Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
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Supporting Public Libraries

We often get requests from public libraries and their communities asking for our assistance with changes that are being directed by their council. 

Episode 1: Jenica Rogers - Staff Development, Communication and Social Media

Corin Haines and Jenica Rogers talk about staff development and the challenges of balancing the needs of seasoned staff and new recruits. Then chat about the hierarchical nature of libraries and how this can be an enabler or a hindrance to staff development. Next we spend some time talking about communication within the profession and how we interact with each other, exchange ideas and find information. Core skills come under the spotlight before we talk briefly about social media and the role this has played in the development of librarians and how we operate.

Are Publishers Out-Competing Libraries? A Research Paper by Andrew Odlyzko

Andrew Odlyzk discusses the effects of academic journal publishers treating libraries as competition together with the effects on the surrounding economy and accessibility of information.

Episode 3: Sue Roberts - Leadership in Change, Learning Cultures, Advocacy and Innovation

Corin Haines speaks with Sue Roberts about leading through change, leading a learning culture, advocacy, innovation and risk taking.

Sue Roberts is Chief Executive Officer and State Librarian of Victoria in Australia. Sue is an experienced strategic leader, having worked in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. Prior to her role in Melbourne she was University Librarian at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, and served as Chair of the Council of New Zealand University Librarians and Director of the Library Consortium of New Zealand.

Episode 2: Rivkah Sass - Public Libraries, their Health, the Future and Maintaining Relevance

Rivkah Sass and Corin Haines talk about the health of public libraries in general in the U.S. and the challenges facing them competing for the public dollar.  We look at the international landscape and discuss the role of advocacy in ensuring their continued existence.  We discuss the future for libraries and finally talk about her time as Librarian of the Year in 2006.  What this meant and what it was like to be in that position.

Webchat by David Lankes of Syracuse University on "The Future of Libraries"

How can librarians promote social change? Join Professor R. David Lankes from Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies to discuss how today’s global challenges require a new librarianship based on community engagement. Learn why librarians must adopt a mission of transformative social action to help improve society, not simply document it.

Keep Public Libraries Free is currently no legislation in New Zealand to prevent councils making libraries charge for basic services like books, music and DVD loans, and Internet use.

LIANZA: The Voice of the Library Profession in Aotearoa New Zealand


The Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa is a vibrant non-profit and membership based organisation that advocates on behalf of library and information professionals within the sector.


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