatSIG, membership of the Hikuwai regional committee and the LIANZA copyright committee. That makes her sound ancient, but she has heaps of energy for the transformative potential of libraries in people’s lives, and how library associations can support that.

(BA, Dip Lib, FLIANZA, RLIANZA)

  • Paula Eskett, immediate Past President

    PAULA ESKETT

    LIANZA President

Paula is an experienced library and information professional with 30 years’ experience in the sector in various roles including time as a children's librarian and a community librarian. She currently works at Waimakariri Libraries as Waimakariri District Libraries Manager. She previously worked in a special library as a Knowledge Curator at CORE Education in Christchurch. During her career, Paula has worked in digital, community and research libraries, managed school libraries and contributed as a consultant in school libraries. In 2012, Paula became the first non-teacher in New Zealand to be awarded a CORE Education eFellowship. Her research focused on creating student engagement in school libraries through the use of mobile devices and apps.

Paula is on the board for Tohatoha, formerly Creative Commons Aotearoa, representing the education sector. In 2016, she was part of the Institute of Open Leadership (IOL 2) in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2018, she successfully completed the Creative Commons Certificate demonstrating competency in open licensing and the Commons. Paula attended the Creative Commons Global Summit in 2017 and 2018 in Toronto, Canada. Paula is the only accredited facilitator in New Zealand available to deliver library-specific training through Professional Learning and Development centrally funded by the Ministry of Education.

Paula has been on LIANZA Council since 2011 and is passionate about the need for sustainable, equitable and community responsive libraries.

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

  • Michaela O'Donovan (Chair)
  • Joan Simpson
  • Lee Rowe
  • Justine Lester
  • Alison Fields
  • Hester Mountfield
  • Linda Geddes

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 

STANDING COMMITTEE ON COPYRIGHT

  • Sarah Powell (Acting Chair)
  • Zoe Richardson
  • Kim Gutchlag
  • Amy Joseph
  • Diane Friis
  • Alice Cruickshank
  • Mandy Henk (Tohatoha - Creative Commons Representative)
  • Paula Eskett (LIANZA Council Representative)

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION BOARD

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

RULES COMMITTEE

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