Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
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November Newsletter

2017 is certainly disappearing at a rapid pace! Here's what we've been keeping busy with: 

  • We've started a member-only monthly newsletter series called The Loop. The first installment was emailed out last week-we hope you enjoyed! If you didn't receive one, please get in touch and we'll send one your way. 
  • Te Paea and her husband welcomed a new addition to their family. Master Rongomai Te Mauri Donald Mokoera TAIURU was born Thursday 12/10/17 at 06.06am Chch Women's Hospital.Weight - 8lb 5oz. Length - 52cms
    He is now 14 days old and latest weigh-in he is a healthy 5kgs and moved up from size 0000 clothes to size 000.
  • The office will be closing for a short period over the Christmas break. We finish work for 2017 at 12pm on Friday 22nd December and we'll be back in the office on the 3rd of January. 
  • Thank you to everyone who participated in the Website Advisory Group survey. Over the next few months, you may see some changes pop up around the website. Please bear with us-it will all be worth it in the end! 


A couple of weeks ago you should have received an email from Louise, sharing the news that our Executive Director Joanna and her partner will be relocating to Singapore, and we are very sad to see her go.

Joanna has generously given us a long notice period so that we can manage the transition without any impact on membership services.

We're currently recruiting for her position and we would really appreciate you sharing the advertisement within your networks.


We're excited to be working with Ilona to provide advocacy workshops to librarians around New Zealand. We'll be releasing more information, including locations, in the December newsletter. 

In the meantime, here's a bit about Ilona. 

Ilona Kish is the director of the Public Libraries 2020 Programme, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ms Kish is responsible for strategic guidance and management of the Programme. She manages the RWF Brussels team, the Advisory group and other strategic relationships within the Programme.


We're delighted to announce that we're really beginning to see traction in this area of our Future of Libraries work.  We have a workforce development committee that is taking the lead on making our Workforce Development report operational.

You can read all about them here:


As you will have heard in our last newsletter, Anton Angelo and Theresa Buller from The University of Canterbury are the new co-editors of the NZLIMJ. 

They've already started making some great changes, one of which is that the journal is going to become indexed and we're backdating past issues too. 

If you'd like to submit an article to the NZLIMJ, please get in contact with Anton and Theresa. 


If you're interested in the provision of e-books and digital content in libraries, you might be interested in joining the LIANZA Digital Standing Committee. 

We're looking for two library or information professionals to join the committee following recent vacancies. 

Please submit your EOI by Friday 17th November 2017. 



It's your last chance to submit an abstract for the Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference 2018 (APLIC). 

This is a joint conference between ALIA, LIANZA and LAS (Library Association of Singapore) and will be held on the Gold Coast, Australia next year.
This is a great opportunity for New Zealand librarians to ensure we are well-represented at the conference.  The multi-faceted themes offer some exciting presentation opportunities around topics like activism, service delivery models, connecting outside the profession, big data & analytics, privacy & security and sustainability.
More information about the conference and abstract submission process can be found on the APLIC website. 

Abstracts should be submitted by November 6th 2017. 


You may recall that last year we ran a holiday decorating competition called #LIANZAbling. We received so many entries that we decided to run another competition this year. 

While the holiday season is still officially some time away, we thought we'd give you plenty of notice so that you can be as creative and elaborate as you choose. 

This year's competition is called #WhereISpentMyHoliday. Send us a photo of how you're spending your holiday, whether that's sunning yourself on a beach, hard at work, travelling or just hanging out at home. 

You can either tweet or Instagram the photos with the #WhereISpentMyHoliday (be sure to mention us so we see it!) or email it. 

Entries will open on December 1st. 


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

Joanna, Jess and Julia 

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