We all know that attending Conference comes with a price.

And I know that I am the resident “‘tail-alcoholic” on these pages (socialising in SOL Square), but for once I’m not talking about the cost of panadol, water and vitamin C.

No I refer to the customary “feedback session” that you agree to speak at when you receive Conference sponsorship.  Of course this is a negligible cost if you like giving presentations…RM12221~Hangover-Shelter-Posters

But if like me you avoid them like the plague, you may find it useful to find out how other people report back from conferences.  Who knows what tips you could steal from them?

And guess what  – though I expect you might have suspected this all along – there just happens to be one such session being held in the near future. 

On Tuesday 15 September,  Kevin Adams, Gail Pattie and Lynsey Ainsworth, will be talking at CPIT about the conferences that they have attended recently.  Everybody is welcome to attend and the event begins at 6.15pm.  Please RSVP to erin.kimber@canterbury.ac.nz

Though I still suspect that like me, come the end of Conference, you will still be desperately thinking of ways to get out of it.  Maybe a bad headache would work??




Last week we announced the winner of our Early Bird Registration competition – Andrew Robinson.

He was one of 94 first-time LIANZA members who joined up between 1 June & 31 July 2009, and was therefore entered into the draw to win a full Early Bird Registration.

We thought you might be interested to know a bit more about our lucky winner of this competition, so I threw some curly questions his way last week and now you get to find out a little more about the mysterious Andrew Robinson, Libraries & Customer Services Manager, South Waikato District Council.

Andrew Robinson, South Waikato District Council

Andrew Robinson, South Waikato District Council

So, how long have you worked in the library sector?

“On and off for about 12 years, just started my second year as manager. I have been out of the library scene for a while but definitely enjoying being back.”

What’s the coolest job title you have had?

“Apart from my current one? Systems Administrator Linux/Unix”

What did you want to be when you grew up?

“A professional Basketball player, no wait an Astronaut, nah definitely Batman”

What’s your favourite blog?

“Too busy for blogging but ramonesblog.com – great blog for the world’s greatest band. Of course if someone starts a blog about being a basketball playing superhero who flies a space shuttle – I’m in!”

Favourite NZ holiday destination?

“Anywhere there’s sun, surf and sand.”

Last movie you saw (and did you love it or hate it?)

“Harry Potter and the Half blood prince, it was decidedly average. As usual in Book vs Movie, Book wins!”

Last book you read (and who would you recommend it to?)

The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb, pub. 2008. Awesome story, fans of Jodi Picoult will enjoy but it has a lot more substance.”

What was the last book you didn’t finish?

Dune…twice. 3rd time lucky maybe” (mj interjects – my response for this is Lord of the Rings, I can’t finish even the first book)

Have you ever been to Christchurch? If yes, what do you remember most about it? If no, what do you know about Christchurch?

“No I haven’t been to Christchurch so really looking forward to it and to be honest my knowledge is sketchy. I know they have a river and some hills, a cathedral, a retired Wizard, and an average rugby team.”

What are you looking forward to at this year’s Conference?

“I always enjoy the keynote speakers and I’m looking forward to hearing Richard Stallman. What’s particularly beneficial to me is the exposure to what’s happening in libraries and the trends that are emerging, it should be a great conference!”

Thanks to Andrew for answering our questions. We’re hoping that he’ll take away more than a few sketchy ideas about a southern city with a retired wizard and a cathedral.

If you have any other questions that you’d like to throw Andrew’s way, post them here and we’ll see if we can’t get an answer out of him before conference.


It costs more than this to do to LIANZA Conference...

It costs more than this to go to LIANZA Conference...

Andrew Robinson, Customer Services Manager, South Waikato Libraries is the newbie LIANZA member who’s won a free earlybird registration to this year’s conference! Congratulations!

We’ll be catching up with our lucky winner right here on the blog shortly.

If you’re currently shedding bitter, bitter tears because you thought you were in with a chance, despair not! There are still plenty of opportunities to get to conference on someone else’s coin. Just check out the following sponsorship options – (more…)

Applications for this scholarship, which gives two lucky individuals the chance to have their conference registration paid for (plus up to $200 towards travel and accomodation), close TOMORROW Wednesday, 5 August.

Full details on how to apply (you can do it by email so if you shift yourself you can still sneak in your application before it closes) after the jump. (more…)

…and start your engines.  Early bird registration for LIANZA Conference 2009 opens today!  As we all know, the early bird gets the worm, or in this case a cheaper price and nobody’s got tons of extra money these days do they?  So it’s worth getting in early.  Well unless, that is, you’re thinking of becoming a fresh, shiny, new LIANZA member in which case you should hold off in case you’re the lucky winner of a free conference registration.

The winner will be contacted in the first week of August and earlybird registration will remain open until later that month so if you’ve just joined LIANZA for the first time a “wait and see” approach is probably the smart one.  The rest of you hardened conference campaigners should think about getting yourselves over to the Conference website and filling in the registration form.

In other news your organising committee has been hard at work putting the finishing touches on this year’s programme and all the information on sessions, speakers and social events are now available in the registration brochure so feel free to peruse this at your leisure.  We’ll be blogging about some of the content starting from next week so check back here for the skinny on what this year’s conference has in store.

This child is not a LIANZA member but probably wont enter the competition.  More chance for you to win then!

This child is not a LIANZA member but probably won't enter the competition. More chance for you to win then!

Librarians. We spend our working lives trying to make things as uncomplicated as possible but sometimes we’re rather gifted at making things confusing.  It seems our explanation of what you had to do to be in the draw for free conference registration wasn’t quite as clear as we thought it was.  To that end here’s a further explanation of who is eligible and what you have to do (hardly anything!).

The LIANZA 2009 Conference Committee is very excited to offer one FREE registration to a first time LIANZA member who joins and pays their LIANZA membership fees between 1st June and 31st July 2009. Each first time LIANZA member will be put in a prize draw, collated by LIANZA National Office. The winner will be contacted in first week of August 2009, and once prize has been accepted, the winner’s name will be announced on the Conference website and in other forums.

So we’re really looking for those new to the profession to get a chance to attend a conference so we can keep that fresh blood coming through (aging profession, blah dee blah).

Acknowledge the past
Embrace the present
Advance the future…and all that jazz.

So feel free to shoulder-tap that library assistant/MLIS student or freshly hatched librarian who’s not a LIANZA member…yet.  Maybe you could do a quick poll around your workplace to find out who is and who isn’t signed up?

...and so could you!


I know, sounds too good to be true don’t it?  You’re wondering what the catch is, aren’t ya?  And of course there is one but don’t worry you won’t have to sign over your firstborn or anything.

Basically, we’d like to encourage newbies to this year’s LIANZA conference, we still want all you hardened veterans to come along too, but in the interests of strengthening the profession, of acknowledging the past, embracing the present, and particularly advancing the future we’d like some people who are new or newish to the profession to come along and get the LIANZA conference experience.

As a way of enticing such folk, LIANZA have put one early bird conference registration up for grabs to anyone who signs up as a new LIANZA member, so if you know of someone who’s not in the club and who you think would really benefit from being in the organisation (and who also might like to go to conference) then you might want to give them a nudge in the direction of the online membership form.

Here’s the official stuff –

Conditions of entry (more…)