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) of Worcester Boulevard and Oxford Terrace) Christchurch

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

RSVP alice.cruickshank[at]

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

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]

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] 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; 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.