Tag Archives: New Zealand

New Zealand: experience sharing of library reopening

(15 May 2020)  From “Justin the Librarian” blog: Our library had been planning what this eventual reopening would look like for the entire time that New Zealand was in Pandemic Alert Levels 3 & 4. There were many meetings and discussions around what reopening could look like and all angles and ideas were heard, considered, […]


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New Zealand: Arlington Public Library publishes online collection with local artists

(6 Apr 2020) On April 3, Arlington Public Library published the first issue of Quaranzine, a weekly online collection of works by local artists responding to the coronavirus pandemic. “Creative expression is a really valuable tool I have for working through my own thought processes and anxiety,” says Laribee, who is also a portrait artist. […]


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New Zealand: thousands sign up to borrow ebooks, audiobooks during lockdown

(4 Apr 2020) The day before New Zealand entered a four-week lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Auckland Libraries recorded its highest number of online memberships seen in a single day since the service began in October. The libraries normally averages 64 new eMemberships a day, but last Wednesday 200 Aucklanders joined to access eBooks, audiobooks, streaming files and online databases, […]


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New Zealand: heritage collections receive UNESCO heritage recognition

(18 Feb 2020)  Auckland Council Libraries’ Richard Davis Meteorological Records and C P Dawes Collection have been inscribed on to the UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand documentary heritage register. This accolade recognises both collections’ significant value to New Zealand’s heritage. The full story is here.  


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2019 Survey of school libraries in New Zealand

(2 Mar 2020) In August 2019, National Library’s Services to Schools conducted a nationwide survey of New Zealand school libraries. This was our second joint survey with SLANZA (School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa) and LIANZA (Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa). The 2019 survey builds on baseline information we gathered in 2018 […]


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New Zealand: notes from Archiving Email 2020 Symposium

(19 Feb 2020)  On 30 January 2020, archivists, digital preservationists, records managers, librarians, academics, and IT specialists from across Aotearoa and Australia came together in Wellington to discuss the particular challenges and opportunities in preserving email. See the full programme here Read the full notes of the symposium here


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New Zealand: library staff face increasing threats and violence, report finds

(20 Feb 2020) Librarians are increasingly the target of violence and anti-social behaviour in Auckland, according to a new report. There were 533 incidents where council staff called its security team, including 60 where police were involved, in the three months to December 2019. Read the full report here.  


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New Zealand: debates over National Library’s book-culling decision

(14 Feb 2020)  Due to the limit of storage capacity, the National Library of New Zealand has decided to rehome 600,000 titles of its overseas published collections to libraries who are interested in taking them. The decision has been announced in late 2019 which raised some debates between readers and librarians. Here are some of […]


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New Zealand: concerns over the implementation of Marrakesh Treaty

(6 Jan 2020)  The Marrakesh Treaty, which allows easier access to materials for visually impaired, lets more people legally convert books into accessible formats, and allows all signatory countries to freely share copy. The Treaty is effective recently in New Zealand, but concerns are made by various parties. RNZ has the full report here.


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Archives NZ partners with Axiell to improve access to New Zealand’s archives heritage

(22 Nov 2019) Today Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga welcomed a new partnership with Axiell, the world’s leading supplier of software to the cultural sector, to manage their unique archives. Archives New Zealand will replace their collection management and search tool, Archway, with Axiell Collections so that Archives staff can work […]


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New Zealand: national librarian awarded top professional recognition

(23 Oct 2019) Bill Macnaught, National Librarian of New Zealand, is one of a select few to be awarded a 2019 LIANZA Fellowship. The Fellowships provide a way for the library sector to thank and congratulate those who have served their communities. At the heart of the list are dedicated librarians doing great mahi to […]


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The state of OA in New Zealand. Report and a new statement on Open Scholarship from CONZUL

(25 Oct 2019) Work carried out this year by New Zealand’s Council of New Zealand University Libraries (CONZUL) Open Access Project Group shows a clear citation advantage for repository based OA over closed access articles. This great infographic summarizes their research. The full report is available here. Furthermore, CONZUL have updated their statement on open […]


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Christchurch’s $92.7m Turanga central library scoops a building technology award

(12 Sep 2019) Turanga, opened almost a year ago, won the over $50m project category in the first “Building Information Modelling” – known as BIM –  awards run by the Registered Master Builders Association. The new awards are designed to encourage the uptake of the technology which has been “a slow burn” in New Zealand […]


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National Library creates Facebook time capsule to document New Zealand’s history

(5 Sep 2019)  In 100 years’ time, your Facebook profile could play a vital part in shaping New Zealand’s history. The National Library of New Zealand was calling for Kiwis to donate their Facebook data for inclusion in a digital time capsule available to researchers in the future. More can be found from Stuff here.  


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New Zealand: Tilburg’s LocHal named one of the best libraries in the world

(28 Aug 2019)  The LocHal library in Tilburg is among the top four best libraries in the world. The IFLA Best Public Library of the World Award went to the Oodi library in Helsinki on Tuesday. The other two libraries in the top four are the Green Square Library and Plaza in Australia and the […]


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