TypeFoL ActionDescriptionWe’ve come back from the Summer holidays with a bang and work to take the Future of Libraries project strands forward is well underway.
Te Rōpū Whakahau and LIANZA are taking the lead on workforce development – we’ve developed a three phase approach and our call for people to help out on phase one has generated a lot of interest. We hope to have a detailed report defining sector wide workforce development needs by early June. We’ll then be putting out a call for phase two – designing a coordinated and affordable sector wide collaboration framework.
SLANZA have taken the lead on bi-culturalism – they’ll be discussing this at their March Executive meeting and getting back to the rest of us on that stage indicating the support / help they need to really get this work rocking. We recognise that everyone in the sector is at a different place on the journey to bi-culturalism and so are the organisations within which we sit – so this will be a challenging but exciting piece of work.
At our key stakeholders meeting in October we agreed that National Library was ideally positioned to lead on the conversation about One Library. APLM have put their hand up to assist, and LIANZA will be playing a key role. This gels with feedback we received at the summit where there was an expectation that National Library take a strong leadership role in the sector. It also seems like perfect timing as National Library is currently exploring its own future direction. So next steps? Well as National library gains momentum with their strategic planning they’ll be beginning a conversation with the wider sector and we’ll be working with them to ensure that as many of you as possible are involved. In the interim LIANZA is keen to hear your thoughts and ideas so we’ll be hitting you up when we’re out and about. You can also start brainstorming and commenting through Recollect.
Finally CONZUL are stepping up with regard to Open Access. We’ve realised on this front, that while we believe Open Access is a no brainer, many outside our sector still need to be convinced. We’re about to put out a call for a working group to help us on phase one of this work – an analysis of the research available about the efficacy of open access – to build an economic argument to support our case. We’ll also be using case studies of various innovative models of work licensed under creative commons to understand how successful these have been.
If you are keen to be involved in any of this work get in touch with Joanna (email@example.com) at the LIANZA office – we’d love to have your help as we take these projects forward. ContactJoanna Matthew