LIANZA stands by the National Library of New Zealand making taonga from Aotearoa and the Pacific the main focus of their collection.
Kaitiakitanga of Aotearoa’s documentary heritage is vital to preserve our nation’s memory and our place in the Pacific. No other library in the world is going to collect and preserve our unique stories.
The National Library's Director of Content Services Rachel Esson talked about the move with Jesse Mulligan on National Radio.
A message from the National Librarian
In October I spoke at the LIANZA Conference on the National Library’s role as stewards of Aotearoa’s documentary heritage and the importance of preserving the memory of New Zealand and our place in the Pacific.
I reminded attendees that in 2015, following extensive consultation, we updated our Collections Policy to focus on New Zealand and Pacific material because no other library in the world is going to collect and preserve our stories, that's our job. This was followed by an email out to the library sector and a blog post right here.
This is a reminder that the National Library is continuing to look for better homes for some of our overseas published books – which does not include Turnbull Library material.
We are still investing in our Turnbull and print collections, particularly our schools collection. But we need to make way for our growing collection of New Zealand, Māori and Pacific material and in order to do this we need to ensure that our collections and services are managed well for the benefit of all New Zealanders.
Orders from librarians have been incoming since October but if you haven’t yet registered your interest or placed your orders, then you have until the 13 January 2020 to email your requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We value your work, experience and expertise and because we are part of the same network you have been given first option on these overseas published books. Thank you for your support.
We will be publishing additional book lists later in January and will keep you posted as to when those lists will be available.
The current set of lists will be opened to community organisations that might benefit from these overseas published books in the New Year. We will begin communicating this phase more widely later this week.
If you would like to register your interest or place your orders you can email email@example.com.
To view the lists we have available online and for more detail please visit our webpage here.
Ngā mihi na, Bill