Keynote Speakers

Did you know that Richard Stallman was interviewed by Kim Hill on Saturday?  I missed it but ended up listening to the podcast yesterday.  It’s pretty interesting listening.  He covers a lot of topics including 911 “conspiracy” theories, airport security in the US and why he considers some kinds of electronic surveillance to be deeply disconcerting in terms of the way they put a lot of power into the hands of law enforcement (which the public then has to take on trust will not be exploited).  Pretty thought-provoking stuff.

His views are perhaps on the more extreme end of the range to my own but I think the basic principle of his arguments are sound.  Kim Hill however seemed quite annoyed with him, repeatedly accusing him of saying things he hadn’t and extrapolating wildly though I suppose it gave him the opportunity to clearly define what his specific view was on several things, but why so grumpy, Kim?  Another surprise is that he sounds a bit like Woody Allen (which is something that a fellow librarian pointed out, and I have to agree).

If you’re looking for a little background radio to listen to this afternoon, why not check out the podcast for yourself? It runs to just over 39 minutes and LIANZA Conference gets a mention (yay!).  I can’t wait to hear what he says in his keynote address.  I wager it’ll generate quite a lot of debate so make sure you get along to that one.  You don’t want to miss out on the “watercooler conversation” that’ll go on afterwards.


End Doll, UC Art CollectionThere’s heaps of good stuff for tertiary librarians at this year’s conference.  On Monday, we have Simon Hart and Charlotte Brown talking about the Cephalonia method of library instruction.  Usually the  phrase “library instruction” makes me cringe, but Cephalonia sounds very student-centred and I am keen to learn more.

Monday afternoon also sees Terri Elder discussing the process of developing a sculpture trail in the University of Canterbury Library.  It seems like there is a growing trend for University art collections to come under the care of the library. It will be interesting to hear Terri’s ideas on how these collections can be used in teaching and learning.

Tuesday’s B stream is a triple-treat-star-set, featuring sessions on library services for distance learners and faculty-library publishing partnerships.  The icing in the middle is Deborah Fitchett’s unconference style workshop on making allies to support your innovation.  While Deborah works in an academic library, this workshop is bound to relevant to lots of you out there.  I heard there may even be whistles. If you still can’t get enough of unconferency stuff , take part in What would you do? brought to you by CPIT Library’s lovely Elizabeth Whyte and  this guy.  It’s going to be cool.

Succession planning is an issue for all library sectors, and on Wednesday there are two very promising sounding papers on developing potential library leaders.

This is just a small sample of the sessions  that tertiary librarians may want to attend. There’s much more content in the programme like  RFID, the very early TelSIG meeting, Maori subject headings, the keynotes,  the unconference in SOL Square.  Oh I could go on and on.

I recently met with Terrisa (aka TKG) from the Bicultural sub-committee and together we put our heads together to take a look at the programme from a bicultural perspective.

It all begins on Monday the 12th of October, when we start with a powhiri in Victoria Square. You can see a glimpse of Victoria Square at the end of the CSI – Conference Scene Investigators video here. And you can learn the waiata here.

Pou in Victoria Square

Pou in Victoria Square

We’ll be sharing more specific details about the powhiri next week, where to meet, what the expectations are, what to wear, what the wet weather provisions are, but for now, all you need to remember is that it will take place on Monday 12th from 8.30am.

So, onto the ins and outs of the LIANZA 2009 programme through a bicultural lens.

Starting out on Monday October 12th, we are privileged to have, as our opening keynote speakers, the father and daughter team of Sir Tipene O’Regan and Hana O’Regan. They will be discussing the growth and future of Generation Ngai Tahu. (more…)

presenting at Conference can be this easy!

Presenting at Conference can be this easy!

So you submitted an abstract

Then your abstract was accepted – HUZZAHH!!!

Your session is listed in the Conference Programme

And you’ve booked your flights and accommodation in Christchurch.

But the last few nights have been horrible.  You’ve tossed and turned, driven away your partner, counted all of the rivots in the ceiling, and sweated through your favourite pyjamas.

You tried to attend a Conference Presentation Session but they were always the same night as your Star Trek marathons, or the local “stitch and bitch”, and it was just too dark or too hot to get off the couch… 

Now EEEEKKK!!! Conference is only a few days away.

What will you say?  How will you say it?

What if the delegates all get bored to sleep by your powerpoint?

Before you find yourself rocking under the table, here’s something that may help.

Moira Fraser and Paddy Plunket ran a series of workshops during May that focused on how to deliver great presentations.  Their top tips are:

  • Always focus on telling your audience something that will be important or interesting to them. 
  • Start by telling your audience WHY you think what you have to say will be  important or interesting to them.  This is a useful statement to work out in advance because it helps you stay focussed on your “value proposition”.  Audience members that know why a presentation is useful will pay attention to it differently and remember it better. An example of this kind of statement is “I hope that by the end of my presentation you will have a good understanding of some of the things to do, and some of the things to avoid, when starting up a new service for elderly users”, or “this will give you a framework for designing an information literacy programme in any kind of library or information service”.
  • Audiences remember better the more involved they are in the presentation.  In the hierarchy of involvement listening is near the bottom!  Quizzes, practical exercises and discussions require the kind of involvement that helps people to remember.
  • Your voice and your body are the most important and sophisticated delivery technology available to you.  Work on delivering your presentation in a confident and engaging tone and with strong body language.

Aoraki held a session in April during which Sally Thompson and Aurelia Arona (amongst others) spoke generally about doing a presentation and what to put on your powerpoint.  Their powerpoints are available online on the Conference Slideshare and contain many good ideas. 

But if you’re still chewing on your computer keyboard, there may still be time to register for the LIANZA Ikaroa presentation skills session.  It’s being held next Tuesday (29 September) at Massey University.  See their page on the LIANZA website for more information and to register online.

If all else fails, don’t forget, the delegates are interested in hearing what you have to say, and they are not there to give you a hard time.  They will forgive you your stumbles, and the odd powerpoint slide.  And there’s always light at the end of the gin bottle…

Do you have any other good ideas?  Post them here and we can share them.

It may be presumptuous of me but I’m guessing of the seven illustrious keynote speakers attending this year’s conference that only one of them has written a pop song.  I could be wrong though.  See the video below for Richard Stallman’s effort praising the benefits of free software (for a somewhat less polished version you can also see the man himself singing acapella)

All together now… “You’ll be free, hackers.  You’ll be free”.  Well, it’s kind of catchy but I can’t see it making the top 40 can you?

The recent announcement that LibraryThing founder Tim Spalding will be one of this year’s keynotes makes me wonder just how many New Zealand librarians are making use of this webtool.  And that, my friends, calls for a poll…

Over the last few weeks we’ve been drip-feeding you the Keynote speakers who will be setting the tone for this year’s conference.  Today we announce the final speakers, one of whom will be a familiar face, the other not so much…

Penny Carnaby photoPenny Carnaby

The big cheese/head honcho of the National Library of New Zealand Penny is always a warm and engaging speaker who has a knack for summing up the general mood of a gathering (plus she’s a southern girl, and we like that).  In her role as National Librarian Penny has led the organisation’s digital strategy focused in three key areas covering digital content, connection and preservation to deliver a New Generation National Library.

Penny is also Deputy Chair of the ICT Steering Committee for Education, a member of the Learning State Industry Training Board, the Library and Information Advisory Commission (LIAC), a member of National State Libraries of Australasia (NSLA), and Adjunct Professor in the School of Information Management at Victoria University of Wellington.  In 2008 Penny was re-appointed to chair the Conference of Directors of National Libraries (CDNL) internationally.  She’s a busy woman and no mistake, I mean look at all those acronyms.

Prior to returning to New Zealand in 2003, Penny was University Librarian and Deputy Librarian at Macquarie University in Sydney.  Previous to this she enjoyed a long career in the tertiary sector in several roles at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT), including leading integrated education delivery services in library and learning services, e-learning and staff development.  In 1999-2000 she served as National President LIANZA, and was awarded a Fellowship of the Association in 2001.

Penny’s professional interest is in creating national frameworks and strategies to enhance the flow of information to all parts of society.  She believes that New Zealand Aotearoa has the potential to become a leading information democracy.  Her personal interests include the environment and wildlife of Australia and New Zealand, and the management of a small farm on Banks Peninsula, growing native trees.

And lastly, but by no means leastly…

tim_spaldingTim Spalding

Tim Spalding’s name may not be one that you are familiar with but you’re almost certain to have heard about his creation LibraryThing, the social cataloguing and social networking website.

Tim started LibraryThing in 2005 as a pet project to catalogue his books. Since then over 700,000 members have catalogued over 40 million books on LibraryThing, and whole new form of book life has been created.  But of course LibraryThing is about more than just books, its sense of community (check out Librarians who LibraryThing if you haven’t already) is one of its strong points.  LibraryThing must surely be one of the best examples of Web 2.0 at work.

Before LibraryThing, Tim was a graduate student in Greek and Latin at the University of Michigan, and worked for a Boston publisher. He lives in Portland, Maine but will be making the trip to Christchurch to speak at this year’s conference and we couldn’t be any more chuffed.

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