Due to unforeseen circumstances, there has been an alteration to the timing of three sessions on Tuesday 13th October.

For those of you who were planning to attend these sessions, 4C and 5A, there will be a change presentation time.

Here’s are the new session times :

Ursula Cheer & Nat Torkington (Balanced Copyright would be nice) will now be presenting between 11am – 12noon.

Patti Manolis (Libraries building communities in Timor-Leste) will now be presenting at 2.30pm.

Susanne Newton (Samoan library, Australian librarian) will now be presenting at 3.00pm.

Also, some of you may want to catch Nat Torkington’s latest appearance on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme this morning. 
The easiest way to find it is to check out this page : http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/ and then do a search for Nat Torkington.



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!

presenting at Conference can be this easy!

Presenting at Conference can be this easy!

So you submitted an abstract

Then your abstract was accepted – HUZZAHH!!!

Your session is listed in the Conference Programme

And you’ve booked your flights and accommodation in Christchurch.

But the last few nights have been horrible.  You’ve tossed and turned, driven away your partner, counted all of the rivots in the ceiling, and sweated through your favourite pyjamas.

You tried to attend a Conference Presentation Session but they were always the same night as your Star Trek marathons, or the local “stitch and bitch”, and it was just too dark or too hot to get off the couch… 

Now EEEEKKK!!! Conference is only a few days away.

What will you say?  How will you say it?

What if the delegates all get bored to sleep by your powerpoint?

Before you find yourself rocking under the table, here’s something that may help.

Moira Fraser and Paddy Plunket ran a series of workshops during May that focused on how to deliver great presentations.  Their top tips are:

  • Always focus on telling your audience something that will be important or interesting to them. 
  • Start by telling your audience WHY you think what you have to say will be  important or interesting to them.  This is a useful statement to work out in advance because it helps you stay focussed on your “value proposition”.  Audience members that know why a presentation is useful will pay attention to it differently and remember it better. An example of this kind of statement is “I hope that by the end of my presentation you will have a good understanding of some of the things to do, and some of the things to avoid, when starting up a new service for elderly users”, or “this will give you a framework for designing an information literacy programme in any kind of library or information service”.
  • Audiences remember better the more involved they are in the presentation.  In the hierarchy of involvement listening is near the bottom!  Quizzes, practical exercises and discussions require the kind of involvement that helps people to remember.
  • Your voice and your body are the most important and sophisticated delivery technology available to you.  Work on delivering your presentation in a confident and engaging tone and with strong body language.

Aoraki held a session in April during which Sally Thompson and Aurelia Arona (amongst others) spoke generally about doing a presentation and what to put on your powerpoint.  Their powerpoints are available online on the Conference Slideshare and contain many good ideas. 

But if you’re still chewing on your computer keyboard, there may still be time to register for the LIANZA Ikaroa presentation skills session.  It’s being held next Tuesday (29 September) at Massey University.  See their page on the LIANZA website for more information and to register online.

If all else fails, don’t forget, the delegates are interested in hearing what you have to say, and they are not there to give you a hard time.  They will forgive you your stumbles, and the odd powerpoint slide.  And there’s always light at the end of the gin bottle…

Do you have any other good ideas?  Post them here and we can share them.

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??



More people than this will turn up

More people than this will turn up

Though LIANZA Conference is still many months away and we’ve all got a winter of flu-dodging to get through first, time is running out if you want to contribute by presenting this year.  Abstracts for LIANZA conference 2009 will only be received until Friday 22 May, which is only a little over three weeks away.  Plenty enough time to submit your abstract via the online form, but not if you keep “thinking about it” and putting it off.  Now’s the time to kick procrastination in the butt and get your abstracts in.  Don’t leave it until the last minute!

The process really couldn’t be easier.  The online form is a two stage process.  First enter in your details and on the next page attach your abstract.  There’s also the facility to access your submission in order to make changes at any point up until 22 May.  And if you’re at all confused about the formatting required there’s already a handy-dandy example that you can download, then just change it to include your details.  Easy peasy.

In terms of what Guy and the folk on the Programme sub-committee are looking for in possible presentations, anything goes.  They want as diverse a range of topics as they can get so they can choose a programme that has breadth and depth and something to offer everyone.  Perhaps you think your topic will only be of interest to a handful of people?  Maybe that’s true but it’s actually more likely that there are many people who can take something away from your experience, project or idea.  We may work in vastly different institutions but there are common themes and issues that we deal with that may apply as much in a special library as it does in a tertiary or public one.

This is not a powerpoint presentation

This is not a powerpoint presentation

Also, don’t be tied down to the idea that a presentation has to be one person talking to a million powerpoint slides.  You’re encouraged to be a bit more freeform with your presentation.  Depending on your topic a workshop might work well.  Interactivity with the audience is key.  What kind of presentation would you like to see?  Why not do that?  If you’re not keen on a full-fledged presentation what about a poster session?

In terms of reasons to present how about the fact that it’ll look good on your CV (professional registration anyone?) or that your institution is probably more likely to fund your trip to conference if you’re presenting.  And if that’s not enough reason how about that presenters usually get a little thank you gift?

At the end of the day LIANZA conference is only as good as we, the people in the profession, can make it.

He aha te mea nui o tēnei ao
Māku e kī atu
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.

You ask me, what is the most important thing on earth?
My reply is it is people, it is people, it is people

Presentation is everything...

Presentation is everything...

For all you budding Conference Presenters ….

Several of the LIANZA regional committees are holding sessions especially for you.

Check out the following:

Wednesday 29th April


CPIT room L202 from 6pm.

Come along and learn how to write an abstract, and how to present your paper at Conference 2009.

Speakers include Sally Thompson, Nicki Moen, Aurelia Arona and Teresa Chitty.

Conference Convenor Lyn Macleod and Programme Subcommittee Chairman Guy Field will also be there to tell us a bit about what we can expect to see at this year’s Conference.

For any queries (or to RSVP) please contact either erin.kimber@canterbury.ac.nz or jane.mordecai@tvnz.co.nz

From Friday 1 May

Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui | LIANZA Wellington Regional Committee is holding a series of three workshops focusing on presentation skills. It’s called “Deliver It” and will be facilitated by Paddy Plunket and Moira Fraser.

For more information about these sessions have a look at the Committee’s excellent blog or contact a Committee member

Saturday 2 May

LIANZA Waikato / Bay of Plenty is holding a half hour session on Presentation Skills at their Weekend School in Katikati. For more information check out their page on the LIANZA website or contact one of their Committee members.