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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!