This fund was made available through the Department of Internal Affairs New Zealand Libraries Partnership Programme (NZLPP). It aims to make sure that the workforce is qualified, future-ready and positioned to demonstrate the value and impact of library and information services in Aotearoa New Zealand.
FIRST ROUND OPENS IN MARCH
The first grant round opens from March 1 to March 31. This grant round is intended for students beginning study from trimester two this year. Further grant rounds will be held each October starting this year.
WHO IS THE FUNDING FOR?
This funding is open to all those working in the library and information sector and those who may be new to the sector. Applications will be accepted from people looking to gain tertiary qualifications in indigenous knowledge management, library and information studies. This includes qualifications relevant to public, school, tertiary, national and special libraries, and whānau, iwi and marae collections of taonga tuku iho.
“We are looking forward to seeing applicants from across Aotearoa New Zealand. These tertiary grants are intended to better support and reflect our diverse communities across the country, so I encourage people, especially managers and community leaders, to champion the opportunity provided by these grants. It is a chance for people already working in our sector to get started with a qualification and to reduce some of the financial barriers. It is also an opportunity to encourage people from our communities who we would love to see join our profession, giving them a stepping-stone into the sector through a qualification.”
LIANZA and SLANZA Tertiary Grants Project Advisory Group Chair
“School librarians, people working in the sector and new to the sector, I encourage you to take part in this exciting opportunity to upskill yourself. This is a significant project that will enhance your career and enable our profession to better respond to the needs of our students, staff and wider school communities.”
“This initiative aims to attract people working in the library and information sector to achieve tertiary qualifications, upskilling the library workforce, and positioning the sector well for the future. I urge you to consider making an application and taking advantage of this excellent opportunity to embark on a LIS qualification.”
“The Tertiary Grants project funded through the libraries partnership programme, is one of the most exciting aspects of the programme and one I believe will have a hugely positive impact for the library sector.Increasing both the breadth and depth of our profession through funding education opportunities will mean an intergenerational uplift in skills across the sector. We know that there are skills gaps in a range of areas particularly Mātauranga Māori and digital skills – here is an opportunity to start to address those gaps. I’m looking forward to seeing a wide range of people, from different backgrounds and experience take up these grants and bring their perspectives to our workforce. I strongly encourage you to consider applying for a grant or encouraging your colleagues to. Not only will it benefit you and your organisation, but it will also be of value to the whole sector and the communities we serve.
I can’t wait to see what can be achieved through this extraordinary opportunity and thank you to LIANZA and SLANZA for working together so collaboratively to bring this together.
Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi. With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive,”
Te Pouhuaki National Librarian