The New Zealand Libraries Partnership Programme (NZLPP) is looking for coaches to support programme participants across the country with their endeavours. The coaching is being set up to complement formal training courses being offered through NZLPP, and communities of practice for the programme’s focus areas.
The coaches will have a one-on-one relationship with programme participants over the next 15 months. They are responsible for understanding peoples’ challenges and helping them achieve their goals.
Taitu is the library manager at Eastbourne Library in Lower Hutt. She started out as a librarian at Kisama Africa University College and after a number of years of experience became the head librarian at the Royal University College in Ethiopia. Now part of Hutt City Libraries, Taitu leads the front-line customer service staff and the library’s layout to ensure a high standard is being delivered to their customers. Taitu has previously developed many programmes in the local community; she supports her colleagues in on-going programme design and delivery to ensure there is something of relevance for the community throughout Hutt City, which will provide insight for NZLPP participants working on their initiatives.
Taitu says, "It is when we support each other that we grow into our best self throughout our career. The NZLPP provides us with a nest to come together to support, nurture and uplift each other to our best selves. Professionally supporting each other by being part of a programme like this, equips us with great tool to go out and serve the community. I am excited to be part of this journey, to see the coachees as well as the coaches grow together and leaving the nest feeling a bit taller."
Dyane is the Puke Ariki Libraries Manager, based in New Plymouth. She has been involved in a number of significant library projects over the past 10 years including post the Canterbury earthquakes (when based in Christchurch) and, more recently, the Puke Ariki strategic developments. Through these projects and others, Dyane has been a leader, driving for continuous improvement, with a keen focus on future growth of staff and always bringing the team on the journey.
Dyane says, "We need to develop our staff, so they are resilient to changing community needs and council requirements. Our staff and teams are our greatest taonga."
Hilary is a digital librarian at Ko Taku Reo Deaf Education New Zealand and has previously worked in human resources, information security and libraries. She is passionate about libraries, and the communities they serve. Cognisant of contemporary information and library issues, Hilary is committed to life-long learning in the areas of technology and library services in order to remain current in the profession. Hilary’s previous roles have provided a broad range of transferable skills and knowledge including leading major projects such as creating a specialised digital library and eResources, an annual reading challenge, staff training, STEAM, kidsfest and many more.
Hilary says, "The NZLPP is a fantastic initiative that I am excited to be involved with. I am looking forward to sharing my skills and expertise to coach and support library staff members to achieve their goals."