In the latest update about the New Zealand Libraries Partnership Programme National Librarian — Te Pouhuaki, Rachel Esson, says :
"The programme is now committed to supporting 184 people in library roles over this year and we have 85 people onboard to date. It has been heart warming to see several articles in community newspapers on the initiatives their library is delivering and how that will benefit their region."
Puke Ariki have benefited from the New Zealand Libraries Partnership Programme with three new hires, two of which are new school leavers with a fresh perspective on the impact of the library in their community.
Chloe and Anika share their reflections below.
Anika shares her experience; Over the last two months of working between Puke Ariki and the Waitara Library I have developed and strengthened many skills not just as a fresh new member of the workforce but also as a person. I have been able to work on my time management, commitment and dedication through this role and although sometimes I struggle I have tried to remain optimistic with the new adjustments of a full time position.
I am grateful for the opportunity I have been given to work in a friendly and evolving environment where I can always continue to learn new things and know that I have welcoming colleagues that are there to help me learn. I was lucky in the aspect that I began as a student shelver and had already began with a background knowledge in the systematics of the library but, have since learnt that the library is forever changing/improving meaning that I have had to adjust and learn new skills along the way.
I have been pleasantly surprised in how much the library impacts its communities and the people that belong to them, with the full time position in the library I can now see ALL operations of what truly happens and have been overwhelmed with the several programmes we provide in the community. I am excited to see what is yet for me to learn and the new challenges that arise.
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