Daring greatly: how a little library cohort achieves above its station [poster]

ALIA Library

Marrow, Elisabeth

Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference 2018, 30 July - 2 August 2018 Gold Coast: Roar Leap Dare
This conference poster presentation outlines the various programs and services offered by South Taranaki District Council (STDC) Library, New Zealand.
Abstract: South Taranaki is a rural region of the North Island of New Zealand. The region was voted the 2nd best visitor destination in the world by Lonely Planet magazine in 2016.  Our combined population is (at last census) 26,577 – which is less than 1% of the population of New Zealand. In spite of the geographical isolation and relative small population I believe we ‘punch well above our weight’ in services, programmes and member experience. The seven libraries in the cohort share the Koha catalogue with Stratford Library and also our e-audio selection with the much larger Puke ariki in New Plymouth.
This poster will outline the various opportunities that STDC LibraryPlus offer our members, from the Ronald Hugh Morrieson Creative Writing Competition (in its 30th year) through to our ever popular services for adult customers and young readers alike.  I will demonstrate the ways we support and facilitate knowledge creation in our communities. I will provide statistics; outline our unique programmes and show photos as evidence to support. Our Comic- Con Day held in May continues to grow each year and is the ONLY such event on International Comic Book Day between Palmerston North and Hamilton – we receive visitors from New Plymouth and Wanganui (both over 1 hour from Hawera) every year. Each of our libraries (including Kaponga which is open just 20 hours per week) has an Ultimaker3D printer. Recently a student from New Plymouth printed his own 3D printer on our Eltham one – it was the closest 3D printer to his home.  In Patea library, toddler Tai Chi is available, Hawera has Funtastic Fridays and Maker space Wednesdays. In short, we are small but mighty.


Deakin, ACT: Australian Library and Information Association
South Taranaki District Council
New Zealand