Posts Tagged ‘books’

I thought I’d share this post with you. Its from Dick Eastman, an extremely tech-savvy genealogist. 

He responds to an email from someone who is horrified that alot of the books in the FamilySearch Family History Library are being digitised so they can be put online, and the original hard copies aren’t being replaced on their shelves. 

This Library/Research Centre is “Mecca” for someone in my field (along with The Fred J. Reynolds Historical Genealogy Department in Allen County Public Library.)

For those who don’t know, FamilySearch is the genealogical organisation owned and run by the Church of the Latter Day Saints. Although they have their own reasons to do with their faith for genealogical research, they offer their resources/services worldwide free, to anyone regardless of their beliefs.

In their Granite Mountain vaults, they have millions of microfilms that are being digitised so they can be put online on their free website, and their books and serials in the FamilySearch Family History Centre are also being microfilmed so they can be OCRed. They are said to be running the world’s biggest digitisation project.

Anyway, have a read of this post and see what you think, and how it may relate to us as librarians (or researchers) in the future:


As a researcher, I am excited about the possibility of being able to access such richness online. As a librarian, I have subdued mixed feelings about the “destruction of books”, even if it is for the “greater good”. I’m sure they have a preservation process for their most precious titles.

I thought the points discussed were thought provoking and not dissimilar to discussions we’ve all had – you might be interested in his opinions about the digital versus “real” books debates that we are hearing and participating in!


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100 best novels

Late last week a post on NZLibs contained a link to Time magazine’s 100 best English language novels from 1923 (the year that Time Magazine began) to the present, as chosen by Lev Grossman and Richard Lacayo.  Between them they agreed on 80 of the titles and the rest they hammered out.  What might have made the list a few years ago didn’t make the grade this time around.   A book read at different times of your life can evoke different emotions and responses, depending on your current experiences.  I’ve noted this myself when I’ve gone back to re-read a book I thoroughly enjoyed, only to find it didn’t really touch a nerve the second time.  I think Alberto Manguel mentioned this in his book “The Library at Night” which I recently read (and enjoyed).

But back to the list.  I have to admit to never having heard of many of them.  Of the 100, I’ve read nine and attempted to read another two.  How many does your library have?  How many have you read?  Would you agree that they belong on a list of the 100 best?  Of the nine I read I really only enjoyed three of them.  Which in the list would you highly recommend and perhaps I could have another go?

Any list of the 100 best is subjective, especially when chosen by two individuals.  What novels would you like to see included in a “best 100” list (and especially of New Zealand authors)?

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