Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
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Rhodes Scholar challenges libraries to meet the needs of our growing Pacific population

Around 650 library and information professionals attending the annual LIANZA conference this month will be tasked with ensuring their libraries are equipped to meet the needs of our Pacific communities, one of the fastest growing populations in New Zealand.

Over four days delegates from all library sectors will reflect on the need for libraries to connect with the past to help shape and develop a thriving future for New Zealand communities - ‘Pou Whakiro – Connect and Thrive’.

Keynote Speaker at the conference Damon Salesa , Associate Professor of Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland and Rhodes Scholar, is a trained historian who works across disciplines and into the present, and is widely published on the Pacific, New Zealand, empire, race, migration, politics and colonial policy. 

Conference Convenor, Library Manager Māori and Pasifika Services at the University of Auckland, Anahera Morehu says Salesa will challenge the profession to assess how prepared we are to meet the challenge of these Pacific communities.

“Whether our community consists of a single Pacific Island family, or large, extensive populations, this keynote address will set us on a path of understanding and connecting with this increasingly important sector of New Zealand society”.

The four day conference programme includes a number of other sessions set to educate, engage and enlighten the profession and about the Pacific communities they serve.

Christina Muaiava, Archive Resources Co-Ordinator at University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services, is treating delegates to a hands-on workshop ‘Connecting through music and dance: the Pacific experience’, demonstrating how to use music and dance as strategies to engage and connect with library communities through whanaungatanga.

Muaiava, drawing on the cultural resources stored in the Archive of Maori and Pacific Music at the University of Auckland Library will be teaching songs and dances from the Pacific and using the reo/leo to practice different Pacific greetings in her fun-filled session.

In his  presentation ‘Institutional alignment and engagement with partners: the development of a Pacific health research clearinghouse at Counties Manukau Health’ Peter Murgatroyd will demonstrate how collaboration and engagement with partners is critical for sustainable and meaningful innovation, drawing upon his experience developing Pacific information portals in law, fisheries, environment, and climate change.

Judy Taligalu McFall-McCaffery, Pasifika Liaison Librarian at the University of Auckland and outgoing Convenor of LIANZA’s PIMN (Pasifika Information Management Network) Special Interest Group will present how her library project to integrate information and academic literacy skills into a curriculum can be adopted and adapted in other programmes, and specifically to Pacific students.

In her session Connecting and thriving through integration: a (sP)acific example’ McFall- McCaffery highlights how the *Talanoa (talking/consulting) and *Teu le va/Tauhi va (relationships) methodologies specific to engaging with Pacific students and staff were applied, and are essential parts of the project.

The LIANZA (Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa) Conference will be held at SKYCITY Convention Centre from Sunday 12 October to Wednesday 15 October and includes a line up of outstanding keynote speakers, breakout sessions, workshops, library tours and social events.

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For more information or to arrange interviews with speakers please contact:

Megan Button
Communications Manager
Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
Tel: +64 4 801 5542 |    +64 21 232 2007
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