May 19, 2022

Conference Paper: “Social Media Collecting at the National Library of New Zealand”

The following paper will be presented at the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations ) WLIC 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at the end of August.


Social Media Collecting at the National Library of New Zealand


Bill Macnaught
National Library of New Zealand



Collecting content from the internet is an increasingly significant part of collection building at the National Library of New Zealand. Social media collecting is a new aspect of our digital collecting. We currently collect social media both under our legal deposit legislation and through donation as part of personal papers or archives. Social media offers unique content and voices, not always available in other formats. While this gives us new opportunities to diversify our collections, it isn’t without challenges. Content is shifting away from traditional websites to social media. This is understandable – it’s easier to post content, quick to circulate and cheaper. However, it is also comes with new collecting challenges.

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7 pages; PDF.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.