Beginnings & WLIC2020

Beginnings & WLIC2020

On the Hobbiton movie set in Matamata (December 2018) Photo: Emma Naismith (my irāmutu/niece)

On the Hobbiton movie set in Matamata (December 2018) Photo: Emma Naismith (my irāmutu/niece)

Today is my first day back at mahi (work). It is great to see everyone looking rested and enthusiastic about the year ahead. It is also lovely to catch up on what people did over the summer break.

I was thrilled this morning when I opened my work email after 2 weeks, to find a submission from a new contributor. If you are keen to blog for Library Whisperers let us know.

This year I will be joining the WLIC 2020 National Committee Governance Group as one of two critical friends.

I am excited about IFLA World Library and Information Congress coming to Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) and I am also a local with experience in conference programming/organising. Before I moved back to Aotearoa/New Zealand, I was a member of the VALA Committee for 8 years. I have also given papers, chaired sessions and been a keynote! I am sure my experience will be valuable.

For me it is vital that the Congress is:

  • inclusive/diverse - safe for all, gender-inclusive and welcoming

  • Māori approaches such as manaakitanga (respect, kindness, generosity, support, care) and tikanga (Māori values, protocols and concepts) are practiced and embedded throughout the Congress

  • sustainable - low carbon footprint

I’d love to hear from you, about what you want from WLIC2020. Our first meeting is coming up soon!

Over the next few weeks I am traveling a bit for mahi. A trip to Switzerland, Sydney and down to Dunedin. If it is your first day back too - enjoy! I am feeling optimistic and tino pains (very good) about 2019.

Mā te wā (see you next time).

Nine imperfect strangers

Nine imperfect strangers

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