Te reo pres­ence boosted at li­brary

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

Palmer­ston North City Li­brary’s latest tech­nol­ogy means a higher pro­file for te reo Maori.

The new ra­dio fre­quency iden­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem is equipped with smart-serve desks ca­pa­ble of op­er­at­ing in a va­ri­ety of lan­guages.

And in time for Maori Lan­guage Week, Maori is the first lan­guage op­tion to be fully checked and trans­lated so users can nav­i­gate the full menu in Maori.

‘‘The new smart serve desks will en­able lenders with flu­ency in the Maori lan­guage to quickly take out books, view their ac­count de­tails, and pay any li­brary fines,’’ city coun­cil prin­ci­pal Maori ad­viser Todd Taiepa says.

The li­brary sys­tem en­ables bor­row­ers to hold all of their li­brary card de­tails and ac­cess to ser­vices on one dig­i­tal de­vice, al­low­ing them to have a fully im­mer­sive te reo Maori ex­pe­ri­ence.

Maori lan­guage ed­u­ca­tion and re­search con­sul­tancy He Ku­penga Hao i te Reo has been in­volved to make sure the trans­la­tion is ac­cu­rate and make any ad­just­ments for nu­ances and id­iom.

This use of the tech­nol­ogy en­hances ef­forts that have al­ready been made at the li­brary to in­clude Maori lan­guage in its greet­ings and signs.

‘‘The pro­ject is part of a grow­ing mo­men­tum to­wards recog­ni­tion that the coun­cil has a key role in the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of te reo Maori, ‘‘ Todd says.

Coun­cil and li­brary staff will be con­sid­er­ing other lan­guages fre­quently spo­ken in the city to add to the smart-serve desk sys­tem.

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