Sign the petition!

Join us in this petition to Parliament to urgently stop the National Library book vandalism The link to this petition is here Please also write to your local MP, the Minister of Internal Affairs j.tinetti@ministers.govt.nz and the Prime Minister j.ardern@ministers.govt.nz as well as the National Librarian: rachel.esson@dia.govt.nz Join the Facebook groups: Book Guardians Aotearoa and … Continue reading Sign the petition!

International calls to stop New Zealand breaching copyright law

Last week the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) issued a media release (Are your books being donated to Internet Archive?) saying: “The ASA is dismayed to learn that the National Library of New Zealand’s (NLNZ) donation of over 400,000 books to Internet Archive includes a number of Australian books, many of which are still in … Continue reading International calls to stop New Zealand breaching copyright law

Letter to the Attorney General, and his response

In August this year Book Guardians Aotearoa wrote to the Attorney General, David Parker, with these points: requesting that he cancel the Library's contract with the Internet Archivethere is a considerable risk that the books cannot legally be scanned and put online, thus denying access to the books by New Zealanders. The Tohatoha lawyer upon … Continue reading Letter to the Attorney General, and his response

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

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?

Briefing to the Minister on the Internet Archive digitisation: How many government spin doctors does it take to kill a national taonga?

We have received a copy of this briefing via an Official Information Act inquiry, and we are publishing it here for all to read. The briefing is from the National Library to the Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti, on the library's plans to send all the overseas books to the Philippines for digitising. “Ahead … Continue reading Briefing to the Minister on the Internet Archive digitisation: How many government spin doctors does it take to kill a national taonga?

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?

NZ authors beware!

....the National Library is establishing a precedent for breaching your copyright. Book Guardians Executive Member and author Christine Dann is worried - very worried. On the back page of Scotty Morrison’s 2015 book Māori Made Easy (the nearest book to hand for checking purposes) it says “The right of Scotty Morrison to be identified as … Continue reading NZ authors beware!

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