Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Auckland region libraries get ‘smarter’

Auckland region libraries get ‘smarter’

In what is a first for local government in New Zealand, 5 Councils of the Auckland region have signed an agreement to purchase a new state-of-the-art software system for their public libraries.

The new system will replace the existing library management systems, some of which have been in use for up to18 years.

Colin Dale the project sponsor and CEO of Manukau City Council says on behalf of the regional CEO Forum that “strong leadership demonstrated by the library managers of Waitakere, Rodney, North Shore, Manukau, and Auckland has really brought their shared vision of Smarter Systems, Better Libraries, Greater Auckland, to life”

After 2 years of investigation a unanimous decision of the 5 libraries and their councils has seen a San Francisco based company, Innovative Interfaces selected as the preferred supplier with their product ‘Millennium’.

This regional cooperation extends to the 5 IT departments of the participating Councils which will jointly support the system, with hosting services provided by Auckland City Council.

System implementation has begun and from mid 2005 the system will be rolled out in each of the libraries. It will deliver benefits for customers such as providing common search structures in each library’s catalogue, and enabling libraries to email customers of new books which match their reading interests (if customers chose to register for such a service).

The system will also help libraries manage and contain their overheads and costs. Beverly Fletcher, Manager of Libraries for Rodney District and the Chair of the project’s Board, has been impressed with the already realised short term benefits of working regionally. “It’s all about working smarter. We have vastly improved our buying power through this consortium and we’ve been able to share expertise too. I can also see it providing the impetus for other regional resource sharing in the future” said Ms Fletcher.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>

 

Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election