a website for all New Zealand cataloguers

Nau mai, haere mai - welcome to DescribeNZ


DescribeNZ aims to be a useful, credible and up-to-date source of information about cataloguing for both the New Zealand cataloguing community and anyone in the wider library community who would like to discover more about cataloguing.

Here you will find guidance on cataloguing standards, links to resources for professional development, information about New Zealand cataloguing practice and policy, and future trends in cataloguing and metadata such as Linked Data and BIBFRAME.

The official newsletter of the LIANZA Cataloguing Special Interest Group (CatSIG), Catapult, is also archived here.


DescribeNZ is paid for and maintained by the LIANZA Cataloguing Special Interest Group (CatSIG) and is managed by a moderator group with representatives from a number of different New Zealand libraries and a representative from the CatSIG committee.

Current moderator team:

  • Joanne Rowan (CatSIG Rep)

  • Janess Stewart (National Library of New Zealand)

  • Daniel Malpass (National Library of New Zealand)

  • Vanessa McDonald (Te Puna Services)

  • Lynette Thomson (Auckland Libraries)

  • Dan Beck (Auckland Libraries)

  • Mike Stachurski (Auckland Libraries)

New additions to the moderator group would be most welcome!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please contact us at

Last updated: November 15, 2018 (JHS)