Tuesday, 19 November 2013

LIANZA Otago/Southland Weekend School, Dunedin, 15-17 November 2013

I recently attended the Otago/Southland LIANZA Weekend School and thought I would record my thoughts on a valuable weekend. These are the points that stood out to me the most.

  • Be proud of NZ and LIANZA-we are important on the international stage-take advantage of that
  • Don't feel like you are working in isolation-there are always ways to connect
  • Use of libraries is strongly connected with academic success ( but we already knew that!) 
  • Freedom of access to information is vitally important. Librarians should be sharing knowledge whenever possible
  • Libraries ARE a core service. Communicate this clearly to people and be strong in the language you use. 
Laurinda Thomas ( LIANZA President) mentioned the IFLA Trend Report which I found fascinating. The top 5 trends are:

  1. New technology will both expand and limit who has access to information
  2. Online education will transform and disrupt tradtional learning
  3. Boundaries of data protection and privacy will be redefined
  4. Hyper connected societies will listen to and empower new groups
  5. Global information economy will be transformed by new technologies. 
Overall, it was a great weekend and I really enjoyed the opportunity to meet new people and catch up with others.  Here's a Storify of the weekend that Sarah Gallagher @SarahLibrarina put together: