This month Anne Buck is retiring from both Dunedin Public Libraries and LIANZA Council. LIANZA Executive Director, Ana Pickering says:
“I have enjoyed working with Anne on LIANZA Council for the last couple of years. She has brought a wealth of knowledge from her career in libraries and useful perspectives from her involvement as a LIANZA regional councillor and member of the LIANZA Rules Committee. Anne can be relied on to respond quickly to questions and I have appreciated her commitment to our professional association. We wish her the very best for her retirement…”
You have just retired from your role of Information Services Supervisor and Team Leader at Dunedin Public Libraries. Can you tell us how long you worked at DPL and a little about your day-to-day work?
I have worked at Dunedin Public Libraries for nearly 39 years having held many roles both in Customer Services and in Collection Services. Once I decided that I loved working in libraries I took up as many opportunities that I could and as libraries developed, luckily so did I.
My first permanent role was cleaning LPs, rewinding cassettes and processing them ready for loan as well as helping the customers to find and discover information in the Literature, Arts and Music Section.
I then moved to be a cataloguer (both copy and original) on NZBN at the start of this part of my journey moving into the heritage collection (with a side trip or two) and then into serials work. I was the possibly the first serials librarian at DPL and then combined this role with the acquisitions of new and sometimes old material for all the collections until my final position of Information Services Supervisor from which I have recently retired.
I have been through local government amalgamation and what seems like a lot of big and small restructures at DPL.
In my final role I oversaw the adult reference service and APNK computers for the city library as well as helping to provide digital classes via Stepping Up and giving modems via the Spark/Skinny Jump to those who did not have access to the internet in their homes. All in all great to end on a high with working with the customers and meeting their needs and expectations.
What would you like to see LIANZA do more of?