Wednesday, November 21, 2012

National Library Beta website

On 14 November 2012, the National Library Beta website took over as the online home of the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga O Aotearoa.

The National Library have been trialling and steadily improving the website, which includes a prototype search service and the home for collections and services.

The final step has been shifting all the information about the library and its services from this site to the new platform. In the process library staff have re-thought how they present that material, and streamlined it to get customers to what they need more quickly.

Ref: AWNS19200715-31-4, Sir George Grey Special Collections
The new site is the biggest change in the library's online presence since the library first ventured online in the 1990s, and the creation of the cross-collection search site FIND. Customers  can now search more of the collections, more comprehensively, and do more with what they find. Developments don't stop there and the  library is continuing to improve the website's technology,  online services, and functionality.

This refresh coincides with the official reopening of the National Library's Wellington building on 27 November. The ground floor, Te Ahumairangi, named by mana whenua after the hill the building sits on, will be home to a number of new ways to use the library.

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