Library collections go trans Tasman
6 March 2006
The National Libraries of Australia and New Zealand are pleased to announce a collaborative project linking Libraries Australia Document Delivery and Te Puna Interloan, enabling libraries on both sides of the Tasman to seamlessly request from and supply library resources to one another.
Known as Trans Tasman Interlending, this service will significantly improve the efficiency of document delivery services to libraries in Australia and New Zealand , facilitating resource sharing between libraries in both countries.
Jan Fullerton, Director-General, National Library of Australia said the collaboration offered significant benefits on both sides of the Tasman.
‘This initiative will enable New Zealand libraries to easily request material from Australian library collections and for Australian libraries to access New Zealand collections. It is an excellent example of international collaboration that will bring enormous benefits to the citizens of both countries,’ she said.
The benefits include:
- access to the resources of almost 900 libraries in Australia and New Zealand
- a single search interface to the National Bibliographic Databases in both countries
- one system that supports document delivery for Australia and New Zealand
- a centralised billing and reconciliation system.
The National Library of Australia operates the Libraries Australia Document Delivery Service, Australia ’s interlibrary loan and document delivery service, with a membership of almost 600 Australian libraries. The service is underpinned by the Australian National Bibliographic Database of more than 14 million bibliographic records, with more than 40 million holding locations for resources held by Australian libraries.
The National Library of New Zealand operates Te Puna Interloan, serving over 300 New Zealand libraries, and underpinned by the Te Puna database, which contains over 10 million bibliographic records with more than 12 million holding locations for material held in New Zealand libraries.
Australian libraries will be able to use the Libraries Australia Document Delivery service to search the TePuna database and request loans or copies of items held in New Zealand libraries. Likewise New Zealand libraries will be able to use Te Puna Interloan to search Libraries Australia (Australian National Bibliographic Database) and request loans or copies of items held in Australian libraries.
For more information visit http://www.nla.gov.au/librariesaustralia/tepuna.html
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