“A mark of how critically endangered our democracy is” – the truth about what is happening to our National Library

Being a book lover I find this article heart breaking. Yet another example of how little those running NZ care, not since Rogernomics anyway. Interesting definition given in this scathing article about ‘consultation’. Those who’ve attended any of these consults will get that … they are a complete scam providing the illusion of choice. EWR
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From bookguardiansaotearoa.com

It is a mark of how critically endangered our democracy is, that not even the Minister has called out the National Library for its abject failure to conduct any sort of genuine consultation as defined by the Court of Appeal in 1992

The National Library website currently displays a page about the Overseas Published Collection which purports to explain about the disposal “project”.

Unfortunately it contains factual errors and misleading statements.

Here we set out to dispel the myths and explain what is really happening behind the glossy words.

They state that they plan to “rehome” some of their collections to make room to “grow” their New Zealand, Maori and Pacific collections. “Rehome” of course is a misnomer, only a small number of the books are headed out to other libraries around New Zealand and then there are no sureties about what those other libraries will do with the books. It is a soothing word that seeks to disguise what is really happening.

A recent change, as a result of pressure from this group and others, meant that the receiving libraries have to be part of the library interloan system, but this is only useful insofar as that library retains the book. Usually public libraries regularly dispose of some of their stock in $1 book sales. They simply renew their stock on a regular basis, so any book not issued for, say, the past year, is liable to be disposed of. This is simply another way to offload books and once they are out the door of the National Library, the library has no more responsibility or concern for it.

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https://bookguardiansaotearoa.com/2021/05/11/the-truth-about-what-is-happening-to-our-national-library/?fbclid=IwAR04vK38BrA2lC2EDjKJS4g-MwJZc1h_F9vF932yIzyibrDAXBCcIsMUWkQ

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