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T
he National Library Act 1965
provides the legislative frame-
work for the National Library of
New Zealand `... to collect, preserve, and
make available recorded knowledge, parti-
cularly that relating to New Zealand, to
supplement and further the work of other
libraries in New Zealand, and to enrich
the cultural and economic life of New
Zealand and its cultural interchanges with
other nations'.
Legislation currently before Parliament,
if enacted, will give the National Library
the mandate to collect digital resources for
preservation purposes.
The Library's mid-term strategic plan-
ning document, the 21st Century
1
, reflects
the need for the Library to take account
of new developments relating to the
collection and accessibility of digital
material.The Library is currently addressing
these requirements through a series of
projects related to;
- collection and management of
electronic material
- development of a Digital Library
- enhanced access to its collections via
digitisation.
So, the Library has an organisational
commitment and may soon have the
legislative environment to support the
collection, management and preservation
of digital objects.These provide the
backbone for a preservation programme.
The next issue is what needs to be done
to ensure that a viable preservation
programme can actually be put in place.
As with most agencies struggling to
come to grips with an information envi-
ronment increasingly characterised by
digital resources, it quickly became clear to
the Library that preservation of digital
materials is a significant new business
requirement for NLNZ.This requires a
comprehensive look at how digital materi-
als will be incorporated into the Library's
business processes.
As the Library had already begun syste-
matising its approach to resource discovery
metadata
2
, development of a preservation
metadata schema for use within the
Library was a logical next step.The results
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1National Library of New Zealand. 2001.The 21st
century:The strategic direction of the National Library of
New Zealand Te Puna Mataurange o Aotearoa: A revised
framework for planning.
http://www.natlib.govt.nz/files/framework.pdf
2National Library of New Zealand. 2000. Metadata
Standards Framework for National Library of New
Zealand. http://www.natlib.govt.nz/en/whatsnew/
4initiatives.html#meta