Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
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March 2017 newsletter

It's been another busy month here at the LIANZA office-here's an overview of just some of the things we've been up to! 

  • DK has been running his social media masterclasses up and down the country and we've had some great feedback so far. 
  • We're in the process of preparing a consultation document on our upcoming Rules changes. This is a result of our decision to repeal the 1939 NZLA Act and will be released in April. 
  • We've been organising a design thinking course that will be offered in the Hawke's Bay area (more information will be released next week) and we're also developing a visual merchandising course to be held later on this year. 
  • A group of Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui members had a tour of the office last Friday lunchtime. It was so lovely to have visitors so if you're keen to come and see us we'd love to have you! 
  • Julia attended a Volunteer Wellington networking evening to speak about LIANZA and the volunteer roles we have available. 
  • Jess attended the Ngā Upoko Tukutuku workshop held at the Waiwhetu Marae in Lower Hutt which she really enjoyed. 
  • Face-to-face LIANZA Council and Professional Registration Board meetings were held in Wellington.  


We've been working to rewrite our Code of Practice based on the ISO framework. This is to provide consistency across all parts of the Code regardless of author, and to ensure we don't miss any key aspects of policy.   

We're at the point where we would like your feedback. If you're interested give the policies a read and let us know the following:

- Do all critical areas of operation appear to be covered?

- Are you happy with the intent of each policy?

- Do you like the framework being used?

- Are there appropriate safeguards for the organisation?

- What do you really like in each policy?

- What could make things difficult for you as a member?

- Are the definitions suitable?

Do let us know about any typos or other errors you see. You can give feedback using the forums or via email to the LIANZA office. Our council members and our Executive Director (Joanna) are also more than happy to answer questions about the policies - so get in touch if you'd like a chat or a presentation / Q&A session to your local group.

Consultation closes on May 1st at 9am - please have comments to us by then.

Joanna will then consolidate feedback, and report back to the membership and LIANZA council with a final Code for adoption.  We are hoping to have this framework go live on July 1, 2017.


The majority of the keynote speakers have been announced and we're delighted with each and every one of them. You can read more about the keynote speakers here

Make sure you check out our conference social media accounts to stay up to date with the latest conference news! 
Twitter: @LIANZAcon
Facebook: LIANZA Conference
Instagram: @lianzaoffice 

Abstract submissions close on the 10th March so make sure you get yours submitted soon! If you're not sure how to go about writing an abstract or don't know what an abstract is, this post may be helpful. Also, if you need some inspiration the ideas below might help you out. 


One of our goals for 2017 is to visit as many New Zealand libraries as we can. Last month we made it to Porirua Library and Upper Hutt City Library and we've got more visits planned for the upcoming months. We're updating our Libraries of NZ Facebook album as we go, so you can check out photos there. If you want us to visit your library, just email Julia and we'll get something organised! 


The third year of Kotuku, our Emerging Leaders Programme, kicked off with the cohort attending Camp Kotuku here in Wellington on February 17 + 18th. It was great to meet this years cohort in person and we're super excited about supporting these passionate librarians on their leadership journeys. We featured the cohort in the February issue of Library Life (pages 14-16) so you can read more about them there. 

Thanks so much for reading and we'll see you in April! 

Joanna, Jess and Julia

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