Li­brary cat­a­logue goes on­line

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Perera ■

Res­i­dents in the City of Kar­ratha area now have more ac­cess to their lo­cal li­braries than ever be­fore, thanks to the in­tro­duc­tion of a new on­line cat­a­logue across all four li­braries.

The cat­a­logue, which was rolled out by the City last Mon­day af­ter two months of de­vel­op­ment, has search­able records of all re­sources in each of the Kar­ratha, Dampier, Roe­bourne and Wick­ham li­braries.

It in­cludes links to new on­li­neonly re­sources such as eBooks, data­bases, lan­guage-learn­ing help and com­mu­nity event in­for­ma­tion.

It is the first on­line cat­a­logue any Pil­bara li­brary has de­vel­oped.

City of Kar­ratha di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity ser­vices An­drew Ward said the cat­a­logue would im­prove pub­lic ac­cess to li­brary re­sources.

“The main ben­e­fit is that peo­ple liv­ing in the whole of the City of Kar­ratha area can see what each li­brary has,” he said.

“Not just what their lo­cal li­brary has — they can see what other li­braries have and they can re­quest those items. And they can do that 24/7.

“This is ev­ery­thing from books to DVDs to CDs to mag­a­zines. So it’s a huge amount of re­sources listed within the com­puter.”

The cat­a­logue’s launch comes at a time when mem­ber­ships and vis­i­tor num­bers are up across the City of Kar­ratha li­braries. Kar­ratha li­brary recorded 6384 mem­bers in 2016, up from 5145 the pre­vi­ous year, and about 1000 more vis­i­tors last year.

Mr Ward at­trib­uted the in­creases to the chang­ing na­ture of li­braries, which he said were be­com­ing dy­namic com­mu­nity cen­tres rather than a place to only bor­row books, and said the cat­a­logue would fur­ther boost li­brary us­age.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

City of Kar­ratha’s Joyce Wil­liams and An­drew Ward test the new on­line cat­a­logue.

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