Recently LIANZA released two documents for consultation, Enhancing LIANZA Governance Structure and Changing Institutional Members fee bands and rates, these two documents could have a dramatic impact on the library profession. The first will have an impact on how we as a profession communicate, lobby and organise, the second will have an impact on the funding streams.
It is important to give feedback to the council on this restructuring. LIANZA head office put out the following statement on submissions.
“We will be running a survey from the Monday 8th June to Tuesday 6th July using Survey Monkey and you will be sent the link to this survey on the 8th June.
In the meantime your region will be holding meetings for the purpose of discussing these proposals and your Regional Councillor will be able to field questions about the proposals. So keep an eye out for the notices about the dates of meetings in your area.
Once you have read the papers we would encourage you to attend your regional meeting for discussion and clarification of the proposals. We would appreciate any formal feedback you have on the proposals to be expressed using the survey to enable us to manage and analyse the responses.
Library & Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
04 473 5834”
The Ikaroa committee, of which I am chair, will be holding meetings led by Heather Lamond our Council representative. You can send feedback directly to her or attend the meetings.
Thursday 4th June @ 6.00pm
Massey University Staffroom (Level 3) – light refreshments
Wednesday 17th June @ 6.30pm for Fish and Chip tea, followed by discussion
Wednesday 10th June @ 6.00pm
Hastings Central Library – light refreshments
Hikuwai Regions meetings:
Barbara Garriock (President Elect) will be facilitating.
Meetings will focus on the governance proposal’s discussion questions:
* Do you think the proposed governance structure would allow for your views and interests to be represented within the wider organisation of LIANZA?
* What benefits of the proposal do you think would achieve a more effective and responsive LIANZA structure?
* What would you change about the proposal that would result in a more effective and responsive LIANZA structure?
* How can we shape our organisation to ensure that young people get involved in LIANZA?
* Do you think that this proposal will provide LIANZA members with leadership development opportunities
Meeting time is 5.30 pm for a 5.45 pm start.
Cost: No Charge
Venues generously provided by the institutions.
Nibbles and drink provided by Hikuwai.
Thursday 4th June
Manukau Institute of Technology Library
RSVP to Warren.Curran@manukau.ac.nz by Friday 29th May
Tuesday 9th June
University of Auckland
Kate Edgar Information Commons
RSVP to Warren.Curran@manukau.ac.nz by Wednesday 3rd June
Thursday 11th June
AUT University, Akoranga Campus
Board Room (AG127) by campus Main Entry
RSVP to Warren.Curran@manukau.ac.nz by Friday 5th June
The Whangarei meeting is still being organised.
The Wellington Meeting:
Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui (Wellington) region would like to invite members to discuss the recently announced LIANZA proposals on enhancing the Association’s governance structure, and the changing of institutional member fee bands and rates.
Regional Councillor Paddy Plunket will facilitate an informal brown bag lunch meeting, talking to the proposals and seeking your feedback.
What: Consultation on the LIANZA proposals
When: Tuesday 26th May, 12.15 – 1.15pm
Where: Reserve Bank Building, Level 10, 2 The Terrace, Wellington
RSVP: Please RSVP to email@example.com, by 5pm Monday 25th May.
Waikato/Bay of Plenty:
Wednesday 27th May 2009- 5.30pm-7.00pm at The Furnace , Victoria St, Hamilton and Waihi Hotel on Friday 5th June 6pm. – Cocktails for Library Lovers -Working in a library? This is chance to meet other library workers from the area and enjoy a drink together. Please feel free to pop along and join us. The committee will look forward to meeting you.
For those interested there will be an opportunity to discuss and /or offer feedback on the LIANZA governance proposals (via committee members and our councillor).
LIANZA is currently consulting with members about how it will be governed in the future and on changes to the existing fee structure for Institutional members.
A meeting will be held for members in the Aoraki region on the 4th of June, 6.pm. The location will be CPIT room L202 (across the airbridge in the Atrium, above the library).
Outgoing LIANZA Regional Councillor Fiona Macdonald will be there to talk us through the proposal and to answer any questions you may have.
I don’t propose to discuss the second document much, as whilst I recognise that the funding from Institutional memberships is an important revenue stream for LIANZA, I don’t feel I am in the right position to comment. All I will say is from my brief perusal it seems a fair way to structure fees.
The proposed Governance structure is as follows:
“Key Features of the Proposal
• Formal adoption of the draft purpose statement as the Association’s Objectives
• Regions and SIGS remain at the heart of the LIANZA community, with personal members continuing to belong to a Region
• The size of the National Council is reduced from 13 to 8 Councillors
• Vice President is elected as President Elect and automatically assumes the presidency in the second year
• Three National Councillors are elected by the full membership
• Establishment of an advisory forum to National Council, comprising chairs and convenors of SIGs, regions, committees, taskforces, working groups and the Registration Board
Proposed LIANZA Purpose Statement
LIANZA works for library and information professionals in New Zealand Aotearoa by building communities, providing professional development services and representing their professional interests.
LIANZA works with library and information organisations to support the delivery of library and information services that are vital to the economic, cultural and social wellbeing of New Zealand Aotearoa.
And proposes these questions.
• Do you think the proposed governance structure would allow for your views and interests to be represented within the wider organisation of LIANZA?
• What benefits of the proposal do you think would achieve a more effective and responsive LIANZA structure?
• What would you change about the proposal that would result in a more effective and responsive LIANZA structure?
• How can we shape our organisation to ensure that young people get involved in LIANZA?
• Do you think that this proposal will provide LIANZA members with leadership development opportunities?”*
*From the document.
I can see some definite advantages and disadvantages. While I can see that a smaller, more streamlined council should be able to work in a more cost effective and efficient manner, I am concerned that by moving from regional based councillors to national based councillors, the council will become dominated by a region or city. I also worry this will only create greater communication problems than already exist.
An inevitable consequence, as I see it, will be a greater impact on the regional committee’s in their role. This may not be a bad thing but will the committees be ready to take on that role? Will there be sufficent support for the committees? From this and only briefly mentioned in the document is the nature of the regions. If regions must take on a stronger role in facilitating CPD and governance issues, are the current regions the right size? If they become smaller regions will there be enough librarians to take on the leadership roles required?
There is a lot to discuss and only a relatively short time to make our voices heard.
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