INFO-531 – Resources for New Zealand Studies
An in-depth examination of primary and secondary sources for New Zealand studies, their bibliographic control, location and access within a historical framework of scholarship, publication, and the development of libraries. Builds on the New Zealand element in INFO 523/544.
INFO 531, Resources for New Zealand Studies, is an in-depth examination of primary and secondary sources for New Zealand studies, their bibliographic control, location and access within a historical framework of scholarship, publication, and the development of libraries. It builds on the New Zealand element in INFO 523 and INFO 544.
Please note we recommend that you complete the core course INFO 523 before taking this elective as part of the MIS or PGCert/DipIS.
At the end of the INFO 531 course, students should be:
- Familiar with the development and use of major tools for bibliographic access and control across a range of topics in New Zealand studies.
- Familiar with the major collecting institutions, and the strengths of their New Zealand collections.
- Aware of the distinctive patterns of resources, and the problems these pose for research and the research community.
- Able to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the machinery of bibliographical access and control, and able to recommend feasible improvements.
INFO 531 will be held in the first trimester (March-June) of the 2012 academic year. There will be no classes during the mid-term break (9-22 April).
- Please note: this course will be delivered via distance mode only
The weekly Internet conference sessions will be held on Mondays from 5.00-6.30 p.m.
New Zealand Studies: the formation of a discipline
The research community & its needs
Bibliographic tools: background & overview
Institutions, collections & their development
Creating the print record: NZ printing & publishing
Weekly sessions during the second half of the trimester will focus on building collaborative tools for on-line NZ resources.
We will build this wiki-based tool using a research team approach, each team choosing a specific content area, such as government information, business archives, places and spaces, pictorial resources, genealogical information, sound resources, the built environment, etc.
Further information about this class publishing initiative will be available on BlackBoard and at our first class.
|1. Using and evaluating zotero for a New Zealand subject area||10 April 2012||40%||Zotero library folder with 10 selected key resources annotated to maximum 1,000 words;
written personal online journal entry maximum 1,000 words
|2 A collaborative wiki-based guide to electronic resources on a specific NZ subject area; individual reflective journal.||Work-in-progress presentation in weeks 6-10;
final group publication and individual reflective journal due
8 June 2012
[composed of 15% group assessment and 25% individual assessment]
|collaborative wiki with maximum 50 resources totalling maximum 7,500 words;
individual reflective journal equivalent of maximum 2,000 words
|3. Interactive blogging||Due before Keynote conferencing class in relevant week||20%||substantive postings throughout term|
G. A. Wood, Studying New Zealand: A Guide to Sources. Dunedin: University of Otago Press, 1999.
Penny Griffith, Ross Harvey & Keith Maslen, Book & Print in New Zealand. A Guide to Print Culture in Aotearoa, Wellington. Victoria University Press, 1997.
This work is now out-of-print, although copies are available on 3-day loan from the University Library. The New Zealand Electronic Text Centre has created an electronic, searchable version, which is now available in Web and e-book formats. The Web version is at
In addition to the prescribed texts, you should read Ringer, J. B. (1991). Undertaking further research. In An introduction to New Zealand Government. Christchurch: Hazard Press.
This course is not currently being offered.