Yay!  Chris Brickell, who is one of our invited speakers at this year’s conference has won a Montana Book Award.  Chris’s book Mates & Lovers: A history of gay New Zealand won the NZSA E.H. McCormick Best First Book Award for
Non-fiction
earlier this week.

Chris’s conference session talks about his experiences using libraries to research this book.  Maybe you aided the research of a future Montana Book Award winner today?

Kia pai to mahi, Chris.

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For anyone unfamiliar with how a LIANZA Conference works (or conferences in general really) you get the “rock star” big names as Keynote speakers and then you get the still awesome but not quite as high profile “invited speakers”.  This year the folk that we’ve invited have knowledge and experience covering a wide range of areas and we think you’ll be interested and inspired by what they have to say.

Dr Chris Brickell – A Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, Gender & Sociology at Otago University and his book Mates & Lovers: A History of Gay New Zealand was a finalist in this year’s Montana Book Awards.  During conference he will speak about his experience using libraries and archives to research this book.  What were the challenges and successes in this process?  How can we ensure that researchers continue to have access to invaluable material like this?  For more on Chris check out – (more…)