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NZLLA activities for 2013

Posted 07/02/2013

A message from the President, Anne Paton

The new National Executive are looking forward to a busy year of activities, following their planning meeting that was held in Auckland on Saturday 12 January. Here are the main points and you can see more details in the full Notes of the meeting on the wiki soon.

An important Association activity is the provision of local professional development and networking events. The Regional Convenors will be offering a variety of educational sessions this year, coordinated nationally and with local LIANZA and SLIS events. We will be looking at recording some of the sessions for reuse and for access by out-of-towners, and we hope to offer some events ‘live’ in multiple locations by videoconference. If you have any ideas for topics that might be of interest to members, please let your local Convenor or me know.

In view of the effort going into those professional development activities we have decided not to hold a Symposium this year, due to the effort involved (as these annual gatherings take the five or so organisers out of action for several months). However we are considering running a biggish winter seminar that could bring many members together, possibly with other library sectors’ members.

Louise and Gwenda will be preparing a financial plan for budgeting purposes and are currently reviewing costs and revenue figures.

Sara is considering how we can improve our wiki and is looking for a system with better functionality – please contact sara.roberts@canterbury.ac.nz  if you have any ideas about good systems, or if you are interested in assisting with running the wiki (which is a good skills development opportunity if you’re not getting any wiki experience at work).

Regarding other communications channels with members and the wider world: we are grateful to two NZLLA members for attending to the law-lib listserv (Julia Chong) and the website (Alistair Jenkin). As mentioned for the wiki, if you’d like the experience of helping them and thereby learning how these systems work, let me know.

Philippa and I will be looking at the ALLA ‘Certificates of Appreciation’ system with a view to our possibly adopting a similar arrangement here in New Zealand in order to recognise contributions made to the Association by members. We will also be looking at reactivating the ‘Publisher Liaison Working Group’ with a view to constructively engaging at an Association level with the legal publishers regarding publishing issues. Another topic we will be reviewing is training for law librarianship now that the MIS course has altered: this is something that the previous National Executive had begun to discuss so we will continue that process.

One of my priorities is to keep strong links with our international Association counterparts, such as AALL, ALLA, BIALL, SLA, maybe IFLA, as we can learn from their work. I have also had a preliminary discussion with the National Librarian regarding his offer at our Symposium, of a scholarship to study how to  maximise use of the NLNZ legal info resources and services: I look forward to progressing that during the year.

As you can see, there’s plenty on the go this year and the National Executive welcomes your ideas on these or other professional matters, any time.

Anne Paton

President, NZLLA

www.nzlla.org.nz

Phone +64 9 300 3833

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