Well, we’re  all a bit exhausted now but are slowly replenishing the old batteries that going to conference always seems to deplete (metaphorical and literal – my phone and laptop seemed to run out of juice ridiculously often).

But anyway, for those of you in a similar situation, or if you didn’t manage to make it and wonder what it was like to stride the the convention centre soaking up all that big-brained thought, here’s a little video taster…


Amiria Rereti

For those of you who haven’t experienced LIANZA Conference before, you will, over the three days find yourself becoming more and more familiar with the lady pictured at right, our Conference MC, Amiria Reriti.

The MC at LIANZA Conference has a very important role.  They impart important information like what to do, where to go, and when to be there.  They keep the ball rolling or stall for time when it turns out the next speaker is in the loo.  In essence they keep the whole thing going smoothly by making sure that the assembled masses are well-informed and in good humour.  No small task.  Last year’s MC Greg Morgan was terrific though by the end he’d nearly lost his voice (bless ‘im).

Our MC for this year Amiria Reriti probably has a bit more experience taking care of her vocal chords as among the many, many things that she does can be included performing with Moana and the Moahunters.  She’s got strong roots to Christchurch hailing from Ngāi Tahu hapū, Ngāi Tuahuriri.

But it doesn’t stop there.  Amiria is a manager within the Auckland Regional Public Health Service and has been the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees Te Kura Kaupapa Māori a Rohe o Mangere, ATAK the National Māori Smokefree Coalition and currently the Black Pearl National Trust. She was a foundation trustee for the Māori Music Industry Coalition and is also a Director of a company, The Associates.  Busy lady, eh?

Aaaand, she’s currently gracing our screens in Māori Television’s popular follow-up to Ask your Auntie, namely Aunty Moves In.  Oh, and she’s also a Justice of the Peace and Marriage Celebrant.  And she was in a movie with Cliff Curtis.  Man, that is one full CV.

If she can manage all that then I’ve no doubt she’ll be able to wrangle hundreds of librarians with aplomb.

Coming up tomorrow on the blog, we’ll be doing a bit of a wrap-up, drawing together that last-minute stuff you need to know as well as pointing you in the direction of other sources of LIANZA Conference coverage.

Not long now, guys!

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

Big drum roll… here are the details of what you will enjoy at SOL Square this time next week!

We promise you a fantastic line up of bars, restaurants and entertainment as seen in the video.

When you purchase a SOL Square card for $45, you receive a booklet detailing the restaurants and bars accepting our SOL Square card and offering discounts.  The SOL Square card can be used to pay for your meal at some establishments, whilst other establishments may use it to offer discounts.  You can buy a SOL Square card at the conference registration desk to take advantage of special deals and discounted drinks!  Unable to attend conference? Come down after work and take this great networking opportunity to dine, enjoy the entertainment and company.

Some menus are available from the SOL Square website. If booking tables, this can be done directly with the restaurant.

New to conference or attending on your own? Aoraki hosts will be at a designated venue to meet, greet and get the party started.  The venue to meet at will be advertised during conference.

Some fantastic local bands have been organised for you to dance the night away with.  LunaFunk are playing @ Fat Eddies from 7.30 pm.  This five piece band play funk, soul, motown and disco with a fresh polished funky sound.  The band will commence as a 2 piece while you are having dinner, and then 3 more will join them to raise the tempo at 10 pm.

At Cartel, a 2 piece Country/Blue Grass Band will be playing from 10 pm.

At Mexican Cafe, The Young Juans, a 5 piece latin / funk band will be playing from 7pm ole!

This is shaping up to be a memorable night, with over 200 people attending.  See you there!

Did you know that Richard Stallman was interviewed by Kim Hill on Saturday?  I missed it but ended up listening to the podcast yesterday.  It’s pretty interesting listening.  He covers a lot of topics including 911 “conspiracy” theories, airport security in the US and why he considers some kinds of electronic surveillance to be deeply disconcerting in terms of the way they put a lot of power into the hands of law enforcement (which the public then has to take on trust will not be exploited).  Pretty thought-provoking stuff.

His views are perhaps on the more extreme end of the range to my own but I think the basic principle of his arguments are sound.  Kim Hill however seemed quite annoyed with him, repeatedly accusing him of saying things he hadn’t and extrapolating wildly though I suppose it gave him the opportunity to clearly define what his specific view was on several things, but why so grumpy, Kim?  Another surprise is that he sounds a bit like Woody Allen (which is something that a fellow librarian pointed out, and I have to agree).

If you’re looking for a little background radio to listen to this afternoon, why not check out the podcast for yourself? It runs to just over 39 minutes and LIANZA Conference gets a mention (yay!).  I can’t wait to hear what he says in his keynote address.  I wager it’ll generate quite a lot of debate so make sure you get along to that one.  You don’t want to miss out on the “watercooler conversation” that’ll go on afterwards.

End Doll, UC Art CollectionThere’s heaps of good stuff for tertiary librarians at this year’s conference.  On Monday, we have Simon Hart and Charlotte Brown talking about the Cephalonia method of library instruction.  Usually the  phrase “library instruction” makes me cringe, but Cephalonia sounds very student-centred and I am keen to learn more.

Monday afternoon also sees Terri Elder discussing the process of developing a sculpture trail in the University of Canterbury Library.  It seems like there is a growing trend for University art collections to come under the care of the library. It will be interesting to hear Terri’s ideas on how these collections can be used in teaching and learning.

Tuesday’s B stream is a triple-treat-star-set, featuring sessions on library services for distance learners and faculty-library publishing partnerships.  The icing in the middle is Deborah Fitchett’s unconference style workshop on making allies to support your innovation.  While Deborah works in an academic library, this workshop is bound to relevant to lots of you out there.  I heard there may even be whistles. If you still can’t get enough of unconferency stuff , take part in What would you do? brought to you by CPIT Library’s lovely Elizabeth Whyte and  this guy.  It’s going to be cool.

Succession planning is an issue for all library sectors, and on Wednesday there are two very promising sounding papers on developing potential library leaders.

This is just a small sample of the sessions  that tertiary librarians may want to attend. There’s much more content in the programme like  RFID, the very early TelSIG meeting, Maori subject headings, the keynotes,  the unconference in SOL Square.  Oh I could go on and on.



Facilitator of a freeform interactive session on the rough topic of “Doing more with less”, Elizabeth Whyte is looking for volunteers…


We hope you have had a chance to thoroughly familiarise yourself with the LIANZA 2009 Conference programme and that you’ve lined up an interesting few days for yourself.  If you haven’t looked at it already, we’d like to draw your attention to the ‘What Would You Do? – Doing More with Less’ session on Tuesday afternoon.  This has the potential to be a highly interactive and thought-provoking hour and a half where ideas are thrown up, spun around, and looked at from fresh new angles.

However, to ensure success we need to have presenters!

Have you already decided what you’d like to talk about? Would you be prepared to jump up and present on something dear to your heart?  Or, have you got a question or issue you’d like to pose to your audience of participants? Maybe they will have some solutions or even just a new and different way to approach it.

If any of the above sounds like you, please get in touch with either Paul Sutherland (paul.sutherland@ccc.govt.nz) or Elizabeth Whyte (whytee@cpit.ac.nz) by Wednesday, 7 October. Don’t worry if your idea is not fully-formed or even if you don’t have all of the answers. Remember, these presentations are short and snappy conversation starters.

The only ‘rules’ we have are that each presentation must be no more than 5 minutes. If you’d like to use PowerPoint slides, maybe follow the Pecha Kucha formula and use only five:  1 minute per slide = 5 slides. These are not restrictions to make it difficult for you. They are a way to help you distil an idea or issue quickly and succinctly. You’ll have a chance to discuss more once the session breaks out.  Think of it as a doing more with less kind of approach!

We want this time to be your chance to let loose with your creativity and imagination. We can’t do it alone though so don’t delay, get in touch!