These conference grants are funded through the LIANZA Community Contestable Fund established in 2019. All applications were assessed by a LIANZA regional selection panel and the five successful applications approved by LIANZA Council.
Congratulations to all our successful applicants. You can read why they applied for a grant and what they are looking forward to attending at the conference in November.
Far North District Libraries
Attending the LIANZA conference 2021 will be an awesome professional development opportunity to keep current with the services I deliver so I can continue positively enhancing community interactions at our new Library. I am currently completing my LIANZA Professional Registration application and attending LIANZA conference will greatly assist in supporting this step in my professional development.
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Sandra Quinn RLIANZA
Taupo District Libraries
I have never been to a LIANZA conference. I have been relishing the increase in availability of training webinars provided by LIANZA and “virtually” attending this year's conference is an opportunity I am excited about. I have worked in numerous roles in public libraries and have been lucky enough to secure a secondment role this year through the New Zealand Libraries Partnership Programme.
- Engaging Libraries - Jenny Peachey, Georgina Bowyer & Rachel Heydecker
- The Public Library Will Never Die - Jane Stratton
- User unknown: Where are the uncounted? - Workshop
- Decolonising our libraries and communities - Glenis Philip-Barbara
Fionna Campbell RLIANZA
Eastern Institute of Technology
I have worked in library and information professions for many years but have never quite managed to make it to a LIANZA conference - this was going to be the year for me to finally get there after spending many years completing my Masters in Information Studies and gaining registration earlier this year. I foremost see this professional development opportunity as a great space to meet, engage, get inspiration, and share ideas with colleagues across different areas of the library sector.
I currently work for an academic library in collections, which I very much enjoy.
The sessions on decolonising the library and pacific library, indigenising library practice and maintaining the momentum with diversity are also of particular relevance to my workplace, where we are endeavouring to make the library and learning area a welcoming space for all learners. Diversity, equity and inclusion are key to the library where I work so I am keen to hear speakers in this area and take new ideas and inspiration back to my workspace.
Bernadette Cassidy RLIANZA
New Zealand Spinal Trust
I manage a small specialist health library and have very few opportunities to network with my peers, in addition, the isolated nature of my work environment makes professional development challenging. However, professional development events and conferences where most of my peers are gathered in one place, helps to break the isolation as well as assist me with the continuing development of my library service.
The LIANZA 2021 conference theme 'Thriving together” in particular the sub themes: community support, engagement and transformation; enabling literacies and innovation are specifically relevant. For example I am very interested in the keynotes which focus on: the future of health libraries; health literacy for thriving communities, Future ready: equipping information professionals for the digital age. I am also interested in a number of workshops e.g. Dementia friendly book groups; Marketing the library; Building inclusivity with Universal Deign; Smell of an oily rag: innovation in a special library.
Abigail Tarbotton RLIANZA
The last LIANZA Conference I attended was the one in Auckland in 2014. I am particularly interested in the following themes in the conference – diversity, equity, and inclusion and enabling literacies. My main interests are around research, social media, literacies and community engagement – and there are plenty of sessions that cater for these! There are a few virtual sessions I am very excited to attend. One of these is “Audience #engagement: Creating communities of practice on social media” by Rida Malik.
If a LIANZA Conference Grant is not granted in a particular region for a specific year, it is not be transferred to another regional community and remains in the LIANZA Community Contestable fund.