Stamping her mark on magazine

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Julia de Ruiter, of Oamaru, is stamping her mark on libraries nationwide as the recently appointed editor of Library Life magazine.
The Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (Lianza) magazine, published monthly, features a mix of debate, discussion and interactive content from throughout the profession as well as news, updates from Lianza, and details of industry events, conferences and seminars.
Miss de Ruiter, the Oamaru Public Library’s social media and digital support librarian, has been in the role for a couple of months and is responsible for sourcing and collating items of interest, editing articles and encouraging Lianza members to provide features and articles.
She also writes a monthly editorial.
Miss de Ruiter, who has been appointed to a two-year term, said she had settled into her new role well.
“It’s been very good. The second issue I edited came out [last] Thursday and I’m happy with it so far.
“I really enjoy the satisfaction of seeing it and thinking about different angles we could could talk about on that theme.”She also enjoyed the fact she could make the magazine, which started life as a newsletter in 1932, her own.
“I’m making it less academic and more conversational.”A Twitter conversation on the magazine took place last week, which Miss de Ruiter is keen to continue.
While she had always been interested in the role, she felt she wasn’t quite suited to it until she was tapped on the shoulder.
“I’d thought about it, but didn’t feel I had the right skill set . . . I feel more confident to put my spin on it.” om13librarylife