Te reo presence boosted at library
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.