Libraries


Local history provides the foundations of culture and identity within communities. It imparts us with knowledge to understand our past, learn from mistakes, and recognise the aspects that make our communities unique. Historical change is generated by countless individuals; everyone contributes to the ongoing story of a community and its social impact. Local history helps […]



NZMS were entrusted to digitise a rare collection of bound medieval manuscripts. These manuscripts exist within Dunedin Public Libraries’ Reed Collection which holds the second largest collection of medieval and renaissance manuscripts in New Zealand. The collection is largely comprised of religious manuscripts from Western Europe, and they range in date from c.1100-1700.



Digitisation can help bring cultural heritage items into the public realm, allowing them to have a greater impact on a wider section of society. Over the last decade, an increasing number of organisations and institutions have embraced digital technology to better preserve their collections, and even allow online public access to their most fragile items. […]



The digital world is becoming ever more ingrained in our daily lives, transforming the way we communicate, learn, and think. The need for online access to collections is growing, especially within the cultural heritage sector, and more recently within local government and private companies as well. Through digitisation, researchers and historians are finding new and […]



The University of Canterbury (UC)’s Macmillan Brown Library has been working to digitise its extensive collections and have enlisted the help of NZMS. The Macmillan Brown collection was started in 1935, and has since grown exponentially through donations, transfer of existing collections, and selective purchasing by UC. Most notably it holds a diverse range of […]



Cultural heritage collections provide invaluable information relating to our past and it is essential that institutions carefully consider how to protect them. Preventative conservation (correct storage, archival packaging, and proper handling) helps insure the longevity of these precious materials – but what measures should be taken to protect collections in the event of a disaster?