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Wanganui Library Joins Aotearoa People's Network

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Wanganui has been chosen as one of the first public libraries in New Zealand to link its community with the Aotearoa People's Network, providing library customers with free high-speed broadband access to the internet and to a wide range of computer software.

Whether it's researching family history, preparing a presentation, checking out the latest photographs on Flickr, keeping in touch through the internet, linking through social networks, building a web-site, editing a CV or searching for a job - all the potential of the internet and a range of software applications is now freely available at the Davis Library.

Wanganui District Council Community and Cultural Manager Sally Patrick is delighted with the initiative.

"This service fits with the Library's role as an innovative, responsive and high-performing provider of information and knowledge services," Ms Patrick said.

"Along with the Computers In Homes Project, it also demonstrates Council's commitment to building a strong digital skill-base within the Wanganui community.

"It's not just about sending and receiving e-mails, or managing digital images: you can prepare documents and presentations, research using a wide range of information databases; access local and central government information sites, and use the full range of online tools and services.

"Through the Aotearoa People's Network our Wanganui community will have the opportunity to contribute at a regional and national level to the development of a digital society in New Zealand."

Background

The Aotearoa People's Network is a collaborative venture between the National Library of New Zealand, public libraries and business, with funding from the Government's Community Partnership Fund. Its goal is to provide free access to broadband internet services in public libraries so that "all New Zealanders can benefit from creating, accessing and experiencing digital content".

The Network covers all three strands of the New Zealand Digital Strategy: Connectivity - the project offers broadband access to Internet tools and services Confidence - it offers a setting (the library) where people can safely learn and enhance their knowledge and abilities Content - anyone can create and access content using Aotearoa People's Network computers, meaning local people create and store their own stories, histories or content. The Network has been established to "open up the digital world to all people and communities by giving them access to the web, providing computers and training. Libraries and their staff will also benefit as they build their skills and knowledge of the online world, and in turn share this knowledge with their customers". ENDS

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