RFID project update

self-checkNow that the tagging of our library collection has been completed, work will begin on preparing our branches for the installation of our new RFID system. This equipment will enable faster self-service, and reduce time spent on repetitive manual tasks freeing more staff to assist with your queries.

This will take place over March and April and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience you may experience during the work.

Existing barcode scanners will be replaced with RFID-enabled scanner pads and all-new self-issue machines with eft-POS units and DVD unlockers will be installed. Some traditional issues and returns desks will be removed and replaced with returns slots and smaller freestanding “pods”.

While this project is underway replacing your library card will be free.

Our friendly library staff will still be available to help you with your transactions and information needs.

Library collections update

rfid-trollyOver the last few weeks you may have noticed staff tagging our library collections in preparation for the installation of a new identification system to replace our tired old one.

The system will enable faster self-service and reduce time spent on repetitive manual tasks and free more staff to assist with your queries.

Existing barcode scanners will be replaced with RFID- enabled scanner pads and all-new self-issue machines with Eftpos units and DVD unlockers will be installed. Some traditional issues and returns desks will be removed and replaced with returns slots and smaller freestanding “pods”.

Our friendly Libraries’ staff will still be available to help you with your transactions and information needs.

At last – Mills and Boon romances are here!

Syndetics book coverWinter is coming, so what can you do to cheer yourself up on a dreary, dark evening, or on a weekend with a roaring southerly outside? Why not take yourself out of your everyday life and banish those winter blues and treat yourself to a delicious, steamy romance to read!
Inside the pages of a Mills and Boon romance, you can meet princes, sheiks, Italian counts and Greek millionaires – not to mention architects, surgeons and doctors (and some of them are the heroines!). You can visit exotic locations in Europe, the Middle East and Australia and you can travel back in time to Regency England and encounter aristocratic rakes and feisty heroines.

Come on down to a Mills and Boon library nearest to you – Mills and Boon romances are waiting for you to borrow them from the Central, Tawa, Karori, Newtown, Miramar libraries. If you don’t normally visit these particular libraries, you can reserve your Mills and Boon romances and arrange to pick them up at your own library.

But if you’ve gone digital, you don’t even have to go to the library – romance has gone digital too! Download a guilty pleasure or five on to your PC, Mac, smartphone or e-reader by visiting www.wcl.govt.nz/elibrary and click on the OverDrive link to get started.

ANZAC Day – Your Ancestors’ Military Past

GenealogyInterested in researching your family history?
From time to time we’ll be posting genealogy facts and advice here on the News Blog.
For other blog entries on genealogy, click on the tag “genealogy” at the bottom of this post.

Australians and New Zealanders know ANZAC day – 25th April – as a national day of remembrance to honour members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I.

Did you have a relative who took part in WW1? Would you like to read their Military Personnel Record?

Military records can provide amazing details for genealogists, especially ages and places of birth, while they can also expand family histories with information about campaigns, conduct and even physical descriptions of ancestors.

Continue reading “ANZAC Day – Your Ancestors’ Military Past”

Finding NZ Birth, Death & Marriage Records

GenealogyInterested in researching your family history?
From time to time we’ll be posting genealogy facts and advice here on the News Blog.  Our first entry is on Birth, Death and Marriage records (BDM), which are a good starting place when researching your family history.  Official registrations in NZ didn’t start until 1848 but there are some earlier records taken from church and place registers dating back to 1840.

Historic BDM Online
New Zealand historic BDMs are now accessible online through the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) website: www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz, and the great thing about this site is that it is updated daily.

What is a historic BDM and what information is actually available online?
A BDM qualifies as being historic if it was a

  • birth that occurred at least 100 years ago, or a still birth that occurred at least 50 years ago
  • marriage (and eventually Civil Unions) that occurred at least 80 years ago
  • death that occurred at least 50 years ago or the deceased’s date of birth was at least 80 years ago.

Continue reading “Finding NZ Birth, Death & Marriage Records”

UFO files at Central Library

xfiles at CentralWellington City Libraries has recently obtained a complete set of the New Zealand Defence Force UFO files which have just been declassified.
With over 2000 pages and bound into 12 separate volumes, these “Kiwi X- Files” cover nearly 60 years of reported UFO sightings in New Zealand. The most famous of these is the 1978 Kaikoura UFO mystery which is detailed over several hundred pages and include eye-witness statements and reports.
Some early reports from the 1950’s Cold-War period reflect the fear people had that “flying saucers” were the result of technological developments in the Soviet Union.

The files are for reference-only but you can ask to see them at the Enquiries desk on the top floor of the Central Library.