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It is our pleasure to invite you to a two-day symposium, 4-5 February 2021 at the National Library in Wellington, organised by LIANZA’s Research (RES) and Tertiary Libraries (TEL) special interest groups.


As most of our professional decisions are underpinned by evidence gathered through some form of research, this symposium will be of strong interest to information workers across all sectors, tertiary, school, special, government, health, public and more.  

It will also provide the opportunity to rekindle  connections with colleagues and friends across the library and wider information sectors. 

All are welcome - new graduates, early career and more experienced professionals alike.

We encourage you to present in person if at all possible but of course should alert levels change we will make arrangements to move the symposium online.




Keen to present at the symposium  but not sure if your project is relevant?  Our broader focus is evidence based practice and innovation in tertiary and other information sector services.

If you have integrated research into tailoring your services to meet your community’s needs, we would like to hear from you.

This could be in the areas of:

  • Bibliometrics
  • Design thinking
  • Digital fluency
  • Distance and online learning
  • Embedded practice
  • Embedding Tikanga Maori
  • Information literacy and fake news
  • Measuring impact
  • Open Access
  • UX (user experience)
  • Or your current or recent research – tell us!

Presentation Guidelines

All presentations must be original, not simultaneously submitted to another conference, and must fit one of the following categories:

  • Presentation [up to 30 mins including questions] to describe a completed or nearly completed piece of work
  • Lightning Talk [up to 10 mins including questions] to describe a smaller piece of work, perhaps as yet incomplete, or of more limited scope.
  • Workshop [up to 90 mins] to describe an interactive, activity and discussion based session

Please refer to our Presenting tips & tricks folder for help with your abstract and presentation.


  • Your abstract should be approximately 350 -500 words  
  • Please also list 3-5 keywords that accurately describe your topic
  • When you submit your abstract please be available for both Thursday 4 and Friday 5 February. The programme committee will advise your exact date and time. 
  • Please also indicate your preference for presenting in-person vs. distance (e.g. via Zoom). While the former is preferred, we will try to accommodate the latter.

Dates & Deadline

The call for papers is now open.

  • Abstracts are due Monday November 9th, 2020
  • All submissions will be managed via EasyChair and will be peer reviewed.

Thank you in advance.  If you have any questions about this, please see the contact list below.


Programme Committee

  • Dr Amanda Cossham
  • Amy Jacob
  • Annie McKillop
  • Brenda Norton
  • Catherine Doughty
  • Claudia Adams
  • Dr Jo Simons
  • Natalie Smith

Organizing Committee

  • Natalie Smith
  • Catherine Doughty
  • Dr Amanda Cossham
  • Annie McKillop
  • Brenda Norton


All questions about submissions should be emailed to: 


Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, National Library of New Zealand