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Document delivery across the Tasman has never been easier.

Do you want to find out more about the areas of New Zealand visited by Charles Darwin during his famous voyage on the Beagle? Do you want to know what makes New Zealand Rugby tick, and why the Kiwi teams are so respected in the Super 14 competition? Do you just want some background reading for your upcoming trip across the Tasman?

Getting information from New Zealand has just become much easier with the March 2006 launch of the Trans Tasman Interlending service by the National Libraries of Australia and New Zealand. The two national libraries have achieved a world first by linking their two national document delivery utilities, Libraries Australia Document Delivery and Te Puna Interloan. The new service is the result of cooperation, flexibility, goodwill and a lot of hard work on the part of both libraries.

Libraries Australia customers 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, Te Puna customers will be able to use Te Puna Interloan to search Libraries Australia and request loans or copies of items held in Australian libraries.

There are enormous benefits for both countries in terms of access and efficiency. The new service provides

* 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

* a single system that supports document delivery for both 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, which contains more than 14 million bibliographic records and more than 40 million holding locations for resources held by Australian libraries.

Director-General of the National Library of Australia, Jan Fullerton, says she is delighted that New Zealanders can now automatically request material from Australian library collections through their own national library service.

"The new gateway will enable library users in Australian and New Zealand libraries to more easily and quickly obtain material held in libraries in all our collections," said Ms Fullerton.

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.

Penny Carnaby, National Librarian and Chief Executive of the National Library of New Zealand, is equally as enthusiastic. She sees this as a real world example of international collaboration that costs so little, but benefits so many.

"We are delighted to have worked with our close colleagues, the National Library of Australia, to bring the citizens of each country the extraordinary resources of the libraries of both nations," said Ms Carnaby.

Both National Libraries use the same version of Fretwell-Downing Informatics Virtual Document Exchange software, which made the technical implementation easier. There were a number of technical issues to deal with, which meant regular communication between the two countries and the Fretwell-Downing office. On the customer side, changes were made to accommodate different interlibrary lending practices and to avoid potential conflicts. Of course, member libraries of Libraries Australia Document Delivery and Te Puna Interloan needed to be kept informed too.

For more information visit the Libraries Australia website at: www.nla.gov.au/librariesaustralia/tepuna.html

Deborah Fuller

Product Development Manager

Libraries Australia
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Title Annotation:Trans Tasman Interlending
Author:Fuller, Deborah
Publication:National Library of Australia Gateways
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Apr 1, 2006
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