Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
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Welcome to new members of the Professional Registration Board

In March the Professional Registration Board said farewell three members; Chris Moselen, Anne Stephenson Piper, and Lynette New.  Cath Sheard, Chair acknowledges their contribution, “Over the last three years Chris, Anne and Lynette have brought a wealth of experience from university, school and public libraries to the board, and we will miss their input. As Chair I would like to thank them for volunteering their personal time to the Board. I’d also like to make special mention of Chris for her additional support when I was unwell last year – knowing you could attend meetings on my behalf for the Board was much appreciated. The Board wishes you well with any professional challenges you take on in the future.”

Also in March, the Board welcomed two new members, and we’d like to let them introduce themselves to you.

Aubrey Kirkpatrick is currently seconded as the Research Services Librarian at Victoria University of Wellington. “When I first arrived in New Zealand back in 2010, the first thing I knew I wanted to sort out was to get my membership to LIANZA sorted, and have my MLIS qualifications recognised. LIANZA’s Professional Registration scheme made so much sense for me to show that I am a committed member of the library community. It shows local employers the validity of my education and experience in the field, and that I keep myself active and current in the field. Would I have done this without the scheme? Sure, but it helps demonstrate the validity of my involvement, ensures I remain reflective on my practice, and gives weight to my commitment to librarianship as a career. Arriving as a young professional, newly graduated with an MLIS from Canada I wanted to make sure I made the most of my opportunities professionally. Having completed three revalidation journals I realised that while the process can seem tedious at the time, that I personally believe in the process and it has served me well as I have held a number of librarian positions around New Zealand and abroad. Upon completing my third revalidation journal I heard about an opening on the LIANZA Professional Registration Board. I personally know many librarians and colleagues who do not embrace the scheme and those who might not see its value and I wanted to stand up and act as a champion for the process, as I feel it is a valuable part of LIANZAs role. I am happy to start my three-year term on the board and look forward to seeing the amazing journals and applications the library and information staff submit for LIANZA Professional Registration.”

Tracy Maniapoto is  Course Leader and Lecturer supporting courses within the Library and Information Studies programmes at the Open Polytechnic and the University of Wellington.  “Kia ora. Like Aubrey, I’m one of the latest members to join the LIANZA Professional Registration Board and looking forward to starting my 3-year term also.  I have been working for the past 10 years in academic libraries (Whanganui UCOL, Massey University, University of Auckland) and more recently in the public library sector (Ngā Pātaka Kōrero o Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Libraries).  I gained professional registration while working for Auckland Libraries as it was a requirement for the role of Senior Librarian – Collections Development.  I was fortunate at the time to be part of an amazing team that supported me to gain my RLIANZA certification.  I’m an advocate for continued professional development and look forward to reviewing journals submitted for LIANZA Professional Registration.”


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