Li­braries link up in re­gional shar­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Porirua read­ers will have ac­cess to books from around the Welling­ton re­gion, start­ing in Oc­to­ber.

Porirua City Li­brary mem­bers will be able to re­serve books from li­braries in Kapiti, Lower Hutt and Master­ton, and from the Whi­tireia and WelTec polytech­nic li­braries.

What’s more, book re­serves will be­come free for Porirua res­i­dents.

The project, dubbed ‘‘ SMART’’ ( Shared and Man­aged – A Re­gion To­gether), is a New Zealand first, Porirua li­brary man­ager Brian An­der­son says. ‘‘It’s quite a big deal for us.’’ Auck­land has a sim­i­lar shared cat­a­logue sys­tem, but poly­techs are not in­volved there.

The six SMART li­braries have been qui­etly work­ing on the project for a year and a half, and took their in­spi­ra­tion from the suc­cess­ful in­ter­loan sys­tem, Mr An­der­son says.

‘‘The old in­ter­loan was a real win­ner.’’

The big­gest dif­fi­culty was merg­ing the li­braries’ on­line cat­a­logues.

Welling­ton City Li­brary was in­ter­ested in join­ing SMART, but their cat­a­logu­ing sys­tem was too dif­fer­ent to the other six, Mr An­der­son says.

Book re­serves will be­come free when SMART goes live on Oc­to­ber 3. Re­serves are al­ready free at Hutt City, Whi­tireia and WelTec li­braries, and the other three li­braries agreed to adopt this dur­ing project plan­ning.

How­ever, over­due book fines will in­crease by 10 cents to 60c to make up for the $7000 in re­serve fees Porirua li­brary will lose in the changeover.

A van will travel be­tween the 24 li­brary branches twice a week, pick­ing up and de­liv­er­ing books around the net­work.

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