LIANZA has offered 15 webinar and meet-up events since March 31, with over 1000 people attending these online events. LIANZA offered a meetup on Copyright and Virtual Storytimes and another on LIANZA Professional Registration. LIANZA has also collaborated with Public Libraries NZ to offer meet-ups to share information and solutions about moving ‘down the levels’ and supporting the library workforce, with between 80-120 people attending online. A range of LIANZA webinars have been offered from Bilingual Service Provision, to Zooming in on Book Clubs. You can still RSVP for Collecting in the Time of COVID-19 next week and Connecting and Engaging Children and Youth in Library Spaces in June. An online workshop on Continuity and Confidence – Managing Public Sector Information in a Pandemic was also offered to two cohorts.
LIANZA began the lockdown by negotiating a copyright agreement and two extensions with Coalition for Books to enable public libraries offer virtual storytimes to their communities; sought clarity for members on issues such as book quarantining; and has collaborated with National Library and NDF to provide an online space to track closures and reopenings of NZ whare taonga. LIANZA is also partnering with Victoria University of Wellington to provide a literature review focused on how public, special, school and tertiary libraries respond to the changing needs of users in times of economic downturn. The aim is to provide key, evidence-based, learning that can be used for advocacy nationally by LIANZA and by LIANZA institutional members. We have also sought to reach out and support individuals through #stopforacuppa and the inaugural LIANZA Lockdown Quiz !
LIANZA is looking to the future and what professional learning opportunities can be provided to the sector.
If you have an idea for a topic or expertise to share please be in touch.
We have greatly appreciated the feedback received over the last two months and are proud to share some of the comments sent in.
We really appreciate your work with Coalition for Books. Thanks for all you and your team are doing during this time. You are doing a fantastic job of keeping us informed, helping us share info, ideas and resources, to connect with each other and our communities.
LIANZA Office have been doing an amazing job keeping everyone up to date, sharing resources and just making us feel like we have somewhere to turn. We all really appreciate the support :)
The library sector is doing what we do best – working together, well facilitated by LIANZA.
You are doing an amazing job with just three of you. LIANZA members are being well-served and kept in touch with each other through your leadership and guidance. Congratulations and thank you from a retired member. I do hope that your efforts are widely appreciated.
Thank you for keeping us so well-informed during this time, and with so many awesome ideas on new ways to offer our services – it’s been a great support to us.
I just want to thank the LIANZA team for the work you are doing on our behalf and organizing the Zoom meetups.