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Recent survey shows just how important internet access at libraries is for New Zealand communities

Recent survey shows just how important internet access at libraries is for New Zealand communities

In March 2016 eleven libraries across New Zealand piloted the Impact Survey administered by the University of Washington and initially funded by the Gates Foundation. New Zealand is the first country outside North America to use the survey, which gathers data about the impact having access to digital technologies through libraries has on people’s lives.
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Horowhenua's Library draws the crowds

Horowhenua's Library draws the crowds

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The popular Cubic Structural Evolution Project, hands-on installation featuring 120,000 white Lego blocks drew people flocked to Te Takere in Levin during April. There were 48,020 visits during the month - a 15 percent increase of over 6000 compared to April 2015. This helped boost the total visits to Horowhenua’s community libraries at Te Takere, Foxton and Shannon to 59,371. This was a 17 percent increase compared to April 2015 with 50,846 visits.
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Marrakesh Treaty, a step closer

Marrakesh Treaty, a step closer

In February 2016 Public Libraries of New Zealand supported the submission of the Marrakesh Treaty which requires countries who become parties to the Treaty to have an exception to domestic copyright law for the creation of accessible format copies for the exclusive use by people with a visual impairment or print disability. We want to support the end of the “book famine”, and make it possible to exchange accessible books between countries. This will support the goal to have equity of library s...
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