The National Library Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa is partnering with the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) to make its collection more visible to web users around the world.
A partnership agreement was signed by national librarian and chief executive of the National Library Penny Carnaby and OCLC vice-president Phyllis Spies at a function in Wellington today and comes into effect on 1 July.
Web searchers will now be able to find the libraries' holdings through search engines such as Google and Yahoo!, and through OCLC's WorldCat site (www.worldcat.org).
The library says a person searching for Janet Frame's Owls Do Cry may discover their local library has a copy of the book – even if they didn't know their local library has a website, or that its library catalogue can be searched online.
The agreement also makes it possible for New Zealanders to search the holdings of libraries around the world – a development Carnaby describes as being a significant part of the new agreement.
"It's about taking New Zealand information to the world, and bringing the world's information to New Zealanders," she says.