SAGE Publishing is an independent publishing company, and its founder, Sara Miller McCune, has committed to its remaining independent for the very long term.
We are proud of our independence, which enables us to focus on the broad publishing needs of our communities. We are driven by academic excellence, and we invest for the benefit of our publishing partners – not simply to meet the needs of shareholders. Sara’s estate plan ensures that SAGE is secured as an independent publisher, which means that those who work with SAGE will always be treated with respect and integrity.
Today, we have more than 1,000 journals and over 800 new books each year, spanning a wide range of subject areas. Our growing selection of library products includes archives, data, case studies and video.
What is SAGE excited about sharing with delegates at the LIANZA 2019 Conference?
SAGE, and its many resources, are continuously recognised for excellence on a global scale. We are excited to share information about Lean Library, our newest technological solution for libraries, is a browser plug-in, which helps libraries to increase the visibility of their resources and their presence to patrons. It simplifies the research process and leads users to resources through easy, seamless access.
What questions should delegates be asking SAGE at the conference?
- How can our library drive more traffic to our resources?
- What can we do to have customised messages to our patrons?
- What ideas does SAGE have to promote SAGE resources that we have already acquired?
- How can the institution work with SAGE to publish articles?
Who is coming from SAGE and what are their areas of expertise?
- Irene Lai, Regional Manager – Books and Library Sales Marketing and Communications – APAC
- Alicia Solofa, Assistant Manager, Library Renewals and Solutions – APAC
What does SAGE hope to achieve by engaging with library professionals in New Zealand?
SAGE hopes to build on existing relationships and bring it a step further. We are also keen to hear feedback on our products, the industry as a whole. Lastly, to reconnect with our old friends and gain new ones along the way.
What other conferences does SAGE attend around the globe?
As a publisher, SAGE attend many conferences around the world. Important ones are;
o IFLA WLIC
o ALIA Online
o ALA (American Library Association) Annual Conference
o Charleston Conference
o Frankfurt International Book Fair
o Beijing International Book Fair
o And many more
Andy Fenton – Promoting Community Engagement and Special Collection Management through our Recollect platform is a wonderful achievement we are very proud of. We are continuing to break new ground by empowering communities to enhance collaboration, sharing and inclusiveness, as well as preservation. Also, the collaboration and inclusion we have experienced in the library and information sector is an achievement we are proud to cherish and maintain – right throughout our three offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. We have always enjoyed participating IN the sector and have always been made very welcome to do so, it’s a wonderful thing to be cared about.
What news does NZMS look forward to sharing with delegates at the LIANZA 2019 Conference?
Gavin Mitchell – Innovations such as our new 3D digitisation service will be on display at this year’s conference. We will also be highlighting significant developments in Recollect with the release of Collection Management and Digital Preservation tools within the Recollect platform.
David Tingey – As the new NZ Country Manager for NZMS, I’m looking forward to meeting you all at my first LIANZA conference.
What was the best LIANZA Conference you ever attended and why?
Andy Fenton – Tough choice, my first LIANZA conference in 1997 was brilliant – because as a ‘conference virgin’ some pretty cool librarians (one still practitioning today) took me under their wing and ensured I got the most out of the conference in Whanganui. Also, a random act of kindness at the dinner/dance – I’d forgotten my wallet and one of the organising committee drove me ten minutes back to the motel to pick it up – I love how librarians are always giving.
Then again, my first dress up/costume was Wellington in 2002, as Bananas in Pyjamas provided a great laugh at the St James.
Leigh Rout – I realise I’m the newest conference goer in the many years of NZMS attending LIANZA conferences, but my favourite was the ‘Shout’ conference in 2015.
Sheryl Sporle-Fahey – I love being inspired by the library sector, I especially loved the 2015 conference and Cath Sheard’s presentation – ‘The Audit of Kindness’ which was very memorable, every time I hear Cath speak I learn something valuable for my life.
Alison Barnett – So hard to pick! I have enjoyed them all for different reasons. The first conference I attended in 2013 was special because I was new to the sector and felt instantly at home!
Andy Fenton (again!) – ALSO, Hamilton in 2013, where one of the keynotes really resonated on inclusive librarianship – and we have been Insta-buddies ever since.
ALSO, the last one – because it was with all of my current team, and many of you all. The conferences are superb networking events, with great speakers, knowledge-sharing, inclusive chats and a platform for developing future collaborations.
And we all love this picture of our team at the Christchurch LIANZA in 2017; for us, the LIANZA Conferences are both a great place to meet people the sector and also another opportunity to spend time with colleagues who are based around the country, and – clearly – have fun!
NZMS shows its commitment to the NZ library community in many ways. Why is it important to NZMS to provide support to the LIANZA and other library conferences?
Andy Fenton – I get asked this a lot, including by other vendors, the short answer is that it’s never occurred to me not to get involved. It’s about personal values – when you join a club or a neighbourhood it’s important to contribute in a mindful/meaningful way, and to do (more than) your fair share – it empowers others, which is empowering in itself… I’m a hoooge fan of doing random acts of kindness.
What is the most innovative use of Recollect that you have seen to date?
Gavin Mitchell – Using the flexibility of metadata management in Recollect and the power of community contributions. We are working with NZTA to develop a site that will enable Roading Engineers across New Zealand to collaborate and create metadata standards for roads and other infrastructure assets.
Andy Fenton –
· Storytelling – it’s what we hear people want
· Timeline – originally client conceived, improved upon by us
· Video-tagging – even YouTube doesn’t do it like we do!
· Crowd-sourcing index cards and slides
· Digital Preservation
What has NZMS been up to overseas?
Gavin Mitchell - NZMS has been busy providing Recollect to the Australian GLAM sector with more than 30 customers now using Recollect. We are now taking Recollect to North America and Europe! This has seen Andy and Tyler attend conferences in the US including ALA (American Libraries Association) in June, while myself and Andy will attend IFLA WLIC Athens in August and I will attend the CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections conference in Wales in September.
Andy Fenton – No pressure! You’ll have to wait and see.