Taking the North Korea Option

John Key’s contribution to making New Zealand a smug hermit kingdom In a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black, former prime minister John Key recently accused current prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic as tantamount to turning NZ into a ‘smug hermit kingdom’. Also that this is the … Continue reading Taking the North Korea Option

Book of the day: Issue 1

Book of the Day – Book Guardians Aotearoa is starting a new occasional series of writing about important books that are or were in the National Library’s Overseas Published Collection, explaining why they are important and should be retained. Readers who come to this website and want to contribute their own book of the day … Continue reading Book of the day: Issue 1

The Law and the Library

Gone by Christmas? Here’s the cunning plan, as outlined by National Librarian Rachel Esson in Point 10 of her Aide Memoire to the Minister of Internal Affairs on 26 July 2021: “It is expected that the key milestones under the control of the National Library (finalising what will be transferred, packing the collection and loading … Continue reading The Law and the Library

Misleading the Minister, misleading the public?

The National Library spin on sending its books to Manila, dissected: Part 1: poor process “Minister, have we got a deal for you!” is the general tone of the National Library’s (NL) Aide Memoire (AM) to the Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti, on 26 July 2021. It is entitled ‘Internet Archive digitisation of the … Continue reading Misleading the Minister, misleading the public?

The growing costs of digital libraries

On the day that the New Yorker magazine published An App Called Libby and the Surprisingly Big Business of Library E-books by Daniel A. Gross, the major New Zealand internet infrastructure provider Vocus was hit with a DDoS [Distributed Denial Of Service] attack which took its internet service down for about an hour, leaving hundreds … Continue reading The growing costs of digital libraries

The National Library is throwing out books by New Zealand authors: and then asking for them back!

writes Christine Dann “We’re making more room for New Zealand – especially Maori and Pacific – authors” was one of the larger porkies concocted by the Department of Internal Affairs PR flakes and the firm they contracted to spin the disposal of most of the National Library’s (NL) Overseas Published Collection (OPC) (which has over … Continue reading The National Library is throwing out books by New Zealand authors: and then asking for them back!

READER OF LOVE FOR THE BOOK

The Anthology of Love for the Book brings 52 promising young poets, prominent journalists, and several time-honoured poet laureates, winners of Prime Ministers Awards and Robert Burns Fellows together for a massive Hui. All the writers share deep concern at continuing disposals of books at the National Library of NZ. Every week, thousands of books … Continue reading READER OF LOVE FOR THE BOOK

Should lunch be free on the Internet?

A ridiculous question, isn’t it? Digital lunches are not a thing, and never will be. Whatever farmers and growers and processors and cooks have created in the real world can only be eaten by consumers in the real world. Further, if you steal cherries from an orchard, or cans of beans from a supermarket, or … Continue reading Should lunch be free on the Internet?

Paper vs pixels. Why digitising the National Library’s books would be wrong in so many ways

“We are now in advanced discussions with an overseas digitisation partner” the National Librarian, Rachel Esson, told recipients of her June OPC [Overseas Published Collection] Update on 28 June 2021. She went on to say that it was her view that “...digitisation will safeguard New Zealanders’ access to the titles from the OPC now and … Continue reading Paper vs pixels. Why digitising the National Library’s books would be wrong in so many ways

Lies, damned lies and public relations….

Lies, damned lies and public relations – or – how to spin throwing out 600,000+ National Library books “All governments lie” was the motto of renowned journalist I.F.Stone, who devoted a good part of his long career to catching the American government at it. He did so without the aid of the US Freedom of … Continue reading Lies, damned lies and public relations….