The program was aimed at library assistants (who don’t usually get a chance to attend LIANZA conference) but it was open to all library staff. The event attracted about 50 participants from library administrators to section managers. It was great to see the stretch of attendees from New Plymouth to Hawke’s Bay to Hutt City. 25 lucky people who registered for the whole day event, were able to attend the morning workshop at the City Library Makerspace (Blueprint) and learn about different technology and creative tools such as laser cutters and 3D printers. Robyn Wilson also gave a tour of the library and the Blueprint for those who missed out on the workshop but wanted to learn more about the City Library.
In the afternoon, we heard from different speakers and discussed a variety of relevant topics. The session started by introducing Ikaroa committee members and thanking the City Library for providing the venue and the refreshments as well as the presenters and the audience for their support. Ana Pickering talked about LIANZA and the latest decisions and updates.
Bruce White was the first speaker and he started by introducing his latest published book “Spreadsheet for Librarians”. His talk about Open Access and Copyright was well received and provided helpful information for the library staff. Cath Sheard’s talk about wellness and resilience was a timely topic and made us think abut ways to look after ourselves and others. Leah Simon and Laura Clifford from the committee facilitated a round table discussion session where participants shared their knowledge and experiences about a variety of library related topics. Sheeanda McKeagg and Huatahi Nuku ran an interactive session about Te Tiriti led libraries and what we can do to make ours one. Alan Dingley finished up the afternoon session by sharing his experience as a judge for New Zealand Book Award for Children and Young Adults in 2021.
All in all, it was a successful program and thankfully all our participants managed to get home before the lockdown deadline at midnight.
What’s next for Ikaroa committee? Well, we will be sharing some slides and the result of the round table discussion in the coming days. We will also ask for feedback from the participants to help us with our de-brief and evaluation process. After this, will put our thinking hats on and plan our next event, but before then we will take a well-deserved break and soak up some sun while we can!