As many of you know Kim comes from Auckland Libraries as Head of Community Libraries South & East Pouārahi Pātaka Kōrero ā-Hapori. She was born in Auckland and grew up in New Plymouth. Kim currently heads a team that looks after 27 community libraries in Tāmaki Makaurau as part of the Connected Communities department at Auckland Council.
She has been a LIANZA member since she was a library assistant when her first manager took her to a branch meeting back in the 90’s! Kim has an associateship, and has been chair of the LIANZA Hikuwai and a Hikuwai regional councilor for a couple of terms as well as holding the social portfolio on several LIANZA conference committees.
Kim brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and energy to the LIANZA president seat, and we are excited to see where she can take LIANZA in the future.
Each one of our councillors brings something special and dynamic to LIANZA, and we are proud to have each of them with us as we prepare for the future.
Philip Miles - Hikuwai
Tēnā koutou katoa
Ko Philip Miles tōku ingoa
I whānau mai ahau ki Pōneke
I tupu ake ahau ki Tāmaki Makaurau
Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.
Kia ora I’m Philip Miles. I’ve been a LIANZA member for 14 years and am currently employed as Digital Solutions Lead at Auckland Council Libraries.
In recent years LIANZA has faced a few challenges. Work such as the move from SIGs and Regions to Communities has helped ensure the financial sustainability of the association and LIANZA demonstrated resilience during the upheaval of 2020. However, budgetary constraints and change at many organisations with have implications for LIANZA.
Gail Cook - Aoraki
I have worked in public libraries for almost five years and am currently in a Resource Description and Access Librarian secondment as part of the New Zealand Public Libraries Partnership Programme through the National Library, working with our digital heritage collection. One of my favourite things about working in libraries is the opportunity to connect - with customers, community, and with colleagues.
I joined LIANZA as a student, and after attending several events hosted by the Aoraki committee, I decided to get more involved in my region. I joined the committee initially in the role of treasurer, and in 2020 moved into the chair position. I am passionate about the role LIANZA plays in the information industry, and the valuable opportunities it provides to members.
Stephnie Burton - Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui
I’m Stephnie Burton and work at the Kāpiti Coast District Libraries as the Project Lead in the Programmes & Outreach team. I’ve worked in libraries for about 12 years and in that time worked for the National Library, Victoria University of Wellington Library, Thames-Coromandel District Libraries, and Upper Hutt Libraries.
I have been a member of LIANZA since 2015 and a committee member of Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui since 2016, additionally I took on the chairperson role in 2018.
In my time working with LIANZA I’ve completed and helped mentor for LIANZA Kōtuku: Emerging Leaders programme, I was one of two representatives on the APLIC (Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference) committee in 2018. I have project-managed the last two LIANZA Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui Library Assistants Days, and was on the organising committee for the last two weekend schools.