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So the National Library has announced a fundamental change to its Services to Schools and it’s a terrible idea. The National Library is transforming its Services to Schools

Why is it a terrible idea? I’m glad you asked.

First up let’s look at what they are planning

Reading Engagement Lending Service

The emphasis of the new service will be on supporting students to read for pleasure, as a foundation for learning achievement. The content of loans will be quality fiction and high interest non-fiction resources to support reading for pleasure.

We’ll be supporting the whole school with a substantial loan that everyone can access, and you can keep the resources for a year. Loans will also no longer go to individual teachers and librarians.

So instead of sending teachers the books they need, they are going to send the school a whole lot of random books. Who at the school is going to monitor and store these books?  Poor school librarians who already HAVE LIBRARIES FILLED WITH QUALITY FICTION AND HIGH INTEREST NON-FICTION RESOURCES! Libraries that are already faced with pressures to their shelving?

So no longer will a teacher be able to say “I need a class set of resources that help me look at beaches” which a school library can’t resource. Nope – instead they are going to try and supplant the work of the School libraries that already exists.


After a large outcry the National Library has pushed back the timeline on the changes

However the substance of the changes remain – which in effect prolongs the assault on school libraries and can only impact negatively on student outcomes.


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One of the really good things of my job is when we get to push new collections onto the NZETC. So here is a little plug promoting some of our new resources.

Three new collections on Elsdon Best, student media and Antarctic research

We are very pleased to announce three new collections:

Elsdon Best is widely known for his work as an ethnographer writing about Māori life and culture. This collection contains 15 of his works ranging from Māori Agriculture to Religion and the Māori concept of time. Some of Best’s works were originally published by the Dominion Museum, where Best was employed, as a part of the Dominion Museum Bulletin series.

The Hilltop Literary Paper is the first publication in our student magazine collection. Hilltop contains works from some well known New Zealand authors such as James K. Baxter and Charles Brasch. We also plan to make available:

  • The Spike
  • Arachne
  • SMAD

These magazines discuss student life from 1902 through to the 1950’s and cover important events and activities throughout each trimester, for example: capping ceremonies and social and sports events. Student reaction to world wide events, such as the world wars, is also discussed.

For over 50 years Victoria University of Wellington has been sending research expeditions to the Antarctic. The outcomes of these expeditions form the Victoria University of Wellington Antarctic Expedition (VUWAE) Reports collection. The aims of the expeditions were to research many aspects of the Antarctic environment including geology, glaciology, meteorology and biology.

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30 November-02 December 2011

This inaugural conference will

focus on eLearning strategy, policy, pedagogy, research, technology and practice.  We promise an interdisciplinary programme, promoting leading edge, rigorous academic thinking and will offer ample opportunity for stimulating debate.

We also invite submissions for papers, colloquia, workshops and posters on the following major conference themes:

  • eLearning for languages
  • eLearning policy and strategy
  • technologies for eLearning
  • eLearning pedagogies

We hope you will join us for one of the most technologically innovative and essential eLearning experiences of 2011 and take advantage of the unique opportunity to network with key stakeholders in eLearning thinking.

For more information on the conference and submissions, please check our website www.icelf.org

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Shameless promotion

Of Michael’s podiobook The Spiral Tattoo.

Here is the blurb:

When you’re six inches tall and can fly, life can be tough in a big persons world. What better then than to be partnered with a seven foot troll. She’s the brawn and I’m the brains, and if you believe that I have a castle to sell you. She joined the guard to gain respectability, I joined the guard to escape. I’m Gurt and she’s Elanore Fursk. Don’t forget it. In the darkened alleys of Delvenport the discovery of a naked corpse sets off a surprising chain of events. Leads will unravel at every turn, although Elanore appears to know what’s going on. I just tag along for the ride. With the rising tide of drugs, magic and ambition that threatens to engulf our city, trouble will lurk in our every shadow. But as long as no-one puts a knife in Elanore, or calls me a girly voiced fairy then the bodies won’t be piled too high. Otherwise all bets are off!

I had the honour of reading the manuscript and enjoyed it a lot – am looking forward to the sequel. 😛 No pressure Michael!

If you like crime, mystery and especially in a different world then this one will appeal.

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In case you missed it:

Queens Service’s medal – Rosalie Helen Blake, Levin, for services to the library profession.

Congratulations Rosalie 🙂

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The good people at the National Library are conducting another Web Harvest. It is good to see that they learnt from the last one, and this time have a comprehensive policy for dealing with robots.txt rules. If you have a site that doesn’t fall under the .nz pre-selection criteria don’t forget to nominate it.

New Zealand web harvest 2010: The National Library is conducting a whole of domain web harvest between 12 and 25 May.

Why does the National Library collect websites?

The National Library exists to preserve New Zealand’s social and cultural history, whether in the form of books, newspapers and photographs, or of websites, blogs and videos.

The New Zealand Web Harvest 2010 harvest recognises the importance of the internet in all areas of New Zealand society and culture by taking a ‘snapshot’ of the New Zealand internet in May 2010.

Information for website owners

The harvest will run for approximately 14 days, from 12 to 25 May 2010.

The harvest will only collect publicly viewable web content. If your website, or parts of it, is password protected, this content will not be harvested.

We will harvest every domain in the .nz country code, and some others from .com, .net and .org. If you have a website outside .nz, you can ensure it is harvested and added to the Library’s collections by completing our Nomination form.

To submit a site map for harvesting, complete our Nomination form.

The web harvester will generally honour the robots.txt convention, with some exceptions. For example, if an image file is embedded in a web page, we will take a copy of that image file in order to have a complete copy of the web page.

If you set a robots.txt rule specifically for our harvester, NLNZHarvester2010, it will follow that rule strictly. However, we will always take a copy of a website’s homepage, regardless of the robots.txt rule.

If you have comments or questions, please complete our Feedback form.

About the whole of domain web harvest

The National Library has commissioned the Internet Archive (an American-based not-for-profit) to perform the harvest on our behalf.

  • We will attempt to acquire:
  • Websites that fall under the .nz country code
  • Websites that fall under .com. .net and .org that can be programmatically determined to be hosted on machines that are physically located in New Zealand
  • Selected websites based overseas that are covered by the provisions of the National Library of New Zealand Act (2003).

We estimate we will capture 130-140 million URLs, resulting in 7-8 terabytes of uncompressed data.

Keeping you informed

Notice of the harvest was first published on Thursday 8 April March 2010, giving a five-week notification period.

The Library will keep website owners and other affected parties up to date throughout the harvest via this web page.

Regular progress updates will be posted on our LibraryTechNZ blog, and various mailing lists and forums will also be used to communicate with website owners.


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Apologies In Advance

Hi Folks

I will be fairly inactive over the next several weeks. Next week I am shifting my house from one bit of land to another, and will be without power, phone and Internet. Reconnection may take a while especially since I am not sure if we can get broadband where our house will be.



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