WELLINGTON, New Zealand (July 28, 2010) – Jane Hill, Director of Wellington City Libraries Te Matapihi Ki Te Ao Nui, is the new president-elect of the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aoteoroa. Ms. Hill recently began a three-year leadership term with LIANZA, with her ascension to president next year and transition to past-president in 2012.
"I believe strongly in the role of libraries and information in our New Zealand society," Ms. Hill said following her election in June. "Both public and tertiary libraries, for example, have an education, learning support, and information literacy role. Library and information professionals have an important role to play in the different sectors within which they work. I see LIANZA as providing a vital strategic leadership role for our profession. We need to stand up and be counted."
Founded in 1910, LIANZA serves and promotes the interests of the New Zealand library and information industry by providing professional development, awards and recognition, publications and resources, advocacy, and collegial support. LIANZA plays a key coordination role in the library industry and, through its regional and special-interest group infrastructure, provides organizational structure for members seeking mutual support.
LIANZA is celebrating its centenary year, and will hold a special conference in Dunedin, New Zealand, in late November 2010. Next year, when Ms. Hill begins her one-year term as president, LIANZA’s annual conference will be in her home city of Wellington.
Ms. Hill has been Director of Wellington City Libraries Te Matapihi Ki Te Ao Nui since 1994. She was co-leader of the national publication "Public Libraries in New Zealand: A Strategic Framework 2006-2016," and spoke about her approach to library staff, structure, and patrons at the 2006 Public Library Association conference in Boston, Mass. Later this year, Ms. Hill will be the keynote speaker at the opening of The Library Corporation’s 2010 LiSA/CUGM Users’ Conference, scheduled for Oct. 3-6 in Denver, Colo.
The Wellington City Libraries system serves the capital city of New Zealand with a network of 12 sites – one central library and 11 branch facilities – and 380,000 titles. Of the 195,000 people who live in Wellington and the additional 200,000 who work in the city, 77 percent are active members of the vibrant library system, contributing to its annual circulation of 3.5 million items.