$5m in grants to support library sector

9 July 2021: $5m in grants to support library sector

Over five million dollars in grants to the library sector will support sustainable COVID recovery, Internal Affairs Minister Jan Tinetti announced this week.

The New Zealand Libraries Partnership Programme (NZLPP) funding package was announced in May 2020 to retain and support librarians and library services to further help community recovery from COVID-19. National Library Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa is leading and supporting this work across New Zealand’s library system, with a funding package of $58.8 million.

“These grants will ensure that the impact of the core programme will extend well beyond the immediate recovery period of two to four years. The grants are a wonderful example of how the library sector can support community resilience,” Minister Tinetti said.

As part of the funding, the National Library invited nine organisations to submit proposals that would benefit New Zealand’s wider library sector in the long term. The Minister this week announced 11 Strategic Partnership Grants totalling $5.024m.

The funded projects range from mātauranga Māori training and coaching, to a misinformation education campaign aimed at school children. From co-ordinating national data collection, to upskilling the library sector.

The organisations invited to take part were: Library and Information Association New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA); Te Rōpū Whakahau; Public Libraries of New Zealand (PLNZ); School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (SLANZA); Council of New Zealand University Librarians (CONZUL); Auckland Libraries, Te Puna Foundation, Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ); and Taituarā.

Successful grants involve seven collaborations, including five with other partners. Collaborators are across public libraries, school libraries, tertiary libraries and local government. Project partners include: Te Takarangi, New Zealand Book Awards Trust, Tohatoha, National Library’s Services to Schools, and the University of Canterbury.

The proposals were reviewed by members of the Library and Information Advisory Commission (LIAC) and decisions were informed by their recommendations.
“The future for the wellbeing of our people and our communities lies in collaborations like these – between families and communities, with cultural institutions, across government agencies, with private sector and with other governments,” Minister Tinetti said.

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The project details for the strategic grants are as follows:

Organisation Project funded Grant amount
Te Rōpū Whakahau To deliver a suite of Mātauranga Māori Professional Development workshops to upskill existing and new library professionals. $200,000
Te Rōpū Whakahau A new programme of work, to partner with Te Takarangi, working with iwi and libraries across Aotearoa to expand knowledge and appreciation for Māori scholarship, mātauranga and academic excellence. $500,000
LIANZA To enable the Books Alive and virtual storytimes to be an integral part of the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults in 2021 and 2022. This initiative builds on the virtual storytimes made possible during Level 4 lockdown by LIANZA in collaboration with Copyright Licensing NZ and Coalition for Books. $76,000
SLANZA To deliver a pilot programme to include school librarians from two divergent regional schools onto a Community of Leaning Kāhui Ako. A Community of Learning is a group of education and training providers working together to help learners achieve their full potential. These communities can include early learning services, schools, kura, and post-secondary education providers - but to this point they have not included school librarians. $48,000
SLANZA A pilot that would see a small group of school librarians curate and develop Many Answers entries for the popular Any Questions online resource for students. This pilot focuses on content creation and curation of online New Zealand resources, especially local resources, including working with local iwi, incorporating te reo and mātauranga Māori. $200,000
SLANZA To extend a pilot programme “A Bit Sus” – a misinformation education involving school libraries. Partnering with Tohatoha. $150,000
LGNZ For a two-year trial of a full-time “Libraries Adviser” to highlight and promote the value of libraries and their contribution to the achievement of local government’s purpose. This grant recognises the important role libraries play in their communities and the need to raise awareness of this role within the local government environment. $450,000
PLNZ & Taituarā A joint initiative between Public Libraries New Zealand (PLNZ) and Taituarā will drive a coordinated approach to national data collection that is sharable and reusable by others within the public library sector. The funding will be used to bring together the data intelligence of the Taituarā Community Well-being Data Service, in use within almost 50 councils, with PLNZ’s LibPAS data from 300-plus libraries nationally. Drawing these resources together is expected to help contribute an evidence base around the value of public libraries now and into the future. $550,000
LIANZA & SLANZA A joint initiative between LIANZA and SLANZA will provide tertiary grants to support library studies across New Zealand and deliver a qualification ‘uplift’ across the entire library and information sector. It will provide tuition grants to enable people to complete an undergraduate or post-graduate library and information qualification and gain professional registration. $1,500,000
Te Puna Foundation To deliver Phase 2 of Communities of Readers, establishing two to four partnerships in areas of high need. Phase 2 will build on the experience, insights and successful strategies developed in the first phase of the programme, which aims to strengthen reading engagement and inspire young people to read for pleasure. It will work in partnership with local public libraries and/or school libraries in each project and grow the capability and capacity of library sector partners, including through secondments into public and/or school libraries. The projects will bring together libraries with community organisations, schools including kura and Māori medium, iwi/Māori representation, and central and local government agencies to shape project outcomes that benefit the local community. $850,000
Auckland Libraries, CONZUL & University of Canterbury The University of Canterbury, Auckland Council Libraries and the Council of New Zealand University Librarians (CONZUL) have a shared interest in a project that will, in partnership with their communities, build on existing insights, enhance these insights with targeted research, and inform and develop some new library service design which is: founded in a kaupapa Māori approach; will improve whānau well-being; and will increase confidence in using library services to support success in education. $500,000