I am truly grateful for this fantastic opportunity to re-connect with my dear colleagues from overseas university libraries, institutes and organisations and hear about the key challenges all LIS professionals across the world are facing during the pandemic. These are issues of operational, acquisitions, research information management (RIM), resourcing, budget cuts, digital access, open access and resourcing, systems and practices that bring creative solutions and innovations in the library sector. But most of all – the wealth of opportunities for international and worldwide collaborations - both locally, nationally and overseas- brought about by the necessity to find fast and effective solutions in terms of funding, systems, resourcing and ensuring growth (survival?) in the future.
Knowledge sharing and professional exchange communities of practice (CoPs) are one of these collaborations and I have been fortunate to network and ZOOM meet with our colleagues from OCLC (US and Netherlands), from the Dutch Libraries (Advisory Committee from the Dutch National Library and public libraries) and CILIP (ECIL & MILA groups, UK) which resulted in recognising the shared need to learn from each other and for mutual on-going collaborations.
As a result, the LIANZA TELSIG Committee has hosted our very first webinar with our international guests Dr Rebecca Bryant and Titia van der Werf, both of whom are Senior OCLC Research Programme Officers. We are currently networking with Dutch Libraries and CILIP team to organise more LIANZA TELSIG webinars in early 2022 with guest presenters from the UK & Netherlands.Thank you LIANZA and thank you IFLA WLIC 2021 for this fantastic experience and the opportunities brought by the conference event.