Archive for October 2008

New Zealand Electronic Text Centre

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Now days more and more historical material is being digitised and made available on the Internet.
This is good news because it allows people to view a facsimile copy and lets people access  the information contained in  these books without damaging the original.

One such project is the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre.

The New Zealand Electronic Text Centre has four aims:
  •          To create a digital library providing open access to significant New Zealand and Pacific Island texts and    materials. This encompasses both digitised heritage material and born-digital resources.
  •      To effectively partner with other organisations, as a collaborator and service provider, on a variety of digitisation and digital content projects.
  •          To build a wider community skilled in the use and creation of digital materials through teaching and training activities and by publishing and presenting the results of research.
  •     To work at the intersection of computing tools with textual material and investigate how these tools may be used to make new knowledge from our cultural inheritance.
Acting on these goals, NZETC is engaged in an ongoing programme of digitisation and hosts an expanding online library. Today the NZETC collection contains over 2,600 texts (around 65,000 pages) and receives over 10,000 visits each day.

Examples of the publications available on this site are:

  • Official histories of New Zealand  in the Second World War, 1939-1945  (all volumes)
  • New Zealand Railway Magazine  1926-1940
  • Cyclopedia of New Zealand. Volume 1. Wellington Provincial District; Volume 6. Taranaki, Hawkes Bay and Wellington.          The other four volumes will be made available soon. 
This is an ongoing project . 
Keep an eye on what publications are available. 
If you would like to suggest a publication, there is a section on there website that explains the process. 

Telling your life story: a series of four workshops to get you started

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If you are reading this blog, there is a very high likelihood that you are a family history researcher.
BUT have you ever thought about writing your personal life story?
Auckland City libraries is running a series of four workshops to help people to start thinking about their own life and open the doors of memories all but forgotten.
These workshops are designed to make writing about your life an enjoyable experience. It is recommended that you attend all four workshops.
The workshops will be happening from 10am til 12pm in the Whare Wananga on the 2nd floor of the Auckland Central Library.
* Wednesday, 5th November,
* Wednesday, 12th November,
* Wednesday, 19th November
* Wednesday, 26th November
These workshops are free, but it is essential that you book as there are limited spaces available.
There are several ways that you can book.
·        Phone the library on 3077770
·        Email me at
Use the link on the Auckland City Libraries “Whats on” page