Vanessa van Uden
Technology features prominently in details of how the
Queenstown Lakes District Council could deliver future library
services, while a new library in Frankton could also be a
The council's library taskforce has produced a series of
recommendations from its review of the district's library
services, to be discussed at two community forums next week.
The library review strategy has three focus areas: improving
the effectiveness of current services; expanding digital
services to deliver ''a library in every pocket''; and
strengthening the library's position as a community hub.
Within the next couple of years, the taskforce
recommendations include extending opening hours, introducing
a self-check facility in the district's larger libraries and
providing an e-book download service and more public
Council consultants Maxwell and Associates in Wellington and
Sue Sutherland Consulting in Christchurch have recommended
physical integration of customer services with the library
where possible, and moving management of the library's core
systems to the national Kotui shared library management and
An integrated membership card with other council services is
proposed in the medium term - three to four years - along
with a new digital services librarian position, a library
cellphone app and loaning electronic readers or tablets to
In five or more years' time, building a new library in
Frankton to meet population growth is recommended. It would
potentially include a learning centre and cafe.
A trial ''hacker space'' - with technology and tools for
people to try out - could be a shared resource for the larger
libraries in the long term, while a sponsored vehicle kitted
out with Wi-Fi and mobile reading and internet devices could
be used to deliver services to areas without libraries, such
as Cardrona and Luggate.
Queenstown Mayor Vanessa van Uden said the council wanted to
test out the library taskforce's recommendations with the
community before they went to the council for final
''If something significant has been missed, then this is the
time to identify that.''
Ms van Uden hoped everyone who had shared their ideas on
library services over the past three months would come to
hear what had evolved.
The forums will be at the Queenstown Memorial Centre on
Wednesday, March 19, starting at 6.30pm, and the Lake Wanaka
Centre on Thursday, March 20, starting 6.30pm.