The changes will involve some short-term disruption to normal library services from this coming Saturday, June 20 to Friday, 26 June and library users are asked to refrain from borrowing or returning books, wherever possible, during that period.

The new system, due to be launched on June 25, will make it easier for library-goers to search for resources ranging from books, e-books and DVDS to online resources and databases.

Whakatane District Council library services team leader Tangimeriana Rua said while the disruptions might cause some frustrations to regular users, the new system would be a significant advance to the services provided.

“We do apologise for the inconvenience these changes will cause, and we encourage our regular borrowers to return books and stockpile their next week’s reading this week,” she said.

“Any books that are due to be returned during the changeover week can be returned during the week starting 29 June, without incurring any late-return penalty.”

Ms Rua said Kotui would make it easier for people to find what they were looking for when at the library, but also when searching from home, school, work or on a smartphone.

“Kotui means to interlace or interweave and that is one of the many advantages of the new system, which integrates our electronic database and e-book offerings, making it easier for people to research all the resources we have available.”

More than 20 libraries in New Zealand have already adopted the Kotui system and the response of library users has been very positive. Anyone who would like a preview of the experience Kotui will provide can have a look at the Kawerau or Opotiki District Library websites and click through to the respective catalogue pages.

 

Source: Whakatane Beacon