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4.30pm to 6.30pm  James Bennett Pre-Arrival Drinks and networking The Churchill - Gin with a view at
Four Points by Sheraton, Auckland City


Date/Time  Session   Content
 08.30am Registration & Coffee

Mihi Whakatau | Welcome by Mana whenua 

Auckland Libraries and PLNZ 
 09.20am Chair's opening remarks: Dyane Hosler, Puke Ariki New Plymouth Library Manager. Dyane welcomes delegates and provides an overview of the past year, upcoming challenges and opportunities on the horizon.
 09.30am Words of Welcome: Mirla Edmundson
General Manager Connected Communities, Auckland City Council
What does it take to be a leader of New Zealand's library network; and what will it take to be a leader of the future?
 10.00am Keynote: Te hīkoi tahi | Designing the Future of Public Libraries
Penny Hulse,  MNZM, Former Deputy Mayor of Auckland and a Local Government Specialist, currently serving on the independent panel reviewing the Future for Local Government.

Introduced by Mirla Edmundson, Auckland City Libraries

Penny is currently serving on the board of Kāinga Ora and the independent panel reviewing the Future for Local Government. What are the next steps?

 10.45am Round Table Discussion and Open Sharing: Managers have an opportunity to discuss the topics raised by the speakers. Q & A
Penny with Mirla open up the discussion to include delegates and invite their views.
 11.00am Networking & Refreshments  

Senior Managers' Panel Discussion: Leadership Under Duress
What can we learn from those managers who have faced major community upheavals? How are we to manage divisions within our communities and remain a welcoming accessible space? 

Introduced by Carolyn Robertson, Head of Libraries and Information, Christchurch City Libraries.

Join Mirla and Carolyn as they share their thoughts, on what it takes to be a Future Leader. They are joined by Nicola Saunders (Library Manager, Napier Libraries) and Tangimeriana Rua (Manager Lifelong Learning, Whakatāne District Libraries), Daniel Lewis (General Manager, Digital Operations, Casey Cardona Libraries).

 12.45pm Introducing the Future.
Chair-Elect Rob Baigent with PLNZ's newly appointed Executive Director.
 Meet the newly appointed Executive Director and 
 1.00pm KAI: Lunch & Networking  

Strategic Topic: Library Services Amongst the Rise of Globally Connected Communities: Exploring the Role of Conversational AI and the Role Library Leadership Needs to Play

Guest Speaker: Daniel Lewis, General Manager, Digital Operations, Casey Cardinia Libraries, Victoria, Australia

Introduced by Lois Haddon, Library Service Leader, HB Williams Library, Gisborne.

Join Daniel as he explores the challenges and opportunities of transforming libraries in the global connected world. We will discuss the negative impact of disconnected services, the rise of conversational AI, and the shift that needs to happen to engage with globally connected communities.

 2.45pm Round Table Discussion and Open Sharing: Members have an opportunity to discuss the topic and then share with delegates. Facilitated by Lois with Daniel.
 3.00pm Networking and Refreshments  


Library Tour
Auckland Central City LibraryTāmaki Pātaka Kōrero

Tour the multi-level library in the heart of Auckland’s central business district.
Discover our kohinga and resources and learn about the facilities and services we offer. Home to the Sir George Grey Special Collections, these heritage items and resources include significant New Zealand publications, Shakespeare’s first folio, a William Blake manuscript engraved by the poet himself, as well as maps, music, whakaahua, ephemera and valuable rare books.

Bookings essential so Auckland library staff can offer a tailored tour experience

 5.00pm Pre-Dinner drinks at venue.
 6.00pm Wheelers Delegates Dinner 

Join Dyane Hosler to farewell outgoing Executive Director, Hilary Beaton
Join us in celebrating Hilary’s time as Executive Director and have a final hurrah before returning home.
 9.00pm  Finish  


Date/Time  Session   Content
 08.30am Delegates Breakfast/Karakia - blessing.

9.00am  National Library Presentation: NZLPP Mahi 
Guest Speaker: Rachel Esson

Director of the National Library New Zealand with Mark Crookston, Manager, Content and Collections

Introduced by Chris Hay, Manager Tūranga, Christchurch City Libraries

Learn all about the mahi produced from the New Zealand Libraries Partnership Programme (NZLPP). What have been the findings? How does this help our understanding of future leadership?
 9.45amLocal Government New Zealand presentation: NZLPP Mahi
Guest Speaker: Marion Read
LGNZ policy advisor
Marion will join Rachel and Mark to present new research: libraries as a vehicle for public service delivery.
 10.15 am Round Table Discussion & Open Sharing: Members have an opportunity to discuss the topic and then share with delegates.

 10.30am Stand up Regional Reports: Regional Reps: Lisa Salter (Far North & Auckland), Tangimeriana Rua (Waikato/Bay of Plenty), Lois Haddon (Central North Island), TBC (Wellington, Wairarapa), Chris Hay (Upper South Island), and Anne-Maree Wigley (Lower South Island)

Introduced by Anne- Maree Wigley, Dunedin City Libraries

Always a highlight of the National Forum's programme. Get the gen from around the regions and celebrate our mahi!

 11.30am Networking & Refreshments  

Strategic Topic: Witch Burning in the 21st Century: Dangerous speech, misogyny, and democracy.
Guest Speaker: Kate Hannah, Director and Founder, the Disinformation Project, 
Principal Investigator Te Pūnaha Matatini

Introduced by: Dyane Hosler

Kate Hannah is a cultural historian of science and technology who has extensive experience in research translation, strategic communications, policy development, and community engagement. Her research interests include gender, 'race', eugenics, colonisation and white supremacism in historic and contemporary science and technology cultures and subcultures.

 12.45pm Round Table Discussion & Open Sharing: Members have an opportunity to discuss the topic and then share with delegates.

Facilitated by: Dyane with Kate.

 1.00pm Networking & Lunch  
 2.00pm Strategic Topic: Making the world a better place.
Guest Speaker: Echo Janman, Manager Community Hub Central City at Auckland Council.

Introduced by Lisa Salter, Kaipara District Libraries

An advocate for innovation and thought leadership, Echo has worked with and for communities for the best part of 20 years. Her work at Auckland Council allows her to usher in digital solutions for online community connection [Read more]
 2.45pm Round Table Discussion & Open Sharing: Members have an opportunity to discuss the topic and then share with delegates. Echo is very keen to hear what other libraries are doing in their regions around the country.
3.00pm  Last words & Closing Karakia  
 4.00pm  Close

Note: This programmme was accurate at the time of publication and may be subject to unforeseen changes.

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