National Library of New Zealand Selects OCLC to Manage Several Online Tools and Services For NZ Libraries
The National Library of New Zealand has selected OCLC to host Te Puna Services, a collection of online tools and services created with New Zealand librarians to support daily workflows in searching, cataloguing, resource sharing and managing collections.
OCLC has previously had an agreement in place with the National Library to host Te Puna interlibrary loan services. By selecting OCLC to host and manage these other services, the National Library will significantly reduce its administrative workload and maintenance tasks.
Under the new agreement, the system will offer access to WorldCat as a source for cataloguing; WorldShare Metadata Services; Connexion; and WorldCat Discovery Services as a public and staff interface to WorldCat holdings.
The new, expanded services will also offer a separate view of the combined catalogue of New Zealand libraries, which is the equivalent of a national union catalogue. It will also include views of Publications New Zealand, the national bibliography, and Choral and Orchestral Hire Service, the largest collection of musical performance material in New Zealand.
Implementation begins this month, and the new services are expected to go live by the middle of 2016.
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