Federated Search: National Library of New Zealand Beta Launches
Today we’re excited to open up the National Library Beta, our new search and research site, and a big step on the road to improved Library access and services.
Why are we so excited? For the first time you can search right across our collections in one place. It’s easier to get what you’re after and easier to use it.
It’s a work in progress, and it’s going to see regular updates and upgrades. Right now we’re trying out a bunch of new ideas that are going to be tweaked, redeveloped, and expanded.
We’re building this site to help your research, so we need to know what you think of it. There’s a feedback link on every page where you can give us your thoughts, and add your vote to good ideas that have already been posted.
- Search right across the collections in one go, including books, manuscripts, photos, and over 2 million pages of Papers Past newspapers.
- Expand your searches outwards with related topics, using background metadata to discover material you may have never come across before.
- A new gallery view on every search, giving you a quick and easy way to scan through photos, illustrations, paintings, and other visual material.
- Over 2400 hi-res images for free download, just the tip of the collection iceberg.
- Log in to save and access your favourites, download orders, and viewing requests with igovt.
- (Coming Soon) More research guides to help you navigate the collections as you dive into your chosen topic.
- (Coming Soon) Improved service information and easier access to the people and tools that can help you out.
Direct to National Library of New Zealand Beta
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.