After a series of online parties in April for our friends in Canada, the United States, Ireland and the UK, we didn’t want the librarian community in Australia and New Zealand to miss out on the fun. On May 21st, we hosted a party for our friends on the other side of the world.
We were privileged that the current presidents of ALLA, Kate Freedman, and NZLLA, Theresa Buller, were able to join us for the party, sharing a few words with their association members, and leading the introductions for those that didn’t know each other beforehand.
The event found everyone in high spirits, sharing stories of working from home, frustrations of cancelled holidays, and comparing experiences across the world.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a vLex Justis party without a theme, as we asked everyone to dress for a conference party, which was interpreted in creative ways!
With prizes for the best dressed and the best background, as well as the winner of a short quiz, the competition was so high that we decided to award two prizes each for the best dressed and best background! Colin Fong and Deb Bennett were voted best dressed by the vLex Justis team. With a lot of fun and creative efforts to decide between, we awarded Helen Cluff and Theresa Buller with prizes for the best backgrounds at the event. Finally, the winner of a highly contested quiz was Kate Freedman.
Ultimately, the party showed the warmth of the librarian community, and while the vLex Justis parties have provided a wonderful opportunity to see friends and colleagues around the world, we can’t wait to see you all again in person when circumstances allow.