The Book Guardians note the irony of the National Library asking for a copy of the Book Guardians Aotearoa poster for a collection which lacks a curator! To Bill Direen and Phantom Billstickers – a huge thank you and cheers for donating your time, skills, materials and effort to designing, printing and putting up the … Continue reading How ironic
Book Guardians Aotearoa welcomes a discussion on the purpose of the National Library of New Zealand. Lydia Wevers made some very good points in this regard in a recent (January 2021) letter to the Dominion Post in Wellington. We support her call for an open debate on what a National Library is for and the … Continue reading The purpose of the National Library
Dr Jonathan Lee, scholar of the Near East, writes about the National Library's book culling I am a British-born scholar and New Zealand citizen specializing in the social history of Afghanistan, Central Asia and the Indo-Iranian borderlands and in Islam and Muslim-Christian relations. My doctorate in Religious Studies is from the University of Leeds and … Continue reading A cultural and intellectual impoverishment
Brian Easton writes about the Disposing of Our Heritage. The National Library is still disposing of books from the nation’s heritage. The Department of Internal Affairs juggernaut rolls on. Its briefing to the incoming minister says that its roles include ‘holding the nation and the Government's memory through the National Library of New Zealand and … Continue reading Beethoven is a New Zealander
New Zealand voices for books and libraries: a compilation “We believe that the issue of what kind of society New Zealand will become in the next decades is central to our role and existence. If many of the present controllers of our destiny had their way, New Zealand would soon become a sleazier version of … Continue reading New Zealand voices for books and libraries
Writer Dr Christine Dann explains why real books are better for learning, accessibility, durability, and the environment - and are just better for a damn good read, in a way that a book that has to be manipulated on a screen will never be. The false promise and real threat of digitising books Would you … Continue reading The false promise and real threat of digitising books
International Interloans at 14 New Zealand public libraries By Michael Pringle 30 November 2020 The National Library on their website states that, due to the loss of international books from the National Library, “independent researchers can request books through their local public library". We put this to the test, whether in fact it is possible … Continue reading International interloans: what is the reality?
Review by Christine Dann You know that a library book has changed your life when you have to buy your own copy. I own the first edition of The Cult of Information (1986), subtitled The Folklore of Computers and the True Art of Thinking, and the second edition (1994), subtitled A Neo-Luddite Treatise on High … Continue reading The Cult of Information, by Theodore Roszak