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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.


Lisa Emerson

Professor Lisa Emerso
n, Massey University is an award-winning tertiary teacher and an experienced lead researcher in the area of information and academic literacies. Lisa is leading a three-year TLRI project which researches information literacy and the library in senior secondary and tertiary teaching.


Toby Morris is an Auckland based illustrator, comic artist and writer. He is the Creative Director of The Spinoff and the author of the non-fiction comic series The Side Eye. He has published several books including Te Tiriti O Waitangi: a graphic novel explaining the history of the Treaty of Waitangi. He is a three time winner of 'Best Artwork' at the New Zealand media awards, and winner of 'Cartoonist of the Year' for 2019. 

In 2020 he began a collaboration with Dr Siouxsie Wiles communicating scientific ideas around the Covid-19 pandemic. Several of their graphics, like 'Flatten the Curve' and 'Reduce the Spread' were shared around the world and adapted for use by international governments. That work lead to The World Health Organisation (WHO) hiring Toby and The Spinoff team to deliver content in support of the global effort to combat the pandemic, which they continue to do


Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles, University of Auckland. Dr Siouxsie Wiles is a microbiologist and Associate Professor at the University of Auckland. Siouxsie heads up the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab where she and her team make bacteria glow in the dark to understand how infectious microbes make us sick and to find new medicines. She is also passionate about demystifying science, often collaborating with artists and animators to do this. In 2017 she published her first book, ‘Antibiotic resistance: the end of modern medicine?’ and in 2019 was appointed a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to microbiology and science communication. During COVID-19 Siouxsie joined forces with Spinoff cartoonist Toby Morris to make the science of the pandemic clear and understandable. Releasing their work under a Creative Commons licence, their graphics have been translated into multiple languages and have been adapted by various governments and organisations as part of their official pandemic communications.


Our call for presentations closed on Monday 9th November.

If you have any questions about your presentation, please see the contact list below. Please refer to our Presenting tips & tricks folder for help with your abstract and presentation.


Early bird registration will open on Thursday 12 November 2020. Discounted fees will be available for members of LIANZA.

Full Registration (Full Fee) $145 $180
LIANZA & TRW Personal Member (25% Discount) $110 $135
LIANZA & TRW RLIANZA, Student & Retiree Member (30% Discount)   $100 $125
LIANZA Institutional Member Staff Registration (15% Discount) $125 $153
LIANZA PR from another Association (15% Discount) $125 $153


Thank you to our sponsor, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, National Library of New Zealand.


We are pleased to offer you the opportunity to participate as a sponsor. The various sponsorship packages and opportunities are detailed in our Sponsorship Prospectus.

We are happy to discuss other sponsorship options if those outlined do not fit your needs. Sponsorship enquiries can be emailed to LIANZA Executive Director Ana Pickering (


Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, National Library of New Zealand
70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington


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: