Media Release 26 March: the Books’ Case – it is BGA who speaks for and cares for books

BGA media release sent out March 26, following the meeting with the Minister for the National Library Jan Tinetti on 24 March. The Books’ Case On March 24 at a meeting at the Beehive about the disposal by the National Library of New Zealand’s overseas book collection, the Minister of Internal Affairs, the Hon Jan … Continue reading Media Release 26 March: the Books’ Case – it is BGA who speaks for and cares for books

Decolonising the National Library of New Zealand

Christine Dann* writes that ignoring the views of Maori and all New Zealanders in what happens to our National Library is 21st century colonialism, pure and simple. The other day I told a Maori neighbour that the National Library (NL) plans to get rid of 90% of its books which were published overseas. “Why would … Continue reading Decolonising the National Library of New Zealand

Nelson Wattie writes to the Minister for the National Library

In response to the Book Guardians' disappointing visit on 24 March 2021 to see Minister of Internal Affairs Jan Tinetti, Book Guardians Advisory Member Nelson Wattie wrote to the Minister pointing out the international reputational damage being done to New Zealand by this action. Dr Wattie's letter is reproduced below. We await with interest to see … Continue reading Nelson Wattie writes to the Minister for the National Library

Book Guardians Briefing to the Minister of Internal Affairs

Briefing Paper for the Minister of Internal Affairs, the Hon. Jan Tinetti from Ngā Kaitiaki o ngā Pukapuka/Book Guardians Aotearoa, March 2021 Ngā Kaitiaki o ngā Pukapuka/Book Guardians Aotearoa (KP/BGA) was formed in 2020 to channel widespread public opposition to the disposal of the National Library’s Overseas Published Collection (OPC) of 600,000+ books. This briefing … Continue reading Book Guardians Briefing to the Minister of Internal Affairs

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