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

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

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)