Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
Te Rau Herenga O Aotearoa

History

LIANZA's history is long and illustrious. We've put together a time-line illustrating just how important our organisation has been (and still is) with the help of the research publications of W.J. McEldowney and Julia Millen.

1910

  • Library Association of New Zealand (LANZ) officially forms

1932

  • Carnegie Corporation injects funding for libraries

1936

  • NZLA Auckland branch established

1937

  • LANZ Journal, New Zealand libraries established
  • Munn-Barr report creates the foundations for the inter-loan system
  • NZLA Dunedin, Canterbury, and Wellington branches established

1938

  • Country Library Service established

1939

  • LANZA constitution rewritten
  • LANZ formally becomes NZLA to be recognised as an incorporated society, after the New Zealand Library Association Act is passed

1941

  • General library certificate syllabus approved
  • Children's librarians certificate course initiated

1942

  • School library service begins
  • Association's general training course established, later known as the NZLA library certificate

1944

  • Children's librarians certificate course initiated

1945

  • Esther Glen medal first awarded
  • Children's book week established

1946

  • NZ library school for graduates established
  • NZ library school diploma established

1951

  • Professional section of the NZLA set up

1952

  • The NZLA sets up the National Library committee

1955

  • Associateship (ANZLA) and Fellowship (FNZLA) awards established

1962

  • The Maori Library Services Committee (MSLC) is established
  • The Currie Comission on education in New Zealand comments on the low quality of school libraries.  In response to the report NZLA releases a four page pamphlet detailing the importance of school libraries

1963

  • The Library Public Relations Committee established
  • Prime Minister Keith Holyoake announces a decision to establish a national library
  • A one week course is initiated especially for teacher-librarians
  • The MLSC publishes a four page pamphlet encouraging the usage of libraries by Maori

1964

  • Mary Fleming award is established
  • Geoffrey Alley appointed as New Zealand's first national librarian

1965

  • National Library Act passed
  • Geoffrey Alley offers his services to the professional section

1966

  • NZ Libraries journal moves from 11 issues per year to 6
  • A study of professional and non-professional duties in libraries' published

1967

  • Geoffrey Alley retires as national librarian, succeeded by Hector Macaskill
  • NZLA Waikato branch established
  • The MLSC goes into recess

1969

  • Library and book week established

1970

  • James Traue assesses the NZLA and announces the imbalance of power within the organisation.  General consensus of membership is concern that Council is centred on Wellington
  • The International Writers organisation, PEN, discusses the question of whether authors should be compensated for their work being held within libraries
  • Working Party on Education for Librarianship (The Graham Report) is publicised

1971

  • James Traue appointed as convenor for the Committee on Future Organisations
  • The CFO commissions several studies and surveys for insight into members opinions

1972

  • First Maori Language day

1973

  • Election for position of president opposed for the first time
  • Composition of the council altered to accomodate the new chairpersons of specific branches
  • The Authors' Fund is created (Public Lending Right for New Zealand Authors)
  • Nelson Public Library, last of the large public libraries to move to the standard 'free and rental' system

1975

  • The executive officer position is formally created. The first individual elected is David H. Bowie
  • The NZLA publishes 'Library Services for Children in New Zealand Schools and Public Libraries

1976

  • Mary Ronnie appointed national librarian

1978

  • Library Life replaces the NZLA newsletter

1980

  • Feminist Librarians founded
  • NZLA branch newsletters begin to adopt titles / subtitles in te reo Maori
  • Council adopts the policies listed within the "Education for librarianship" statement

1983

  • A working party on interloan is established and performs a study on the current system

1984

  • Massey University publishes "Who's Who in Public Libraries"
  • The Joint Standing Committee on Interloan is established

1987

  • The National Library of New Zealand opens to the public

1989

  • The Futures Group is established
  • The Bicultural Committee is established
  • The NZLA rewrites the region boundaries to include more isolated librarians

1990

  • NZ Library School achieves university status whose qualifications are now internationally recognised
  • GT Alley Fellowship established

1991

  • The N-Strategy Steering Group commissions the 'Te Ara Tika - Guiding Voices' project, to investigate progressing biculturalism in the LIS sector
  • Individuals begin gathering to discuss the implementation of a nationally recognised set of Maori catalogue subject headings

1992

  • The NZLA commits to a restructure and is formally renamed The NZ Library and Information Association: Te Rau Herenga o Aotearoa Inc

1994

  • The N-Strategy action group alongside the NZLIA publishes 'Ka mahi tonu: biculturalism in New Zealand librarianship 1992 - 1994'
  • Library Life is renamed to 'Library Life: Te Rau Ora: Newsletter of New Zealand Library and Information Association Te Rau Herenga o Aotearoa'

1995

  • The NZLIA and Te Ropu Whakahau agree to a partnership
  • The NZLIA constitution is rewritten to reflect the partnership agreements

1996

  • The then NZLIA accountant signs an affidavit for the Fraud squad
  • The NZLIA gathers for an AGM to decide whether to close down or continue the organisation
  • A former NZLIA accountant is found to be guilty of embezzlement and is charged with paying reparations to the NZLIA
  • The JSCI revises the interloan system

1998

  • The council is recomprised to represent the changes to the region boundaries
  • The NZLIA is renamed to LIANZA: Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa: Te Rau Herenga o Aotearoa

2000

  • The Rau Rua Mano award is established
  • School Libraries Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (SLANZA) is established
  • Children's Literature Foundation of New Zealand

2003

  • The updated 'Public Library Standards' are released

2004

  • The Iwi Hapu names list is officially released

2006

  • LIANZA realises it is registered twice - once by Act of Parliament and once through the companies office.  This is addressed in a Special General Meeting with membership

2007

  • The Professional Registration scheme is launched

2009

  • Constitutional changes increase regional representation on Council

2012

  • The "Strengthening the Profession" projects are launched

2013

  • Inaugural issue of Libraries Aotearoa (a state of the sector report) published
  • Collaboration meeting held between various sector associations

2014

  • Libraries Aotearoa launched

 

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