May 28, 2022

New Zealand: LIANZA President Says Free Internet Access In Public Libraries Should Be A Basic Human Right

From a LIANZA News Release:

The President of the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) Heather Lamond told delegates at the annual LIANZA conference that free internet access in libraries should be a basic human right.

“With so much of our government information and access to services only available online, how is everybody going to have access to all the information they need to be an active participating citizen in our democracy?” she said.

Ms Lamond said there was currently no New Zealand law to ensure local government had to provide free public library services.

In her Presidential Address to the conference she called on librarians to ask their local MPs to support the Local Government Amendment (Public Libraries) Bill through its first reading. The bill, being led by Labour MP Darien Fenton, was drawn from the Parliamentary Ballot on August 30.

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