The University of Auckland library has gone live with an intranet designed to enable university-wide delivery of a range of online information resources.
Associate librarian Janet Copsey says the network, dubbed LEARN (library electronic academic resources), has taken 15 months to plan.
"Our goal has been to create an internal World Wide Web environment at the University of Auckland with the LEARN network acting as the electronic front door to the library resources, available in electronic format," she says.
The university's intranet has links to a large number of external Web sites which the library has subscribed to, including the Knowledge Basket server which provides full text and bibliographic access to titles like the National Business Review, a New Zealand business press database, Newzindex, Waitangi Tribunal reports, the District Law Societies (LINX) and Briefcase legal databases.
Each departmental library has at least one dedicated computer linked to the LEARN system, with the general library providing more than 15 dedicated PCs.
The library plans to integrate the new electronic resources, together with traditional printed material, into teaching programmes and a training room in the general library has been commissioned to provide hands-on training in the new system.