Monday, October 25, 2010
Submissions to Parliament concerning New Zealand's national library
Read their submission here.
The application of the Guardians Kaitiaki of the Alexander Turnbull Library, with a draft of their submission, can be read here.
And an excellent summary of Dr. Donald Gilling's arguments, made in the context of his application to make a formal submission, can be read here.
For those interested in the positions of those who use the New Zealand National Archives, their thoughts are also online. To read all the arguments made by wise historians, librarians, and archivists, trawl through the list on this page.
There are, as you will see, two pages of submissions, evidence of the deep concern felt throughout the country. It is nice that it is all online -- that New Zealand is an open society.
My own thought is that it is very strange when the national historical and bibliographic heritage becomes part of the department that issues passports.