Library is close to going electronic

AL WILLIAMS
Last updated 09:03 28/11/2012
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E-BOOKS: Waimate Library is investing in a new e-book platform for users to access books from the internet.

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Bookworms could have more options if e-books get the green light in Waimate.

The library is in the final stages of investigating the Wheelers e-books platform for the delivery of e-books via the internet.

Senior librarian Tony Morton said members would be able to check out and download e-books in e-pub and pdf formats if the system went live.

E-books can be downloaded to portable devices with the potential to save the library and members money as fewer books will be lost and e-books will be automatically returned.

Mr Morton said he had passed a contract on to the council and was expecting an answer later this week. The new system would work out to be much the same price as purchasing hard-copy material.

The new system would be good for Waimate, he said.

"We are such a widespread district and people will be able to access our service remotely."

Meanwhile, the library's Koha system is nearly six months into operation. Koha is an open-source integrated library system, used worldwide by public and school libraries.

It was developed in New Zealand and is an internet-based system for collecting information.

Mr Morton said the system was cheaper and easier to navigate and manage.

The key difference was changes to the library website, he said. "It's working out well; with all changes we have issues, but we've had minimal problems."

The library has also been working on revamping its large-print section and has included an increased amount of New Zealand and non-fiction content in the collection.

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- The Timaru Herald

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