DUBLIN, Ohio, September 21, 2015. The National Library of New Zealand has selected OCLC to host Te Puna Services, a collection of online tools and services created with New Zealand librarians to support daily workflows in searching, cataloguing, resource sharing and managing collections.
OCLC has previously had an agreement in place with the National Library to host Te Puna interlibrary loan services. By selecting OCLC to host and manage these other services, the National Library will significantly reduce its administrative workload and maintenance tasks.
"I'm delighted that the National Library of New Zealand is building on the successful partnership already in place between the National Library and OCLC for access to WorldCat resources," said Bill Macnaught, National Librarian, Department of Internal Affairs. "This new agreement with OCLC will allow Te Puna member libraries to take advantage of an externally hosted, modern, next-generation system designed to meet members' cataloguing, search and resource sharing needs."
Under the new agreement, the system will offer access to WorldCat as a source for cataloguing; WorldShare Metadata Services; Connexion; and WorldCat Discovery Services as a public and staff interface to WorldCat holdings.
The new, expanded services will also offer a separate view of the combined catalogue of New Zealand libraries, which is the equivalent of a national union catalogue. It will also include views of Publications New Zealand, the national bibliography, and Choral and Orchestral Hire Service, the largest collection of musical performance material in New Zealand.
"OCLC is very excited to extend our partnership with the National Library of New Zealand and Te Puna members as New Zealand moves its national bibliographic services to OCLC's hosted infrastructure," said Chris Thewlis, OCLC Regional Manager, Australia and New Zealand.
OCLC WorldCat bibliographic and authority data, and associated services, are stored and delivered from OCLC's data centre in in Dublin, Ohio, USA. OCLC's WorldShare Services, including all local data and identity information, are delivered from a data centre in Sydney, Australia. Application and technical support will come from OCLC's Melbourne office, and Te Puna members will continue to be supported through Te Puna customer support consultants.
Implementation begins this month, and the new services are expected to go live by the middle of 2016.
About the National Library of New Zealand
The National Library collects, connects and co-creates knowledge relevant to New Zealand and its people. It has a statutory purpose to enrich the cultural and economic life of New Zealand and its interchanges with other nations as set out in the National Library of New Zealand (Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa) Act 2003. It works collaboratively with other institutions, including the international library community.
Te Puna Services connects New Zealanders to content through large aggregations of metadata and make New Zealand's cultural heritage visible and usable to New Zealanders and the world. Te Puna also provides a national platform for shared cataloguing and resource sharing, achieving efficiencies for 92 percent of New Zealand libraries from all library sectors.
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.