A cultural and intellectual impoverishment

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

Beethoven is a New Zealander

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

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

The false promise and real threat of digitising books

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: what is the reality?

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?