Well, we’re  all a bit exhausted now but are slowly replenishing the old batteries that going to conference always seems to deplete (metaphorical and literal – my phone and laptop seemed to run out of juice ridiculously often).

But anyway, for those of you in a similar situation, or if you didn’t manage to make it and wonder what it was like to stride the the convention centre soaking up all that big-brained thought, here’s a little video taster…

Didn’t get funding to come to Conference?  Still want to know what goes on?  Here are some of the people covering it.

http://lianzablog2009.datacom.co.nz – A suite of blogs featuring such blogoholics as LibraryKris, Corin Haines and our own Mo-mo.  See what’s been updated lately via Netvibes.

http://ania30.wordpress.com/ – Library student and winner of Te Hikuwai Region scholarship Hydestor prize

http://deborahfitchett.blogspot.com/ – Live-blogged last year, likely to update regularly this.

http://diligentroom.wordpress.com/ – Many hands make light work?

http://www.paulhayton.co.nz/blog – Inveterate web 2.0er, presenting on such at conference.

http://cclbibliofile.wordpress.com/ – Christchurch City Libraries professional blog. They’ll be sending a swag of staff along some of whom will blog it.

There’s also the Twitterati – this just a selection of folks who may be tweeting during conference. Add them to your following list to keep an eye on what they have to say.

Ania30 MagLib Paddy Plunket Vye Perrone Moira Fraser Chelsea@NatLib Brenda Chawner Kris Hana Mirla Adrian Corin Susanne Newton Courtney@NatLib Paul Hayton Deborah Fitchett Nat Torkington Tim Greig Aotearoa People’s Network

The FriendFeed will also let you know what’s coming through via blogs, Twitter, Flickr, and Youtube to do with LIANZA Conference 2009.  And as always, if you know of someone who’s feeding their conference experience out via the web then post the URL as a comment below.

This is it, the final pre-conference  post for this year’s Conference blog! After 18 months of hard graft, LIANZA 2009 Conference is just around the corner.

Thanks for reading, thanks for watching, thanks for sharing, thanks for commenting. We’ve loved having you along for the ride.

If you are all packed and ready to come to LIANZA 2009 Conference, then we are looking forward to meeting you next week ;-)

If you are staying behind to hold the fort while other folks attend LIANZA 2009 Conference, we want to say a huge thank you because we know that you will be working darn hard while they are away. Thank you for allowing your colleagues come to Christchurch, we promise to take good care of them, we’ll show them a great time and we’ll return them to you inspired, full of passion and enthusiasm.

Whether you are here or there, or somewhere in between, you’ll want to keep up-to-date with the state of play over Conference. So check out our Monday post on who will be vlogging, blogging, tweeting, uploading, commenting, tagging, dancing, singing, talking and sharing their impressions of conference. Add your comments and your feedback, and if you want to ask a question or two, then don’t hesitate.

Thank you for being part of the LIANZA 2009 Conference community. We look forward to meeting many of you in Christchurch, and hearing from lots more of you virtually.

So long. Farewell. Thank you and good night.

Wordle: Lianza09 abstract on WordleOkay, so you’re probably all champing at the bit by now and are ready to rock and roll.  It all kicks off on Monday and for some of you this will mean a bit of travel this weekend.  I and the Prom-Com-Sub-Com team (Promotions and Communications Sub-committee, that is) have been blogging about this hallowed event for 7 MONTHS.  So you’ve probably missed a few things if you’ve only just started checking in here.

So let’s review a little of what we’ve covered -

We made you a map so you wouldn’t get lost, gave you advice on packing and gave you some tips if you’re a conference newbie.  We gave you the rundown on the Keynote speakers and the Invited speakers and your socialising opportunities.

We talked about Special Interest Groups, Web 2.0 and a ton of other stuff on the programme.   And we also tried to give your Mondays some levity.

Oh, and somewhere along the way someone went to the trouble of making a Wordle (which we then forgot about, see above).

I’d just like to take the opportunity to re-post a cute video that we featured as a Monday Funny back in June.  March of the Librarians should get you in the conference mood, I think.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, there has been an alteration to the timing of three sessions on Tuesday 13th October.

For those of you who were planning to attend these sessions, 4C and 5A, there will be a change presentation time.

Here’s are the new session times :

Ursula Cheer & Nat Torkington (Balanced Copyright would be nice) will now be presenting between 11am – 12noon.

Patti Manolis (Libraries building communities in Timor-Leste) will now be presenting at 2.30pm.

Susanne Newton (Samoan library, Australian librarian) will now be presenting at 3.00pm.

Also, some of you may want to catch Nat Torkington’s latest appearance on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme this morning. 
The easiest way to find it is to check out this page : http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/ and then do a search for Nat Torkington.

Amiria Rereti

For those of you who haven’t experienced LIANZA Conference before, you will, over the three days find yourself becoming more and more familiar with the lady pictured at right, our Conference MC, Amiria Reriti.

The MC at LIANZA Conference has a very important role.  They impart important information like what to do, where to go, and when to be there.  They keep the ball rolling or stall for time when it turns out the next speaker is in the loo.  In essence they keep the whole thing going smoothly by making sure that the assembled masses are well-informed and in good humour.  No small task.  Last year’s MC Greg Morgan was terrific though by the end he’d nearly lost his voice (bless ‘im).

Our MC for this year Amiria Reriti probably has a bit more experience taking care of her vocal chords as among the many, many things that she does can be included performing with Moana and the Moahunters.  She’s got strong roots to Christchurch hailing from Ngāi Tahu hapū, Ngāi Tuahuriri.

But it doesn’t stop there.  Amiria is a manager within the Auckland Regional Public Health Service and has been the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees Te Kura Kaupapa Māori a Rohe o Mangere, ATAK the National Māori Smokefree Coalition and currently the Black Pearl National Trust. She was a foundation trustee for the Māori Music Industry Coalition and is also a Director of a company, The Associates.  Busy lady, eh?

Aaaand, she’s currently gracing our screens in Māori Television’s popular follow-up to Ask your Auntie, namely Aunty Moves In.  Oh, and she’s also a Justice of the Peace and Marriage Celebrant.  And she was in a movie with Cliff Curtis.  Man, that is one full CV.

If she can manage all that then I’ve no doubt she’ll be able to wrangle hundreds of librarians with aplomb.

Coming up tomorrow on the blog, we’ll be doing a bit of a wrap-up, drawing together that last-minute stuff you need to know as well as pointing you in the direction of other sources of LIANZA Conference coverage.

Not long now, guys!

Librarians at Conference

Past Conference-goers

Heritage libraries are great places to work, but they certainly have their challenges.  There are plenty of sessions at the LIANZA Conference to engage and inspire those working in the heritage sector.

Otago University lecturer Chris Brickell will be sharing his experiences using libraries and archives to research his award winning book Mates & Lovers : a history of gay New Zealand. I heard Chris speaking earlier this year, and he’s a great speaker. I’m always interested to hear the challenges researchers face using our collections, and how we can work together as institutions to make access easier.

Unfortunately, Chris is on the same time as Terehia Biddell from Archives New Zealand. Terehia is going to talk about working with iwi to care for and make discoverable taonga in their collections. I have heard such great things about Terehia, and I am sure this is going to be wonderful. Thank goodness the sessions are recorded!

I’m also keen to hear Sam Minchin discuss Auckland City Libraries and the New Zealand Chinese Association collaborating to create the Chinese Digital Community. The content that is being added to this kete is really exciting.

Copyright is something we all have to be up to speed with, so it will be cool to hear Nat Torkington and Ursula Cheer on Tuesday afternoon.

This is just a taste, and other sessions you might want to attend  include a workshop on the Maori subject headings, DigitalNZ and of course the Preservation SIG meeting on Tuesday.

If you are spending a few extra days in Christchurch, you might want to look at some of the events that are part of Beca Heritage Week. Christchurch City Libraries, University of Canterbury Library and many other local heritage institutions are all involved.

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