South Waikato District Libraries are set to Go Live on Thursday 2 November with a new Library Management System.
The new system is managed through the Kōtui Consortium which is used by 36 other New Zealand councils.
Kōtui means, amongst other things, the combining of things through weaving.
The libraries in Tokoroa and Putaruru will be closed from Tuesday 31 October to do the big ‘switch over’. Kōtui support staff and the library team will conduct a thorough system test on Wednesday 1 November… and – touch wood – we’ll be live and open again for business with the new system on the Thursday!
This new management system will allow the libraries to deliver a higher quality service than is possible with the current system.
“We will be able to offer enhanced access for customers to online services and an improved interface,” explained Library Manager Lalita Sudhakar. “Customers will be able to do searches using a familiar ‘google-like’ interface across both physical and online resources held or subscribed to by the libraries.”
During the two days that the library service is closed for normal services, there will be a massive book sale at both the Tokoroa and Putaruru libraries… so be sure to pop along and see what fantastic reads you can pick up…
Putaruru residents, the Putaruru Council office is open for all other normal Council services; it’s just the normal library services that are not available during this switch over.
See also these 3 on-line Prattler posts – (click on the pictures below).
The SWDC Putaruru team also has more information about this in the current print Prattler on pages 12 and 13 – click on the Prattler image in the right-hand side bar, or the image below, (there is a slight delay for it to load this page turning version, depending on your internet speed).