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Unpacking IT acronyms

The IT world, much like the library world, has its own special jargon which can be difficult to decipher if you're not on the "inside". In this post we'll look at some of the more common acronyms and abbreviations that get used in the APNK offices (ie terms that crossover between the IT and library worlds) and explain what they mean.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

A beginner's guide to APNK wifi

by Moata Tamaira

When you think about it, wifi is a bit mysterious.

You can't see it, hear it or smell it, and yet it's the medium by which masses of information is transported every day.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Photo post: Southern APNK libraries

by Moata Tamaira

What is it with librarians? Not only do we choose to work in libraries (fair enough, they're awesome places) but in our spare time we like nothing better than hanging out in bookstores, and while on holiday in a different city or town it's not unknown for to visit the local library there.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

2013 Census - Coming to a library near you

by Moata Tamaira

You count - 2013 Census logoMore and more of our basic transactions, the housekeeping and book-keeping on our daily lives, are happening online.

We can shop, find jobs, get exam results and apply for a passport, all via the Internet.

Similarly this year's census, which takes place on Tuesday 5 March, will have an online option with people being able to complete their census returns electronically.

But of course, that means access to computers and the Internet which is where your local library may be able to help.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Top 5 tips for wifi users

Wifi sign at the libraryWifi, for all its many uses, does have its limitations so here are our tips on getting connected via APNK wifi with the minimum of fuss.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Making E-readers easier at Oamaru Library

by Moata Tamaira

Photo: E-reader class underway
Christopher Meech of Oamaru Library demonstrates how to download e-books using APNK wifi.

Recently I heard through the grapevine (aka Facebook) that the staff at Oamaru Library were offering tutorial classes for people on how to use their e-readers.

There's no denying that devices for reading e-books have grown in popularity in recent years, but as with any piece of technology, owning one isn't the same as knowing how to use one!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What does actress Jennifer Lawrence and an APNK customer have in common?

by Moata Tamaira

Richmond Library building
    Richmond Library, Tasman District

Answer: They're both using Skype for job interviews.

Just before Christmas we received some feedback from an APNK user at Richmond Library in the Tasman District who wanted to pass on how useful they found the free wifi there.

"The environment is excellent and the wifi service is absolutely fabulous. It helped me get a new job (using Skype). This is exactly the type of information sharing and empowering services that all libraries should embrace. Well done."

Thursday, January 24, 2013

National Digital Forum 2012

The National Digital Forum is an annual 2 day conference held at Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. Presenters and attendees generally represent an interesting mixture of people from the cultural sector – galleries, libraries, archives and museums – who also work and play in the digital space. Web and software developers, people involved with digitisation projects, people who manage and maintain digital collections, web editors, technologists of all kinds.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

On turning 5

Today is the 5th anniversary of the beginning of APNK. How do we mark this beginning point? Is it the day when funding was first secured? Did the People's Network start when the staff were hired? Or when we got our first shipment of computers?

No. The APNK didn't start until the first person at a library got online. We had our first ever customer on 23 November 2007 in Kawerau Library.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Kete New Plymouth makes 10,000

You might be forgiven for thinking that APNK is all about computing equipment and Internet connection, and to be fair, that is a big part of what we do but another aspect of our service focuses on digital content. We host a number of online repositories that library staff and members of the community add their unique, local treasures to.

These online repositories are called Kete and we host 20 or so on behalf of libraries all over the country.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

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