Kōtui is the result of a collaboration between a group of public libraries, the Association of Public Library Managers (APLM), Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) and the National Library.
Kōtui is a shared service that provides New Zealand public libraries with an affordable, efficient option to help them manage their collections, and includes leading edge functionality for library users that would otherwise have been unaffordable to many councils.
The service is available to all New Zealand public libraries on a subscription basis from the National Library – the organisation mandated to supplement and further the work of other libraries in New Zealand.
The Kōtui service comprises four components: a system to manage a library’s physical items (provided by SirsiDynix), a search facility across a library’s physical and electronic items (provided by EBSCO Publishing’s EBSCO Electronic Discovery Service), and a centralised data hosting service (provided by Computer Concepts Ltd) The National Library provides the fourth component – the New Zealand based support and administrative function for the Kōtui service.
The governance of Kotui transferred from the Project Steering Committee to the Kōtui Board, a board of representatives, on 8 March 2012.