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Monday, 12 October 2009

Message from the Minister / LIANZA Awards

Starting with a message from Nicky Wagner MP, speaking on behalf of the Minister responsible for National Library and Archives NZ, Nathan Guy. (He's in a budget meeting today.) Library has signficant contribution to make socially, economically, etc, to country's wellbeing. Driving goal of this govt is to grow the economy. Recognise difficult financial times.

Rollout of ultra-fast broadband network throughout NZ. Improving schools and frontline services to public. Need to lift educational standards. Focus on literacy and numeracy.

Another key driver is innovation including research.

Services we provide are important to society; the public expects more and more. Glad that our profession is addressing questions of services vs technology. National Library is a leading centre in preserving documentary heritage of New Zealand. Minister is keen to see more people engaging with collections housed there.

So much depends on easy access to information. Libraries make quality NZ information accessible. National Library has done groundbreaking work. Demonstrates value of cross-govt, cross-sector collaboration. Collaboration within library profession makes a lot of sense in these difficult times. APNK and EPIC are great examples.

[Pronounces LIANZA as L.I.A.N.Z.A.]

Believes librarians are very much at the front line of research, engendering a love of reading, developing new innovation.

Need more integration so NZ data is available to those who need it. Need more collaboration for efficiency and to be active at national level. Need to think carefully how sector as a whole can grow from here.


Warm up comedy act by "Pedro Haust" and "Pia Haust" collectively making up "The Hausts" (pronounced "The Hosts") with fake Spanish accents. Um. Well, Everyone Knows(TM) that foreign accents are inherently funny, right, because they're spoken by foreigners; but I'd at least have left out the jokes about Tourette's Syndrome and bulimics. --<wince> And I would like to hope that the final joke aimed at Barbara Garriock was done with her foreknowledge and consent.


LIANZA awards
2009 LIANZA Award Recipients

Rua Mano Award
Ariana Tikao

John Harris Award
Mary Ronnie for Freedom to Read
Moira Fraser for Parliametary Library 150 Years

Crown Records Management Scholarship
Anderina McLean
Adrian Jenkins

YBP/Lindsay and Croft Award for Collection Services
Margaret Ferguson

Nielsen Bookdata Research Award
Paula Legel & Kris Wehipeihana

MLIS Annual Research Prize
Highly Commended Award
[Missed the two names as we had no slides]

3M Award (see my earlier post)
3rd - Auckland City Libraries for Active Movement
2nd - Nelson District Libraries for Top of the South
1st - National Library/Marlborough District Library for Aotearoa People's Network Kaharoa