Libraries Manager’s notes

Library Manager, Jane Hill
Library Manager, Jane Hill

Kia ora Koutou Katoa

Welcome to my first posting on topics from my perspective as Libraries Manager.

Kia ako                                      To learn
Kia manaaki                             To support
Kia puawaii                              To flourish
Kia marama                             To understand

This Maori and English text launched the Public Libraries of NZ ; a strategic framework 2006 – 2026. It was with delight this week that I accepted on behalf of all the Libraries’ staff a NZ Diversity Award 2009. The award recognises the wide array of services and programmes that Wellington City Libraries offer Maori and ethnic communities. Congratulations to all the Libraries team members! They placed us on the national stage with their work.

Currently we are looking at linking more with other public libraries around NZ to explore how we could benefit from co-operative buying in this specialist area.

On Sunday we hosted the National Forum on Public Libraries and Diversity which was attended by 31 people drawn from public libraries, Massey University and home tutors from across New Zealand. It was an inspiring day which allowed people to network and gain from each other’s experiences. Everyone said they were taking home new ideas and initiatives.

Later in the day at the NZ Diversity Forum at Te Papa, we launched the DVD, Our Place, Your Place, about Wellington’s Muslim communities and libraries.

News and notes

Recently the Libraries Leadership Team and myself have joined with other Council managers in problem solving in relation to how we can all prepare Wellington and the City Council for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The spotlight will be on Wellington for a full month.

July 2009 was our busiest month ever on the Libraries’ website with over 1.7 million page views. The team have been working with the Modica Group to refresh our website homepage and I’m looking forward to that going live within the next month.

Jane Hill
Manager, Wellington City Libraries