LIANZAprogrammePre-Conference Sunday 11 October there is the Health SIG Study Day (and AGM) at the University of Otago, Christchurch School of Medicine – see the conference programme for further information

Those of us in the Special Library sector will be wondering what’s on offer at this year’s LIANZA conference – so here are some ideas to tickle the taste buds! Feel free to add suggestions for other sessions in the comments field.

Monday 12 October bright and early at 7.30am is the New Zealand Health Database Consortium (NZHDC) AGM.

Later at 2.30 pm is the session ‘Take a walk on the wild-side’: library service at the margins: the challenges of prison librarianship Susan Smith and Judith Wenborn will talk about providing a prison library service and discuss how other libraries can engage with marginalised users.

At 2.45pm, Melanie Brebner, Sue Spooner and Moira Clunie will present their study on the feasibility of providing curriculum materials produced to the DAISY standard to blind and low vision students in New Zealand
DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) is an open standard for structured, accessible digital books.

5.30 pm is the CATSIG meeting and HealthLIB AGM

Tuesday 13 October 7.30 am is the SLIS meeting

Tuesday at 10 am – Would you like to know more about open source library management systems and what it can do for your library? Come along to Joann Ransom and Chris Cormack’s session on Koha 3.0: are you ready to take the next step?
Koha was the world’s first open source LMS developed here in NZ in 1999 and the latest version 3.0 features many Web 2.0 options.

Then at 11am a subject that will be of importance to all libraries in the current recession: A model for difficult times: the merger of 6 special libraries. Hilary Rendell and Flora Wallace will present how shared resources and services can provide a model for a sustainable future for special libraries.

Also at 11 am Hearing From the People: Designing Effective User Surveys by Rachel Esson this session will focus on a review of over 50 user surveys in medical libraries with tips and practical advice about how to design user surveys to obtain the best response rates.

Other SIG meetings and AGMs to note:

  • Tuesday 12 October 5.30 pm Preservation SIG meeting and ITSIG AGM
  • Wednesday 14 October 7.30 am TelSIG and SciTech meetings.
  • Also on Wednesday at 1.00 – 1.45 pm is the PubSIG meeting