LIANZA copyright survey

Please be sure to complete the LIANZA copyright survey when it arrives in your email inbox from Jennifer Campion, Chair of the LIANZA Standing Committee on Copyright. The survey is about how New Zealand’s current copyright regime is working for libraries. The survey will close on Monday 28 August 2017.


Aoraki LIANZA AGM 2017

Please save the date for the 2017 AGM of the Aoraki LIANZA region to be held as follows:

Date: Tuesday 29 August 2017

Time: 6 – 9 pm

Location: The Sydenham Room, South Library, 66 Colombo Street Christchurch

Drinks and nibbles to be served.

Further details to be advised later.





Reminder – Drinks tomorrow

This is a reminder about drinks and nibbles in the Emerald Room of Dux Central tomorrow. It’s an informal event to thank Paula Eskett, our outgoing Regional Councillor, and to welcome Kelsey Johnston, our new Regional Councillor. Nibbles provided. Cash bar for drinks. We look forward to your company.

Wednesday, 19th July, 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm
The Emerald Room, Dux Central, 10 Poplar Street, Christchurch Central

Quiz Night!

Tuesday 1st August, 7 pm

Monteith’s Brewery Bar 53 Merrin Street, Avonhead

Free entry!

Non-members of Aoraki LIANZA welcome!

RSVP by Friday 23rd July to Caroline Anderson

We’ve pre-booked 4 teams (4-6 people per team), so get in quick to reserve your team spot****

Don’t have enough people to make a team? Let us know and we’ll find some extra members for you.

***We are looking at doing more of these in the future, so let us know if you are interested***



LIANZA Weekend School – Spreading the Net

It was a wet and windy weekend in Wellington as library staff from near and far gathered at Massey University to attend the LIANZA Weekend School in late October. I was fortunate to have received funding from Aoraki LIANZA to attend after they put out a callout for sponsorship applications. The overall theme of the weekend school was Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui – Spreading the net – and there were key 4 themes:

  • Capturing transferrable skills
  • Networking and leading from any position
  • Innovative Technology
  • Partnerships between libraries and other agencies


There were a wide variety of librarians represented as attendees and speakers, from public libraries, tertiary libraries, school libraries and specialised libraries (eg. for corporate companies). I would probably not have mixed with such a breadth of librarians had it not been for us all being under the LIANZA umbrella. One thing that stood out was how several of the speakers had crossed in their library career among the different library types, showing how transferable library qualifications, skills and experience were across sectors.


Looking at Leadership

One theme that was well-explored over the weekend was leadership. (Read more about LIANZA’s leadership skills and competencies here).


“What do leaders really do?” contemplated John Coster. Leadership, he said, is not making plans, solving problems, or organising people, although they do these things. He said what they do is prepare the organisation and people for change.


Several speakers at the conference shared this quote:

“It is not the strongest species that survives nor the most intelligent but the ones with the most responsiveness to change.“ Charles Darwin


Sue Roberts, University Librarian and Director, Libraries and Learning Services at the University of Auckland spoke about leading – and learning – through discomfort; that challenge and discomfort happens on the journey as a leader but where the magic happens is outside your comfort zone. She said to “move towards the magic.” Roberts answer to  “What is Leadership?” was: “Anyone who lets themselves be accountable for finding potential or processes.” She said that globally, people are increasingly working in VUCA – “volatile uncertain complex and ambiguous” situations and are having to respond to this. (You can listen to an interview with Sue Roberts talk about leading through change, leading a learning culture, advocacy, innovation and risk taking on Library Chat podcasts page via the LIANZA website.


There was talk about Daniel Goldman’s emotional intelligence.

  1. Self-awareness,
  2. Self-management,
  3. Other awareness
  4. Other management

There was talk of having a core purpose, a mission, values – a call to start your own mission if you haven’t one and the need for a personal vision.

What is your vision?

What do you want to achieve?

This questioning tied-in nicely with on a hands-on workshop role modelling GROW Coaching – GROW stands for Goal, Options, Reality and a Will / Way Forward.


Brigid Brammer, Coach at Wellington City Libraries, spoke about ‘Leading from all levels’, that is, whether your job title anointed you as an official ‘leader’ or not, you can lead from any place on a topic, issues, projects, be a role model, etc. Brammer also talked about recognising situations when you are not communicating well. She talked about being mindful of emotional language eg. the villain, the victim, the helpless story.


On self-awareness, one speaker talked about ‘Acute attention discipline’ – that is, being present in the moment. They said that what people value most was someone else’s attention and this really struck a cord for me – whether it is our library patrons wanting to feel truly heard or our colleagues.


There were a wide variety of other talks, including ones on personal digital archiving, finance and budgeting (brought to life by Ivy Guo as a fairytale story with heroes and villains) and the value of networking and partnerships.


Paula Eskett, now at CORE Education, and formerly from Christchurch City Libraries closed the conference with an inspiring talk about a refugee boy that brought tears to the eyes. He used to come into where she worked at Upper Riccarton Library as a young boy and Paula met him again later in life and it made her wonder if she had done enough to make the libraries a positive experience for him and his new refugee family all those years ago and reminded us to reflect on how invaluable kind and caring interactions are for our library patrons. She left the attendees with a powerful story to reflect on our individual influence.


Attending the conference was also a chance to see LIANZA’s Emerging Leaders Kōtuku programme in action, as I’ve wondered what was involved in it. Those being mentored in this leadership helped organise and spoke at the conference, which was a first for some. They put themselves in a vulnerable position, but in a safe space, which was another form of developing leadership that we heard about.


The next time you see a call to apply for conference sponsorship or a role you’d love to apply for, just do it! In the meantime, consider joining LIANZA as a member and being part of your local regional group, like Aoraki LIANZA, which has great events, opportunities to network, conference and weekend schools and professional development.


Kim, Canterbury

First event for 2017!

On Wednesday 22 March the first Aoraki event of the year took place at the new-ish (3-4 years old) Lincoln Library, a branch of the Selwyn District Libraries. It was a great opportunity for those who don’t have the opportunity to get out to Lincoln much to come and explore. Members were invited to take a self-directed tour of the library to look at the collection and the various spaces created around it. There was an interesting debate among a few of us as we tried to work out what the cartoon silhouettes were that were printed on the glass outside the staff area – no one could agree on what it could be (I thought it may be one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) until Chrissie, branch manager for Lincoln, decided that it had to be Shrek since it was printed next to a donkey.

Vicki, Selwyn Libraries Manager, then spoke about some of the background around the Selwyn Libraries journey, from volunteer run libraries in the 1990s to where they are now. It was a fascinating talk that covered how Selwyn, in all its districts, came to form due to the resources in the area, and continued on to the formation of the libraries, right down to the future construction of the new Rolleston Library.


After exploring the library we popped over The Laboratory right next door for dinner and a drink. I just wanted to take a moment to say how fantastic the staff were at The Laboratory when I contacted them to book space for 20-odd dinner attendees. Normally there is a rental fee, charged by the hour, to hire one of their function spaces but the manager said that libraries and librarians do so much for community, so they gave us a discount and let us use one of their spaces for free – it’s always lovely to hear from others how much they appreciate what we do. Dinner was an absolute feast. I don’t think anyone thought we’d end up with so much food. We had dish after dish show up, and that was just the entrees. By the time the pizzas showed up I think a number of us were wondering if we’d have to be rolled out the door by the end of dinner.

Special thanks to Vicki sharing some of the history of Selwyn with us and the journey of the Selwyn Libraries. Thanks also to Chrissie for staying late for us to explore the library, it was greatly appreciated.


If you have any feedback or ideas about what we can do in the future, please send them through to me at:

I hope to see you at the next Aoraki LIANZA event!

– Sarah