Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
Te Rau Herenga O Aotearoa




Kia ora koutou,

As you know, LIANZA Awards have opened for 2018. This year we decided to create a handbook that people could print out and use to help them in the awards application process. It would be great if you could share this handbook with your networks and also encourage people to apply for the awards on offer. This is the Awards page on the website if you need to point people there:


Also, our March webinar was about the awards (Christine Busby did an awesome job presenting the webinar) and you can watch the recording on our YouTube channel:


If you’re considering applying, it’s a great idea to talk to others who have received Associateships and your manager to get their tips and advice






 Ikaroa Weekend School 2018 POSTPONED 

Saturday 24th February 2018 













Date:Saturday 16th December, 2017
Time: 4-6pm

Venue: IPU – Senior Common Room
57 Aokautere Drive,
Palmerston North

Drinks and Nibbles

Conference Feedback from Ikaroa sponsorship recipients

RSVP To: by 9th December 2017

See attached flyer for more details



How to Revalidate

Courtesy of LIANZA Website

Make sure you send in all of the relevant info:

  • your completed journal in the current journal template
  • cover letter with a self assessment statement
  • letter of verification from your employer to show they have viewed your journal and it is true and accurate to the best of their knowledge

Once you have everything you can your submit your application online or email to

What you need to include in your revalidation journal:

Your journal must show your professional development activities over a three year period.

The minimum requirements are:

What the Registration Board are looking for:

  • quality (not quantity or length) - keep it to thirty words or less - just a couple of sentences per activity to quantify your learning
  • relevance of the activities to your role
  • well-balanced knowledge across the BoKs and domains
  • evidence of depth of learning gained, and thoughtful reflections on activities and the learning process.

Please be succinct

Our PR Board members are volunteers and review your journal in their spare time.  At peak review times PR Board members can recieve up to 10 journals each per month. By meeting the requirements you make their job a lot easier.

Applications now open for Kotuku 2018 

You can find out more about what the programme entails, what commitment is required, how much it costs, and more by checking out our FAQs. 

To apply, please complete the application form and submit to by 9am Monday October 30th 2017. 

If you're interested in finding out more about Kotuku, please feel free to get in touch with us at the office or with our Leadership Champion Jane Cherry.

More details click here


Palmerston North Local History Week Remembers the 1960s

Local History Week Remembers the 1960s

While the Beatles were twisting and shouting, Palmerston North was experiencing its fair share of change, too.

full story click here



Welcome to our two newest committee members


We recently had our AGM in August and have 2 new committee members; we welcome Mojgan Sadighi from IPU Library and Sharon Tristram from CHB Libraries.
 In September 2015 saw the addition of Mojgan Sadighi to the IPU New Zealand, as the new Head Librarian. Mojgan, along with her husband and two daughters, moved to Palmerston North from Australia in January this year, and brings with her an impressive work history of 17 years as a librarian.

 Welcome Sharon Tristram New Committee Member Sharon Tristram. Is our other new committee member. Sharon lives on a farm in Central Hawke’s Bay with her husband Wayne. They have two children, Hayley who lives in Perth and Hayden who lives in Palmerston North. Sharon works at the Central Hawke’s Bay District Libraries. There are two branches, one in Waipukurau and one in Waipawa.




Early Bird Registration for Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui weekend school close on Friday 7th October 2016


Registrations are now open for the LIANZA Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui Weekend School at Massey University, Wellington on 29-30 October 2016. 

Our theme is 'Spreading the Net' and we have an exciting programme of keynotes, workshops and presentations for you on subthemes of:

  • Leadership/Networking
  • Transferable Skills
  • Partnerships
  • Technology

The programme is available here.

Further information and registration details are available here:

Gabrielle Hikaka is available to answer any questions you might have about the event  and if you need a hand with registrations then feel free to get hold of Joanna Matthew.

See you there!






ALA Library trends


Uncertainty and the future of Libraries


LIANZA The Future of Libraries Summit Report

Wilson, Cat. The Future of Libraries in America is (Tentatively) Bright








Ikaroa LIANZA members Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui weekend school

Sponsorship Opportunity

The Ikaroa LIANZA Council is sponsoring 10 early bird registrations and dinner tickets for the Weekend School happening in October 2016.

If you are keen to take part in this fabulous way of meeting others in our profession and getting some valuable Professional Development, this is your chance J

Please submit the form below ASAP to be in for selection.


Please send to –  by September 25 2016


Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui weekend school
To register click on link below




Kia ora

Ikaroa Regional Committee would like to offer sponsorship to 2 attendees to the Cataloguers Day.
This is open to all staff who work in any libraries in the Ikaroa Region.

The sponsorship would be up to $300 per person covering expenses of registration, transport
and accommodation in Auckland.

Reimbursement upon the approved receipts.

We are trying to support staff from organisations where funding and distance to attend
professional training is limited or a barrier for staff.

This opportunity is only open to all Librarians in IKAROA region. (LIANZA members would
have priority)
For information on membership please email our treasurer:
Mojgan Sadighi

Attached is the application form please fill out and send back as a PDF attachment
before 24 September 2016

The deadline for applications is 24th September 2016.


Ikaroa Regional Committee




Member of LIANZA why not: LIANZA a closer look
​2 July 2016 by Kim Salamonson

LIANZA operates as a not-for-profit supporting the library and information sector in Aotearoa New Zealand, ensuring that kiwis have access to world class innovative library services in all aspects of their lives, f
rom school to university and from public to private sector. With over 2,000 members, LIANZA truly is the voice of the library and information sector. Having been instrumental in laying the foundations for our
current library system, we have accomplished many projects for the sector and have many more planned for the future.

LIANZA is there for its members and the profession. Without you the  Association wouldn’t function or be doing so much for the profession.LIANZA has 3 staff in the office that do so much and achieve
so much for the profession supported by the members. That old cliché “TEAM” – “Together Eveyone  Achieves More” couldn’t be more true

LIANZA inspires us to achieve and aim high, dream big and make the association work. With the number of opportunities available including  LIANZA Council, Regional Committee and SIG’s, various
committees and groups powered by you the members and your passion for libraries, your  job and your communities.

Powered by our members, LIANZA provides strong leadership, growth opportunities and a community of practice to support the provision of quality library and information services to communities throughout New Zealand.

The LIANZA Council provides governance, policy and strategic direction for the Association and is made up of a President, President Elect, Past President, Treasurer, six regional councillors, two representatives
of Te Rōpū Whakahau and the Executive LIANZA Director.

The Regional Committee give the regions a voice and chance to feedback to LIANZA as well as run programmes and offer support in their region.

Here's a fun fact: LIANZA wouldn't be the strong organisation it is today without the hard work and game-changing contributions from the volunteers on our standing committees and advisory groups, project
working groups, region and SIG Committees and various other volunteer roles.

So if you are not a LIANZA member then you should be. If you're a member, the world is your oyster. Get involved today!
What you give in your time to LIANZA volunteering on groups committees you get back tenfold in personal development, not mention increasing you networking and making friends.


LIANZA is on Facebook and Twitter- reach out to LIANZA make them your friend!

As you know, there is a got a lot going on so they have a Conference Facebook and Twitter ,and a Children's and Young Adult's Book Awards Facebook, too!



LIANZA actively works in the following ways:


Did you know just how much LIANZA does for the profession and its members? Well this is just some of what LIANZA does and provides for its members:

  • Voice of the profession
  • Library Life magazine
  • Other Publications:
  • Membership card and discount benefits
  • Member welcome packs
  • Professional registration
  • Professional Registration Board
  • Career development opportunities; courses, conferences and networking
  • Mentoring
  • CPD
  • Online CPD courses
  • Online Webinars
  • EBL
  • 5 Minutes on
  • LIANZA Blog
  • LIANZA Conference
  • Mātauranga Maori course
  • Partnerships with Te Rōpū Whakahau, and other Library Associations
  • LIANZA is the IFLA representative in New Zealand and has MOU's with many other international associations.
  • Commercial and Vendor sponsorship / partnerships
  • Professional Awards
  • Scholarships
  • Emerging Leaders Course / Kotuku
  • Remuneration data
  • Maintain Website
  • Restructure Feedback
  • Libraries Aotearoa
  • Future Skills
  • Children’s & Teens Book Awards
  • LIANZA Council
  • President
  • President Elect
  • Regional Councillors
  • Regional Committees
  • SIGs
  • LIANZA Rules
  • LIANZA code of professional conduct
  • LIANZA code of practice
  • LIANZA Strategic Plan
  • Future of Libraries Summit
  • Reporting to LIAC
  • Library Life Editorial board
  • Conference Committee
  • Standing Committee on Copyright
  • Sponsorship Committee
  • Advocacy Committee
  • Credentials Committee
  • Standing Committee Digital Content and E-Lending
  • Registration Board
  • Rules Committee
  • Website Advisory Group
  • Advocacy
  • TPP
  • Lobbying
  • Surveys
  • Listserv
  • Interloan Scheme
  • Support to try and keep public libraries free
  • An inclusive organization that celebrates and offers something for all parts of our diverse industry
  • A library community because in my experience library employees are really cool.

So why not join LIANZA today!

Courtesy of teh LIANZA Website



LIANZA Professional Registration

Why Register?
Why Not?

Join a conversation with a group of enthusiastic registered Taranaki librarians
about the hands-on benefits and value of LIANZA Registration.

Date: Wednesday 4 May
Time: 6.15pm
Location: Puke Ariki,
1 Ariki St, New Plymouth.

LIANZA Registration:
 Provides a structured ‘hands-on’ frame- work to engage in reflection on your profes- sional practice
 Encourages you to take regular time out to consider;
o what you are doing & learning
o what more you need to learn to get better at what you are doing
 Gives you confidence you are developing and applying relevant knowledge & meeting professional standards
 Links you to other motivated professionals committed to learning & improvement Demonstrates to employers you are committed
& prepared to go the extra mile.

Come & hear why & how Registration already works for registered Taranaki librarians and how it can work for you!
Please RSVP by Tuesday 3 May to: Mary Taylor
Puke Ariki
DDI: 06 7590866
Mary.Taylor @npdc . gov t .nz

Poster attached LIANZA Professional registration poster2016.pdf


Volunteer Workshop setup in local Library : Carrying our Future stitches bags for loan

Carrying Our Future's efforts to transform Palmerston North's George St into New Zealand's first street to break free from single use plastic bags is progressing, one reusable bag at a time.

A handful of volunteers set up a drop-in workshop at the Palmerston North City Library on Friday to sew fabric bags that will be available for shoppers to borrow, wash and return.

Workshop leader Jennifer Moss said all materials and the sewing machines had been donated for the project, and Menzshed was providing the bag box where people would be able to grab a bag.

Moss said tackling the environmental harm plastic bags created sometimes seemed overwhelming.

READ MORE: Palmerston North's George St goes plastic bag free on Fridays

That was why George St, a small shopping street where several retailers had already stopped offering plastic shopping bags, was chosen for the project.

The plan to start going without single use shopping bags in the street, starting with Fridays, was launched in September 2015.

"It's about changing people's patterns in a sustainable way," said Moss.

The project kicked off with a grant that enabled it to buy some promotional cloth bags, but more were needed.

Tutors for the workshops were trained by SuperGrans and the Volunteer Resource Centre.



Are we as librarians professionals?

It’s a question that most librarians grapple with at one point or another – we take our work seriously, so of course we feel we deserve the prestige that comes with being a “professional.”

The term professional is thrown around quite a bit these days, perhaps too much. I do it myself. But what exactly does it mean to be a professional?

First we must define what a professional is...

Professional - Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia


professional is a member of a profession or any person who earns their living from a specified activity. The term also describes the standards of education and training that prepare members of the profession with the particular knowledge and skills necessary to perform the role of that profession.

From the Webster's Dictionary



  1. 1. relating to or belonging to a profession.

"young professional people"



"people in professional occupations"

  1. 2. engaged in a specified activity as one's main paid occupation rather than as an amateur.

"a professional boxer"



  1. 1. a person engaged or qualified in a profession. Registered member of the professional body, usually undertakes internship or final exam

"Professionals such as lawyers and surveyors, Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Pharmacists"



From The Business Dictionary

1.Person formally certified by a professional body of belonging to a specific profession by virtue of having completed a required course of studies and/or practice. And whose competence can usually be measured against an established set of standards.

2.Person who has achieved an acclaimed level of proficiency in a calling or trade. See also professionalism. They abide by a code of ethics and part of the professional association.


We get some clear guidelines as to what a professional is from these definitions especially the "Business dictionary”.

A person who is:

          - formally certified by a professional body (RLIANZA by LIANZA)
          - who belongs to a professional association LIANZA
          - who is part of a profession by completing a required course and      qualification MLIS (but are those with diploma certificates etc.)
         - qualified and competence can be measure against a set of
           established standards. BOKS & DOMAINS
          - abide by a code of ethics LIANZA CODE OF ETHICS
          - member of the professional association as an intern
           Yes while studying although not strictly an intern

From this definition one can say we tick off the majority of these requirements, but the 3rd on the list "who is part of a profession by completing a required course and qualification" is not true as we call our library assistants part of the profession and some have no library experience or qualifications at all, and some particularly casuals are not looking to undertaking study towards study. Also the last one "member of the professional association as an intern" We are why we study towards our qualification but not as an intern once we qualify.

Some say librarianship is not a profession in any sense of the word. Librarians undertake comparatively short graduate training in their discipline. There are no board exams to pass, no strict code of ethics to respect or fear. Almost all librarians work for institutions, rather than individual clients, and are paid by the hour or week, not the task; they are also paid at a much less impressive rate. The comparative social position of librarians as compared to physicians, Lawyers, and other professions need only be mentioned in order to make that point.

This issue also came up in a book I read earlier this year called The MLS Project: an assessment after sixty years by Boyd Keith Swigger, who argues that while one of the goals of introducing the MLS degree was to raise the status of librarians to be closer to the level of doctors and lawyers, there has been very limited success on this front. I would recommend the book to anyone curious about why the degree was created and how it has (and hasn’t) changed librarianship.

The crux of it to me seems that to be a professional
They must :
          have passed their qualifications
          be a member of the  association
          have a codes of ethics
         or most professionals have internship  
          have a  set and exam after internship to become a  qualified              professional.
          be paid by task or client
          be experts in the field

So in summary you can't work as a professional unless you are qualified and passed the above criteria.

This is true for most professionals as you can't work in the profession until qualified, then an internship and final exam. For example
you can’t practice as a doctor if you are not qualified, same for a Nurse, Pharmacist, Dentist, Teacher, Surgeon, etc.

A professional has specialized skills and knowledge that required independent erudition and effort on their part to attain. They engage in a process of constant evaluation and improvement. A professional makes decisions based on their dedication to the craft and not the current circumstance. The characteristic that separates the professional from the dilettante is an uncompromising commitment to excellence – doing what is required to get the job done at its highest level, even when it is inconvenient. An amateur is capable of doing some things well under the right conditions, but a professional, as a matter of course, does it well regardless of the situation.


But certainly we are professionals; our literature reflects it as do some of the publications below.


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Our Library Assistants are professional in their attitude and the service they provide, their skills and knowledge. They are a major part of our front of face service, and in working with their qualified colleagues provided a seamless and professional service to our customers. Ultimately a lot of Library Assistants will undertake relevant Library qualifications, so there for the Library Assistant is like and apprentice.


On a final note I would like to say that yes we are professional in that we:

- put customer satisfaction first

- communicate effectively

 - follow a code of conduct

- appreciate and support those you work with. Practice good manners and
   proper etiquette.

- make expertise your speciality

- do more than expected

- do what you say and say what you can do

- - follow exceptional guiding principles

- appreciate and support those you work with.

- practice good manners and proper etiquette.

- praise your peers not ourselves

- share our knowledge

- say thank you

- keep a smile on our face and the right attitude in your heart,


We truly are professionals



LIANZA Associateship Workshop

Did you know LIANZA has a “Hall of Fame” for Librarians? It does – it’s the Associateship Awards!*

Ikaroa is kicking off the New Year with an Associateship Workshop in February. Join the ranks of your esteemed colleagues and peers by taking your rightful place in this Hall of Fame and becoming an Associate!

Remember! Librarianship isn’t just a job, or even a career, it’s a calling! So get the recognition you deserve. :o)


LIANZA Associateship Workshop

  • Are you a personal member of LIANZA?

  • Are you professionally registered?

  • Have you been a librarian or Information Professional for more than five years?


 If so, you are eligible to apply for a LIANZA Associateship!

A LIANZA Associateship identifies you as having demonstrated the knowledge, skills, judgement, attitude and commitment of a professional librarian or information manager. It gives you esteem amongst your colleagues and on your CV, and an opportunity to attend the presentation ceremony at the LIANZA Conference (or other highbrow LIANZA event).


Come along to our workshop and hear first-hand from experts and previous recipients about how to succeed with your application.

Even if you’re only mulling over applying, come along and find out more about the application process.


FYI the closing date for applications is 5pm 31st March 2016. For your convenience, the LIANZA Associateship application form

WHEN: Tuesday 9th February 2016

TIME: 5.30-7pm

PLACE: Training Room 2, Massey University Library, Tennent Drive, Palmerston North

(If you’re not in PN and can’t make it, but desperately want to attend, let me know and if there’s enough interest, we might be able to do something online on the night.)


RSVP Amanda Curnow, by Friday 5th Feb


After 34 years, we farewell Simon

  • Feilding Herald
  • 20 Aug 2015

When Simon Johnson started his role as municipal librarian at Feilding Library it was 1981. The carpet was bright orange and brown woodwork featured throughout the library’s quintessential 70’s chic. It took 25 years for the carpet to wear, and the next floor-covering has nearly had its day. After 34 years with Feilding library, these are some of the changes Simon reflects on as he heads towards retirement.

Card catalogues were still in use in 1981, in fact only a couple of libraries in New Zealand even had a computer. When Manawatu’s councils amalgamated 25 years ago the Feilding library first became automated.

“It was a very simple system which enabled us to issue things quickly. We’d scan a customer’s membership card along with the books they’d borrowed and that was it. Before this we had to record everything manually. It took forever to issue books. Automation came at just the right time because when we went from being a borough to a district library our usage doubled.”

An extension to the library building in 2002 to create more space was the second biggest change Simon experienced during his long service. “That’s when we finally got rid of the orange carpet,” he says.

“More importantly our customers appreciate the personal service we offer. This is the great thing about working in a small town rather than a city library. We know most of our clients and they know us. This makes it much easier to give them what they want whether it’s print or digital media.” Customer surveys underline how much this personal touch is appreciated with staff and collections receiving approval ratings of over 90%.

Seeing children still enjoying a good paperback also brings delight to Simon. “Even in this digital age, it is great to see kids still taking out 10 paperbacks at a time. The children still pour in for our Summer Reading Programme, and in fact we are now into our second generation, with folk who grew up with the programme bringing in their own kids.

Simon says “For me, a library provides an evolving point of reference for people in a changing world.”

From Feilding Herald on 20th August 2015


Palmerston North's new city librarian putting people before places


Last updated 06:00, July 17 2015​

Palmerston North's new city librarian and head of community services Debbie Duncan has hardly been in the office during her first four days in the job.

She comes equipped with a background in social welfare, library management in Upper Hutt, and has a heavy traffic licence, a legacy from driving a mobile library.

So far, she does not have an agenda for change, but that could come.

The library's welcome area, dismantled cafe and under-used ground floor lounge are in need of some renovation after nearly 20 years on the current site. 
Click here to read full article in Manawatu Evening Standard,


Ikaroa Hui 28 April 2015  CPD : Transforming Ourselves

A sucessful weekend was held with some graet speakers and was
enoyed by all.
See our wekend hui pages for more on the weekends event


RAEWYN MARIE LOWE 28.3.47 – 2.1.2015

It is with sadness that I write to let you know that former Hastings Library Manager
Raewyn Lowe passed away on the 2nd January 2015.  Raewyn was a local girl born
and raised in the Bay.

She started her library career at the School Library Service in Hastings and it was while
working here that Raewyn undertook her Library Studies for the NZLA Certificate and
qualified as a Librarian.

She married Raymond and in the early 1970’s they moved to Levin and had two daughters,
Bronwyn and Megan.They moved back to Hawkes Bay in early 1980 and Raewyn worked
at Taradale Library, before becoming the Children’s Librarian at Havelock North Library.
Raewyn ran many a great children’s holiday program and they always attracted big crowds.

Raewyn was successful in getting sponsorship and worked closely with the locals including
a great relationship with the local community newspaper.

In April 1989 Raewyn was appointed Library Manager at Havelock North, after the retirement
of Joan Bennett. .In 1988 following amalgamation, Havelock North Borough Council ceased
to exist. They became part of a newly formed District Council, compromising Havelock North
Borough Council, Hastings City Council and Hawke’s Bay County Council; and soon after, the
Library structure was reorganised. Raewyn was appointed as the new Hastings Central
Library Manager.

The three library managers in the new system Mary Rishworth at Flaxmere Library;
Sheryl Reed at Havelock North Library; and Raewyn Lowe, worked together to provide
a cohesive library service for the Hastings District. Raewyn adapted well to the new
technology and was keen to see the libraries keep abreast of technology changes.
One of her greatest achievements was the Hastings Library
extension in 1995 involving the addition of two wings and a mezzanine floor to the
existing 1959 Hastings War Memorial Library.

In 2007, with another restructure on the horizon, Raewyn decided that it was time to retire,
so she could spend more time with family; and to spend more time walking and tramping,
researching the family tree, crafts and more.

Raewyn demonstrated professionalism at all times; built strong relationships; was highly
organised, and extremely hardworking and committed. She was highly respected by her
staff and the Library profession; and her quirky humour and keen intelligence will be
sadly missed.

Kim Salamonson Chair Ikaroa Regional Committee






Tweet from R D LAnkes to Heroes Mingle


RT @rdlankes: @heroesmingle “Your community is a core resource-there is a wealth of skills and knowledge to be acquired…shared.” Love it!



Recent Job Promotions in the Ikaroa Region

Massey University

Alsion Wallbutton
 Alison Wallbutton, from Massey University Library who has recently taken up the post of Planning and Quality Librarian at Massey Library. Alison, recently a Health Subject Librarian, has a wide range of experience in a variety of libraries including IPC, Fonterra, Puke Ariki and New Plymouth District Libraries. Alison has particular skills in marketing and communication. She is enthusiastic about this role and how it can contribute to the development of the culture and services at Massey.


Megan Ingle

Congratulations to Megan Ingle Who is currently the Information Commons & Enquiries Coordinator/Subject Librarian has just had a promotion effective from Monday 3rd November 2014 to Head of Section, Distance & Document Supply services at Massey University Library


South Taranaki District Libraries Plus

Cath Sheard Cultural Services Assistant Manager
Congratulations to Cath Sheard currently Assistant Manager Cultural Services who has accepted the role of Libraries and Cultural Services Manager at South Taranaki District Council upon Lynne Walker retirement. Her approximate starting date is 21st December 2014.

Lynne Walker -Libraries and Cultural Services Manager

Lynne has been with South Taranaki District Council for the past 10+ years in the role of District Librarian and since then has added the portfolios of art culture and heritage to her role. She sees many synergies between the libraries and the museum and was excited at seeing the new exhibition come to fruition and exceed her expectations. Lynne has built the LibraryPlus facilities into the hubs of their communities and sees Aotea Utanganui as being the heritage hub of South Taranaki.



NEW HB Pubrarians

Come along and let us kn ow what day suits you best and whether you would like venues to be rotated?
We are here for you. Do you want it to be a monthly event?

venue - Rose and Shamrock

What:    HB #Pubrarians

When:   Thursday 30th October, 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Where:  Rose and Shamrock, Cnr Napier Road & Porter Drive Havelock North

It is a social event, so the more folks the merrier. Come along, have a drink & share some food.
Have a catch up with colleagues, share LIANZA Conference experiences or just Chill out!!
Please share this invite with your colleagues (especially those who aren't on this e-list). Looking forward to seeing you there.

Palmy Pubrarians

venue - Speight's Ale House

What:    Palmy #pubrarians 

When:   Thursday 30th October, 5.30pm - 6.30pm 

Where:  Speight's Ale House, 27 Grey Street.

It is a social event, so the more folks the merrier. Come along, have a drink & share some food. J

Please share this invite with your colleagues (especially those who aren't on this e-list). Looking forward to seeing you there. 





Three hard tirelessly hard working librarians in our Ikaroa Region have been awarded an associateship. So fitting and well deserved.


Sue is a strong advocate for small to medium public libraries and passionate about the delivery of excellent services to the Central Hawke’s Bay community. As the first District Library Manager, she developed a highly skilled team of librarians and unified the service across the District. She believes in sharing and consortial arrangements that deliver resources and services that a district library of this size could not otherwise provide to its customers.

Her commitment to children’s and youth services has seen the four reading programmes of E.C.READ’N go from strength to strength. These programmes now run in 26 libraries across the Eastern and Central Regions and have been purchased by many other small, medium and large public libraries.

Sue has been able to seize opportunities to contribute at the regional and national level as these have arisen. This has seen her actively involved in LIANZA, including serving on the Regional Committee, co-convening the 2003 conference, and membership of the 2012 LIANZA Conference Committee.

This award of the Associate of LIANZA recognises Sue’s distinguished service to small public libraries and the library profession.


Joanne Dillon has worked in special, university and public libraries and is currently Digital Services Lead at Te Takere in Levin, where she is responsible for everything from computer hardware and the Koha system to staff training in information technology plus digital literacy within the community. Joanne has been a member of LIANZA for more than twenty years and set up a SIG for library assistants before serving on the Website Advisory Group, the Conference 2012 Committee and the Research SIG Committee, and co-chairing Pub-SIG.

She was awarded the Edith Jessie Carnell Travelling Scholarship in 2000 and visited libraries overseas to learn more about inter-library loan and distance services. She is renowned for her excellent skills in writing web content and has been an invited speaker at other professional conferences. This year, she was responsible for an innovative school holiday programme in Horowhenua that aimed to inspire youth to consider information technology as a career.

The award of Associate acknowledges Joanne’s contribution as a professional librarian with entrepreneurial creativity and a commitment to high standards.

Courtesy of LIANZA Website


John Redmayne Receives Honorary Life Membership of LIANZA

Congratulations to John Redmayne retired University Librarian Massey University Palmerston North
on receiving an Honorary Life Membership to LIANZA in recognition of his contribution to LIANZA
and to the library and information profession in Aotearoa New Zealand.

John has demonstrated a sustained commitment to LIANZA for over 37 years, serving as President
from 2000- 2001. During John’s presidential term, and under his leadership, the Council reinvigorated
the LIANZA Children’s Book Awards.These Awards are now a celebrated part of LIANZA’s calendar.

During his Presidential year John also lobbied MPs on LIANZA’s vision for A National Information
Strategy for New Zealand. The Information Strategy helped to inform New Zealand’s Digital Strategy
2008, which brought considerable investment into the sector. In 2001, he was the first LIANZA
President to attend Te Rōpū Whakahau hui-a-tau.

Over the years has served on a number of NZLA/ LIANZA Committees including the Joint Standing
Committee on Interloans, LIANZA Conference Organising Committee, Te Puna Strategic Advisory
Committee, TEL-SIG Committee and the Credentials Committee of which he chaired from 2010-2011.

John was awarded a LIANZA Fellowship in 2003 and has exhibited exceptional leadership and
professional skills throughout his career, especially in relation to the rapidly changing landscape in
academic libraries over the last decade. John’s interest and expertise in collection development
have earned huge respect of academic staff and his colleagues both in CONZUL  
and CAUL

John has always understood the importance of publishers and trades to the library profession and
this coupled with his gracious approach has meant he was much appreciated by the industry.
John’s great strength is his people skills; he is enormously loved and respected by the profession
for the quality of this work, his great sense of humour and charming intelligence.

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