Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Thank you from the Conference 2008 team

This is the last update from the LIANZA Conference 2008 team. It feels rather sad, as if the very act of writing this means conference is over. But, of course, it’s not. What you hear and see at conference stays with you for a very long time. (And I’m not just talking about this)

If you couldn’t make it to Conference then there is plenty of information online.

The Conference papers are in
LIANZA’s online library Look for "LIANZA 2008"
[Edit 4 March 2009: based on a comment try this direct link instead]

The official photos

The unofficial photos

We had a team live blogging during the conference and you can
find out which sessions they went to.

Professor Lessig’s keynote presentation is available online.

Dylan Horrock’s slide show is available online.

We encouraged everyone to tag their online content with #LIANZA2008 so have a look and see what you can find.

Thank you from the Conference 2008 team to everyone who made Poropitia Outside the Box so memorable.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Which sessions did we live blog?

Here's a list of the sessions that were live blogged during the LIANZA Conference.


8.01 Professor Mason Durie “Global colonisation, the Kiwi tradition, and the public good”

8.56 3M awards presentations - University of Auckland "CareerSearch"; Massey University connecting with our students"

1.27 “Open Access to publicly-funded or ratepayer-funded information: raising the issues, considering some solutions such as Creative Commons”

3.02 Mark McCrindle “Changing Times, Emerging Trends- Understanding Today's Learners”


7.55 Professor Lawrence Lessig “Keeping the outside out”


8.04 Professor Marilyn Waring “My idea of research heaven”

9.05 Penny Carnaby “Poropitia Outside the Box – a personal view”

1.18 Dylan Horrocks “Stealing, sharing or borrowing? Art, literature and piracy in the online age.”


10:18 “Collaborating to implement social software solutions for university libraries”
12.29 “Digitisation and Mātauranga Māori”

11:36 Live-blog the showing of a video of Stephen Abram's visit to SLIS in Wellington earlier this year
1.22 “Homework on wheels: how out there is this?”
3.00 “The unconference: a new model for better professional communication”

11.33 “Aotearoa People's Network Presentation and Panel Discussion”
12.34 “Far from common - innovative approaches to designing information rich learning and research spaces.”


10:20 “Collaborating to implement social software solutions for university libraries”
11.05 Dylan Horrocks “Comics and graphic novels in libraries.“

1.30 Mark McCrindle “Engaging with the Emerging Generation: Strategies & Skills”

12.36 After Librarianship (tech problems)


10.20 “Beyond Print: a panel discussion on public library service for print-disabled people"
12.38 Dylan Horrocks “Comics and graphic novels in libraries.“
1.22 “Open Access to publicly-funded or ratepayer-funded information: raising the issues, considering some solutions such as Creative Commons”

1.22 “The Great Hydrographic Survey of New Zealand and its completion between 1851-1856”
1.50 “1908 City of Auckland map: 100 years on.”
2.16 “The new wave of discovery: Google Earth takes you there”
3.01 “The unconference: a new model for better professional communication”

10.18 “Library on location :taking library services outside the library walls”
11.37 “Aotearoa People's Network Presentation and Panel Discussion”
12.33 “The Challenges of Digital Preservation”

Monday, November 10, 2008

Friday, November 7, 2008

Professor Lessig's lecture at the university

Matthew Poole rounds up Professor Lessig's Auckland University lecture over on 'Speaker - a guest weblog by various artists' at Public Address.
If you're particularly interested in copyright there's a long discussion on the forum.

Kim Hill interviews Professor Lessig

Tomorrow morning National Radio plays Kim Hill's interview with Professor Lawrence Lessig (recorded while he was at the LIANZA conference this week)

9:05 Lawrence Lessig
Lawrence Lessig is a Professor of Law at Stanford University and founded its Center for Internet and Society. A world-leading cyberlaw expert, advocate of free copyright laws, and co-founder of Creative Commons, he is the author of the 2001 book "The Future of Ideas", the 2004 book "Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity" and the just-published book "Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy." He is currently active in work to reform Congress in the United States. Professor Lessig was invited to Auckland to give a keynote address at the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa conference (2-5November), and a free public lecture at The University of Auckland.

For ways to listen check the National Radio website

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Live blogging of Wednesday sessions

Sessions attended by Deborah

Sessions attended by Kathryn

Sessions attended by Kris

Keynote sessions for Wednesday

Live blogging of keynote sessions this morning.

What goes on at library conference stays on at library conference…

Yeah, right.

How could we not share the fabulous evening that we had last night? There will be photos at the
official conference photo site. I'll keep some of the scandalous events to myself but if you talk nicely to someone who was there they might tell you something....

Acknowledgements for last night:
- Betty Monga and Friends
- Corin Haines from Manukau Libraries
- Triple 1 – Holly, Rianna and Lizzy
- MC Greg Morgan

Plus three cheers for the social team who have done such a great job organising all of the social activities. Last night looked gorgeous and totally rocked!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Keynote sessions for Tuesday

Live blogging of keynote sessions this morning.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Spot prizes at the Masquerade Ball

Thanks to spot prize donatoers - El Faro and Prenzel.

If you're looking for somewhere to have dinner tonight, try the Stables in Elliott street, just down the road from SkyCity. That's where you'll find El Faro. They serve tapas along with some delicious Spanish wine. They are donating a spot prize for the Masquerade ball - dinner for two with a free bottle of Spanish bubbly. Open 11am to late.

Just next door is Prenzel where you can get liqueurs, oils, vinegars etc They are also sponsoring a spot prize for the dinner.

Monday 3 November Keynote session Mark McCrindle

hoping this won't slow down the network...

Te Hui-a-tau o Te Rau Herenga o Aotearoa

E nga mana, e nga reo, e nga karangatanga maha o nga hau e wha, tena koutou katoa.

Nga mihi ki a koutou kua mahi tonu i nga whakahaere, ka pai o koutou mahi kaitiaki o o tatou whare taonga, no reira, tena koutou katoa.

Tino hari koa taku ngakau i nga korero i korerohia nei. Inanahi ra, ka haere mai nga rangatira mo apopo, i tautokohia te powhiri o nga manuhiri puta noa i te ao nei, no reira, e mihi miharo ki a tatou tamariki, nga whanau hoki i hapaitia e ratou.

I tenei rangi, ka tuwhera te tangata whenua, kia tohaina nga korero nehe mo tatou. Kia whakaohooho nga whakaaro e pa ana ki nga whare taonga puta noa i te ao. Kei hea te whare o nga hapu o te ao, ko nga maunga, nga awa, nga ngahere me era atu nga patu o te whare. No reira, he rereke te ahua o te pouaka me te pataka hoki.

Ka huri noa ki a Matua Mason Durie, nana i tuku mai te korero o nga rangatira mo apopo. Ka katakata, ka tangi, ka karanga hoki ki a ia, i tona mahi whakatu, tohaina korero hoki. No reira, pehea te ahua o te farthing me te shilling me te penny hoki. Ko wai i tuku mai te whakaaro o nga inu miraka i roto i nga kura? Ko Dame Muriel Bell. Ka pai tona mahi, engari kia whakarite nga rangatira mo apopo.

Ka huri ano ki a Teri Ta'ala i tona korerorero o Nga Upoko Tukutuku, nga wero me era atu mo nga whakahaere o te ao nei.

Ka whai atu ahau wetahi korero, wetahi pikitia a Samantha, nana i tuku mai te korero o Digitisation me te matauranga Maori, no reira, ka rawe. Kia patai atu koutou ki a ia i tona whakaritenga, korerorero whanui ki nga whare taonga, nga hapu me era atu tangata o tenei motu.

No reira, kia kaha tatou, ka tatari i nga mea pai, nga mea tuhituhi mo koutou e hiahia ana ki te panuitia wetahi o nga korero. No reira, ko te pae tawhiti, whaia kia tata. Ko te pai tata, whakamaua kia tina. No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa.

Sessions attended by Kathryn Greenhill

LIANZA2008 Conference sessions attended by Kathryn Greenhill

Conference sessions attended by Deborah

LIANZA Conference 2008 sessions attended by Deborah

Sessions attended by Kris Wehipeihana

LIANZA Conference 2008, sessions attended by Kris Wehipeihana (librarykris)

3M Award for Innovation in libraries

The 3M Award for Innovation in Libraries is sponsored by 3M New Zealand Ltd in conjunction with the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa to "promote excellence and innovation in Library and Information services". The finalists are making their presentations this morning. Voting closes 3pm today. Check out the LIANZA website for finalists presentations and get your vote in.

Massey University Library
University of Auckland

Congratulations to both institutions and all staff who have worked on the projects.

Monday 3 November Keynote sessions

Live blogging for Monday's sessions. Keynotes today Professor Mason Durie and Mark McCrindle.

FYI - The app we are using is running one hour behind regular time - it doesn't know it's daylight savings. :)

First day of conference over and what's going on today?

The first day of conference is over. I have to admit that it was a bit of a blur - it seemed to be nothing but people smiling and hugging, heads nodding, a bit of singing, a bit of eating and lots and lots of talking and laughing.

Thanks to Newton school who came for the powhiri. They were fantastic. During afternoon tea they performed another set of songs and haka. Brilliant! Those kids are very talented. Thank you also to 'Uncle' Grant who represented the committee during the mihi.

The Welcome drinks in the exhibition area went very well. It's a nice to space to wander around. I spotted a few stands that I'll have to get back to. There was a lovely warm vibe, very welcoming and everyone had a good time.

There were a few dinners last night - I'm reliably informed that the J.B. Bennett dinner was excellent.

What's on today? Professor Mason Durie and Mark McCrindle will be giving their Keynote speeches. Also today we'll be splitting out to separate sessions. Hopefully everything will work and you'll be able to follow along via our CoverItLive coverage. If you have any questions please ask them. Later on this evening there are the LIANZA awards.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Conference launch!

Live blogging (cross fingers). If you have a question, please ask it. We will keep our eyes open.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Lunchtime SIG meetings

There are quite a few Special Interest Group meetings happening during lunchtime. Grab your lunch between 12 and 12.30pm before you go along.

NB. This list doesn't have as much detail as I would like. If you're running a meeting please add more information in the comments. Cheers!

Monday lunchtime 12.30 -1.30 pm

EPIC User Group meeting - New Zealand Room 2
To any EPIC consortium libraries not on the EPIC-l list, you're warmly invited to the annual User Group meeting on Monday 3 November, 12.30-1.30pm, at LIANZA Conference.
This will be an opportunity for a discussion around future directions for EPIC, and a chance to meet with Heather Jenks, Chair, EPIC Governance Group, together with the EPIC management team, and vendors (if they are able to join us).

ITSIG meeting - Marlborough 1 and 2
Presentations and open discussion.
Implementing LibGuides software from Springshare (LibGuides community) with contribution from Amanda Cole, AUT
Redevelopment of
Auckland Public Library website with contribution from Sam Minchin, Auckland Public
Text digitisation (possible topics: OCR, PDF, TEI, platforms, interfaces) with contribution from John Laurie, University of Auckland
Current trends in libraries (possible topics: resource discovery, next-generation ILS, aggregation/federation, open source) with contribution from Brian Flaherty, University of Auckland
The session will conclude with the ITSIG AGM. Session is open to all: ITSIG membership is not necessary; and you do not need to be registered for the conference to attend the SIG session (however, if not registered, you may not attend other conference sessions, social events or the exhibition area).

Pasifika Information Management Network (PIMN) - Canterbury room
There will be a meeting for the Pasifika Information Management Network (PIMN) to make decisions and look at future movements.

Preservation SIG - Marlborough 3
The Preservation SIG's AGM. A warm welcome to all members and supporters! After the short AGM we are delighted to present David Ashman, Book Conservator at Auckland City Libraries. He will speak on his role at the Library.

Tuesday lunchtime 12.30-1.30pm

CATSIG meeting - Marlborough 3
Our guest speaker will be Chris Todd from the National Library. Chris will talk about RDA, the new cataloguing rules due for release in 2009, and issues surrounding its implementation in NZ libraries. She will also report from her trip to Australia on ACOC activities on RDA implementation in Australia. The AGM will follow Chris' talk. The agenda will be distributed to all CatSIG members closer to the time. As at previous conferences the CatSIG AGM is a chance to socialise over lunch with fellow cataloguers and meet the committee.Everyone is welcome. CatSIG membership is not necessary; and you do not need to be registered for the conference (however, if not registered, you may not attend other conference sessions, social events or the exhibition area).

SLIS meeting - Marlborough 1 and 2
SLA and SLIS brought Stephen Abram to Wellington in September this year. Here's another opportunity to see selected highlights from the DVD ofStephen discussing strategies and experiences we need in today'sinformation world and how we can use Web 2.0 tools.Stephen is the President 2008 of SLA (the US based association ofSpecial Librarians); Past-President of the Canadian Library Association;Vice President Innovation for SirsiDynix; and Adjunct Professor at theUniversity of Toronto, Faculty of Information Studies. He is a thoughtprovoking author of columns appearing in numerous journals, ALAEditions' Out Front with Stephen Abram, and a blog, Stephen'sLighthouse.

TelSIG meeting – Canterbury Room

Wednesday lunchtime 12.30 -1.30 pm

Aotearoa Peoples Network presentation and panel discussion - Marlborough 3
Brief presentation and panel discussion to relate the findings of the Aotearoa People's Network (APN) independent evaluation and to discuss both the achievement and the issues resulting from the rollout of the APN to date. There have been significant achievements, major learning and also a number of issues which have sometimes resulted in opportunities. In particular, the panel will discuss issues which the APN has brought into sharp relief and the responses of libraries to them. Both the issues and the responses have impacted on the role of libraries within communities and the services they offer to those communities.

Local Government Corporate librarians meeting Canterbury Room
For the Corporate Librarian who is working in Local Government (or the equivalent in other countries). We are meeting informally to discuss issues and share ideas that are relevant to our particular specialist libraries. We tend to be sole charge, or have a staff of no more than two. We are primarily responsible for the information needs of the staff of Regional, District, Unitary or City Councils. However we are available for the public. Our duties include a range of activities from research to circulation of periodicals. We also deal with marketing and promotional issues. (See the recent edition of Library Life which has an article about Environment Waikato's contribution to Library Week). And, all the other things Specialist Librarians do.

SLANZA SIG meeting Marlborough 1 and 2

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Hui kotahitanga o LIANZA

Tēnā koutou katoa

Ngā mihi ki a koutou kia haere mai ki tēnei o tātou hui. Nau mai, haere mai, piki mai rā.

Tino tata te wā hui mā tātou katoa, nō reira, kia akongia e koutou te waiata tautoko mo te pōwhiri. Nō reira, anei tetahi hononga ma koutou katoa: Ko ngā kete wānanga e rapuhia e Tāne.

Kia kaha koutou katoa.

Just a brief reminder that you should be learning the waiata for the pōwhiri process. Please find on the link above.

Also a reminder that the processes for the pōwhiri can be viewed on: Protocols, and has extra waiata available (just in case mentality).

Nō reira, kia pai o koutou haerenga mai, nō reira, ka kite koutou a te hui pai o tātou katoa.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Creative commons

A reminder of the link to the Creative commons Aotearoa New Zealand website. A few of the presentations at Poropitia will be discussing the creative commons approach to enabling the fair use of created works.

On 3 October the Minister released a statement on changes that will come into force this week under the Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment.

For the impact of the changes on the library sector see http://www.lianza.org.nz/about/governance/copyrightact.html

Thursday, October 23, 2008

What's left to say when the conference is finally so close? Everything is organised, the budget is on track, the team is still enjoying working together...... so I thought I'd share a quote I found a few weeks ago.

It's from Peter Temple's Bad debts and goes: "It's nice that there's a special occupation for the anal retentive. It's called librarianship." And it goes on to describe a fictional experience in the Age library in Melbourne. Yeah, yeah, I know ... stereotyping; just remember there are lots of equally unflattering quotes about other professions in lots of other books (and some in this one).

I recall one about architects in a novel a friend brought me back from the USA some years back. Part of the story was set in a library and had the librarian saying "Never trust an architect - they will always give you an atrium." Perhaps only a librarian working on a building project that involved an atrium (and a leaky roof) could really appreciate that one!

I enjoy the comparison between the stereotype and the reality - and I know that what we'll be enjoying in Auckland in the first week of November will the reality (or realities) of libraries and librarians and the challenges and opportunities they face.

Have a great Labour Weekend. I look forward to catching up with at least some of the more than 600 registrants at Poropitia Outside the Box.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Pasifika Information Management Network

E nga tuakana no nga motu o Te Moana nui a Kiwa, tena koutou katoa

Nga mihi ki a koutou kia haere mai ki te hui tahi pai o Te Rau Herenga o Aotearoa. Mo koutou kia tono tonu, nau mai, haere mai, kia kaha tatou katoa. No reira, ni sa bula, fakalofa lahi atu, talofa lava, malo e le'lei, kia orana, tena koutou.

I was approached to inform those from the brother/sister islands of the Pacific to come and attend the LIANZA Conference. There will be a meeting for the Pasifika Information Management Network (PIMN) to make decisions and look at future movements. For more details please do not hesitate to check the Programme on Monday 3 November for further details.

No reira, nau mai haere mai ki Tamaki Herehere nga waka, ki Tamaki Makaurau hoki, no reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa.

The Poropitia Masquerade event!

The big Tuesday night event is going to be a little different...

1. Wear what you like, but be masked, gorgeous and mysterious in your finest ball frock or you may come elegantly casual. There will be food and dancing as well as lots of talking so it might be best to stay away from the full face Venetian-style type mask. Think 'feathery'. Think 'fascinating'. Think ‘mask that you hold’ (if you want to be only mildly mysterious).

2. There will be relaxed seating and leaners but no formal dining tables. Everyone who's ever been to a LIANZA conference dinner knows that as soon as the music starts up there is hardly anyone left at the table. This year we're ditching the tables. You will be able to mix and mingle or lounge around on ottomans and couches and for those who prefer to stand, bar-leaner style tables will be on hand. Food and drink will be tray served and also available from food stations and the bar. Think 'extended cocktail party' with plenty of food and drink and entertainment.

3. The entertainment. There will be a couple of surprises throughout the night but the main dance band is ‘Betty-Anne Monga and Friends’. A five piece band with live musicians and a set list of songs with a mellow groove through to up-tempo-hit-the-dance-floor numbers, but…

4. You don't always have to listen to the music. There always comes a time during any party, no matter how exciting, when a bit of peace and quiet is just the ticket. We're providing a chill-out zone outside the main area in the promenade. Congregate out here for important business discussions or catch-up time with colleagues.

5. After party. After half past midnight or so you may want to party on in SkyCity Bar 3, open till 1.30am and afterwards perhaps check out the viaduct?

Poropitia Masquerade Ball
Date: Tuesday 4 November

Time: 1900-2400hrs
1900-1930-Pre-Dinner drinks
1930-2000-MC and Entertainment
2000-2100-Food stations begin
2045-Band begins-3 sets throughout the night or relax in the promenade chill-out zone
2130 Dessert station begins
1200 Midnight surprise
Venue: New Zealand Room, SkyCity Convention Centre
Tickets: $100

Monday, October 20, 2008

McCrindle keynote

Calling school and tertiary librarians, and all libraries ... serving older people, younger people. What are the trends?

Mark McCrindle's keynote:
Changing Times, Emerging Trends- Understanding Today’s Learners

The future of education is shaped not just by the technological changes but also by the sociological changes. Indeed an understanding of the learning styles, attitudes, and expectations of the 21st Century students is critical to effectively educate today’s learners. This session will outline the changes impacting upon this global generation.
Key issues:
- From Boomers and Xers, to Generations Y & Z: understanding the changes in the NZ demographics, characteristics, and aspirations.
- The big social & demographic shifts redefining 21st Century New Zealand.
- Understanding the attitudes & values of today’s students.
- Strategies to communicate & connect with the emerging generations.
- The impacts of an ageing population & changing social structures.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Authors visit Poropitia

NZ Book Council presents a session ...

New Zealand Book Council is a dynamic organization with a wide range of activities and programmes designed to promote books and reading through bringing readers, writers, publishers, libraries and schools together. Noel Murphy CEO of the NZ Book Council will talk about the relaunch of Book Notes and the role of the Book Council within the reading community, in particular libraries. He will introduce two leading New Zealand writers who have been involved in the organisation's programmes, Elizabeth Knox and Emily Perkins.

Both writers will talk for 15 minutes around the theme “outside the box.”

Elizabeth Knox is the author of seven novels, a trilogy of autobiographical novellas and a fantasy duet for young adults. Her fourth novel The Vintner’s Luck won the Deutz Medal for Fiction in the 1999 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Dreamhunter won the 2006 Esther Glen Award for New Zealand children’s literature, and Dreamquake received an American Library Association Michael L. Printz Honor Award for Young Adult Literature in 2008.

Emily Perkins gained immediate fame with her first short story collection, Not Her Real Name. Two novels followed and now there’s the acclaimed novel About My Wife. She is also the presenter of The Good Word - a half hour series about books and writers to screen on TVNZ6 next year.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Powhiri me te Poroporoaki

E rau rangatira ma, tena koutou katoa

Nga mihi ano ki a koutou kua whakarite, kua tono atu ki o whakahaere kia haere mai, hui mai, noho mai i waenga i te hui tino pai rawa atu.

Ehara wetahi o koutou i te mohio, he aha te tikanga o te marae nei mo te powhiri me te poroporoaki? E hiahia ana koe ki te matakitaki, ki te panuitia hoki, kia patoto i te hononga ki runga (ko te taitara).

No reira, anei ano te hononga pai ma tatou katoa http://www.lianza.org.nz/events/conference2008/protocols.html.

No reira, ko tatou te tumu i herenga nga waka. No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Update your registration if needed ...

For those who have registered, please use your access code to add extra activities, such as a SIG breakfast or tour....

For those still to register, visit the LIANZA site.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Keynote abstracts! Dylan Horrocks

Dylan will provide two keynote spots, bookending conference. His keynote topics are:

Keynote on Sunday 2 November:
The rise and rise of the graphic novel: comics as a literary form. 50 years ago, librarians were prominent among those calling for a ban on comics. Today, they are among their most enthusiastic promoters. This talk will ask how a much-maligned social problem became a cutting-edge literary form - and an extremely popular category on library shelves. And for those who still can't see what all the fuss is about, maybe.

Keynote on Wednesday 5 November:
Stealing, sharing or borrowing? Art, literature and piracy in the online age. Like many other media, comics are going online. The internet offers cartoonists a chance to reach potentially limitless audiences; however, it also exposes authors and artists to the risk of so-called "piracy" - the unauthorised copying and distribution of media. While some struggle to find technological solutions to protecting their work, others - especially younger artists - are embracing the idea of free distribution and sharing and are experimenting with new ways of earning money from their work. But there's no question that the internet changes everything - just as did printing, industrialisation and other technological developments in the past. More importantly, the internet has raised important questions about how we conceive of ownership, distribution and access of art and literary works. In this talk, I will explore my personal perspective on these issues, as author and audience, producer and consumer, professional and citizen.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Will your bag win the LIANZA Competition?

As you know the 2008 LIANZA Conference Committee are being environmentally responsive by introducing some green initiatives. One of these initiatives is to do away with the conference satchel.

LIANZA are encouraging you to recycle an old conference bag or create your own unique bag from recycled materials. They will be awarding two LIANZA memberships as prizes for the oldest LIANZA Conference bag and the most interesting creation so come by the LIANZA stand #45 and lodge your entry.

If they have more than one bag of the same year entered which is deemed to be the oldest they will draw a winner.

(Seen on the LIANZA website today - just in time for the weekend! kris)

Monday, September 29, 2008

Professor Mason Durie - abstract

Professor Durie is giving a keynote address on Monday 3 November. His topic:

Global colonisation, the Kiwi tradition, and the public good.

Among other challenges, New Zealanders must face the double edged prospect of global colonisation. On the one hand being swept up in a global avalanche will create new opportunities for the nation and for those who want to explore new frontiers. But on the other, global inundation will challenge the substance of what is generally known as the Kiwi tradition. Being part of the globe while also being grounded in ethos of Aotearoa requires a type of public good leadership that is attuned to the landscape, its peoples, their histories, their aspirations, and the inevitable to and fro from an increasingly abstract construct masquerading as the globe.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Study expo in Christchurch

Open Invitation to all...

Thinking about Library study? Considering Libraries as a Career (or know someone who is)?Find out more about study options, courses, LIANZA membership and professional registration and whether study is right for YOU!

With staff/colleagues to discuss the options and information from:

* Open Polytechnic

* Victoria University


* Te Wananga-o-Raukawa

Venue: Our City O-Tautahi - Library (1st Floor) http://www.ccc.govt.nz/OurCity/(corner of Worcester Boulevard and Oxford Terrace) Christchurch

Thurs October 9th 2008 2pm - 3:30pm (drop in any time)

RSVP alice.cruickshank[at]ccc.govt.nz

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

[AORAKI] LIANZA 2008 Conference Sponsorship

The LIANZA Aoraki Regional Committee is pleased to offer a sponsorship opportunity to attend the LIANZA Conference 2008, Poropitia: Outside the Box in Auckland, 2nd - 5th November 2008.

Applications for sponsorship are invited from all Aoraki paid up personal members of LIANZA, SLANZA or Te Ropu Whakahau. The committee has decided to offer this sponsorship to anyone who feels they have a case for attending conference, no matter their length of time in the profession, however preference may be given to first time attendees.

Sponsorship support may be applied for to cover registration costs (excluding Gala dinner), travel and reasonable accommodation. Applications for partial sponsorship are welcome as it may mean that the committee is able to support more people to attend.

In your application please include:
* Length of membership and any involvement in the above associations.
* Reasons for applying, including how attendance at the conference will benefit you.
* A breakdown of your estimated costs for attending this conference.
* An indication of any other financial support you would receivefor attending, e.g. workplace funding.

More information about the conference programme and social events can befound at http://www.lianza.org.nz/events/conference2008/index.html.

The successful applicant(s) will be required to prepare a written report(to be published in Aoraki Librarians) and possibly speak about their experience at a local meeting of members.

Applications must be received Friday 3rd October 2008 and can be addressed to:
The Secretary
LIANZA Aoraki Regional Committee
PO Box 2175
Christchurch Mail Centre

or alternatively can be emailed to Kathy.palmer[at]natlib.govt.nz.

The successful applicant will be notified shortly after the closing date.

Monday, September 22, 2008

New session!

We are offering an additional session - to be notified in the conference programme this week.

Presenter will be Gary Elmes, General Manager - Systems Management at Datacom Systems Ltd.

Gary's topic will be:

The challenges of digital preservation

An ever-growing proportion of the cultural, social, and research artefacts generated by our society are being created in digital form. As the growing number of digital preservation and repository initiatives around the world attest, effectively preserving these digital artefacts for current and future generations is an important objective for archivists, librarians and historians.
But achieving effective preservation is a remarkably tricky task, at a number of levels. Compared to physical artefacts, digital items are being created at a truly massive rate, many of them only fleetingly and in very informal circumstances. Technology degradation (“bit rot”) and obsolescence continually threaten to destroy or render inaccessible stored artefacts. Copyrights can often complicate and limit our options on how we store and provide access to items. Creating appropriate “meta-data” to facilitate a useful means of finding artefacts is, especially for non-text items, problematic.

This presentation will explore some of these issues and look at the approaches and standards (such as OAIS) that are emerging to deal with them.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Earlybird registration for Poropitia Outside the Box closes tomorrow

Here's a reminder of what's on...

Keynotes: Dylan Horrocks, Dr Diane Mara, Professor Mason Durie, Mark McCrindle, Professor Lawrence Lessig, Professor Marilyn Waring.

Network meetings: Health SIG, EPIC user group, Preservation SIG, ITSIG, PIMN, PUBSIG, SLIS, CatSIG, TelSIG, SLANZA.


Vendor exhibitions

Visits and tours: Land and identity tour, a special sailing of the Ted Ashby, Auckland City Libraries, Māori Television, Russell McVeagh's Law Library , Auckland War Memorial Museum Library, AUT Library, Business Information Commons (University of Auckland), National Maritime Museum. (These are filling up fast!)

Plenty of opportunity to network and socialise with your colleagues.

See you in Auckland in November!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Mark McCrindle

Mark McCrindle will be giving a keynote on Monday 3 November and a workshop-type presentation the following day. Here is the workshop outline:

Today’s students - Generations Y & Z - are not only growing up in fast-changing times, but they have different characteristics, values, and priorities from those of us who manage and provide information services. Based on the latest Australasian research Mark will provide us with a better understanding of the students and new graduates who are or are not our customers, and give us a glimpse into their future. He will give insights into the motivations and learning modalities of today’s students, and equip librarians and educators with strategies to connect with this multi-modal generation.

This practical workshop is designed to equip librarians, teachers and others with tools to engage effectively with these new generations. The workshop will appeal to school, public, or tertiary librarians, or to special libraries that are used by young graduates.

From young people’s use of technology to creating the right learning environment: see what works best today.

Key issues:
  • Multimodal communication: reaching the 3 learning channels.
  • The classroom of 2020: what teachers need to know.
  • Maximising retention: dealing with declining attention spans.
  • Motivating & involving today’s learners.
  • Flexible delivery: integrating new technology with these new students.
  • Meeting the workplace needs & expectations of the Generation Y.
  • Communicating with the ever-changing learner.
  • Customer service today: dealing with the expectation inflation.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Lawrence Lessig

Checked Professor Lessig's blog recently?
His new book will be released on 16 October:
Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy.

2008 LIANZA conference is your chance to hear this leading thinker. His topic will be "Keeping the outside outside the box: The role of independence in the profession of the librarian, and academy, and the threats that both now face."

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Keynote abstracts

Marilyn Waring's and Diane Mara's abstracts are now added to the programme site. Dr Mara will look at the experience of Pacific communities to consider the role research and the gathering of authentic evidence have in empowering communities and ethnic groups to take positive social action and increase the collective ownership of their destinies within Aotearoa New Zealand.

Dr Mara is speaking on the Sunday and will still be at the conference on the Monday and is keen to meet informally with attendees.

Note also that the Pasifika Information Management Network will be meeting during the lunch break on Monday 3 November.

Professor Waring will ponder what "research heaven" is for her, with reference to some of her widely known local and international research and work on political economy.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Last few days before the Earlybird registrations close

There are less than 10 working days left until Earlybird registrations close for conference. Register now via the conference website. If you haven't seen the programme yet you can find the schedule and abstracts on the conference website as well.

LIANZA Conference 2008 will be held at the SKYCITY Convention Centre, Auckland, New Zealand, from Sunday 2 to Wednesday 5 November 2008.

Featuring keynote speakers:
§ Dylan Horrocks, Comics Laureate to the conference.
§ Dr Diane Mara, tutor and research project leader in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) Hawkes Bay
§ Professor Mason Durie, Professor of Maori Research and Development and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Maori) at Massey University.
§ Mark McCrindle, Director of McCrindle Research
§ Professor Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law at Stanford Law School 2008. (LIANZA Conference 2008 and the Faculty of Law at The University of Auckland are co-hosting Lawrence Lessig's New Zealand visit.)
§ Professor Marilyn Waring, Institute of Public Policy at AUT University.
I've been reflecting on the benefits of being involved in organising a LIANZA conference - perhaps belatedly after 10 months of working on the conference, but predictable given that I have moved to a strategic role at Rodney District Council. Whilst it's proving a challenge to balance my work load (what's new in that?) I am glad that convening the 2008 LIANZA conference keeps me in touch with professional issues - while my new role has given me the opportunity to see that working in libraries (including organising library conferences and being involved in LIANZA) has provided lots of opportunities to develop a wide range of skills. One particularly useful at the moment is the ability to keep a straight face when people say "but haven't you always worked in libraries?".

Why I am sharing this with you? Well, I think it is easy to underestimate the skill base we develop in libraries and to forget that our skills are marketable and transferable. Barbara McKerrow - CEO of New Plymouth District - is one of the many people who have worked in libraries and now use their skills and knowledge in a different role. Barbara will be speaking on "After librarianship" at the Conference. Those who know Barbara know she is a lively, entertaining and thought-provoking speaker.

While Barbara's session will take us from libraries to other work opportunities, a number of speakers will contribute knowledge and experience from outside libraries, and the programme includes a wide range of speakers with in depth professional knowledge to share with you. I hope you take advantage of the chance to participate in sessions that are not in your speciality area as well as those that are - after all, who knows in what role you will be applying your skills in the future?

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Message from the LIANZA office

If you are a LIANZA member and have changed your email address, postal address or place of employment in the past few months, please email the LIANZA office - admin[AT]lianza.org.nz so Anna O'Keeffe can update our membership database and ensure that information and membership renewals are reaching you.

Megan Mathieson
Communications & Publications Coordinator

Monday, September 1, 2008

Professional development opportunity with Crown Records Management

This Scholarship is offered by Crown Records Management as a professional development opportunity for 2 LIANZA members to attend the LIANZA conference.

The sponsorship includes:
- 1 full conference registration
- 1 Conference Dinner Ticket
- Up to $200 towards travel and accommodation on submission of receipts

• Must be a member of LIANZA (if you are not a member and would like to apply for this award, please send in your membership application and cheque)
• Must have gained a Library Qualification in the last three years or be currently studying towards a Library Qualification
• Have never attended a LIANZA conference

Tumuaki TRW
LIANZA Regional Councillor

• The closing date for applications for the Scholarship is 30 SEPTEMBER 2008
• The two successful applicants will be notified of their success
• Employers of the successful applicants will be notified

• Applicant’s name and contact details
• LIANZA membership number
• The reasons you think you would benefit from attending the Conference
• Any LIANZA work you have been involved in
• The name and address of your organisation/employer, manager and/or Chief Executive
Applicants will not be asked for a letter of support from their employer, but it is expected that they have the support of their employer to attend conference should they be successful.

Email to office@lianza.org.nz; or post to:
Crown Records Management Scholarship
PO Box 12-212
Wellington 6144

The winners of the scholarship would be expected to write a short article to be included in the edition of Library Life following Conference.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

"Do not adjust your set"

There have been a few programme changes since the first release of the programme. Some presenters' circumstances have changed and so a few adjustments to times and paper offerings have been necessary.

Note that there will now be a chance for people who haven't had much experience of AnyQuestions to see the service in action. This will include a hands-on try out of ManyAnswers. And there's a session on the te reo version of AQ, UiaNgaPatai. These will be great intros for librarians who have heard a bit about AQ but would like a guided look and questions time, and for those who think they should be promoting the service a bit more.

To fit in with the visit of Professor Lawrence Lessig there's an expanded session on open access to information, including the Creative Commons initiative. Kathy Sheat and Clive Lansink will be giving adjacent presentations on copyright, present and future.

See there's a session on unconferences. It will inspire you to "unconference" all around the conference programme.

The SkyTower dawn tour is filling up fast - register and indicate your interest if you are keen to join it. Other tours and visits will be put into the programme within a day or two. Visits are being offered to Auckland city central library, the business information commons at the The University of Auckland, the NZ National Maritime Museum and the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Maori TV, AUT library, and a corporate law library (Russell McVeagh).

Remember that this conference is designed to give you plenty of networking time and lots of opportunities to have quality conversations with exhibitors. Plan ahead and book in those conversations with the people you want to talk to. The venue is an easy one to get around and so we won't have to spend ages walking about and finding the wrong room.

We are urging presenters to allow plenty of space for audience participation. Be ready to ask, comment, question, debate.

Cheers for now - happy earlybird registering.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Programme abstracts now online

The abstract descriptions are now on the conference website via the Programmes and Abstracts link.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Auckland marathon - Impossible is nothing

If you need another excuse to come to Auckland for Poropitia Outside the Box, the Adidas Auckland Marathon may just give it to you. It's on 2 November 2008 in the morning. Just enough time to hot foot it over the bridge then get ready for conferencing in the afternoon. Yes, you read that right - over the Harbour Bridge. "The bridge is 1,021 metres long and, from the approaches, is a climb of 33 metres to the crest." It's certainly an experience to run or walk over the bridge - I was just afraid that I'd lose my sunnies over the edge!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Google calendar available

As requested by a commenter on the previous post, the LIANZA 2008 Conference Programme is now available in Google Calendar. The button is on the right hand menu bar. You can add these events to your own calendar.
Give it a go!

Friday, July 25, 2008

LIANZA Conference 2008 Programme now online

The Conference Programme is now online as part of the Registration Brochure but can also be downloaded as a separate document here

Find information about registering

There’s a wide range of topics – services, copyright, ICT, readers advisory, special libraries, matauranga Maori, history, SIG meetings, supplier relationships, maps and more. One of the new formats is an interactive computer session. This is limited to 20 people so you’ll have to be quick to sign up.

See you in Auckland in November.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Whiwhi tohu a Te Rau Herenga o Aotearoa raua ko Te Ropu Whakahau

Kia whakatinanahia e tatou ta tatou mahi pai rawa atu. Kia mau a Te Rau Herenga o Aotearoa raua ko Te Ropu Whakahau te tohu whakapaipai no nga whare pukapuka o Amerika.

Kia haere tonu te mahi hononga o nga ropu e rua, kia hoea te waka e tatou kia whakanui te whakahoahoa hoki, no reira, kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui. No reira, ka hurihia ki te kaupapa tuarua, ko te waiata o Te Rau Herenga o Aotearoa.

Ko te mahi o tenei, kia whakahihiri koutou kahore i te paku mohio ki te reo me nga tangata matatau hoki. Kia whakarongo i tetahi wahi pai, wahi manaaki hoki me te tauoko i nga mahi e pa ana ki te whakatairanga o to tatou reo hei oranga mo te katoa.

No reira, ka haere koutou ki te waiata nei - http://www.lianza.org.nz/treaty/waiata.html, kia u ki to rae, kia parakatihi. No reira, tena tatou katoa.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

LIANZA honoured with International Innovation Award

LIANZA (the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa) has been awarded a Presidential Citation for International Innovation in the Year 2008 by American Library Association (ALA) President, Dr Loriene Roy.

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 65,000 members.

LIANZA has been awarded this important citation for actualising the intention of the Treaty of Waitangi by continuing a formal partnership agreement with Te Rōpū Whakahau, Māori in Libraries and Information Management, committing to biculturalism and supporting Māori language initiatives by, among other efforts, providing bilingual text on the official LIANZA website.

This citation also recognises that LIANZA has successfully planned a national registration scheme for information professionals and a continuing professional development program and has recently formalised a reciprocal relationship agreement with ALIA, the Australian Library and Information Association.

LIANZA President Glen Walker says “We are extremely honoured to receive this award which recognises LIANZA’s commitment to our partnership with Te Rōpū Whakahau and the bicultural development of librarianship in this country”.

“We are deeply committed to supporting information professionals in Aotearoa and building relationships between different libraries, sectors, interests and even countries, is a big part of our role. Receiving this award from Dr Loriene Roy is especially meaningful because of her own record of achievement.”

The Award was presented on Monday 30 June at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, California attended by around 22,000 librarians. The citation was collected on behalf of LIANZA by Te Rōpū Whakahau President Haki Tahana.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Te Ropu Whakahau receives International Innovation Award

The American Library Association will present a Presidential Citation for International Innovation in the Year 2008 to Te Rōpū Whakahau - Māori in Libraries and Information Management

The award will be presented on Monday 30 June for:
- Planning and hosting the first International Indigenous Librarians Forum in 1999;
- Collaborating with other indigenous librarians around the world to insure that the Forum continues to take place every other year;
- Serving as an energetic, creative, and lively international model for how to navigate and negotiate an indigenous presence at the national library level;
- Supporting the recruitment, education, and placement of Māori into the fields of librarianship;
- Creating and extending bilingual services to Māori library patrons and staff.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Conference registration is open

Registration for conference opened this morning. You can find more details on the 'Registration' page on the Conference website.

We've included a draft programme in the brochure which lists timeframes and keynote speakers. Some of the other presentation themes are mentioned in the introduction paragraph. More details about the programme will be released in July once the presenters have been confirmed.

Monday, June 16, 2008

LIANZA Partnered awards closing 30 June 2008

In association with LIANZA, Nielsen BookData would like to assist you with their annual Research Award designed to promote research in the library and information sector. The Award is made to support a proposed research project related to information management, which for the purpose of this Award shall encompass the fields of publishing, library and information management, electronic libraries, and bibliographic and full-text databases.
Now is the time for action. Make this the year when you undertake the research project you have been thinking about for so long. We can help you make it happen.

The 3M Award for Innovation in Libraries is sponsored by 3M New Zealand Ltd in conjunction with the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa to "promote excellence and innovation in Library and Information services". The award will be made to the Librarian, Information specialist or team who has applied an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to their business.
The 3M Award for Innovation in Libraries will provide the winners with prizes of $4,000.00 for the winner, $1,000.00 for second place, and $500.00 of 3M products for third place. The money awarded to first and second place is to be used for professional development.

The YBP/Lindsay and Croft Award for Collection Services recognises the contribution made in libraries by the staff in the areas of collection development, collection management, acquisitions and cataloguing.
The annual award consists of a $2000 grant donated by YBP, and a citation. These will be presented at the annual conference of LIANZA.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Registration opens next week!

Registration for Conference 2008 opens next week on the conference website.

More details next week.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Kaikorero pai

Tena ano hoki tatou katoa

Pehea o koutou whakaaro e pa ana ki nga kaikorero e tu mai ki te tukuna kauwhau? E ata korero ana? E pai i wana mahi a ringa? Pai te hanga o tona ahua?

No reira, e mohio ana koutou i to tino kaikorero, korero mai. He patai ano e pa ana ki nga taonga i tu i waenganui i te hui nei? Pehea te tino mahi ataahua, kia whakahua nga korero, nga taonga, he aha te mea nui ... me era atu?

Patai mai, korero mai, tukuna mai nga whakaaro pai me te kino hoki.

No reira, waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa!

Friday, May 30, 2008

What makes a good vendor stand? When you get back to the day job what stands out in your mind about the displays, the way the vendors communicated, the information available, etc. Building on a vendor suggestion, we are proposing a "best stand" award at this year's conference and we need you to tell us what the assessment criteria will be.

All suggestions to the blog, please.

We'll be asking the you to do the judging too. After all, you are the customers so your perceptions are paramount.

And perhaps any vendors reading this blog would like to tell us what the prize for the best stand should be.

Now for some news a number of you have been waiting for: conference registrations will be opening in mid-June; the LIANZA Council has just signed off on the registration charges and you'll be pleased to see they are not significantly different from last year. We're certainly pleased with the calibre and range of abstracts that have been submitted (and with the draft social programme).

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Organising the LIANZA 2008 Conference is at a really exciting stage. The buzz about the keynotes, particularly the latest one annouced, has been very encouraging. From the beginning we knew that getting Professor Lessig to come to New Zealand would be a coup and I am pleased to see the conversations that have been generated by the announcement of his visit.

You'll also know that we have been inviting abstracts of proposed presentations - the programme team and helpers will be starting on the first stage of the selection process in a few days. It's therefore far too early to say if any proposals received address the Creative Commons issue - but it's not too late for more abstracts!

So, we have keynote speakers confirmed and fleshing out the programme is underway. Don't worry - we haven't forgotten the social programme. Kim and her team have some great ideas and I am sure this conference will be beyond your expectations on that front too.

The organising committee has been exercising its collective brain for some time over the challenges of needing to generate income from the conference for the contined operation of LIANZA (of course, you will have read the President's column in the latest Library life that referes to this) and innovative ways of making conference content available. I've no answers to share with you today - but we haven't stopped thinking about this one!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Sixth keynote announced: Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig is a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and founder of the school's Center for Internet and Society. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty, he was the Berkman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and a Professor at the University of Chicago.

Much of his work has focused on law and technology, especially as it affects copyright. He represented web site operator Eric Eldred in the ground-breaking case Eldred v. Ashcroft, a challenge to the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. His current academic work is in the area of influence and "corruption." Other areas of teaching and writing include constitutional law, contracts, and the law of cyberspace.

Lawrence Lessig has won numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation's Freedom Award, and was named one of Scientific American's Top 50 Visionaries, for arguing "against interpretations of copyright that could stifle innovation and discourse online."

He is the author of Code v2 (2007), Free Culture (2004), The Future of Ideas (2001) and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace (1999). He is CEO of the Creative Commons project, and is on the board of MAPLight and the Sunlight Foundation. He has served on the board of the Free Software Foundation, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Public Library of Science, and Public Knowledge. He was also a columnist for Wired, Red Herring, and the Industry Standard.

For more, see Lawrence Lessig’s blog: http://lessig.org

2008 LIANZA conference and the Faculty of Law at The University of Auckland are co-hosting Lawrence Lessig’s New Zealand visit. He will make a keynote presentation at the LIANZA conference and will also present an address to a law audience at the university.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Talking of great presentations...

Not to make anyone shy of presenting, but here's a fantastic use of visuals, sound and analysis - Professor Lawrence Lessig the creative commons man ... worth a look if you haven't seen it. Topic is how creativity is being strangled by the law.


{Ok, this post was made just at the point we were finalising Lawrence Lessig's attendance as a conference keynote. Yep, admitted.}

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Powhiri to Poroporoaki

Kia ora anō tātou katoa

If you remember past LIANZA conferences we as a group are expected to follow certain protocols and procedures from beginning (the powhiri) to the end (the poroporoaki). This year the LIANZA conference will be held at the Sky City Convention Centre.

If you are unaware of the protocols, the attached link will provide some basic guidelines to help you through these tikanga.

Personally I can't remember the exact korero but I think the concept is if you are informed then processes will run smoothly? Although there may be ups and downs in our lives, together we will persevere and arrive at our destination.

The waiata have a soundfile for you to listen and practise to.

No reira, ka kite koutou a te hui nei.

Powhiri to Poroporoaki

Tēnā koutou katoa

Ka haere tātou ki te Whare teitei i Tāmaki, kia hui tahi pai ai? Āta titiro. No reira, e maumahara ana tātou wētahi atu hui o LIANZA? Ae, kāo rānei!

He aha te tikanga o te wāhi rā? Ehara koutou i te mōhio te tikanga o te powhiri me te poroporoaki? Ka haere ki te hononga nei, kia panuitia ngā kōrero pai mo tēnā. Kia whakarite tātou te mahi tika, te mahi pono hoki. Kaua koutou e whakaroaroa, ka tuhi i tō rae.

No reira, he moana pukepuke kia ekengia te waka, ka kite anō.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Tips on good presentations

I know there are many of you out there who would love to present at conference. You have the ideas! You have the passion! You're just not sure about the actual presentation. I'm much like that myself. Give me a coffee and a comfy seat and I'll go on and on for hours. Unfortunately that skill is no use in a presentation situation. "Stand up? In front of people and talk to them? You have got to be kidding!" is my usual reaction.

With that in mind I started trawling round the internet looking for tips on giving good presentations.

5 ways great speakers connect with their audience from Penelope Trunk's Brazen Careerist
"The art of public speaking is actually the art of connecting." Five tips to help presenters connect with the audience.

Death by PowerPoint (and how to fight it) from Alexei Kapterev via SlideShare
"How to make a presentation and not to bore your audience to death." It's not just about using PowerPoint. There are some great tips on structuring a presentation. (Warning, could be a slow watch on dial-up.)

Presentation Tips from Garr Reynolds
"Organization & Preparation Tips", "Delivery Tips" and "Slide Tips".

Really Bad PowerPoint from Seth's Blog
"Communication is about getting others to adopt your point of view, to help them understand why you’re excited (or sad, or optimistic or whatever else you are.)" Includes "Four Components To A Great Presentation".

Talk Good: Giving Effective Presentations from Peter Bromberg via Library Garden
A list of resources that "...speak for themselves."

Are you inspired to give it a go? Abstract submissions close Friday May 2.

(And of course there will be some great books at your local library!)

Thursday, April 3, 2008

"Inside the box"? Thinking inside a new box?

A comment on the blog refers to this article:

"Breakthrough thinking from inside the box."
Coyne, Kevin P.; Clifford, Patricia Gorman; Dye, Renée.
Harvard Business Review, Dec2007, Vol. 85 Issue 12, p70-78.

Click here for a summary of the article and video clip featuring Kevin Coyne.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Dr Diane Mara announces keynote themes

See below for information on Diane Mara, keynote.

In her keynote address Diane will lay down some challenges in regards to information access by groups of people from a range of cultural, ability and social backgrounds. Access is only the first step to empowerment through knowledge. Gaining information through the use of technological tools must also serve the purpose of achieving social justice and underpin the building of more positive cross-cultural relationships, not be a means of increasing marginalisation of particular groups in society. There is some cause for hope as younger Pacific generations quickly master technology but what they access and how they use information is still an area that needs to be better understood.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Global generations: turning understanding into action

Mark McCrindle, keynote

Mark McCrindle MA, BSc. (Psychology), QPMR trained as a psychologist, and is now an accredited Qualified Practising Market Researcher. His highly regarded research and reports into the changing times, trends and emerging global generations have built his reputation as a futurist, demographer and social commentator.

Mark is the Director of McCrindle Research, which counts amongst its clients over 50 multinational organisations and 100 of Australia’s largest corporations. Recent clients include: Deutsche Bank, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Westpac, CGU Suncorp, ANZ, Merrill Lynch, Jetset Travelworld, Salvation Army, Singleton Council, Health Care Providers NZ, Mitchell Communications, Austereo, Marriott International.

Mark is renowned for his engaging presentations as a keynote speaker and in workshops, covering topics such as changing times, changing trends; analysing the emerging issues that will shape the future; from Boomers & Xers to Generation Y & Z; engaging with today's students (a post-literate, multi-modal, tech-savvy generation); marketing to the "new generation," recruiting, training and retaining diverse generations; leadership and communication in and for the 21st century....

Want to see more?
Visit http://www.mccrindle.com.au/

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Mason Durie to speak at Poropitia

Professor Mason Durie, keynote
Mason Durie is a member of the Rangitane, Ngati Kauwhata, and Ngati Raukawa tribes. He has a medical background as a specialist psychiatrist.

From 1986-1988 he was a Commissioner on the Royal Commission on Social Policy and was appointed to the chair in Maori Studies at Massey University in 1988. He is currently Professor of Maori Research and Development and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Maori) at Massey University. He chairs Te Kahui Amokura, the Maori Standing Committee of NZVCC and leads the Guardians Group of Secondary Futures. In addition he is on the governing body of Te Wananga o Raukawa, a tribal tertiary education institution based at Otaki.

Pacific education expert as keynote

Dr Diane Mara, keynote

A graduate of Victoria and Auckland universities, Diane Mara PhD, M.Litt, BA (Hons), Dip Tchg, Dip TESL has considerable experience as a Pacific educational researcher in the early childhood education sector, tertiary institutions and schools throughout New Zealand. A number of her publications are used in teacher education and sociology of education courses at tertiary level.

Diane graduated with her doctorate in 2007. Her topic was Theories and Narratives: Pacific women in tertiary education and the social construction of ethnic identities in Aotearoa New Zealand. She interviewed twenty Pacific women graduates about their experiences as tertiary students and examined how their narratives revealed the social processes contributing to the construction of their Pacific ethnic identities in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Diane has worked as a primary school teacher, a policy analyst, a lecturer and researcher. In recent times she has become a mentor for emerging Pacific researchers. Currently she is a tutor and research project leader in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) Hawkes Bay and also works as an independent research consultant. A member of the Ministerial National Monitoring Group for the Pacific Womens’ Economic Development Plan being implemented by the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Diane also serves on a number of boards and advisory groups.

In 1976 Diane was a founding member of PACIFICA Inc (Pacific Womens’ Council) and has served this organisation of Pacific women in New Zealand at many levels. Her four-year term as National President ends in February 2009.

Diane has witnessed first-hand the challenges of settlement experienced by Pacific women and their families since the 1970s. Her work also reflects on the current challenges and issues of identity for New Zealand-born Pacific people in the 21st century.

Diane is of Tahitian descent and keeps in touch with her extended family in French Polynesia. As a sole mother of an autistic teenage son Diane believes she has gained incredible insight into the needs of children and young people with an intellectual disability and the challenges faced by parents and families coping in similar situations to her own.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Guess who else is coming to conference?

Professor Marilyn Waring, keynote

Marilyn Waring has a BA (Hons) from the Victoria University of Wellington and a DPhil from Waikato University. She holds a personal chair in the Institute of Public Policy at AUT University.

Marilyn is internationally known for her work in political economy and development assistance and human rights. Her book Counting for Nothing is an international bestseller and is the basis of the Canadian documentary Who's Counting. In 2007 Marilyn Waring and Christa Fouché edited Managing mayhem, a collection of eighteen essays by specialist contributors who explore some of the complexities and issues surrounding work-life balance in New Zealand.

Marilyn has held Fellowships at Harvard and Rutgers Universities. She is a Member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Professor Waring has been appointed as a lay member to the Board of Judicial Studies. This Board oversees the Institute of Judicial Studies, which is the professional development arm of the New Zealand Judiciary. She has also accepted the position as the gender and governance adviser to the RAMSI Mission (Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands).

In the new year honours Marilyn was awarded a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to women and economics.

Guess who's coming to conference ...

You should be! And why? Because Poropitia - Outside the box will make you want to change the way you work.

And because this is likely to be the only conference you'll attend this year which has its very own Comics Laureate as a keynote.

Dylan Horrocks, Comics Laureate to the conference
Dylan Horrocks is a New Zealand comic artist and writer, born in 1966. His published work includes the graphic novel Hicksville (1998), which has been translated into French, Italian and Spanish; the comic book series Pickle (1992-1997) and Atlas (2001-); and "Milo's Week," a weekly political comic strip published in the New Zealand Listener (1995-1997).

He has also written comics for DC Comics and Vertigo, including a 25-issue run on Hunter: the Age of Magic, 19 issues of Batgirl and 3 issues of Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight.

He has won an Eisner Comics Industry Award and his work has been nominated for other awards in America and Europe. He was awarded the University of Auckland-Creative NZ Literary Fellowship in 2006.

Dylan has lectured widely on comics, art and writing. His essays have been published in magazines and books in New Zealand and overseas. As an illustrator, he has contributed to a number of children’s books and magazines, including the School Journal and Nickelodeon magazine.

Currently Dylan is working on the serialisation of Atlas and on a short graphic novel called The American Dream. He lives in Maraetai with his wife and two sons.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Calling all abstracts

Visit the abstracts page at the conference website to find out about the abstracts submission process for the 2008 LIANZA conference. The programme team is keen to receive abstracts on a wide range of topics and from presenters who can think of innovative ways to engage an audience. And so session times have been increased to allow an unhurried presentation and more space for questions and discussion.

There is a choice of format types: oral presentations, workshops, panel discussions, and hands-on computer sessions. Intending presenters are asked to state their primary audience and broad topic areas. This is to help conference goers make good choices about the sessions they attend.

Poropitia - Outside the box is a conference at which both the content and how it's presented should deliver something beyond the obvious. Submissions are due on 2 May. The abstract review and selection process will take place during May-June. Successful authors will be notified by the end of June. The review team will then read the full papers so that presenters receive feedback and advice before the conference itself.

Give it a think!

  • Do you want to present? Know someone who should? Nudge them into action.
  • A topic you want to learn more about? Keep visiting the blog and add comments so that you are helping to shape the conference programme.

Ideas for presentations, workshops, panel discussions - some of these have been blogged before, others have been mentioned recently. These are topics people want to hear about.

  • The social context: libraries and legal compliance ... accessing and using legal information. Official information. Public Records legislation. What do we need to know and why?
    Online social networking and collaboration: how's it being used at work (and maybe for work).
  • Getting the best out of the relationship with the IT team: what across-team approaches maximise our effectiveness?
  • Training >> learning and development. What are the trends? Where are the gaps? What does the research tell us?
  • Knowledge management: alive and well? dead? dying? Someone want to arrange a panel discussion with audience involvement?
  • Blogs, wikis, et al. and e-citizenship. What's the scope?
  • Marketing - internally, to your manager ... to the executive. What works? Why?
  • Writing to impress. Telling your library's story succinctly and complellingly.
  • Libraries contributing to community outcomes. What are the challenges for measuring success?
  • Story times: what have you tried and evaluated for success? Library-parent relationships.
  • Your experience of working outside the sector or overseas ... what are the learnings others need to hear?

Do plan for a full-on conference: 3.5 days from Sunday 2 - Wednesday 5 November. More details over the next week or so will convince you that Poropitia-in-full is where you'll want to be.

Manaakitia te āo

Tēnā koutou katoa

He pātai tāku. He aha te kaupapa ki te manaaki i te pūtaiao? E hiahia ana mātou ki te honoa wētahi kōrero, wētahi whakaaro o te kaupapa nei.

Pehea te mahi tika o tātou i waenganui i te hui whakanui o LIANZA? E mōhio ana koe? Kōrero mai.

Homai koa o koutou whakaaro tika, he aha ta tātou mahi tika? He aha ta mātou mahi whakarite? He aha ngā mea i hāpaitia te kōrero, whakaaro, mahi hoki.

Nō reira, me te wai kōrari, kia inumia ai, ka tupua tātou katoa.
One of the great things about being involved in organising a conference is the range of things you get to debate (like why people do or don't contribute to a blog!). More seriously, at the last conference committee meeting we were discussing what it means to be a green conference and what can (and should) we do to be more green. Is there a trade-off between cost and environmental sustainability? If there are additional costs are individuals or their employing organisations prepared to pay that cost? How much analysis must we do to be sure what we are doing is sustainable? Would people pay for carbon credits if we analysed the carbon cost of conference? Would you rather have speakers in person from overseas or would you be happy with their virtual presence?

What is your view on this and any other aspect of sustainability?

What else? Well, the programme structure is pretty well finalised and there will be more information about this available very shortly and the call for papers is also about to be released. Day by day the conference is becoming more fully realised - we look forward to lots of proposals for papers and a wide range of other sessions.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Free stuff in February winners

Congraulations to the winners of the free stuff - Lisa and kowhai reader.

me with your choice of one of the following and I'll arrange to have it sent to you...

* Jaffa pack - regular Jaffas, giant Jaffas, Jaffa biscuits

* Auckland wine - a bottle of something alcoholic and delicious

* Small wooden box

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Perspective from Programme Committee member

This year’s conference is shaping up to be one not to miss. It has been amazing investigating possible speakers, discovering the wonderful achievements/progress being made by those both inside and outside the library profession. Then progressing on to secure talented speakers who not only meet the theme of the conference, but also appeal to conference attendees has been challenging.

We are having great success in confirming our keynotes and as Greg has mentioned they will be announced about the same time as the call for abstracts.

So what can you do now?

If appropriate, approach your manager to start the process of ensuring you can attend this year’s conference

Start considering your paper, presentation, etc. that will match our theme: Poropitia outside the box, so you are ready for the call for abstracts

Keep posting comments – bouquets and brickbats welcome!

Watch this space for future announcements

Friday, February 22, 2008

Yes, but is it sustainable?

Right from the start we've said we want this conference to be as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible. After all, if that NZ TV icon Shortland Street can do Carbon Zero why can't we?

We've discussed all sorts of things - carbon credits, virtual attendance, reducing paper use....but they really only cover some of the things that make for a sustainable conference. We have to think wider than just environmental concerns. What about the people involved? How do we ensure that the LIANZA Conference can be run regularly?

Here are my top five.

1. Be a member of LIANZA
LIANZA itself has been around for a long time. Founded in 1910 its goal is to "...promote libraries and information, to foster the profession and to provide professional leadership. " The number of LIANZA members is a good indication of how many people would potentially attend a conference about library and information services.

2. Talk to exhibitors
Ask them how they think they could help you. If they're busy then leave a note with contact details so they can block out a time to talk to you during conference. This is the one of the few times you'll be able to talk to a number of vendors easily in a short period of time in a reasonably relaxed atmosphere. Vendors work with us to help us provide our services to our customers. They sponsor conference and support the work we do. We have to support them too.

3. Present a paper or encourage others to
A conference is only as good as the content it serves up. If something excites you then it's likely to excite others as well. Have you conducted some research that could be shared with a wider audience? Bring it to conference. Encourage colleagues to present. In the February "Library Life" there is a Soapbox article that talks about NZ librarians doing great work only no-one knows because they don't tell anyone. Here is your chance to contribute to improving library and information services in New Zealand.

4. Volunteer on the Conference committee
Most of the people who work to bring you conference are volunteers. They fit conference work in and around their day job (and kudos to the organisations who allow them to.) I'm finding it great fun as well as professionally very interesting. Without volunteers conference would not happen.

5. Lobby to attend conference then do something with the information you hear, see, experience
This should probably be number one on the list because without attendees conference certainly wouldn't be sustainable.
In order to increase your chances of attending let your funder/manager etc know what you're hoping to get out of conference and what you expect to bring back to your organisation. Do more than just report back; implement something.

Can you think of any more points that should be on this list?