Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
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Ada Fache Fund

Ada Fache was a stalwart of the library profession. She commenced work as an assistant at Dunedin Public Library in 1937. Except for two years as Librarian at Rangiora Public Library during the war, the remainder of her career was spent at Dunedin culminating in her appointment as City Librarian in 1960 -(only the second woman to hold this position in a metropolitan library). Miss Fache was one of the first group in 1946 to pass the General Training Certificate (later known as the NZLA Certificate, which then became the NZ Library Studies Certificate). Throughout her career she retained a strong interest in library education, encouraging many in a practical way to obtain library qualifications.

Her retirement at 50,was prompted by a wish to make way for a new generation of librarians with professional qualifications, was typical of her generous approach. However her interest in the work of the Association continued, with Miss Fache regularly attending Otago/Southland
Region meetings and other library functions. In her will Miss Fache left the Association a bequest of "one-twentieth of her estate for general purposes".
The then NZLIA National Council felt that such a selfless bequest should not be lost in the general fund, and agreed to use the bequest as seeding for a fund, the interest for which would provide an award or awards to assist with an individual's, or individuals' continuing
professional development. Such a fund was established in 1995.

The Ada Fache Fund financially assists librarians in rural and remote locations to participate in professional development programmes and maintain the currency of their professional knowledge.

Potential uses of the award may include assisting attendance at the LIANZA Conference or a continuing professional development course.
The award consists of a grant and a citation. These will be presented at the annual LIANZA Conference.
Applicants must:
1. Be a current personal member of LIANZA
2. Have been a personalmember for a minimum of three (3) consecutive years since obtaining a library or information management qualification.
3. Be working in a situation which can be considered "isolated".

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