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TELSIG needs new leaders!

TELSIG is the special interest group that promotes the interests of librarians and libraries associated with tertiary education and had over 150 members around the country in 2017-18.

The group is urgently looking for leadership and willing volunteers.

If you're interested in becoming part of the TELSIG committee, get in touch with Julia at the LIANZA Office. Below you can find some more information about the activities TELSIG is involved in. 

Benefits of serving on the TELSIG Committee by Melanie Brebner

TELSIG (Tertiary Libraries Special Interest Group) exists to promote the interests of libraries and information librarians associated with tertiary education. Highlights of the TELSIG outputs include TELSIG forums, journal discussion groups and scholarships offered for attendance to LIANZA conferences and TELSIG forums.

TELSIG forums provide an opportunity for tertiary librarians to present at and attend two-day professional development opportunities that cater specifically to the tertiary sector. Over recent years, these have been timed to occur in the year that there is no LIANZA Conference. The 2013 Forum was held in Auckland and the 2016 in Christchurch. It would be great to hold the next forum in 2020 in Wellington – yes Wellington, we are laying down the challenge!

TELSIG Journal Discussion Groups provide an opportunity for librarians to meet face-to-face or virtually to discuss journal articles that are relevant to libraries in the tertiary sector. There is also a Facebook forum for those who are unable to meet at the set times. The initial idea was to help professionally registered librarians fill some of those gaps in their revalidation journals. However, the opportunity to exchange ideas with librarians from other institutions and the networking opportunities far outweigh any benefits derived from filling gaps in my revalidation journal, in my experience. You do not have to be a tertiary librarian or professionally registered to attend.

TELSIG scholarships are offered to emerging librarians who may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend conferences and forums. Recipients have their conference fees paid, and contributions towards their transport and accommodation (in many cases, the scholarship covers the whole amount). They are asked to write a report, or provide a presentation at a regional event, reflecting on the benefits gained from their attendance. This is sometimes the first opportunity recipients have had to present in front of their peers, providing them with an additional professional development opportunity.

Whilst providing professional development opportunities to tertiary librarians, TELSIG also provides professional development to its committee members. I have been involved in TELSIG since 2012. In that time, I have co-organised the TELSIG Forum 2013, co-convened the TELSIG committee, initiated the TELSIG Journal Discussion Groups, and seen a number of young librarians attend conferences and forums otherwise beyond their reach, and report back on their experiences in the Auckland regional events. These are experiences that I would not otherwise have encountered through my day jobs, and have contributed greatly to my professional development. In addition, I have benefited from giving back to my profession. As giving back is now considered an important aspect of wellbeing, I know I have been personally enriched through my participation on the TELSIG committee. 

Melanie Brebner 

IC Group Manager
Libraries and Learning Services
The University of Auckland 

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