Public libraries integrating collections online | CIO  Magazine New Zealand | The Information Professional |

"New Zealand public libraries are using a shared collection management service to cut costs.

A new collection management service is rolling out in libraries across New Zealand.

Kotui in Maori means to interweave, so it is an appropriate name for the service which hopes to connect and integrate resource collections held in New Zealand public libraries.

The service is managed by the National Library of New Zealand, and provides tools for library customers to search for resources and place holds on books they want to borrow or read digital versions online and on their smartphones.

“We are supporting New Zealanders’ ability to access and use information important to their lives by providing free internet access in public libraries and maraes,” says National Librarian Bill Macnaught. “And now, with Kotui, we are making it easier to search online for all materials held by a public library.”"