Library now available anytime, anywhere
The Kaikōura District Library (whare pukapuka) has upgraded it's services, putting its catalogue online and allowing online membership sign-ups.
Everyone with access to the internet can browse the items the whare pukapuka has on offer and members can login and search, reserve and renew items online from any device, anywhere, anytime.
They can also apply for membership online. Membership remains free for residents.
What improvements or changes did we get?
Access to the whare pukapuka catalogue 24/7, 365 days a year. Everyone with access to the internet can now browse the whare pukapuka catalogue anywhere, anytime. Members with an email address attached to their membership can now log in and reserve, request or renew items or update their account information.
If you're already a member, you can access your account using your library membership number as your login number and 'kaikoura' as the password. We recommend changing your password the first time you log in.
Our wahre pukapuka staff now have more time help customers, run activities and keep the library running smoothly;
- All of the items available at the whare pukapuka are now hosted, maintained and updated through a reliable and efficient cloud system.
- All maintenance and updating is completed by a company dedicated to data management.
Why did we need the upgrades?
Many of our customers live some distance from the whare pukapuka, have limited mobility or have trouble getting to the whare pukapuka during opening hours. Going online makes it easier for these people to use the whare pukapuka in a way that works for them.
Renewing or reserving an item can now be done with the click of a button, anywhere a device can connect to the internet, saving time and penalty fees.
Hosting the catalogue online means all system maintenance and updating is done automatically. This provides value for money as the people who conduct these services are specially trained to do so.
The upgrades keep our services up to date and on par with other whare pukapuka around the country - we thought it was time we were able to offer a reliable online service.
What did it cost?
The upgrade offered all the updated services we needed, with only an increase in the fee to host the catalogue online.
There was a one-off cost of $1000 to transfer all of the date from the whare pukapuka onto cloud hosting.
The annual costs are around $10,000 to have all of the resources maintained and updated automatically. Before the upgrade, this cost was around $6000 per year.
Whare pukapuka services are funded from the general rate.
How will we know if it's successful?
With your feedback! Let us know what you think.
Remember: if there is something that you have seen at another whare pukapuka that you like the look of, let us know – we are always looking at ways to improve our services.
We're working on improving our online payment system so that whare pukapuka users can pay fines and fees online.
Find out more
- Head to the online catalogue here, or read more about the whare pukapuka here.
- Apply to become a member of the library here.
- Find out about Spark Jump, a low-cost internet service supported by the whare pukapuka here.
28 January 2019