Archive for August, 2013


The Wellington regional group of LIANZA held a breakfast AGM on 14 August 2013. The speaker this year was Moata Tamaira. I’ve known Moata online for a few years so was really surprised when she pointed out that we’ve only met a few times kanohi ki te kanohi. “Surely not!” I said. On reflection she was correct. We have met at a few conferences, and seen each other maybe a couple of times when I was down in Christchurch. I guess we feel like we know each other because we read each others blogs (well, I read hers) and we chat on Twitter.

Librarians, here’s what she had to say:

  • NZ-libs is not the be-all and end-all of communication. Encompass more communication channels.
  • Put things on the internet. Go digital by default, not as an afterthought. “I live on the web, I expect everything to be on the…

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I am reposting this email I sent to the NZ-Libs mailing list. 🙂

Dear Colleagues

Victoria University Library has recently digitised the research reports held by the library that were submitted when you completed your Masters of Library and Information Studies.

We would like to make these available openly on the internet through our http://researcharchive.vuw.ac.nz/ Institutional Repository.

Can I ask you to fill in as much of this form as possible: http://library.victoria.ac.nz/library/sites/default/files/thesis_alumni.pdf and return this to me, either by email or in hard copy. Please leave the Research Code field blank.


I should point out that if you have completed a MLIS or MIS in recent years and your Report was submitted electronically then you need not do anything further.

This is for those MLIS reports written from 1995 – 2010.

If you are unsure you can search for your report on the library catalogue http://library.victoria.ac.nz/library/ where there will either be a link to the http://researcharchive.vuw.ac.nz/ which is the open access archive [no action required], a link to the RestrictedArchive which is for staff and students or no link as of yet. If it is either of the latter two options please contact me.

Kind regards


Michael Parry

Digital Initiatives Co-ordinator

Technology Services

The Library

Victoria University of Wellington

PO Box 3438, Wellington, New Zealand

e-mail: michael.parry@vuw.ac.nz

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For your Monday happiness or sadness you are presented with the Lego Librarian Minifig. When I first saw a link I was all Lego librarian happy, until I landed on the page. I may be being oversensitive but… Any way here it is with bio…

legolibminiThe Librarian “Shhh!”

Books are just about the Librarian’s most favorite thing in the entire world. Reading them can take you on exciting adventures in far-off lands, introduce you to new friends and cultures, and let you discover poetry, classic literature, science fiction and much more. If only everybody loved to read as much as she does, the world would be a better place…and quieter, too!

The Librarian feels that it’s extremely important to treat a book with the proper respect. You should always use a bookmark instead of folding down the corner of the page. Take good care of the dust jacket, and don’t scribble in the margins. And above all else, never – ever – return it to the library late!

UPDATE: Mr Library Dude had some fun with custom Librarian Minifigs: http://mrlibrarydude.wordpress.com/2013/07/

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