INELI-Oceania is based on the highly successful International Network of Library Innovators (INELI), a project of the Global Libraries initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which since 2011 has provided emerging library leaders with opportunities to connect with each other - to explore new ideas, to experiment with new services and to learn from one another.
The program is supported by a number of peak library organisations in Australia and New Zealand and is guided by a Steering Committee representing local program partners and funders: ALIA (Australian Library and Information Association); LIANZA (Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa) and NSLA (National and State Libraries of Australasia). Other key supporters include the State Library of Queensland; the State Library of Victoria; PLVN (Public Libraries Victoria Network); Yarra Plenty Regional Library and Auckland Libraries. ALIA provides administrative support for the Program Manager.
Program objectives The primary objectives of the program are to:
Identify, nurture, and develop innovative emerging leaders in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific through an online learning program and network opportunities
Foster partnerships and collaboration of stakeholders in the region
Steering Committee The INELI-Oceania Steering Committee members from January 2016 are:
Allison Dobbie, General Manager - Libraries and Information, Auckland Council.
Christine Mackenzie, Executive Officer, Public Libraries Victoria Network
Grace Saw, formerly Director, Information Services, Bond University (ALIA representative)