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LIANZA Awards and Scholarship results 2018

We are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2017/18 LIANZA Awards and Scholarships and the LIANZA Student Awards.


Penny Guy is the recipient of the 2017/18 Edith Jessie Carnell Travelling Scholarship. Penny is a Children's and Teenagers Programmes Specialist at Tauranga City Libraries. She will be using the scholarship to investigate sensory storytimes in the USA which are aimed at children with developmental disabilities. 

Penny plans to attend a SNAILS (Special Needs and Inclusive Library Services) meeting in Chicago in May 2019. SNAILS is a networking group made up of Illinois youth services librarians and staff, young adult librarians and library students. On her trip Penny also intends to observe a variety of Sensory Storytimes in as many libraries as possible including at the Los Angeles Public Library.

The LIANZA Awards judging panel said:
“It was really pleasing to see an application that focused on developing innovative library services to often marginalised groups. Sensory storytime focuses on improving inclusion for children with developmental disabilities and other conditions so they can also experience the joy of library story times. We look forward to Penny sharing with LIANZA members the learning that the award will allow her to do".

The Edith Jessie Carnell Travelling Scholarship is awarded to enhance the knowledge and development of the profession in New Zealand, the aims of LIANZA and to further the continued professional development of the successful applicant. It is awarded for the purpose of assisting an individual to travel outside New Zealand for either research, study, or attending a conference.  It is awarded biennially, for the value of 70% of the interest earned from the bequest. 


Bernadette Cassidy, Information and Design Services Manager at NZ Spinal Trust was the recipient of the Ada Fache Fund in 2017/18. 

Bernadette used the funds to attend the APLIC (Asia-Pacific Information and Library Conference), where she presented a paper on how she reinvented the library service at the Allan Bean Centre (based at Burwood Hospital) after the devastating Christchurch earthquakes of 2011.

You can view the slides from Bernadette's presentation here

The judging panel said:
“Bernadette is a sole charge manager of a library is that isolated in terms of geography and specialism. While managing the Allan Bean Centre Library based in Burwood she ensures that she keeps up with library developments by reading etc however having the opportunity to travel to network face to face with colleagues is an important and valuable opportunity not usually available to her. In her application she shared that was eager to share her experiences via articles and presentations.”

The Ada Fache Fund is offered annually to a personal member of LIANZA working in a rural or remote location to participate in professional development programmes and maintain the currency of their professional knowledge. The value of this award is approximately $600.


Congratulations to Nina Whittaker, Library Assistant at the Museum of Transport and Technology who won this prize for the 2017 academic year. 

The David Wylie Prize is provided annually to the Victoria University of Wellington or Open Polytechnic student who completes the best piece of writing concerning an aspect of library and information studies.

The award comprises a $200 book voucher and LIANZA membership for one year. 

Nina says:
"It came as a complete surprise to me, and has inspired me to continue to learn all I can about how Information Studies can serve our communities here in Aotearoa New Zealand.
I am excited for the opportunity to acquire great professional development resources – I am particularly looking forward to getting a copy of “Archives: Record-Keeping in Society” by McKemmish et al., which has been very inspiring from an information activism point of view.
With the support of this prize I will continue to work hard on connecting Auckland’s archival community, and hope to be able to support outreach initiatives to endangered community archives within the Tāmaki region in the future" 

You can find out more about the work that Nina does at MOTAT in this short YouTube video


Congratulations to Rachael Hemmingson, Community Learning Librarian at Christchurch City Libraries who is the recipient of this award for the 2017 academic year. 

This award is given annually to the student of Open Polytechnic Kuratini Tuwhera who completes the best piece of work displaying a significant understanding and appreciation of biculturalism in New Zealand. 

Rachael completed the best piece of work on a bicultural theme and focused on Ngā Upoko Tukutuku (Māori Subject Headings) from the Cataloguing and Classification course.  

The award comprises a $200 book voucher and LIANZA membership for one year. 

Rachael says:
"I am honoured to have even been considered for this award. Knowledge and awareness build bridges between worlds. As information professionals, it is our responsibility to support this by removing walls."



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