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Meet the PLNZ National Forum 2024 Sponsors

Without their support National Forum would not be what it is!

Ngā mihi nui | Thank you

BOLINDA |BORROWBOX | Executive Gold Sponsor
Proudly sponsoring the National Forum Keynote speaker Yumi Stynes
& the registration desk with Lanyards & Name Tags

Sarah Parsons, Sarah Peldmanis & Joseph Camilleri

Bolinda is a digital content provider that offers a wide range of audiobooks, ebooks & epress content to libraries. Their commitment to high-quality content and accessibility has made them a favourite among library borrowers and readers alike.

Bolinda Digital has been providing eAudiobooks and eBooks (including digital graphic novels) to almost every Australian Library for many years. Bolinda Digital Pty Ltd has unmatched experience when it comes to delivering the best solution for eContent provision. We are now the market-leader in delivering eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines to New Zealand and Australian libraries, providing BorrowBox to the smallest library services and the largest networks. As well as supplying BorrowBox to all Australian and most of New Zealand’s libraries (over 70%), BorrowBox is the single, exclusive national solution for eBooks and eAudiobooks in both Wales and for Ireland with a 95%+ market-share of the eBook and eAudiobook market in the UK.

Joseph Camilleri, Senior Client Relationship Manager

Joe Camilleri joined Bolinda in November 2016 upon his return from an extended period of overseas travel following his studying of a Bachelor of Education at RMIT. Joe now manages Bolinda’s largest client relationships throughout Australia.  Joe has the highest-level customer service skills, analytical skills, and an impeccable understanding of the requirements of library customers that are required for this role. 
Joe combines his strive for excellence with a strong commitment to libraries, working closely with them to identify their needs, and a strong support in growing their digital collections through BorrowBox. 

Since starting with Bolinda, Joe has attended over 100 Library community events, offering his time to help libraries in the promotions of their services. Community outreach is valued by Joe and he continues to dedicate himself to highlighting the life changing opportunities libraries can provide. 

Sarah Peldmanis, Client Relationship Manager

Sarah has worked in publishing and educational management roles in New Zealand and the UK. Sarah studied English and Publishing at University and has experience working in editing, commissioning and account management for international corporates, not for profit organisations and tech start-ups.

She joined the Bolinda team in 2022 as a Client Relationship Manager looking after library and trade customers in New Zealand and Australia. Sarah is passionate about making books and content accessible to all and is committed to delivering an excellent service to her customers. You'll find her BorrowBox playlist a mixture of non-fiction audiobooks, crime and thriller eBooks and the latest issue of a lifestyle eMag

Sarah Parsons
“Sarah holds a strong affinity with literature and learning. She has a client management and service delivery background with fifteen years’ experience from a variety of roles in digital and technology fields. She studied sciences and geography at the University of Waikato and has always carried that love of learning. You’ll always find her with an audiobook on the go as she travels to see libraries around the country.”

Visit the Bolinda website here

WHEELERS | Gold Sponsor
Proudly sponsoring the Delegates Dinner at Pipitea Marae, Thorndon Quay, Wellington

Paul Du Temple & Peter Darbyshire

With more than 10 million books sourced from around the world, Wheelers offers librarians incomparable service including: comprehensive searches from both local and international publishers, as well as the best price and earliest release date. Wheelers facilitates easy selection, generous discounts, plus complete cataloguing and processing services, with an experienced and knowledgeable team developing innovative solutions which suit the needs of Public Libraries.

Wheelers is a good friend of PLNZ. Drop by the Wheelers stand to see the team and have a chat; they’re available to answer any queries you may have and update you with what’s new at Wheelers.

Visit the Wheelers website here

JAMES BENNETT | Premium Silver Sponsor
Proudly sponsoring our Pre-arrivals reception at Foxglove Bar & Kitchen, Wellington Sheraton Hotel

Nikki Shaw & Rod Riley

James Bennett’s focus on innovation is evident in our unparalleled range of products and services that continue to grow and evolve in line with the changing needs of libraries.

Our goal is to provide opportunities for libraries to foster greater community engagement and to offer solutions for the entire lifecycle of books in your library, from seamless discovery & acquisition to maximising loans during peak demand periods.

Our commitment is to support our libraries to meet the challenges they face; delivering ROI, engaging communities, providing trusted and valuable content, implementing innovative workflow solutions in order to stay agile now and into the future.

James Bennett your library’s essential partner.

Visit the James Bennett website here

Discover more about our range of innovative Products here.

CIVICA | Premium Silver Sponsor
Proudly sponsoring our Coffee Kiosk

Ellie Dowling, Jane Leogreen and James  Davis

SOLUS | Bronze Sponsor
Session Sponsor

Brenton Hall
The SOLUS Library App is the # 1 selling App for Public Libraries globally.

With best in class functionality, a global support network and high levels of patron satisfaction, it is the #1 App choice for your library. We’ve been busy over the last year and launched our next generation Library App which comes with a brand-new user interface along with several new and exciting features.

Over the last 9 years of being in operation across Australia & New Zealand the Library App boast a 100% retention rate which highlights the impact our Library App has on the overall library service.

In addition to the Library App, we also offer best of breed products which are seamlessly integrated with each other, and the Library App:

eb#1 – Events, Room Bookings, Equipment Bookings & PC Bookings Solution.

Specified, designed, and built in partnership with Libraries eb#1 is feature rich with countless features. eb#1 is fully integrated into the library website and the Library App allowing library members (or guest) to seamlessly discover and book library events, rooms, equipment or PC. Once a booking is made users can amend or cancel bookings easily through the Library App and website.

LUCi is our Discovery Platform, a unique discovery experience and the digital front door to your library. Developed in partnership with the libraries, think Netflix or Disney+ style presentation but with the option for the patron to switch to a more "traditional" list view if they desire. Promote any content you want with impactful carousels and/or choose to switch on AI (patrons can opt out) to provide automated and fully personalized content for individual users!

Other SOLUS products include: the Staff App, Signage and PC Bookings.

Please stop by our stand to see several of the new features integrated into the Library App along with the latest eb#1 has to offer.

Visit the SOLUS website here

National Library of New Zealand | Premium Exhibitor - Regional Scholarship Sponsor
Proudly sponsoring Jess Hallam to attend the Forum

Joan Simpson & Shona van Ee

Joan Simpson – Business Development and Operations Manager
Joan has been working with the National Library since 2018 managing the Kōtui Library Services and the Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa (APNK) teams. Kōtui and APNK are available to all public libraries throughout New Zealand on a subscription basis.  Joan started her library career with Christchurch City Libraries in 2002 and went on to manage library spaces and services at the University of Canterbury.

Shona van Ee – Lead Technical Support Analyst
Shona has been working with the National Library for the last two years leading the Technical Support Analysts team.  Shona ensures that the computer systems and networks are secure and working as efficiently as possible.  She works across both services; Kōtui and APNK, though the majority of her time is working on APNK.  Shona oversees the Kōtui and APNK service desk and is responsible for all testing and improvements to the service.

PETER PAL | Premium Exhibitor - Regional Scholarship Sponsor
Proudly sponsoring Samantha Leonard -Jones to attend the Forum

Anne-Maree Hapgood

Anne-Maree holds a pivotal role at Peter Pal, where she leads the management of client services and ensures the seamless operation of shelf readiness.

Over the span of 14 years within the company, she has been deeply engaged in collaborating with public library services, delving into the intricacies of their collection development strategies and budgetary considerations.

Her tenure at Peter Pal has provided her with invaluable insights into the nuanced requirements and obstacles encountered by Collection Managers within the public library sector.

Visit the Peter Pal website here



Chris Haines

Things are changing at lightning speed. It’s time to imagine what a library can do—what a library can be—today and tomorrow.

Libraries are competing with the best in consumer technologies and can’t afford to stick with the status quo. At bibliotheca, we aren’t just keeping up with the times, we’re inventing the future.

Through integrated technology we reimagine how libraries function, to inspire and delight all kinds of people, wherever they are: at home, on the move, or within the library walls.

bibliotheca works with over 35,000 libraries around the globe to make the library experience—physical and digital—seamless, intuitive, and inclusive. We work wonders for library staff too.

As degreed librarians and avid library users, we understand not only the unique management challenges that libraries face, but also what the future of library service will demand.

We pair global insight with strong local support, so no matter where you are, we’ve got a team nearby to help you make sure your library is ready.

Visit the bibliotheca website here

Chris Luxmoore

CAVAL Limited

Marie Robineau and Annabel Lee

Marie Robineau and Annabel Lee are Language Resources Lead and Collection Development Specialist at CAVAL, respectively. CAVAL and its customers benefit from Marie's frontline knowledge and experience in the book industry in Ireland, France, and Australia and Annabel’s experience in bibliographic metadata and library systems management.

CAVAL is a trusted partner driving innovation in the library community since 1978. Its highly skilled, multilingual team from the Language Resources department sources and catalogues community languages and ESL resources from all over the world. The carefully curated collections are customised to local specifications and delivered shelf-ready to libraries across Australia and New Zealand.

Visit the CAVAL Limited website here


Darren Brain and Gail Pervan

For 70 years, Gale, part of Cengage Group has partnered with libraries around the world to empower the discovery of knowledge and insights by all people, for all purposes. Gale is a world leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses. Best known for its accurate and authoritative reference content as well as its intelligent organisation of full-text magazine and newspaper articles, the company creates and maintains more than 600 databases including National Geographic Virtual Library, the Gale in Context suite and the newly released Gale OneFile: Australia and New Zealand.

Gale has been partnering with New Zealand Libraries through the EPIC consortium since it was launched and we look forward to catching up with our Public Library customers at the PLNZ conference in Wellington.

INNOVATIVE | Part of Clarivate

André Stephenson and Maisam Nouh

André Stephenson, Product Sales Manager 
André has extensive library industry experience with roles at both Civica and now Clarivate, where he enjoys bringing Innovative’s class-leading, intuitive and exciting library experiences to libraries across Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific in his typical enthusiastic style. With qualifications from Curtin and Columbia Universities, André has lived in Perth and currently resides in ‘fabulous’ Melbourne, enjoying the coffee, the food and wine, the sport and (surprisingly) the weather.

He is married to Jen, has a young daughter and too many club memberships.

Maisam Nouh, Technical Solution consultant
Maisam started with innovative a year and half ago, prior to that I was an IT Supervisor and System admin to an innovative library. I have an MLS degree and have been worked at my local library for 22 years, since I was a teenager. I live in CT, U.S.A with my two daughters.


Angela Cairncross and Jess Buchanan-Smith

Te Rau Herenga o Aotearoa, the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) spans all parts of the library and information sector in Aotearoa. LIANZA has a strong national network, active member communities and strong connections nationally and internationally. Our goal is a thriving library and information sector.

Come and visit our team from left: Jess, Pete and Angie, at our stand and learn more about the Freedom-to-read Toolkit, Te Tōtara Workforce Capability project and what we do at


Angela Cairncross and Jess Buchanan-Smith

Te Rau Herenga o Aotearoa, the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) spans all parts of the library and information sector in Aotearoa. LIANZA has a strong national network, active member communities and strong connections nationally and internationally. Our goal is a thriving library and information sector.

Come and visit our team from left: Jess, Pete and Angie, at our stand and learn more about the Freedom-to-read Toolkit, Te Tōtara Workforce Capability project and what we do at

LSG | Learning Spaces Global

Heinz Woodman

Visit LSG here

MDM Entertainment 

Corey Bancks & Lisa Grant

MDM Entertainment is a Public Library’s Single Source Solution for Collections and Content across Print, Audio Visual and Digital formats. 

Since day one, MDM Entertainment has been a specialist supplier of Audio Visual materials. In light of the changing environment for physical lending collections we identified that it was necessary for our business to diversify and look to add additional resource types to our offering, and that is why we have launched MDM Print, partnered with hoopla, and made readily available Playaway products, to provide collections and content that are relevant to your Library Service. 

hoopla is the only all-in-one app with access to every digital format available. This breadth expands beyond formats, with titles available for all ages, lifestyles, and activities. Whatever your members’ interests are, hoopla has it. From cooking to knitting, mysteries to romance, blockbusters to art house, puzzles to lifelong learning, bestsellers to classics, independent authors to the largest publishers and studios, and anything in between, it’s all right here.

We have intentionally built our businesses to be the complete solution for your physical and digital print, media and entertainment needs.

Visit the MDM Entertainment Website here


Chris Luxmoore

MonitorBM produce a range of transactional software solutions that are all modular and connect to a number of LMS systems.

We have produced a range of software and hardware products which, when combined, can create a cash free Transaction Management System. Our philosophy is to offer a broad range of sophisticated and quality products, which are simple to use and affordable.

All MonitorBM products are highly configurable with extensive functionality and have optional features and modules, which may be enabled to suit any site requirements. We are committed to continuing the process of developing interfaces and associations with products and companies which provide market synergy, and to maintaining our competitive edge. Since our inception, MonitorBM has developed a reputation for manufacturing high quality products with a tradition of being reliable and fully featured transaction management systems.

Visit the Monitor BM website here


Andy Fenton & Geoff Evans

NZMS has over 30 years’ experience digitising cultural heritage collections and we understand the immeasurable value archives can offer communities. As the New Zealand resellers of Recollect, a cloud-based collection management and community engagement platform, we provide our customers with a complete end-to-end solution; one that ensures their collections are accessible, managed, and protected for the benefit of future generations.

We are proud of our close partnerships with libraries nationwide and look forward to continuing our work together. Please get in touch to discuss your next project or to ask any questions you may have about our mahi. At the PLNZ National Forum, NZMS will be represented by Andy Fenton, our CEO, and Geoff Evans, the Business Development Manager for the Central Region.


Kate Flatman & Cherrilyn Yiang

Prenax specialise in the procurement and management of magazines and newspapers, as well as providing shelf-ready and accessioning services.

We work with all major and independent Publishers and become the centralised point of contact to maintain a consistency of service, supply and problem resolution.  We do this by simplifying processes, providing consolidated invoices, and maximising the ability of the library to maintain control and oversight of their inventory and budget.


Shaun Brady & Janette Chin

SirsiDynix is a global leader in Library Services Platforms, Patron Discovery, Library Analytics and Consortium support.

Known best in this region for their continued work with large-scale consortia, SirsiDynix is a proud partner of the New Zealand National Library’s Kōtui shared library management and resource discovery service, as well Christchurch, Invercargill, Waipa, Whangarei, and Waitomo.

Shaun Brady – Before joining SirsiDynix, Shaun’s background was in Australian public libraries where he worked as a librarian and IT coordinator. Shaun is passionate about libraries making the most of the resources they have at hand, and demonstrating that Australian and New Zealand libraries are world leaders in cutting edge technology acceptance, usage, and experience.

Visit the SirsiDynix Website here

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