LIANZA would like to acknowledge all the hard mahi that Alyson Baker has done for her local community as well as LIANZA.
We wish her all the best while she focuses on her health and are grateful she has decided to continue her work on the LIANZA Standing Committee on Freedom of Information.
Kia kaha Alyson.
This morning I accepted Alyson Baker’s resignation from Nelson Public Libraries. Alyson has made the very difficult decision to finish work and concentrate on her health.
While I am sad that we are losing such an amazing individual I am also very happy that Alyson is putting herself and her health first.
Alyson has been with us for 11 years and has brought such immense value to our library, our community, and the wider profession. Her knowledge, honesty, strength of conviction and passion for librarianship is going to be sorely missed.
She has been an incredible advocate and leader for NZ literature, Dementia Friendly book groups, Freedom of information and the importance of reading for pleasure and how this can transform individuals and communities.
Her relationships and connections with independent bookstores, libraries and authors (both national and international) have been a driving force for many of our programmes, events and overall services to the community.
Louise LaHatte, Auckland Libraries and Past LIANZA President says,
Alyson Baker has made an enormous contribution to the LIANZA Standing Committee on Freedom of Information and thankfully she will continue on our committee. She brings a rigorous intellect and passion for professional ethics to this work as well as commitment to doing the mahi as well as the thinking.