As part of our #lovelibraries campaign, we want to introduce two organisations who represent libraries and librarians in New Zealand.
Meet LIANZA and Public Libraries of New Zealand, both of whom work hard to ensure New Zealand communities have access to the best library services on offer.
Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) is a non-profit organisation that supports the library and information sector.
LIANZA has had a long and illustrious role in the sector and was established in 1910 to ensure Kiwis have access to world class library services in all aspects of their lives, from school to university, public to private sector.
With the strategic vision of ‘people and communities connected and empowered by information,’ LIANZA has 1300 personal members and 350 institutional members and is the voice of the library and information sector in NZ.
The LIANZA team is small but perfectly formed, and works from an office at the National Library of NZ.
In 2020, LIANZA will host the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Auckland – the first time this annual conference will be held in the Pacific region in nearly 40 years. It will bring around 3000 delegates from more than 100 countries to New Zealand.
One of LIANZA’s publications, Library Life, is jam-packed with interesting articles about libraries in NZ, and is available for everyone to read. Click here to read the latest issue and here to follow LIANZA on Facebook.
Pictured above is LIANZA's Executive Director Ana Pickering (second from right) with the LIANZA Council.
Public Libraries of New Zealand (PLNZ) is the peak body for our public library sector, representing the needs of public libraries from Cape Reinga to Stewart Island.
Its members are an influential network of public library managers united behind common goals and ambitions, sharing best practice, and committed to providing universal free access to information, knowledge and ideas in the virtual and physical worlds.
At the heart of each community, public libraries are valued by business and government, and recognised as key contributors to building strong, resilient communities.
Back row from left to right: Kate Peterson (Hastings District Libraries), Steve Harley (Nelson Public Libraries), Rachael Rivera (Auckland City Libraries) Kat Cuttriss (Chair, Hutt City Libraries), Hilary Beaton (ED), Gail Clark (Upper Hutt City Libraries)
Front row from left to right: Heather Taylor (Treasurer, Tararua District Library), Lorraine Weston-Webb (Past Immediate Chair, Gore District Libraries), Jo Hunt (Ōpōtiki District Library), Kathy Aloniu (Dunedin Public Libraries).