Stuart Strachan was one of the first to register as a user of ALF, Archives New Zealand’s new archives locator finder when the system went live in the Dunedin office on Tuesday 17 August.
The former Hocken Librarian, and current member of the Archives Council, Mr Strachan said that the new system was ‘’a great step forward, making things much easier for staff and users alike.’’
Archives New Zealand’s Repository Replacement Project manager Mike Heron says, “ALF is a modern, robust system that replaces the department’s older systems.
“ALF brings about some changes to Archives New Zealand’s main online search system Archway to improve the way customers can search for and request records they want to view in one of the department’s reading rooms,” he says.
“Our customers will notice several immediate improvements. For example, once they have visited an Archives New Zealand office register as an ALF user, they can order records through Archway before coming into the reading room to view them.”
The system was piloted in Archives New Zealand’s Christchurch office last month, before going live in Dunedin. It is destined to be introduced into the Wellington and Auckland offices next month.
When the changes have been rolled out to all four of Archives New Zealand’s offices, customers will only have to register once, no matter which office they are in. They will also be able to order items to view in the reading rooms directly from Archway, including from home. When they are registered they will receive new reader cards.
“ALF will also improve the way staff process the orders which will result in more efficient customer service,” Mike Heron says.