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The registration scheme for the library and information profession in New Zealand was introduced in 2007. It is administered by LIANZA.
The registration scheme provides:
a goal for the ongoing professional development of individual practitioners
a framework for employers to coach and develop their library and information professional staff
an assurance for future employers, both in New Zealand and overseas, that a registered member meets professional standards of competency in the body of knowledge and ethics required for professional library and information work
International benchmarking and recognition of professional library qualifications for New Zealanders wishing to work overseas.
The scheme officially recognises library and information professionals who:
have studied the body of library professional knowledge to a graduate level
can show that they understand and can apply that body of knowledge, and professional ethics, to a satisfactory standard
adhere to the code of professional conduct
continue to update their professional knowledge throughout their careers.
To qualify for registration, library and information professionals must:
show a theoretical understanding of the body of knowledge at graduate level or higher
practically apply the body of knowledge in a library or information management environment.
Registered individuals will be able to use the letters RLIANZA (Registered Member of the library and information profession) to market themselves to prospective employers.
It is important to register because it provides you with:
ongoing professional development, this is greatly assisted by a mentoring system
one of the requirements for eligibility for an Associateship of LIANZA, which recognises and showcases achievement within the profession
a framework for employers to help coach you
an assurance for future employers that you meet the standards of competency set out in the body of knowledge and ethics required for professional library and information work
international benchmarking and recognition of your qualifications if you wish to work overseas. Reciprocal recognition agreements have been formally accepted with the United Kingdom and are being negotiated with, Australia, Canada, South Africa and the United States.
To apply to register, follow the instructions on the Application page