Upgrades abound for district's libraries
Library services temporarily on holdEMMA BAILEY
No books will leave Timaru District Libraries today ... or tomorrow.
Fear not, it is not a radical new cost-cutting scheme. The libraries in Timaru, Geraldine and Temuka are getting new computer systems.
Until Thursday, there will be no lending, renewals, reserves or catalogue available. However, returns, browsing of collections, in-library reading, newspapers, free Internet and Wifi access will remain available.
Timaru District Libraries manager Michelle Miles said the new system, Kotui, responsible for lending and managing library collections, will also make it possible to search the physical and electronic resources of the library from a single access point, such as a computer or smart phone, from home, school, a business or from within the library.
"While it has taken some time and effort to prepare Timaru District Libraries for our go-live date, we are excited by the benefits it will bring to both customers and staff," she said.
While the new system was being installed, a new electronic door was also being installed at the Sophia St entrance, with patrons to use the side entrance off the Bank St carpark until Thursday.
"We wanted to limit the disruption as much as possible," she said.
The Kotui system has been introduced by the National Library, project manager John Truesdale said.
"We have been working on this for two years, on-and-off. Each library takes about four months to convert the data," he said.
Timaru District Libraries are the 11th public library to adopt Kotui, with two more set to go live next month.
- © Fairfax NZ News