DOK annual report →
I’d love to work for a place that has such a funky annual report.
Follow a library day on twitter, this October →
Anthropodermic bibliopegy →
Red Barn murders: I visited a rather macabre example of this niche binding method in the museum at Bury St Edmonds some years ago. The binding material had been ‘donated’ by a convicted criminal William Corder - his body given up for science as he had lost the right to be buried on consecrated ground. Not only did his skin form the binding of the book, but the frontispiece is enscribed...
New work by NZ jeweller Jeremy Leeming →
I’ve just finished updating Jeremy’s website with a host of new gorgeous work. He’s been busy since his return from London, and has a new studio called The Filing Kabinet on Norwich Quay in Lyttelton. Go and check him out in person, or at one of his stockists around the country.
Key note speakers →
Weeds of New Zealand / Hilgendorf, 1948
I came across this book as I was weeding : Weeds of New Zealand / F.W. Hilgendorf MA, D.Sc. (4th ed, 1948) On the front end paper is the following inscription: “To John Darby wishing you continued success with your association with horticulture. Regards A[?] McDonald 14th June 1980. On the frontispiece, there is a note indicating that J.W. Calder, who revised this 4th edition, was...
Not the plant variety unfortunately, but a necessary job in an office library where there is little shelf space. We have 3 other offices so I’m hoping to offload duplicates in their direction first, although they’re pressed for space too. Second line of attack will be offering duplicates up to staff to take home. What’s your weeding procedure?
Spring 2010 (v22no2) - National Information... →
I need some budget for CPD reading …
Grant to support New Zealand Portrait Gallery... →
Seedling New Zealand About Us Page →
I love what these people do.
Shanachie Tour visits two libraries in Christchurch, New Zealand (where I live). They check out the Shelfari program at South Library, and gaming facilities at New Brighton Library.
Unnamed things: Creating a controlled vocabulary... →
Journal of Digital Asset Management (2010) 6, 153–157. doi:10.1057/dam.2010.13 Looks like a facinating article!
New 2010 conference website launched →
Check out Dunedin via webcam →
Keynote speech to Creative New Zealand Conference →
If they enjoyed books and reading as much as she did they quite often had soup...– Love Letter, by Katie Fforde (via maggie-may)
Provincial boundary of Hawkes Bay in the 1870s
So, I had an interesting and urgent reference enquiry for a map showing the provincial boundaries of the Hawkes Bay in the 1870s. While the boundaries are outlined in the Atlas of New Zealand Boundaries / J. Kelly AUP, 1996, p.14 - which we have in our collection - there were no landscape details. Matapihi delivered a result within seconds. A beautiful map of the Province of Hawkes Bay from the...
LIANZA conference 2010 →
So I’ve submitted an abstract for the conference … I’ll hear by 19th July as to whether or not it’s accepted. Fingers crossed!
Things found in books
Way back when I was working as a library assistant at the University of Otago Central Library, there was an interesting thread running on a library list-serv about things found in books. It was both amusing and interesting to hear of the many varied, treasured, illegal and at times disgusting discoveries unwitting librarians discovered on checking in books. (This was in the days before the...
Local [NZ] typographer →
Shanachie Tour hits CHCH
The Shanachies, Erik Boekesteijn and Japp van de Geer, are travelling around looking at innovation and best practice in libraries, and sharing their astounding innovations from the DOK Library Concept Centre in Delft. I saw them today at CPIT in Christchurch. Erik and Jaap are definitely the rock and roll of the library world. They look like a couple of raodies - but that’s a good...
The South Tonight - new music from NZ
Just got my paws on The South Tonight’s new CD, Savoy. My workmate Wills is in the band. I can’t wait to get home to have a listen. So here’s a few tips for musicians that’ll help get your work preserved and heard. National Library want to collect everything that published in NZ, including music, they call it legal deposit. Here’s how you go about making a deposit. A...
Who's the greenest of them all? →
Encourage a mother with the 'Greatest Mum' award →
Can you teach an old Dodge new tricks? →
A truly sustainable home →
'Tis the season →
Charles Leadbeater →
I’m going to read Charles Leadbeater’s essay, “The Art of With”.
Free delivery worldwide on all books from The Book... →
My vote for best online bookstore.
smallest library in england →
(via dramafreak219) I love this. I have a newspaper article about it on my fridge at home :D
Shanachie tour offers remarkable professional... →
Library Week | Video Competition →
Iris would get a kick out of this. She’s always after me to video her: dancing, singing, talking to her teacher using a banana …