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Kōtui

Find out about the Kōtui shared service that provides New Zealand public libraries with an affordable, efficient option to help them manage their collections.

Kōtui collaboration

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.


Kōtui subscription available to NZ public libraries

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.


What Kōtui provides to libraries

The Kōtui service comprises 4 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
  • a centralised data hosting service — provided by Computer Concepts Ltd
  • the New Zealand based support and administrative function for the Kōtui service — provided by The National Library.

Governance

The governance of Kotui transferred from the Project Steering Committee to the Kōtui Board, a board of representatives, on 8 March 2012.


Further information

For more information about Kōtui, including how to become a member, visit the Kōtui website, or contact the Aotearoa People's Network Kaharoa & Kōtui team at kotui@dia.govt.nz.