Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Good news for RLIANZA members

Memorandum of Understanding between LIANZA and CILIP on Reciprocal Qualifications.

If you are a registered librarian then read on!

LIANZA and CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals), the United Kingdom’s largest professional body for information professionals have signed a reciprocal agreement at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2010, Gothenburg, Sweden.

This means if you hold an MCLIP or RLIANZA you are assured of reciprocal recognition in New Zealand and the UK respectively. This enhances your employment prospects should you be on a working holiday or wishing to migrate.

RLIANZA holders will remain accountable for ensuring that their qualification is current to LIANZA requirements to continue practising in UK roles requiring Chartered Membership of CILIP, and vice versa.

This is great news and indicates the value of the RLIANZA beyond our shores.

Senga White
SLANZA President

Thursday, September 9, 2010

To our Canterbury School Library Colleagues

To our colleagues working in the earthquake-affected areas of Canterbury

SLANZA wishes to extend our thoughts and good wishes to you all as you return to your schools and assess the damage created by the earthquakes experienced in the past week.

While I have spoken to a couple of librarians in the region in recent days, it is very difficult to get a full picture of the situation individual schools are facing. In order for SLANZA to be of practical help and support I would appreciate hearing from those of you affected that feel you will need outside assistance or advice. As you will be aware from my previous posting, the library leaders across the sectors are most anxious to assess specific needs in order to make sure support and assistance is provided where needed.

This may not be something you are necessarily able to do immediately as the situation continues to change and develop on a daily basis but I would appreciate hearing from you all and sharing your stories and journeys as you deal with the days, weeks and months ahead of you.



National Library Christchurch office closure

The National Library have published some information to support Canterbury schools, and to let South Island schools know what's happening in the period following the Christchurch earthquake.

So far they have had very good feedback from schools about the information - and the free-phone service 0800 LIBLINE is also taking enquiries.

For more information, please visit this page on the National Library's website for schools: