Library services in the Otorohanga District are turning a new digital page next month. Both Otorohanga and Kawhia library staff are counting down the days to the launch of the new Kotui shared library service which allows customers access to national library catalogues and digital iBook resources from home, work or school via portable devices.
LIVE MARCH 12
Kotui is owned and operated by the National Library of New Zealand in conjunction with the Aotearoa Peoples Network – Kaharoa. The service has a dedicated staff managing and supporting the system and is set to “go live” in Otorohanga and Kawhia on March 12. Other council libraries that have joined the service include Hastings, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Taupo and Whanganui. Waitomo has no immediate plans to connect.
With a one-off licence fee cost of $47,146 and an annual operating fee of $20,843, district librarian Sarah Osborne says Kotui will streamline services leading to a more cost effective and capable library system in the future.
"At the moment, our data is being migrated and loaded and we are on track for the go live date on March 12. Two people from Kotui are coming up prior to the launch to set up system and to make sure everything is working smoothly. It is going really well."
Mayor Max Baxter is excited about the launch and hopes the new system will help reverse the trend of declining library user numbers. Mrs Osborne says the libraries will be closed for two day prior to the launch to ensure the system is fully operational.
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The Otorohanga District Library and Kawhia War Memorial Library will be CLOSED on the following days for the computer system upgrade: