Heritage libraries are great places to work, but they certainly have their challenges. There are plenty of sessions at the LIANZA Conference to engage and inspire those working in the heritage sector.
Otago University lecturer Chris Brickell will be sharing his experiences using libraries and archives to research his award winning book Mates & Lovers : a history of gay New Zealand. I heard Chris speaking earlier this year, and he’s a great speaker. I’m always interested to hear the challenges researchers face using our collections, and how we can work together as institutions to make access easier.
Unfortunately, Chris is on the same time as Terehia Biddell from Archives New Zealand. Terehia is going to talk about working with iwi to care for and make discoverable taonga in their collections. I have heard such great things about Terehia, and I am sure this is going to be wonderful. Thank goodness the sessions are recorded!
I’m also keen to hear Sam Minchin discuss Auckland City Libraries and the New Zealand Chinese Association collaborating to create the Chinese Digital Community. The content that is being added to this kete is really exciting.
Copyright is something we all have to be up to speed with, so it will be cool to hear Nat Torkington and Ursula Cheer on Tuesday afternoon.
If you are spending a few extra days in Christchurch, you might want to look at some of the events that are part of Beca Heritage Week. Christchurch City Libraries, University of Canterbury Library and many other local heritage institutions are all involved.