Christine Grant, Selwyn Libraries, has been appointed as the LIANZA representative on the Public Lending Right (PLR) Advisory Group.
The other members of the PLR Advisory Group are: Rae McGregor and Kyle Mewburn representing the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA); Steve Mason, Arts Policy Manager from the Ministry for Culture and Heritage; and Susan Hall, Corporate Governance and Intellectual Property Policy Manager from MBIE.
The purpose of the PLR Scheme is to provide payments to New Zealand authors in recognition of the fact that their books are available for use in New Zealand libraries. Read about the PLR in Library Life magazine.
The collections environment now embraces a more complex landscape with the addition of digital formats and the myriad of different purchasing/lending/retention criteria involved with them. The increase in e-lending as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the increasing significance of digital offerings, and possibly makes it especially timely to review their exclusion/inclusion. This is an ongoing challenge that I believe will inform much of the review process. Likewise use of the Public Lending Rights scheme to encourage the use of Te Reo Māori within New Zealand publishing.”
LIANZA Executive Director Ana Pickering says, “LIANZA was delighted to receive several excellent expressions of interest for the LIANZA position on the PLRAG. Christine’s experience and strategic view of the scheme’s challenges and possible directions will enable her to make a valued contribution to the advisory group. We were pleased to have Christine’s nomination as LIANZA representative approved by the Chief Executive of the Department of Internal Affairs.”