Well, here I am – as far south as I’ve ever been in the world – in Dunedin, New Zealand. This is my third trip to New Zealand and my second speaking at the national LIANZA conference.
I did my keynote today and it went OK but I am so impressed with the innovation and spunk of this country. I was preceded by a celebration of NZ library talent. As usual, I didn’t quite make it through the whole deck but here are the slides for anyone who wants to see the whole deck:
Oh yeah, I also got to do several meetings in Wellington and visited with quite a few of New Zealand’s star libraries and librarians. Afterwards, I travelled south from Wellington to Picton, Blenheim, ChristChurch and on to Dunedin with old friends, new friends and colleagues. The ferry ride from the north to the south island was great and the views of the fjords were great. I felt a small aftershock in CC and saw some of the damage and repairs. We got to see the beautiful countryside and herds of cattle, sheep and deer. I saw blue penguins (sometimes called little or fairy penguins and very rare), albatross and wonderful beaches with curious rock formations.
All that’s left for me is the conference celebration tonight and then I fly to Calgary over the next few days. The conference continues through the weekend but I have commitments in Canada. I do hope to return to NZ. Librarians around the world are so awesome!