Auckland launches library site for new millennium

Auckland City Libraries last night launched a major new Website that City Librarian Barbara Birkbeck is pitching as an initiative for the millennium.

Auckland City Libraries last night launched a major new Website that City librarian Barbara Birkbeck is pitching as an initiative for the millennium.

The site includes an electronic catalogue containing all 1.3 million print, audiovisual and electronic items in the Libraries' collections. Members can search the catalogue online and reserve books or other items - and even view their own borrowing records to check on outstanding loans.

The site also heralds a new emphasis on business information services, allowing access to a database of more than 1300 business and management publications.

"Our aim is to make ourselves important and relevant in the new millennium, to Auckland and to the world," said Birbeck at the opening ceremony.

The launch caps nine months of work, initially by an internal team led by Auckland City Libraries' Sue Cooper, then by Auckland Web development company McGovern Associates. Back-end development - including the Java-based catalogue application - has been carried out by Auckland City Council's own IT group.

Other services debuting on the site include CITY, a database of several thousand community groups and organisations in Auckland, and Iwidex, a database of Maori resources.

The council has registered aucklandlibrary.com and this may be used in future, but the URL for the new site is:

http://www.akcity.govt.nz/library

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