Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces announced today that in a first for local government in New Zealand, five councils in the Auckland region have jointly purchased and are implementing a new library management system for their public libraries. The new Millennium library management system from Innovative Interfaces will replace the existing library management systems and provide a single portal for online searching by community patrons. Known as eLGAR (Libraries for a Greater Auckland Region), the new consortium is composed of the Waitakere, Rodney, North Shore, Manukau, and Auckland Libraries, which together circulate over 15 million items every year.
“Strong leadership demonstrated by the library managers has really brought their shared vision of Smarter Systems, Better Libraries, Greater Auckland, to life,” says Colin Dale, project sponsor and CEO of Manukau City Council. After two years of investigation and planning, the libraries and their councils chose Millennium in part because it has proven itself in the large public library market. In addition, Millennium was chosen as it offers a host of self-service options that allow patrons to search for and request books and other materials through the libraries' online websites.
Beverly Fletcher, Manager of Libraries for the Rodney District Council and the Chair of the project's board, says the new system will deliver benefits for customers such as providing common search structures in each library's catalog and enable libraries to email customers details of new books that match their reading interests. The system will also help libraries manage and contain their overheads and costs. “It's all about working smarter,” says Fletcher. “We have vastly improved our buying power through this consortium and we've been able to share expertise too. I can also see it providing the impetus for other regional resource sharing in the future.”
This regional cooperation extends to the five information technology departments of the participating city councils that will jointly support the system with the Auckland City Council providing hosting services. Implementation has begun and the system will be rolled out in each of the libraries beginning mid-2005.
With over 25 years of partnership with the library community, Innovative Interfaces (www.iii.com) is the leader in providing Web-powered, Java-based automated library systems. Its flagship product offering, Millennium, is an acknowledged market leader installed in thousands of libraries in 42 countries. The company is headquartered in Emeryville, California, with offices in Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Korea, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.