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AJHRs Update

NZMS have been staunch advocates for the digitisation of the Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives for many years.  We have been exploring partnerships with the heritage and research communities to make this happen but have had to abandon our efforts, for the best possible reason. The project has been adopted by one of our national institutions as a digital initiative and an official announcement is... read more »

Archivists around the world celebrate International Archives Day on June 9 2010

The International Archives Day offers archivists throughout the world a tremendous opportunity to promote the cause of records and archives in their country. It can be used to persuade key decision-makers that effective record-keeping is an essential precondition for good governance, transparency and accountability; to emphasize the importance of preserving archives for the collective memory of nations and societies; and to encourage those members of the public who have never... read more »
Following the Yellow Brick Road

Following the Yellow Brick Road

Andy and Jo are now back from three busy days at Lianza. The conference, with 660 delegates and 70 trade stands, was one of the largest for many years and NZMS made lots of new friends whilst catching up with all our good mates. Following on from last year’s spring-bloom seeds, our giveaway was heirloom vegetable seeds with the most popular being ‘Purple Carrots’ and ‘Tigerella (stripey)... read more »

The Gallery is Open!

After many months of inaction we've introduced the gallery. Instead of boring images of work we've done, we've tried to do something a bit more interesting - we're going to show you work in action and things that are just a little bit out of the ordinary. To kick things off, Camera Team Leader Marg has put together a piece on the lengths we will go... read more »

HMIF moves to new “Heritage Fortress”

HMIF (the Heritage Materials Imaging Facility) opened in 2003 as a joint project  between Victoria University of Wellington’s Electronic Text Centre and NZMS, based in the National Library of New Zealand’s building.   The facility, now wholly-owned by NZMS, made it possible for us to bring the highest quality scanning equipment to New Zealand, for ALL New Zealanders and enables the production of archival and... read more »
Digitisation Workshops for Museums

Digitisation Workshops for Museums

We presented a series of workshops around the county on behalf of Te Papa National Services Te Paerangi. Our first workshop was in New Plymouth hosted by the superb Puke Ariki, followed by the Wellington and Wairarapa regions at Te Papa Tongarewa and Aratoi, then Oamaru, Balclutha and Auckland. Our final workshop will be in Dunedin on Wednesday 24 June. In the workshops we covered project planning, imaging specifications and guidelines... read more »
Let them eat cake!

Let them eat cake!

A nice bonus of our new premises is that everyone can fit into the tearoom (formerly the Lewis’s cafe) and this inspired us to have the company’s first bake off competition on June 12th. Thirty eight staff from NZMS and Desktop Imaging submitted cakes, biscuits, brownies and tarts for the judges’ consideration. The supreme winner was the bacon & egg pie cooked by Steve Young,... read more »

New Premises

NZMS and our sister company Desktop Imaging have taken the lease on a large space at the former Tawa Junction retail site (right next to Tawa Railway Station). As most of you know we had squeezed every last square inch out of the Oxford St site including building two mezzanine floors in our 19 years there. The new office gives us an extra 500 square metres of space, almost double what we... read more »
Getting there…

Getting there…

The company moved in stages over January and February culminating in the delicate operation of moving the microfilm cameras and our huge film processor up the road to its new darkroom. Our vault (a converted “reefer” shipping container) also made the trip having proved its worth as secure storage for the Digi Unit. Of course the key ingredient in any success is people and we were done proud... read more »

Not such good news ...

Sadly, in the midst of so much positive change we have also felt the chill of the current economic climate. With many of our clients responding to uncertain times by deferring projects and tightening budgets, the flow of work has slowed and we have had to reduce our operations accordingly. The hardest impact of this has been the loss of the position of Digitisation Manager, and we were very saddened... read more »

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