BlueRibbonThe 3M Award for ‘Innovation in Libraries’ is a prestigious peer voted award that has been sponsored by 3M New Zealand Ltd in conjunction with LIANZA since 1996. It highlights the stellar work done in New Zealand libraries.

Voting is by Conference delegates who will have received an email from Conference Innovators with a link to the voting page.  Voting closes 2.30pm Monday 12 October.

But everyone can view the finalists’ powerpoint presentations and feel proud of the smart thinking and innovation taking place in our own backyard. The 2009 finalists are:

The finalists will show their presentations at Conference, 11.45am on Monday 12 October and the winner will be announced at the LIANZA Awards

 3M Award for Innovation – Previous Trophy Winners
1996 – Information Services – Special Education Service Cost effective CD-ROM Database Distribution project
1997 – Hama Whakapapa Restoration and Research Database project
1998 – Auckland War Memorial Museum Library Cenotaph database project
1999 – Christchurch College of Education NZEdSearch
2000 – Horowhenua Library Trust Koha – a free library Web based database
2001 – Southland Boys’ High School Real Men Read Books
2002 – Manukau City Libraries Tupu – Dawson Road Youth Library project
2003 – Parliamentary Library Infocus
2004 – Puke Ariki Taranaki Information Network
2005 – National Library with Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Manukau Public Libraries AnyQuestions
2006 – eLGAR – Auckland City, Waitakere, Rodney, North Shore and Manukau Libraries Smarter Systems Project
2007 – Horowhenua Library Trust Kete Horowhenua
2008 – Massey University Library Connecting Virtually With Our Students

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Regular blogger Mo-mo takes off her “impartial professional” hat and does a shameless plug for her organisation’s presence at this year’s conference…because she can.

One of the great things about attending LIANZA Conference is the opportunity it affords you to catch up with other people in “the biz” from other parts of the country (or sometimes even further afield).  Working for the Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa (for this is our name now) you become even more aware of how widely dispersed library professionals truly are around the country.  Our network includes libraries in the Far North and Stewart Island, not to mention a whole swag of them inbetween.

Working and communicating with staff in partner libraries that are so widely spread means it’s very rare that you get the chance to talk face to face.  We at the People’s Network are hoping that partner library staff in attendance at this year’s conference will come and see us so that we can touch base and find out what’s happening in their neck of the woods.

We’ll be in residence in the Exhibition Hall on a stand groaning with computers and wearing our branded t-shirts (and we’ll be running a daily draw to win one of the sexiest library t-shirts ever screen-printed, so make sure you stop by).

In addition to our presence amongst the exhibitors the People’s Network (in the form of Margaret Garland) will be presenting our entry for the 3M Awards on Monday morning.  Conference delegates will be able to vote (for us) via the link in an email sent to you by Conference organisers until 2.30pm of that day.

Once you’ve voted (for us) you can then pop along to a session jointly presented by Sue Sutherland (Director of the National Digital Library) and Margaret (People’s Network head honcho) on the future direction of the People’s Network.  I would encourage partner library staff to attend this session if you’re able.

Looking forward to seeing you in October!