Even this kitten is on Twitter so why arent you social networking

Making IT (and kittens) work for you

Corin Haines is the Manager of Digital Services at Manukau Libraries and will be delivering a session on IT at this year’s conference.  We asked him if he’d care to enlighten us on what he’ll be talking about and he said yes.  Yay!

Last week I listened to a fantastic interview with Courtney Johnston from National Library in the New Technology section of Kathryn Ryan’s Nine-Noon show. In this she talked about the use of technology in the GLAM sector, which was perfectly timed for me as I refine one of the sessions I will be co-presenting at Conference. Courtney’s enthusiasm and passion for this area, served to remind me of exactly why the potential of social media is so wonderful for libraries.

The Tuesday of Conference is sponsored by Datacom and in the morning of this day I am presenting a session called “Making IT work for you” with Warwick Grey from H.P. In this session we will look at new technology, how you can use it and how you can leverage social media to engage with library customers.

In the social media part of our talk, we will look at how to use a mini video camera to quickly film online content and upload it to make it available in minutes. How to take multiple information sources and create a Mash Up and generate new content. How Twitter can be used within the library setting to not only engage with library users online, but create communities of interest.

Also, this year during conference I will be tweeting and vlogging my conference experience. This will include covering sessions, conversations with vendors and attendees, and of course the social activities.

Social media is all around us and libraries are perfectly placed to take advantage of it to connect with their customers. In fact it is already being used by libraries in New Zealand and around the world to great effect, and the best thing is it is achievable, low cost and usually requires little infrastructure. I hope you come along to our Tuesday morning session and take advantage of the other sessions at conference dealing with social media, and if you haven’t already begin to dip your feet in the water.

Come on in, the water’s fine!


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.

Earlybird registration has now closed so those of you who were hoping to get a bit of a discounted Conference registration are now out of luck…or are you?

Were you aware that single day passes to Conference are available?  This option is definitely most beneficial to those of you who are studying as the student rate is only $150.  Yes, you could probably buy a hot pair of shoes for that but will a pair of wedges help you decide where you want to go in your career?  Will they look good on your CV?  Even the most gorgeous footwear can’t do those things.

Still, it’s a fair whack of change, so here’s our breakdown of the key subject areas that pop out on different days so if have to make a choice about which single day you’d like to attend.  Then you can get the most bang for your buck (depending on your area of interest).


  • IT/Web – A real mixed bag of issues from a diverse range of speakers/presenters for Conference’s first day including Richard Stallman’s keynote, the work of the Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa, and a discussion of online identities, not to mention coming up with ad hoc IT solutions for a poetry competition.  Web and IT projects also feature in the 3M Awards.
  • Health – “Conference Monday” starts with the New Zealand Health Database Consortium AGM in the morning and finishes off with the HealthLIB AGM in the evening.
  • Public libraries – Some of the above web and IT sessions are relevant to the public library sector, particularly the 3Ms, People’s Network and Poetry, also of interest to public librarians may be the meetings of the EPIC User group and Cat SIG.

Don’t forget that Monday also features the pōwhiri as well as the Welcome Reception amongst the Exhibitors (so free drinks and nibbles). (more…)

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


You might meet some interesting people

You might meet some interesting people

LIANZA sponsors several Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and most of them are taking the opportunity to meet with members during the course of Conference.

These events are scattered throughout Conference, and include formal workshops, AGMs and informal meetings.  I hear that the SLIS one even involves food (Strawberry Fare on Tuesday morning  for breakfast- yummo!), if there was ever a good time to become a special librarian…

More information can be found in the Conference Programme, and on the SIG list-servs.

And if you are organising a SIG event – let us know and we’ll spread the word!

Several items of interest to children’s literature enthusiasts at this year’s conference. Tuesday at 10am Kini Piper and Ella Martin tell us how their “Baby Rock and Rhyme” CD came about – a response to requests from the library community and using the talents and skills available within the library.

Also on Tuesday at 2pm there is a choice between Bill Nagelkerke talking about the Hans Christian Andersen award and his involvement, and John McIntyre talking about how to sell books to readers, whether you are a librarian or bookseller. Both are passionate about children’s books and are interesting speakers, so this will be a tough choice.

On Wednesday at 11:15am Loriene Roy from the University of Texas at Austin presents what looks like a very interesting session on 2 events the National Indigenous Library used to support indigenous communities. The first was providing kits to libraries that linked with a documentary television series. Events were also organised using these kits and around the documentaries. The second initiative is the Support Teen Literature Day which plans to donate thousands of young adult books to teenagers at Tribal or Native schools around America. Support Teen Literature Day occurs during National Library week. It started in 2007 with the theme of “LOL @ your library”. In 2008 and 2009 nearly 20,000 books were donated to teenagers in hospitals in the US. In 2010 the theme is “If I can read, I can do anything”.

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