Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: You don't know what you've got till it's gone

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  • Hilary Stace,

    Wasn't Chris Bourke the resident National Library scholar for one of those years he was writing his book? Which would mean he would be thoroughly familiar with the various collections at the National Library, and would be well placed to advise on a way forward?

    The cartoon archive at the Turnbull (in the National Library) used to be more than just a repository and hosted conferences, exhibitions and produced books. Seemed a good model until the funding was cut.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3214 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    It does get in...

    And … Access: Material would be made available to the public "as widely as possible", but the archive would operate in accordance with copyright law. It would also support re-release projects by depositors and rights holders.

    Like the Smithsonian's take over and continuation
    of the Folkways catalogue and ethos


    Long Gone Silver, Hi Frank...

    ...it's the commitment to finding and preserving master material which counts.

    Which is all good as long as the public knows what you have, and what to ask / look for...
    otherwise it is still, to all intents and purposes, buried treasure...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • frank stark,

    Hi yourself, Ian.

    Don't want to turn this into an ad for the Film Archive, but I think we have shown it can be done. The Archive is an industry-based organisation, not a government one, with a collection of over 120,000 titles and an annual usage of 650,000 including 350,000 website visits a year.

    Despite big problems getting government investment in digitisation - the great majority of that has gone to non audio-visual work at Nat Lib - the Film Archive raises and spends around $1 million a year on preservation.

    And people use and see the results.

    nz • Since Nov 2006 • 6 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Wasn't Chris Bourke the resident National Library scholar for one of those years he was writing his book? Which would mean he would be thoroughly familiar with the various collections at the National Library, and would be well placed to advise on a way forward?

    Why yes, yes he would. I'd be hiring him.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22825 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    And people use and see the results.

    Which I think is the point of any living archive.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3283 posts Report Reply

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