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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?

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I have a couple of questions for you.

How many people out there read the monthly LIANZA newsletter Library Life? I sometimes do and sometimes I don’t. I will print it out, but it’s just not the same. I miss the hardcopy put on the staffroom table, which was often browsed by more than LIANZA members.

Also how many people read the recently released  volume of the New Zealand Library & Information Management Journal electronically? How many people are waiting for the hardcopy? I browsed the content s page, but will wait to receive my copy in the mail before properly sitting down to read it. 🙂

If you think that’s odd for a technogeeky librarian, who is into digital publications, your probably right. But you see I don’t particularly like reading articles in PDF on the computer screen. I just don’t get as much from it. Which is  why I am hanging out for decent Ereaders to come to New Zealand.

Below is a poll, or leave a comment, but I would be interested to know what others thought about this. 🙂

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