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

Registration in detail

If you’re interested in registering then there are three routes open to you.

Route A requires you to have a recognised NZ library and information qualification. These are the MIS with the LIBS specialisation from Victoria, and the BA or BSc with the ILS focus at open polytechnic.

Route B requires you to have a recognised overseas qualification. To make life simple these are any qualifications recognised by CILIP, ALA, ALIA, or the CLA or anything approved by the NZ Qualifications authority.

Route C allows anyone with a library and information qualification earned before 2007 or a BA in a related discipline (like teaching or IT) to register if they have five years work experience.

All applicants are expected to complete an application form and map their experience against the body of knowledge. Where there are gaps in this mapping (for example where someone has worked overseas and has no experience in BOK 11) mentoring may be required before full registration is granted.

If you want the official text on entry to the scheme the excerpt below is from our code of practice:

9.5. Entry to the scheme

9.5.1. In order to professionally register all applicants must:

9.5.1.1. Have shown a theoretical understanding of the body of knowledge through achievement of a recognised qualification
9.5.1.2. Be able to practically apply the body of knowledge in a library and information environment
9.5.1.3. Be an individual member of one of the following professional library and information management associations

● Te Rau Herenga o Aotearoa (LIANZA)
● School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (SLANZA)
● Te Rōpū Whakahau
● New Zealand Law Librarians’ Association (NZLLA)
● International Association of Music Librarians (IAML(NZ))
● Australian NZ Theological Library Association (ANZTLA)

9.5.1.4. Hold a graduate level qualification or higher

9.6. Entry to the scheme will be by one of three routes:

9.6.1. Route A – A recognised New Zealand Library and Information qualification

9.6.1.1. Master of Information Studies (MIS) with the Libraries Specialisation (LIBS) - Victoria University of Wellington
9.6.1.2. Bachelor of Applied Science with Information and Library Studies (ILS) major – Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
9.6.1.3. Bachelor of Arts with ILS major or double major with ILS / Humanities or ILS / Communication – Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
9.6.1.4. Other New Zealand graduate qualifications may be approved by the PR Board linked to a related discipline (such as information technology (IT), information studies (IS), archives, records management, or Maori information management) where these qualifications can be mapped against the body of knowledge

9.6.2. Route B – A recognised Overseas Library and Information qualification

9.6.2.1. LIANZA recognises overseas qualifications at bachelors or above as recognised by these associations:

● Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals in the United Kingdom (CILIP)
● Australian Library & Information Association (ALIA)
● American Library Association (ALA)
● Canadian Library Association (CLA)

9.6.2.2. Other overseas library and information management qualifications may be approved by the PR Board where they can be mapped against the body of knowledge and are accompanied by and NZQA International Qualifications assessment demonstrating that the qualification is at graduate level or above

9.6.3. Route C – Other Circumstances

9.6.3.1. In the following situations applicants may be accepted, however, they must be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the Body of Knowledge

● Where an individual has a NZ library and information qualification pre-dating 2007 and can demonstrate 5 or more years of experience in the profession through mapping this against the 11 areas of the Body of Knowledge
● Where an individual has a library and information related qualification at a minimum of Bachelor’s level such as Information Technology, Information Studies, Archives, Records Management, Education or Maori Information management and can demonstrate an understanding of the body of knowledge through mapping their experience against the 11 areas of the Body of Knowledge

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