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New system makes libraries more accessible

Media Release
8 July 2005

New system makes libraries more accessible than ever before

Waitakere’s libraries are set to become more accessible than ever, with today’s launch of a new online catalogue.

An online reading log and easy renewals are just two of the features of the new system.

‘Millenium’, from San Francisco based company Innovative Interfaces, is the software allowing users to search the library catalogue online, renew books, and view items they have on loan in the comfort of their own home. If a favourite book isn’t held anywhere in Waitakere City, users can choose to view the library collections of four other councils online through Web Bridge and then request books using the inter loan process.

If still unsatisfied with the selection, users can suggest future book purchases for their local library. They can also save favourite catalogue searches and a new email alert service will advise when an author or book concerning their subject becomes available.

Chair of the City Development Committee Councillor Penny Hulse, says the new system will better utilise the Mobile Library, which stops regularly around the city, visiting outlying areas such as Laingholm and Huia.

“The new library system will allow mobile library users to browse and request books online from home and then pick them up off the bus when it’s in their area,” she says.

“The outer areas of Waitakere such as Laingholm and Huia will benefit greatly from this new system.”

While browsing the catalogue, users will also be able to see the book jackets on selected titles, making it easier to spot once in the library.

With minimal disruptions to service in the two days preceding the launch, the ‘Smarter Systems’ project is a collaboration between five city councils working together to purchase a software system, updating an 18 year old system that is already in place with the goal of creating smarter systems, better libraries and a greater Auckland.

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