A librarian’s love for the community

  • Diploma in Information and Library Studies (Level 5)

  • Diploma in Information and Library Studies (Level 6)


Wanting to get the best of both worlds, Hana Whaanga (Ngāti Kahungunu) enrolled with the Open Polytechnic so she could have the freedom to choose where and when she studied while she earned a living doing what she loves, working for the community as a librarian.

Hana, who is of Ngāti Kahungunu descent, first tried studying a different field with a local university.  But attending classes full-time while working part-time took her too far away from her real love of being immersed in the library profession.

Working in libraries since leaving high school, Hana felt it was her calling, so it made sense for her to switch her studies and enrol in a Diploma in Information and Library Studies through Open Polytechnic.

“Working part time and going to university didn’t work. Rather than fitting work around my studies, I wanted something I could do at my own pace. Because I could keep doing what I wanted during the day, it worked around my hours of work.”

Hana has since completed both the Level 5 and Level 6 Diplomas in Information and Library Studies and is still as passionate as ever about learning and the library industry.

“I love having good conversations with people and getting to know the community. Working in a public library is about connecting people with information and what they need.

Now intending on studying towards a Bachelor in Applied Science, Hana thrives on sharing her enthusiasm for learning to the rest of the world and subsequently is very active in both online library forums and social media platforms.

“I like writing and from a very young age I have written stories so I thought, ‘why not share these musings and put them on the internet?’ I then started developing my own website after taking a web design course over the summer through the Open Polytechnic which taught me about HTML.

Hana describes herself as a lifelong learner and says studying runs in her family.

“The information you get from studying is gold, even if you don’t get a degree out of it, you gain untold learning and professional development.”

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