Everything from paper presentations, to training with fellow librarians, to the keynote speakers, to just getting together with colleagues has our committee members buzzing about the LIANZA 2021 Conference.
“So much good content and hard to pick just a few. I am excited about Rosamund Feeney paper on staff training. I spend chunks of time training colleagues so ideas on developing flexible and practical training sounds unmissable. I love the range of NZ keynotes at this year’s conference. I am especially looking forward to Dr Hemi Whaanga on indigenous identity and sovereignty in the digital sphere, Kate de Goldi & Ben Brown in conversation, and Jehan Casinader on the power of stories. Keynotes are exciting and provide a fresh perspective that provokes thought. Finally, as a special librarian, I look forward to attending sessions from people working in different types of libraries like public or tertiary. Always interesting to see different viewpoints.”
Natalie Smith, Subject Librarian at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington, RLIANZA, TEL-SIG Co-Convenor is looking forward to not just the fun 1920’s gala dinner, but supporting fellow colleagues too!
“I’m excited to support my colleagues from Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington who are presenting this year…
“To provide a new hybrid conference to include one and all is exciting! I’m also looking forward to a range of different activities.
· Lightning talk – More baking, less laminating with Aimee Lowe,
- Papers – Piloting a virtual reading room with Valerie Love, a good follow-on for me after Books Alive!
- Community engagement through a Māori lens with Kat Catriss,
- Keynote – Future ready with Sue Lacey Bryant,
- The Living Libraries Panel with Inside Out, an incredible idea, providing our guests a safe place to ask awkward questions is a must-do!
Find out more about the LIANZA 2021 Conference programme, keynote speakers, and how to register by visiting: https://lianza.org.nz/events/lianza-2021-conference/
Brigid Brammer, Library Coach & Community Spaces at Wellington City Libraries is so excited to be attending LIANZA conference this year because the speakers are talking on themes that resonate with her whether they are from public, private or tertiary libraries.
"I am focussed on libraries of the future and how we can strengthen our communities. How does my library need to change or grow its services to do this? One particularly strong speaker in this area is Jane Stratton who has created “Lost in Books”. This is a multilingual bookshop that is a safe place for women and children of any culture. Ensuring our libraries are safe places is really important for us today. Our librarians are having to grow skills to work with different and difficult visitors in a way they haven’t before. So learning about how it is being done elsewhere will be useful and may give me a few ideas."
"Mālō e lelei, Kia orana, Noa’ia, Talofa lava, Mauri, Tālofa, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Mālō ni and warm Pacific greetings."
"We are really excited and look forward to connecting with you all. Especially seeing the continuation of the partnership vā fealoaloa’i and talanoa between LIANZA and PIMN since the 2019 Conference and the next steps the committee have taken into place for the 2021 Thriving together Conference. Exciting to see the spread of speakers and presenters, especially looking forward to hearing keynote speaker Dr Koya-Vaka’uta share about rethinking the library of the future and what it means to decolonize a library. Great to also support the first Pacific LIANZA President Elect in this years conference, Kim Taunga. Just a few more months kainga to register! We look forward to catching up with you all in November. Mālō ‘aupito, ‘ofa lahi atu."