(12 Jul 2021) New Zealand: The National Library will donate 600,000 books that it was planning to cull from its overseas collection to a United States-based internet archive that will make digital copies of the works freely available online. (official press release)
National Librarian Rachel Esson announced the “historic” agreement on Monday, saying books left at the end of the library’s review process would be donated to the Internet Archive, a digital library with the self-stated mission of universal access to all knowledge.
The agreement comes after months of controversy and uncertainty regarding the cull of the books, mostly written by non-Kiwi authors.
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