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Bilingial Service Provision with Gareth Seymour

  • Wednesday, April 08, 2020
  • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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Bilingial Service Provision with Gareth Seymour
Apr 8, 2020 01:30 PM Auckland, Wellington

Bilingual service provision – what does this mean for libraries?  

Māori language is becoming more visible in Aotearoa society, and this extends to heritage institutions who are increasingly incorporating te reo Māori into their operations – in signage, in social media, in cataloguing and description etc. 

With the support of LIANZA, Gareth Seymour visited the Canadian cities of Saskatchewan and Yellowknife and observed the way that diverse languages are incorporated into Canadian society. Canada has national policies that give equal status to French and English, with some recognition of indigenous languages.       

This webinar will discuss what it means for libraries in Aotearoa to become bilingual spaces, and by extension, multilingual spaces. What conditions need to be in place to provide bilingual library services? Is bilingual service provision possible? Should libraries provide multilingual services, and how would they do this from a treaty framework? 

This kōrero will be based on observations and research related to Canada, and how this compares to our own context.  

The webinar will include time for feedback and questions so please think about how you would like to contribute. 

You can join this LIANZA webinar on Wednesday, April 08 at 1.30pm please register for this event.


The webinar will also be recorded and made available on the LIANZA YouTube channel.

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