Didn’t get funding to come to Conference?  Still want to know what goes on?  Here are some of the people covering it. – A suite of blogs featuring such blogoholics as LibraryKris, Corin Haines and our own Mo-mo.  See what’s been updated lately via Netvibes. – Library student and winner of Te Hikuwai Region scholarship Hydestor prize – Live-blogged last year, likely to update regularly this. – Many hands make light work? – Inveterate web 2.0er, presenting on such at conference. – 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.

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!

Corin Haines, web-citizen and Manager of Digital Services at Manukau Libraries has an interesting proposition for those attending conference…

I have been aware for some time that although we librarians are active in the digital space, and people do blog about conference, we have never really had a cohesive and co-ordinated blogging of the conference experience. With this in mind, I was talking with Datacom a few weeks back and they volunteered to set up a WordPress server that could be used as a platform for setting up a blog community associated with conference.

This has just been set up and so I would like to invite anyone interested to go to, register a blog and have a go at blogging their conference. We have called this site the LIANZA Conference 2009 Blog Community but I would like to stress this is in no way associated with the official conference blog and I am not part of the organising committee and this is not an official LIANZA Conference 2009 resource. [Blog ed – it might not sound like it but he likes us really ;-)]

You will notice that on the site homepage there is an Updated Blogs section, so you will be able to check back here to see which blogs have been updated and follow the links through to read them. Also, I will be updating the main LIANZA Conference 2009 Blog Community blog with a list of all blogs created, so people can easily view all the blogs associated with conference that have been created on this site. The intention is to close off all blogs at the end of conference so this can be a defined record of participant’s conference experience.

I myself will be blogging, tweeting and vlogging from conference, so I hope you tune in and leave a comment or four.

Why not give this a go? Even if you only post one entry for each day, it will contribute to the record of the event.

I look forward to seeing you all at the conference.

So there you have it folks.  This might be particularly appealing to those of you who don’t have your own blog already but are keen to test the waters.  As Corin mentioned, we’ll be posting a list of URLs to the blogs, Twitters etc. that we know about that will be covering conference and we’ll add links to blogs hosted on the Datacom WordPress server AND if you tag til you just can’t tag no more (lianza09 or #lianza09 for you tweeters) then your contributions will also be captured in the Friendfeed.

Let’s share and document and describe and opine as only information professionals can.

Kia ora Conference folk, it’s not long now before the all-singing all-dancing LIANZA Conference kicks off.  Be sure to check back here next week for your pre-Conference info.  We’ll be keeping you in the loop about various goings on including a competition, the lowdown on your conference MC and various other tidbits.  Stay tuned!

Don't forget the essentials

Don't forget the essentials

Not sure what essentials to pack for Conference?  Not to worry, we’ve got some tips.

Check out the long-range weather forecast the day before you leave – I always ring the useful Metphone 0900 number which I have found more accurate than other forecasts when I am going away. It is invariably useful in deciding how warmly to pack. The number for Canterbury is 0900-99903.     Layers of clothing will help you make the most of whatever the weather is like on the morning of the pōwhiri – whether it is hot or cold.  Style is up to you – whatever you feel comfortable in.

Remember there is no Conference satchel, so bring something in which to put all the things you need during the day.  You can bring a satchel from a previous LIANZA conference, a work satchel, or a favourite bag from home instead.      Previous LIANZA Conference bags back to 1991 have been collected by Brenda Chawner from Victoria University, you can check out her database and pictures here.    The only year that is missing is the 2003 Napier Conference – if you still have one Brenda would love to hear from you!   Check out also these examples of other library conference bags.

In terms of bringing note paper and pens – there will be some blank pages to make notes included in the handbook, but it’s still a good idea to bring your own note book.  There are no pens provided (other than those you might manage to score from vendors).

Other things to bring are camera, sunhat and walking shoes if you like walking in the morning, favourite pen, post-it notes, business cards, and your favourite clothes for the Conference dinner in Sol Square. Finally enthusiasm, an open mind and a dash of skepticism should enable you to get the most out of conference.

Any suggestions from veteran conference goers about what to bring?

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