Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
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Documentary Heritage SIG

Kia ora and welcome to the Documentary Heritage SIG’s page.  Formerly known as the Preservation SIG, we repurposed our SIG in 2016 becoming the Documentary Heritage SIG.

Documentary heritage is created in many formats from traditional paper based documents, electronic media, photographic images to digital media. For us, the importance of documentary heritages lies in the information contained rather than in the medium or object.

We’re a small group with members based around New Zealand. Follow us on twitter at, so that you can keep up to date on news.

We also offer free membership to our SIG for those undertaking professional library studies at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand or Victoria University. More details at

Our purpose: To foster awareness and understanding of documentary heritage issues as they relate to NZ libraries, so that positive outcomes are achieved through effective collaboration.

Attic storage, General Assembly Library, 1953.

Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327). Reference: EP-Libraries-National Archives-01.

Our goals:

To deepen knowledge of issues relating to the preservation of NZ’s documentary heritage;

To help develop awareness of strategies, best practice and standards for the preservation of, and access to, a wide range of library information resources, including born-digital and migrated products;

To assist with the development of a National Preservation Strategy and to advise on the implementation of the National Digital Strategy;

To work closely with the National Preservation Office as it facilitates and coordindates preservation initiatives for national documentary heritage collections;

To enhance strategic partnerships with allied (regional and national) heritage sectors and organisations, including collaboration on the provision of training, workshops and symposia, and assisting with the regional care and co-ordination of heritage resources; and

To advise the LIANZA Council, and contribute to the development of policy.




LIANZA Special Interest Group focusing on preservation issues as they relate to NZ libraries

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