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November 9 - 11, 2021

Due to the current COVID situation, we’ve made the bold and timely decision to move the LIANZA 2021 conference to a fully virtual event.

We had planned to host a hybrid conference where participants, both online and in-person, had a safe and successful event and were able to plan with confidence. However, with restrictions continuing as they are, it has become clear that hosting the in-person component of our conference is unlikely to be viable.

We have made this positive and practical decision to provide certainty around planning for participants, delegates, speakers and sponsors. Our focus now is on maximising the value of our virtual conference for you and we want to remind you of the many opportunities our virtual event will provide.

We know you will want to take to take part in this online event which has:

  • 15 keynote speakers
  • 55 papers
  • 32 lightning talks
  • five panels
  • three sector korero
  • 13 interactive workshops
  • the first debate in living memory.

If you have not registered yet, you can register here.

The theme of the LIANZA 2021 Conference 2021 is 'Thriving Together'. This captures our aspirations for the coming year as the sector works its way through COVID recovery with a spirit of collaboration.

Our innovative conference model will see speakers and delegates joining from anywhere in the world and aims to have even more members of our professional community engage in a LIANZA conference than ever before. We hope you will join us – in-person or virtually at the LIANZA 2021 conference.


2021 Monday 8 November Tuesday 9 November Wednesday 10 November Thursday 11 November
Morning Exhibition build Opening plenary

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Afternoon Exhibitor pack in Newcomers Event

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Library Tours
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Innovation is crucial to enable libraries to improve and expand service delivery and to remain relevant for users, now and in the future.
Share your snapshots of innovation in action, showcase ideas and initiatives to inspire others. What new challenges have led to quick, innovative solutions?  How might libraries turn the challenges of rapid and dramatic transformation into opportunities for new services, policies and ideas?  What new technologies and tools has your developed or used and what was the impact? How are library spaces being used differently and how has creative programming enabled new outcomes to be realised? What organisational structures enable innovation and engage staff and users in achieving innovative outcomes? How does your library support your community to explore their own innovation and creativity?


Libraries ensure that people from diverse communities have access to the information they need when they need it.
How can libraries co-create opportunities for exchange with our vibrant and diverse communities? What library initiatives, partnerships or innovations help to remove barriers and engage people of all ages from diverse communities?
From strategies to increase digital inclusion; co-creating new initiatives with your library user community; creating opportunities to listen to and learn from perspectives that we are not familiar with, responding to accessibility challenges; providing access to publicly-funded and international research, initiatives to attract and support a diverse library workforce. What creative and innovative possibilities is your library working on to address diversity, equity and inclusion? How might libraries facilitate connections across divides—physical, social, cultural or technological?


Libraries are essential to connect people with literature and facilitate literacy.
As a result of COVID-19 related employment and economic pressures, libraries are experiencing an upsurge in people needing support to move ahead with their lives. What does your library do to promote information literacy; develop critical thinking; engage users in reading for pleasure; support people to negotiate fake news and misinformation; and engage with the education sector to support life-long learning?


Cultural institutions such as libraries, museums and archives are more important than ever.

Libraries must collect evidence and use it to tell the story of their impact to stakeholders. How does your library measure what matters; use evaluation to understand the wants, needs and motivations of your users and potential users; and communicate effectively about the impact your library makes in your community? How might libraries encourage risk, experimentation and learn from failure?


Libraries work to promote community engagement and transformation.
Community engagement is the process of where libraries work collaboratively with community members – library users, faculty, students, professionals and partner organisations to address issues for the betterment of the community. What exceptional and innovative strategies and actions has your library taken to engage, support and transform communities?


Libraries play a vital role in ‘telling stories of the now’ for our future generations.
Without accessible documentary evidence of where a society has come from, it cannot understand itself or move forward. Collecting, preserving and providing access to the documentary heritage; and responding to bi-culturalism and decolonisation is a key role for libraries. How can libraries and other cultural institutions respond to indigenous peoples’ aspirations of self-determination over their knowledge and information, and ensure whare taonga and Māori data is accessible to iwi? What role can libraries play in providing local history resources to support the delivery of New Zealand history at schools?


LIANZA would like to extend a hearty congratulations to our new Conference Committee members: Natalie Smith, Aaron Wanoa, Heather McCaskill, Brigid Brammer and Kay Morfett.


​Natalie Smith, Victoria University of Wellington
I’m very pleased to be part of the LIANZA 2021 conference committee. As someone who works in a tertiary library, I’m passionate about information literacy and supporting student success. I hope to bring my recent experience of helping organise Tātou Tātou Gather & Grow to the conference. I look forward to the opportunities to network with colleagues and help promote the importance of our sector. We are LIANZA.


​Aaron Wanoa, National Library of New Zealand
I have worked in the library sector for 20 years in various types of libraries.  I enjoy project co-ordination so the conference is an exciting professional development opportunity. I am skilled at monitoring expenditure, communicating budget issues and have a good understanding of finance audit requirements and systems.  I work consistently with suppliers, invoices and contracts. My skill set fits in the ‘doing’, the organizing, making sure things are done. I look forward to contributing.


​Heather McCaskill, Upper Hutt City Libraries

I have worked in public libraries for seven years and I am currently an outreach librarian at Upper Hutt Libraries. ​The LIANZA 2021 conference will ideally attract a broad range of professionals from across the sector and provide them with opportunities for networking as well as interesting and relevant content that will give them ideas and tools that they can take back to their organisations and share with colleagues. This is a time when LIANZA can shine, raising awareness in the important role they play in the sector and how active members can help shape the direction of LIANZA and the sector.


Brigid Brammer, Wellington City Libraries

​I have previously participated in the programme committee for the LIANZA 2013 Conference in Wellington when Rachel Esson was Programme Coordinator. I convened the first LIANZA Te Upoko te Ika a Maui regional weekend school in Wellington at Massey University and had overview of the LIANZA Te Upoko te ika a Maui weekend school at Masterton in 2018. I am particularly interested in the LIANZA 2021 conference as it is an opportunity to strengthen connections between LIANZA regional and special interest groups, and build on relationships with PLNZ and Te Rōpu Whakahau. I believe our theme can focus on the best of each of these groups asking them to contribute as groups highlighting research or a focus that is special to each of them. It would be an extension of the “we are one” idea but with a group focus. It would show that this is what LIANZA does; it brings us together to share and learn.


Kay Morfett, Rolleston School Library

​I am the librarian at Rolleston School and I also work as a library assistant for the Selwyn Libraries covering 4 of our local centres. I have worked within the library industry for 10 years in the UK, Australia and in Aotearoa. My previous background was in Management and Training for Customer Service and Call Centres. I am able to bring a different outlook, a fresh set of ideas and a wide sector of experience to the committee, not only as a leader of a school library but also as a co-worker in a variety of wider community settings. I am a good listener, a great trainer/teacher and I am incredibly passionate about the work and the difference every single library makes. I think our school library shows any visitor how different a library can be and how excited children can get about one single space! I believe the greatest need for libraries at this time is awareness, especially with the recent negative media on school libraries; awareness of what we offer in all libraries, what the community needs us to be there for, why whanau want our services, the difference libraries, books and the technology and knowledge we offer matters. Education for library staff that you do matter and providing a long term form of support, an ongoing forum for ideas and giving the chance to showcase any library, no matter how small.

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