Kapi-Mana News : October 25th 2011
25 KAPI-MANA NEWS, OCTOBER 25, 2011 NEWS coming soon to Whitby ... We are a new ftness studio making it easy to enjoy better health and lifestyle No joining fee No long term contract Affordable weekly fees Personal ftness training Small group training Card access 24 hours a day all year round Capped membership so get in early with our pre-opening signup special of $13.90 a week Grand Opening Saturday 29 October 10am - 4pm Join us for a barbecue and entertainment and become a foundation member 24/7 fitness Located in Front of Lakeside Veterinary Centre 4131562AA Unit 2, Lakeside Centre, Discovery Dr, Whitby Tel: 0800 247 FIT or www.247fitness.co.nz A no reserve Auction will be held at Mire 10 Mega Petone on Sunday 30th October at 2pm Other attractions and activities on the day: During the month of October Wellington Registered Master Builders and Mitre 10 Mega are joining forces to build a very special house in the Mitre 10 MEGA car park in Petone, for a very special charity, Ronald McDonald House. October 2011 at Mitre 10 Mega Petone All proceeds will go towards the new Ronald McDonald House development in Newtown Auction Information Seminar tonight Auction Information Seminar Professionals will be holding an Auction information seminar on Tuesday the 25th, from 6 - 7pm at Mitre 10 Mega Petone. For further information about this property or to register for this auction please contact Professionals Hutt City Ltd Phone (04) 566 2233 or visit www.redcoats.co.nz/RED02820 'Advertisement proudly sponsored by this Community Newspaper' • The Lions Club BBQ from 10 - 3pm • Bouncy Castle (weather permitting) • Children's face painting • Ronald McDonald performance • Sarah Whitaker will be performing • Auction off the signed framed Hurricanes jersey • The winner of the Ronald McDonald Children's playhouse will be announced • The Ronald McDonald House - Dream Home will be open to view and representatives from the Professionals will be available to answer your questions. • Main Auction starts at 2pm 4093822AC 4133021AA Technology bringing us together Porirua Libraries have about 180,000 books, DVDs, magazines and CDs, but borrowers who get one of the new, free SMART cards can access more than 500,000 items. Simon Edwards talked to the the librarian steering the project. Smart thinking: Hutt City Libraries Digital Services Manager Annette Beattie says a common technology platform is enabling an enhanced and seamless service to users across 23 public and tertiary libraries in the region. Hutt City Libraries digital services manager Annette Beattie says she's a bit of a walking oxy- moron'', because she's by no means a tech-head''. Computer geek or not, she is adept at seeing ways that tech- nology can be used to deliver use- ful products and services through libraries. She believes a better future for New Zealand is wrapped up in hooking up'' community hubs, such as libraries, creativity and technology. Libraries are a conduit to bring creativity and technology together. We've got collections that inspire imagination . . . if you're going to do something you'll look at a library collection to get a sense of what's happened before and how you can build on it. And that produces economic growth.'' We've got all the players, it's just how we get it going.'' The SMART libraries initiative she is co-ordinating is New Zealand's only public and tertiary library collaboration and gives new and existing library members at Hutt, Porirua, Kapiti Coast, Masterton District, Whitireia and Wellington Institute of Tech- nology (WelTec) the option of swapping their local library card for a regional SMART card. It's free, and takes about two minutes to set up if you visit your local branch library. Porirua folk with a SMART card, instead of being confined to six local library branches, can access all 23 participating libraries. They can view the online catalogue (linked through porirua library.org.nz) reserve items and have them delivered to the that is library most convenient for pick- up, free of charge. Items can also be returned to any of the 23 libraries. And it could go further. We've had conversations with other libraries,'' Ms Beattie confirms. It got rolling 13 months ago. Ms Beattie was talking to Porirua Libraries manager Brian Anderson about the system ser- vice upgrades both cities were considering. We were both saying Wouldn't it be cool to upgrade to the same kind of server, and start sharing things, working as a part- nership'.'' WelTec was already running the Spydus management system, so Porirua and Hutt libraries chose a compatible server version. Whitireia, Masterton and Kapiti also joined in. Ms Beattie says there are two key messages: it's not a cost- cutting exercise, and the libraries will continue to operate autonomously. They'll only opt in on collaborations when they feel their own communities -- which after all, pay the bills -- will ben- efit. Using a joint working group, the library managers are feeling their way forward but agree, for example, there are to be no cuts to buying budgets for books, DVDs, and so on. It's definitely not about We don't need to buy this stuff any more, because that library is and we can bludge'.'' Technology will be used to care- fully manage resources. Reserve requests, for example, will be on a first in, first served'' regional basis. The number of copies of a popular book or DVD will be treated as a pooled resource and safeguards are built in to ensure that no one or two libraries' assets are being constantly raided. Each library runs its own pur- chasing policies, to reflect what their community wants,'' Ms Beattie says. But there may be room to streamline backroom processing, particularly as all the libraries involved have moved, or are mov- ing to, RFID (radio frequency identification) instead of barcodes for issuing books, and automatic upgrading of records when they're returned. We're all pretty slick already but over time -- and this is very much an over time' conversation -- there are ways to enhance par- ticular tasks we've all got in com- mon. For example, WelTec has the biggest serials and magazines collections. Do they end up becom- ing the processing hub for magazines?'' Acting together, the libraries may be able to drive a better price for bulk buying of books, DVDs and equipment. The working group has already negotiated a price for courier services to move items between the libraries, which at this stage at least is being absorbed within existing library budgets. Ms Beattie says strong trust has built up among the partner libraries. We respect the parameters in which we each work, but the goal is to provide an enhanced cus- tomer service that is as seamless as possible.'' She says the chief executives of the councils were gobsmacked'' by how quickly it's all come together, when other projects for shared services have often become bogged down. The libraries' technology march takes another step next month. Ms Beattie was also the person who negotiated a joint deal with Overdrive, the world's biggest supplier of ebooks and audio books to public libraries. It's very different from buying an ebook electronic file from Ama- zon. For use in public libraries all sort of digital rights management is required to handle the fact the ebook is only being loaned for a fortnight. Forty libraries, including Porirua Library and its five branches, will being offering ebooks and audio books from next month. But that's another chap- ter.
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