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Te Kauroa Future Directions Report FINAL

Te Kauroa Future Directions Report FINAL

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The Auckland Council has set an ambitious long term vision for Auckland as the world‟s most liveable
city. The Auckland Plan details the strategies and directions which will deliver on the vision across all
aspects of life in Auckland.

Auckland Libraries is part of realising that vision for the people of Auckland. This document outlines
the Te Kauroa - Future Directions for Auckland Libraries and the shifts we need to make over the next
ten years in order to contribute significantly to the lives of Aucklanders. It is clear from growth
predictions that the current models of library service delivery will not meet the demands of an
expanding, even more diverse region that is both urban and rural.

The document also takes account of the digital revolution that is affecting how people live their lives,
relax, interact and do business. These changes are reshaping the way libraries deliver services. Te
Kauroa - Future Directions
positions Libraries to be proactive in responding to the changing landscape
and to redesign services with customers as their needs change. Auckland Libraries aspires to be a
leader in the national and international scene in order to deliver what Aucklanders expect from a world
class library.

Te Kauroa - Future Directions for Auckland Libraries has been informed by consultation with a range
of stakeholders and customer groups. Individual councillors and local board members have been
consulted to understand their aspirations for libraries in Auckland. Te Kauroa - Future Directions seeks
to ensure that opportunities arising from the new scope and scale of the region-wide library network
are harnessed to deliver internationally best practice services, resources and solutions in ways that
serve local people and local communities well.

The document is in two parts. The first part outlines the current state, what is changing in the world
and in Auckland, and the impact on library services and collections. The second part outlines the
response to these changes, identifying six areas of focus, the desired outcomes and the directions
and priorities needed to achieve these outcomes. It details the development approach and provides a
framework for long term and annual business planning in the future. Each focus area and
development approach requires a shift in thinking about what and how we deliver services to remain
relevant.

This is a time of transition and change for libraries worldwide. The future of libraries, whether they are
still needed, what form they should take, and what value they add is the stuff of blogs, conferences
and even parliamentary debate.10

New Zealand‟s response has been the publication of a refreshed

version of Public Libraries of New Zealand: a strategic framework: 2012-2017.11

The framework

outlines eight strategic initiatives that will enable public libraries in New Zealand to deliver their

services more effectively by working together and with partners. Auckland Libraries‟ contribution to

realising these national initiatives will be important.

The significant amount of research and analysis undertaken to inform Te Kauroa - Future Directions

has considered the challenges faced in today‟s environment and the positive responses being made

by libraries worldwide. Auckland Libraries can learn from other libraries but we also have much to offer
to other libraries in New Zealand and internationally by way of leadership and service models.

This is an exciting time for libraries internationally, and a transformational time for Auckland Libraries.

There are challenges in achieving the future state that is outlined. We believe it can be achieved if we
work in partnerships – locally, regionally, nationally and internationally – to deliver a world class library
for Aucklanders.

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The UK government recently debated the need for public libraries to be able to loan eBooks

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Public libraries of New Zealand: a strategic framework 2012-2017 Wellington, LGNZ/APLM, 2012

Te Kauroa - Future Directions 2013 – 2023

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