The latest issue of The New Zealand Library & Information Management Journal was released electronically this week. There is some interesting reading in it, some of which will end up in my Revalidation Journal. It’s great to see New Zealand Library Research, and I would like to see more.
The trouble is, it just made me aware that over the last few months we have had a complete lack of professional news. The last Library Life was in April? Well the last one on the website is April. It was going to be replaced with a new electronic newsletter that “Library Life is the fortnightly electronic newsletter for LIANZA members. The newsletter highlights the latest news from LIANZA and the library and information profession as well as feature articles and details of events, conferences and seminars.” Yet I haven’t seen hide nor hair of it.
In the interest of constructive criticism this is what I suggest LIANZA do:
Ditch the idea of a fortnightly newsletter. Instead use the technologies available to have a rolling newsletter. Have everyone on the council each month write an update for their position, and then roll them out over the month. You will have about eleven pieces to publish each month, which is three a week. With that you can encourage others to write in, as used to happen with Library Life. Put them on the front page of the website, with pictures, and you will have a constant, and refreshing series of content.
Mixed in with that you can also have book reviews, and articles submitted to the journal. Have an open submission date, and publish as much as possible. Every six months you can then bind together a select number to make the “official published” journal. This would encourage research to happen. Within that you can also take the best pieces of research coming out of the Library School and publish them. There is a lot of research going on, and it should be useful to the profession beyond simply allowing someone to get their qualification.
How are we going to foster a profession that engages with research if we don’t publish it?