Check here for LIANZA updates, news and support initiatives.


If you wish to share information, strategies, actions and ideas with other managers and librarians across the library and information sector join us every Monday at 2pm.

Use this ZOOM link:

The first meeting was held Monday March 23 and over 20 people attended.

Meeting Notes:
The notes from each meeting will be posted here each week.

Discussions may include sharing strategies and approaches:

  • supporting staff working from home;
  • copyright issues for storytimes
  • outreach innovations e.g supporting older patrons via phone
  • library WiFi access for patrons
  • limitations on handling of items in libraries;
  • measures to ensure safety of staff and users;
  • processes for cleaning all items that were returned to the library before making them publicly available;
  • strengthening remote access to e-resources;
  • promoting home delivery of books;
  • measures to disinfect returned items;
  • expanding online services to minimise face-to-face contact; and
  • supporting vulnerable communities


We are all now working from home ... adjusting to a temporary workplace, creating new daily routines and facing unique challenges without the support of familiar colleagues.

Maybe you want to discuss library stuff or just chat with someone who is in a similar situation to you. Or maybe you just want to share some of the silliness, have a laugh and do the daily quiz? This week we have had public and special librarians joining us for a cuppa ! To date we have talked about open access, Te Puna Services, interloan, Zoom, book returns,EBSCO and Proquest and missing cats. And the weather ...

LIANZA is offering #stopforacuppa for 30mins at 10.30am and 3pm every week day. Just jump onto this Zoom link to see who else is having a cuppa and ready to talk.

There are some simple rules – introduce yourself, welcome newcomers, share resources and fight fake news. Stuff you already do in your libraries.

Oh – and if you think of something else your national association can do to support you – let us know. See you for a cuppa!!

Use this ZOOM link: 


The Ministry of Health has updated advice about public gatherings on May 16, 2020.  Advice is to now to cancel gatherings of 500 people or more in close proximity. This advice will be regularly reviewed. The intent of the measures is to avoid non-essential gatherings which may facilitate the spread of COVID-19.


The following planned LIANZA community events are cancelled.
All attendees have been contacted directly about refunds.

  • Maori Subject Headings Tukua Workshop, Wakari, Otākou, April 3
  • LIANZA Ikaroa Library Workers Day, Palmerston North, March 18
  • LIANZA Aoraki Weekend, Nelson, May 2-3 - options are being explored to hold at a later date
  • LIANZA Te Whakakitenga aa Kaimai Weekend School, Gisborne, May 21-23
  • LIANZA CatSIG Professional Development Day, Auckland, May 27 - options are being explored to hold at a later date
  • LIANZA Tertiary and Research Symposium Tātou tātou Vision 2020, Wellington, June 29-30 - options are being explored to hold at a later date
  • LIANZA Facing the Future: Ideas into Action with Dr Matt Finch
    May 18 - 19, Wellington and May 25 - 26, Christchurch

    The two planned workshops focusing on the ‘future’ have now been cancelled.
    LIANZA will work with Matt and Brendan to see what workshops may be offered at a later date.
    Matt is offering video-conferenced consulting to support people through these turbulent times. These will be short sessions in small blocks, to help people steer a course through the present uncertainty. Go to to find out more.
    All attendees have been contacted directly about refunds.