Fun stuff

Well, we all have busy lives and no mistake.  Sometimes it really is a challenge to get to the gym, but luckily your workout worries are over, for The Betty Glover Library Workout tape (ca. 1987) is here to help.  Tremendous.

Wow, that lady is scary.  Come on you “library desk-potatoes”, one and two, one and two…

Or if you’re really after a bit of physical exercise while you’re in Christchurch for conference, you could always just go for a walk around Hagley Park, hire a bike, or get a visitor’s pass for a local gym.

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?

Okay, so this Married to the sea cartoon is a wee bit risqué but we’re all grown-ups here, aren’t we?  Still, I’ll hide it after the jump for those of you with a sensitive disposition. (more…)

Did you know that there is a LIANZA waiata?

Well indeed there is, and it was written specifically for LIANZA. It is called Ko ngā kete wānanga e rapuhia e Tāne, which translates to The baskets of knowledge sought by Tāne.

If you are coming along to conference, then learn the waiata to lend your support. There are only three verses to learn, and there’s quite a bit of repetition – you’ll pick it up in no time!

Here’s the link to the words and the sound file.

In Victoria Square close to the Convention Centre

In Victoria Square close to the Convention Centre

Well, the LIANZA Conference is now only a couple of weeks away.   I feel I’m ready for another Conference – after all, London and Paris was months ago now.  Time for another one!

Is anyone out there intending to blog or tweet at Conference?  It would be great to know who is, so I can keep up with things on my laptop in my hotel room – when I’m not actually at Conference, or partying on down with delegates. Definitely looking forward to the Sol Square dinner – I hope to check out the band at Fat Eddies, and maybe grabbing sushi and sake at Ishimoto.    And really looking forward to meeting all the newbies at the Newcomers morning tea.

Christchurch may not be London or Paris, but it’s a beautiful city with it’s own history and stories.  LIANZA Conference 2009, here I come!

Now that I’m a seasoned conference veteran (not that I like to skite or anything) what I’ve noticed is really useful is getting some idea about the location or “neighbourhood” of the conference beforehand (that mission to find the Metro station in Paris could so easily have been avoided with a little forward planning).

After all, I’ll need my wits about me to try and take in all the wonderful new ideas I’ll be exposed to at conference, I don’t want to expend precious brain or leg energy on an Odyssey to find a cash machine.

Just as well those bright sparks on the Promotions and Communications Sub-committee for LIANZA Conference 2009 have thought ahead and made this video for us.  What thoughtful gals they are…

I hear whispers there may be a handy-dandy map that goes with this video as well.  I’ll see if I can find it for you.  Stay tuned.

Cripps, Bloods, Killa Beez – gang warfare is nothing new but who woulda thought that reading material used threats of violence against each other?  Daily cartoon Married to the sea clearly has more insight into this state of affairs than the average punter (or even doting librarians).
I wonder which the “toughest” books would be? Motor manuals or encyclopaedias (throwing their weight around)?

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