MELBOURNE, Australia, 30 July 2018—OCLC has extended its partnership with the National Library of New Zealand with an agreement to provide more than 200 New Zealand libraries access to WorldShare Interlibrary Loan (ILL), which connects thousands of libraries around the world. The addition of WorldShare ILL services complements discovery and metadata workflows already managed through OCLC's cloud-based WorldShare platform.
OCLC currently hosts Te Puna Services, a collection of online tools and services created with New Zealand librarians to support daily workflows. Te Puna also offers a separate view of the combined catalogue of New Zealand libraries in WorldCat—the world's most comprehensive database of information about library collections—which is the equivalent of a national union catalogue. By moving from OCLC's VDX resource sharing system to WorldShare ILL, Te Puna members can take full advantage of streamlined workflows, and increased access to resources held in libraries within New Zealand and in libraries worldwide.
"We are delighted that this new agreement with OCLC continues the National Library's strategy of ensuring the national system is in an environment that allows us to easily adapt to changes affecting the community and thus effectively respond to our members' needs," said Bill Macnaught, New Zealand National Librarian. "The 2016 migration of New Zealand's national bibliographic system to OCLC's WorldShare Metadata Services platform was of significant benefit to Te Puna member libraries, and this project continues to build on our productive relationship with OCLC on behalf of the country."
"OCLC are working with us to ensure highly valued services are maintained and at the same time providing exciting new services, such as enabling requesting with international libraries and vendors," said Rachel Esson, Director, Content Services, National Library of New Zealand. "We are very happy that we will be offering Te Puna members enhanced workflows and increased benefits."
"We are very pleased to expand our successful partnership with the National Library of New Zealand," said Mary Sauer-Games, OCLC Vice President, Global Product Management. "With WorldShare ILL, Te Puna libraries will benefit from more flexibility in workflows, improved efficiencies and increased national collaboration on OCLC's WorldShare platform."
The National Library of New Zealand has been working with OCLC to host services since 2013. Adding WorldShare ILL is the latest in a series of partnerships to move bibliographic services to OCLC.
Implementation of WorldShare ILL has already started in New Zealand, and the more than 200 Te Puna libraries will be live with the service by the end of the year. Application and technical support will come from OCLC's Melbourne office; Te Puna members are supported through a team of Te Puna Specialists.
About the National Library of New Zealand
The National Library of New Zealand is here to help users access and use the collective knowledge of the nation.
It's the National Library's job to collect, connect, and co-create knowledge to power New Zealand.
- Collect: New Zealand's documentary taonga in words, sounds and pictures are collected, protected and accessible
- Connect: New Zealanders can easily access national and international resources through knowledge networks
- Co-create: New Zealanders working together to turn knowledge into value
As a library and as a national institution, the Library is open to one and all. Users can find more about the role of the Library as defined in the National Library of New Zealand (Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa) Act (2003)
Te Puna Services is a collection of online tools and services created with the help of New Zealand librarians to support daily tasks of searching, cataloguing, sharing resources, and managing collections. Te Puna Services are only available to member libraries and are delivered by the National Library to save time, money, and effort.
OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC's WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world's collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.