This edition of Library Life will be my first of many as the new LIANZA Communication Advisor so I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you all, and tell you why I am so excited to be joining the LIANZA team.
June’s edition of Library Life is full of wonderful updates and news from various LIANZA members and supporters. We have a fantastic update about the National Simultaneous Storytime that ALIA hosted in May, a thought-provoking read on inclusivity and the library, and an in-depth view of how librarians can demonstrate the value of libraries from one of our Evaluation and Impact participants.
But one of my favourite pieces in this month's edition of Library Life has to be the featured library - I did not know that Te Papa Tongarewa had a library, let alone one that is bustling with information and knowledge all about New Zealand! If you’re joining us in November for the LIANZA 2021 Conference you’ll be able to visit Te Aka Matua Research Library at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, as the conference is being held there!
As some of you may know, my background isn’t originally in the library and information sector, I first started my career pathway in book publishing in Canada. I grew up in a small town in the Niagara Peninsula where I found my love of reading on long hot summer days by the lakes and rivers of Ontario. I had my first foray into book publishing as an online reviewer of young adult literature, that then led me to my first real job in publishing as an online content creator and website manager of the RazOrbill imprint for Penguin Canada - from there I knew I was hooked. I went on to complete my graduate degree in Creative Book Publishing from Humber College, and then worked for Simon & Schuster Canada for three years. I worked specifically with children and young adult authors and books - and loved every single minute.
Hei konā mai,
LIANZA Communication Advisor
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