The forum ended with Kat Cuttriss, PLNZ Chair, and Rachel Esson, LIANZA President-elect, having a ‘final word’. They noted the points of similarity and contrast between PLNZ and LIANZA; membership of PLNZ is based on institutional roles, whereas LIANZA membership is personal and moves ‘with you’, and both associations are working on strategic frameworks or strategies to support members in the future.
Rachel and Kat identified some areas where the two associations could work together more effectively for collaborative impact – amplifying advocacy issues to get the collective library voice heard. Rachel suggested that amplification could be a useful model to use, to enable both PLNZA and LIANZA voices to be heard on common issues. They agreed that advocacy needs to be more strategic and involve more people, who have knowledge and expertise on key library and information issues.
They went on to share how involvement in professional associations provide a safe learning environment to build your leadership portfolio and both recounted the fantastic support and mentoring they have received through LIANZA regions and SIGs, LIANZA Council and PLNZ Board. Kat and Rachel agreed that this supported experience has contributed to their professional paid roles.
Rachel highlighted the exciting opportunities that IFLA WLIC 2022 in Auckland will provide for the library and information in ‘our part of the world’ while Kat shared her experience of attending an earlier WLIC.
IFLA has adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and is highlighting globally the essential role of libraries in meting these targets; NZ libraries – public, special, school and tertiary have an important role to play in assisting NZ to meet these UN targets.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. SDG4 Quality Education is easily recognisable as at the core of all libraries. The other SDG’s relevant to libraries include SDG1 No Poverty, SDG3 Good health and Well-being, SDG5 Gender Equality and SDG10 Reduced inequalities
LIANZA thanks PLNZ for providing the opportunity to share ideas across the sector and to all the wonderful staff at Tūranga for their hospitality.
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