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Informit New Zealand Collection highlighted at LIANZA 2017

Brett Joseph, competition winner Joanne Barnes and John Nuutinen at LIANZA.

The LIANZA (Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa) conference was held recently at the Addington Raceway and Events Centre, Christchurch. 

The biannual conference is the biggest gathering of library and information professionals in New Zealand.

The industry was represented by librarians and information management professionals from the academic, government, local council and corporate sectors.

Attending from Informit was Senior Business Development Manager, John Nuutinen, and Business Development Executive, Brett Joseph.

The event was used as a forum to touch base with current Informit subscribers and to encourage other delegates from the region to explore what the New Zealand Collection has to offer. Organisations who signed up to trial Informit were entered into a competition to win tickets to the HSBC NZ Sevens in February 2018. 

Customer Services Librarian, Joanne Barnes, from Unitec Institute of Technology was the competition winner and said she was excited to be attending her first rugby tournament next year. 

Mr Nuutinen said there was a range of interesting and thought-provoking speakers, including the keynote and crowd favourite, 2013 South Australian Entrepreneur of the Year, Vinh Giang. A magician and teacher, Mr Giang has discovered many common threads between his two passions—business and magic—and focuses on bringing content to life when presenting. 

“With over 300 delegates in attendance, it was a great opportunity to promote the Informit New Zealand Collection, but also meet a broad cross-section of friendly librarians from all over New Zealand,” Mr Joseph said.

LIANZA provides strong leadership, growth opportunities and a community of practice to support the provision of quality library and information services to communities throughout New Zealand.

The Informit New Zealand Collection is a multi-disciplinary database about and of interest to New Zealand students, teachers and researchers. Covering a wide range of topics including economics, education, health, history, human geography, law, literature, politics and performing arts, this database explores New Zealand culture and society. 

With contributions from New Zealand researchers, the collection provides authoritative access to relevant journals and conference papers from both New Zealand and Australasian associations.

Key titles include the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, Journal of New Zealand Studies, New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, New Zealand Journal of Environmental Law and New Zealand Sociology. 

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Brett Joseph at the Informit stand.