Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
Te Rau Herenga O Aotearoa

Call for Abstracts

LIANZA Conference 2019 

The call for abstracts is now closed.

The reviewers are looking forward to reading your new initiatives, fresh experiences, unexpected findings, deep insights, inspiring initiatives and provocative thoughts to create an engaging and stimulating conference.

Your kōrero will celebrate the stories of libraries, help others to strengthen the role of libraries, and highlight how libraries add value and support people to thrive, personally and within their communities.  


Our conference theme, our Families, Our Communities, Our Libraries Nāu te rourou nāku te rourou, focuses on the wellbeing and success of our people and invites us to examine our current practices, approaches and services to our families and communities.


Who are our families, communities and libraries?

How are our communities changing? What are the big challenges facing our communities that libraries and the information sector can help solve? How does the library and information sector support social justice? What does digital citizenship look like in your community? 

Example: Propose a panel session of researchers and information practitioners that explores the issue of mental health and its impact in your community.


How do our families and communities engage with libraries? 

What opportunities are there for libraries to respond to their communities more effectively? What creative and innovative possibilities are you considering? What can we learn from other sectors? How can we co-create innovative solutions with our communities? What do we know about how people are engaging with information now and in the future?

Example: Propose a presentation that explores an innovative solution co-created with your community?


How do libraries engage with families and communities?

What possibilities are you exploring in your organisation? What’s your vision for your library of the future? How are libraries transforming? What role does digital innovation play in your place? What does experimentation and creativity look like for your library? How do staff diversify their skills and knowledge? How can we share innovations and collaborate effectively? How do libraries show impact and value? What initiatives have you made to improve services and demonstrate return on investment? 

Example: Propose a debate in which opposing sides make a case for the resourcing and provision of school libraries in the next decade.


What are important taonga that families and communities contribute to libraries, learning, teaching and research and vice versa?

How can emerging technologies connect taonga and the community? What role can algorithms, AI and the cloud play? What innovations support community literacy? How is your library supporting the creation of open knowledge and information? 

Example:  Propose a lightning talk that highlights an opportunity to grow the role of libraries in teaching and learning in your community.


Presentation Formats

You can submit a proposal for any one of the following

  • Lightning talk 10 mins incl Q&A
  • Panel 100 mins incl Q&A
  • Paper 30 mins incl Q&A
  • Poster during a lunch break
  • Workshop 65 mins incl Q&A

Presentation format descriptions.


Abstract Submission Support Document

The following document provides support and guidelines on preparing your submission including an abstract submission template outlining the requirements for submissions.

Abstract Submission Support Document and abstract template in Word

Abstract Submission Support Document and abstract template PDF


Evaluation of abstracts

Your submission should answer these questions:

  • What are the issues the paper and/or presentation highlights/addresses/raises?
  • Why are these issues significant?
  • How do these issues relate to the conference theme?
  • What contributions might this paper and/or presentation make to the library and information sector?
  • What are the implications for the future?


Abstracts will be evaluated by the LIANZA 2019 Programme Committee against the following criteria:

  • Appropriateness and significance of the topic to the conference theme
  • Originality, significance (is this a new and original contribution?)

All abstracts will be double-blind reviewed.


Conditions of submissions

  • A presenter may participate in a maximum of two presentations.
  • Abstracts may be accepted in a different presentation format subject to review and availability.
  • Presenters must register and pay to attend LIANZA 2019 in order for their presentations to be confirmed in the programme.
  • Presenters are required to organise their own travel and accommodation arrangements.  The LIANZA 2019 organisers have secured accommodation at a variety of locations close to the Vodafone Events Centre and details about this accommodation will be available for booking when registering for the conference.


Important dates

  • The deadline for abstract submission is 20 March 2019.
  • Notification of acceptance will be no later than 1 May 2019.
  • Early Bird registration opens in June 2019.
  • Presenters will need to have registered for LIANZA 2019 by no later than 25 July 2019 to guarantee a place in the programme.


Need help?

If you need help with your submission at any stage please contact the Conference Organisers, Paardekooper and Associates

Phone + 64 4 562 8259 


Check out this list of resources and advice for writing an abstract.

Look at this exemplar abstract


Presentation format details

Lightning talk 10 mins incl Q&A

This is an opportunity for individual presenters to give a short, sharp presentation on a specific topic.  Each Lightning Talk is 10 minutes in duration.


Panel 100 mins incl Q&A

A panel discussion allows different people to present their views on a topic in a short space of time, after which the discussion is opened to the audience. The maximum number of speakers on a panel should be four with at least 20 minutes for each speaker to present followed by a discussion with the audience or as negotiated with the Programme Committee.


Paper 30 mins incl Q&A

This is a lecture style presentation which may be supported with visual material, demonstrations and handouts.  Paper presentations will be allocated 30 minutes including questions and answers. These presentations will occur in concurrent streams.


Workshop 65 mins incl Q&A

Workshop sessions must include active audience participation through experiencing and discussing tasks provided by the workshop facilitator. Workshop sessions will generally be 65 minutes.


Poster during a lunch break

Posters are for one-on-one discussion of a theme or topic. They are especially effective for information that can be presented visually (e.g. photos, charts, graphs, tables). There will be a block of time allocated when presenters will be available to discuss their posters. Presenters are encouraged to consider posters because of the opportunity they provide for inclusion of more presenters and for extended discussion. You will be assigned a space to display your poster which will fit one A0 size sheet.

Guidelines for poster design:

  • Your poster should be no larger than A0: 841 x 1189 mm width x height/ 33.1 x 46.8 inches width x height (landscape or portrait).
  • Your poster should be an advertisement for your ideas, findings or techniques; so good posters apply the techniques of salesmanship to seize and hold viewers’ attention: 
  • Titles and sub-headings should be short and to the point
  • The content should be concise and logical in order to guide the reader through the poster
  • The design should look good, use attractive colour, graphics and typography
  • Avoid overwhelming detail. Keep it simple, both in terms of the language and visuals used.
  • Choose a readable font large enough to be read from about 1m away (titles/main headings from about 2m distance).
  • You may wish to prepare a handout which you can also pin to the poster board.
  • Include the title, your name and affiliation in the display.
  • Consider how your poster might encourage conversation.

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