Natalie Smith, Victoria University of Wellington.
I’m keen pleased to be part of the LIANZA 2021 conference committee. As to what I think needs to be achieved in the sector – well, I’m all in favour of more networking opportunities and talking about ‘hot topics’ for our sector, in particular for the tertiary sector where securing our place and relevance and coping with change are important. I’m also passionate about information literacy and supporting student success so would hope that the conference supports that too in some capacity. I attended the conference last year and hope the resonance of ‘We are LIANZA’ would continue as well.
Aaron Wanoa, National Library of New Zealand.
I have worked in the library sector for 20 years in various types of libraries. I enjoy project co-ordination so the conference is an exciting professional development opportunity. I am skilled at monitoring expenditure, communicating budget issues and have a good understanding of finance audit requirements and systems. I work consistently with suppliers, invoices and contracts. My skill set fits in the ‘doing’, the organizing, making sure things are done. I look forward to contributing
Heather McCaskill, Upper Hutt City Libraries.
I have worked in public libraries for seven years and I am currently an outreach librarian at Upper Hutt Libraries. The LIANZA 2021 conference will ideally attract a broad range of professionals from across the sector and provide them with opportunities for networking as well as interesting and relevant content that will give them ideas and tools that they can take back to their organisations and share with colleagues. This is a time when LIANZA can shine, raising awareness in the important role they play in the sector and how active members can help shape the direction of LIANZA and the sector.
Brigid Brammer, Wellington City Libraries.
I have previously participated in the programme committee for the LIANZA 2013 Conference in Wellington when Rachel Esson was Programme Coordinator. I convened the first LIANZA Te Upoko te Ika a Maui regional weekend school in Wellington at Massey University and had overview of the LIANZA Te Upoko te ika a Maui weekend school at Masterton in 2018.
Kay Morfett, Rolleston School Library.
I am the librarian at Rolleston School and I also work as a library assistant for the Selwyn Libraries covering 4 of our local centres. I have worked within the library industry for 10 years in the UK, Australia and in Aotearoa. My previous background was in Management and Training for Customer Service and Call Centres. I am able to bring a different outlook, a fresh set of ideas and a wide sector of experience to the committee, not only as a leader of a school library but also as a co-worker in a variety of wider community settings.
I believe the greatest need for libraries at this time is awareness, especially with the recent negative media on school libraries; awareness of what we offer in all libraries, what the community needs us to be there for, why whanau want our services, the difference libraries, books and the technology and knowledge we offer matters. Education for library staff that you do matter and providing a long term form of support, an ongoing forum for ideas and giving the chance to showcase any library, no matter how small.