Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
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The Future Skills Working Group

The Future Skills work could not have been delivered without the hard work and dedication of the following people:

Amanda Curnow - Chair

A Web Technologies Librarian at Massey University library in Palmerston North, Amanda brough an in-depth understanding of the skill requirements around information technology as it relates to libraries to the working group. In addition she demonstrated a keen interest in the upskilling of librarians in their current roles - concerned about the pace of change and the need for information professionals to keep up.

Debbie Duncan (former Chair)

Debbie Duncan is the Community Services Manager at Upper Hutt City Council. Her drive to join this working group was a desire to explore the implications for librarians as community demands require libraries to offer a much broader range of services, many of which require a skillset to deliver that falls outside of traditional library roles. 

Emma Chapman

Emma was a recent MIS graduate working at the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum when she joined the working group. Currently balancing roles as a subject librarian at Unitec and a Community Librarian at Birkenhead Emma's recent experience finding a career pathway in libraries gave her a unique perspective.

Nikki Shaw

A Collection Management Librarian at National Library Nikki has spent her career supporting new professionals to become registered, and to develop the skillsets needed to assist them in delivering a professional and customer focussed service. Having originally qualified as a teacher she has experience in developing and delivering training to students, academics, colleagues, and members of the public.

Peta Wellstead

Peta is a lecture in Information and Library Studies - and views strengthening the profession and developing the skillsets of individuals as her raison  d’être. Her research interests focus around social informatics, information literacy, and information seeking and use in the everyday world.

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