NEWS Jul 16, 2012

Congratulations to the Kōtui team and participants!

The number of public libraries adopting the shared library management and resource discovery service will reach 13 by the end of this year. The latest tranche of libraries to adopt the system comprises Hurunui (12 July), Upper Hutt (9 August), Timaru (20 September), Buller (4 October) and Thames Coromandel (18 October.)

“Kōtui is significant for the library sector because it’s the first subscription based shared service which enables public libraries to collaborate regardless of geographical proximity,” said National Librarian, Bill Macnaught.

“Since the initial roll-out in Marlborough in September 2011, feedback has been uniformly positive, which is a tribute to the team supporting the service and to the willingness of participants to embrace the opportunities offered by it.”

The Kōtui service comprises five components: a system to manage a library’s physical items (provided by SirsiDynix), a search facility across a library’s physical and electronic items (provided by EBSCO Publishing’s EBSCO Discovery Service), a centralised data hosting service (provided by Computer Concepts Ltd) and a wide area network link between the Kōtui hosted environment and the Council environment (provided by Snap!). The National Library provides the fifth component – the New Zealand based support and administrative function of the Kōtui service.

The concept and delivery of the Kōtui shared service is the result of collaboration between a group of public libraries, the Association of Public Library Managers (APLM), Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) and the National Library.

The service is available to all New Zealand public libraries on a subscription basis from the National Library.

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