Earlier this year I decided to run for council. As there is a vacancy for the Ikaroa Regional councillor, I pondered whether to stand for that position, or to stand for President- Elect, as I was attracted to both positions. It had been pointed out to me that it might be wiser to stand simply for councillor, so as to get experience in the workings of the LIANZA council. I did consider standing for both. In the end I have decided to stand for President-Elect.
Even though nominations haven’t closed yet, (they do on the 20th) I have been told that there are multiple nominations for President-Elect and I need to supply a 150 word biography/statement to be included. This is great as I don’t remember when we had an election for the President / Vice President / President-Elect positions. Below is what I have submitted:
Michael Parry: Who am I? For those of you I haven’t met, I am currently the Technical Services Librarian for Tararua District Libraries. I also have the privilege of being the chair of the Ikaroa committee. My experiences in libraries have encompassed public libraries and academic, front desk and back room. I am passionate about libraries as centres of communities and about social media being a revolutionary tool to connect those communities.
I wish to contribute to the excellent work the council is doing in bringing council business to the members, and making LIANZA membership desirable.
I am writing on the library blog The Room of Infinite Diligence under the moniker dannevirkelibrarian. You will find out a lot more about what I think and believe there. If you want to ask me questions drop by and do so. I will have an election post up just for that purpose.
I am really happy there are multiple nominations for the position of President-Elect. Personally I would rather lose an election than be win un-opposed. Why? Because the membership deserves to have a say in who represents them at a national level. The LIANZA community should know where their elected representatives come from and what they stand for. I think this comes from my commitment and belief in democracy.
That being said, I am unsure as to whether a 150 word bio on the voting form is enough to inform the membership about who is standing for the positions. It might be, but I am unconvinced. Running a campaign for a volunteer position could be a costly exercise, but with social media technologies, it doesn’t need to be.
I therefore, will be running a campaign, mostly from here.
I will also be posting up a longer statement later in the week after the nominations have been announced. I will also be inviting the other nominees to post up a longer statement here as well. I think the comments feature of the blog should give an ample opportunity for questions to be asked. I am hoping that LIANZA will be using the new blog feature on the new site to do the same.